...and I've been taken to task for...err...you know, I'm not sure what exactly I've been taken to task for.
Hmm... You'll all hate me, but I don't think thie idea of "de-cutified" My Little Pony, or generally twisting the cute/innocent things is original - these days, it seems much more popular than the things it parodies. And, I repeat, sometimes it seems you make anti-aesthetic stuff because your fans expect it from you - not because that's what you want. And this has led to less sophisticated art. You're in danger of becoming a trendwhore of a trend you yourself have set, IMHO.
I'm still not quite sure what they're getting at--am I not supposed to make stuff if my fans might expect it? But then if I'm not doing that because my other fans expect me not to--oh, lord, I'm confused--but it sorta makes me want to do a whole herd of vile ponies.