Tom Preston

Tom Preston

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Tom Preston (real name Andrew Dobson) is a Deviantart artist and webcomic creator most famous for the creation of his comic “So, You’re a Cartoonist?”[1], an autobiographical comic about life as a cartoonist. Although he has achieved some success and popularity online, with over 50,000+ subscribers on DeviantArt, he has also become infamous for the quality of his comics and art and his highly controversial responses to critique.[citation needed]


Tom Preston made his debut on the internet by posing as a girl named Catty Nebulart (a.k.a CattyN).[citation needed] Under this alias, he created and posted inflation artwork, a fetish in which characters are artificially pumped full of air so that they expand.

So You’re a Cartoonist?

On 1st January 2011 Tom Preston started a webcomic titled “So You’re a Cartoonist”, a comedic autobiographical comic about Tom Preston’s life as an unemployed cartoonist, the first page uploaded being titled “Starving Artist”[2]. This comic was to become Preston’s most famous work to this day, although it was to become the source of much controversy and criticism, like much of his other work.


Despite the popularity of his work and his comic, the content of Preston’s comics and his behavior online has received major criticisms[more info]. Negative reviews can be found on The Bad Webcomic Wiki[3] and The Webcomic Overlook[4], both of whom gave it the lowest possible scores. He is a frequent source of mockery on websites including Encyclopedia Dramatica[5], Something Awful[6], 4chan and Tumblr.

Criticisms of Preston’s work are often pointed to his over reliance on portraying himself as the victim and heavy use of strawman arguments, with critics of his work portrayed as screaming derisive jerks[3][4].[citation needed]

Preston’s Responses

Tom Preston has been known to leave long negative replies to any form of constructive criticism or he receives, either responding with sarcasm or pointing out why the commentators points are wrong.[citation needed] In certain cases, he has even been known to simply hide and ban comments that he disagrees with.[citation needed]

External Links

[1]So You’re a Cartoonist? – Main Page

[2]So You’re a Cartoonist? – Starving Artist

[3]The Bad Webcomic Wiki – So…You’re a Cartoonist?

[4]The Webcomic Overlook – One Punch Reviews #44

[5]Encyclopedia Dramatica – Tom Preston [NSFW]

[6]Something Awful – So you’re a Cartoonist: Mock 00.1DD – More than inflated egos. (Account needed)

[7]Chanarchive – Couch Crusaders [NSFW]

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