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

"yeah, thanks for insulting my chosen profession because of your close-mindedness!"

I hate, hate, HATE this. This is probably the second most popular response to me telling people Iím a cartoonist. After going into a lengthy explanation of my talents, education, loves, and influences the person Iím talking to just dismisses it all as kiddy crap. Itís people like that who are keeping animation/comics from becoming the true art form itís meant to be. Itís also incredibly rude and insensitive to be so dismissive with a person youíre speaking with, even if itís a subject you have no interest in. I have to feign interest in sports when talking to them, so thereís no reason they canít feign an interest in cartoons.

BTW: this tends to happen more with co-workers or random people I meet off the streets than people at comic conventions...
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The lines are clean and the background colors are subtle enough not to take away from the characters. The expressions of the artist vividly convey a childlike (in a positive way) eagerness that makes his character easily likeable. The other character is just the opposite. A face devoid of any liveliness or imagination, along with his posture, make it clear what kind of person he is and that it's only a matter of time before he says something passive aggressive. This does make the punchline a bit more predictable, but in a good way, like you just can't wait for him to open his mouth and spout some harsh noises, and when he finally does, you might feel ready to explode at him. The pacing feels a bit... off, but the message is clear.
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