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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.
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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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littlefoxling101 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Lol. don't feel bad i never really got into zelda, but damn if i didn't love Mario and Sonic:D (Big Grin) 
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CaramellCat1998 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Welcome to the internet O^O I feel with u :3
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student
Ocarina of Time is the best zelda game and i didn't read the description
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dogman0 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
"WTF is wrong with you" really, some said that to you in a conversation they were not apart of? Man, I feel for ya. I sometimes but into conventions with friends but not with strangers and certainly not insulting them.
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wolfrunner326 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Legend of Zelda fans get worked up about many trivial things. The most notable one being that sometimes people call Link 'Zelda'. Considering I had to explain this to my non-gamer mom, I can understand their side and why they would call Link Zelda. Even if I disagree with someone's opinion, jumping down someone's throat about it is really stupid.
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BigDream64 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think OOT is great too. But there are other great games than that as well. it's not the BEST, but it's good.
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aspieomnipintent Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
tom preston: the king of straw man
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BigDream64 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your opinion is ok with me. I never grew up with Zelda when I was little, and YES, it is a great game, but there are probably BETTER Zelda games than that at times. I'll respect your opinion on this one. =)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Wow...
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NWolfman Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
I had almost this exact incident happen to me in high school on a semi regular basis with a now former friend of mine. Me and another kid in my class were sitting around one afternoon talking about Kevin Smith and why we liked him, etc., when this jerk, who for the record was well known to be an attention whore, jumped in and screamed "SHUT UP! FIVE KEVIN SMITH FILMS CANT MAKE UP ONE JUDD APATOW FILM!!!"

Like you, I see it as a form of live-action trolling.
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