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Interview with Elios

2009-05-19 15:29:42 by TheInterviewer
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Interview No. 8
Interview By: The-Great-One

Today's guest is known more around the Newgrounds BBS Forums that anywhere else. He's a face many people know and the name hardly anybody forgets. He has become user of the day and has made over 20 threads on the BBS. He is none other than Elios.

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Q: How did you find Newgrounds and why did you join?

A: Well, i first discovered this place back in 2002-3 when Madness Combat came out, and it was featured at ugo.com. At first, Newgrounds seemed like "Just another one of those flash game sites", so i didn't really bother to fully explore it. Until i heard about a fancy new redesign from a friend, so i came back, and i liked what i saw, so i joined.
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Q: Quite possibly your most famous thread on Newgrounds was the thread titled Photo Op me! Where did the idea come from with this thread and what was the experience feel like doing it?

A: I got a digital camera for christmas (I still don't know why, i didn't even ask for one). And i was toying around with it, taking pictures of various things, when the idea of "Have people tell me what to do, and i'll post it!" Came into my head. Instead of the ever popular "Photoshop me" thread theme, i took a different road with this one. At first, i thought it would be fun, taking a few pics of myself, doing a few silly things. Little did i realize how extreme and risque this thread would become!
After a few pages, and seveal hundred PMs of "Do this! Wait...do THIS!", my only options seemed to be, bail, and look like a fool, or keep going, and look like an attention whore. I figured, hey, if they like it, keep going, no shame. I even made a meme out of myself for doing a well placed facepalm.
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Q: One thing you've started on Newgrounds is The Newgrounds Tank Wall Project. Where is the inspiration for this project and what is the experience like in doing it?

A: The one thing i've learned from this site, is that everyone that is part of this community, wants to do something great. That one big project that everyone says "Wow! That certainly is impressive!", and it's not necessarily for the attention or fame, but that feeling of achievement. Again, i never really realized how large this project would get. I started with the tank, and i though "Hey i'll throw a few names on the wall around it for some friends". But then the ideas just kept flowing, and now i have over 210 unique users (and their names) involved in this project!
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Q: Would you like to be a Newgrounds Forum Moderator? Whatever your answer could you explain?

A: Ya know, i run hot and cold with thinking about being a moderator. Sometimes i do, sometimes i don't. At first i think, yeah, i could help out a little, especially at 4 am when no one else is around. But then i think, i REALLY don't have the time to be a truly effective mod. I'd show up, lock ban lock ban lock, bye guys! It take a heart of stone, and an empty calendar to be a true mod.
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Q: Your first flash submission on Newgrounds was called Welcome to Newgrounds! This flash basically welcomed new users by giving them proper information. Why did you make this and would you want to recreate it?

A: I made that project because, after several months of being on the BBS, and seeing WAY too many threads that the FAQs can answer, i decided to make a simplistic mspaint + windows movie maker + flash converter film, that basically explains how Newgrounds works. Similar submissions, were all like, lists of stuff, and click buttons, i wanted to make something unique, and rather humorous. So i drew a bunch of stick figures, downloaded a few pics, and recorded my voice, simple as that. When my flash was popular, i'd say it was pretty effective for answering noob questions.
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Q: You started a series on Newgrounds and have yet to pick it back up again. This series is called INKmen. You started the series with INKmen: "username". Where did this idea come from and why haven't you continued it?

A: Ahh yes...i do long to continue my series. I first started with the same technique as my first one, mspaint and windows MM, but the barrage of PMs and comments of "Dude! GET FLASH!". So i found a free copy of flash, and tried some REAL animating! Man, i still don't know how the professionals do it, i managed to make a circle move from one side of the screen to the other. Yay me! I still have all my comedic sketches written and saved somewhere. And I'd love to bring my ideas to life someday, but i have some learning to do first about proper animating.
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Q: One project which you have considered your biggest project is that called Storm of Zehir. Where did the idea come from? Will it be on Newgrounds? What information can you tell us about this?

A: Well, this one is quite complicated, but i can explain it easily. I own a series of PC games called "Neverwinter Nights". Within this game, is a program called the Toolset, which allows you to make your own games and adventures. This is the same program that the creators of the game used to develope to official game campaign. Now over the past 6 years, i created my own campaign entitled "The 12 Towers". It would take WAY to long to explain in depth what it is, so anyone can PM me for details on it. Anyway, i've been seriously working on this project for a little over 2 years now. This will be a fully online multiplayer game, and 100% original content. I've made threads in the past, asking for ideas from the Newgrounds community, and they've been a real big help! I still have a while to go on this project, but the building process is fun!
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Q: On Newgrounds we have a married couple who make flash movies together. They are James Lee and Hania. Will you and TwistedLittleMe ever work on something together?

A: Perhaps in the future. If she's a better animator than i am, then maybe we'll see INKmen sooner in the portal!
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Q: What can we expect from you in the future?

A: Honestly, i'm not really sure! I'll still be around for a while, maybe i'll start another Newgrounds related project or two. But for now, i'll get my daily XP, and make the general forum laugh!
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After interviewing Elios I can honestly say that he is what he is. And what he is, is nothing more than just a plain user. Here to have fun and enjoy the community that is Newgrounds.
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Interview with DaGrahamCraka

2009-05-18 00:03:30 by TheInterviewer
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Interview No. 7
Interview By: The-Great-One

Today's guest is an audio artist of Newgrounds who has created many wonderous titles. He is known for his happy hardcore songs such as {Runaway}. He has also been known for his remix of Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Pink Elephants and Lemonade, and {Into The Mind}. This audio artist is none other than DaGrahamCraka.

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Q: I hope you know constructing this interview was quite difficult for me to do. Gathering everything and looking through all of your songs wasn't easy. You have quite a lot of work to go through. So if I have forgotten something or if there was something I didn't include I hope you can understand my situation at hand.

A: I totally understand and I'm sure the interview will be top notch. :P
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Q: Your first submission on Newgrounds was Apex (demo). What was the process in making this song? Also since it's labeled as a "demo" do you plan on going back and working on it more?

A: To be honest I can't really remember the process I took. It was a long time ago. It was really my first experiment in FL Studio of actually trying to make a complete song. It's labeled a demo because I had intended finishing it at the time but I have since given up. I don't really see much potential...
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Q: Your first remix on Newgrounds was that of the original arcade game Donkey Kong. This remix was entitled Donkey Kong Title Song Remix. Why did you choose this as your first remix and how did you create it?

A: Well, I chose it because I really think Donkey Kong as had consistently good music. A lot of video game music is pretty sub par, specially for that era. I'll be honest I used a midi. I had just discovered using them and found a website that has a lot of video game midis and I immediately went for the Donkey Kong section. Oh well, it was a long time ago.
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Q: Your next remix would be Aqua Group's song Barbie Girl. You entitled it Aqua-Barbie Girl Remix. You would go on and make a second one {Aqua-Barbie Girl Remix}. What is the difference between the two songs? Why did you decide to make a remix of Barbie Girl? What was the process in creating these songs? And will you be making another remix and adding vocals like you did with the song Heaven Is A Place On Earth?

A: The reason for the two songs is that before the update, every once in a while there would be issues with uploading music. If you screwed around with the browser a lot of times it would corrupt the file data and wouldn't play. That's why i uploaded the second one, because the first one didn't work. You wouldn't notice it now though, since the update corrected the problems. I guess I had always liked the song, it's pretty catchy. I remember attempting to do this one without a midi. First remix I did so with I think, I used them for something though, can't remember what. I probably won't ever return to it, but who knows.
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Q: One of your classical pieces that is a very nice piece, but the title seems to confuse me and I don't doubt it confuses others as well is Rise Of The Cock.Why the sudden urge to change over and make a classical piece and what is the story behind the title choice?

A: I've always enjoyed orchestral and classical pieces and right before I made this song I had managed to get my hands on Edirol Orchestral, which is an orchestral VST. The reason I named it that was cause when I was listening to the finished projects it just reminded me of big, fat, warm boners. Honestly, though I just named it that to be silly. I'm just so silly!
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Q: One song you gave us a preview of and have not yet finished it is Hands Up {Preview}. It is a really nice preview and I for one would like to see it completed. Why have you not completed this song?

A: I just ran out of ideas I think. Lost interest as well. Then I just sort of forgot about it. I think a couple of months ago I went back to it to try and finish it but nothing ever become of it.
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Q: The Audio Portal community is one that is kind and generous to different talents and one that offers suggestions and friendships amongst musicians, critics, and storytellers alike. Do you have any friends within the Audio Portal community? Do you have any rivalries or enemies?

A: I've made a few friends within the portal. Cornandbeans and I are actually really great friends and know each other personally. I met him freshman year and he showed me his music. He started using FL studio in the early summer of 2006 I'm pretty sure, and he turned me onto it and I started using it in September. He had had previous music experience though with Jazzware. He might have used some other programs too but I don't know. We've made a shit ton of music together but it just sits on my hard drive. We don't ever finish anything.... I also got to become pretty good online friends with Dj-Nate and Ocon. Nate and I even tossed around the idea of him coming down in the summer of 2007 to visit with Ian (Cornandbeans) and I and do a bit of collabing. Never panned out though. : (((
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Q: There are time when artists in the Audio Portal enjoy dueling one another and letting the public here the completion of their song. You and Sylacone have dueled as well in the song DaGrahamCraka vs. Sylacone. Would you mind telling us the story on how this song came about?

A: Well, I can't remember how me and Sylacone started talking, but we did. I had been working on the song for a little bit and I asked him if he was interested in maybe turning it into a collab. So we proceeded to send the file back and forth adding bits of our own until it turned into what it is now.
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Q: I have made references to your song Heaven Is A Place On Earth. Which is a remix of Belinda Carlisle's song Heaven Is A Place On Earth. Out of all of the great 80's songs out there to choose from, why did you choose this one and was it a hard decision to make?

A: I think I was watching TV or something. I heard the song somewhere and I thought it could be turned into a pretty good happy hardcore song. So I went to work on it. I think that's how it happened...
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Q: The last question I wish to ask you about your music is the song Pink Elephants And Lemonade. Later on you made a full version of this song Pink Elephants & Lemonade-Full. What is the difference in these songs and what was the process in making them?

A: Well I heard a remix of Dear Jessie by Rollergirl on a happy hardcore mix and I loved it and I had been working on a song that had a pretty similar sound so I thought I'd try to turn it into a remix. So I got the acapella for it. The difference between the two isn't drastic. I lengthened the final version and improved the mixing a bit. There's definitely a noticeable difference but it's not that nuts.
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Q: Who on Newgrounds would you like to make a collaboration with?

A: Well, I enjoy working with people I like. So I guess I'll list my three main bros. Cornandbeans, Dj-Nate, and Ocon. I've already done a dick load of collabs with Ian like I said earlier and me and Nate tried it a few times but we just never finished any. I've never collabed with Alyk (Ocon), but he doesn't even really do much music anymore. I've sort of lost touch with a lot of the AP community recently, but if any of you all read this and wanna collaborate hit me up. My aim is on my page.
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Q: What can we expect from you on Newgrounds within the near future?

A: I'm working on a happy hardcore tune right now called "Goodbye to Romance", that I'm definitely going to finish and upload. It should be up in maybe a week or so? Hopefully I won't let you all down. I might upload a trance song I've been working on. But as usual I'm sort of losing interested in it... As for the not so near future, I want to start moving my music production in a more professional direction. It might be a while but hopefully not too long. I'll still be uploading things on here though. I guess I'm just gonna play it by ear.
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After interviewing DaGrahamCraka, I certainly do believe he is a very talented artist. Whether or not he knows it himself is a different story. I guess you could say that he is quite humble about his work and only wants to give his fans what they want. That is dedication.
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Interview with Krinkels

2009-05-12 20:04:16 by TheInterviewer
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Interview No. 6
Interview By:
The-Great-One

Today's guest is one who thrives on violent and funny animations. He has been famous for his Madness series and even has a day honored to his flash called Madness Day which is held on September 22nd, every year since 2007. He has also been known for his Short series as well. This Newgrounds artist is none other than Krinkels.

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Q: How did you find Newgrounds and Why did you join?

A: Back before it had a portal on my friends dial-up connection. He had heard about it from a freind at work and I absolutely adored what I saw there, Telebubbies, Club-A-Seal, assassin, and Pico. Once he got that fake random page portal thing going and his content started widening, I got curious as to whether or not I could try my hands at flash. But from the start, I was just here to be a fan of the work showcased.
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Q: Your first flash on Newgrounds is one called BreadMan. This flash would continue onward for two more episodes entitled The death of breadman and The Return of Breadman. What was the thought process in creating these three flash movies?

A: Here's the entire thought process: "holy crap it's fun to animate this." Seriously.
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Q: The beginning of what would be an icon on Newgrounds would be the start of the Madness. Where it all began with Marsh-Mellow-Madness. Where did this idea come from? Madness Redeemer is where we gain a storyline within the Madness series that is still being continued to this day. Why the sudden urge to shift over to a storyline?

A: Give it some coherence, just a bit of substance to tie them all together. Felt like it needed it, really. As much as I love discontinuity, I just had to keep a singular string of plot through the whole thing.
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Q: What is the story behind Hank?

A: Some jerk who won't/can't die. His motives are ambiguous, just to keep things interesting.
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Q: Your Madness series became quite popular and afterwards you created the game Madness interactive. What was the purpose as well as the process of making this game?

A: The process was simple, Max and I got together on it, he programmed and I provided all the art and alot of the concepts (granted, his portion was significantly more difficult/arduous). It took around six months. If I can ever wrangle up another programmer I'd love to get to work on another Madness Interactive, but time will tell on how soon that will be.
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Q: After making Madness flashes for quite some time stopped and started making others including one entitled Music Video. Where did the idea and process for this flash come from?

A: Can't just do one thing, gotta refresh the pallete occasionally with diversions. :)
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Q: A sub-series to the Madness series would have be your Short series which started with Short - Crap. These flashes are funny, but I must honestly ask where did this idea come from?

A: Not sure, at all. Just kinda put flash into motion without a clear direction and that's what I get.
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Q: How did your series Madness get it's own Newgrounds Holiday entitled Madness Day?

A: Sheer popularity, I suppose. There was enough people gung-ho about it so Tom saw to it that it got it's own day there in septembre.
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Q: What can we expect from Krinkels in the future?

A: Sandford and diemos prequel is next coming up, takes place right after Madness Combat 5.
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After interviewing Krinkels, he doesn't seem something special. Just a Newgrounds fan who enjoys contributing his works. He started out the same was as most of our administrators on Newgrounds and I wouldn't be surprised if he became a future Admin for this site.
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Interview with TheWeebl

2009-04-14 19:44:35 by TheInterviewer
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Interview No. 5
Interview By:
The-Great-One

When it comes to insanity through art and humor that is not only funny, but can bring a smile to fans face. This person has become known for his original comedy music videos such as kenya, badger ver.1, and Magical Trevor. He is also known for his series Weebl and Bob, On The Moon, and Cat Face. Among many other achievements the person I'm talking about is TheWeebl.

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Q: How did you find Newgrounds and why did you stay?

A: Oooh. It was years ago when it was all still the Assassins stuff like Britney's Monster Truck and various punch the cretinous celebrity games. I didn't really frequent the site much for ages until I really started making cartoons and games myself. I stayed because it's cool to see what other people are up to. I'm getting more into it as time goes on as well.
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Q: Your first flash which would turn to a series that is still going today was weebl and bob: wee-lo. Where did this idea come from and how did it spawn into a regular Newgrounds series?

A: Weebl and Bob were just something I started when I was bored one day. The idea was to see how simple I could make an animation and still keep it interesting. There's actually hundreds of episodes on my site and the Wee-lo one was made about 2 years into the series. I'm scared to submit the early ones to NG as when I look back on them they are a bit rough. I just submit the ones that work on their own without having to know the full story.
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Q: With the work on Weebl and Bob, you have been collaborating with ZekeySpaceyLizard. How does it feel to be working with him?

A: He's alright isn't he. It's difficult handing over animation to someone else as they never make things how you see them in your head, so part of work with him is me trying to relax and let go. Zekey has done some great work on the series and I tend to do very little tweaking to his work now too.
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Q: One of your first comedy music videos and one that can be seen on the Audio Portal is badger ver.1. I'm afraid to ask where the fuck did this idea come from?

A: I have no idea at all. It's just one of those things pop into your head. It works though doesn't it? My main regret is that I never should have allowed the badgerbadgerbadger.com site to happen as it seems the host stole it from the chap who ran it to begin with.
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Q: Another comedy music video you're known for is Magical Trevor. This flash would go on to making three more episodes. Why the urge to continue Magical Trevor?

A: I really wanted to do a sort of musical with Magical Trevor originally. Take a journey with him as he slowly decends into depression due to being unappreciated for his tricks. It seems people didn't want to see that though and just wanted the happy tunes. That's why I stopped at 4.
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Q: One of my favorite series by you has to be On The Moon. Although the storyline is confusing it still makes sense. I feel this is more of an inspiration than a concept. Could you give us your experiences on working on this series?

A: Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. On The Moon was a lot trickier to write than I'd expected for a long time but now it's slowly becoming easier as we've gone along. Now we know the characters a bit better and rounded them out. On the animation side of things it's the easiest thing in the World for me since all I have to do is give the script and voices to Peabo and he goes off and does his thing. Peabo is an amazing animator.
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Q: Your first time hitting the triple crown here on Newgrounds was with a comedy music video entitled Owls... which certainly was a flash that defined the meaning more than meets the eye. Could you share with us the process of creating this flash?

A: I just make a tune and then animate it. I wish I could expand on this but I just do the thing I do. Generally the music making is the hardest bit since I don't want to repeat myself or get lazy.
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Q: Although we will be expecting more in the series, will you be bringing other Newgrounds artists into these series? Perhaps bringing HappyHarry to the On The Moon series?

A: On The Moon is for Peabo. We've got a potential series for Wonchop on the way too. I've had a chat with Happy Harry and love his work but I think he's keener to write his own stuff to be honest. That said he's hopefully going to be doing a guest animation for me when I take a bit of a break for baby arrivals. What would be nice would be someone taking over the animation for Parsley Boobs as I've not stopped working since before Christmas last year and a few weekends off would be nice.
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Q: One of your comedy music videos that you offer the song out for free would be Narwhals. Why did you offer the Narwhals Song for free?

A: Truth is; I didn't have the time to turn it into a full length song and I don't want to charge for something that lasts 40 something seconds. I may make a full length version at some point and if my album that's going on iTunes does ok (Hands Over Pastry) then I will finish some of the other tunes I've made.
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Q: Besides the regular series you have going, anything new you plan unleashing on us within the future?

A: A computer game review series is on the way soon if all goes well. Should be fun but I think it might need animating in After Effects rather than Flash. We're also planning to make a You Tube game as well. If we can either get the money to make it, or a team of coders (backend DB and PHP stuff communicating with a Flash frontend) then there's a massively multiplayer browser game I'd like to make that ties in heavily to the content on Newgrounds.
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TheWeebl is certainly an interesting artist. To me he seems more mainstream than anything else. But he's here on Newgrounds for the same reason as others. He's just here to have fun.
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Interview with HappyHarry

2009-04-03 16:24:22 by TheInterviewer
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Interview No. 4
Interview By: The-Great-One

Today's artist is one who has captured our minds through violence and blood as well as simplistic cartoon work. His flash submission Chuck's New Tux! has won the Daily Feature award as well as the 2008 Newgrounds Tank Trophy. His other works include titles such as Irving, which has won the Daily Feature and the Weekly 5th Place awards. Chris & Harry, which has won the Daily Feature, the Weekly Users' Choice, and the Review Crew Pick awards. And as we have recently seen Saturday Morning Watchmen, which has won the Daily Feature, the Weekly Users' Choice, and the Review Crew Pick awards. This one and only artist is none other than Harry Partridge better known as HappyHarry.

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Q: Your 2nd flash submission entitled Batman Lives was a short parody of Batman. I for one found this funny and would like to know the process of creating this flash and will there be a longer parody in the future?

A: Oh man, way to dig up the past! Well I was still learning Flash at the time and had intended to make an ambitious 3 minute or so Batman tribute. I was animating as I went along and had gotten to the moment where Batsy dramatically spreads his wings creating that cool silhouette against the moon and then... then I really couldn't be bothered to continue! I don't think I'll be returning to the dark knight any time soon.
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Q: Your first Daily Feature award was for the flash movie Irving. A story about a socially awkward bee. A funny flash, but where the fuck did this idea come from?

A: I had just moved away to university and I suppose I missed my friends from home. The short was dedicated to my friend Nathan "Poss" Tuffin who I share a joke with based on a drawing of a bee he once did when we were teens. To put it kindly - he's no Da Vinci, and I mused that if there was ever a creature resembling his drawing in it would be socially ostracized by the other bees and thus Irving was born - The Joseph Merrick of the insect world. An elephant bee if you will...
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Q: Your next Daily Feature would be just as random as your first one. 50 Llamas Day. Is this basically a parody of office fun events or just something you decided to write?

A: Even though it was an original idea It was intended to be sold off. It was my first ever commission and the deadline was missed by a just a couple of hours due to hardware failure so I kept the rights in the end. I don't know what I was thinking with the idea for this one in hindsight, the gag is ridiculously dumb and I don't like the animation. I do like the song however, and this marks the first time I would do my own music, a trend I've continued.
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Q: One flash that has given me intrigue would be "A Slice of the Action". You took the obvious and shocked everybody with something else. After viewing this I believe you implemented the same effect in your flash Chuck's New Tux!. Why did you write these flash movies this way?

A: Just to note - Nathan Tuffin actually came up with the idea of Chuck's New Tux and is credited in the animation, but both are pretty defining of my sense of humour. I guess I love anticlimaxes and antijokes, it's not that I'm setting out to gross out people, or even make them laugh necessarily (though that is a welcomed side effect), I really just want to surprise them with something crazy and I love playing on people's abilities to second guess an ending.
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Q: Chris & Harry was your first time hitting the triple crown here on Newgrounds by receiving a Daily Feature, Weekly Users' Choice and Review Crew Pick all at the same time. How did it feel providing a voice for this flash movie and what's the behind the scenes look on it?

A: Let me just say that any glory that movie received should all be directed towards Chris O'Neill as all I did was lend my voice after all. Chris was already way in to production before I knew anything about it but he kept me well abreast after that. I recommended he use the music you hear at the very beginning and I originally suggested we do each other's voices (Chris as myself and myself as Chris) and then ham it up for comedic effect, he wasn't having any of it unfortunately. It was very flattering to be animated by him nonetheless.
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Q: Your recent flash movie Saturday Morning Watchmen was so successful that people begged for the song so you gave them the Saturday Morning Watchmen Flash Theme, which made many users feel that nostalgic feeling from TV superheroes. What was the experience in making this flash movie and song?

A: Again, a commission! I had come up with the idea because I believed it could be a big viral hit and because I'm a huge fan of the graphic novel and kids shows from 15-25 years ago, however this time round I decided I didn't want to sell the animation and so I maintained the rights out of choice. The experience was pretty damn tiresome, I churned the thing out in about 3 weeks, song and all. I'm glad people got a kick out of it.
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Q: Although you are a wacky and zany cartoonist you have a gift for making great audio submissions. One being Heroes March. Do you plan to return to the audio portal and grace us with more great music such as this?

A: Heroes March was the first piece of synthesized music I ever made and it really really shows. I uploaded it out of excitement I guess. That said, I love music and songwriting, almost as much as animation, I've made hundreds of pieces since then which I haven't uploaded and I feel I've improved a lot. You'll be getting some more by me soon including the music to a game I scored and some from an up and coming animation.
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Q: What can we expect from Happy Harry Toons within the near and/or far future?

A: I'm currently working on quite an ambitious project I've talked about on in numerous news posts called 'STARBARIANS' which should be uploaded in the summer, I have another Happy Harry Toon finished which will be up before then and will possibly be collaborating on a game as well...oh and I really want to make something for Christmas this year too :)
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After interviewing HappyHarry I must say that he certainly is an interesting animator. He holds the true values of the cartoonist as well as captivating many users on Newgrounds. I seem him as one who is not held up in glory. By receiving a Newgrounds Trophy I can only hope that he will get the recognition he deserves.
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Interview with ZekeySpaceyLizard

2009-02-26 21:47:20 by TheInterviewer
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Interview No. 3
Interview By: The-Great-One

There comes a time when you come across an artist on Newgrounds who doesn't make artwork just for fame, but just for fun and just to be acknowledged. Possibly the most humble of any Newgrounds user I've ever met and believe me when I say we have had our share of quarrels in the past. This flash artist has been acknowledged for his flash works pulling in over 50 Awards. Including Daily Features for his works on The Morgue, -Created-, Joey's Bright Idea, and The Greatest Idea Ever!. He has also received Daily 2nd Place awards for his works on the Weird Al Yankovic music video flash Your Horoscope for Today! and has worked with TheWeebl to create Weebl and Bob: Wizard. He is also nominated for a Tank Trophy this year for his contribution to Metal Gear Funnies. This Newgrounds user is none other than ZekeySpaceyLizard.

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Q: The first flash I remember watching that was made by you was entitled "I'm Blue." What was the experience working on this flash and do you plan on remaking it?

A: the thing I remember the most about that film, was that it was the first time I realized how quickly I can sling together something decent when I feel passion. Just clenching my teeth and working as hard as I can for several hours, sitting back, and having a whole finished cartoon.
the thing i dont like about that film is that I ran out of ideas so the majority of the second half of it is filler.
i still remember importing the planet painting i did in paintshoppro into flash, tracing it, and going "hmm this could be a useful technique to use later on"
as for remaking it, no. i still enjoy the first half, that and its not really an important film. it was like the 3rd thing i made that ever won a daily award, and theres no real reason to go back and improve it since its so old and obscure.
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Q: One flash collaboration that you participated with was entitled "The 5 Shades of Blue," in which your contribution was honestly one of the most creative things I've seen on Newgrounds since The Liar. What was your experience on working with these flash authors?

A: it was great. I'd never been part of a collab before, but I had, just weeks prior, seen "The 5 Shades of Green"
at the time of that collab I was really getting into color theory and so the theme really attracted me. of course we had to be very conservative since the limit back then was 5 mb.
but through that collab I met alot of great people. Renaenae who still keeps me up to date on art contests, and Mynamewontfitin who has become a fucking incredible artist of digital paint. SpaceChicken who changed his name and actually wants to bring back the 5 shades one last time. Greedom who introduced me to RedMongoose and then disappeared off the internet.
i recall it was also the first time i got hatemail of sorts when some angry child felt the need to contact me through aim to tell me what a terrible person i was for entering the contest and having my entry picked over his.
of course, once he realized i wasnt influencing the contest, because i wasnt the one PICKING THE ENTRIES, he tried to backtrack his argument. but it was too late. i had seen newgrounds true face.
i entered two more shades collabs after that.
Brown which was one of my first attempts at really trying to make something fancy
and Purple whose part i never finished and submitted it on some alt months later unfinished.
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Q: Tell me what it felt liking working with BlueHippo on the Weird Al Yankovic flash music video Your Horoscope for Today!?

A: i'd already known hippo for years. he and i met back in like 2001 on the weebl and bob forums and had become good friends. so having him help me fix flash errors (of which there were many) was good.
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Q: The first independent flash you made to win a Daily Feature award was The Morgue. In my opinion this flash was a Mind Fuck, but it was entertaining. Tell me how this flash came to be?

A: ah. one day me and blue hippo were chatting on msn at like 1am and i was going through websites trying to find free mp3s. this was in the days of Kazaa. and even then, kazaa sucked. so i was going through sites trying to find classical or weird music to use for flash when I happened upon the website of voice actress and radio host april winchell.
she had like.....an ark of WEIRD music.
including a bunch of employee training tapes from the 1960's. i was so inspired to use these that i wanted to use them in something really rancid. the tapes had such an upbeat happy theme, i really wanted to have a visual that was the complete antithesis of the merriness. the sickest thing i could think of was a morgue. although thats probably because i had become a fanboy of kingdom hospital and Rijet at the time.
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Q: Are there any users here on Newgrounds you like or get along with?

A: sure there's plenty.
i make it a priority to block people i dislike so i can save myself time. the people i REALLY like i talk to on aol instant messenger. i used to use msn but it sucks balls.
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Q: Are there any users here on Newgrounds you dislike or do not get along with?

A: oh thats a long long list there. a LONG long list.
and its getting longer since newgrounds is being overrun by /b/ newfags who are using the "lol i troll u" method of arguing whenever someone points out how stupid they are.
but specific people would take me a good hour to list.
i would never want to be a mod of this place, but everyday i wish i could ban certain people. there's too many assholes here who don't contribute diddly squat and then bitch like the authors owe them something.
and no one does anything to stop it.
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Q: Do you regret any decisions you've made on Newgrounds?

A: nothing i've DONE here do i regret. but theres a few personal relationships i've had with a few people here that began due to me hurting someone's feelings. those are never too good.
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Q: You constantly complain about the state of the BBS. If you had the power to change it, what would you do?

A: delete it.
there is seriously no fixing it at this point. half the laughable moderation staff only sign on like once a month. the other half are people who brown-nosed the staff and now just do the whole "HEY I'LL BAN A BUNCH OF PEOPLE AND WRITE A REALLY RUDE POST HAHAHAHA I AM SO EDGY EPIC" thing, while a slew of 10 year olds make 40 new naruto topics. the amount of stupid kids and even stupider kids trying to troll the stupid kids is massive. and then we finally get a new forum, the art forum, and its slowly ruined by people posting stolen art, people who fly off the handle when someone accuses someone else of stealing art, and people who cant do art at all posting their own crap in all the other threads.
the bbs is a tumor.
but of course, dont point the flaws out or you get banned!
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Q: How did you find Newgrounds?

A: i found newgrounds. back then other than a few nice things, the site was mostly people trying very hard to copy xiao xiao.
which was cool. i made some cartoons. everyone hated them. why? well for two reasons, one was because they were awful. feel free to watch my 2003 films. the second reason is because the entire culture of this place at the time was "IT NEEDS MORE VIOLENCE OR NUDITY TO BE GOOD"
so i remained an obscure nobody making things i felt like making and not really caring that anyone liked them. i was in high school at the time.

then i discover the star syndicate, roughly halfway through season 1 of the original dailytoons. it was hilarious. marrying the most bizarre concepts to weird television pop culture, and done in the crudest way imaginable with the most annoying sound as possible JUST TO GET PEOPLE UPSET
and oh people got upset. oh people went NUTS. its like stomping an anthill. they all crawl out waving their tiny little pinchers uselessly. we changed the culture of this place.
and it was fucking hilarious. they made fun of the userbase here, the idiots who ran the bbs. it was great.

so I joined.

somewhere between then and now, I got popular. i have no fucking clue how. i guess tweening my drawings to music caused people to like me. but then, standards here have always been low.
but currently we're stuck in a time when the original rebels here are disbanded, replaced by terrible wannabe's like the duck division, the rock revision, the fuck fascists, etc
and people who think that just because i have a fanbase now (and one thats starting to rival legendary frog's in terms of annoyance and brownnosing and people who mistakenly think i know what i'm doing with my life) means that suddenly I have to straighten up and be a role model for the goons here. the same goons whom years ago sent me angry private messages because i dared call out shit like foamy for what it was.

no.
unlike alot of people here, i chose to NOT just suckle the tit of anime and videogames so people would notice me. i didnt WANT to be noticed. but i was anyway. and now each time i make anything its like an ambush of people who, like you, seem determined to find some sort of 'message' in my stuff.

unlike alot of people here, i chose NOT to suddenly cease being an active member of this community simply cause i was popular. how often does knox come to newgrounds now? once a year. fuck that. what about legendary frog eh? what about all the other 'popular' authors? how many of them actually GIVE A SHIT about this place? hardly any.

unlike alot of people here, i chose to improve myself. and I have. no not by much because i'm a talentless hack. but i'm a hell of alot better than i was in 2002.

i've worked like a dog. and been rewarded for it a couple of times by the very generous tom fulp. do you know how life-changing it is to have 700 dollars land on you for making a cartoon you spent 2 weeks on that everyone was sure was going to lose to "BOWSER HALLOWEEN SPRITE CLOWNFUCKERY 5" and everyone thought you were going to commit suicide because you're an already cynical and depressing person? to be able to afford tools so my art can look less terrible? so I can have some creative freedom? especially when you make minimum wage?
its a fuckin gift.

i havent changed my ways for anyone here.
and i've had alot of fun pissing off people in the process.
and I sure as hell won't be stopping any time soon.
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Q: How does it feel being nominated for a Tank Trophy for your contribution to Metal Gear Funnies?

A: it feels like i bit into an apple and clam chowder came out
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Interview with EyeLovePoozy

2009-02-17 16:29:28 by TheInterviewer
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Interview No. 2
Interview By: The-Great-One

The following below is an interview with Newgrounds Forum Moderator EyeLovePoozy. Although EyeLovePoozy hasn't done much within the flash submission or even the audio submission community he is still a well known face around Newgrounds.


 


Q: Why did you join Newgrounds?

A: I was fucking around on the internet one day and came across one of Krinkel's Madness flashes and I thought it was awesome. I dug around on the site some and stumbled upon other stuff from artists such as illwillpress and weebl. After a year or so of going to the front page and watching or playing what was there I decided I wanted my votes to count for something so I made an account. The rest is history.


 


Q: How did you become a Newgrounds Forum Moderator?

A: One day while talking on aim to Wade he said "Read this" and had linked me to a thread in the mod forum. For further details you'd have to ask the rest of the mod team being that they voted me in.


 


Q: Some people refer to you as the next bigbadron. Would you agree or disagree, and why?

A: That's a good question. I remember when he was around and I've got to say that I don't think I'm anything like him. Sure we have the same type of sense of humor but so do thirty other people I know, haha. I for starters have a full head of hair, don't have a knee jerk reaction to all things 4chan and I have working shift keys.

I constantly read user's posts that say that I'm his replacement, that I'll never compare to him, that I'm way better than him. I pay no mind to any of that shit. Every mod is different and BBR (when he was a mod) and I are no different in that respect. Two completely different people with somewhat similar modding habits.

I am positive that more than three quarters of the people spewing out that nonsense are just repeating what they saw someone else say. They repeat it because they think it makes them look cool or perhaps they feel it makes them seem more like a regular or in the know. It's sort of like a band wagon effect. I see it a lot on the forums.


 


Q: It seems you are one of the famous Newgrounds Moderators. A Google Search would list a petition to remove your modship and another petition to make you a Newgrounds Administrator. There is even a Newgrounds Alt Account called "De-Mod-EyeLovePoozy" dedicated to getting rid of you. What is your opinion on these statements?

A: I could not possibly care less. Sometimes I am linked to these petitions and I find them hilarious and so do most of the mod team. Wade and I have had more than a few laughs at it actually. The fact of the matter is that the makers of these limp dicked petitions are butt hurt users that have been banned for breaking the rules, over and over and again in most cases. Mod team mate Dry-Ice said it best in my opinion:

"Online Petitions have never done anything more than show how weak and insignificant someone's cause is."

LMAO =D

The "De-Mod-EyeLovePoozy" account belongs to a user named russianfederation, btw. The petition linked in my sig was made by him and I put it there because he was telling me via PM that I better be scared. No amount of reasoning could assure him of my apathy concerning his actions. So I linked it where everyone was sure to see it to prove my point, haha.


 


Q: Which users do you enjoy seeing or talking to on Newgrounds?

A: Nobody, I truly hate them all. I hate some less than others. Like Gagsy for instance, she gives excellent head. There are also some others that stand out as good users. Such as DingotheDog, he's pretty funny. JackPhantasm is another good poster. Fyndir used to be but cool now he's just gay. Jamoke is an excellent user as well. There are lots of good users but I talk to very few regularly.


 


Q: Which users do you dislike or avoid talking to on Newgrounds?

A: God... There are so many. About two dozen of them come to mind but I wont list them here being that they are dedicated attention whores and would absolutely cum in their pants seeing me mention their names.


 


Q: While browsing the forums I was informed by an "EyeLovePoozy Hater" that the other moderators weren't exactly thrilled with you becoming moderator. Was that true? If so, have they changed through the course of time?

A: There were several that were against the idea but as far as I know they have changed their mind or have been demodded. If the team didn't want me to be a mod then I wouldn't be a mod. I would be demodded, it's that simple.


 


Q: Do you truly enjoy being a Forum Moderator?

A: Absolutely. You have to enjoy it. It's a thankless position and to do it well you have to immerse yourself into a sea of stupidity and weed out the stupid fish that are fucking shit up for the rest of the fish. That entails becoming intimate with the post histories of every active user. Keeping tabs on who said what and when. It's not an easy job but I do it because I love NG and its BBS. The day that I don't love it anymore will be the day I step down as a NG BBS moderator.


 


Well readers. It is certainly clear that there is more to EyeLovePoozy than what we see and have seen on the Newgrounds Forums.



 


Interview with Tom Fulp

2009-02-10 09:29:23 by TheInterviewer
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Interview No. 1
Interview By: The-Great-One


The following is an interview with the creator of this beloved website Newgrounds.com. Tom Fulp. There weren't many questions I could ask him that weren't already answered in the Bio section of Newgrounds, so my questions are limited. However I think you'll enjoy what answers I received.


Q: Why did you create Newgrounds?

A: Newgrounds happened kinda naturally over the course of time. I originally wanted to just good off and have a place to entertain an audience, but as the site grew in popularity, other people wanted to share their stuff here too.


 


Q: What decisions did you make for Newgrounds that you have regretted?

A: Sometimes I wonder if I could have done things differently to avoid NG having such a negative association with it. Probably now, though, NG is what it is. I probably could have marketted it better though, since there's a lot more to it than what a lot of people realize.


 


Q: What decisions did you make for Newgrounds that you're proud of?

A: I'm very proud of the decision to bring Ross on-board in 1999 to program the automated Flash Portal.


 


Q: Many people have asked for different features such as the NG Chat and Writer's Portal. Do you plan on delivering upon those and other features as well?

A: Chat and Writers' Portal should both become available in 2009! We have a lot of features in the works.


 


Q: How is Pico 2 coming along?

A: Pico 2 remains in limbo, until I feel ready to put myself into it completely again.


 


Q: What is the story behind Alien Hominid?

A: Dan Paladin and I were making goofy Flash games together and one day he sent me a drawing of the yellow alien. I was in the mood to make a Metal Slug style game, so we ran with it and made the original web version. The video game company Dan was working for later shut down and one of his co-workers, John Baez, had the idea of forming a new company to make a console version of AH. And here we are with the Behemoth!


 


Q: Tell me about Castle Crashers?

A: After Alien Hominid, we had a lot of great tools for developing console games and wanted to stretch our wings a bit. We decided to tackle a four player, on-line brawler with RPG elements. Three years later, it was done!
 


 


Q: One flash game which is the only one to receive three Newgrounds awards has been League Bowling. What all can you tell me about this game?

A: League Bowling was an underappreciated Neo Geo game that I like playing. I decided to make a Flash version, which required some really obsessive compulsive sprite ripping.


 


After interviewing Tom Fulp, there really isn't much to him. Just your average joe who decided to make a website to host his creations. He has excelled in the Internet world that only people on YouTube wished they could.