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Hey everyone...

The Announcement

As you likely know, I’ve been struggling with this site for quite some time now. The constant trolling and harassment for years on end have pushed me to the breaking point. I’ve tried disabling comments to ease up on the hatred of me, but sadly DA is still too broken in too many ways that make it easy for nasty people to continually abuse me here. I’ve tried ignoring it. I’ve tried leaving temporarily and coming back after a hiatus... nothing works. My block list is so full I can’t add anyone else now, so the harassment continues unhindered despite all my best efforts. I continually receive death threats over incredibly petty and stupid things, and trolls seem to relish in lurking in my DA frontpage comment sections (which DA will not let me remove).

The straw that broke the camels back though was a thread on my recent Patreon Plug journal: tompreston.deviantart.com/jour… where I learned just how fucked up the people who harass me are. To make a long story short, I engaged in a conversation with someone who didn’t like my Patreon because they felt I don’t post enough for them to support it. “Enough,” as it turned out to be, was insanely more work than any sane person would be capable to handle (around 30-70 works of fully completed illustration/comics a week), and the amount they expected me to do it for was worse than the minimum amount I was asking for ($1 per month).

I think I have, at long last, outgrown this website. DA is a great place if you want to post art for free and make a start creating... but the second you want to try and actually make money for your hard work, this place turns into “artists should make art for art’s sake and not for money” backlash. And unfortunately I can’t live like that. I need money and support if I’m going to continue to make work. Twitter, Facebook, and Patreon all are doing a lot better at giving me that support (and offer a lot of tools to help curb harassment) than DA does right now.

So yeah... I think at long last I am going to leave DA permanently.

What happens next?

Now into the nitty gritty details of how this is all gonna work...

1. For starters I am NOT QUITTING ART. I want to make that clear. I am going to continue to make SYAC, Alex Ze Pirate, Skyrim, my own illustrations, etc... they just won’t be posted here on DA anymore.
2. I am not going to delete this account. I will leave it up so links to my art and gallery can continue (and to prevent further drama and parody accounts of course).
3. Art has been scheduled to be posted here from Patreon up until August 24th. So while I will no longer be here on DA as of today, for a couple months after you will still see some work from me posted here.
4. The art scheduled to be posted is automated by DA. I have already set it to post, but I am not the one posting anymore.

Places you will still be able to find me at

Like I’ve already said, I am NOT QUITTING ART. You can still find me on a number of different places on the internet. One of the best places to find me is Twitter, since that’s where I primarily interact with fans, and anything I post to twitter gets automatically copied over to Facebook as well. For your reference are are links to all the sites I’ll still be active on:

Twitter: twitter.com/ADobsonComics
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SoYourACartoo…
SYAC Website: www.syacartoonist.com/
Patreon: www.patreon.com/ADobsonComics
Society 6: society6.com/adobson

Currently both Alex Ze Pirate and my own personal website AndysArtworks are down for construction. Patreon support is what has been helping rebuild those websites and eventually they will be back up... but sadly it takes both time and money to do so, so they might be down for quite a while longer still.

The Long Goodbye

I’ve been toying with leaving for quite some time. I’ve been hesitant to because I know a lot of you really do appreciate my work and DO support me and my art. I have around 56 thousand watchers, and that’s a lot of people I don’t want to let down. I also know that it’s the vocal minority that are the haters... but unfortunately their voices drown everything else out. DA, as a website, seem to care little about fixing many of the issues that would make continued existence here bearable, and overall I have grown weary of a lot of the toxic DA culture that has started to fester lately. On top of all that, I’ve been dealing with my own issues of anxiety, PTSD, and depression... which has not made living here on DA any easier.

In the end, I think this will be the healthiest option for me, though it will undoubtedly depress a lot of my fans. There are some people who only follow me on DA and it’s unfortunate that I have to leave them behind to take care of myself.

Thank you to everyone who has been kind to me here. I have made a lot of good friends on this site over the 11 years I’ve been active here. I hope still to someday meet some of you at conventions in the future too! I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in that time, and it most definitely has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, hasn’t it? Thank you all for your support. Even if you’ve never spoken up before, I could still see you supported my work through favorites and reblogs.

Who knows, maybe someday down the road if DA decides to change some of their policies and the toxicity levels decrease, maybe I’ll return? It’s doubtful, but I do try to look on the positive side.

Anyway... Thank you everyone for supporting me, for helping make SYAC into a thing, for enjoying my Alex Ze Pirate comics, and for just being awesome and amazing fans over the years.

Goodbye.

-Andrew Dobson (aka: Tom Preston)
  • Drinking: Decaf. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

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EmilXOM Featured By Owner Edited 3 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Anybody here because they heard about this guy on Oney Plays?
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101000011110 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
"Garfielf, you Fat Lazy Cat. Why are you so Fat?"
"Less Chit Chat, let's get Some Grub Going."
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WAr-cat Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was just gonna leave one of his journals, but, fuck it. Might as well post it here too. Hopefully more of you will block me, since I literally don't want to speak with any of you ever if you're here to leave hate. 

I've been reading a few comments here on his page and stuff.

And...wow. I'm actually pretty disgusted by the sheer amount of hate this guy is getting. 
I can't imagine taking time out of my day to bully an artist who isn't even on DeviantArt anymore. And all of this because he doesn't accept critiques? I could tag five popular artists right off the top of my head who don't accept critiques. Hell, they get downright angry when some one DOES try to critique them. So why does this guy get the ridiculous amount of hate??? I'll never understand. I've read the encyclopedia dramatica, many journals and Tumblr posts about the issue. And I still have no idea. 
If you're here to leave some comment like "you suck lol" please just block me. I don't ever want to contact with the actual scum of DeviantArt. You know those people who say "the community here sucks, I'm moving to [insert other site here]"? The community they're talking about are you guys. 
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EmilXOM Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
All the hate is pretty insane, I agree, and I don't even know what's actually been going on here, but it's gotta be more than just "he doesn't accept critiques". I've heard a lot about the artist having a large ego, and that might contribute to the hate and the whole critiquing thing, but again, I don't know. This guy's been on DA for twelve years, and all the comments on his drawings have been disabled, so I literally have no clue of what has been going on.

I must say though, the whole situation is fascinating to me, and honestly a bit amusing. I can't imagine ALL the hate being mindless. There had to have been a genuine reason why people hated him. He was obviously popular, and because of his now infamous reputation, he still is.
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Flippityfloppy Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
don't bother coming back to DA, you'll make yourself look more foolish than you already are.
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