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April 24


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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…
2005 - Took the side of Jark in the Deviant Art hostile overthrow controversy.…
2007 and Onward - Made a series of “Danny and Spot” comics dedicated towards defending the Wii from the hatred hardcore gamers had over it.…
2008 - Took a stand against Anime because I had just been burned by the Anime club and was still resentful and bitter about it.
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…
2008 - Took a stand against Christians not understanding other religions celebrate their religious holidays the same time as Christmas…
2008 - Made a comic where a group of Pirate girls insulted men
2008 - Took a stand against California’s Proposition 8…
2008 - Made an illustration showing my support of Obama (which might seem moot now but at the time it was HIGHLY controversial)
2009 and Onward - Have made numerous LGBT support illustrations for various LGBT holidays or events
2010 - Made fun of the PS3’s blatant copying of the Wiimote
2010 - Made fun of Right-wing patriots of America
2010 - Made an illustration expressing my hatred of George Lucas’s continual BOTCHING of the Star Wars franchise…
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
2010 - Made an illustration about the ecological crisis that arose when a oil tanker crashed into the Gulf of Mexico…
2011 and Ongoing - Started a whole new comic series dedicated to complaining about issues comic artists go through…
2011 - Made a comic about how Minecraft ISN’T evil based on a talk-show segment featuring very stupid people…
2011 - Made a comic about how wishy-washy people are about politics and Obama…
2012 - Made a new (if short lived) web series expressing my distain over various political issues
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
2012 - Nearly everything I did for brentalfloss…
2012 - Made a comic making fun of Miss California’s homophobic views -…
2013 - Made a comic about the stupidness of Dragon Crown’s controversy…
2013 - Did the illustrations for brentalfloss’s PRIEST LIGHTNING youtube video:…
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…
2014 - Made an illustration of how shitty Samus’s new shoes are for SSB4…

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 :)
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Lego Movie
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I hear you.

People sometimes have nothing better to do than whine about stuff that doesn't directly affect them.
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! 
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.
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.
TheRealMister86 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
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.
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.
Alon98 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  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?
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.
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.
TheUnisonReturns Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The world needs more outspoken cartoonists like you. :thumbsup:
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