Adam Ellis

Adam Ellis

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About

Adam Ellis, aka adamtots, is a cartoonist and writer who became known during his tenure at Buzzfeed for drawing webcomics intended to be relatable. Though he has amassed a large following, he has been criticized for his art style, particularly his tendency to cut-and-paste previous works.

History

Ellis is a native of Portland, Oregon.[1] He debuted with his blog Books of Adam[2] on July 12th, 2010, where he shared art and musings about various topics. On July 9th, 2013, he published Books of Adam: The Blunder Years,[3] a book of his art and various stories. He began posting his comics to Reddit on December 22nd, 2014. His first post to /r/funny[4] gained over 14,000 points (shown below).


I'M GONNA ORDER S0ME FOoD, YOU WANT ANSTHING? NAH, I'M Go0D. TAP TAP 30-45 MINUTES LATER HE, CAN I GET A BITE?

He appears to have been hired by Buzzfeed in early 2015. The earliest comic of his with a Buzzfeed watermark posted to his Facebook page[5] appears on February 6th, 2015 (shown below). Ellis' work was written about by The Huffington Post[6] on April 12th of that year. He has since written many comics for Buzzfeed and has amassed over 796,000 followers on Facebook.[7]


O TAKE A NAP 1. 2., HAVE A SNACK 3. STARE AT A BUG 4 YoU DID IT! BFF

On January 17, 2018, he announced his leave from BuzzFeed to concentrate on solo projects, along with a comic reflecting said announcement.[11][12]


I QUIT MY JOB AT BUZZFEED LAST WEEK IT FELT S0 STRANGE TO BE WALKING HOME FOR THE LAST TIME EVEN THOUGH I KNEW IT WAS TIME, I SECOND GUESSED THE DECISION RIGHT UP UNTIL THE END @ADAMTOTS Union Square HONESTLY, I'M REALLY NERVOUS -I DON'T EVEN REALLY KNOW WHAT M GONNA DO NEXT BUT I HAVE TO BELIEVE IM ON THE RIGHT TRACK 1.PATREONCOM/ADAMTOTS GADAMTOTS FB.COM/ADAMELLISCOMICS WEB TOON BOOKS OF ADAM

Criticism

Ellis has been criticized for his work, particularly his tendency to cut-and-paste previous images and faces for his comics. On May 18th, 2017, a question about the Adam Ellis hate was posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop.[8] In the thread, the top comment by wham00 reads:

"From what I've observed the comics are very low effort when it comes to the art and humor. His characters are for the most part static in every panel, with only very small changes in expression or eye position. He's been accused of using templates. Also the punchlines tend to be pretty lame, and he's just an obnoxious guy in general.

On July 1st, an entry on him was added to BadComicsWiki.[9] In the entry, the site notes how the static facial expressions of the comic were similar to the work of Ctrl+Alt+Del (shown below).



On July 25th, Ellis posted a comic about summer heat, which was soon noticed to be a near cut-and-paste job of one of his previous comics. Tumblr user candygarnet[10] pointed this out in a post that gained over 26,000 notes.


SUMMER OUTSIDE SUMMER INSIDE ME SIX MONTHS AGO ME NOW T'S Too HOT THIS IS LLEGAL AM A MEAT PoPSICLE λ‚˜νƒœ HEH OH DEAR OH M THIS SUN RUDE ADAM ELLIS BUZZ FEED

Various Examples


HERES YoUR ABSURDLY HUGE AMOUNT OF FOOD THAT COULD EASILY FEED A FAMILY OF FOUR. HOW MANY FORKS Do YOU NEED? FORKS BFF BOOKS OF ADAM By ADAM ELLIS fb.com/buzzfeedadam ALRIGHT, IM TOTALLY GONNA GET TO WORK AT 3... 246 FIRE TWEETS SHREK PORNN SICK MEMES C3 OH NO... OK, ILL GET TO WORK AT4 30 304 HEY, CAN YOU HELP ME WITH SoMETHING? BABY! CAN'T WAIT TO SIP THIS SURE 5 PIPING HOT CUPPA TEA! UHHH WHERE DID THIS COME FROM I GREW UP IN FARAWAY LANDS I'VE FOUGHT FEARSOME BEASTS YOU COULDN'T IMAGINE I SUPPOSE YOU COULD SAY I'M A MASTER OF DISGUISE BFF PEACHES WHEN YOU PLAY TO0 MANY VIDEO GAMES: 20 BY ADAM ELLIS fb.com/buzzfeedadam BOOKS OF ADAM ADAM ELLUS | BUZZFEED HEY WAIT, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? T'S A. MICRO WAVE

Search Interest

External References

[1] The Out Guide – Who Is Adam Ellis?

[2] Books Of Adam via Wayback Machine – Buy This Thing!

[3] Amazon – The Blunder Years

[4] Reddit – This Is My Biggest Pet Peeve

[5] Facebook – Buzzfeed BFF Comic

[6] Huffington Post – This Illustrator Perfectly Captures The Struggle Of Being A Millennial

[7] Facebook – Adam Ellis

[8] /r/OutOfTheLoop – Why does Reddit hate Adam Ellis so much?

[9] BadComicsWiki – Books Of Adam

[10] Tumblr – candygarnet

[11] Facebook – Adam Ellis

[12] Tumblr – adamtots

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