Animation is great for so many reasons...whether you're looking to reconnect with your past, to express an opinion, dream, or thought, or to just make people laugh :)
New Paltz & Stony Brook
Joined on 8/18/04
Wow, what a post. I remember finding your Mario animations at least 6 years ago or more, and really enjoying them, then wondering where you went for years. Great to finally hear from you. You certainly had a wild ride through life, and I'm glad everything worked out okay for you. :) Also, may I ask what happened to the Super Mario Land animations of yours?
Thanks for the kind words! Several animations were unpublished due to the copyright concerns of the soundtracks I used. NG needed to protect itself and rightfully so.
You wanna know why you're a success?
Because you didn't give up.
When I was younger, I believed strongly that success could be chalked up to a brief spell of brilliance, almost as if the stars had aligned for an individual in a specific moment. As I've grown older, I've noticed that the greatest indicator of success isn't talent, luck, or good timing, but consistency. It's rare that anyone can consistently produce very good or excellent work over the long term, but that same consistency is rarely appreciated. Thanks for the warm welcome back!
I absolutely loved (and still love) your Mario parodies, and it's pretty cool to see a new blog post from you! I can definitely relate to those late nights of animating and the memories, and the sensation of accomplishment/productivity behind them. It's something I've recently tapped back into, and it's been absolutely thrilling. NG and flash seems to be a beautiful nexus of memories for a lot of people, and it's truly special how much it matters to so many people to this day.
Thank you, and it's great to hear similar sentiments about how valuable NG was for them in their formative years. To get back into it is even better!
I love this post and am happy to hear you're doing well! It's nice to imagine everyone who's ever been a part of NG is now doing well and enjoying fond memories of the site.
Thanks Tom. I remember you posting about NG growing as a community into the real world back in the late 2000s/early 2010s. The older I get, the more I realize how unique and special the Newgrounds and Flash animation years were for me. Like you mentioned, I'm sure the feeling is mutual for many others who stumbled upon your website. Wishing you all the best.
I come back to these videos so often over the years. They are so nostalgic to me, and remind me of a time that I dreamed of working in games or animation.
I am currently a Social Work Major in my Junior year. It has nothing to do with my original dreams but I find myself driven by a bigger purpose to help others. To spark a little joy in their life. The little things I can do that can make an impact.
Your content has that same impact on me. And your posts solidify that even more to me. Dreams can change, for necessity or by choice. But we can still the joy in the past, and let it drive our present to make a happier future.
So thanks for the years of joy that constantly revisiting your videos does for me, and for so many others.
Thank you so much for the kind words. Good luck with your studies and with everything else going forward.
You're UOTD today so congrats for that.
Your content here speaks for itself. I haven't been here all that much longer than you and it's good to see more people from around our time come back with more regularity.
I am also a lifelong New Yorker whose path might have crossed yours. I am from NYC, Queens specifically, as has been the case for 98% of my life.
I went to New Paltz for school and spent plenty of time in Lake Minnewaska years before, during and after. What used to be LeFevre Hall on campus is now Shawangunk Hall, renamed due to political correctness. My dorm was in the basement.
Likewise, Hasbrouck is no longer Hasbrouck. Darold (the fat black dude who would accept or deny our entry in) passed away and a memorial to him is outside the dining hall. Fatbob's and Barnaby's closing are just examples of the changes that have happened in the main town.
I have also spent a lot of time at Stony Brook though not as a student. Two of my close friends live together in a cottage at Port Jeff and one still goes to school at Stony Brook after a transfer from Suffolk. He never lived on campus but I often see him regularly with a select group at H-Quad. The Village Center is usually quite relaxing and chill.
I've been to all 62 counties in the state but most of my travel is between Dutchess County and Suffolk County. I know New Paltz is in Ulster County and I continue to go there too when visiting my parents who live in Poughkeepsie. Few people know that I was the first regular passenger to ride the UPL when it was brand new.
Hopefully everything works out.
Thanks Gory, I remember your alias from yesteryear. Cool that you went to NP also...the way you described Darold as the gatekeeper of "HAZ" is spot on. I remember him passing away and I've heard about the PC names they've donned on the old halls. And yes it was weird to walk around Main St. recently and not see The Groovy Blueberry, Rock da Pasta, or Fat Bob's anymore. I appreciate the trip down memory lane. Good luck to you as well.