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About Deviant Core Member Jesse J. BarbozaMale/United States Group :icontooncentral: ToonCentral
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First off, happy anniversary to me! I've been on DeviantArt for nine years as of today. Some 1200 drawings later, I like to think I've improved slightly as an artist :)

Second, I'm looking to bulk up a little more, and I'm interested to know what you guys want to see on there. I already plan to do a page of character profiles, and I'm going to overhaul that goofy "About the Artist" page I have now with some actual information about me, but what else would you like? Wallpapers? Maybe a store? Let me know!

Also, I'm rapidly approaching the point where I'll have enough strips for my first book collection. But obviously I don't want to just throw the comics in a book and call it a day - I wanna make some extra bonus content for you guys too. I was thinking maybe a real copy of Terrible Lies, Joel's one-issue zine from that story back in June. What do you think?


Jesse J. Barboza
United States
Current Residence: Earth
Favourite genre of music: Classic rock
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
Personal Quote: "If everyone was normal, the world would be a really boring place to live."

What do you find funny about Nineteen-Ninety-Something? 

76 deviants said A combination of the two
41 deviants said The character interactions
21 deviants said The riffs on '90s culture
14 deviants said Nineteen-Ninety-Something isn't funny



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OhYeahCartoonsFan Featured By Owner 4 days ago
TheJayster49 Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry if I made you feel worse...
TheJayster49 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything going alright? I've been reading a lot on tumblr about your depression
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I was kind of bummed the other day because someone ripped into me again about Nineteen-Ninety-Something being too dark. They said they used to be a fan of the series, but now they really hate it. But a friend of mine had a nice chat with me and brought me back up again; he reminded me that as long as I'm telling the story I want to tell, that's the most important thing, and even if some people don't dig it, the people who do appreciate it will stick by it.
TheJayster49 Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I don't hate the series but I can understand why some people don't like how some of the newer comics are turning out. I mean, you make your characters too negative.

Joel is a smartass towards almost everybody he comes in contact with. I know he already WAS a smartass when your comic was still called Forever 16, but hes kinda flanderized into an even bigger one. Katy is still the deadpan snarker she was in Forever 16 but she also seems to have developed a more naive side of her. And Tina is an even bigger authoritarian than she was before. I think William is the only one without a negative trait.

Frankly, I don't think your comic has gotten dark (aside from those strips where Katy was babysitting that psychopathic kid) but it has been swaying a lot into more mean-spirited humor.

If you want people to like the comic, try showing more nicer and caring sides of the family. Like how Katy decided to let Joel keep his guitar, even though it caused her great annoyance.

I'm not trying to belittle your comic, cause I still read it everyday, but I just thought I'd give some advice. I like that you make the comics because you want to make a career out of it and you should keep it up. Another thing I like about you is that you actually seem to listen to your critics. I understand that some people (like me for example) don't take criticism very well and it can dishearten people, but you actually try to make sure that you want more positivity when it comes to your work and feedback.
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Well, for what it's worth, once Michelle and Kendra and Steve and Jocelyn enter the strip, they'll be bringing out Joel's more positive side. I wanted to establish early on that Joel's got a pretty rough home life, living with people who make no effort to understand him. In retrospect, I probably didn't need eight months of that - but what the hey, Michelle comes back next week, so it shouldn't be an issue much longer.
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odiegarfield Featured By Owner 5 days ago
The right people will get it. ;)
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
i read your post about ttg on thumblr and i agree with you the show isn't what it should be.
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
I've only seen a handful of episodes, and none of them really did anything for me. I don't really have an issue with a comedic take on Teen Titans, but this show doesn't really strike me as particularly funny. It's just kind of dumb, and none of the characters are all that likeable. But I can take or leave that; it's just not my kind of show.

But when the writers start trolling the viewers and acting all high 'n mighty like their criticisms of the lowbrow humor and unpleasant characterizations are invalid, that's not cool. If you're a professional and you're creating something for an audience, and they express their displeasure with what you're doing, you can either take their criticism to heart and think "Well, maybe this could be better, is there another way we could approach this?" or you can go "Fuck you, you basement-dwelling losers, we're perfect just the way we are! God, why don't you get a life?" Judging by the reactions I've seen on Tumblr and Facebook, the Teen Titans Go writers are taking the second option.
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