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I should be flattered.

There are people who literally spend hours of their life every day following me. People who obsessively save every work of art I post online. People who comment and hypothesize about everything I do, even when I am not doing anything. People who make their own comics, websites, and blogs because of me. People who meticulously sift through my stats, my comments, and near-decade old journals. People who obsessively screen-capture everything I say or do anywhere online. People who seemingly have no life other than to talk about every aspect of my own. People who, day in and day out, never tire of talking about me to their friends online.

These people are amazing and I am continually astounded by them and the things they come up with... over a worthless and unimportant cartoonist.

Not even a good cartoonist either. Just an average, slightly stubborn, mediocrely popular on a dubious website... cartoonist. Not a politician with real influence in the world. Not a famous movie actor. Not a famous humanitarian. Not even a person in any sort of position of power. Just a stupid cartoonist making stupid comics.... on the internet. A cartoonist who's very existence is insignificant and pointless in the grand scheme of things.

I really should be flattered.

They spend all that time and energy following me when there are worse things in the world around them. They obsess over me when they should be working on their own stuff. They refuse to leave me when others have told them to. They hang on my every word and action, waiting for me to dictate how their lives will continue. They keep my websites earning money, even when I'm not posting anything. They buy my products, and write me reviews. They correct my work so I don't have to. They keep people reminded of me, when no one cares. They bring me up to their friends, exposing my name to others and making sure that I continue to be well known instead of letting me drift back into the nether-voids of the internet.

The only reason I am famous in any way, is because of them. The only reason anyone cares about me is because of them. The only reason people known my name and talk about me to this day, is because of them. They are the reason I continue to make art. They are my truest fans. They are my most devoted following.

And I am truly grateful for their help.

Thank you.
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VoiceInsideMyHead Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know it's a little late posting in this particular journal, but I wanted to find one that was at least slightly relevant to post this link. theoatmeal.com/comics/making_t…
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Darkrose42 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You know the solution to how all this can be stopped. And it's so easy.

Just start appreciating critique. Take it seriously. Thank people who take their time to look at your pictures. Even if they're not nice. Swallow down your pride.

Just. Do. It.

Every day that goes by will make it worse. And worse. And worse. Just do it. Get it over with. And think how you happy you'll be when it's over.
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DigitalAdhesive Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Andrew,

It truly is an honor and I feel privileged to count myself among the number of people who enjoy seeing what you're up to from time to time. There are a lot of mediocre cartoonists out there, and plenty of awful ones (myself included), but the rare combination of stubbornness, laziness, pretentiousness, and ignorance wrapped up in a victim-complex bow is so rare that it's difficult to ignore. It's like being the Christian Weston Chandler of cartoonists. That's you, Andrew. That's why so many of us are fascinated.
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kaput6no Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Digital Artist
No offense, but if you don't want to be bothered by trolls, don't ask for their attention with journal entries like that. :no:

It's like someone who hates ducks but can't stop covering himself in bread crumbs next to a pond...
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Livingpixel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That analogy just got you a llama.
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wikikid Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
my little brother is a fan of yours, he likes all your comics especially the so your a cartoonist one, he gt sad when you said u might end it
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Rudfud Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, that post did not end how I expected it to.
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AlexanderComics Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Andrew, it's never ok to say your worthless, because obviously you're worth something to quite a few people. I myself enjoy your work but I don't obsess over it. I read any comic that pops up into my inbox and then move on and very seldom favorite any of your work. I will continue to read anything of yours that comes my way, I also love your style but in the end I have my own shit to get done. I have some comics, characters and a toy line that I want to show the world. None the less, keep that art and comics of yours coming.
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nb1299 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I would still be a true fan (positively) if you hadn't blocked me on my other account because of asking what materials you used for your comics. I really was pissed off. Now I know why you did it, because I asked two times on your page but it really wasn't worth it Andrew... I was enjoying your work, laughing with your comics, watching you, faving your comics, etc. Why did you have to go and block me? I was just asking what materials you used...

Please do not block me on this account as well because I truly like your work and I will not continue to "spam" on your page. I will keep watching you and forgive you for blocking me but I was frustrated that you would do such a thing... I just wanted an answer because I was inspired and I wanted to start a comic myself...
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
If you are who I think you are, you asked me far more than 2 times. You were spamming up my page, asking it repeadedly on deviations, and sending me notes.

Spam, good or bad, is a block in my books. That's why.
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