Goodbye Twitter (but for real this time)
From the Desk of Donny Cates
A few weeks ago, I tweeted out that I was going to be leaving Twitter on that upcoming Monday. And sure enough, that Monday came, and as a man of integrity and man of my word, I…totally didn’t leave at all. Now, there were a few reasons for that…I had to promote our upcoming KLC press conversation with Todd McFarlane, I wanted to stay and see how people enjoyed our new HULK book…and…well, actually…that’s all bullshit.
I stayed because I didn’t know how to gracefully leave. I didn’t know how to explain my absence or my reasonings behind the decision. But now, I think I’ve figured out how to say this. So here goes.
I’m really fucking bad at Twitter you guys.
That’s right, folks. It’s really just that simple: I’m an idiot. And I dislike being bad at things.
I’m sure you’ve all seen it. Look, I get swept up in stuff. I take things personally that I shouldn’t. I get into stupid twitter arguments. I pop off at people when they take pot shots at me. It’s dumb. And I know that if I was a fan, or hell, even a friend of mine, I wouldn’t want to read that shit either.
Now, of course, there are a lot of amazing people on Twitter, some of my absolute best friends in the world. And also, Stegman. It really is a wonderful platform to stay connected to friends, and news, and cool art and all that fun stuff. It’s a great way to market yourself! I would absolutely recommend anyone starting out in comics to be as online and available to the industry as possible.
But…again: I’m really bad at this. I have a…tendency to get a little obsessive over things. In the past it’s served me very well. Becoming obsessed with breaking into comics, to get better at making comics. To really push myself to a point of insanity to make the best art I can.
But sometimes…this obsessive, bipolar personality of mine leads me to spend all day on Twitter arguing about how strong Juggerduck is with fourteen-year old kids. It’s not a good look. It’s not cute. It’s not professional, and I am never going to change that kid’s mind about Juggerduck.
Bottom line, all of it is just a massive drain on my time and my emotional bandwidth. I want to make fun comics for all of you guys. That’s always been my dream. I want to make you guys happy. I want to build you an escape tunnel to get away from how much the real world can suck sometimes.
And I can’t do that and be really fucking bad at Twitter at the same time. So…here we are.
Thank you for all putting up with me on Twitter this long. I’m honestly shocked you have.
If you want to stay connected, well, obviously I’ll be here on KLC Press! And you can follow me on Instagram (@dcates) for dog pictures and assorted cute selfies and pretty pictures of Megan and rad art, AND, you can find me on the road! I’ll be doing a bunch of shows this next year with Stegman and would love to see you all in person!
Also, in case of emergency, you can shoot me an email at GodCountryComic@gmail.com. I’ll be responding to some of those here on the Substack. So please include “okay to print” in the email!
Okay folks. Well, time to hit the ol’ dusty trail. So long Twitter. It’s been…a lot.
See you in the funny pages!
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