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So You're A Cartoonist - Flame by TomPreston So You're A Cartoonist - Flame by TomPreston
This is a series I call “So You’re a Cartoonist?” which deals with all of the typical questions or remarks I receive whenever I tell people that I draw cartoons for a living.

This actually happened at my last convention. I was just chatting with a fan and made a comment about how hilarious I thought it was when people freak out over insanely trivial things (like the color of Link’s hair or my views on Ocarina of Time) when all of a sudden this guy jumped right into the conversation and accosted me before storming off. I’ve dealt with flame on the internet before, but it’s very rare to get it to my face and luckily it helped emphasize my point.

And before you ask, my OPINION is that Ocarina of Time is a great game, but not THE BEST Zelda game of all time the way many Zelda fans seem to hold it up on a pinnacle of greatness. I really don’t want to get into a discussion about this topic. I could’ve chosen a number of different “controversial” things to talk about, but the incident this comic is based off of was when I was talking about Ocarina of Time specifically.

Please, don’t flame me over my opinion. Please don’t even TALK about Ocarina of Time here since Ocarina of Time isn’t the POINT of this comic. The point is how people tend to freak out over trivial and stupid things. Honestly... I shouldn’t have to write that, but I KNOW someone isn’t going to read this and will try to start up an argument about Ocarina of Time (for the lulz) and I really don’t give a crap.
Well, let me start off by saying, I truly, really, absolutely, inexplicably adore your artwork and nearly all of your comics. They are, as you said here, controversial and tend towards extremely ironic in one of the most hilarious ways I've had the pleasure of reading in a very long time.

Since I was young I remember someone saying something along the lines of, "always stand out in a crowd. Always mean what you say. Always do what you mean." For a long time I lived by this quote, until a song taught me something I carry on to this day, "Say something people might attack you for."

In your comics, I see something to the equivalent of that saying and every time I see something of your work, I remember that quote and not only does it make me smile, but enables me to remember my goal in life.

~To do something/say something people will be talking about for a long time for years to come.

This comic is well drawn, well colored, well thought out from my perspective, and very funny. It reminds the readers of the craziness of hardcore fans that make you tend to role your eyes, and allows us to jump into our own trains of thoughts and/or memory reels of our experiences with people like this. Great job! Keep up the hilarity and the inciteful ironies. I just love it all!

:heart: Lady A.R.R.O. :heart:
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December 30, 2010
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