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The news that I might one day return to the internet apparently isn't going over well.

Sent by "Schlomo G."

Can you stop being a whiney attention whore for once in your life, and quit relying on 12-15 year-old kids on a public art site to validate your existence (that's all your DA post was. Don't kid yourself thinking it was meant to be something else)? Your art hasn't gotten any better since your hiatus, and instead of trying to improve it you either sick your fans to give you attention or tell them to attack your mean bullies. Your Brental Floss strips are getting uglier each time you churn one out, and to add insult to injury, you, Brent, and Dan can't tell a joke (People on ED edit your strips to make funnier jokes. Let this sink in your head for a while). Apparently you learned nothing from your "hiatus" after seeing that DA blog, as I'm trying to figure out how each Brental strip keeps getting uglier because that's the only comic you're focusing on (you seriously can't draw a woman worth a shit, and you complained about other artists in the past? Shut up, Dobson).

Posts like that DA blog will continue to make people criticize you because it shows you're still an immature manchld. Just stop making posts like that for pity, and focus on your god damn art. Ah, who am I kidding? You're never going to learn from your mistakes, and you'll still be that complacent, mediocre artist with a horrible, immature attitude people will make fun of you for. Grow the fuck up for once, manchild.

Thanks for the e-mail, Schlomo G. I appreciate the time you took writing that to me. I love how quickly it came in response to my last journal, too. Hope you don't mind me posting your e-mail and message here, it's probably a fake anyway so no harm done, right?

Stay classy, bro.
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DoodleBag Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree......................... with the e-mail.
Avalanche1337 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't feel like some of these people read your little response to the e-mail.
FunkatronicDingus Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
SpoopyBooty Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't been watching you long, but after reading this, I have to agree with most of the points Schlomo made. And you justified them by posting this publicly. Get a better attitude dude, you really shouldn't be acting so immature... It's not right to anyone, and it's only hurting yourself in the long run.

I really hope someday you'll listen and take criticism to heart, it'll do you well to listen for once.
HarvestmanMan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Actually it's completely true. Tom, you're a cunt.
FeralTao Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I for one don't really understand why people get so bloody upset about somebody who makes comics on the internet. He has found his niché, makes his comics, some people like it, some people don't and if you don't, he doesn't owe you anything and neither does any other artist whose work you view for free. If someone's really putting down time beyond that to nag, there's something bitter in that person that needs to be taken a look at.
HellaSkella-X Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aww CattyN why you gotta be like that man? Go draw some inflated women, that should make you feel better.
Hotaru-No-Mayowasu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm just reading this. Honestly, I think you mentioned before you were happy and content with the style you have and that's, that. It has changed from the very start, but in all honesty if you just look at the Simpsons, they changed from the start then stuck with a single style on out. People can easily identify without worry however with that cartoon. I for start twitching when a comic artist just suddenly changes their style to drastically in the middle of a series unless for good reason (ex, the characters are suddenly much older ).

Anyway, we're artists, We're all whiners. We get beat up, we beat up on others, we have such low confidence 99.9% of the time that we are in shock when people actually like our work. We then strive to make more things that others will like just to try and find some place in the world, then we get whacked down, because our egos got to big. Then we start from the bottom again. It's a constant repeating cycle it seems.

There are tons of published artists who are still in shock that they wake up in the morning and remember they get to draw comics for a living. I think the fact that you're able to not only be published and consistant is really important and something I admire. I have a lot of issues keeping characters looking the same from panel to panel. I'm just starting to get the hang of it, a little bit. The fact that you can do that, regardless of what your style is, is great.

I think your little emailer just needed to glorify themselves for a little while. They probably got flamed a few to many times or something. Best to ignore it, even when it is hard to ignore those types of comments.
OnyxDragonArts Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Im saddened to see someone wrote to you like this. theres crits and then theres being darn right rude. I hope your ok. No one should view others like that. I hope the persons shamed by their selfish actions.
Take care and keep up the great art work.
unicornsquest Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, I guess you hit someone's nerve?
Spectrumelf Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Once they start cussin' you know they stopped using logic and start using their angry emotions... =D
inusora123 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
well i like TomPreston's art - i don't see the point of the hate, if you dislike someone's work then don't look at their work. :D
Navarag Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Andy, seriously... you are just looking for attention by this point. If you weren't, you wouldn't have posted this journal.
And don't use depression as an excuse. I used to be depressed myself, and was also a huge attention whore. If you can help it, which you probably can't, just try to refrain from doing these things so you don't further disappoint the fans you have left.
Em-Silverflake Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHAHAHAA omg, what an idiot!
I have so much respect for you for not taking those kinds of things seriously, you're awesome! :D
T0adbile Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   General Artist
You probably could have posted this without posting the name of the poster, even if xhe is hiding behind a know, especially after xhe mentions the way you "sick your fans to give you attention or tell them to attack your mean bullies. "

Oh well, guess the proof is in the pudding.
FunkatronicDingus Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Hyuuga-Kiri Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I wasn't going to comment since everything I have to say looks like it's already been said, but I couldn't help myself. When I read your last journal, I looked through four pages of comments and found not a single one "trolling" or anything like that. Every single comment was wishing you well, except one who told you the same as you must have heard a thousand times and was immediately covered by your fans who told him exactly where to stick his criticism. If you're on hiatus, go on hiatus, feel better and then come back. This is honestly a childish display of attention seeking, and it's working. I rarely get involved in the internet but I just had to say something. I hope you feel better, depression sucks, and I do enjoy your work, I don't give a stuff about your style or your improvements, I'm not an artist myself. But I don't see in this email anything you won't have seen before and I know you're feeling shitty but did you expect to get nothing but ass-kissing from this.
Baxterbender Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I don't mean to be rude, but he has a few points there.
Cyginy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
That was totally inappropriate. Someone has a case of the green eyed monster.
Spunty Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Jealousy isn't the reason.

The reason people flame Tom is because of his awful personality. He responds to honest criticism with hostility and (as evidenced above) feels the need to cry to his fans for comfort over issues a 30+ year old man should be more than able to handle on his own. Look at it this way. Schomo sent him a private email. Emphasis on private. Why does Preston feel the need to post his private message in public? No mature person would do that. Had he commented in public, his reaction would be somewhat justified, but he didn't. It was a private email. If Schomo had the courtesy to email him in private, why couldn't Preston reply in private instead of displaying it on a public journal? Insult or not, this entire fiasco should've been kept in emails or PMs.

I know haters for your favorite people can be hard to stomach, but it would do you a world of good to try and see things from their point of view. They may not be wrong.
Cardinal4 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are valid points in the letter. Some of the points are further validated by this move of yours.
Sahnie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agreed with your last journal.

However, posting that email isn't right, even if it's a fake adresss. Where's the reason for that? somehow, it just proves his 'horrible, immature attitude'-point, and on top of that, it's just not polite. If you had something to say to him... You could've just replied.
This was unnecessary.
Moonlitwang Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
He had some valid points amongst all the ranting and idiocy.
Moonlitwang Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Guy makes some good points...
TheForestNeon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Why are you treating this like some giant manhunt? Yeah, trolls exist, we get it man. No need for you to imply that all of your fans should destroy every hater we come across. Also, with that last sentence, "Stay classy bro", what the fuck what that for? You didn't win a war, you didn't save the internet from trolls, you fed their fire. You're Smokey the Bear's worst nightmare, if he tried to prevent flamer fires.

I'm not a hater, I USED to like your artwork. I started seeing less and less, now I just see pleas for sympathy and attention. Also, this is quite sad, but if this, "Troll", worded things less harshly, he's right. You want critics, and when the critics have ONE bad thing to say, you need to go into your own little sad corner and cry for your fans. I probably sound like a dick right now, sorry, but seriously. Get past it, you're better than that, everyone is, but you're sure as hell not showing it.
the-G-central Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Two things:

A): Why give the troll the attention they want?

B): He did have a point in that last paragraph: It'd be a lot better if you stopped focusing so hard on what people think about you and your work and focus more on... Well, yourself and your work!
KeyoGrlRipper Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I still figure you should do a quick block-unblock to remove said asshats from your watcher list.
timbergray Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Well . . . isn't that the pot calling the kettle black. . . . Really, how do these people justify taking the time to write stuff like this? Especially without even doing a simple spell check! It reads like a monologue and abuses puncuation.
bord2heck Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
manchild? I can't tell if this dudes pitching movie ideas or or giving toddlers a new word to abuse.
fallen-angel93 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...what a little bitch.
Griffkat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
:iconfacepalmplz: UGH, people like that really annoy me, you can't just go around expecting people to grow up on your command, bro... Jeesh besides I'm pretty sure "Schlomo G." Is the one who needs to grow up; I mean taking time out of his/her life to actually write that shhhiii-- "shiny beautiful story", is a perfect example of their maturity level... (or the lack their of...)

Nevermind about that person, Tom... Yeah practicing, of course, is always good to boost art mojo and hone your skillzzzzz, but I think peeps just gotta back up and mind their own business. Who cares about what Schlomo G. thinks anyways? They're probably a person who is frustrated with their OWN art, and not actually yours, mang. Keep doing what you're doing, no matter WHAT people complain/rag about lol You're doing a FINNE job on the comics! (PS, I WOULD like to see a bit more realistic stuff from you tho! I mean, you're REALLY good at it, soooo... Yeah. :D)
Libby-Mouse Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Who's being a whiny attention whore now? I call hypocrisy right there. Twit-wads like these should get off the internet.
888poke Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't stand people like that. Don't take his words to heart, you're certainly a great artist.
Zephrine Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's hard to know what to really do or say when everyone wants you to do things or say things in accordance to their opinion...
Magmos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I really don't know what to say to this other than "This guy is an ass".
Hopefully, you won't let it get to you. Have a good day man.
ferah11 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Kinda agree with the guy but if you want some validation: there, there.
MakaniValur Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow, I wasn't aware I was between 12 and 15. Last I checked I was in my mid-twenties, but then I suppose the guy who emailed you knew better, right? How rude!
MerZuly Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really don't get how some people feel the need to say shit like this.
ryuu1818 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   General Artist
i dont see whats wrong with posting this, it bothers you and if people dont like it, they dont have to read it either. jeez, its not like you're screaming it in others' faces

still wishing you the best of luck~
RandomBran64 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I wish I had half the fanbase you have so that I could deal with all the hate by just IGNORING IT like you SHOULD BE DOING. I guess I can understand how frustrating it is, but complaining about it just keeps making it worse! That's what everyone is saying, and that's what everyone has said, so I kept my opinions to myself but apparently everyone else saying the same thing isn't enough. You need to just ignore all the haters and move on! You're too awesome of a person and artist to let all the hate get to you like this. :/
Darkauthor81 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Dear Youwishyouwereme,

We apologize for the inconvenience this comic has brought you. In response we are providing you with official permission to stop reading the comic.
Lumavah Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Annnnd...I'm done.

I enjoyed your comics, not the most humorous for my tastes, but I still enjoyed seeing your work in my feed every once in a while. Then once I took a genuine interest in your journals, I started noticing some of your trolls, haters, and fans. Particularly recently, since that's all that's really come up in my feed from you.

I'll be clear. I'm not a hater, but I'm no zealot trying to hunt down all your trolls. And honestly, you're both to blame, troll and artist. If you were more open to genuine criticism, and were more appropriate about giving it, I'm sure you wouldn't have as many enemies as you do. The trolls are, however, going out of their way to jab you with a sharp stick. And posts like this just provoke them. And as a relatively passive bystander, I'm getting tired of seeing this type of stuff. It's just fuel for the fire.

I wish you well, but I'm not going to follow you anymore. If and/or when your page becomes more about art again instead of a sympathy campaign, I may again return to watching you.
Cerenas Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to respond to this journal, and then I saw this comment. I might as well copy and paste this because it's exactly how I feel. I watch artists for their art, and in time I come to care about the artist himself.
This "sympathy campaign" (thanks for that, Lumavah, btw, it's perfect) is pathetic and I groan every time I see one come up in my feed. I haven't unsubscribed from your journals because I wanted to know how you were coming along and if you were coming off of hiatus because it's something I've looked forward to.
The saddest thing is this journal gets you attention, but not the support you wanted. It sounds like you've lost a lot of fans. You've certainly lost me, at least until you stop this overt pity grabbing.
Coronastorm Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I would like to add, this whole business is a perfect example of a vicious circle. Critics tell Dobson he sucks, Dobson makes a journal or comic about it, this annoys critics, so they tell Dobson that he sucks, Dobson makes a journal or comic about it, this annoys critics, so they tell Dobson he sucks, Dobson makes a jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj
LaBaguette Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
The ride never ends
AshieV Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Stop the drama I wanna get off.
In short, I agree with the above reply string.
NotQuiteALady Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
*sigh* Mr. Dobson, I love your art, I really do. Your style is, in my opinion, very unique and I like the jokes that you make, regardless of what other people think. I used to frequent your websites quite often even before I became a member on deviantArt and realized you had such a following here.

However, I've lost a lot of respect for you over the past few months. Everyone - and I do mean everyone - takes flack for their work all the time. Not everyone likes everything. You have to take it with a grain of salt and keep doing what you do because YOU love it, not because someone else doesn't like it.

Plus, you bring a lot of the negativity on yourself by doing things like this. You're starting a flame war on the internet, and then you get upset when you get something negative back. You do things like this constantly, even in your comics! (Examples: [link] and [link]) I've always wanted to meet you, but it's things like this that make me think I'm better off just reading your comics quietly and pretending that I don't know that you do immature things like this.

Have some respect for people, and more importantly, have some respect for yourself.
Gee-Nius Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so immature. Why would you stoop to their level? If the hate hurts you so bad, delete your account or go to a counselor. Just don't stoop to their level. This journal is equally as bad as the original email.
ShutUpSprinkles Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You're not much better than the person that sent that, making call-out journals and what not. It's silly and immature, and I can't take people who do this seriously. Whether it was you, someone else on the internet, or even a close real-life friend, it doesn't make me respect the person being attacked. I've had friends do this on dA, on Facebook - and I still think it's dumb.

I just don't get it. Why can't you just delete the email and move on if you don't want to hear or don't listen to what your so-called "haters" say anyway? :confused: It just baffles me.
Legojack261 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ignoring the other parts of the e-mail, aren't you kind of proving his point about you setting your fans loose on him by publicizing his e-mail in your journal for everyone to see?
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