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+ I'm accepting podcast submissions up through Sunday, so get them in! See previous news post for details.
+ A few people have PMed me expressing an interest in seeing my Princess Peach cosplay. My friend Tim did an informal photoshoot for me and all the pictures are up @ myspace. (No, I didn't make the costume, but I did cut and style the wig myself.)
+ AIKA R-16: VIRGIN MISSION is now out!! Check your local anime store or Best Buy and please pick up a copy~ I do the official English voice for Eri, the redhaired girl who's the leader of the treasure hunting club. Plus, it's got tons of panty shots so even if you could care less about getting it for my voice, get it for the content? ;D
Lately, some of my Newgrounds buddies and I have noticed an interesting and slightly disturbing trend within the Flash community: a fierce division between two types of artists and their fans.
On one hand, we have Flash artists who produce random, often quickly animated shorts that are a parody of a videogame or movie. Such videos often end up becoming viral, getting hordes of 5s, portal awards, and plenty of fans for the artists, who may or may not have expected their projects to be so well received. Some may write specifically to target the Newgrounds audience while others just make whatever they find funny.
On the other hand, we have artists who spend several months to a year (or more) working on a project, often original, and find that while it may be featured on the front page for as long as the first type of submissions, their work tends to get overlooked. As a result, they may become resentful of artists who churn something out in less than a month and get portal awards and/or lots more views. They believe that the Newgrounds system should award quality and originality and that the average viewer is too focused on whatever is familiar or makes them laugh. However, they may have a hard time marketing their work to another crowd (such as YouTube, where because there are so many videos, it can be much harder to get one's work recognized).
Lately, a sort of rivalry has sprung between the two sides, with fans of each type of artist attacking each other through forums, review spaces, blogs, and even other Flash movies.
Newgrounds community, I want YOUR take on this for a special episode of the podcast. From both "sides" or those who believe that there are no sides at all. From a variety of artists, both well known and not as well known. It is important to note that I am going to do my absolute best to make this podcast episode a non-biased, documentary-style look at this phenomenon, which is why I want input from a variety of artists.
So if you consider yourself to be currently active in the Newgrounds community (preferrably as an animator, but exceptions will be made for community members who contribute in other ways), I want to hear your take on this. You must send in an audio file (mp3 preferred) as this is an audio podcast. Do NOT post your responses/opinions here; they will not be included. Please use the following questions as a guide for your response:
+ Start off with your name and/or NG username along with a VERY BRIEF summary of your involvement in the community (example: name of a couple of your most recognized movies). This is just a short introduction so everyone listening will know who you are.
+ When viewing submissions by other artists, how essential is the quality of the art/animation to your enjoyment of the flash? How about the humor? Do you think that in general, a flash needs to be funny in order to gain a large following?
+ Do you think that, in general, the voting system is a fair assessment of the quality of a Flash? (For instance, if a flash is based off a game or movie, the people who automatically vote zero tend to even out the amount of fans who will five it?)
+ What are the factors that influence the popularity of a Flash artist? Is it important to you that your work and/or you as an artist are well received in the Flash community? Why or why not?
+ Do you find you receive a large amount of criticism from a certain type of viewers in general? What is the biggest criticism they tend to give you?
+ What is your take on the rivalry mentioned above? Discuss your opinions and the reasons behind them. Please feel free to draw on your own experiences to support your views.
+ How involved are you in the critiquing aspect of the community? For instance, are you involved in Flash-related forums where discussion or debate on this subject tends to occur? Have you ever been involved in a "flame war" over your work or that of another artist you appreciate?
+ What do you think is the best solution to the current problem? Or do you think Newgrounds should stay the way it is and become "survival of the fittest"?
RULES. Read before you send!
+ You may reference specific Flash artists for examples but . For example, you may say "I personally don't enjoy RandomNewgrounder's work because it seems to lack effort yet gets plenty of awards" but NOT something like "RandomNewgrounder is an unoriginal faggot". If the main point of your submission seems to be to take jabs at other artists (regardless of which "side" they seem to be on), your submission will probably not be used.
+ NO trolling/joke entries... it's simply a waste of both your time and mine.
+ In general, the time limit is pretty open...I will cut and paste quite a bit to fit the format of this edition of the show. But as a general rule, keep it under ten minutes total.
+ Please record in mp3 format in as clear, high quality audio as possible. If you absolutely cannot do mp3, I will accept wavs.
Email your file(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sunday, June 8.
(Important: If you're looking for the Brawl Taunts post, simply go to the entry before this one. But let me just say Brawl Taunts 2 is gonna kick some serious ass. Really, I took everyone's criticism into consideration.)
Anyway, I've recently started up an audio podcast called "Behind The Flash" where I will interview some of Newgrounds' most popular animators each week. My first two interviews featured RubberNinja and Kirbopher and my latest one features Hans Van Harken. So listen here and keep checking in for more interviews with your favorite Flash artists.
You can subscribe on iTunes by entering this link for the RSS feed--
http://feeds.feedburner.com/BehindTheF lash (Please let me know if it doesn't work; I'm still trying to figure it out.)
Also. Princess Peach costume for Comic-Con should be arriving soon...w00t
PS. LET ME KNOW WHAT FLASH ARTISTS YOU WANT TO HEAR AS GUESTS ON THE SHOW
This is the girl who wrote the script/audio for this flash.
NG won't let coauthors edit the "Author Comments" box, so I hope everyone reads this review.
First, I'm sorry if you don't like my style of humor. Please note that the audio for this mostly came as a boredom thing from some quotes my friends and I came up with while playing Brawl.
Second, I wrote the Sonic taunt when Brawl first came out and everyone was still playing with Smash balls...so it was easy to see how people thought Sonic was "cheap" and play off of his regular taunt with this one. I agree that certain other characters are much more overpowered; HOWEVER, you have to say I'd already predicted the response of the rabid Sega fanboys and added it in already so you guys wouldn't have to leave those reviews ;)
Third, although Kirb and I are both friends of Egoraptor and appreciate his work, I can safely say that neither of us were trying to copy him. Kirb's animation style and my writing style have both been with us since we first started doing this stuff, but it seems to be a trend these days to classify anything quickly drawn and with random cracked-out voice stuff as Awesome ripoffs.
Fourth, I AM WELL AWARE THAT I DID NOT INCLUDE EVERY BRAWL CHARACTER. The main reasoning behind this is because the longer I made the audio, the more work it would be for Kirb to animate. And did anyone notice how little attention span Newgrounds users these days have?
Fifth, no I am not just "someone who's pissed off at the game". I quite enjoy Brawl and am fairly good at it. Again, this was just random shit that I came up with when playing the game with my buddies.
Sixth, Kirb animated this in THREE DAYS... give him a break. If you want to see his serious work, check out the other movies he's made. You won't be disappointed :)
But finally, THANK YOU to everyone who enjoyed this silly little flash of ours and thank you Newgrounds for the front page and daily feature. It was certainly unexpected from both of us, and I'm glad if this brought a smile to your face :D
Kirbopher made this animation for something I wrote/put together a while ago!
I know I didn't include every Brawl character but I didn't want to make it too long because as we can see on the Crack For All reviews, Newgrounds users don't have very long attention spans.
ALSO. I am starting a podcast where I will be interviewing various prominent flash animators from the Newgrounds community. I've already got my first couple of guests lined up, so expect to see something about that soon =)
I finally took some time out of Brawling to make a new voice demo, so here you go.
This is my standard animation demo. If you just want to hear my videogame character impersonations, go here.
So I got home from having a really shitty day at work and almost right away I get a call from Egoraptor letting me know that the movie is out. And I was like HELL YES.
And I'd tell you all to go watch it now, but I'm sure everyone has watched it anyway!
SNAAAAAAAAAKE MAKE LOVE TO ME SNAAAAKE
(yeah, okay. too much Red Bull today.)
Okay, trying out this blog thing.
Anyway, I wish I could voice Princess Peach in a flash movie. Or Ashley Graham, because I just cosplayed her. Dammit. Someone cast me as those plz NAO
Ignore me, I had quite a bit of caffeine today. And I doubt people even read these things...