Translated from an interview with Swedish website Aftonbladet by Bloody Disgusting, Kirkman said, "I get feedback on the web every day. Most of the people I work with stay away from it. They cannot cope with the terrible attacks, the negative comments and death threats I get."
While Kirkman knows he could pursue legal action against some of the attackers, he doesn't see it as worth his time. "I could ask the police to trace the person but it is probably no danger," Kirkman said. "It can be very scary if it is from a 35-year-old man with a lot of knives who knows where I live. But it can also be a 13 year old highly emotional girl... We'll see if I survive, but I do not think anyone is going to hurt me here."
Kirkman described himself as "desensitized" to the attacks, specifically noting that criticism from the online community should be taken "with a grain of salt."
"I can say banana split in social media, and they respond, 'Go to hell, we want soft ice cream. You will die!' I take it with a grain of salt. People have been saying disgusting things to me for so long now that I have become desensitized. I use it as a tool. You get a sense of what the audience likes and dislikes, and what path they want the action to take."
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