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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

Posted by rtil - April 5th, 2008

this summer i'll be working at a locally based animation studio called Plexipixel. They specialize in - you guessed it - flash! They're starting to dip into 3D stuff too, but at least it's maya, which is my 3D program of choice. BUT! this is really cool. it means i won't have to sign up for a cartoon network internship, which would've been great except for the fact that it's 500 miles away and unpaid. this is a real job (worth class credit eheheh) and it's only 15 minutes away from where I live.

their website is http://www.plexipixel.com. They've done flash work for Microsoft, Napster, Universal Studios, Real Networks, the studio behind the esurance commericals, Ghostbot, and a lot more. i can't wait to work there and show 'em what i got. it's my first animation job ever, and i'm not even out of school yet.

and one thing is for sure, the work will be much more rewarding than school recently. at school, it's like i'm having 5 jobs instead of one, and they're all demanding eachother's alloted time. and we don't do flash work either.

but eh, school is done on april 22nd, and i start work in mid-may. but until the 22nd things are going to be pretty hectic. not only is it finals, but i'm moving out of my apartment into a bigger one with 5 other people. it's practically down the street, but i'm on the 3rd floor and my room is a disaster.

i've been trying REALLY hard to finish a cartoon i started on valentine's day.. it's not even 2 minutes long. that gives you an idea of how much school has taken over my life. but i like how it's turning out and it should be done really soon, depending on how quickly i finish all my school and moving business. and i should have time to do flash over the summer even with my job. there's no possible way my job will be as hard as my school (if it was i would have to remove sleeping from my schedule entirely).

so uhhh yeah!!!! here's a dumb screenshot from my dumb cartoon!

p.s. if you haven't seen Chowder on CN yet, WATCH IT

I'M HIRED! and new cartoon soon

Posted by rtil - March 19th, 2008

1 month left until school is out. it's always this time of the year flash takes a complete halt as i spend day and night finishing final projects. my main one is a 30-second 3D short i've been working on... i won't be plauging newgrounds with it for two reasons, one because i don't think 3D (generated outside of flash) really belongs, here and i don't think it's going to be that great.

the 3D pipeline is really something else. instead of having complete control of your canvas - like in 2D - you're completely bounded by what you know about the software. you could be the best animator in the world but become entirely handicapped in 3D software. and to make matters worse you're usually troubleshooting/debugging half the time, and half of those issues come from renders which you have to wait around for.

it's frustrating because i recently saw 'horton hears a who', and they're really starting to break the barrier between 2D and 3D. the movie had a very seussian atmosphere, which in its essence is very unlike a 3D environment. a world made out of polygons vs a world made out of noodles and limbless contraptions. but in the movie, everything came to life like it should have. it really was incredible. but i can't imagine how much work their team of animators and artists put into that film.

still, i think with the same budget a 2D seuss film would look more incredible and lively. the reason why studios like Blue Sky and Pixar are successful is because all their employees come from a strong 2D background. that's the mistake disney made - they literally fired all of their traditional artists and animators and replaced them with people who were only familiar with the software. and what did you get? horrible films that nobody saw or will remember. it's funny that they had to literally purchase the pixar name just to stay alive.

no matter how far 3D pushes the envelope, i will always pursue and try to keep 2D alive. there were two very short (but sweet) 2D segments in the horton movie, it made me really happy. there's a charm to a hand-drawn piece of work that something artificially sculpted will never have. i can't put my finger on it and i can't describe it in words, but there is life in a 2D image that a 3D one can never replace. you've got so many people today obsessed with realism and pixel-perfect high definition images. but we're getting to the point now where i'm looking at trailers for new games and movies and wondering how much more realistic can we get? it's not all that exciting anymore, and the box office can no longer rely on the audience being oohed and ahhed by CG because we've seen all there is to see.

realism in animation really inhibits the imagination. and i think the reason why is because it goes against everything animation is about - making visual comments about the real world through abstract ideas. you exaggerate things to make them stand out in your own style. and if everyone's doing photorealistic rendering work, how does that make you any different from the person sitting at the computer next to you? it's so mechanical, i really can't stand it.

anyway i think you get my point. it's probably a matter of taste to most people, but to me i see a lot more charm and thoughtfulness in the simplest sketch than the most detailed and realistic rendering of what have you.

that being said, here's a horrible render of my 3d thing. when it's done i'll probably shove it on my website if anyone actually wants to see it, then get right back to my best friend flash.

1 month left

Posted by rtil - February 26th, 2008

A few months ago ashford pride made a movie with a foreboding title. It was called "Awesome Grounds".

Well ladies and gentlemen, that's might as well what this site should be called (at least right now), with the top row on the front page slot dedicated to an "awesome" movie and an "awesome" parody, an "awesome" t-shirt in the newgrounds store, and pretty much every "awesome" movie in the top 100, along with han's "awesome's creed".

I can't go to newgrounds with seeing something not about egoraptor or his coveted video game parody series. It makes me wonder sometimes if pursuing anything but half-assed cartoons making mildly funny observations about video games laced with profanity is even worth it. Truly, they are what bring the masses of 13-year olds to this site, and thus increases traffic and competition in the internet world. But you have to ask yourself, with this sort of two-bit audience increasing in numbers, are they really interested in watching anything else?

I understand that it's a dog eat dog world in the online entertainment business, and to compete you have to pretty much put up content that a majority of internet browsers would click on. This includes either women or video games. Things they already know they want. And that's all they want. They sign up, watch more, and come back and do it again later. They're trained to know that what they want is easily accessible and is promoted all over the site.

Original content is often shuffled off to the bottom of the page, or never gets any attention to begin with. Now comes into play the whole 'they won't click on it unless there's a boob for the icon', etc etc. That's because they've been fashioned to think that way.

I'm not saying i have all the mysterious answers to the way people's minds work. But this much is true - if all people click on are breasts and video game icons, and you give them breasts and video game icons, you're not pushing the envelope.

Newgrounds is the epitome of user-generated content. We already have a massive advantage over youtube in the fact that making a cartoon involves so much more creativity than snappily editing your webcam footage. So instead of 200 cartoons coming out every minute, we have 200 cartoons coming out every day. That gives someone a better chance of breaking out and being discovered for his hard work, and a reward for a job well done.

But in the same way that viewers are trained that they don't have to go out of their way to avoid original content they would otherwise enjoy, authors are becoming more and more disenchanted with their personal creations and are turning to nerd culture icons and cheap tactics to get viewers.

I can't tell you how many animators I have spoken to that have shunned their own creations in favor of sub-pop culture parody and disjointed scripts sprinkled with toilet humor and profanity. a cartoon catering to everyone who's forgotten what cartoons are all about. And here we are shoving away everything about cartoons that was originally appealing and magical, because we're pretty much forced to.

I'm not pointing the finger at any one person here. I think it's part of the bigger picture - bigger than Newgrounds, too. But if people really care about the future of cartoons and animation, we wouldn't be seeing this kind of blatant favoritism.

People will find what they want if they want it. They don't need to be spoon fed it all.

For thirty years animators who strive to create something genuinely unique have gotten nothing but a slap in the face. It's sickening and it has to stop someday, before they all disappear.

Lastly, this post is not about me. I'm not writing this out of self-pity, bitterness or spite. I'm being honest. I care a lot about the future of animation, and what I see around me is very troubling. The industry is bad enough, but where the future lies is in the small corners of the animation world. Newgrounds is one of them. I spend a lot of time trying to encourage and teach frame-by-frame animation, and creating your own characters and scripts. That is what is important to me. If I really cared about being popular, my list of flash cartoons would look a lot different.

Below is a lovely review describing the bright future of newgrounds.

awesome grounds

Posted by rtil - January 3rd, 2008

new cartoon in the portal everyone
it's very different from anything i've made
it was a gift for my best friend sobakasu/blvd-square
you can visit her page here
and the cartoon is here
below is a random screenshot from it
100% original "sprites" made with free pixel tools extension

edit: for download and installation instructions for Pixel Tools 2 for flash, visit Flash Extensions on Anipedia, a page i made today documenting lots of free flash extensions with download links and instructions.

c'mon everybody and move your feet!