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Over the past couple days I’ve had a number of people write me comments basically saying “You’re becoming too preachy, you’ve lost a fan.” And outside the silliness of publicly mic-dropping like that, it got me wondering... what?

Ya see, It’s always surprises me when someone says that I’m becoming too preachy, when in fact I’ve been preachy from the beginning. Don’t believe me? Take a look below!

This is not a complete list by any stretch of the imagination, but these are essentially THE MOST controversial comics and illustrations I’ve ever done in the past 10 years.

2004 - Made a picture about how no one really cares about Global Warming andysartworks.com/global-warmi…
2005 - Took the side of Jark in the Deviant Art hostile overthrow controversy. andysartworks.com/i-support-ja…
2007 and Onward - Made a series of “Danny and Spot” comics dedicated towards defending the Wii from the hatred hardcore gamers had over it. tompreston.deviantart.com/gall…
2008 - Took a stand against Anime because I had just been burned by the Anime club and was still resentful and bitter about it. andysartworks.com/west-vs-east
2008 - Made a Howard and Nester comic because I was pissed off at the shitty comic that officially ran in Nintendo Power reintroducing him to the public andysartworks.com/howard-and-n…
2008 - Took a stand against Christians not understanding other religions celebrate their religious holidays the same time as Christmas andysartworks.com/seasons-gree…
2008 - Made a comic where a group of Pirate girls insulted men alexzepirate.com/a-female-crew
2008 - Took a stand against California’s Proposition 8 andysartworks.com/forbidden-lo…
2008 - Made an illustration showing my support of Obama (which might seem moot now but at the time it was HIGHLY controversial) andysartworks.com/obamaman
2009 and Onward - Have made numerous LGBT support illustrations for various LGBT holidays or events andysartworks.com/the-dip
2010 - Made fun of the PS3’s blatant copying of the Wiimote andysartworks.com/hypocrisy
2010 - Made fun of Right-wing patriots of America andysartworks.com/patriotism
2010 - Made an illustration expressing my hatred of George Lucas’s continual BOTCHING of the Star Wars franchise andysartworks.com/i-hate-georg…
2010 - Made a comic about how much it annoyed me that all the old American continuity for various Nintendo games were being phased out in favor of the official Japanese continuity andysartworks.com/localization
2010 - Made an illustration about the ecological crisis that arose when a oil tanker crashed into the Gulf of Mexico andysartworks.com/death-of-the…
2011 and Ongoing - Started a whole new comic series dedicated to complaining about issues comic artists go through syacartoonist.com/archive/Tom-…
2011 - Made a comic about how Minecraft ISN’T evil based on a talk-show segment featuring very stupid people andysartworks.com/minecraft-is…
2011 - Made a comic about how wishy-washy people are about politics and Obama andysartworks.com/road-constru…
2012 - Made a new (if short lived) web series expressing my distain over various political issues soapboxderpy.com/archive/page3
2012 - Made an illustration about how Christianity takes up 78% of America yet thinks they’re somehow “in danger” from the 1.6% of Atheists andysartworks.com/faith-wars
2012 - Nearly everything I did for brentalfloss www.brentalflossthecomic.com/?…
2012 - Made a comic making fun of Miss California’s homophobic views - alexzepirate.com/the-beauty-pa…
2013 - Made a comic about the stupidness of Dragon Crown’s controversy tompreston.deviantart.com/art/…
2013 - Did the illustrations for brentalfloss’s PRIEST LIGHTNING youtube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=W26QDp…
2014 - Have made a bunch of comics defending women’s rights in comics and explaining why the American Comic Book Industry right now is failing at them syacartoonist.com/archive/Tom-…
2014 - Made an illustration of how shitty Samus’s new shoes are for SSB4 andysartworks.com/fashion-savv…

And ALL of these have been sprinkled throughout a plethora of illustrations, jokes, comics, cartoons, and highly opinionated journals. I’ve very VOCALLY expressed my opinions on LGBT rights, racism, sexism, and have expounded about how I’m an atheist and extremely left-wing in my views.

So I don’t get it when people say I’m becoming too preachy. From where I sit, I’ve ALWAYS been preachy about pretty much anything under the sun. I will always voice my opinions (however right or wrong they might be). That’s what makes me, me.

Maybe it’s because a lot of the issues I was talking about, such as feminism and women’s rights, have started to become more of a thing all over the internet and not just in my small strata of it. Maybe my chiming into issue that I’ve always condemned seems like it’s “hopping on the bandwagon” or something. Or maybe they’re just tired of hearing these issues and my continual comics and journals expressing outrage that these issues still exist bothers them?

Bottom line is... I don’t know why anyone watching me would be angry about me expressing my opinions. That’s what I’ve ALWAYS done and it’s not gonna change. If you can’t handle that, then that’s your problem and you should absolutely not follow me anymore. But please, do not think I’m gonna change being vocal about issues I care about just because you’re sick of them. That ain’t gonna happen :)
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  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
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:iconaclockworkkitten:
AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That's not controversial.  Most people agree you on those topics.  So it's really not a big deal.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's my point
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What is?  That your views AREN'T controversial and you're just blowing air?  Because you never even insinuated that. :iconimconfusplz:
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Matthew42 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
better to be to loud on a minor subject then super quiet on a really serious and important one.
same go's for me, if i want to say something important i say it instead of letting the sheep try to talk me down forcing me to "join the flock" so to speak.
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I hear you.

People sometimes have nothing better to do than whine about stuff that doesn't directly affect them.
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shadowmanwily Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tom does that alot...
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any memorable examples?
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shadowmanwily Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...
EVERY TIME HE JOINS IN CONTROVERSY?
The sexist crap?
Zoe quinn?
TMNT Mike Bay Movie before he watched it?

I can go on and on 
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I honestly loved the new TMNT movie.

I don't know too much about Zoe Quinn. Has she made any bad games, or are people just hating on her?

Which issues of sexism has he rightly or wrongly made an issue of?

Which controversies should he not have jumped into?
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shadowmanwily Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get that. Many people did. However TP did not (I think) and hated the movie before he watched it.

Zoe Quinn fucked her way to the top. She had a boyfriend who, well... told the internet about her cheating. Tom says he has no right to do so (WTF)

Many. MGS's Quiet comes quick to mind. Or my personal fav: Samus's fucking heels. They were both pointless and dumb to get into and rage about

All of them. They have noth
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like the problem I have with the fanboys who threw fits over the very mention of Michael Bay's name in the same sentence as TMNT. I also can't stand Star Wars fanboys who've already planned to skip Episode VII before that movie even started filming.

Wow! I don't know what else to say about Zoe.

One controversy we can be thankful he never addressed was the One Million Moms (more like a few hundred lonely crybabies) and other conservative groups whining about an animated show that aired on the Hub last year called Shezow. I for one supported that show and I laughed at the parents that couldn't handle it.
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shadowmanwily Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dobbs doesn't do the parent thing. It usually SJW business
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Kayalisabanari Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
I'm a fan because i love your comics and i really enjoy your journals! Your awesome! Keep it up! 
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LordStephen Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I already new you were preachy, but I don't care really. You live in a country where you're allowed to be and I think you have every right to defend what you believe in. I must say I don't agree with everything you believe in but I'm not forcing my ideas or opinions on you. I must agree that what other people say about you becoming preachy is a bit ridiculous. You have been preachy, but honestly I like seeing what you say about things because it gives me a different perspective and a better understanding about what it is you may/may not have a problem with.
Also I honestly thought the percentage of Christians in the US was different (87% vs. the 78%). Not complaining just wasn't paying attention really. As for the Atheists I also thought that was a bit higher (forgive me but I thought something like 2.3 to 2.5% or so), not much higher obviously but just a bit higher.
Anyway, preach on! I like hearing what you say. Again might not agree, but certainly not gonna force my ideas/opinions on you.
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chochi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
All that is good and all,but from my viewpoint(VIEWPOINT) it is more of a share of your opinions than any kind of "controversial" way of thinking/speak.
And from what I have been seeing in your journals,you seem to take whatever is told to you in a slightly negative way too much seriously. You should show a little more confidence in your own arguments.Negative comments over your work is something that any creative discipline MUST face for the sake of self improvement.Of course,trolling and misguiding posting is unavoidable,but it's YOUR duty to be able to discern the valuable criticism from the shitposting.It's the internet, take your "DEALwithIT" pill and KEEP GOING. Semper Fei.
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Mr86Returns Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Like a lot of people, I don't always agree with your opinions, especially when they become extreme enough to make you seem self-righteous (see my comment about Samus' boots). Still, it's always nice to see people like you pointing out the sheer absurdity of a lot of the things we take for granted in the world. We develop as people by debating things and keeping an open mind about why those who disagree with us think the way they do. So keep doing your thing. Not that I ever doubted you would.
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0oCHARGERBOTo0 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As a white, straight, Republican male, I can't say I agree with you on many of these, but others seem pretty logical.
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Alon98 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sees that you're a Republican*

"OK, maybe this guy might be different, maybe he might be a reasonable person, can't condemn all Republicans"

*reads profile*

"Furries? Kill 'em all. I so far have not seen a SINGLE one who has disproven my theory that they all wanna have sex with each other. Not a SINGLE one has never posted any blatantly sexual "art" of their anthros."

Oh, for fuck's sake. I can't find a single sensible Republican to debate with. You're all a bunch of hateful assholes. If it's not racism, it's hate for gays. If it's not gays, it's furries. If it's not furries, it's some other group.

And what, pray tell is so bad about sex?

Sheesh. Every Republican. Have not yet met a respectable one.
Every single one of you asshats. Every last one.

I can't take the party seriously anymore.

And let me guess, you announce that I'M A STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN WHITE MAN everywhere, right?
...
Right?
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0oCHARGERBOTo0 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No.
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R-a-z-z Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
If you expect people not to comment on controversial matters, you're not too bright a person, are you now? If you truly can't handle the retort/counter retort game perhaps then you shouldn't participate at all?

I would love to have lenghty debates with you. No need for idle threats would be required. Nor childish name-calling. Nor made up claims or citations either. Just the matter of whatever subject. Nothing else.
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Thebubblegumgirl14 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You'll always have my support. The ones who cry and say 'zomg you've lost a follower' probably still come back to your journals so they can keep being offended.
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TheUnisonReturns Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The world needs more outspoken cartoonists like you. :thumbsup:
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Nerdio222 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I like your views because they are very practical
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Jadetiger Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
i follow you BECAUSE you are preachy!! Finally! someone who just says it like it is!
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AyameSuzuki Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly right? Same reason for me. He's funny and informative. what else could you want?
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JestersOfTheMoon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I watch you for your candidness/lack of sugarcoating things and your well-drawn and thought-provoking comics-- I actually personally love to read your journal entries, because whether I agree with your opinion or not, they always give me something to think about. I love learning new perspectives, and your arguments are always well thought-out and logical. 

Plus you're hilarious, and behind all that "humorous anger" you're a great guy :) 
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Weissboard Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
I don't what to say, but I don't think I'm giving up my place in your vast audience anytime soon.
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Morgan-of-Salerone Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always enjoyed your comics and your opinions, even when I didn't 100% completely agree with them, for they always make me think. Keep doing your thing, Tom! 
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ME-Jones Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Writer
Honestly, it's your obvious disregard for sugar coating things that drew me to your comics. It's refreshing to have someone who voices his opinion online in a classy and funny way. Also, I burst out laughing at seeing Brentalfloss on your list because I was a die hard fan of those webcomics, and I miss them :)
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MindHierarch Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist
lol they are just trolls, your rants are the reason I follow you
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kimyona123 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't understand these kinds of people.

I usually like your journals and works, may they be criticising or discussing something, or may they be just plain funny...if there is something, let's say a webcomic and I don't find it funny/entertaining/whatever...then I can choose to not look at your webcomic and just follow you on other stuff.
Using the same logic, I could just ignore your journals (which is a possible option here on deviantart), if I find out after the first lines that you're discussing a topic I don't want to read about. But just telling you, you're too preachy is kind of...thoughtless.

Well, it is their own decision and therefore their own loss for not wanting to read up on your opinions or being ready to discuss issues arising in a rational way with you. I personally find your journals very interesting, since I think they are rather informative and they really get me into thinking (also about stuff I didn't knew or hardly paid attention to).
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MysteryBandit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
E'y some people like preachy people. I ain't stopping you.
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blightedangel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Political cartoonists have had it easy.  They publish their work almost in anonymity, in a newspaper.  You however, get bombarded by every Tom Dick and Mis-educated troll out there.  Well, I'm sure that's how it feels.  But I am a believer that you have to have opinions, to get anywhere.  Nobody ever remembers the honeybee, no matter how hard she works; but we will complain about the wasp sting until the day we die!
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Ele-Bros Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well said!!! 
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14-Spades Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People just noticed that you talk about this kinda stuff? I pretty much follow you simply because of it XD
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PrincessWhisper Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
I don't always agree with all your opinions, but I don't see any problem with you expressing them. Hell, expressing yourself is what art is for, right?
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RoseSerpenthelm Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Frankly hun, the world needs more people to stand up to issues like these!

I have found that there are a few types of people: Passives, the majority of the internet, Debaters, which is what I consider you, and crazed SjWs, the crazy ones with the loudest voice

I hate how debaters seem to be either shunned or labeled as SjWs, and that in turn leads passives to remain more passive to avoid being labeled- in the end, nothing ever gets done about these issues! It's a vicious cycle, where the Sjws scream, the issues get worse, and not nearly enough people are doing anything about it!
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Rukhard Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
whoa whoa whoa hold on there. Now I have nothing against Dobson here (aside from the attitude he has shown a number of times) but he is anything BUT a debater. Arguing on the internet and making long journals where he complains about "srs issues like women in vidja gaems guise" and other inane shit like "ppl find me so controvershul arnt dey silly" does not make him a debater, it does not mean he's taking a stand for anything and he most definitely isn't making a huge change or even a dent in the world.

Saying that he is a debater or taking a stand or what not simply is a slap in the face of anyone who TOOK AN ACTUAL STAND in public and the media and the courtrooms, anyone who have taken part in debates with important people who have the power to change things, anyone who has been part of rallies or protests or events. THESE are the people making a change. THESE are the people who are debaters and taking a stand. The men and women who go out and devote their time and energy and get their face in the dirt every day to bring about change. Not some guy on the internet who argues in circles with "haters".
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RoseSerpenthelm Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well, not to dismiss the IRL protesters too, but social media and blogging can have an impact. Remember the SOPA fiasco? I think most of the things done in protest happened virtually (correct me on this if you have to- I wasn't all that present during the event)
Besides, social media may not have an immediate impact like a court case, but it may have a domino effect- a certain comics company has been known for producing sexist artwork, people see this and complain to the comic company. That, or they stop buying from the comic company.
I think that raising awareness for issues is the first step for solving them, in many cases. And this is just my opinion, you are welcome to disagree, but I think an online protest can be just as powerful as one held in the real world. Maybe not as powerful as a court case, but it shouldn't be dismissed altogether.

(Thanks for being polite about this BTW- You would be surprised at how hostile some people are about these things. This would make a fascinating exposition, come to think of it)
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Rukhard Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
I completely understand what you're saying and I'm not saying that you can't make a change or raise awareness online. The problem is that the way Dobson does it, he's not really raising awareness or changing people's minds. Because he's arguing with people who can't stand him and making long winded journals where he whines instead of making a genuine point most of the time. The majority of his fanbase is composed of kids and teenagers AKA people who'll agree with him because they don't know any better or don't know about what he's talking about beyond a superficial level.

Look, he's a cartoonist/comic artist, right? So instead of making "controversial" or idiotic comics (like the Dark Knight Rises one, and if anyone defends that one then you have no right to talk about social issues), why not do a story arc or something that explores these issues that he's so passionate about? Why not depict these issues as objectively as possible so that the average Joe will be exposed to them and can think about them instead of just making short snarky comics that paints almost anyone with an opposing view as a strawman? He'd reach far more people if he'd use his comics to tell real stories about real issues instead of just using them as vessels to complain about whatever's bothering him that week or month. Hell, the least he could do is point people somewhere where they could do something to help or change things but he doesn't.

That's why I take offense when people call him a debater or say that he's brave for putting his opinion on the internet or that he's "taking a stand for social rights" and stuff like that. I've taken part in debates and have been to a few rallies and work as a volunteer for a store that helps young starving families. And I haven't seen Dobson mention doing ANYTHING like that in the many, MANY journals he's typed up over the years.
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JestersOfTheMoon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I personally think it's very rude of you to patronize and demean Tom's arguments by writing them like you did: "ppl find me so controvershul arnt dey silly". Tom actually pulls up some logical points and has great grammar and spelling, to boot. I've never seen him get petty, and he will often talk about serious issues. Sure, girls being dehumanized in games is a lesser evil than, say, mass murdering and hunger and all the other shit that goes on in the world. But that doesn't mean that it's an issue to be ignored. 

I understand what you're saying in your second paragraph, but I think you have this out of context. A debater, or someone who stands up for issues, does not mean that only the people who go to rallies and protests and events are making a difference. Even small things count, because it can create a domino effect. Whether that small thing is sharing your opinion in a journal or what have you, it can still spark something. I once was very moved by a journal entry a couple years ago of a person that shared their experience with depression, and that helped me to realize I'm not alone and that I could seek help from friends. Now another of my friends is going through the same thing, and I'm doing my best to be there for her. It's the little things in life.

Tom has a surprisingly large fan base here, and by expressing his opinions, perhaps it can spark something. Or maybe not-- maybe it'll just be another journal; either way, I think Tom's main reason for posting these are to simply express his opinions, not in the hopes that he'll change the world. 
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CarmenFoolHeart Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You may lose a fan every now and then for preaching.
But you also gain many, many fans with it! Never hesitate to be true to yourself and your ideals. It will win over just the right people.
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Lapulta Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I for one don't think you're too preachy. ;D Keep it up.
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TheShadowEmpress Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen.

That just fit there so well it's almost hilarious. Keep up the preaching! Thumbs Up
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Natsu714 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Sounds good. ;D

I'm watching you because your art is entertaining. Your comics and everything are very - well - comical... I enjoy them. And the art itself. :)

Your preaching?

PFF.

You're right most of the time anyway. So I don't care. :dummy:
And even if you weren't, there isn't anything wrong with expressing opinions. Especially when you do so in your own journals.

:iconthumbsupplz: So I'm stayin'.
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Natsu714 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Didn't have to paste it 5 times. :|
Geeze.
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