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."
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.
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.
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] .
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.
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.
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~
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.'".
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...
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
<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.
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.