One million people.
Thank you everyone.
Thank you so much for all your support.
Thank you to those who were with me from the start,
and thank you to those willing to stick with me till the end.
I’ve been blessed with my dream job of
being able to entertain an audience through my art
And I’d be nothing without you all.
You, the real MVP.
Anyway, I’ve been getting this video requests for years now,
and I know this trend has pretty much died off.
But as a celebration to this milestone,
here’s my story so far.
It begins in Manila Philippines,
where I was born into a family
as a second child and only son.
I have two sisters, I’m in the middle.
Though I barely remember this,
my dad wasn’t around much
for the very early parts of my life.
Because he nailed the job in Saudi Arabia as an accountant,
and supported the family was separated by thousands of miles.
Eventually, we were able to afford to
just move to Saudi Arabia and live together,
because Ohana man.
As a kid, I didn’t fully understand the concept of
different countries and cultures,
so I thought Saudi Arabia was just another city in Philippines.
It also didn’t help that in the area where we moved to,
there was a large Filipino community.
There was even a designated Filipino school that I went to
called the International Philippine School in Al-Khobar.
After a few years,
my parents decided what many other immigrants did at the time,
and that was to look for a better life in the Western world.
We decided on the frigid land of Canada,
because we had a few friends who already immigrated there.
In 1997, we moved to Hamilton Ontario,
where we lived for one year.
In that one year, I made two best friends
that had the same birthday as I did,
Paul and Anthony.
The year after, though short-lived,
we moved over a few cities to Mississauga,
where we lived to another seven years.
And it was in those years
that I really developed my artistic talent.
I still remember back in grade 3,
where we had to design these paper cars,
and we were allowed to draw anything on it.
And just giving me that kind of freedom
really excited me somehow.
I went ham and cheese on it.
I drew flames on the hood,
like a dragon on the side.
And while that would look horribly tacky and douchey
on a real car,
it really impressed my teacher.
And so, he decided to make an example out of me.
He literally stopped the class to exalt my car,
and everyone how amazing it looked.
And while that may have been a compliment
that my teacher must have forgotten by now,
it was the artistic boost that I’ll never forget.
From that point on, I just kept drawing almost every day.
It kind of became my goal to be the best artist in my school,
regardless of what grade I was.
I then got into anime,
and drew the majority of my inspiration
from the different styles that I saw.
Every now and then, people would ask me,
“Dom, how did you learn to draw?”
And I give them the same answer
that pretty much all artists would give:
Even natural talent can only go so far,
if you don’t strive to improve your skills.
I still remember having this Pokemon book
with all of the original 150.
And I started off by tracing every single one.
When I got comfortable with that,
I went on to freehand copying.
And then eventually I began to develop my own styles,
and just drew whatever the hell I wanted.
That’s the beauty of art.
五年级时 我遇到了我最大的竞争对手 迈克尔
In grade five, I met my biggest rival, Michael.
At that point, I’ve already made a reputation
for myself in this school,
and a lot of people knew me
as that one kid who could draw.
嗯 事实证明 迈克尔也有类似的名声
Well, it turns out that Michael also had a similar reputation,
and coincidentally we were assigned seats
right across from each other.
I hated him at first,
and I knew he saw me as a rival as well.
But eventually, we opened up to each other,
and became best friends,
still remained artistic rivals though.
And then in grade 6,
my parents decided to move to another part of the city.
I had to switch schools,
and it was a very sad time for me,
because Michael was one of the best friends I’ve ever had.
I went to a school named Saint Barbara,
you know a bit of that story already.
It was also around this time
that my parents decided to enroll me
in this extracurricular program called Kumon.
Now, Kumon was a tutoring service
that helped students who were behind in school,
except I wasn’t behind in school.
My parents were fairly strict with education,
and I understood that and did my best in my classes,
often getting straight As in every subject.
But I guess they wanted me to overachieve,
so they thought Kumon was a great idea
to get me ahead,
specifically in the math department.
I got so ahead
that I was doing calculus when I was like in grade 8,
and I didn’t even realize it was calculus.
By the time I actually was doing calculus in high school,
I’ve already forgotten what I learned in Kumon.
Although I hated the extra work, it paid off.
Because I was always at the top of my class in math, and art.
And won several awards in high school.
Now, high school was a bit of a trip for me.
I went in as a freshman,
having many friends that have accumulated in the years prior.
I was doing well in school.
I still maintain my artistic reputation.
I had a best friend that I had a crush on.
Life was pretty good, and then the Fire Nation attacked.
I mean and then we had to move, again.
Up until that point,
I’ve already done a lot of uprooting and moving around,
more so than the average kid.
新的国家 新的城市 新的学校
New countries, new cities, new schools,
I thought that this place was finally somewhere I could stay permanently,
and then my dad tells us that
the same boss that he worked for in Saudi Arabia,
who now lives in Virginia USA offered him a job.
They were actually close friends back then, so he took it.
I was in the middle of my high school years,
and I knew moving to a new one was going to be difficult,
especially being in a new country.
And I was right.
I did have some excitements
in being able to start over and meet new people,
but my junior and senior years proved to be a challenge.
While the Canadian education curriculum
is pretty much similar to that of the American,
I honestly felt like I had more trouble in the ladder.
First off, I had to get used to having 70%
as the passing grade as opposed to 50.
I got introduced to AP courses,
which we didn’t even have in my previous high school.
And worst yet, I overestimated my abilities,
and enrolled in several of them.
One being AP US history,
ah, very wise choice for a Canadian.
I also didn’t even realize what the hell SATs were,
and that they were mandatory until the end of my junior year.
My workload was insane,
and I didn’t even know how to handle it at first.
Stress built up, and “yes” to all you adults,
“high school kids can get stressed, woo, surprise..”
Yeah, I’ve been there.
On top of that, I was a loner.
I really didn’t feel like I fit in.
Everyone already had their clicks and network of friends.
It was hard for me to find people that I liked.
Now don’t get me wrong,
some people did open up to me and whatnot,
but I really didn’t see myself
becoming too close with many people.
I felt quite alone.
我经常自己一个人吃午餐 参加PEP集会 坐公交
I often sat alone at lunch, at pep rallies, on the bus.
I really only made friends and got close to people
in my last year of high school,
which was when I decided to get into breakdancing.
B-boying was what helped me
kind of get out of my shell.
I’ve always been that introverted shy kid,
who didn’t open up to many people,
unless they initiated first.
These two guys in one of my classes of mixed grades,
introduced me to b-boying, and we got pretty close.
At the time, I was also close with one my Taekwondo classmates,
and he too got into dancing after I introduced it to him.
Eventually, we grew into a large group of friends,
who would just hang out and have dance sessions,
whenever we had time.
Fun fact, since I didn’t have many friends in my grade,
I ended up skipping prom to just hang out
in session with my underclassmen crew.
I consider them to be my best friends in Virginia.
And then came time for University.
As a kid, I’ve always just wanted to be an artist,
or many variation of it.
I had so many ideas, so much imagination,
so much passion.
I wanted it to be my career.
And although my parents did exactly discourage my art,
they were worried about my well-being,
and job security in the adult world,
because they believed in the notion
that all artists were broken starving,
and so they encouraged me
to keep my drawings as only a hobby.
I didn’t entirely want to give up my artistic abilities,
and so we try to meet halfway,
when I told him I wanted to pursue architecture.
Sometimes during my last year of high school,
my dad known to give us life-changing news,
once again said “we were moving.”
Something happened with the company,
and I think we had the choice of moving to Italy or something,
but we were like lol nope,
and decided to just move back to Canada.
No offense day to leave,
but we weren’t ready to just jump into an entirely new culture.
I was admitted into the Department of Architectural Science,
at Ryerson University in Toronto Canada. Mouthful.
There I endured four gruesome years of
what I only now remember as a blurred,
due to the endless streams of all-nighters.
My first year really hit me hard.
The workload was ridiculous and often subjective.
I wanted to drop out after just one semester,
but I held on and told myself,
I might as well finish my first year.
Got through another semester, told myself,
“Yeah, I guess that wasn’t so bad.
Let’s see how second year goes.”
Hated it too, I was then considering other programs.
But once again, I convinced myself to continue,
because I made it through halfway,
I might as well go all the way.
It was after my second year, the summer of 2010,
when I got my hands on a drawing tablet.
I was at an electronics store one day,
and decided to just wander around and window shop a bit.
When I saw it, I thought,
“whoa, this lets you draw on the computer? Amazing!”
It was on sale for $40.
Got it, went home.
And spent the whole day just drawing digitally.
It was also around this time
when I was really into web comics.
我读了cyanide and Happiness、 xckd 和the Oatmeal
I read cyanide and Happiness, xkcd, the Oatmeal.
but there was one that stood out
and whom I enjoyed reading the most.
Ryan Hudson, Channelate.
His panel pacing and sense of humor really intrigued me,
and so I decided to make my own comics.
Still being at architecture school,
I neither had the time nor money
to really invest in a website to post my silly comics.
This’s why so I decided to just put him on Tumblr.
I needed a name.
I came up with Domics
as a simple combination of Dominic’s comics.
After about two months of posting comics non-stop on Tumblr,
I reached my first 1,000 followers.
That milestone really meant a lot to me,
and encouraged me to keep going,
as I still wasn’t running out of ideas.
My audience kept growing and growing,
and eventually I had a pretty solid fan base.
Fast forward to 2012,
I entered the second half of my 4-year program,
and graduated with a bachelor’s in architecture.
It was time I entered the field.
It was time I became a real adult with a real job.
Blah blah blah blah.
But I didn’t exactly do that right away.
The four years really burnt me out,
and I thought I deserved to relax for a bit and be a potato.
Since I then had more free time,
I started catching up on my favorite YouTube channels,
and also discover new ones.
I started watching a lot of Egoraptor, Oni,
booster teeth animated adventures、swoozie 和其他的频道
booster teeth animated adventures, swoozie and many others.
And just as I was inspired to make comics in 2010,
我想： “嘿 这看起来很有趣
I thought “hey, this looks like fun.
I decided to try something new.”
I wanted to learn how to animate.
Animation has always intrigued me as a kid,
growing up with all these cartoons and anime shows.
I’ve done my fair share of stick fights,
when I was younger,
but never really tried pursuing the other levels of animation.
I even got messages from fans,
asking why I used Adobe Flash to draw my comics,
since it’s often known to be used for animations.
I didn’t know Jack about animating though.
I just knew you would draw frames
after another to simulate motion,
but I was oblivious to the many techniques
people use to efficiently make a video.
So I started watching Flash tutorials and teaching myself,
and eventually got the hang of it.
And pretty much exactly two years after I started domics,
I posted my first animation on Youtube,
under the same name.
Yeah, they weren’t comics,.
But I’ve already made a brand for myself by then,
so I decided to keep the name.
幸运的是 在那个时候 我通过一个共同好友
Luckily enough, around this time I met Eileen,
aka white clover productions through a mutual friend.
他喜欢电影 也有他自己的YouTube 频道
He was interested in film and has his own YouTube channel,
known for the Zodiac series.
He told me about the ever changing platform that is YouTube,
and how it’s become a career path for many.
He was the one
鼓励我把内容推到 YouTube 上
who encouraged me to push my content onto YouTube,
and believed that I’d be successful.
He then introduced me to the Partnership Program,
and pretty soon I was earning revenue from my silly videos,
that I made in my room using the tablet
I bought for $40 two years ago.
At this point in my life,
I was put in a position
where I had to decide what I wanted to do.
I recently graduated from a four-year hell of a program,
and I didn’t want all that hard work to go to waste.
But then, I also had domics.
This side hobby that I’ve also put a lot of effort in,
and was still continuing to blow up.
I thought “I’m still young,
I might as well have some fun,
and see where domics leads me.”
现在 两年半后 我们在这里
And now two and a half years later, here we are.
Over 1 million of you still supporting me,
still haven’t unsubscribed.
I’ve met some amazing people throughout this journey.
And I hope to meet many more.
I don’t know exactly where I’ll be
in another two and a half years,
but let’s hope I’ll still be doing what I love to do.
And that is to entertain you all in some form or another.