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Posted by rtil - December 11th, 2008

i know a lot of people are not very open to CS4 or don't like it, but i think we all had similar feelings when CS3 came out and now most of us use it. or not... but still. i'm always a sucker for updating my software even if there's no real reason (and i do it the 'easy' way cough cough). but i've been messing with CS4 a little over the past few weeks and i have to say i'm pretty impressed with some of the new features.

i think for the first time adobe has listened to animators and tried to implement some new features that will help us a lot. like the new tweening system. it is similar to after-effects and is much more visually driven. yes, the properties window can get a bit bulky, but it's also important to customize your interface. and these days, most digital animators have dual monitors. in this case i think it would come in REALLY handy. but sometimes you don't even need it - seeing your motion paths and being to edit them -right- on the stage is very handy.

there's also some other neat but probably useless things like the deco and spraypaint tool. oh and let's not forget bones - which i think will produce a lot of great animations, but at the same time increase the amount of stick animations. but hey, at least their limbs will stay together. it could also be used for a lot of really neat mechanical and game-oriented stuff.

long story short i'm really excited to see what comes out of the CS4 department.

and one thing i've tried to do with my website is create a flash wiki full of free resources and tutorials for animators and programmers. since i created it last year it has been accessed over 100,000 times and over 8gb of resources downloaded from it.

however, it is far from complete. there's hardly any AS tutorials on it and the animation tutorials are mostly bits and pieces. but now with CS4 upon us i would like to take this opportunity to ask all of you if you'd like to help out.

flashwiki is dead and gone, and now my project - anipedia - is the only wiki dedicated to flash and animation left. i know there are other tutorial and resource sites out there, but i feel like there has never been one comprehensive site a person could go to and get all the info they could want. that's what i've wanted to build and i'll keep going at it. but it would be impossible for me to do it alone.

if you want to help, it works just like wikipedia. runs on the same software.

as a buildling block, i made this page, which has a layout of a keyboard and a list of all the tools in CS4. from there, they will branch out to other tutorial pages, or simply explain what a tool does. it could be a starting point for people starting with CS4.

if you would like to help, check out an example of what a tutorial should look like on anipedia, and feel free to PM me or add me on aim/msn. i'm also on IRC, server irc.rizon.net, channel #thebackalleys. there's forums dedicated to the project on my site as well.

anyway, thanks for your time, and even if you don't want to help i appreciate those of you who have found use out of anipedia as well.

also here's a screenshot to a "cartoon" that's part of a "collab" . i don't know when it's coming out.

CS4 tutorials anyone?

Posted by rtil - October 26th, 2008

"Rtil is not the messiah of flash, or NG, he's a hypocrite that loves to put down anyone that is against his opinion, and he does this from the luxury of his mommies home, all toasty in his Digipen PJs. Kinda ironic for someone who has actually drawn Mario more times than anyone one of us in the office put together." -Mindchamber, professing his misplaced envy for me once more

Let's point out a few things here. I don't simply put people down who are against my opinion - I put them in their place. In fact just last week I had a bare-knuckle brawl with the lawyer team for Bowser's Kingdom. Let's just say they're at the dentist's office right now.

Secondly, I do not enjoy the luxuries of my mother's home, unlike our lucky friend Minchamber. I live in an apartment and I pay my own bills, mostly by selling original art and having a real job. What a novel idea!

Thirdly, I do not wear PJ's, and don't you forget it. I often walk around naked, or with plaid boxers. But never PJ's. In fact, I don't live within a one-mile radius of anyone who owns them. I forbid it. If I ever become president I will outlaw them. And I will also deport Mindchamber, and his PJ's.

And lastly - but most importantly - every time I draw Mario, I get a hefty check from the Mario lobby. I just can't turn the thing down. A guy's gotta live, y'know? If Mindchamber knew what was good for him, he'd switch from getting his rocks off to Madness and kindly direct his attention to the true king of Newgrounds.

"Im realizing that theres alot of fun that's just disappearing from NG." -Mindchamber, being ironic

Well Mindchamber, you're no fun! Seriously, whenever you troll my forums everyone gets a big fat frown. Kind of like the one on your big fat FACE. Dude, 0wned.

"Arent you the same person who labels every user on NG idiots and morons? and what gives YOU the right to do that? because you can draw? because you [sic] anime library is bigger than theirs? Pffft. hypocrite." -Mindchamber, being jealous of my anime collection

Let me make it clear to everyone here that the moment you sign up to this site, you unwillingly sign a binding contract with Satan himself that your life and your being now belongs to all things evil. It's in the ToS in really small font and same color as the background. If only I would have seen it before I had signed up here. Woe is me. But alas, I fight to this day, and that's what separates me from you, Mindchamber. I'm a Warrior. And I also have every volume of Sailor Moon. Including the Sailor Stars OVA. Suck it.

"Im [sic] too busy to search through all of rtil['s] posts in which he demeans the audience of newgrounds for their poor choices and lack of insight." -Mindchamber, pretending he is busy/important

Are you too busy to search through my posts? I mean, you are on the job, perusing my website. Such a tragedy - a poor young boy trapped in an adult man's greasy body. If only things like Halo and Limp Bizkit were around when you were 13 so you could have vented all this misplaced anger at a younger age. And oh yeah - Newgrounds, I demean you for your poor choices and lack of insight. Go watch Fantasia right now.

"haha I may not be a [sic] good an animator as you are, but I will always, always be way more honorable than you will ever be. I will make my decisions based on, creativity, technical skill, and effort. not on the fact they are whiny faggots in real life." -Mindchamber, juicing his ego

You see folks, honor is all about trolling. So get on it. It is your duty to go out in to the world and spread your righteous truth from which it comes. And don't forget to post a Madness day cartoon next year.

And I believe we met at Comic-con two years ago. And while I may have obtained a megaphone, and I may have climbed to the top of the Sci-Fi booth, and Imay have started an anti-Foamy rally, let's not be hasty. Whiny faggot in real life? We need to spend some more quality time together, Mindchamber. I am a civil man, and I've discussed very important business matters over many a filet mignon and a white wine. You know, things like Newgrounds.

"you're right rtil, completely right.

I have no idea what Im talking about." -Mindchamber, finally realizing he is wasting his time

Thank you for conceding to my superior intellect. It's great when two level-headed parties can come to a sound agreement.

Anyway folks, there's plenty more where that came from, but I'm beat. Come back next week when I dig through my inbox for embarassing celeb PM's!

my favorite mindchamber quotes ^_^

Posted by rtil - October 19th, 2008

a while ago i had an idea about taking one of my favorite songs, shortening it to DDR length, making my own steps to it and then making an animation to go with it. so i took Chromeo's Fancy Footwork Guns 'N Bombs Remix (link"), and made my own stepchart. i've had an idea for a cartoon for this song for a long time - and believe it or not it involves dancing . dancing and guns and girls and stoplights. something like that

so i have the two main characters for this thing already laid out, you can see them below. my idea for the cartoon is something that would be fun to watch standalone, and also make playing the stepchart more fun at the same time.

if you want to try my simfile here it is zipped. if you have stepmania you'll want to unzip it in a custom folder in your "songs" folder. let me know if you like the steps or not. i've also added a background, banner and those cool spinning CD images.

anyway, i'm pretty excited about this. it'll be a while until i can start the cartoon, but i just wanted to put the idea out there. and just in case anyone asks, yes i am working on freetown but don't expect it any time soon. school has me by the neck right now.

DDR (and animation) fans!

Posted by rtil - October 11th, 2008

The Newgrounds Game is a working title for a game I will never make that mirrors the reality of Newgrounds itself! With the popularity of mind numbingly boring grind simulation games, who wouldn't want to play a game where you work your way from zero to hero on the flash portal? I know, right. So, I've created this handy guide that will help you work through the game, and newgrounds itself! If you are struggling on this site, drop everything that is dear to you and start cashing in on something else!

In the game, there are 3 critical elements to success, on which you can choose to be a reinassance man and embrace all three, or focus on one:

backfeeding: this skill requires you to use other characters outside of newgrounds to gain noteriety. this path will increase your CRITICAL DEFENSE and LOSS OF REALITY skills, but it will lower COMMON SENSE.

namedropping: this skill requires you to use characters and personalities exclusive to newgrounds to gain noteriety. This includes putting them in your cartoons, as well as using their voices and other talents, and then mentioning it as much as possible. This path will increase EXCESSIVE HUBRIS, UNWARRANTED SELF-IMPORTANCE, STAFF SUCK-UP and SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION skills, but it will lower ACT YOUR AGE.

dry-wringing: Once you have succeeded in backfeeding, namedropping, or both (!), you must now harness the power of wringing it dry. Or you could just take any idea and turn it into a series (bonus points if it's about teenagers playing video games.) This process takes years, but it becomes easier and the effort-to-noteriety ratio is much larger in favor of noteriety! It involves creating the same cartoon formulas you have created in the past over, and over, and over again to no avail. This will increase CASH COW, and a chance to max out CRITICAL DEFENSE and LOSS OF REALITY! However, there is a 3% chance that you will invoke DELETE FUCKING EVERYTHING for each successive cartoon you create after this point. This chance increases by 1/2 of the previous % increase per episode (1.5%, 0.75%, etc). However, not all hope is lost - once you do this, you can roll for a 50% to invoke LOL JUST KIDDING, restore your series and return to your former glory!

With enough luck (and selling out), you could be on a one-way ticket to Newgrounds fame. Numbers don't lie, folks!

Oh yeah - and when you're too popular for newgrounds, don't forget to upload all your stuff to youtube so it's easier to steal and the quality gets ruined. Bigger better bolder badder bigger!!! Who wouldn't want a second audience of video blogging halfwits?!

The Newgrounds Game!

Posted by rtil - October 3rd, 2008

a few days ago i set up an IRC chatroom for fun and hopefully to better communicate with people. i didn't think anyone would show up - but it's actually been really fun and lots of people stop by to chat.

come chat with us, and if you like it enough, get mIRC and idle with us throughout the days! trust me folks, half the fun of IRC is the idling. there is nothing on this earth more exciting.

anyway, if you already have an IRC client, the server is irc.rizon.net and the channel is #thebackalleys.

see you there!

p.s., here's the other character from the cartoon blvd-square and i are going to animate beginning of next year , the character was designed and painted by myself, just like the other .

come and chat!

Posted by rtil - September 26th, 2008

for those of you wondering what happened to my site, there was a billing issue because of an error my bank made. it has all been worked out and the site is back online. or should i say, the forums. :sup:

Posted by rtil - August 2nd, 2008

i wrote a big post on my website about everything i did at comic-con. go there to read it cuz there's pictures and stuff on the side to keep your attention so you don't get bored by the wall of text. you can leave a comment here or there if you like.

and the announcement is that while i do have lots of ideas for new satires and parodies, i've decided i'd like to put them aside and work on original projects for a long while. so from now on i'll be focusing on Project Freetown 2 (the "sequel" to Metropolis Circuit, except this time with 2 different characters and an actual story+script), an experimental cartoon, and the planning stages of a cartoon that blvd-square and i are going to make next spring featuring the character in the picture below. the painting is by me and the name of the character is "mistel". i'd also like to make a game w/ the character, but that won't be until at least next year.

comic-con aftermath and announcement

Posted by rtil - July 23rd, 2008

first of all i would like to thank you all for your hilarious responses to my last news post which was written purely for my own entertainment.

for another good laugh skim through some of the hundreds of reviews on metal gear funnies, an amazing solid the snake tribute which was born and organized on my very own forums.

i know newgrounds only has a section for parody, but there's this other thing called satire that some of us take part in. go look it up on wikipedia. or watch a mel brooks film.

anyway i've taken my part from the metal gear funnies (which half of the viewers probably didn't watch), added a minute and a half of extra footage, fixed up some animation and released on its own. the full title is FINAL FIGHT: The Nerd Saga ULTIMATE BATTLE (metal gear cartoon is funny). there's also little japanese symbols in it to make it feel more extreme, but since newgrounds is racist they only show up as boxes in my newspost. well i think newgrounds should go to japan and learn about a little something they like to call honor and RESPECT.

ok i don't want to get carried away now, goku would be very disappointed in me if i blew a fuse. now that that's over, here's the cartoon. after you watch it, please be sure to head over to my e-store and type in the promo code in the credits to receive 5 solid snake fun zone tokens which you can redeem towards purchases like solid the snake beach towels and coolers for those sizzlin' summer days.

and last but not least I WILL BE AT COMIC-CON so here is your big chance to be a real man and bring me down to size with actionscript 3.0.

below is a picture of a powerful bakugan brawler explaining why mario is funny.


Posted by rtil - July 4th, 2008

hello to all my adoring plebian fans!!! have you checked out my e-store lately? plenty of freetown-themed grill accessories for those summer BBQ's and outdoor excursions! get yours TODAY!!!

anyway, i've been thinking long and hard lately. i've been writing scripts, storyboarding, trying to find the balance between a solid story and some fresh comedy for my series. and after about 7 minutes I thought, why even bother when I can take ahold of the today's largest audience by simply catering to the bottom of the food chain? thanks to millions of people with webcams and thousands of video game parodies, the level of hilarity generated by a couple of lonely, sex-deprived teenagers smoking weed and playing nintendo wii is now the set standard for comedic genius. and even though i don't smoke pot and i don't have a wii, i have played my share of video games in this world, and I feel that I have a solid list of downright hilarious comparisons to games and real life. like spinning rings floating in the sky, lol what's up with that? BA-DONG!

so i've trashed my series in-the-works Project Freetown for a much more promising concept: PROJECT AWESOMETOWN! People will still rollerskate 24/7 because in Freetown that is all people do and it is awesomely wicked sick gnarley , ok? But a continuing story throughout the series and not just mindlessly random episodes with whacky adventures every time? Are you kidding! Only now can I explore the full potential of these characters I have created as they'll go on adventures like in episode 6 redux, The Quest for the Chaos Hyper Spork, guest starring everyone's favorite blue blur, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the deliciously nasty bad-dudicon Eggman with his new sidekick MONIC (sonic and mario MIXED .

my favorite line from the episode is where ravi goes "OH MY GOD VIOLET YOU ARE SO HOT I WANT TO BANG YOU OK IM GONNA ROLLERSKATE NOW WIND RESISTANCE WHAT IS THAT HOLY FUUUUUUUUUCK". He says it really really fast and kinda sounds like Solid Snakes!!! LOL! ok so i think some of you are probably now thinking "rtil this is kind of like the awesome series by eggorapers" well it's actually a twist because i have been drawing in this super generic style for 30 years and the angry eyes i made a registered copyrighted trademarked since i was 5 years old so he owes me some money he made from all the ad clicks for the really bad webpage-based MMO's. also i think observational comedy was invented by dave chapelle so he probably owes him a pretty penny too. i would guess something like 17 million dollars.

LOL BALLS!!!! sorry random XD *stealz teh pocky* OK so guys i hope you like this and what i'll do is cleverly release one once a month so that i can get as much money from newgrounds as i can. then i will probably sell lots of DVD's copyright infringement what?? also t-shirts and stickers and mugs for that special someone SUPPORT A STARVING ARTIST i don't want to get a real job.

and if you're gonna be a hater well then you are clearly just jealous that i am not really trying hard at all to accomplish anything. i mean this is all just practice anyway. maybe like in 7 years i will do something original because of course by that time everyone will not be expecting me to release more things starring popular video game characters and they will just be starvin' marvin' for some of my original characters nobody has ever heard of much less vested in. my plan is genius and i can't wait until then when i can have an ego the size of the goodyear blimp because people will be eating out of my hands and BEGGING FOR MORE oh my god how will i respond to all the fanmail it will be so hard well i guess i will find out then i guess i'll have to hire an agent wow this is serious business btw my goal is to someday work at Disney Studios in tokyo japan ^_^

PS the series will be done after 20 episodes but then i will release 30 more as bonus DVD extras (for the fans) , and cancel it again. then i'll do sort of a second season but then that'll be it unless i sell 5 DVD's and if i do i mean i promised that i'd make more and i can't go back on my promises i have morals OK??? then i'll probably re-make the 1st season. but after that no more unless a totally pwnage game comez out. it'd have to have probably sonic or mario in them they are funny. lol rings in the sky WHAT THE FUCK i mean isn't that funny cuz like there'd never be rings in the sky man i just can't get over that what a knee-slapper.

PPS my brawl code is 1-800-flowers and my gamertag is xXxXxS8INGrULEZxXxXx hit me up sometime and we can play halo brawlz 3!




Posted by rtil - May 7th, 2008

so finally school is out and that means my 3d short project is done . you can watch it at my site here. the only other place i've uploaded it is deviantart but the quality wasn't that amazing because it converts it to divx. and you can forget uploading it to a horrible site like youtube. the aspect ratios don't even match. but hey if you like it and want a copy for yourself there's also an AVI you can download off the front page of my site. let me know what you think .. for being my first real 3d short i was pretty happy with how it turned out. i wanted to work on it more but i ran out of time and needed what was left of the school year to render.

what i am most happy about is that now it's "summer vacation" for me and i can start animating in flash again. i already have started on a ton of stuff i'm working on like 4 cartoons at the same time, probably a bad idea but it's what happens when you don't really get to touch the program for 2 months straight. definitely some new stuff will come out soon, a screenshot of one of them is below haha.

also i was surprised to see i was nominated for a tank award. whoevers decision it was i thank you very much and am humbled by it. i'd say my chances are slim to none but i am happy enough to get a nomination for the first annual NG awards. you don't see many sites offering something you can actually hold in your hand in turn for creating content, and i think that will inspire a lot of people to work harder. they definitely look better than the youtube awards (a giant play button on a piece of spinning glass).

aaaaand on that note i suppose we can either have a nice chat or you can take a jab at me for absolutely no reason which a lot of people have been doing lately. peace

3d/2d, tank awards, stuff