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)?