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Posted by rtil - January 1st, 2008

Someone pointed this out to me and i thought it was pretty cool so i'd share it with you guys.

i don't normally talk about stats and numbers and things but for the end of the year i might as well. somewhere near the end of the year marked 1,000+ watchers on newgrounds, deviantart and sheezyart. i'm pretty sure deviantart was the last place it happened. so in total that's over 3,000 (possibly) different people that are watching my work . very cool.

since i discovered that i took the time to compile some more cool stats for '07:
230 new members on thebackalleys.com (my site) forums, making 317 total
23,372 posts made on the forums, making 25,373 total
700,552 unique hits on thebackalleys.com, 1 million unique hits reached in mid-august
657 pages, 143 articles, 390 members and 26,396 unique hits since August 18th, 2007 (opening date) on Anipedia
and i released the first Project Freetown cartoon :)

so thanks guys for all your support and encouragement this year, next year will be twice as cool.

and after all those meaningless numbers, i guess i'll say i'll be releasing a new cartoon later tonight.

below is a cropped new piece of art. you can see it at my site, my deviantart or sheezyart.

the year 3000 in rtil land

Posted by rtil - November 24th, 2007

Hey guys. This thanksgiving break gave me a chance to develop templates on Anipedia - the internet's first animation, flash and art encyclopedia - for people to write tutorials. The votes were in and just about half of over 170 voters said that they wanted to develop tutorials for everyone. So I went right ahead and started you guys off.

I wrote the first complete tutorial last night on motion tweening. This is the template for how all tutorials should look. But what do you guys think of the article? Does it cover everything? Is it easy to follow? Would you use it if you needed a resource?

The best thing about Anipedia is that everyone can edit it. If you think that someone missed something or want to work on multiple tutorials, you can. If you aren't already a member (over 300 people are), go to the Anipedia front page, sign up, read the 3 steps at the beginning and get writing! There are templates and example pages for you to follow, and if you have any questions me and two other sysops are ready to answer questions at any time.

I don't think there are a lot of extensive and quality sets of flash and animation tutorials in one place. I want Anipedia to be the ultimate resource for artists and animators alike. And I can't do it alone, so whatever you can contribute would be great.

Anyway, I never talk about my flash and stuff so i figured i'd update you guys. Project Freetown 2 is under progress. I have written a 14-page detailed screenplay. The reason why is that the biggest complaint about the first episode is the lack of depth and story. I didn't want it to have a deep story or character development (it was just a fun race), but I was planning to compensate for that in episode 2 anyway. This next episode will focus on the beginnings of the story of Erelli, a self-employed detective who lives a life on the run from a ridiculous crime of his past. How he will tie into Violet and Ravi doesn't come until much later, but he will experience a radical change in his life in episode 2. This screenplay will probably branch off into 2 separate episodes as the animation and length of it may be quite long. I don't want it to take another year to release a new Freetown as well.

That being said, school is seriously putting a damper on any real progress on the art and animation. Not only that, but there are numerous other original series and satirical pieces I want to work on. It's very frustrating, and sometimes I wish school would just go away, but I know that's not gonna happen. I'll be doing as much as I can during the breaks this winter and next spring to make big jumps in progress. All I've gotta say is that a 21 credit semester is just about impossible to handle. You're always catching up on work and there's never a moment of rest. It's been really draining for me and I hate having to work on projects in little spurts.

Speaking of little spurts, I have a small cartoon called "TWEEN: A Flash Odyssey" that i'm going to release on the last Daily Day for the Star Syndicate this November 30th. Some of you have probably already seen it, it's just a short parody cartoon turning making a tween into an monumental effort. I made it one friday when by chance i had a sort of day off, kind of like yesterday.

i've probably written too much by now, so i'll leave you with a painfully small version of a painting i did last week. you can see the full version here.

look forward to hearing from you

animation and flash tutorials!

Posted by rtil - November 3rd, 2007

hey everyone
hopefully some of you remember Anipedia, my animation encyclopedia project. If not, please read this first. Anyway, it's time for Anipedia to go into a new direction. And you get to vote on what comes next. I don't want to develop templates for a part of it no one is interested in, so you can help by picking your favorite choice here (the poll on the right).

flash-wise i have a cartoon i'm going to submit in a couple of days possibly, and i am working on the script for Project Freetown episode 2. Don't expect it for a long time, though. my school demands a lot of my time, so much that i only really have one day out of the week for myself. hopefully i can make some big jumps on it this christmas break. there's other cartoons i want to make as well , but i doubt i will get to them anytime soon.

sometimes i wish i didn't have to go to school and i could just animate all day. i wouldn't care if i was dirt poor, just as long as i had enough to get by to do what i love to do is all that would matter to me.

the backalleys
my sheezyart
my deviantart

Posted by rtil - September 7th, 2007

my latest flash is out, it's the intro to my new series, project freetown. i hope it will get those of you who don't know about it interested in the series, characters , style and setting. i have big plans for it. anyway, i hope you enjoy it, check it out if you haven't
click here

project freetown:metropolis circuit is out

Posted by rtil - August 18th, 2007

Anipedia is going to be the first comprehensive online encyclopedia focusing on the flash community, world and software. I'm sure many of you on Newgrounds know of FlashWiki, however I feel FlashWiki is unorganized and has no focus.

Anipedia is going to be built from the ground up, moving from project to project until we have a place for everyone.

I think everyone deserves their own article if they have contributed something to the flash community. And so that's where I want to start first. The front page of Anipedia explains it all: http://anipedia.thebackalleys.com. You can get building today, starting with an encyclopedic entry about yourself. It's easier than you think. :)

Are you interested? Please leave your feedback here and let me know what you think of this idea. I hope that you sign up and start today. I need people who are willing to learn wiki syntax, code and are excited to contribute to a go-to community with all information an animator could need. I can't do it alone, and I gladly accept any help.

When Anipedia is in full sail, it will include:
1. Information on flash artists, animators, programmers and voice actors
2. Information on collabs, flash groups and portals
3. The latest on animation, art and sound based software
4. Tutorials, tips and tricks
5. The history of animation and art
6. A communication portal for people to find others with similar tastes

And a lot of other things. Besides my animations, this is my next big ongoing project. I hope that you will be part of it.

edit: there is also now a section on my forum for anipedia. since wiki doesn't serve as a good forum, detailed discussions about ideas, suggestions and development should go there. click here to go to the forum and sign up.

Want to be part of something big?

Posted by rtil - July 31st, 2007

San Diego Comic-Con 2007
This was my 3rd year at the Comic-Con in San Diego. This was easily my favorite year, despite most reports coming back surprisingly negative. I'm not sure what their problems were, I couldn't get enough of this place. Yeah, it did start a little lame, waiting Thursday noontime for about two hours just to get in even though I was pre-registered, and the freebie table being a bit lame this year, but after that it went nowhere but up.

I got my portfolio reviewed by a few people including Mattel, Cartoon Network representitives from the internship program, a staffer on new cartoon Chowder, and finally the creator of PPG and Foster's Craig McCracken and his wife, Lauren Faust. I learned a lot from them, and hope to come with a stronger portfolio for next year. It was my first time having my portfolio reviewed by f. Faust and McCracken had a booth for Lauren's new cartoon venture entitled Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls, an idea of taking the planets and giving them characters, each with their own personalities that people can choose from. She is interested in developing it into an animated series hopefully next year. I got a button and an autographed poster as a gift. I also spoke to Craig about Foster's and animation in general and got an autographed book from him as a gift entitled "Wander over Yonder", a sketchbook he did as a personal project away from his job to sketch whatever he wanted. It is a charming sketch book and I can see him doing more of them in the future, that is if he has the time. I have to say McCracken is the most tired person I have ever seen in my life. He has these bags under his eyes that look as if they have developed due to lack of sleep for at least a decade. Which would make sense because the Powerpuff Girls are celebrating their tenth anniversary.

I also was given an original cell from the Powerpuff Girls at the "Acme" booth, where they sport many original paintings and cels. It's a pencil frame of "HIM" with his arms wrapped around the three girls with a huge smile on his face. I can't get enough of it. I wanted so many other cels, but they are very expensive. The most expensive cel I came across was at some anime booth, it was $2,500. Not sure what the anime was, but it looked to be from the 70's or 80's. It was painted and included the background. A typical cell will cost you anywhere between $150 and $300, depending on what's going on in the cel, the popularity of the show and the level of finish. It is amazing to see how much life is in a single frame of quality animation. Sometimes you forget.

Visited many other places, as many as I could. Of course, one of these places was the Newgrounds booth. It was a big step up from the Behemoth booth of last year. Nice display case for the new shirts, figurines and handouts. The xbox 360's sporting Alien Hominid and a fresh Castle Crashers demo were occupied literally all the time. Side-by-side, Castle Crashes is a huge improvement over Alien Hominid in all aspects. On the other side of the booth Tom was answering questions and chatting it up with quite a few Newgrounds regulars. I met Tom, Mindchamber, Luis, Anigen, The-Swain, ActionBeaver, sugarpolyp from deviantart, and many others. I had no idea how many Newgrounds members would show up, and I didn't even met the ones that were coming on Sunday only, because sadly I had to leave early (6AM) Sunday morning. Why? For what is the best show I have ever seen in my life, DAFT PUNK at the WaMu theater in Seattle.

It was a nice little topping to end what was probably the most fun I've ever had in 4 consecutive days. I even got a little Vegeta thing I can hang from my phone. what more could you ask for. anyway, this is getting too long, so i'll end it right here, and post a pic of the sweet PPG cell i got. (sorry, i'm not gonna scan it, don't want the paper to shuffle around in the case too much - graphite smears).

comic-con pics
daft punk pics

Comic-Con '07 recap

Posted by rtil - July 26th, 2007

leaving for comic-con in about 15 minutes. made a cool promo "poster" for my next flash, i've decided to call it "metropolis circuit". you can find the poster on DA, SA or my site thebackalleys.com
hope to see you @ CC if you're going, and if not i will truly and dearly miss you all


comic-con bye


Posted by rtil - July 18th, 2007

i'll give this a shot. i'm liking the new layout. everything looks great. i hope that this brings in lots of great new members, animators and traffic to newgrounds. the userpage i'd say is the best new feature.

anyway, i hope to release my new cartoon very soon. it has taken so long because it is almost 100% frame-by-frame racing adventure through a big city. it's about 3 minutes long, and introduces my new series Project Freetown.

also i don't know if anyone has noticed so far, but a lot of people are reviewing 0/10 on accident because it's kind of hard to tell that there's a star ranking in the review space until you scroll over it. they should have the stars blacked out so that people actually see them, or keep the value of the review score null until and not allow someone to submit their review until they score it.