Are you a cartoonist who is ashamed of admitting that you still like anime?
Then this stamp is for you. Some of us cartoonists are just too embarrassed to admit we like both Western cartoons AND anime. According to some, you either have to hate anime and love cartoons, or love anime but hate cartoons. I'm sure that some of you cartoonists have followed that rule for quite sometime, but then you realize how much anime impacts your lives when it comes to drawing. I know that I depend on anime as well as Western cartoons for inspiration.
But you might wonder why we would feel ashamed in the first place! There might be a few reasons as a matter of fact:
1) Most of us started drawing anime as young and naive kids before officially switching to our cartoony styles today, so of course we'd feel a little too ashamed to go back into drawing anime.
2) I'm sure most of us agree that we hate seeing artists turn classic cartoon characters into bishies and moes, so this gives us the impression that we should not be affiliated with anime at all.
3) Some of us contribute to the everlasting battle of which kind of animation is better: Western cartoons or Japanese anime. Of course since we draw in a cartoony style, we would immediately assume that Western cartoons are much better than Japanese anime, so therefore we assume that we should never draw fanart of anime.
4) Perhaps most importantly, I'm sure that some of you cartoonists have talked to your other cartoonist friends and asked them if they liked a certain anime. Then your friend would say, "ANIME?! ARE YOU KIDDING? I HATE ANIME, DON'T EVER MENTION ANIME TO ME." Just from talking to that friend, you are afraid to ask any one of your cartoonist friends if they liked anime in the sheer fear of being looked down upon. Now, I've never had a friend who said that sentence, mind you. I've just knew that my friend didn't like anime and that's completely fine with me! xDD I was just too afraid to ask any other friend if they liked it.
This stamp is not meant to deride or insult cartoonists who do not like anime. They are completely entitled to their own opinions about anime and their art is still wonderful in their own ways whether or not they like anime.
Whether this stamp is approved or not, I hope that this is a way for cartoonists to jump out of their shame of liking anime. For me, being a cartoonist has made me picky on which kinds of anime I'd like to watch. Being a cartoonist helps me pay attention to how the anime is drawn and the story that takes place in the anime. I actually know what anime to watch instead of ones that are only filled with KAWAII DESU, boobs and pantyshots.
At my college my teacher would bash any cartoonist that like anime. One day He caught me watching Naruto and made fun because I was watching "Crapime" as he called it. I am not the type of person who like people telling her what to do. I told him just because you dont like anime doesn't mean it bad. And instead of trying to put me down for something I like, shouldn't you be teaching us to like ALL ART FORMS! I then report him for bashing other form of art that he doesn't understand, because I didnt go to college just to hear some idiot speak nonsenses!
I totally agree with this stamp! I tried drawing anime/manga before (just to see if I could), and I suck at it! XD There are also many other reasons why I don't draw anime/manga, but I don't wanna leave a huge comment. XD Besides, cartoons and Disney have inspired me greatly and I will never give them up! ~ \('w'\)
Wow. Number one is exactly what I did. But to be honest, I think drawing anime is just too tedious. The eyes are HUGE and shiny and colorful, and the faces… well, I never got the faces right *shudders*