Pokemon Writing AttemptI've always been good at taking care of myself. I relied on others only when I couldn't do it on my own and even then I usually tried to do all the work. It's not that I'm egotistical or think I'm better than everyone else.Pokemon Writing Attempt by JacytheGreat
I just know I can't always rely on other people.
"Mom?" He rubbed his eye tiredly, having gotten up for a midnight snack. The raven haired woman looked down at him and smiled sadly, reaching out to place a hand on his face as she knelt in front of him. "What-where are you going?" He asked, eyes focusing on the pack on her back. She smiled more, sadder than before as she brushed her thumb on his cheek.
"You remember how daddy is away on a journey?" The little one nodded, yawning.
"Yeah. Are you going to go help him?" She froze, her expression torn between something he wouldn't learn about for some time to come. The conflict eased off her face and she smiled gently at her son, nodding.
"Y-yes. Yes, I am going to help daddy. So be a good boy and take care of the hou
Artist Goals and RacismIntrospectionTomPreston
I think it’s important for artists to be introspective. I think it should be the goal of any cartoonist or artist to take a step back, look at the world, and question and challenge all assumptions and normalities. So often little social stigmas and issues go completely unnoticed by a vast majority of the population, that I think it’s important to be reminded of where we are, how things work, and challenge the status-quo.
I believe that’s one of the most fundamentally important things about being an artist. It’s not the artistic skill level, it’s your ability to poke fun at stuff and make average people question their routines. While artistic skill is important, the average consumer doesn’t really care about artistic merits if the overall message is conveyed well. I’ve seen many stick-figure comics and supposedly “low-skill” artists resonate with people because of the message they’re sending.
Family Guy + Rape Culture, Digital Animal AbuseIn my last journal I apparently touched a few people off by saying that I didn’t like rape jokes in Family Guy, and that I was upset that a digital mutant lizard was killed in the trailer for Mad Max. There were a number of people who didn’t find those things to be offensive and couldn’t seem to understand why I personally would get so upset. “Family Guy has ALWAYS had rape jokes” or “It’s not even a real animal” being the typical response. So let’s try to address this stuff...TomPreston
Family Guy and Rape Culture
Before we begin we need to set some definitions so that we’re all on the same page.
Rape culture is a phrase used to describe a culture in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender, sex, and sexuality. Examples of behaviors commonly associated with rape culture include victim blaming, sexual objectification, trivializing rape, denial of widespread rape, or
ParodiesSo here’s the thing. Ever since my “stop doing sexist things” joke in SYAC a while back, there have been a number of parody comics about me and my views floating around tumblr and DA. Granted, parody work of my stuff has been there since the very beginning of SYAC, but these are actual comics themselves not just reskins of my own art.TomPreston
And you know what? That’s perfectly fine. While I will flag work that takes my actual artwork and just changes the text to be derogatory, if you actually make the work yourself... then it’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. And while I may block people for being assholes to me or my fans, that doesn’t mean I actually want to “censor” their right to speak anywhere else on the internet.
In the past I have tried to use the law to take down certain things. For example, I tried to get KnowYourMeme to remove their user article about me, because it was obviously a carbon-copy of the E
Not ALL BlankI started seeing the “not all ___” retort when it came to feminism. The response was “not ALL men,” usually as an argument to derail any discussion about how badly women are generally treated by the male gender. Since then, the phrase has started to apply to pretty much ANY sub culture/group. “Not ALL Bronies,” “Not ALL gamers,” “Not ALL comic artists” etc, etc. And most recently I saw it when I stated that I didn’t like 4chan because of how vile and vitriolic the website generally is. “Not ALL 4channers” is the gist of the argument. And I think this nonsense needs to stop.TomPreston
OF COURSE we know that “not all ____” is true. I don’t know anyone who actually believes that ALL men, ALL gamers, ALL 4channers, ALL bronies, etc are evil or bad. But guys... all those things have a reputation, and if that reputation is generally negative then you need to step up and correct it. And to
Ideals vs CharactersI am always amazed at what ends up being “controversial” in my artwork. While with some works I KNOW it’s going to be controversial (such as any time I bring up politics or religion), there are often a lot of times where I just make a gag strip and think nothing of it... only to come back the next day and see people writing up ESSAYS on why it’s the worse thing ever.TomPreston
Granted, I have the undesirable position of having a lot of people following me who insist on inserting drama where no drama really exists. So part of that is just the fact that I’m semi-famous on the internet. And still... It just baffles me how quickly people feel the need to see the worse in everything.
Right now, the past couple of NSYAC strips featuring Emily and Jade have gotten some... interesting responses. There seems to be this strange perception that Emily MUST conform to some arbitrary standard of a righteous educational achiever simply for the fact that she’s going to colleg
The State of Web Comics + My Intentions with SYACAbout SYACTomPreston
One of the reasons I focus so much attention on Marvel and DC is because they’re big companies who should know better. They are made up by hundreds of people all chipping in little bits here and there, and for that there is no excuse for bad artwork, bad writing, or bad material in general. They are, to an extent, a bit of a cheap shot, but everyone can learn from their mistakes and I can offer my opinions about them and what I personally would do differently. And if you’re paying money for their products, I think you deserve good content in return, no?
SYAC is, at it’s core, about how comic artists and the comic industry works and poking fun at the various things they get wrong... and sadly that includes a lot of really hot button topics like Women’s Rights, Sexism, Racism, Homophobia, etc. Comics are no longer their own sheltered little thing... they’ve been THRUST into the mainstream audience and all of these problems we or
Forever ||Luffy x Dying!Reader|| The hot water-falls fell freely down his face as he looked down upon her, her lips twitching, trying to up-hold a smile for their last moments together- one he would surely remember forever. He could see the light leave her eyes, and if the pool of liquid pouring freely from her body, and the stream trickling from the side of her mouth wasn't enough to tell him she was leaving... the fact she was no longer shinning and laughing surely did. The fact she was no longer herself...HornyOrcas
"L-Luffy..." She croaked, her fingers twitching in a feeble attempt to lift her hand to run it through his soft hair again, as her eye-lids drooped.
"Don't go! Please!" He choked, slowly, gently -- as if she could break -- laying his face onto the tainted surface of her clothed chest; the wet, sticky fabric clinging and molding his face. His muffled wail echoed into the morning air, clutching the once bouncing body in his arms, as if he were waiting for her arms to
Mature ||Child!Ace, Luffy, Sabo x Teen!Reader|| "I'm not a little kid! I'm a mature a--dult!" Luffy's little voice screeched as he furiously wiped the snot running from his nose with his bare arm, only contradicting himself.HornyOrcas
Placing your hands on your hips as you stared down at the little boy with pursed lips, your foot tapped against the floor of the tree-house lightly emitting little noises. "Oh, I'm sorry... I guess I just didn't notice," You started out sincerely, your face softened with one hand now resting on your chest. "And neither did anyone else for that matter!" You suddenly finished, going back to your original stance.
Your back tensed at the sound of little snickers coming from behind you. Quickly turning around, you threw out your arm and pointed your finger at the other two. "The same goes for you two, too!" You shouted, a small tick mark pulsing on your forehead.
"'You two, too'?" Sabo asked with a small laugh, leaning over and holding his stomach, his hat magic
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