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I've been gone from the internet for almost 2 1/2 months now, and chances are I won't be coming back for quite a while longer. Nevertheless I just wanted to give a quick update and thank all my fans who have been so supportive of me these past few weeks/months.

I've been amazed at the number of genuine well wishes that I've received. I think the vast majority of my fans genuinely do enjoy my doodles and cartoons and that the well organized and extremely vocal "haters" of me and my work make up a very very VERY small percentage of my watchers. There have been some absolutely wonderful comments and messages being sent my way, and several of you have even sent me links to advice sites or inspirational posts. I truly do appreciate it. Thank you so very much.

I don't say Thank You enough, I think. Because of my fans I've been able to do some amazing things and I owe you guys a lot. Because of you'all, I've been able to visit another country and make friends from all over the world, something I would never have been able to do on my own. That's something incredibly special that I didn't pay enough attention to. I let the negativity fester too much inside me and getting rid of that is a long and slow process of recovery.

I've been drawing since I've been away. I have a little sketch book I doodle in whenever I have the time and as a result of that some interesting illustrations spring to life. I've been making artwork for some booklets that I might sell at a convention sometime later next year. Maybe. I do think that I truly enjoy drawing. It's comforting and a great way to work through problems you face.

One thing that has helped me is to know that I am not alone. CharlieIsSoCoolLike posted a video www.youtube.com/watch?v=_56nx3… shortly after I left about how he's scared about creating new content, which sparked a plethora of video responses www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGmAek… www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi04oC… on youtube from a wide variety of content creators who all echoed the same fears, many of which resonated with problems or issues I've been facing. TheOatmeal.com theoatmeal.com/comics/making_t… also made a post about what it's like being a web comic artist and that too truly resonated with me.

I don't know when I'll post again, but for the meantime I just want to say thank you to everyone who's been so supportive. I'm gonna get through this, it's just gonna take some time. Thank you to those of you who are being so patient with me while I work through my issues. I truly appreciate it.
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Reading: The Hobbit
  • Watching: Prometheus
  • Playing: 3DS - NSMB2
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Skelly-Bone Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Stay strong
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inusora123 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
ooooh, that's sad :( can't wait untill your better so i can see more of your artwork :D
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SakuraRuby Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really hope you'll be back soon c: I really do enjoy your content and I think you're really swell.

Let the haters sit on their hate and I would honestly just ignore them. They win by getting your attention.

Be brave c: and be strong. You can do it.
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LastRyghtz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Stay Strong man...the world needs more creative people like you.
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Magmos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Take all the time you need man, we'll wait as long as it takes. :)
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Askart Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Glado to hear tha- Oh God, you're watching Prometheus @_@
If I knew it was from the same creator of Alien, I'd have prepared my mind for the incoming instoppable brain-rape
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crimson-shine Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
It's always good to just sit down and draw for the hell of it! :hug:
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Dewdropmon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Take as long as you need. Your well-being is more important than us.We'll still be here when you're ready to come back.
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Paladin343 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck. I look forward to your return, but I hope you can return on a stronger footing, feeling better about yourself and the world. The internet is a sucky place sometimes, but please, please don't give up?
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MaliaMaria Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see you're feelin' a bit better :) Will be lookin' forward to your return :) in the meantime don't let all the haters get you down.. just ignore 'em and if they bother personally messaging hate mail to ya then report 'em for abuse! Best of luck to ya and don't feel rushed to return to us. True fans will understand your need for peace :)
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NoMoShi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am sending you some love and positive energy. Here: ...
Take your time, gather strength and (most impostant) find your balance.
Best wishes for the Christmas time!
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Everlasting-Ice Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I think that you are a wonderful artist and your comics always make me laugh. There will always be those who try to put you down and are over-critical. I feel one of the purposes of this site is not to make the best art, but to make YOUR art and be able to share it and get praise or constructive criticism. Theres no need for people to be rude, they need to accept that our art styles are always changing and that we all interpret art differently. You're comics have the power to make people laugh and smile, and no "haters" can change that. Good luck :)
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FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sketchbooks are awesome for relaxation. Just remember that each piece doesn't have to be a masterpiece. I've seen some artists take it to the point that "each sketch has to be better than the one on the last page" and completely kill the fun of it.
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Crimeh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
how immature. aren't you like 29 or something? wow.
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SomeDude-O3o Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I really hope you feel better.
I always enjoy your comics, and I am looking forward to the next one.
...especially the last Slender comic.
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bord2heck Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure all of us have been through or will go through a tough time in our lives, I know I have, and all i wanted to do was quit everything and think. Art is truly best appreciated as a medium for relaxation when you're not pressured to have to do something. I think you should just focus on your own life, and whenever inspiration strikes just go with the flow and make it, and if you like it develop it into something you can be proud of posting. Maybe don't even post all of your art, just make it to be happy. I was thinking about your situation once, and it got me thinking. I wanna be a therapist when i grow up, and art is so soothing when correctly applied maybe I could use it. If that happens ^^' either way thank you for helping me with that much and keep on keeping on
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kayanne21 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Take all the time you need. Do what you think is best for you. If you want to come back, great. If you feel you would be happier staying away, that's ok too. I hope you do come back but your health more than anything is what's important right now. So don't worry about it. The internet will still be here. We're not going anywhere.
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FishOni Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Don't worry about the haters. They should be grateful to have the chance to seeing your drawings! Just don't worry, we're with you :3 (sorry bad english)
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's good to hear you're going in the right direction, even if it is slowly. =) It's also uplifting that you write how good the response to your withdrawal has been. Please, take a cup of tea, your doodle book, a good book to read (I recommend Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files" or "The Wrong Sword" by Ted Mendelssohn if you haven't already read either, they are tremendous fun) if you should get an impulse towards that, and just mellow for a few hours. Or all night, whatever comes first.
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OverlordK Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I believe in you. Just take your break if you need to and remember that you have a lot of fans that are supporting you.
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DizzyHellfire Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
I will be waiting for your return,. I wish you the very best and I hope you feel way better in the future. I will miss SYAC and I will keep reading Brentafloss in the meantime. but sometimes you do have to move away from people and just be you. I'm glad you are feeling happier. we're rooting for you!
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gr4y-inu Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
take care Andrew, whether you come back or not, wish you all the best. There are a lot of ppl who are surely missing you, including me.
I hope you get well soon and maybe can have a look on all of the problems from a different perspective. time is the best healer.
:highfive:
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Jaded-Crypt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At least you seem a tad happier than a month or so ago. Hope you find your own permanent happy place :)
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Lalaith-Clanst Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hope things will get better for you soon, cant wait to see more of your works
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doogie-sama Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
The loyal fans are the ones that are around when you are at your lowest :) <3 hope to see your artwork soon and maybe meet you one day :)
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KeyoGrlRipper Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A good way to get rid of watchers who constantly troll and are rude is to block them, and then immediately unblock them. They will no longer be a watcher and informed of your every move, but nor have you made it so they can't comment, and it prevents your blocked list from becoming full.

I hope you have a decent recovery, take it easy good sir.
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KeyoGrlRipper Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
On that note, I also ended up unwatching a person whom I didn't realize was as much of a douchebucket as they were because I saw their comment on your journal. What goes around may very well come around.
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Brahaun Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
as long as you come back someday, feeling all better and whatnot, then it's gonna be fine. in the mean time, take care, man
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Princess-of-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I hope things continue to get better!
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
COMMENTS
YAAYYY
:D
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Korro Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Take all the good critique and feedback you can get too! Don't be afraid to ignore people who are just out to make a personal attack at you though.
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Korro Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Your art is shaping up pretty well too. You gotta come back fresh after a while. I think the break is doing you good.
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DisneyFanJulia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good luck! I still love your art and can't wait for more :heart:
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YWYH-s--Morelenmir Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
:huggle: Take your time, dear. I'm here cheering you on whatever you do and wherever you go!
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Neo-Zander Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like I've always told you man, "Do you." Take care of yourself and I'll see you around at least for the Brental Floss stuff.

P.s: Played your 'Traders' map on minecraft with friends. That was seriously epic, nice work.
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Decoy-Mantis Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Now I feel awful for enjoying your comics and never commenting

Anyway I feel I should support you and just say I've always enjoyed your comics but am prepared to wait months for the next one, so take all of the time you need!
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darksapphiredragon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Not sure what to say but i will support you and your decision.
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Livingpixel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty much everything has been.said already, so I'm just here for the ride basically.
I hope you get well, forI think it shouldn't happen for a person to falemtally ill thanks to some people nobody knows a thing about.
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RatTerrierLuv Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I'm so glad that you are feeling a little better, and that everyone has been truely supportive. I hope that you find your groove again so that you can post here because you enjoyed making the drawings and want to share them without fear of people attacking you over it.
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imaginationstarie13 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
Glad to hear that you've been getting better! Remember that'll we'll wait for you, so take all the time you need.
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SuperJeff62 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Artist
Hope you get better man, I always look forward to SYAC and Brentalfloss
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I can relate with this as well, but ultimately it's your life and your decision. Don't let one bad comment get you down. You have a voice and can speak on behalf of the decisions you make. Drawing makes me happy as well, so don't let drawing be a fear or hindrance, all because one person didn't like it.
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PhantomDragon09 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your true fans stand by you through everything! We patiently await your full return and recovery! Wishing you ALL the best forever! Keep your health and happiness as your top priority :iconglompplz:
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Droemar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
You and your constituents sound a little whiny. Hope you get back on the horse and all that, but seriously, you're complaining about riding in the first place.
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Livingpixel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You do realise that the popular people in the world are under alot of stress? One fuck-up and they are pretty much done with their carreer, because what they did is seen by a large audience and therefor spreads fast.
Take the current topic of the Australian DJ's. One innocent elaborate prank turned into a nationwide nightmare.
Even though the hate can be relatively small, across thousands of people those numbers will add up and Tom is still only one person. I do not envy his position, because I know he has to deal with a lot of shit.
And I know you're not trying to be hurtfull, I'm just telling you it ain't all candy and rainbows on the top.

~The tallest trees catch the most wind~
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Droemar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Uh, the DJs in question were not artists. Not only that, they were in morally grey territory. They weren't trying to make any kind of artistic statement; they were trying to dig for celebrity bullshit.
And I also call bullshit on the "one fuckup" rule. Lindsey Lohan. The Spoony Experiment. Any musician whose ever had one bad song or a coke habit or a drinking problem.
Enormous amount of shit is one thing. How you handle it is another. Tom's in control of what he does, not how people react to it. If people want to scream at him for not doing this or not doing that, he's enabling shithead fans and giving them credibility. Which, if his work is as important as both you and he claim it to be, should speak for itself.
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IrishVolpe Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
We (your true fans) love you Tom and we hope to see you getting back on your feet, no matter the pace. I hope that you do truly come back and it is good to hear that you are doing better. Here's a giant hug from my brother and I, for we are both giant fans of your work! :) <(^-^)>
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SuneGem Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've just got to remember why you have almost 4 million page views in the first place. People like your work.

To me they always have this upbeat happy style to them, even if the jokes aren't always funny. It's sad to hear that the man behind them is going through depression though.
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exia-4ever33 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stay strong, stay well, stay safe and stay safe ;D
all the best to you!
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Hergman Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
i truly hope that you will get your happy mood back.

on a side note, does that mean that the political comic site won't update again?
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