1. The font is too small, too dark, or so crowded I cant freaking read it.
2. Spelling hee hee as hehe. He is a pronoun; hee and heh are bits of laughter; so are ho, ha", and mwa. I cannot read hehe as anything but two pronouns stuttering. Edit: And you know what? Finnish and all those other languages that do it AREN'T ENGLISH.
3. The comics are too dark to tell whats going on. Whether because this persons working screen is too dark, or because they think itll add to their comics feel of dark mystery, I cant say.
4. Inconsistent narration. Figure it the freak out before you start investing your time! Research POV in comics and why theyre important. I hate it when one page reads in First Person and then switches to some omniscient narrator that we never meet and dont know where the hell they came from. (Double points if it's the hero narrating his OWN BIRTH. That's right, I'm looking at YOU, wolf comic people!)
5. Unreadable font styles. You know whos your friend? Anyone but that Bleeding God emo script done by an amateur graphic designer that you thought looked cool.
6. Inconsistent font. The font style changes, or the color does, or the color of the speech bubbles does, because its not well-designed enough to handle scenes at night and during the day.
7. Word bubbles the crowd each other and every character on the page. This is what storyboarding is for, people, so you can treat the speech bubbles as the compositional element it is! You dont draw a panel and then hope that lecture you have to convey is gonna fit in there. And making speech bubbles transparent doesnt make them not eclipse a face, a character, or an action!
8. The knock-off styles that arent knock-offs. Its one thing to draw a comic in the Lion King style. It is something else entirely to draw it in the Lion King style and say I dont draw like Lion King anymore! Or Spirit, Balto, or Blackblood Alliance. If the average soccer mom cant tell the difference between your work and the work of Disney/Dreamworks/Amblin, you draw in that style, mister/miss denialism. That is your measuring stick. I dont make the rules of artistic education among middle-class suburbia, so deal with it.
9. People who dont know what punctuation is. Especially commas. Did you know that when a character says Er in hesitation, a comma is supposed to follow that? No? I bet you dont know how many periods are in an ellipses, either.
10. People who get tired of drawing so their pacing screws up. They cram a bunch of stuff into one page, or even one panel, so they dont have to redraw anything. And then in the artists comments they bitch about how much they hate this page. I have two responses to that: 1) Why are you doing a comic if you didnt want to draw? And 2) If youd storyboarded in the first place you wouldnt have had to problem solve on your final, would you?
11. Characters without speech bubbles. Do you know what this reads like when a whole bunch of single sentences are stuck right below each other? A conversation in a fast-forwarded chipmunk voice.
12. Dialogue that doesnt flow in a visual way. I hate it when I get an answer to a question I havent even seen a character ask. And then oh wait! Theres the question! But I read it backwards, because your dialogue flows wrong and you just forgot or didnt care. Do you know that master comic artists regard a page as an entire piece by itself? Providing visual cues for the eye to move to the next panel and next action in order, whether dialogue is there or not? You didnt? Why are you doing comics without doing your research, then?
13. Comics that read right to left in the manga style. You know whos allowed to do this? The Japanese. The Chinese. In fact, anyone from the Eastern world whose culture dictates thats how you read, or thats how youve been taught to read since preschool. You know who doesnt read this way? The Western world. So if youre not a professional manga artist yet, knock it off. No one is impressed with your Wapanese kawaii-desu posing, and I bet even the real Japanese would say the same thing. I also hate seeing disclaimers that say Read left to right! DUH. Thats how Im going to read by default, because I DONT LIVE IN JAPAN. You know those mangas you read? THEY WERE DRAWN IN JAPAN. Know why you read them right to left? BECAUSE THEY WERE DRAWN IN JAPAN.
14. Thinking that your art justifies any plot hole. Or lack of plot. Or lack of coherent explanation on your part. Or fridge logic. Or the artist's comments that explain everything that's happening because the page itself isn't capable of doing that on its own. If not bothering to tell a story, why are you drawing a comic? You know, sequential visual STORYTELLING.
15. Horrible grammar. Youre excused if English is your second language. If not, figure out how to type a sentence properly. You learn that in English class, not through chatspeak. Characters with WTF!? and growlplzkthx as their reactions and sound effects will have me, in a sense, rotflmao.
16. Overuse of the Dodge and Burn tool. Instant light and shadow is not Dodge and Burn. Dodge and Burn are instant white dust and instant black, ashy smudges, respectively.
17. Regarding any and all criticism as invalid by its very nature. Believe it or not, the people that tell you your anatomy needs work or your characters are wall-eyed have a point. You can either admit your mistake and try and fix it, or keep typing up those bleeding heart blogs about how everyone hates you. One way leads to being a professional artist. Ill give you two guesses, and the first doesnt count.
18. Wanting to do things your way instead of the professional way. Yeah, there are standards. I know you think that since comics are lowbrow art that means you can do whatever you want, but thats just not true. If you disobey the generally accepted rules of visual storytelling, be prepared to get some flak for it. Expecting otherwise is like saying youre allowed to kick a field goal in basketball. Even if youre doing art for fun, its like offering an opinion on the Internet: everyones gonna take aim whether you want them to or not. You have to learn the rules before youre allowed to break them.
19. Refusing to educate yourself for fear of failure. I think Im doing things wrong anyway, so I dont want to know if I am. My poor self-ego is fragile enough without all you haters and nitpickers! I dont like being told what to do! Its my art! Somebody call the whaaaambulance, because most ignorance is willful!
20. Drawing from anime instead of drawing from life. Ive said it before, and Ill say it again: anime is a simplified set of drawing motifs. Real artists develop their style by drawing from life. I dont care that you can draw the most sensual yaoi Sephiroth evar if you cant draw me that dog over there, or those pots over there. You do not draw good anime by drawing anime; you draw good anime by drawing from life. Trust me on this.
Listening to: Two Steps From Hell - To Glory
Reading: Some of lame high fantasy dragon book
Watching: That He-Man Reboot?