Yes, it seems popular artists pay no attention to the beginners, like me. But so what? I don't know about you, but I ain't here to become popular. Although, it is nice sometimes when a few people pay attention to you.(Lol, you got a tablet at 15? I wish I could get one...)
Only problem is, I don't totally agree with the "Free Requests" part. I mean, if such a popular artist is open to free requests by all of her fans, then her life would be totally swarmed by making those requests, and she wouldn't have time to even deal with other aspects of her life.
Many artists out there, like me, believe that an artist should never work for free. We don't like the "starving artist" treatment, and thus, the solution is instead to make people "commission you": pay you to do an artwork for them. And, like those artists, I only accept free requests from the closest of friends and acquaintances
Well, I don't care about my views that much, but I do have a few fans who truly adore my artwork, and they make me feel great. In fact, I like it better, than being flooded with thousands of half-hearted attention-whoring comments and fake views.
Then again, I like how your strip brings forth the message. Popularity isn't all glitz and glamour: you actually have to carry a lot more weight on your shoulders.
However, this is only dA. There are worse sites you could possibly upload your art. Personally, dA is very light-hearted and safe enough from the malignant denizens of the internet. Judgmental people will always be a part of the Internet, but I've become numb towards them ever since, and nowadays I have greater freedom in drawing anything I want, not like when I started out where I only drew to gain Views, which, of course now, embarrasses me a little.
I would share this strip to a few big-name artists I've met in person, if you don't mind. They might relate this one to their own experiences.