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I haven't posted here on DA in a while, so this might be new to a lot of you, but if you've been following some of the stuff happening over on tumblr it won't be unexpected. For the past several weeks I've been getting steadily worse both mentally and physically. I've been depressed before, but I've never been as bad as I've been recently. I've lashed out at people, been getting angrier and grumpier, been finding it harder and harder to listen to people giving me positive feedback, and have even started rapidly losing a lot of weight.

My enjoyment for drawing has been dropping, and many of you have probably noticed that I've been taking more and more time off lately. For every few comics I post, I tend to spend another week recuperating. But within the past 2 weeks it's spiked so bad that I seriously have to consider what's more important: my health or drawing.

So for the time being I am shutting down. I'll still be working on brentalfloss and updating those here, and the most current story on my Alex Ze Pirate website will continue to play out (because it's 2 years old and already finished), but other than that I'm just stopping entirely. I have to. I don't know how long this will last, or if I'll ever come back completely. The stress from over 6 years of near constant harassment has, I think, finally caught up with me. I'm honestly amazed that I survived this long.

If I ever do post anything new that's not brentalfloss related, I'm probably going to just disable comments. But don't wait up. It's not going to be for a long time, if at all. I'm really sorry to have to do this, and unfortunately this will probably give a lot of my so-called haters months of glee, but I just can't keep dealing with this shit around me.

Special thanks for all the well wishing my fans have been sending my way in light of all this crap... I wish I could appreciate your support better. Maybe in a few years...
  • Mood: Depressed
  • Reading: tumblr
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:iconitsnavyhuskie:
itsNavyHuskie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck, buddy. I'll ship you a cyanide capsule as soon as I can~
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vegetarianwolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thank God it's finally over.
No one will miss you. People might lie and say they do, but they only pity you. Your drawings are terrible, and you are a bias and pompous ass.
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realevilcorgi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
"I'm Ken Ashcorp, and I approve this message."
Tom, you should relax with a refreshing glass of bleach.
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MattPichette Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Andrew, I don't know if or when you'll see this. But, it's a shame to see an artist give up on his passion. But maybe a long enough sabbatical can be good for you and will let the dust settle a bit to start fresh. Also, Just a suggestion, and you don't have to do it, but you should do some reflecting on yourself over the years.

View your older journals and art and view them not as the person who submitted them or wrote them, but as a third party observer. And while you're doing this think, "How did it get to this point?" "Why are they bashing me and my art?" Surely it's not because people think you're "Art is bad". And the people who say that are just trying to push your buttons because you make it easy. Also, they're are a ton of terrible art on the interent and the artists of most them just don't give a crap about criticism, and because of that they don't improve. I was a terrible artist myself, and all it took was a "The head is too big" comment to realize that I'm not perfect with my art, and I was able to improve based what others suggested.

And you may have heard this song a million times, but what people dislike about your overall attitude and how you handle. And that brings in trolls to pick at what you don't like. So just ignore the haters that are bashing it for shits and giggles. And Negative criticism is something to consider but to be taken with a grain of salt. The thing about an opinion is that everyone has one and they may not agree with yours, but don't cast it off because of that. Just be respectful of others thoughts and you too will earn respect.

I hope you can salvage something from this. If not, I'm sorry, I did my best. God speed.

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh
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HenrikeD Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Artist
It`s funny how the most negative, stupid comments here are made by people who clearly produce ZERO art themselves.
As fellow artists, we should encourage one another, we should leave constructive comments to help each other improve and if you don`t have any useful stuff to say, then shut up! Better yet: see if real life people will put up with you for long if you hate on everything and everyone in the real world. Oh, they don`t? I wonder why...

Tom, I`m sorry you feel this bad. I can speak easy when I say stuff like "don`t let the haters get to you" etc. But clearly you have a hard time shutting them out. If the internet is a bad place for you right now, then quit this site, quit the internet entirely if you have to, but don`t quit art. Take rest, figure out what you need in life, find it, and then come back to your art, don`t feel obliged to come back HERE perse. Do whatever YOU need to do. Maybe you have to find a site with a better atmosphere, or do art in a group of live people and not through the internet. Don`t get me wrong, I follow your art for some time and do not wish you to leave, but sometimes this site drives me crazy so I would understand...
If you feel better (maybe seems impossible, but if you hang in there, get some help and it WILL get better) come back to your art and figure out what YOU want to make, why YOU draw and why YOU like it, you might discover your passion again, like a child that draws and doesn`t care if the humans look like sticks, but draws because it gives joy, because of the process. If you only make art so others like it, and stop liking your art the moment others comment negatively on it then you lost your passion somewhere. And again, if you`re at a place where the passion gets squeezed out of your art, then that`s a bad place to be. I`m sorry to say DeviantART, but sometimes this turns into Youtube or something.
Tom, your art looks waaay better than 80% of what gets posted here. You know it`s true, just look at the "newest art" section for a while. Laugh at it, think about what you like to draw and do it. And if you have to stop showing it to the world for a while, then that`s ok. Just draw....for yourself.
I wish you all the best!
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facepunch2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Artist
Kill yourself.
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Nyx-godess Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What?!
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facepunch2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Artist
He should kill himself.
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Nyx-godess Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Leave him alone
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facepunch2 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Not until he's dead. What a talentless hack. 
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Popgal120 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
:hug: i know what you're going through with the depression stuff. Hope you're feeling better soon :)
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh good grief! Not this again! Unless... this time it's real? If so to which I say: Take a step back, analyze the whole situation, take the advice given to you no matter how harsh it was (since from what I've read even professionals have tried giving you advice and you didn't really care for it/responded poorly). And maybe you should go to a psychologist (for *real* help) if you are truly getting so very ill over what strangers are saying about you online. Maybe you are not someone who can take this kind of stuff so maybe you should just not log on at all since harsh commentators are everywhere online and just stick/learn to interact irl.
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SashaKpp Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Take care
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Pigwasher Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think you have the worst fandom on deviantART.
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LaBaguette Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
DeviantArt isn't really the best place to get a good fandom imo. There are more serious places such as CA.org, Something Awful, CGHub, etc...

Though, artist's behavior do reflect on the fanbase pretty well, if you get the idea.
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kayanne21 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My God the amount of people here saying that their happy with this. How lacking in things to do do you have to be to go onto the profile of an artists you don't like, never mind leaving a comment. I mean...how did they know about this? I'm guessing that you're not on their watch list (I hope not anyway) So that kinda leads me to believe that at least one person said to themselves. "Huh. I wonder what that one guy I don't like is doing right now." I understand how hate can take form into an obsession but...wow.

Anyway. Not important. I've never actually understood why you're here. And don't take that the wrong way. I love your stuff. But if DA is actually making you ill...yeah. Leave. I'm surprised you haven't left before. I mean, how much business do you get off here. Enough to compensate for all the strife? I think you'll be fine without it. Just consentrate on getting better.
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That-CrazyCat Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
If all of your "haters" are making you feel sick, why are you so involved in your work that a comment from someone who disagrees makes you physically ill? It seems like you might be overly obsessed/preoccupied with what they say versus what they may not no matter what you post.

The best advice I can give is just leave and deal with your business purely in the real world. I don't see how dA gets you any business anyway since the majority here can't afford basic things let alone comic books. If you're able to thrive off of the transactions in real life (selling comics or whatever) then you should get off of the internet and just do that instead. Stop emotionally investing yourself in taking every comment negatively (because I assure you, not all of them are "trolls" and "haters") and go deal with your real life.

Best wishes.
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Tylag Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome to the Internet
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Nocturnal-Dayz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I personally don't understand the hate, but many of us will still be here when/if you return. Just take care of yourself.
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RenataDS Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
You know, I never understood why people hated you so much. I mean, you're just an artist doing what you do. Cyber bullying isn't cool, and it's funny that the people who do it don't even think about it. Like that one chick who replied to me with a link about why I should hate you....that's shit. It's bullying and those people should be ashamed of themselves and find something else to do. Alas, they won't realize it- their to busy thinking about how righteous they are or using the excuse that there offended by your drawings. Which, in the end is still just an excuse to say mean things and try to get other people to hate you, it's still bullying.
So in the end I'll say, I sure things will get better, so take your break and just keep on swimming bro!
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Kerrowecrisis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Somebody really had link for why not to like this guy?
What the hell... that really is crap.
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RenataDS Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
It is. Some people just need to find better things to do with their time...
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LaBaguette Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
There wouldn't be much drama on him if he was actually a nice guy but with a sort-of average drawing skill.
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hikaru-nara-kheel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It does not last forever. I know.
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Izzie-67 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Take all the time you need. The internet isn't going anywhere and neither are we. Who knows? This time away might also give haters time to cool down and move on to something else. Besides, your well-being matters a whole hell of a lot more than us right now. I hope your holidays are wonderful and spent with amazing people and that, when you feel better, you'll come back to us.

Like I said, we'll be here. And there are a good deal of us here for you when you need us.
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Nyatto Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
While I, and many other fans will miss you, I hope everything will be quite alright as your health is important. :heart: Have a happy holiday.
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Butterflygirl113 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
*Hug.* I know what it's like to be depressed, so know that whether or not you believe in it, you have my thoughts and prayers for your recovery, peace, and happiness. Perhaps this will help you or perhaps not (it would have helped me), but you are not alone in feeling that way and it can get better. There are people who care. If you ever want a friendly word or someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to me. I know I'm a stranger, but I care. And sometimes that's all we really need to keep moving forward. Best of luck in everything. *Hug!*
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Bowser81889 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been a fan of yours since NSider and long before anyone knew you for SYAC. Sure, I may not have kept tabs on your work as much as before, but it's still sad and quite disheartening to see you go through this stage in your life. Just hope you pull yourself together and get the ability to clear your mind. Maybe a vacation is what you need. The author of the comic Foxtrot did just that although now he only updates on weekends. Point being...take it easy and try to find your inner peace somehow. It's not healthy to dwindle on the past, but to learn and grow from it for your future.

All the best, dude.
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bsktballMiaka Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist
This might sound empty coming from a random fan, but I honestly believe you'll get through all of the current depression you've been having. A break from drawing just might be all you need, but hey, what do I know? The people around your daily life should help you with that, because none of us deviants complimenting you truly know you. Judging on the fact that you've been doing so much great work over the years, I think a break is a deserved one. I mean, you have updated SYAC like I don't know, weekly(?) wich is a huge amount of comics. Where you get your ideas for those and many more pieces you've done, i don't know. I've tried drawing a comic novel, but it never gets done, because either i can't draw my idea or I can't come up with anything. That's why I have so much respect for what you do. And people can't expect that everything you do is a masterpiece, one person can only do so much. I think I speak for a majority of the people that have read your comics when I say that keep your break. Sure, new comics/comic strips would be nice, but pressuring you would be unfair. If you don't have the energy to keep up with your work, then that's that. None of us should complain. Try doing what he does and then say it's easy. Best wishes for your future, 'TomPreston'.
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IsinBI Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, god. I'm sorry it's gotten so bad for you. You're one of my favorite artists on DA, so I'm depressed about this. . but, I understand. Your health is a lot more important ! I hope you get better and maybe in a few years you can start posting again. ;A;

As for all the haters you get, I'm sorry that happens to you and I'm not entirely sure why it does. I mean, I can understand someone not liking your style or not getting your jokes, but your haters sure do take it to a new level. You shouldn't let them get you down, though. Haters come along with everyone in life and MOST of the ones who dislike you & your art are just trolls trying to get attention--They comment on all popular art bashing the artists, I doubt they really even see anything wrong with the art they troll. Maybe if you take a few years off your popularity will go down and then you can come back and the haters will be gone then---off to flamehate on others' work.
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SilentJoy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know I'm rather late on this, and that you might not see it. But either way, I just wanted to say that your work ushered me into real pop culture. It's made me laugh and smile and work on my own styles. I truly, honesty, hope that you'll begin to feel better and lighter. If you look through the comments, I'm sure you'll see that the haters are in the minority, and that your fans love and admire you. I would like to speak for all of us, if they don't mind, when I say that we understand this and wish you only the very best. So, until you're back, fare thee well!

(Also, merry ((early)) Christmas!)
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WolfPatronus Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Guess there's nothing I can say here that hasn't already been said, but I am really, really sorry for everything you've been going through. Don't blame you one bit for taking a break. I will miss reading your comics, especially SYAC, but your health comes first. And I'm sorry people are such jerks :c

~WolfPatronus
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Rolfy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
'God bedring', as we'd say in danish, and take all the time you need to get better. Here's a virtual hug to help you along
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transgenderLOLXD Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
and so nothing of value was lost
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kirby1196 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
hey man, take care!

Your work has been an inspiration, and I hope you get better.
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NickFrizzo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
Alright.
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ListofRandom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Your health and life are much more important than pleasing people on the internet. Please get better, and if you never decide to draw again, I'm sure a lot of people, like me, will be sad but should be understanding. Might I suggest a vacation?

Also to those of you saying good riddance, shame! Why don't you try growing up, acting like an adult, and getting some compassion. You don't like his art, don't look at it. How would you feel if you were going through what he is and people decided to tell you "good riddance" or "finally"? You make me ashamed of being the same species as you, so grow the fuck up.
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LaBaguette Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Nobody would actually care for Preston and his art, if it wasn't for his pretty bad attitude. And I am not only talking about these 8 year old screencaps and such.
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ListofRandom Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
So, if you don't like his art, or him, don't look at it. It is really just that simple. Just because you don't like him, doesn't mean these people get to tell him that everything he does is wrong, this man is sick and doesn't need the extra bullshit.
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LaBaguette Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
This man is sick by his own faults, because let's be honest, even if I don't necessarily agree with what did the anti-fanbase, he has done a lot of dumb things (even a bit before his leaving) that could justify the amount of people disliking him. Especially when you know that most of these people are actual art students/experimented artists or actual professionals who were upset by his doings.

Also I'd like to point out the "don't like it, don't look" is a flawed logic argument in the sense you have to look to know if you like it or not. And as well, disliking things (by explaining why so) should be allowed as well any kind of comment.
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transgenderLOLXD Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
shut the fuck up
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ListofRandom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Please kindly make me, stranger on the internet.
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transgenderLOLXD Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
your so cool xDD
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ListofRandom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I never said I was, I'm just telling you to make me. I've voiced my opinion, and I won't allow some troll on the internet to make me feel bad for being an empathetic adult.
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transgenderLOLXD Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
1. you're 12
2. bawwwww trolls waaaah get over it
3. shut up
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ListofRandom Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
There's no point in trying to change your mind about my age, so I'm not. You seem to be the one getting upset over it. And no, I won't.
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rezzilla Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dear lord finally. Good riddance.
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HispanicVitaminz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I just saw your art today, and I will difinetly miss you. However, I understand and I hope you get better! :hug:
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crimson-shine Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
:heart: :hug:
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yuvalhuck Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
get well, and do what you love. and dont worry, its just anouther harsh lesson
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