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Posted by rtil - September 23rd, 2009

MUSICIANS: If you enter and win my Lighthouse Music Contest, I am now adding a $50 cash prize. I'd feel bad not offering any money for your hard work so I had to add it. This applies to all of you who have already submitted as well! But if you haven't, I'd love to hear what you have to offer.

ARTISTS: This month's TBA Art Tournament theme is Heroes & Villains. Round 1 is heroes, round 2 is villains, and the final round is hero vs villain. Each round there is a vote, and the top half most voted artists advance to the next round.

The cash prize is a pot that anyone can put money into, and it has already reached $44! If no one else adds anything I will even it out to $50. This could be a great opportunity for you to practice art - and get your money's worth in the end! Every month we have a contest and the prize starts at $10. The more people involved, the bigger the stakes. Hope to see you there!

NOTICE: we have chosen a winner and are no longer receiving submissions. winner will be announced soon.

musicians & artists: win $50 (and more)

Posted by rtil - September 14th, 2009

Blvd-Square and I have been working on a cartoon since February that is very important to us. We are nearing the end of the animation cycle and we've decided to open up the music to a contest!

This cartoon is going to be seen by a lot of important people who have worked with as many musicians as they have animators, and will be sent to scores of festivals across the USA and hopefully beyond - and your name could be on it. And i'm not just saying this, it's going to happen! This would be a great chance to have your music heard by more than just onlookers, playing next to an animated short with a lot of work and care.

If you'd like a shot at this, I only ask three things:
1. you must have samples of previous work
2. you must be reasonably available to make the track within the next month or two
3. please understand you will be composing a track loosely synced to events in an already animated cartoon. it will be about 4 minutes long.

Ready to enter? Here's how it works:
1. Here are 3 screenshots of the cartoon: 1 2 3 . With these 3 screenshots, you can do one of two things: send a 5 or 10 second clip of what you think a soundtrack to this would sound like, OR a song you've made in the past that you think fits.
2. Send your clip or link to lighthouse-music@rmcartoons.com, with some information about yourself, why you think you'd be best for the project, and some samples of previous work. You will receive an automated message if your submission was received. If you don't get one, feel free to PM your entry to me.

DEADLINE: September 28th, 2009(subject to change.)
TIP: we're looking for some lighthearted, adventure-y music. the original track we were going to use was this, which we have permission to use from Sega, but we'd prefer a more personal touch :).

Thanks to all of you! Jenna and I look forward to hearing from you.

NOTICE: we have chosen a winner and are no longer receiving submissions. winner will be announced soon.

attention all musicians!

Posted by rtil - September 2nd, 2009

over the past year thebackalleys has lost its original point of being my portfolio site and now it's some bizarre aimless community. but this gives me an opportunity to do what i've wanted to do with it for a long time - turn it into a tutorial-based site.

so i was looking @ flashkit, tutorialize, and other big tutorial sites. some of them have a lot of good stuff, but i think they all could use huge improvements. bad ratio of good to poor tuts, outdated information, weak navigation, ridiculous and distracting ad clutter.

some of you might remember 2 years ago i set up a wiki for flash stuff on my site. but i botched the launch of it and i didn't really know what i was doing back then.

but now i'm hand-coding a tutorial interface with php & mysql linked with the forum, and i want it to be something that the flash animation, programming and art community can really make good use of.

i only started a few days ago, and i have some ideas of my own, but i'm sure i haven't thought of some things.

so my question to you is, what would YOU want to see in a site that offered resources, tutorials and guides? i don't care how many suggestions you have just go ahead and say it. i want to spend a lot of time on this and make it as good as possible. here's what i already have planned:

- forum-like category section
- search function for software (can be version-specific) and keywords
- upload section where a member can manage/delete/update their own files for their tutorials
- comment & rating system
- new tutorials moderator checked for quality
- video embed support

so yeah i'd like to hear your thoughts. and yes this news post was just gonna be a parody at first but the subject is so pathetic it doesn't even merit my 5 minutes of blunt sarcasm

lastly, some people have been telling me i should sell this as a poster, and as a matter a fact i have been for a while now. not like anyone would know on account of the caption saying "sonic eats a hamburger", but if you'd like one you can get one here for $9 americas/$10int'l - shipping included.

below: cropped unfinished shot from "lighthouse girl", which will come out sometime this year

what do YOU want to see in a flash tutorial site?

Posted by rtil - August 23rd, 2009

just kidding

here i am shaking hands with the 'ol Vlad Put heh

i wish i had more self indulgent news to share with you but i am clearly spent

come back next week when i sit down with legendaryfrog as we talk about the evolution of circle jerking on newgrounds

Big Po3 Announcement!

Posted by rtil - August 6th, 2009

i know comic-con was over 2 weeks ago but i forgot to post my recap i wrote last week here, and since some of you asked how it went, this should wrap things up.

if you don't want to read it even though there are pretty pictures, here's a summary:
· met Shinya Tsukamoto, director of Tetsuo. He is making an American version of the film which will be the third in the series. It will be called Tetsuo: Bullet Man.
· saw the American premiere of Chan Wook Park's (of Oldboy fame) new movie Thirst. it's a vampire film, but the anti-twilight of vampire films.
· saw Hayao Miyazaki at the Pixar panel. his new movie Ponyo comes out in American theaters next week. go see it.
· Cartoon Network knows CN Real was mostly a mistake and they're squeezing it into a 1-day block instead of their original plan to expand it to 3. Chowder has new episodes until Januray 2010. no word on Flapjack season 3. Adventure Time comes spring of next year.
· Lauren Faust's (Craig McCracken's wife) MWGG characters are coming to toy stores Toys 'R Us and FAO Schwartz this holiday season. they're thinking about doing flash websidoes of the characters as well. their contracts with CN expired in June, and CN did not renew them. that's right - CN did not re-hire the two people who made their most popular show of all time. guess they need more room on their payroll for talentless child actors.
· i got chris sabat (voice of Vegeta) to say mondo cool. i'm sure he's been asked to say that over how many times? that's right, you guessed it! you're a funny kid.
· despite appearing at a Newgrounds/Behemoth event, I was not forced to go super saiyan and kill anyone. arguably, many lives were spared this night.

overall it was the most eventful year thus far, but the crowds are getting unbearable. they need to expand the convention center or move it to another city. they havetalked about plans to expand, and there is room. i mean for god's sake they're getting to the point where they have to redirect human traffic inside the exhibition hall. i didn't like going in there because i felt like cattle.

here's a cell from ponyo. it looks amazing

san diego comic-con 09 recap!

Posted by rtil - July 22nd, 2009

me and blvd will be there.

i know a lot of my best friends will be hanging out at the NG booth all day, but unfortunately i don't have a lot of time to sign autographs, do glamour shots and stand around being awkward, so my appearances will be limited. but i'm sure my entrance will be nothing short of exciting !

and before you ask - the answer is yes. comic-con will be swarming with TBA folk. so, protectors of the portal, keep your eyes peeled - this may be your only opportunity to dispence IRL justice in the name of newgrounds!


Posted by rtil - July 12th, 2009

Since you are all so bad at arguing, trolling, or whatever it is you do "putzing around" with your spare 72 hours of the week, I figured I'd put together a helpful lesson on what you're all doing wrong. Enjoy!

Tu Quoque: a Latin term meaning "you also" or "you're another". A logical fallacy where one attempts to discredit another's opinion or argument by turning the argument on them. This is an example of Red Herring - whether or not the accuser is guilty of the critique, it is irrelevant to the truth of the matter.

Ad Hominem: Latin for "argument to the man". Attempt to discredit an argument by attacking the one who proposed it. A common practice of the fallacy is to accuse someone of being a hypocrite in an attempt to invalidate their argument. In other words, being a hypocrite does not make them wrong.

Straw Man: A logical fallacy that occurs when a person ignores another's actual position and instead substitues a distorted or made up version of it to attempt to prove them wrong.

The bottom line: At the end of the day, your and my opinions are worthless beyond ourselves. Their significance to others, however, is created solely by what reaction they receive. Even if I had ever claimed to be anything that people say I have ("original"), arguments against them serve no purpose other than to make fools of the accusers. You invalidate yourself and unconciously counter your own argument simply through acknowledgment. Essentially, you create a fantasy image of who you think you're speaking to, then proceed to attack it. In other words, you are arguing with yourself.

on newgrounds.

"All humans are hypocrites; the biggest hypocrite of all is the one who claims to detest hypocrisy." - Peter Wastholm

to my devoted fans

Posted by rtil - July 4th, 2009

it has come to my attention that a 13 year old brat trapped in a grown man's body has put me in his signature! of course, the original intention of his quote mining has been completely lost as mindchamber couldn't successfully defame a pile of rocks if he even tried, but it doesn't matter! i stand by my statement and i'm damn proud of what i said. in fact, here's a copy of the quote so you don't have to look at his 3rd grade english level posts.

"if you're working for newgrounds you're not doing anything worthwhile" - me!

also, 2 extra stupidity points have been awarded to MC for not even trimming the forwarding url. we already knew you vehemently lurk my forum (cat got your tongue?), but now you're searching popular newgrounds terms! tom, are you paying this hothead to do top secret newgrounds espionage work? i'm sorry, but no matter how hard you try, you can't put camo on a bloated mexican who still hasn't learned how to use the internet.

but enough about newgrounds staffers demonstrating how to fail in life on a daily basis, let's go over some important facts about thebackalleys:

1. thebackalleys is not just a forum, it's an elite warrior race of super powerful beings who will soon take over the world. and no, you are not invited!

2. when one person on thebackalleys doesn't like something, every other member by default doesn't like it as well. this is simple logic, folks. besides, how far could a stereotype about a website go without crude generalizations? am i right, all you mario hentai fans?

3. thebackalleys' #1 public enemy is newgrounds. we devote our lives to constantly dismantling and hacking the site, and it is all we talk about, ever. yes, we do have a bomb, and it is almost done. and the top secret X-2 bomber? let's just say we'll be getting funding from hentai dating sim ads - so you know we'll get it fast.

haven't we learned a lot? do you feel better? now, when you have an axe to grind, you can blame all your problems on me and thebackalleys - and you can learn from the best. next time we'll discuss how to have a class-A temper tantrum about stuff on the internet - with examples from some of newgrounds' most popular authors! bloated egos and superiority complexes go hand in hand, and they make for some serious entertainment! vote 5 folks!!!

he's done it again !

Posted by rtil - June 26th, 2009

you know what this means?

all those hilarious michael jackson jokes are even more funny then they were in 1998

and as an added bonus they are super edgy !!

so come on down to the portal and get your 15 minutes, it's your only ticket to just a speck of the attention from the world the king of pop ever got. and let's face it - this may be your only chance!

it looks like one-trick pony catoblepas is already right on the job, and he took the best jab in the book! what a go-getter. so you better hurry up and get on the bandwagon! next stop - FAME!!!

hey guys michael jackson is dead

Posted by rtil - May 17th, 2009

gee another power of 3 post WELL GUESS WHAT i still haven't chosen a coder and i have a musician pending but if you are either of the two and would like to make a game with me (i don't bite) , i've got all kinds of ideas and i'd be glad to hear yours, too. let's put ours together and make a better one!

if you're interested PM me with some examples of what you can do.

-edit: my team is complete. thanks everyone who offered, you guys do great work. maybe we can work together some time in the future