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TDA:GO was reviewed on Just Drawn That Way on cjtr.ca! (The 5/9 episode, starts at 18:40)

In less-fun news, a few weeks ago I deleted my DeviantArt account, partially because of their increasing enthusiasm for using art to train their AI, but mostly because of other users posting rubbery, soulless AI creations. Blocking each individual creator became tedious, shutting down my galleries one image at a time was even worse–so instead of dealing with that I just rage-quit the entire site.

Unfortunately that deleted the years-long history of my art. I don’t love my old artwork in general, in the same way one does not love tooth extractions, but it was nice to have that available to people in a format where I could pretend it didn’t exist.

Ah well, there’s always Instagram!

Well, shit.

So this week I deleted everything from my Instagram except for convention ads, convention pictures, and promos for the comic. I won’t be posting art there or on my Facebook page anymore. I will still be posting comic pages to my Facebook, but nightshaded so as to poison scrapers.

I joined Newgrounds. Nothing really new about it, but I’ve staked my claim everywhere else so why not.

I also joined Cara.

Really I joined Cara about four months ago, where for quite some time I had exactly one friend and absolutely nothing else happened. But in the wake of the Meta AI debacle, a whole lot of other artists are jumping ship from Instagram and Cara seems like the big new thing. An app created by artists for artists sounds pretty good!

Except for two problems: if there’s only artists on it that’s not much of an audience.

And second, if everyone piles onto it, it’s going to have issues. Right now it’s suffering from slowness, which is understandable, and being really really expensive for its creator to host, which isn’t sustainable. There’s a pretty good chance it’s going to buckle, temporarily shut down, and lose its momentum the way Hive did. I like Cara, I really do, but I’m not going to put all my eggs into it.

I’m also now self-hosting a gallery of all the (safe for work) images I’ve posted on my blog. It’s not the most elegant solution, but at least it’s mine. It’s not going to be monetized or shittified or scraped unless I’m the one doing it. It also doesn’t extend into the past that far yet, but I’m working on that.

Until the next new thing comes along!