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Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following [link]

Continuity? What’s that?

If for some reason you've come into the series after a hiatus and possibly missed it, here's the strip where this all began: [link]
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Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following [link]

I need to get a restraining order...
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Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following syacartoonist.com/

I can sometimes anticipate how my comics will be taken by the general public before I post them. But every once in a while some of my comics become instantly popular breaking all sorts of viewing statistics, leaving me scratching my head on what on earth happened. I like it when people enjoy my comics, but not know why something became popular is very puzzling to me.
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Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following [link]

If you don’t get a joke because there’s an obvious reference to something you don’t know... take the 2 seconds necessary to Google it and educate yourself. Not only will you be able to understand the reference going forward, but you might actually come across something new that you’d enjoy. I’ve found a lot of stuff by googling things I didn’t know about or saw made reference to in something else.

I feel It’s foolhardy to suggest that one should never reference or talk about stuff they enjoy from their past out of fear that someone out there might potentially not “get” it.
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Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following [link]

I love the internet's obsession with categorizing jokes and humor into nice neat little boxes and check marks. That's such a beneficial past time that in no way stifles spontaneity and hinders creativity.

Because, you know, it's such a crime to tell a joke that might potentially sound or look like another joke told sometime during the course of all of human history...
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Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following [link]

Cartoonists are a hard stereotype. They tend to dress in T-shirts and jeans, making for very generic and bland caricatures. So my apologizes to anyone offended by this outdated “artist” stereotype.

PS: This is the end of the mini-arc of having Pam back, so you probably won't see her for a while. Likewise this will be the end of "OMG You're a BEAR!" now gags so we can go back to focusing on just being a bear cartoonist more.
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This happens a little too frequently for my tastes.
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Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
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...by BURNING THEM.

Seriously though, in my experience as a Z-list web comic artist nothing will get you busted down to the unspoken “don’t take seriously” list than by using strawman arguments in your comics. So my advice to anyone making web comics: Don’t use them... if you can help it.

Of course the bigger problem is that the vast majority of the internet doesn’t really know what a strawman argument actually IS... but that’s a different topic for a different day.
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Social interaction is not my forte, and I am just as nervous about saying “hi” to you as you might be of doing it to me... Just keep in mind that I have the disadvantage of not being able to run away.
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Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following syacartoonist.com/

Artificially infusing something with innovation “just because” is almost as bad, if not worse, than slowly stagnating. I fell into this trap early on when only a month into the series I was accuse of stagnating simply because I was making the comics with a set template/formula. I tried changing things up and striving to improve as my critics demanded, but it always felt forced and not genuine.

Innovation is not a “free pass” to greatness. Innovating “because you can” doesn’t automatically make your work genius. You can innovate and be detrimental to your overall goals (such was the case with me). So i guess the lesson here is to simply be critical of your own work and innovate when it’s warranted. Always strive to improve and get better with your art, but don’t go changing things willy-nilly “just because.” Make sure there’s a reason FOR that change.
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