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Hey folks,

It has been a while since I posted a journal that was not simply an update about commissions.  But this is one i feel I need to write, as it addresses my lack of activity here on Deviantart.

At the beginning of this year, I signed up for an account over at Tumblr.  The sumbission process there is quick and easy, streamlined in stark contrast to Deviantart's disastrously messy pile of categories, repeat categories, and nonsensical organization.  The process of appreciating an image there is also quite easy: click on the heart.  Comments don't come as often and that's a shame, but its' great that people can show appreciation for and share my content with great ease.  I love tumblr and I'm not going to stop using it.

In the process of getting a Tumblr blog, I sort of abandoned Deviantart.  Between the general volume of comments and favorites that I couldn't respond to and the fact that I had found something much easier to use, I decided to focus less energy here, which in hindsight was sort of a silly idea.  Easy, fast, and simple is the name of the game at Tumblr but it leaves very little room for critique or the detailed sharing of thoughts and interests.  In some ways, the experience is dehumanized.  I actually really miss the comprehensive comments and message system of Deviantart.

And in some ways, I miss the community.  For all of the bitching the internet does about this place, for all of the criticism of how "amateur" it is, I genuinely feel I had amassed a group of dedicated, smart fans and I'm not convinced that all of them have jumped ship.  The sad part is, a lot has happened to me this year and I think many of you missed it.

Did you know I have a webcomic that has been running for about 6 months and is 30 pages in?  Did you know I've moved twice?  Did you know I'm on Twitter, too?  Some of you probably still haven't even figured out that I'm gay.  Recently, I got a boyfriend.  And roommates.  It's a lot of those large and little things that sort of went unnoticed.

I would like to dedicate more effort to Deviantart.  I can't promise that I'll do it, but I can try.  As much good as tumblr as been, I still technically have a larger audience over here and I'd like to cater to you guys, too.

In order to encourage me to use Deviantart, I've decided to start anew...sort of.  I have deleted all messages in my message box.  That includes comments, replies, favorites, new watchers, new images, journals, polls, etc.  I no longer have an enormous block of content I feel obligated to wade through, and that takes a huge load off of my shoulders.  So maybe I can do this after all.

Okay, so here's everything you need to find me elsewhere in case you're interested:

Of most importance, my webcomic:  supergayadventures.com/
Tumblr:  drew-green.tumblr.com/
Twitter:  twitter.com/#!/kingofsafari
My under-utilized blogger blog:  drew-green.blogspot.com/
I'm open for commissions, too:  freakshow6.deviantart.com/jour…

Alright folks, here we go.  Let's hope this works out!
~Drew
  • Listening to: The Nerdist's Sex Nerd Sandra podcast
  • Reading: Kevin Dart's Yuki 7 art books
  • Watching: Ugly Americans
  • Playing: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Eating: Had McDonald's for lunch
  • Drinking: Vanilla cola.
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Twinimation Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011   Filmographer
Congratulations on the boyfriend! I'm happy to hear it! I don't mind if you delete messages from me ever. Feel free to lighten the load of stuff. It's your account. It'll be nice to see your stuff again too!
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Thank you!

I'm interested in having conversations with people here again so I'm going to try and not delete comments that are actually saying things that are worth responding to. So...I'll certainly try not to delete comments by default. It's time I stopped being quite so silent.
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Twinimation Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Filmographer
Silence can be not too fun sometimes. I'll look forward to your work. Hope you have a great New Year!
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:iconmrbigal:
MrBIGAL Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome back, dude. Your art has been missed!
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Why, thank ya!
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evelmiina Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm following you there! I've gotten pretty comfortable with tumblr myself, it's bad for my blogspot account, though, haha.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Wait...am I following you on tumblr? I certainly should be! What's your tumblr URL?
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evelmiina Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Filmographer
[link] <:
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Silly me, I'm already following you!
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evelmiina Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
yay, thanks! :3 I'm sorry I didn't notice that at first either hehe
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MrsNox Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice to see you back here again! =D
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Thank you, MrsNox! I always appreciate your kind comments on my comic. :)
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MrsNox Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! =D
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mikehorowitz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know the feeling, man. I've tried to come back to DeviantArt every now and then, but it's tough. Especially when Tumblr is only a click away...
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Pockaru Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't really like tumblr for art submission, though its a great place to find some.
DA is more serious about it and the discussions/comments/criticism are more constant here. Having a big ol' art community is more appealing, though I admit Tumblr is fun. Hopefully you can share your love with both, since you have such history on here and you can start new history on there.
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geoffreydean Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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five50fivegirl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student General Artist
As much as I really don't like DA, I'll admit it's kind of hard to abandon it completely. It's nice to see you back again, it's been lonely here without quite as much of you *hug*

Congrats on the boyfriend status and congrats on sucessfully moving! I hope things have been going well and you haven't gotten into too many close shaves at the murder Kroger!!
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RangyRougee Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really like Tumblr but I see it for what it really is: a cold system for the ADD generation, with instant gratification,instant sharing and disposable content. You see, you like, you re-post, you click next and forget that you ever saw something in the first place.

I like it for when I'm bored, but DA is a true community :)

Glad to see youre back! Hope you havent lost many fans due to your blackout! I know the feeling :XD:
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SolomonMars Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
well... welcome back.
C:
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Chinky-chan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome back :D
Glad that good things had happened to you ^^
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Douglasbot Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wait wait wait WAIT!! You...got HOUSEMATES?!
I've only just really started using DA in the last few months and i love it! I was always one of those who kind of snubbed it as fanarty and amateur without really even utilising or even looking at the place...but either thats changed of late or it's not even close to ever being reality because some of the best concept, comic book, cartoonists and painters i've seen in the last few months has been here. It's very VERY easy to lose entire days to absorbing some of the incredible work here.

Tumblr is brilliant. It's clean, aesthetically easy on the eye and i love the intuitive and simple operating system that lets you with one click instantly cross post to various other platforms. Similar to DA it's very easy to get lost on a maze of amazing images. That said the one thing i DON'T really like is, as you said, the lack of back and forth, the feedback and the relationship building. Thats where it actually becomes very clunky and not particularly user friendly. Maybe thats the point...it's a tool for disseminating the zeitgeist, imagery and thought quickly and efficiently without much concern for creating a dialogue. And thats okay...i just think it's something that is integral, especially for creatives who might work from home on an island of solitude. So there is definitely room for both...now if only DA would kind of update it's myriad confusing options we'd be right!

Glad you're back...i'm a big BIG fan of your work!
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OnirikWay Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Well, even if i don't watch you for a long time, i'm glad you're back! Congrats for your boyfriend, i hope he nicier than Brian in Super-Gay Adventure! :D
And talking about it, i wanted to read more about this awesome story so i was happy to learn about the webcomic ^^

Yeah, dA is maybe full of trolls and "non-very-artistic-works", but it's also a place for friends and fans, where you can discover and follow great artists and see beautiful artworks.

So, welcome back! :dance:
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spicysteweddemon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Missed ya!
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Good to hear from you again! :manhug:

Congrats on the boyfriend & the steady webcomic! :la: :cake:

I've been less active here because of a lot of similar upheaval and busy-ness here... moved our 6-person family out of that 2-bedroom apartment into a 4-bed house finally! So the kids have their own rooms now. Yay!

(No need to reply to this.) ;P
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Thanks! Aaaaaand congrats on the new house! I always hated sharing a room with my siblings. ;)
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woohooligan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the kids are really happy! :D
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Snitter Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Writer
Wow, so glad to see you here again and here all the great things going on in your life! I missed you and I remember last life seemed to be rather rough on you, so I'm super happy with all the wonderful luck you're having!

I'm going to start following you on twitter! ;)
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Scunosi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I would comment more on Tumblr (which I only just recently got) if I could just figure out how. I know how to open and view the list of comments other people get, but I can't for the life of me actually post one and I don't know why.
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Mr-Bluebird Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student
I find it really sad when people leave dA for tumblr.. I hope you keep posting new stuff for us here =)
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Saetje Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Awesome, I'm really glad you came back to DA because I don't have a tumblr, so I did not know you got a boyfriend and some roommates and I missed a lot of artwork! :) Welcome back!
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KoniraThax Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on the boyfriend! :D
I hope you two are real happy together. It's so cute that you found someone. :3
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