Last weekend on Twitter there was a discussion, as much of a discussion as can occur on Twitter, regarding the ability to break into Marvel or DC without having prior comics work. Neil Gaiman joined the conversation to add that he was hired by DC without having had any comics published.
A select few people couldn't wrap their heads around this fact and attempted to explain Neil Gaiman's career to himself, creating my new favorite term: Gaimansplaining. The question on everyone's lips was how and why can you argue with Gaiman regarding his own career?
Some folks on Twitter couldn't understand the timeline, in which it took Dave McKean two years to paint Black Orchid.
Another fan of Gaiman's claimed he was fabricating his career to defend people who don't even buy comics. To which, Gaiman wasn't having.
In the two years of production, Gaiman had comics released by 2000AD, which critics are claiming prove that he was hired by 2000AD before DC. Luckily for those critics, someone on Twitter's roommate is something of an expert on Gaiman, so they weighed in.
Still lucky for those critics, are those people who know the ins and outs of the comics industry better than Gaiman.
Twerp is a very polite description.
Don't be a twerp.