OH GOD KIRBOFAG MADE ANOTHER FRONT PAGE POST, WHUDDADICK.
* First off, apparantly much of the TTA fanbase on Newgrounds isn't aware of this, but Season 4 (Ground Zero) was cancelled a while back. For details on as to why, please listen to Episode 54 of "Wha-Chow!" for all of your questions to be answered. I have no plans of continuing the series past Episode 073.
However! Blazing Lycoris on DeviantArt is starting up a TTA: Ground Zero webcomic entitled "Crisis Requiem". It's a sidestory mostly focusing on the character of Ruri and her virus double, Irura, who wreaks havoc on TOME and becomes one of the Guild of Anubis' greatest weapons. I know there are plenty of fans of the series out there who would appreciate this comic and get a kick out of it. The first three pages, along with the cover, which I illustrated, are all up on the official DeviantArt page for it. Check it out and hope those've you who enjoyed the series will enjoy "Crisis Requiem" just as much!
* Next order of business, the Rangers Movie. The Animation for "Part 1" (the first 14 minutes of the entire movie) has been completed since the first weekend of September. The past couple of weeks (and technically earlier than that) have been spent by myself and Marc Levy, my friend and tech support godsend, testing everything imaginable in order to get a submittable .swf of Part 1 to submit to Newgrounds at all.
Related tangent for just a moment, there seems to be this conception by people that I don't know how to actually animate. This assumption makes sense, based on my submitted work alone, but I think it's fair that everyone should be aware: I've worked on the animation of the Rangers Movie since May, for several months up until the beginning of September. Prettymuch the entirety of that 14 minutes is composed of frame by frame traditional animation with hundreds of drawings (fully lipsynched to boot). The movie, obviously isn't exactly original and by many standards won't be "funny" to people, so far into the animation process I've mainly worked on it as an excercise in furthering my skills...it's what I'm majoring in.
On that same note, and back on track, it's sad that I've worked for four months animating, and am continuing to work for hours with my friend in order to submit a movie that I KNOW is not going to be well recieved by the actual community. I know the fanbase that already exists will enjoy it for what it is, and at the very least it will help the hits for Newgrounds so I can be happy I'm assisting the website itself in some capacity. Above all, I literally HAVE to finish and put this out because I'm in dire need of the sponsorship money in order to continue going to college and uh, oh yeah, EAT. My only option may possibly even be splitting each SCENE into a seperate movie to submit, which may result in something Parody Rangers-related being on the front page CONSTANTLY, which will probably get me in even deeper shit with the community than I'm already in.
I'm locked into a rut that I literally can NOT escape from. It's certainly not something I'm enjoying, but it's all I can do at the moment and WILL be doing until most likely the Summer of 2009. I'm not expecting any credit to be given, because I think by this point even if I made a completely original cartoon with completely traditional animation front to back, it wouldn't matter to anyone.
* Last bit to mention, $00pah NiN10Doh! is continuing to be worked on still. A few people have dropped, but the overall project isn't suffering. The animation that's been completed so far looks absolutely amazing, I'm hoping the segments I've animated will measure up even. I'm not gonna be making a giant deal about the collab when that's compiled and finished, but I know a few are curious about who's involved in this installment, so I'll drop a few names:
The likes of Zach Bellissimo (Mario eats the mushroom), Mike Ruocco (Ice Climbers), David Smith (Captain Falcon stuck in traffic), Dorn Matthews (Pokemon board meeting) and Marcello Passement (Toad in the Ghost House) will all be returning. Newcomers to this include the absolutely AWESOME GillPanda and Sprite37, who have turned out some of the best flash animation I've ever seen. Also, I'm really happy to have Cycon and LegendaryFrog on board, as it's amazing in itself to be working with people I looked up to before I even TOUCHED flash.
A few games that will be included for this collab will be Mario Party, Excitebike, Duck Hunt, Earthbound, Bomberman, Game & Watch, Tetris, Donkey Kong Country, Starfox, Warioware, Megaman Battle Network, Fire Emblem, Pikmin, Pac-Man and several others. I tried to extend out than more than just the Smash Bros. roster, hence why there's a few games that aren't entirely Nintendo-exclusive, but had plenty of good material to spoof. Also there'll be a much more comprehensive menu, designed by Richie Zirbes, with a scene select that will have every detail about the segment: including the writing, voice cast, music etc. so that there'll be no confusion like there was with the previous. Also in case I didn't mention, this will probably be the final of any other NiN10Doh! collabs I head up. That's not a 100% guarantee, but realisticly speaking I don't see myself doing any more after this.