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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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dracostarhome Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
consider me one of the random people on the street that this happens to. I tell people I want to be a cartoonist and they just dismiss me.

I'm not one of the greats or even one of the betters, but I'm workin on it. I want to be one more then anything!
Kninjasticks Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think that guy CAN watch "stupid kid crap" through those eyebrows.

Dang, them eyebrows O.o
Sandra-13 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I do NOT think cartoons are for kids. Many cartoons are made to make you laugh, and that's something you can do at all ages, right?
Uh, people who don't take cartoons seriously...
AnimeOtaku4444 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not a cartoonist (can't draw to save my life) BUT I'm a big fan of it as an artform, and a means of storytelling and entertainment. When I'm watching anime or reading manga, or reading a comic strip like this one, and I'm reacting to it loudly or emotionally, and my mother says "It's just a bunch of silly pictures", I seriously want to rip my hair out and scream with frustration. I've learnt to pretend she doesn't exist in those moments.
JustPlainDan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
To the people who still see animation as kid's stuff, show 'em Fritz The Cat. Case closed.
aurora-celest Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Oh my goodness, :iconthisplz:!!!

Animation is my most favorite form of 2-D art and I hate it when people don't take it seriously!
Genesis890 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Strange, I thought I Favorited this picture already. Anyway, I hate this as well. I hate how at a certain age you are called immature if you like cartoons.
thinkpink9 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I hate that so much. I can hardly talk about cartoon with anyone because the second I mention it most people assume that it's just kid stuff.
KatMcMuffin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
I'm super jealous of cartoonists! They have some of the best talents in the world!
Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
heh... when I go to the movies anymore, it's to see the kid's movies because I love the animation XD
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