Creator Backlash: John has actually been pretty critical of his early work, particularly on Mighty Mouse: TNA and Ren and Stimpy. He even warns his fans to not study his cartoons, but rather all of his influences—"For everything I did right, there were a ton of mistakes."
He also refused to give himself credit for his directorial role on the Ren and Stimpy episode Nurse Stimpy. He thought it was so bad that he credited himself as "Raymond Spum" instead, out of embarrassment.
He also disliked how he was forced to add strong adult themes to Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon.
He also claims that he can barely watch The Ripping Friends, since the whole show was meddled with to death.
As mentioned in the main page, he dismissed his contributions to the video game Yoake No Mariko as "pretty bland".
Doing It for the Art: The whole reason John became a cartoonist was to bring back cartoony animation to the mainstream and put a stop to the stiff, formulaic TV animation coming out around the time, as well as create Spumco as the only other safehaven besides TMS and Studio Ghibli for cartoonists.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: His character Ren is a jerk, but John can be a pretty nice guy in person. That said, some claim he does descend into Jerk Ass territory, such as Billy West, but he does have his defenders and genuine friends.
Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: John used to host regular AIM chats with the fandom, and post Q&A sessions on certain Ren and Stimpy message boards. Some chats and question sessions went well, at least at first. However, after a large amount of "heckling" and being drowned out with constant clamoring requests of "Do you like this show? What do you think of this show? What's your opinion on anime?", etc. (mostly done for the purpose of troll-baiting his opinionated statements against animated shows he doesn't like) and even moderation not helping matters of people getting somewhat out of hand, he dropped this method of communication altogether. However, he later would created his own self-moderated blog to talk about various subjects and drawing and animated character theories, and does participate in comment discussions there. He has lessened considerably himself from making as many overt statements about cartoons he does not like quite as much, focusing more of his attention on simply praising the inspirations he does admire.