This is a series I call “So You’re a Cartoonist?” which deals with all of the typical questions or remarks I receive whenever I tell people that I draw cartoons for a living.
I’m never this condescending in real life, but this is an issue I feel pretty strongly about. Sometimes I feel like I’m one of the last people on earth who understands that humor is subjective and not something you can easily turn into a science project. When I get people complaining to me that they don’t like my humor and then hear them go into detail about something they read in a wikipedia article about joke structure, I just have to say to them “there’s more than 1 way to tell a joke and as long as the message comes across, I succeeded and I don't care if there's a 'better way.'”
C’mon guys. I’m a cartoonist. I’m not Robin Williams or Jack Black here. I’m not trying to light the world on fire with my over the top and hilarious exploits and fantastic artwork. I’m just here to entertain myself, and if you’re entertained too, then alright!
EDIT: If I may steal a recent comment from someone:
"It's not 'CRITIQUE IS WRONG BLARGH', it's 'don't be a douche using overly scientific stuff you're quoting off a site, as if it's common knowledge about a subjective subject like comedy'."