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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)
  • Mood: Unhappy
  • Drinking: Decaf. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

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:iconjunbineo:
Junbineo Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
So. About your Patreon Mr Dobson... From the looks of things, people are pledging for a month to showcase your art on other sites and then unpledging to keep from paying.

Have you ever thought that some of these people are upset at you for other things? Like, your Patreon video says you would do comics if given the money, mostly original content. However given what I've seen, it's mostly been fanart with your grumpy bear dressed up and interacting with other characters or a Skyrim "joke".

Not any of these are comics, none of them are really original - I would never put my fanart behind a paywall, cause legal issues especially if I'm drawing it so close to source material - and none of it is really fair to your fans who for the most part are teenagers with no income.

I think you need to rethink your whole strategy with art, at the very least lighten up on putting all of your work behind patreon. Because it's things like that that make things like people pledging to share art and then unpledging happen. Patreon isn't going to listen to your "suggestions" because for rhe most part, if I look at it, you're not really using the site the way it was intended.

If it were me, I would limit on fanart - even though that's your forte - and post original art but then tease bigger pieces and special behind the scenes stuff on Patreon.

You haven't done any new pages for Alex Ze Pirate, your big magnum opus. Instead some crappy "this is the character's sexual identity" stuff. I get that that is important to you but that's not the biggest hing that mattera to a character, unless the character is flat and has no depth to them. But what you do with Alex is beyond me.

Anyway, I thank you for listening, I guess, for someone who has left DA you sure seem to come back to it, and I'm certain you'll ignore this, but whatever, I'm just offering advice.
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:iconcutewerewolfgirl:
cutewerewolfgirl Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
People leave Tom the fuck alone! Don't you guys have anything else better to do then torment an artist who is saying his own opinion? OK so he may or may not have made some of you peeps upset but can't you guys give him a chance to change? I mean seriously most of you guys are acting like a whole bunch of retards who are probably teenagers or in college who doesn't know what its even like to be a cartoonist in the first place. And WTF are guys complaining about with his persona? Seriously he's expressing his view on the comic world, are artists not permitted to do so?

Give Tom a chance and let him return to DA. And Tom I have no clue what the hell your doing but you need to straighten some shit out or just ignore these people and continue because your pretty damn popular but I think you should straighten some things out.
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:iconjunbineo:
Junbineo Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
I actually know some cartoonists. They don't act like Tom. Most of them aren't as active on social networks like Twitter unless they are promoting their latest work or they have some time off, if they are online at all.

The rest of the time they're busy as all hell because they have deadlines to meet and multiple projects to complete, in order to make a living because honey, being a cartoonist is hard.

I don't see other Cartoonists spend their tome tweeting about "poor me, pity me, the world is horrible to ONLY ME" like Tom Preston does, or going off about Splatoon and Skyrim everyday.

Let me know when Dobson does actual comics that don't involve his insensitive smug blue bear mouthpiece spouting opinions that are usually inaccurate. Something original, not fanart and definitely not behind a paywall.
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doobiedoo1 Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
LMAO Andrew Dobson isn't a cartoonist. 
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:iconcutewerewolfgirl:
cutewerewolfgirl Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
Go away teenager
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