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I just got back from a trip and I’ve had a lot of things on my mind that I wanted to talk about but couldn’t due to an absence of keyboards (sorry iPhone, your keyboard and hilarious auto-correcting makes long-winded journals too difficult to do on the road). So this journal might be a little... scatterbrained? I’m not sure, but I will try to separate things into groups if I can, otherwise here we go!

‘MERICA!
I live in America and a lot of times I come under fire for my political beliefs not because they’re really controversial, but because they conflict with another countries political history. So I wanted to just reiterate that I am an American. I talk about American problems. You can frame pretty much every sentence I write with the addition of “...in America.” While I try to keep a level head about world politics I am not, and should not, be used as a credible source of information regarding politics or even history of other countries.

When I talk about the comic book industry, for example, I am referring to the American comic book industry which primarily consists of Marvel and DC with a smattering of indi-publishing and import companies. When I talk about LGBT rights, it’s in relation to American politics, which is (as I have so often found) far behind a LOT of countries out there who have already given rights to LGBT people. When I speak about racism or white privilege it is ENTIRELY centered on America’s role in slavery and the long-lasting impacts that has had HERE.

I would NEVER be arrogant enough to assume that I knew anything about those types of topics about other countries and if you get angry at me because of any of these topics, please stop and reconsider your argument if you live in another country.

Chances are, my beliefs and views don’t apply there.

How much is TOO much personal info?
This is a conundrum I’ve felt ever since SYAC started becoming popular. On the one hand, I want to update everyone on what’s going on in my life and keep y’all informed about key things because, well, it helps to connect with my fans!

But on the other hand, I jealously guard my privacy, especially due to how many hate blogs like to try and personally attack me. They take journal snippets from decades ago to use as arguments about what I’m doing now, mine them for personal information I may have accidentally let slip, send me e-mails, posts, come up to me at conventions, take photos of me when I’m not looking, etc etc etc.

I’m often accused of “putting myself out there” on the internet, therefor I shouldn’t be upset when people use that info against me, even if it was posted at a time when I never knew I’d have so many followers and fans. It’s even weirder when people yell at me for posting my own opinions or beliefs or rants... IN MY JOURNAL. Like, where else am I suppose to talk about this stuff, right? I do my best to not give out too much personal information anymore, but at the same time I do still feel the need to inform y’all if things come up that hinder my work or delay projects or whatever. But often times I can’t talk about that stuff because it’s... well... personal.

As of this writing, there’s something really big that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a long time now, but I am unsure if I really should. It’s primarily about my illness and my 6-7 month hiatus I took last year, and it directly relates to why I struggle so much to produce content on a regular basis. But it’s also incredibly personal and I don’t know if I should talk about it. I know my fans would really appreciate being in the know, but it would also mean letting my haters know and they’d clearly find ways to use it against me which could be... to be frank... disastrous.

There are also instances where I comment on stuff in the geek/nerd/gaming sphere and then get criticized for not being as energetic or as sympathetic as I should be to whatever the news article is. Case in point, when I commented on the new Smash Bros reveal Nintendo announced a few days ago, I got a number of people who were upset that I mentioned how unethused I was about Smash Bros in general. I mean... you guys realized I am not a journalist, right? I am not bound by this requirement to keep everything i say “fair and unbiased.” People ask for my opinions about stuff because they want to hear what I specifically have to say, not so that I can just chime in an echo-box and repeat what everyone else already has said. I feel like I should be allowed to express my opinion (good or bad) about any topic that generally relates or interests me.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this... I guess I just wanted you all's advice or opinion on how personal should an “internet celebrity” (which I guess I technically am for better or for worse?) be with their fans? How much is too much?

Recommendations
Like I said, this journal is a bit scattershot. I was away on a trip and I just have recommendations for y’all if you’re interested.

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus ‘Notch’ Persson and the Game that changed everything.
I got this as part of the “Story Bundle” located here: storybundle.com/
It’s like the humble bundle, but it’s ebook related instead. This bundle is all about video games and the money from your purchase (you can pay as little as $3 I believe, though if you pay $12 or more you get the “bonus” books which I will be talking about) goes towards charity. Strongly recommend getting it if just for the Minecraft book alone since it’s a fantastic deal to get so many books for so little. The Minecraft book is around $15-$20 individually as an e-book and here you get it PLUS other video game related books too for half that!

Anyway...

This was a very good book. It follows Notch as he works through his jobs before he created Minecraft, how it was conceived, what his social and work life was like before the big change, etc etc etc. It’s extremely in depth and well researched but it never feels like a text book. It’s actually quite an amazing behind the scenes look of Minecraft. I know that doesn’t sound all that thrilling, but it is a VERY good book.

The Final Hours of Portal 2
Another bonus book part of the Story Bundle mentioned above, this one goes into detail about the crunch time strain of trying to finish Portal 2 on time. It details all the chaos, the fear, the pressure, the dedication to the craft, and all that jazz. It’s pretty quick and not nearly as gripping as the Minecraft story, but it’s still quite a good read and gives some insight on why certain decisions were made.

Noah
This movie was... WEIRD... to say the least. But it was a GOOD weird. This film has had a lot of controversy surrounding it, and it’s pretty easy to see why. It’s a brutal retelling of Noah’s Ark from the bible, with some of the more fanciful crazy Bible stuff front and center, a retelling of the creation of the universe that looks like it came from a Discovery Channel documentary, and an unexpected 3rd act twist that shades the whole story and characters in a veil of morally ambiguous grey. Since so many people are familiar with the sunday school highly sanitized version, it’s no wonder this movie is hard to pin down.

But take it from me, an atheist no less, it was a DAMN GOOD movie. There are parts that don’t quite work, and even some which are a unintentionally silly, but overall the stuff it does well more than makes up for it’s short comings. Strongly recommend seeing it, even if you’re not into Christianity or religion or whatever.
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Atop the 4th Wall
  • Reading: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One
  • Watching: Lego Movie
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Drinking: Hot Coco
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kimyona123 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting to hear your opinion on Noah because now I'll really consider watching it. (Since I am familiar with 'good weird' movies, but perceived the movie as: "The trailer somehow reminds me of 2012.")

On the topic of too personal (sorry that it turned out so long):
To me, your case kind of reminds me of (rather few) politicians in my country using facebook, twitter etc. to keep close contact to fans/followers and keep them up to date on events, some of them also posting more personal stuff, such as holiday pictures, which is probably on the one hand good to show they're human, but on the other hand can lead to discussions on budgeting, if one for example always takes holidays as soon as possible in expensive countries, but tells the people that the government has to save money, which is why new and higher taxes will be introduced etc etc (this second part is just an example as to make my point clear, though I can remember that something like this already happened in my country).
This would definitely lead to discussions of and attacks on the private life of said politicians, even though they might have always strictly saved their money just for the holidays because they prioritised it over a new car or anything similar. In reality, it (sadly) doesn't matter, since the wide mass does not know about this and any kind of explanation and justification (even if its the truth) will be perceived by most as shallow or even as a complete lie (Of course it can also be the case that they are indeed lying and be corrupt or anything else, as mentioned, it's just an example).

Therefore you only have the options to either not post anything on your private life (or little, such as you are doing now), or post really personal stuff and become a target (as it was already the case). I would really wish that you wouldn't need to choose between the two, since everyone should be allowed to disclose as much information on him/herself as he/she wants to, but life does not always work that way (which is really, really sad).

I can understand that you somehow have the urge to let us fans know more about you, but I have to say, I'd rather tell personal stuff either completely anonymously on the internet or face to face in personal interaction (because then you can really judge whom you're talking to and can decide what to really say and disclose on yourself :D).
Hope my opinion somehow helped.
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DragonZephyr Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I think that you should share whatever amount of personal info that makes you comfortable.
Sadly, there will always be haters and the crazy people that send death threats and the like and there isn't really anything anyone can do about them.
I recommend that you just continue to give your honest opinion about topics and try your best to ignore them.
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Passin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Meh, you are free to say as much or as little as you like about your personal life. And yeah, I get it that you're in America. That's why I don't criticise
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Ginger-Bean Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Hmmm, well ... I think if you want to share personal information with your fans, you should. I mean, obviously not personal information that reveals your living address or anything! But, you know, the things you are going through. I really like it when people share their lives with their fans/community, it is nice. :) But you know what? People are always going to find something to use against you. Even if you just wrote a journal saying "I like pie," there'd be a horde of haters calling you racist or something. It's your choice, but I think even the most amazing, successful and influential people will have dummies picking at them, no matter what! So do what you feel comfortable with, and know that those of us you really like you and enjoy your work and opinions will really appreciate it. =]
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UltimateIfrit Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it is something you feel you really must share, screw the haters. Share what must be shared. If it is your opinions, or as you say, an illness that impacts you, or a computer malfunction, etc. Go ahead. Keep your fanbase informed instead of leaving them wondering what could be going on.

If it is something along the lines of you smelled something strange coming from the bathroom, or you dusted your living room, I think our lives could go on without knowing that. :D


On another note: Portal 2: The Final Hours is also available for purchase on steam as well. I may not like to read novels, or even books in general (They just don't really grab my attention the way other media does), I am glad you gave it a good recommendation. I love to do my research on what goes into video game design. As hard and stressful as it can get, that is one of the few things in reading that grabs my attention. (Even though most of the time I prefer it in video form, I'll take what I can get.)

I'll have to give a look into the minecraft one though. I haven't heard of that one until now. :)
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WitchBeatrice Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Well personally I don't think it's saying too much to explain an illness that affects how often your art gets done. I guess people could use that against you but it's the internet, there are worse things than random people making fun of you, even if it does suck when it happens.

I don't see anything wrong with explaining behavior or whatnot by stating you have an illness, I often tell my friends that I have borderline personality so that if I act inappropriately and such they can know why I am and tell me to cut it out.

A lot of people talk about illnesses and such online, it's a great way to find others with similar problems as well as just a good way to vent. Sure people might use it against you but that kind of stuff is always going to happen.
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desertpriestess Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
You wouldn't be the only artist to get rude and downright awful comments about your opinions on games and so forth. Several of my favorite artists which I watch, have gone offline because of negative nancy's. 
Honestly, its easy to say 'ignore them' but in reality it's really hard. You want people to like you to some extent, so when the bashing comes out because of whatever reason, its trying to not let it needle you. 

Perhaps all the haters are affected lately by the moon?
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jeditoby Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
I'm going to start framing all of my nonreligious commentary with "...in America." That's an awesome idea!

If, as you say, this illness weighs heavily and will continue to impact your work from now on and thus is relevant to interpreting your work and words in the future = necessary to make public. Everything else is none of my business, unless you want to share it.

Noah...I might catch this up on DVD sometime, but I read the Bible, so I kinda already know the story. The manufactured hubbub about the lack of "God" because "Creator" isn't good enough for some self-righteous dolts? Meh.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I don't get that controversy. God ACTIVELY participates in the events in the story. There's no ands-ifs-or-buts about it... the presence of god is omnipresent! Just because they use the word "creator" instead of god is just a minor nitpick.
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jeditoby Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
What really gets me about the whole affair is how people nitpick over the animals. I'm not talking about the jokes about the unicorns or predartor/prey relations. I'm talking about the fact that people will say "There's no way you fit all these creatures in a boat that size" and somehow neglect the point that there's no way you can flood the earth as described, either. IT'S A MIRACLE, followed by another miracle, and another, and so on.

Seriously. In a day when three generations of English-speakers are conversant with the idea of "It's bigger on the inside," we're having this discussion relevant to the Ark? People, it's clear that God, in His infinite omniscience, is a fan of Doctor Who. Get over your smallmindedness!
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Starsister12 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeditoby, your comment has made my day.  "God, in his infinite omniscience, is a fan of Doctor Who."  Bravo!
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Lulumewtrainer Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I understand the controversey surrounding Noah (despite being so uninformed or uncultured about religion myself :XD:) but... from the what i've seen, the non controversial statements say it's... "good". Yeah, it's a "good" movie ^w^ and... yeah, that's it.
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MouseyPeach Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student General Artist
You can keep your information as vague or as detailed as you think the internet should have it's hands on.  I personally would love to know what's going on even if it's just to offer some kind words, but I think all of your fans (or at least the ones who actually care about you) realize that you can only say so much due to the harassment you receive.  

As for clearly stating your lack of enthusiasm towards Smash Bros, isn't that a more honest approach?  A biased opinion isn't a bad one unless you try to sell it as an unbiased opinion.  
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ZippyDSMlee Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Only in 'MERICA! LOL

AS much personal info as you are willing to give up, least that's my understanding of it. Tho I figure the more you give up the more thick skin you need to be.

I do not rad, at least not books I have enough issues dealing with the wtuff I write much less read others stuff for a long period of time.....elementary school thank you..

Noah is awesome!!
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Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student General Artist
It's always frustrating when you have to heavily consider what you are expressing on the Internet rather than being able to let off some steam and get issues off of your chest.
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Loveless-Nights Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
You don't have to tell us everything. If you think your information can be used against you then don't delve into it.
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shareyourworldwide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
We fans are interested in your health and generally hope you're doing well.
You cannot control what other people do and I don't think that you can trust everyone to think while they read something (Heck, not even I do that all the time)
Unfortunately there are many people with ill will who'll gather a group of sheep around them. Give us what you want to give us, let us know what you want us to know, keep to yourself what you don't want to share.
We're worried, but your health is your health, look for yourself, give away what you want and continue working on what you love.

Cheers
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irrenderNarr42 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If you want to tell us, tell us. if you don't want to tell us, don't tell us. i'm pretty sure, that your haters will hate no matter what you do, even if you don't talk about your illness openly, they might just take what you just wrote and go on a big deal about you being a pussy because you can't take the critisism whatsoever.

If I were you however I would not tell anyone, because first and foremost you are an Artist/Cartoonist and I don't see how telling us about your private life is helping you with your work. In other words: Note what George Carlin said in "When will Jesus bring the Porkchops" about Celebrities.

Have a nice day.
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Sketchie13 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah. The people who do hate blogs need to stop invading your privacy. Mining journals for personal info? Ugh. Plus, you're doing the journals as a side thing but you're an awesome cartoonist, not a journalist. And cartoonists never have to be unbiased.
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SpacePopeII Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Yeah, I saw Noah the other day and I have to agree with you. A lot more of the story is set on the ark than I originally thought it would.
As for health issues and privacy etc, etc... I'll echo what others have said. Keep them to yourself, close family and friends. People might be curious about it, and they might wish to know what takes you so long to upload content, but they should respect your choice to keep information private, if you so choose. Have a good day/night (woo time zones )!
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snowskeeper Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
The actual bible ending to Noah's Arc was my favourite ending. God tells Noah that the reason everyone died was that Noah didn't ask God not to kill them, so Noah and the Devil invent wine and get hammered together.
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geekysideburns Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014   Digital Artist
I also comment on the edf2 forums but I more prefer to be less aggressive about it. I manly approach you when I have a personally inquiry or if I genuinely have some input. I try my best not to just say what's wrong, but how you can fit it.

As for personal info goes I believe in garbage in garbage out. It's really best you try your hardest not to be controversial, which I think you're the most controversial when you reply. People can and will hold grudges even those who you've never met. You've said before you're a stubborn but even so sometimes its easier to just understand another view point and let it be. Word can work in your favor or turn people against you.

As for sharing info whether it be personal or otherwise its all up to you as well as how much info you give. Health issues are a serious thing and I personally wouldn't mock or even bring it up, but the internet can be vicious as you've experience. Keep it close to family and friends is probably the best. If you want to explain it to fans, keep it vague.
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MysteryBandit Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, the 'privacy, or little' thing. I rather myself keep my precious privacy, hiding behind an avatar and not speaking my full name, like Cryaotic, if ya catch ma drift, but even he isn't safe. Fans are rabid sometimes Zeus, I mean, hunting down his picture on his MOM'S Facebook, poor guy...
Anyway, I'm off topic. 
I rather hide my identity personally, I like to feel safe, and ninja like, he he hee.

Oh, and that Portal Book you mentioned, I'm gonna check that out, cuz Portal's cool.
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TheDagmar Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just wish the online community could be more respectful of personal material online instead of the uploader having to refrain from putting personal stuff put up at all ): but, that's never gonna happen, so.
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timbergray Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
I'd have to say, if the fans truly admire you for your work and respect you and your right to privacy, saying something like, "It's personal," as a reason for not giving an in depth explanation for things like a hiatus should be enough.   I know you want to keep people informed, but you've had plenty of dealings with negative people out to cause you trouble too, and there's no reason to add fuel to the fire if you don't have to.  True fans should respect you enough to just accept that and move on.  Personal opinion.
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Anthro7 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't the whole "fame vs leave me alone" thing a frequent Eminem song theme? I've only just recently started caring about his music, but as a story progression it intrigues me to listen and sympathize with the character - even if it's not fiction. Likewise, it's a shame to hear about the shit surrounding you sometimes, and I wonder how/why you keep coming back when clearly you could just sell yourself to a major company and make a killing (due to popularity) and we'd be up the creek without our favorite little angry bear anymore. Ah well... some answers ever elude the world. Good luck.
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LisaGreywood Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While it's true that "putting yourself out there" and becoming internet e-famous does come with a certain amount of sacrificing privacy, people still say stupid shit and you being famous doesn't make it any less stupid, and harassment is still a thing. I've seen a few artists who still get criticized for stuff they said/did years ago. I can only assume the people who do that are too pigheaded and stubborn to change their views/methods for anything and just assume that nobody else is ever changing their views either.

As for the personal journals... I always preface my personal journals with a line saying "This is just ramblings on my personal life and not really related to my art or anything you guys watch me for". If they continue reading after that, it's on them. Or you could make a separate blog or something for personal stuff, stuff that's not relevant to what you're up to on DA. I think if you do one of those two things it'll be hard for people to whine about you getting too personal. (But some probably will anyway, because they are buttfaces.)

I kinda wanted to see Noah because I like disaster flicks. :3
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SugoiMe Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whether or not you want to share your personal information or ideas or whatever is up to you. I personally enjoy reading your journals, whatever they may be, for the most part, but if you had something you didn't want to disclose, that's fine, too.

I want to see Noah, but chances are it won't even come out in Japan and I'll have to wait for it on iTunes. 
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SnowshroudKeep Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When you talked about Smash bros, you talked about that you had no money for a Wii-U but they have a version for the 3DS, which would work for you, and then you could play with us! =D
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ScarletTemplar Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
When you travel abroad, you can't just simply expect other people from other countries to know everything about American culture or politics. When you jibbed comments on broad subjects, it doesn't narrow down to American. As a backpacker in Iceland and Mexico, it's unwise to ignore other cultures and beliefs, so it's important to be immersed with them to understand them, not differentiating from them with your opinions. Otherwise, foreigners will think of you as pompous. Even if you are a visitor.

When you talk politics abroad, it's best to keep it yourself. Political cultures are completely different in each country. You respect them too.

 
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No one's talking about traveling abroad...
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ScarletTemplar Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
And you did say "you were on a road trip", so would it be fair for me to say you were traveling while you mentioned about complaints from non-Americans?

So yes, you did say you were traveling.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Usually when an American says they are on a road trip, it's through America. Not exactly "traveling abroad." If I was traveling abroad I would have said so.
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ScarletTemplar Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe next time, try to be more descriptive on where you are going and where you are coming from. You kinda made it incomplete when it's followed by a subtopic on opinions from other countries. Yes, you would have said so. So that way, there won't be confusions when you go on the next topic like 'Murica!. I actually thought you came back to the States from somewhere while heading back on the road.

As for the 'Murica topic, the Internet doesn't recognize borders. When you say your opinions, everyone reads it and everyone comments, right or wrong. Your opinions are American-centric, but your fanbase isn't. If you don't want others to bash your thoughts on domestic issues, then it's best to keep it low to maintain positive view.
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ScarletTemplar Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I assumed you traveled. You didn't put much description if you are saying you traveled or just online.
Regardless, when you talk about politics or comics online, I understand you want to be more descriptive such as " ..in America". Regardless, there will be questions and critics of those certain topics.

If this case is online, this is the world-wide web. Same rule kinda applies. Just saying.
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Robo-pie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
not really; his intended readership is almost entirely american, but the content just happens to be visible worldwide for anyone who wants to see it. saying he ought to append "... in america" to every thought expressed online is like saying he should do that when discussing things at a party, just in case someone films it and distributes it worldwide
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ScarletTemplar Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Largely American-based, yes. But world-wide view doesn't just happen. He's well known to the point that his audience had expanded globally, so he will get comments and regards that kinda differs from his perspective. That's the party he invited.

It's why I prefer to talk politics only with my peers, not in journals because it's a topic that invites people to have a will to cross lines. Especially if you are well known to the community where you can't simply ramble thoughts and expect no opposition.
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Robo-pie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
opposition is different than invalidation
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ScarletTemplar Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think I used opposition alright, but I think I'm over thinking it since it's more for a political climate, not General Internet rants. So I used the word wrong.
Sorry ' bout that.

Invalidation would be correct --- when his opinions are there and there is hardly source of information nor the regard of the rest of the community.
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BigDream64 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Never read that Final Hours of Portal 2, but I would be sorry if I didn't. The Portal series is my favorite computer game series of all time.
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KitzelTheMuse Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In regards to your personal privacy. I'd really only tell your nearest and dearest were I you. People you trust. You took a hiatus cause you were Ill. That's all the fans and watchers need to know. I may seem cold or harsh to most when it comes to this, but I really think that if you as a person are worried about what your haters will do with information you put out there, then the best course of action is to NOT put it out there.  Keep doing the comic's by all means, but we don't need to know the type of illness you had/ or may still have. All it is, is an issue of where to draw the line between your online persona of Comic artist, and the real person that has a life outside of that, and what you want to keep divided between those two aspects of yourself. 

For example, a lot of people don't use their real names on a lot of social media, and a lot don't post everything that goes on in their lives. It's just a rule of thumb. 
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sadly don't have that luxury anymore. My real name and identity has long since been found out. it's kinda hard to keep that a secret now :/
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KitzelTheMuse Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Even so, you can still pick and choose what you tell the fans. Even major celebs choose what they want their fans to know. Hrmm. It's like the haters are the Paparazzi. The haters will do as you stated, but only if you put the information out there for them to obtain. It's a double edged sword really. So, advice wise, I'd suggest, to keep the more personal stuff out of the comic realm for the time being. And if you -have- to inform the masses of something that effects comic production, just treat it as a need to know basis, and ask yourself if you are comfortable with the entirety of the internet knowing. If not, then it's something you don't have to tell the masses. In entirety, and you can give a simple and basic explanation. Like. "Yeah, I'm sick, so production will be minimal at best." and leave it at that. I'm of the belief that a large chunk of your fans would simply leave it at that and won't ask, and will wait to see if you provide further information or not.  
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somerrocks Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
^_^ 
(yep thats all i can think of to express what i am trying to say about this journal entree but uh i guess it just made me smile!)
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww well that's awesome at least. There's not a lot in there that's smile-worthy, IMO, but I am glad it brought a smile to your face :)
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somerrocks Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i smile randomly some days ^_^ 
(oh my gosh i just thought of something)
(Why do we smile when we are happy and cry if we are sad? why dont we smile when we are sad since its supposed to make you feel better? why do we get angry it only causes us problems! if we get angry it makes anger)
(anger can make hatred)
(and hatred just causes more problems..just look at the uchiha clan)
(and why do we love if it can hurt us? and why do people betray each other? why do we fight?)
(WHY THE HACK DID I THINK OF ALL THIS!? o-o google i hope you have some answers...i mean if google has madara riding a freaking unicorn it must have answers for these...right?)
(...sorry about that i just had a really random 'oh my gosh i just realised something' moment  .-. sorry!)
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N647 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe i m being to picky but i would like to note... USA is not AMERICA.
Beside that really understand your points is incrediblebthe lenghts some people will go to attack someone... i also been judgen on decontextualized old posts based on my political view.
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Robo-pie Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
it's what most people both here and abroad refer to when they say 'america' though. there really isn't any better shorthand, and acronyms are less pleasant and don't really count as proper names. we used to call this place 'columbia' but that's too similar to 'colombia' so there aren't many options left bro
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