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I wish satire/sarcasm wasn't so easily missed on the internet. It's really discouraging to create something that obviously is meant to be taken as a joke, only to see hundreds of people respond to it like it's "serious business."
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Early-Birdie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
if the audience isn't getting your joke you aren't fucking doing it right. If you base your ENTIRE artistic career upon making humorous "comics" you better be damned good at it. You... you really aren't. Using the internet to share humor is NOT hard stuff.
(btw: little kids on a website are not a good indicator of how well you are doing in a professional art setting. Do ANY adults or other artists like or respect your work? I would be honestly surprised if any respectable artist gave you the time of day at all).

I would be sorry for being so rude, but honestly, your work pisses me off. You kinda piss me off. The reason you piss so many people off is because you act like you are an artist, tell people your an artist, but... you're not. You draw. Not very well, I might add. You aren't "saying" anything with your work. You aren't doing it for your love of it, and it shows man. Your art is totally lifeless. That's why it sucks. That's why people don't get your awkward, half-formed jokes. If you don't have a good idea and a hell of a lot of passion for creating it, your idea is NOT going to be understood.
Come on, you're a grown man. You should understand this stuff... Didn't you go to art school?? You really should move on and do something professional. This would be cool and whatever if you were like... 16, but you're not. You're an adult and you should really be putting WAY more into your work if you want to be taken seriously.
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DiddyJakal Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I know the feel, especially considering where I live.
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Livingpixel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's the problem with written words, they don't carry the context.

"I really enjoy seeing you on the front page all the time."
"I really enjoy seeing you on the front page all the time." (/sarcasm)

That's the issue.

FYI, I DO enjoy seeing you on the front page, that's why I follow you in the first place.

Keep the art comming!
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MaciaPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I had a feeling this was the case. I mean, given your history with haters, it made more sense. Not to say that there is no validity to the idea that you are truly grateful to your real fans. I just... sensed the reverse psychology, somehow.
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Astrinova Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA
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MeddlerInc Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The main problem with internet sarcasm is that most of the people that it's directed to are so idiotic in thinking that it goes waaay over their head.

I did giggle a bit over the previous journal. You got the thing spot on in my opinion.
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NickFrizzo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
I don't like you Andrew Dobson. I've never liked you, nor am i a fan of your work. If someone were to accuse me of being envious of you, that is because I am. I envy the amount of people who comment on your schlock, whether it be these journals or an upload. It annoys me to no end that we HAVE to understand your point of view of EVERYTHING. Don't get me wrong if you want to be an asshole you can, I'm not here to give you an attitude adjustment. But you need to seriously think of your position as a somewhat popular artist. You don't have a voice at all, an artist needs a voice and your art doesn't come from the heart, thats why a picture of yours like this [link] while it is good, is no where near as catching and refreshing as this [link] .
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And you know what? I'm ok with that.
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NickFrizzo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
No. You are okay with it now, in this instance of your life, 5 years from now you'll want more i guarantee it. You know so little of what it means to be an artist. You play it safe and stick to what you know, when there are infinite possibilities of where you can take your art. Stop making these drab comics, you belong more in the animation field anyway.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I know what I like better than you. If you want to push yourself and keep switching things up and trying new things, by all means be my guest. But don't impose your ideology on me as if it's some sort of unspoken law everyone must follow. There's an infinite range of talent, style, and skill out there and not everyone is capable of exploring all of them. Sometimes sticking to what you know and refining your tastes works as well.

And it's interesting you bring up animation, because you do realize that most animators don't have a voice of their own anyway. They're skilled specifically in mimicking someone else's style and are usually required for YEARS to remain constant and consistent within that style. It's the very nature of the business, trying to maintain a constant artistic style over one body of work, which according to your ideology is a bad thing.

When I say "I'm happy where I am" that does not mean I completely reject improvement or growth. But it does acknowledge that the only way I'm going to achieve that is to do it my way and not be bossed around by someone I've never met on the internet just because they say so. I'll improve as I can, and I will grow at my own pace, and if you don't like that tough shit.
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Ray-Clark Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I think you have that guy stumped, just a tad.
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HappyMilkXD Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
What do you mean with OBVIOUSLY?
Stop blaming us for not understanding your work. It is you who are talking to us, if we don't understand you it's because you don't communicate efficiently.
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Hotaru-No-Mayowasu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Maybe da should have a box for both journals and comments that says "being sarcastic" so less miscomunicatons happen
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Ray-Clark Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
You know the whole point of sarcasm is that it's not obvious...
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Hotaru-No-Mayowasu Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, but with so many people taking things the wrong way, a lot of fights could be avoided if you could read the text and then the box stating it's sarcastic is shown so people don't jump other.
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Atata Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
most of your journals have been a bit serious though :/ I miss your lightheartedness. Discuss cool topics again ;w;
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Mori101 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The haters have chosen you as their primary target, it seems. You get way more hate than any other comic artist, it seems...but so is the consequence of free expression. Just keep doing what you're doing and remember that you're doing what you love to do~
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RookieOwl Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad my "sarcasm sense" was right:
:iconfryplz: Not sure if kinda serious or really sarcastic
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HikariYamiKage Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
sarcasm is carried entirely through tone.

the only way anyone would be able to tell it via text if it was just too stupid or unlikely to be true, and let me remind you--this is the internet.
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Dragonia27 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
*snicker* I have to say that I agree with you. I caught what you were trying to do and my hat's off to you for doing so, sir.
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Anarchy-danna Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
yeah, i feel ya, bro
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SuperJeff62 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Artist
people are funny that way
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XxXXzZ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've taken to adding "sarcasm disclaimers" to anything even remotely sarcastic.
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swingleo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
i wish that you stop ranting in every journal about how you bad jokes arent taken seriously
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
On the contrary, he's ranting about how his jokes are taken too seriously: "...that obviously is meant to be taken as a joke, only to see hundreds of people respond to it like it's 'serious business.'".
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swingleo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
but seriously you if you want to try to take satire/sarcasm as joke you should try harder because those two always end in failure

also,your continuous strawman arguments and you shameless self insertion causes your comic became serious bussiness

but you should try to ask to someone like bolk about this because even their comics are the same, he really tried to make it good
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Doodled93 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
You forgot to include the #sarcasm to the joke.
People can't understand you clearly without a proper hashtag nowadays.
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phantom-jedi1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
-shrugs-

Methinks you forgot the <\sarcasm> tag. It doesn't come over well in textual form.
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Hendelie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I have asperger, no need to be so mean!!!! TT___TT
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Chaos02 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The internet is serious business.

Sorry, had to...
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ChazFullmetal Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Its hard to translate jokes like that well over the internet, and harder to tell who is joking back :/
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Nububu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like what? Yeah, I know you just wrote you wish it wasn't so easily missed, but... hey, it's the internet. Now you totally made me doubt all your journals and artworks......
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
When such a huge number of people miss sarcasm in a traditionally sarcastic medium like the comics he draws, it's pretty normal to be surprised.
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Nububu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, you do have a point...
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Just try and think about both sides of an issue before you comment <3
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Nububu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't trying to pick sides with my first comment, I was just confused. I know all of his comics have a specific humor to them and I get the point, but I thought that maybe he meant his journals as well because he'd just posted a really heartfelt one last time and now this one made me think he wasn't being serious...
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I read that last journal. It wasn't meant to be thanking fans, but pointing out how silly it is that Tom seems to have accrued a following that hunts down every statement he makes and criticizes everything as much as possible. He was being completely and utterly sarcastic with that last journal, and made this one to lamment that it was so misunderstood xD
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Nububu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do not pick up on sarcasm very well, though it did seem very excessive that last journal XD Which is why I was in doubt.

I'm glad you could help clear it up though.
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem ^^ :heart:
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Ranggiana Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have a knack of making joke way over people's head you know, just like your art.
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eatpraylove Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<sincerity> I'm sorry to hear you're having problems with sarcastic comments on your art. Will this help? [link] It's an epic remix of the Lucky Channel/Game Corner song from Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal.
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EmmBee27 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Because when you make so many journals in such a manner that are supposed to be taken seriously, it's nearly impossible to tell if you're being sarcastic.

I'm amazed you're even questioning how someone could misunderstand that journal when you make so many mopey journals per week.
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MrArtie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I think that many people who think it's 'serious business' know that it's a joke/sarcasm, but choose to make a big deal out of it for some laughs/to kill time.
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Gulion Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Oy don't tell me you tried to be sarcastic on the Internet. That never works the way you want. If it's ment as a joke and hundreds of people didn't think it was funny then it's not a joke.
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kaput6no Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
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xGhostwriterx Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a hard time with sarcasm. My Autism makes it so that I can't tell if the person I'm talking to is sarcastic or not. It's embarresing at times, and other time peps make fun of it. Don't get me wrong I like sarcasm, I'm just not good to se if you are sarcastic or not. :)
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YamiCarol Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I know how you feel :iconsadhugplz:
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xGhostwriterx Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Glad to know I'mnot the only one.
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Schmores Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
It was obvious to me.. :confused: :shrug:
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buffalobobby Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh <_<
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