Lately the top comment around here is the paradoxical "Why did you disable comments?". Just so I don't have to keep answering that every time, I'm doing this journal entry to link for people in the future (and sorry for the 98% of my followers here who don't care and found this cluttering up their notifications).
It's a lot of reasons. After 10 or so years of posting fan art online, the end is approaching. I'm getting near the end of a number of very big projects (like the Doctor/ Companions pics), and in increasing need of more time for making "day job" artwork. Lately managing time is a giant problem in my life, and I would have hung up the fan art altogether a couple years ago if it weren't for my backers on Patreon. But even with that, the fan art's on "life support", and long term it'll eventually be... mostly... over with. I may do the odd post for fun every 3 or 4 months, but it won't be anything like it was. Eventually this'll be a place for original work (which I suspect sounds about as welcome to most of my followers as Dee-Dee Ramone announcing his rap career, but it is what it is). So the focus with the fan art now is getting those long-term projects done as fast as my Patreon backers fund them. That means I have to get more efficient, and a thing that can be a huge time-sucker is the comments section here. Some people leave rrrrrrrrrealllly long fan theories under my pics, and while they're often really damned interesting and fun to read, I feel like a heel if I don't take the time to engage and answer back- so I'm turning 'em off so I don't waste anyone's time. Honestly... I can barely find the time to read them sometimes. And that's not fair to you.
Another huge one is that a LOT of what gets brought to my door is negativity about whatever the subject matter is. Look... if it's something I wrote or personally created, I care and I'm interested in hearing you out. But if you just wanna gripe about how much you hate the new TARDIS/ Doctor/ costume/ showrunner/ companion/ Shin Godzilla suit design/ Twin Peaks Season 3/ how the War Doctor screwed up the numbering/ etc... I can't help ya, man. I'm not the Controller of the BBC and can do diddly/ squat to fix it. Besides, I'm not really that interested in hearing other people's negative opinions about the stuff I watch/ do art of mainly to relax. While I love stuff like Doctor Who... to me, at the end of the day... it's light entertainment. If I ever get to make it in an official capacity for Titan Comics or something like that, it'll be a serious thing and I'll be more curious to know what other people think. Otherwise... it's pizza. It's something to be consumed that ranges from awesome to decent (and very hard to make outright inedible... even with the odd "Fear Her" or "Sleep No More"). If you don't like your pizza, that's cool- but take it to the chef, okay? I'm trying to enjoy mine and get on with the day.
Conversely... there are people who come here to say nice stuff about the art. And that's great. I love ya, and thank you. But a fave (or even just a view) is enough. You're busy too- get on with your day. I'll be fine.
Another recent one... and this probably applies to almost nobody who follows me... is the odd, well... "excitable" comment, which I'm sorry to say is more common on DA in the last 4 years or so. They're rare, but every so often some person decides to start screaming the n-word in comments or go on 8-paragraph rants about socialism/ fascism/ "Comicsgate" (oh FFS), etc. I don't have time to read your manifesto. Sometimes they ARE something to do with me, and it's amusing (even enlightening) to read how my picture of Death's Head demonstrates I'm a misogynist/ feminist/ male-gazing/ whitewashing/ SJW or whatever (and once in a while, it's even on-point)... but mostly it's unhappy people who just feel like they need a direction to yell in. Sometimes I'm sympathetic to their pain (often I'm not). Sometimes I want to tell 'em to go fuck themselves. But experience has taught me that 99/100 times on DA, talking it out online doesn't help much in either direction.
And then there's just the comments I've read too many damn times: "you forgot ___" (I didn't); "why didn't you finish that fan comic you were making for no money on that hasn't been updated since 2012?" (I love ya and love that ya loved it, but you've answered your own question and WHY MUST YOU BREAK MY HEART AGAIN); "the Doctor can't be a woman" (I'm sorry you pooped yourself when you saw the Lady Doctor, but I can't change your pants from here- ask your mom); "David Tennant is actually the 11th and 12th Doctor" (no, he's an actor and Dr. Who is a made up story and yes I spelled it that way just to send you into a blind rage). I'm sorry folks, but I've been watching comments on here for 9 years and some'a y'all play nothing but reruns.
So as Ringo Starr would say... with Peace and Love... I'm too busy. I know I sound like a conceited jerkass saying that, but it's true (I really am a conceited jerkass) and doing this means I can get more art out to ya.
I'll be leaving the comments on for the original work and official stuff, btw. So hopefully I'll still see a lot of ya around there. Peace and Love, PEACE AND LOVE.