Hey there. I'm not really new to the site, I've been lurking for some time now. I was thrilled to see that someone was finally calling out XKCD and other horrible comics for their self-serving crimes against art. In sort, great job with the site.
Anyway, I've decided that I'm going to start a webcomic, one way or another. However, I was leaning more towards a cast of anthropomorphic animals as characters, as opposed to humans. Now, I have some reservations against this—mostly regarding the stigma surrounding creatures as stars of the show.
I generally prefer drawing animals to people. No real reason other than they're just more fun, and I suppose practicing with them for a while has made me better at that than drawing humans. I'm not a furry, and even if I was I wouldn't use that as justification for forcing my unusual fetish on everyone else.
But would a cast of animals characters be a bad idea? I've noticed that several comic authors (read: experienced artists) are able to handle the case with finesse, either skirting around the issue (e.g. Lackadaisy Cats, even VG Cats doesn't get a lot of flak for anthro characters) or integrating the substitution smoothly into the story (Usagi Yojimbo). However, respectable comics like those are overwhelming overshadowed by the sheer volume of insultingly bad animal comics (Concession, Boston & Shaun, etc.) to the degree that most people are generally only familiar with the crappy ones. As such, the idea of anthro comics in general seems to be picking up a negative connotation.
I wouldn't be worried about this if I was sure I could handle the matter delicately. Am I shooting myself in the foot by going with anthro characters?