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You have had almost 6 months to think if over. What do you now think of the new DA logo? 

19 deviants said I still dislike it.
11 deviants said I am indifferent to it.
4 deviants said Logos? We had prior logos?
2 deviants said I have always liked it from the start
2 deviants said Whatever our DA overlords want.
No deviants said I have grown to like it.
No deviants said Time to replace it with the latest trendy model.


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J. Krolak
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Doug Winger: 1955 - 2015

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 23, 2015, 4:26 PM
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I really don't have the right word for it, After all I only have a few brief texts with him on the old BBS networks and until he stopped updating visits to his web page. But an artist I enjoyed visiting died today. While he was long active in fandom and created numerous infameous characters  and a very distinctive style, his work always had a sly wit and humor to them. While closer friends have yet to reveal the official cause of death, he was known to be a chain smoker until a few years ago and suffered from COPD. These underlying cause certainly contributed to his death.

I will leave it to others to memorialize his works as you can easily find his art online. Fair warning, most pictures would not last 5 minutes here on Deviant Art.

Instead I want to focus on an issue I have noticed far more often at conventions. While statistics say otherwise for the general population, it seems more and more (and far younger, under 25) con goers smoke. Recent laws tend to make them gather near a convention door, as if the noxious blue cloud  were not enough to give them away, perhaps it is artificially inflating their apparent numbers. At times it can resemble Los Angeles at its smoggiest. You would think the warning on the side would be enough. Maybe it is a rebel / anti-society thing, For all that we claim to be more enlightened / smarter / cleaver than the average person, we think that somehow we can beat the odds. Others hope that by injesting the same chemicals but with vapor they might somehow escape.

But over that last several years, one fact remain: Smoking KILLS.

And if we are honest with ourselves, we don't know if it is just the fumes, ingredients, or some combination that triggers Cancer, COPD, heart disease, stroke and so many other effects. It apparently impairs judgement and distance (violating signs, warnings, cautions, and being unable to figure out how far 25 feet really is (with a painted mark on the ground for assistance.)  And just because you seem to have escaped for now, those around you may not be so fortunate, as fumes can be just as deadly second hand.

Please, if you don't smoke, don't start. If you do, please stop. No matter how you do or how long the habit has been, you will be doing yourself a favor. It is a dirty smelly expensive habit that you will be well rid of it. If not for your health, then think of it this way, you will have that much more money to spend on art supplies, computer equipment, and commissions.

Skin by SpookyLoop
  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Music to HOLD on the line
  • Reading: an obit.
  • Watching: a livetime of work on other site
  • Drinking: heavily


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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago
Thanks by Llama dude! :hug:  It already was returned.  :greetings:
badass-artist Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!
RogerioGuimaraes Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thank you for the favorite.
Have a good weekend.
KittyStardraco Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much for the watch ^^
dathore Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Lemy says thanks xD by dathore
twarrior25 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG O_O... Thank you so much for adding my centaur girls to your favourites, i'm so happy :happybounce: :D (Big Grin) 
capn-gary Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Thanks for the fave!

CaptainCummission Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the collection add!
PedroSotto Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Hi, thanks for faving! :-)
Zyden Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Saw your forum posts about the scammer. Thanks for the heads up!
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