wins the kirban, apparently. Many combolations, Elizagerth. Oddly, he won the last one as well. Sorry if anyone else was really hoping to get it. If I do another one at 300,000, I'll limit it to people who haven't already won a request because it doesn't seem entirely fair to everyone else.
You know the drill. If you're the 250,000th visitor, you get a free request. Within reason. Nothing overly elaborate. And I'm not drawing something I don't want to draw.
A while ago, I got someone trying to request that I draw some complicated scenario that would have taken at least a two page comic to realize, simply based on their claim that "everyone" would enjoy it. I'm pretty skeptical when someone acts as though they're making a request for altruistic reasons. Maybe some of those people genuinely do believe their idea will be popular, though I think they often have a warped view of what constitutes "mass appeal." Ultimately, however, they're really making a request just because it's something they want to see. Nothing wrong with that- it just feels dishonest to try to sell it like they're doing the artist a favor by suggesting it.
When I first joined this site, I was way too willing to field requests, but I've learned it's usually not worth it, unless I really like the person or the idea. As recent as last year, out of boredom, I did a couple odd requests where I barely got a "thank you." One person just said, "thank." (I think English was a 2nd language in that case, but still.)
Anyway, I told this guy I'd do his idea for a price, and as expected, he balked. He even called me "crazy." I've often thought I must have a screw loose somewhere, but I don't think one of the indicators is a lack of enthusiasm at drawing stuff for complete strangers.
I think everyone is a little crazy... some more than others. I've certainly had to deal with a few extreme cases during my time here, but this journal would grow three or four times as long as it is already if I tried elaborating any further.
EDIT: Oops, here I'm offering to do a kiriban and this journal may give the impression that I really hate requests or something. My point was really just that requests are fine once in a while, but it gets to me when people try to take advantage of my generosity. Or something. I don't know; I had intended to talk about something completely different, but I tend to go off on tangents.
Incidentally, in case you missed it, two books I illustrated happened to both come out last week. Here are the links to them again.[link][link]