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User Profile For Tom Brazelton  
I am the artist and write of the web's longest running movie-themed web comic, Theater Hopper.
 
Comics By Tom Brazelton: Joe Loves Crappy Movies
Homepage: www.theaterhopper.com
 
Comments Posted: 3
Favourites: 38
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Comments  
Below is a list of comments made by Tom Brazelton, in date order (newest at the top).

Comic: Plotless Violence  
There are some things in Donny's post that I agree with, but would not have worded so bluntly. Regardless, I will answer the questions addressed to me.

I *don't* that your comic is so horrible that the only person in the universe who wouldn't hate it is you. Nor do I assume that anyone who rates it above 1 star is either myself under a pseudonym or a close friend I had to beg and pay. It's more than likely that PV will find an audience who appreciates it, but stacking the deck with positive comments from friends right out of the gate casts suspicion. Judging from the comments you've received, I am not the only one that feels that way.

Regarding your ranks of other comics, it's not your rankings that offend me, but what you type after the fact. I agree that you don't dissproportionally attack popular web comics. But I feel your criticisms are dissproportionally unfair. A pattern develops and a judgement call is made on behalf of the people who read what you write.

At the crux of things, I believe we disagree on the point of professional courtesy. You don't think it plays a part. I think it does.

Regardless of if you are stating your opinion, since you create a comic, you can't fire wildly into the crowd and not expect some of that sniping to come back at you. People who read your comments aren't going to say "That's just some random guy lipping off." and disavow it. They're going to read your comments, see that you have your own web comic and wonder "Is he saying that to generate controversy?" It adds another facet to your motivation beyond "He's just expressing his opinion." Regardless of whether or not you see the distinction, most people don't. And it doesn
t help that these tactics have been perpetrated s before. Look at Little Gamers and Oh My Gods or Penny Arcade and Movie Comics. Granted, those examples were more about plagarism (which I do not accuse you of), but it illustrates the point that controversy generates traffic.

Ultimately, if I could impart only one piece of constructive criticism to you, it's easier to play nice with other creators. The community is vast, but still small enough where we can all help each other out to grow our readerships.

I apologize if my original comments caught you off guard. I will admit to posting while angry and that was wrong. This is not the venue to air these grievances but is the only one The Web Comic List affords us.
Comic: Plotless Violence  
I find it curious that you would take the time to reply to my comments when there were others that we much more to the point and vulgar. Perhaps my comments were a little too on the nose? Or maybe itís because I have a higher profile and you can score some hits off the controversy? Just playing Devilís Advocate here.

My comments were not in response to what you left on my page three months ago, although I did ask for those removed because I didnít feel they were fair criticisms. If you feel that way about mine, please do the same.

When I asked Ash to remove your comments, he had a problem with the language used and agreed. I donít remember specifically what was said. I *have* gotten over it.

Iíll be honest and admit my comments were retaliatory based on the assumption that you and Misanthrope are the same person. If that is not the case, then I apologize. But I call it into question when you praise your own work so highly and freely admit to recruiting friends pad your page with comments Ė honest opinions or not, they are likely to be positive because theyíre your friends. It casts a shadow over your credibility.

I would question why you seem to attract so much negative attention. A lot of it seems to stem from the reviews you leave of others peoples comics. You speak in a condescending tone and with great hubris. Youíve pissed all over comics like PvP, Ctrl+Alt+Del and Little Gamers. These are all proven, successful stories with large audiences. They must be doing something right. What makes you think your comic will turn web comics on its ear? It makes it look like youíre trying to pick fights with bigger names to call attention to yourself. You might call it being honest, but in the future I think you would be better severed by tempering your comments with a little more tact.

I wonít begrudge someone who is trying to be creative and tries to improve their artistic output, but not at the expense of others. Regardless if you and Misanthrope are the same person, just good friends or complete strangers Ė thatís still an issue you need to resolve with yourself.
Comic: Plotless Violence 1/5
The only reason anyone is even aware of this comic is because the artist is a victim to his own sad compulsion to rip down the work of anyone he thinks is getting more attention than him.

A shameless self-promoter with nothing worth while to promote. A hack in the strongest sense of the word.

Demands constructive criticism from others, but doesn't temper his own judgements of other comics with the same objectiveness. In other words, can dish it out, but can't take it. When he doesn't get the feedback he wants, he invents it for himself and posts it here.

Tries to hide behind the veneer of being a "tough guy" who doesn't care what people think, but is so devoid of any marketable ideas or creative ability to get his comic noticed, he has to be obnoxious in order to be visible.

The artwork is positively 5th grade and impossible to look at for long. This guy is self-taught and it's REALLY obvious. Try looking at an anatomy book sometime. Try getting your proportions right. Your comic looks like Napoleon Dynamite got tired of drawing "Ligers" and attempted to draw "only the most awesome kung fu comic, ever... GOSH!"

I'd like to think I'm above making these kind of personal attacks - but screw that. I'm not. I'm petty. I'm actually starting to see where this guy is coming from. It feels good to pick on people in a public forum where they can't directly address your attacks.

 
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