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About my break
Despite the increase in activity from me here on DA recently, I'm not entirely "back" in the normal sense of the word. I'm kinda just tip-toeing the waters to see if things have calmed a bit. I'm still trying to get through my issues, with mixed success, and a two month leave of absence isn't going to undo years of stress buildup and stubbornness. But I'm working on it, slowly but surely. You might see some new work here or there, but I don't think I'm ready yet to jump back into doing any of my longer narratives.

In fact, judging by my recent comic's reception, I probably am not ready for a full fledged return just yet...

Kotaku Sunday Comics WIN!
Before I get to the heart of the matter, I would like to thank everyone who voted for brentalfloss over on Kotaku. Kotaku has a weekly feature called "Sunday Comics" where they showcase strips from various game-related web comics and brentalfloss the Comic was up for nomination of being included in the lineup. And it won! I'm actually quite impressed since I wasn't able to really give any sort of "heads up" aside from a brief post on facebook to help out. Thank you everyone!!

On Bad Advice
I get this a lot, but after my recent comic it's been parroted around even worse than usual:

"He needs to be stopped because his advice is bad for all young impressionable artists."

Thankfully, impressionable young artists don't exist in a vacuum where my advice or viewpoint is their sole source of information on how to exist. All advice, whether you think it's helpful or not, benefits a person's development of their self. And even if my "bad" advice "might" influence some young artist, if they chose to ignore all other advice given to them by teachers, professors, other more accomplished artists, etc, then that fault isn't mine or my responsibility.

You don't have to agree with what I have to say, but I'm nowhere NEAR as influential as some might think I am, and I am certainly not respected enough to give me any sort of professional "clout." Art as a concept doesn't need "white knights" defending it from the likes of me. And I really wish people would stop making it out like I think I'm some sort of artistic god, which I clearly am not.

I just want to make comics and have fun. People really need to stop over analyzing everything I say or putting so much emphasis and weight on how I say it. I'm not that important, guys. I'm semi-popular making low-brow comics and fan art on a niche internet website. I am not in any sort of position of power, I am not in control of people's opinions, and I am not making millions off my "mediocre" work.

Is it bad for me to suggest people should focus that defensive energy into making their own stuff better than mine and to stop worrying so much about my artistic development (or lack thereof)?
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Caliphos Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen. Compare the advice issue to people who wish to sue McDonald's for making them fat. Same argument. For all of your "bad advice" this seems like awfully "good" advice. Oh the irony. This is meant as a supportive comment, though it might not quite sound like one?
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Childofwestwind Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I am glade to see your kind of back, I told you once on Tumblr that you gave me inspiration to draw again. You will forever be one of my hero's and I hope your working towards seeing the hero in yourself. My art teacher even warned us that the higher we go with our art education the more cruel people can be, i don't think you ever been cruel. Honest but not cruel. I still hope to meet you one day at a con, no matter if your at your own table or just there for the con of the con! Please take good care of yourself, mentally and physically and have a happy holidays and a wonderful new year! :]
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archangel-of-exodus Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Take the time you need!

Les mauvaises paroles ressortent toujours du lot parce qu'elles sont criées plus fort. Pour une poignée de personnes irrespectueuses du travail que tu fais, il y en a des centaines qui te suivent attentivement parce qu'ils apprécient comme moi ton oeuvre.

Sorry for the part in french, but there was to many word I could not express in english ah ah.
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tehferg Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I think you give good advice.it doesn't necesarily need to be taken by everyone, especially if they don't want it, but it helped me. I'm no comic artist, or cartoonist, I write stories, none of which I've put here yet for the reason that I don't want that stress quite yet. instead I'm sharing it with close friends, and improving it first. Thank you for the advice, it's helped. Hope you get better and are able to return to full activity soon. Love your stuff!
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endler Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You know, I've been looking over your art for about three years now and I still don't get where the hatred is coming from. If you really were horrible with criticism before, you clearly aren't that bad with it now - and if you are...damn, I must be blind to it and I'm the sort of person who just seethes when popular folks reject constructive criticism. Maybe it's because all I've ever seen over the last couple years is 'THIS SUX AND ISN'T FUNNY', which, really...I don't think that's constructive criticism.
And then there's the other reasons. Every reason seems to consist of something you did/were like in the past. People are actually using things from years ago to try to get a frail shot at you. That's just...damn that's weak.
But, getting off track here - you just do what pleases you, as a lot of people have been saying. I honestly don't believe what I've seen of your advice is awful...most of it appears pretty solid, particularly the fact that people should try learning how to draw by first doing what they see around them, so forth and so on.
Just do what you wish and listen more closely to the people who are actually giving true advice that doesn't consist of 'I don't like this and that's it. No advice. I just don't like it'. Cheers. c:
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Izzie-67 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, as I've said before, take all the time you need. Your well-being matters infinitely more than dA.

Congrats about Kotaku Con. That's awesome!

I don't get why people are so concerned about "bad advice" to people other than them. Honestly, if they feel the advice is bad, why not offer better advice themselves rather than blame you? I mean, clearly, this is a matter outside my expertise since I rarely get people asking me for artistic advice, but... it just seems silly to me that this is even an issue. I just don't see how it's anyone's concern what advice you do or don't give to someone. If you gave them advice that they didn't agree with, that's one thing, but what's between you and another artist is none of their concern.

In my opinion, anyway.
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SuperSploinks Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Other M was a good game.
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darksapphiredragon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
nope and although i do think those people need to get off their high horse. i also think that you do get a lot of readers, so don't sell your self short.
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luvedragon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
What I don't understand is why people get so worked up about you "giving bad advice to young artists". I mean, what does some random person's life have to do with anyone? Why give any care about someone they don't know? If you are truly giving "bad advice", then wouldn't these young artists just end up not going anywhere in life, anyways? So I don't see why there should be any problem.

But, of course, people have to argue over or be dicks about /something/. People just can't keep their damn noses out of other people's lives. It shouldn't be anyones concern where an artist gets advice or influence from; it doesn't affect any single person in any way, shape, or form unless they personally know them. Even then, unless they're something like family, it still likely doesn't concern them.

And, like you said, artists get influence from many different sources. Getting a little bit of influence from you won't hurt anyone in the long run. Hell, I do think you are a good artist. No, not the best, and you've never tried to make yourself seem like you are. But there are a great amount of us who do enjoy your work.
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davidsstoryboard Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Hi Andrew,

I just read your and honestly your whole situation hurt me. I know I'm nowhere near to understand you situation but as a 'young artist' you inspire me. I'm now a College's art student and a whole lot of people used to love to tell me that I wasn't an artist at all. Your art and advices help me move forward to be a better artist and even if sometimes I disagree with you I still respect your opinons. It is the first time I am actually posting a comment on your page or a similar situation. I seriously think people should shut their mouth more on the Internet. I mean, yes it is a great place to give your opinion, but people just like to be mean on the matrix because you don't have any names...

Anyway the most important thing I wanted to tell you is that : You will make it like pickles. I know it sounds crazy but keep on reading if you are actually reading this... You know not everyone love pickles but it is in almost every freaking hamburger on the planet! So yeah I think you get my point. Have a wondeful holidays season you deserve it!
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Scoots-Buragi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have to think about it Tom, people like you get all the critique in the world, I have to ask for it and only one or two people would volunteer to do so, you should be glad you get that sort of attention.
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FakeTutour Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
viewing this conversation, at first I thought Tom was being a bit hasty in his rebuttal against you. Then I saw this: [link] and realized that the answer is that even though Tom is a whiny bitch sometimes, at least he isn't a dick that revels in hurting others with words.
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FakeTutour Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woops wrong link. [link] hope you like turtles. adorable little dudes.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So the reason you're so angry with me is out of jealousy?

You want more people to visit your page? I can forward some people to it and tell them to give critiques if you feel you really need it.

I'm not joking around either, I'm dead serious.
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HectorAdame Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't mind if I interrupt here?
If you're whiling to do that for someone who doesn't like you (and declared an unofficial war with you), then, please, could you do that for someone who DOES like you? Please?
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure, would you like me to direct people to your page?
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HectorAdame Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, please.
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Scoots-Buragi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I ain't jealous, I just wish I got more of a push in what I want to do. I don't won't more people to visit my page, I just need a critique, even if I don't ask, I'm willing to accept what they have to say, you take it as an insult. I don't need you to forward people to me.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well then quit complaining. You want people to give you critiques and I'm offering to help you get those critiques and you're refusing the offer.

You have no excuse to be pissy at me for not accepting criticism if you yourself won't take the help you say you want.
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Scoots-Buragi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who said I was being pissy, I'm just telling the truth.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, the truth is that you don't really want to help me, or get any help yourself. You just want to be angry at someone and I'm a perfect scapegoat for your pent up frustrations at your own failures and inadequacies? Cuz that's what I'm sensing from talking to you.

Seriously, do you want criticism and feedback or not? I'm willing to put aside our differences and try to help you gain the exposure you deserve if you'll let me help you.
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Scoots-Buragi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That depends on you if I can help you or not.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All you have to do is say yes or no. That's it. I don't want your help, as you've got nothing to give me. But I'm in a position where I CAN give YOU something.

All you have to do is say yes, or no.
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DTJB Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The one thing you have to remember is this: who are they?
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jiynx Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Not a bad suggestion at all!!

Your 'advice' is just your opinion. It's not your fault if an "impressionable young artist"'s parents didn't teach them to question things they hear. Also, I'm pretty sure your comics and art are not going to create a serial killer.....

You're great and always will be to me. You've always inspired me to keep going with my art, even when I get discouraged. Thank you for being who you are - one of many people who are inspiring others to be themselves.


Chin up, Dobson.
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KudoMouri01 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I just recently found SYAC and I absolutely love it! I found out about the trouble that a lot of people were giving you and I'm very sorry about it. I don't think your advice was bad at all, in fact, it has helped and encouraged me alot as well as a few of my friends. I've found that recently the anonimity of the internet causes a lot of people to be much more brutal and quite honestly downright nonsensically mean. It's not fair and it should never happen.
I love your work and I look forward to seeing more of it. I apologize on behalf of humanity. I hope you will soon recover and feel comfortable with posting more of your work.
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DuckieNinjas Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh and hope your feelin better :D
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DuckieNinjas Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But I love your advice and artwork :'D and I think your best advice has been towards dealing with the douche bags that say otherwise >:)
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ChainedtoInsainity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love hearing from ya. :) I absolutely love So... You're a Cartoonist? And would love an update; butyou are taking the time you need and even if he comic (hopefully not the case) never continues I will still have the archives and more of your work elsewhere to enjoy. In fact my lil bro has one of your comic strips set as the background on our home computer. He's 15 and adores your work. He laughs so much readin and rereading he comics as do I and the rest of my family. And I know you don't need me to 'give you permission' to fake all fhe time you need. I just wanted fo voice my opinion and hope it makes at least the tiniest difference. Thanks for the update. :D
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ChainedtoInsainity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*tak not fake! Sorry Typos...
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KommaerzHaeschen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Hope everything will be better soon.
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ProjectZuel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And now I have this image of a secret society of overly defensive white knights trying to stop artists they deem as bad from influencing others. Funny.
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ZippyDSMlee Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Don't worry about it so much they are just jealous ^^
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Jaded-Crypt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
People suck :/
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ribbonfly Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Take as much time as you need.
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QuirkyCorona Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Take your time. I'll keep watching and waiting patiently for you to get better :D
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shareyourworldwide Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
[link] <-- All I can say. I hope it all works out and that you can work on your personal flaws and make them less visible :)
Cheers
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SparklyStarStudios Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A quote that has stuck with me since this incident happened:

"Can't help it.
Posting impassionately, they say you don't care.
Posting nothing, they say you ignore.
Posting with passion, you incite trolls.
Posting fluff, you say nonsense.
Post with what facts you have, they whittle down with rationale.
There is no win.
There is only slow degradation.
Take note. It is the first and only time you'll see someone in my position make that position.
You can be me when I'm gone."
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villamar Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Wow... that totally says everything I always want this haters to understand about you. But then they see you as a "bully"... how does that even make sense? I think you couldn't explain it better. I wanted to explain that myself on replies in your previous journal but I thought it would be pointless so I just didn't do it. I even got flammed when I said something similar to the message of this journal in that video they made in youtube about the whole tower thing.
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lulucanpy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't understand why those who don't like your work, don't simply leave.
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sordragon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
because they like to annoy people, but at least we are still here right?
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swingleo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
how can i reply this......hmmmm....well

-about your comecabk:
yeah is a come back you cant leave because your hugbox is here , ironically almost 90% of your fans draw like chris-chan or worst , you kindly do furry dramas( or shortly, leaving---->fans bawwing---->return) which can make kinda sense

-about kotaku
okay let me see: you hate anime,you got featured in a anime! site, you are pretty contradictory here

-about your bad advice
its true,you give bad advices you really give bad advices [link]

actually you cant prove me wrong because your gallery proves it more than ever, your SYAC comics proves itself what they telling and your tutorials prove you got an degree in a fake university

sorry, im not kindly going to tell to a 40 year old man sweet things because they are hard truths, and you are not a child if im wrong with those statments , prove me.
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Writer
Welcome to the illiterate part of deviantART. I'm sure the community of stupid fucks will welcome you.
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swingleo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
the illiterate part of deaviantart amuses me, yet scares me too
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Writer
Congratulations. You're part of it.
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swingleo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
uhh.....wait, that was something to hurt my lovely feelings right!?!?!? ¿¡RIGHT!?
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Writer
Oh no. I'm just trolling you for a response.
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swingleo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
try harder
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   Writer
Try grammar.
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swingleo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
ok but...that means you are here too
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