FlatteredI should be flattered.Flattered in Personal More Like This
There are people who literally spend hours of their life every day following me. People who obsessively save every work of art I post online. People who comment and hypothesize about everything I do, even when I am not doing anything. People who make their own comics, websites, and blogs because of me. People who meticulously sift through my stats, my comments, and near-decade old journals. People who obsessively screen-capture everything I say or do anywhere online. People who seemingly have no life other than to talk about every aspect of my own. People who, day in and day out, never tire of talking about me to their friends online.
These people are amazing and I am continually astounded by them and the things they come up with... over a worthless and unimportant cartoonist.
Not even a good cartoonist either. Just an average, slightly stubborn, mediocrely popular on a dubious website... cartoonist. Not a politician with real influence in the world. Not a famous
Thinking PositivelySorry 'bout the last journal, that was a bit emo wasn't it? lolThinking Positively in Personal More Like This
Anyway, "I've come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace. That TWO a lawfirm. And that three or more become a CONGRESS! And by god I have had this congress! For 10 years King George and his-" oh... wait... hang on...
I meant to say I've come to the obvious conclusion that there's far too much hate on the internet. And while I might speak my mind about issues I feel are important, I myself have a tendency to focus a bit too much on the negativity side of things and not appreciate all the wonderful wonderful people there are around me.
So for this next week or so, I wanna try something different. I'm gonna try to make comics about being positive and happy about who you are, both as an artist and a person. I'm gonna start reblogging onto tumblr stuff I like from my favs or from fans too. And I'm going to try to say thank you to my fans ore often.
I'm calling this lil' experiment "project po
Fandoms, Criticism Vlog, and Journals On FandomsFandoms, Criticism Vlog, and Journals in Personal More Like This
Like most people, I'm a fan of a lot of things. However I don't often wade deep into fandoms themselves. For example, I like MLP:FiM, but I wouldn't call myself a hardcore Brony by any stretch of the imagination, as is evident by my continued botches of cutie mark colors (something no hardcore fan would EVER screw up).
Part of the reason I don't delve too far into fandoms is because fans can get very... emotional... about their given fandom. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it can sometimes be a crutch. I like a variety of series, but I'm not gonna throw a tantrum because of an episode name, or an animation mistake, like some people do. I don't like how angry or defensive fandoms can get sometimes, and for the most part I think people need to just calm down and relax and not be so standoffish.
Fans are, for the most part, good people who are just enthusiastic about a show or series. Just try to keep that enthusiasm from dipping into the negative side of thing
Controversial OpinionsYou know, sometimes having opinions can make you feel like no one else shares your views, especially if your views aren't being widely vocalized around you. Case in point: It's just been announced that J.J.Abrams will be directing Star Wars 7, and the internet is raging with butthurt about how shitty Abrams is, making over abundant lens flare jokes, and bemoaning the reboot of Star Trek in the process.Controversial Opinions in Personal More Like This
Thing is... I like J.J.Abrams. I liked LOST (despite it's shitty/rushed ending). I liked Super 8. I liked Cloverfield. I even enjoyed the recent Star Trek reboot and am looking forward to the sequel. I never had a problem with lens flares or noticed them being over used. And I think overall Abrams has made a fairly consistent batch of quality movies, which is a amazing considering how many directors flip flop between great and shitty.
But I can't often come right out and say that sort of thing because when I do I get attacked for having an opinion that runs counter to the vast majority o
Unspoken rulesRecently I posted a Mass Effect 3 comic, and I've noticed that an unfortunate number of people ignored the description telling everyone that it was an old joke originally posted months ago. You don't have to like the joke, but if your major criticism is "this joke is no longer topical" then that isn't really my fault, is it?Unspoken rules in Personal More Like This
So I think I need to re-explain a few things to make sure we're all on the same page.
About brentalfloss comics
I don't write it, I just draw it. Occasionally I'll have some artistic input, but outside that I generally follow the scripts tightly. Dan is in charge of writing, and he's been taking a lot of criticisms to heart lately. He's been experimenting with timing and panel layouts, and he's only going to get better as time goes on, but you've gotta give him time first. As a prime example: We haven't made a masterbation joke in almost a year, and that's entirely from the feedback we were getting. We are listening, it just takes time.
The brentalfloss comics are
Update for 01/26/12This week has been pretty sparse in me posting for a couple reasons...Update for 01/26/12 in Personal More Like This
There haven't been any Brentalfloss posted this week because 3 months ago (which is how old the comics I post on DA actually are) I had a week off to kinda catch up on stuff and instead Brent and Dan both drew the comics. Likewise in another 3 months there will probably be about a month off of Brentalfloss postings simply because this whole month of January has been devoted to guest artists while I crunch out the next batch of comics.
Big things coming that way too. If you're fond of the Brentalfloss series I advise you to be on the lookout for the new strips going up in a few weeks... they've kept me very busy but it's worth it!
Aside from that I've mostly been trying to work on SYAC and finishing it up on time. Unlike my other stories like "Persistence of Vision" or "Harsh Lesson" which were drawn and colored up in advance, I'm going pretty much day to day on "Portfolio Day." This is not a strategy I advise anyone
Unfocused RambleI talk too much.Unfocused Ramble in Personal More Like This
I think that's the main problem I have.
It's pretty understandable that I do really, since so many people seem to misunderstand everything I say that I want to try to convey clearly and precisely what I mean to avoid any mistakes in the future.
But it always seems to backfire.
And in my attempts to defend or back up what I meant, I come across as arrogant and douchy.
I'm really not. I'm actually a very nice person, and anyone who's met me at a convention knows this. But online... anytime I express my thoughts, problems, issues, etc there's a plethora of adjectives to describe how awful of a person I am. And even the tiniest thing I say echoes across the interwebs.
So maybe I'm trying too hard to defend myself...
Maybe I shouldn't try to interact with my fans?
Maybe I should just... make comics.
Guess it couldn't hurt to try...
Minecraft Snapshot 02/15/12 *fun ideas*Villagers repopulate according to how many buildings there are. I've discovered that they don't care if it's a building procedurally generated when the world was created, or if it's one you build yourself. So try to make a super huge village by building many houses for your Testificate villagers to inhabit.Minecraft Snapshot 02/15/12 *fun ideas* in Personal More Like This
Play on hard mode and try to defend a town from Zombie attacks (also fun on normal mode, though you won't have the threat of monsters breaking down doors).
With the new lighting mechanics, make a small room underground with lamps in the ceiling. Rig them to a switch outside the room with a single door (no windows). Turn the switch off and plunge the room into total darkness. INSTANT ENEMY SPAWN LOCATION! Once monsters start pounding at the door, turn the lights on and open it and collect your experience points. Since creepers will also spawn, try to make a gutter for them to walk in so you can stay up high and kill from a distance.
Rig lamps on a powered cycle to have them spell out
Update for 02/21/12I think I'm going to take a short break from SYAC right now. It seemed like an opportune time with the "Flossed in Time" brentalfloss story starting to come to a close and having to deal with the frustrating consequences of my basement's weekend flooding.Update for 02/21/12 in Personal More Like This
Don't worry though, there's still quite a bit of content on the way. I'm gearing up to start the Alex Ze Pirate series again (I know I keep saying that but it is getting very close to launching now), I'm working on tutorials for SYAC's website, and making plans for upcoming conventions. When I have more concrete info I'll let you guys know the full details as they come up.
In the meantime, if you haven't been following "Flossed in Time" I strongly recommend you check it out. It's been a real treat to work on this project and it's a sign of things to come. http://www.brentalfloss.com/comicfit1.cfm
During the weekend I held a charity event. It was a very very VERY short event (only lasting a couple hours) and we raised the tiny sum of $