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Happy 10th Anniversary to Shamoozal!

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Today I wanted to give a quick shout out to our first short, Candy Corns. It’s hard to believe but it has been exactly 10 years since I uploaded the original Candy Corns short onto Newgrounds.com!

Though Shamoozal existed before this date, which was essentially only a forum and the Zoinks teaser cartoon, Candy Corns was the first short starring Grey and Jacquo and also the first short I tried to get people to see. I knew I wanted people to watch my work, but at the time, I didn’t know of any other ways. After doing some searching I found Newgrounds and promptly uploaded the short. The rest, as they say, is history.

Candy Corns is an absurd short, something I put together mostly over the course of a weekend. I’ve written about it before so I’m not going to bother repeating myself. Sadly, I don’t have a new Grey and Jacquo short to celebrate this momentous occasion. Even more sad, it’s been 3 whole years since we last saw Grey and Jacquo in the much forgotten Candy Corns 2. All I have to offer you is the above newly created artwork. I wanted to in some small way tip my hat to the short and these two characters, if only enough to make a handful of people smile. I wanted this to look like the classic shorts, and I sampled nearly all of the colors from Candy Corns. Those colors aren’t fantastic, but I wanted this picture to seem pretty authentic. Of course I did not create it in Flash, but I’m hoping the Photoshop paint job has its own charm.

I will say I was having lots of fun drawing these two again, and while doing so my mind was coming up with all sorts of ridiculous ideas. It would be fun to have another go with these two.

If you’re actually reading this it means you have probably stuck around with Shamoozal for an extremely long time, and I honestly can’t thank you enough for your support. It means the world to me and I’m sorry if I ever let anyone down in regards to the shorts. Thanks for reading, and a big thanks to all the support from Newgrounds over the years and a biiiig Happy 10th Anniversary to Shamoozal!

Check out Request Night! Thursdays on Twitter!

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The last few Thursdays I have been doing Request Nights on Twitter. I usually come up with a slight theme and then ask users for their drawing requests. Depending on my mood, I’ll either spend time on one drawing or a whole bunch of short ones. So make sure you follow me on Twitter and be on the look out for Thursdays. Hope to see your request!

Here are some samples from previous nights!

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Updating….

Don’t mind me while I try and update this site.

Edit: I’ve made some progress here. This is going to be a slightly on going process but the essentials are in place. Thanks!

Harry Potter short on the way!

Oh boy, I can’t believe this is my first official post for 2014! I really intended to start doing regular blog updates again, but ehhh, whatever. So here is the latest.

I literally just turned in a new video to Nacho Punch. I don’t know when it’ll go live. Could be tomorrow, could be weeks from now. I have no idea. It’s a Harry Potter thing. Star Wars: The 1980s Anime did so well for Nacho Punch (it is still currently their most watched video as of this writing) that they decided to make the “1980s Anime” thing into a series. The first (well second) up is Harry Potter: The 1980s Anime. I’ve spent the last two months working on it as much as I possibly can. I don’t know if it’ll look it or not, but I really kicked my ass putting this thing together.

It was actually a pretty big decision to go ahead with this Nacho Punch deal. Star Wars was fun to create, but the idea of doing 6 more episodes just like Star Wars was kind of scary. Trying to hit deadlines and trying not to beat the joke into the ground were/are things I’m worried about. So my goal here is that even though they’re being branded as “The 1980s Anime” to really try and hit all sorts of types of anime during that decade. Where as Star Wars was secretly a Voltron episode, Harry Potter is (maybe not so) secretly a tribute to Akira. I think it has a very different tone than Star Wars, and I’m hoping that as I roll along with these shorts that I’ll be able to do something unique with each of them. After all, they can’t all end with things turning into robots.

So I’m glad to have it wrapped up. I’m going to give myself a few days off and then roll right into the next one. You should expect these every other month or so. It’s gonna be a busy year.

Introducing Super Game Corps

Yesterday I launched a new YouTube channel called Super Game Corps. It’s going to be mainly be a Let’s Play channel, but I do hope to add in some other type of videos in the future to help with the variety a bit. This isn’t something I’m going to be spending loads of time on, so please don’t think I’m giving up on Shamoozal. I’m not. This is just a fun project my nephew and I will be doing together for a few weeks. Depending on how much steam we pick up over the next few months will determine if this is something I’m even going to continue doing work on.

So go ahead, check out the videos and if you have room in your life for yet another Let’s Play channel, be sure to subscribe!

Big Steel Wheels teaser, Interview and other stuff

Look at that, I have a reason to update this blog.

Sometime in July or August I was contacted by C-Jeff, the owner of one of my favorite sites for game inspired music Ubiktune, about creating a teaser video for his upcoming album called Big Steel Wheels. If you remember, I used music from Ubiktune in Read Only Memory Vol. 2, so I thought it was pretty cool to be able to give back to them by doing this teaser.

The bulk of this has essentially been finished since the summer. I did make some tweaks here and there as the weeks rolled on, so it’s still a different product than it was during that time.

The project is essentially 4 looped scenes and I just swapped out backgrounds for some of the repeated shots. Since C-Jeff’s album takes a lot of inspiration from the work of Vince DiCole (Transfromers: The Movie and Rock IV) I tried to make the trucks and scenery look like something out of Transformers: The Movie. I really like that shiny anime look, so it was fun to play with that. The album released next week and I got to listen to it during production, and I gotta say, it’s pretty rad. Be sure to check it out when it drops.

Aside from that, I was Geekadelphia’s “Geek of the Week” this week. It’s slightly strange, because I was actually interviewed back in February or March (I honestly forget) of this year. I actually didn’t think it would ever be published and had honestly forgotten about it. You can read the whole interview here.

Also, work has really picked up since Steel Wheels. I actually finished up a cartoon for a yet to be released YouTube channel. It was a pretty hefty project for the time I was allotted but I think I made the most of it. I’m actually really excited to share that one with everyone. I’ll be curious to see how the internet likes it. The team I made it for liked it enough where I’m already about to start working on a follow up cartoon for the same channel. I also have yet another project I just started working on for another well known YouTube channel which should be cool. I have no idea when you guys will see any of this, but I want to let you know there is stuff out there that exists that I finished with more on the way.

As you can see, none of these projects are for Shamoozal proper. I’m not going to lie here, but after Link’s Triumph failed to keep momentum and Read Only Memory Vol 2 was quickly forgotten on YouTube, I felt extremely distraught. I just haven’t been growing my channel the way other animators are able to. Maybe that’s a sign or something, and I did take it as one. I spent most of the year away from doing animation work until I was contacted for Steel Wheels. These other opportunities presented themselves soon after and I took them all up on it.

I’m not sure when I’m going to make something for just Shamoozal, but we’ll see what happens.

Oh my god this place still exists?

Guys. I’m not even going to apologize for the lack of Shamoozal.com updates.

So what’s been going on? Why haven’t I updated? If you still frequent our YouTube channel, you’ll know the answer. I have just been in a bit of a funk. So that is kind of the problem with Shamoozal.com, right? What is its purpose now? I feel like Shamoozal stuff has become so splintered thanks to all these different social outlets. Hell I’ve just begun to try and get into this whole tumblr thing. I’m super late to the part on that one.

What will probably happen over the next few months if that I’m going to slowly migrate away from the current blog structure of this site. Shamoozal.com will essentially become a showcase for the work we’ve done over the years. I have also considered opening the doors to clients for potential work, something I’ve never done before with Shamoozal. I’ll still have the Nerdlog archived for people to go through stuff from the past, and the five of us that still use the Smorg will continue to be able to do so, but the Nerdlog and Smorg are not priorities like they were in the past.

I know there hasn’t been any real new video content in a while either. I’m in the middle of building a new PC (the parts have literally just started to show up) and I’m buying this for the sake of Shamoozal. I do plan on getting into the swing of things soon. Hopefully I’ll have some okay things to share with people in the future.

Until then, if you haven’t already PLEASE subscribe to the YouTube channel. That is where the majority of anything is going to take place. Follow me on Tumblr, because that’s where I’ll be trying to post some odds and ends. Take care dudes.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a pretty solid year for Shamoozal, especially in the final days of 2012. Before I continue, I whipped up the video above today to showcase the version of the Fairy’s Theme from Link’s Triumph that Joe had wrote. There were a fair amount of requests to hear the whole thing, so I decided to put this together. I’ve included some conceptual art and early animation to go along with the music.

Anyway, these last few days have been pretty crazy. I can’t really put into words how it feels to see Link’s Triumph featured on so many large media outlets. Seeing the short grace sites like Kotaku, ScrewAttack, Destructoid, MTV, and GameInformer is pretty surreal. I’ve had a touch of that when ‘How to Hook Up the NES’ first launched, but never at this scale.

What I really like about this short is the trickle down effect that is happening with some of my earlier shorts. I’ve explained before how I was extremely let down by the performance of ‘Take a Key for Coming In’ but it’s experiencing a slight come back thanks to ‘Link’s Triumph.’ It is still by far the lowest viewed episode of Read Only Memory, but at least it’s starting to catch up to the others. The Shamoozal YouTube channel has also seen it’s subscribers almost double since last Thursday. It’s been a heck of a week to say the least. Of course there is still plenty of room to grow, but this feels like a step in the right direction.

Speaking of YouTube, I spent this year really trying to grow that channel. Starting with ‘Contra with 2 Players’ back in April I’ve actually managed to create 14 videos for the channel. Considering I had no new videos for an entire year, I’d say that’s pretty good. I think I’ve done a fairly good job coming up with supplemental videos in between the shorts like ‘This is the Part Where I Draw’ and the Postmortem videos to where I hope I’m engaging at least a few people.

We’ve been doing this Shamoozal thing for a very long time now. It has always been an extremely slow burn for us. 2012 saw a very big restructuring in the way I’m trying to get things done around here and I feel like I’m finally, FINALLY starting to see some of the benefits.

So what does 2013 hold for Shamoozal? I can’t really say for sure. Do know that ROM Vol. 2 will be coming in the next month or so. If not by the end of this month than by February for certain. As for what project I’m working on after that? I don’t know. I want to do something new. People will want me to make more video game cartoons and you know, maybe I will, I can’t say no for sure, but I do know it’s time to branch out again. I miss doing our own original work. I want to create something new. Whether or not it’s just some one off cartoon and I come up with some entire series is up in the air. I have one idea I’ve been kicking around for years now and it’s starting to look like the right time to jump into it. I can’t promise the output of videos/cartoons for 2013. I might end up with 1 cartoon for the entire year, I just don’t know. I just know I’m over 30 now. I can’t be sitting around making video game parodies all day. Right?

Regardless of what happens at least 2013 is starting off on the right foot. The trick is to just keep busy and to not give up. Working really is the key and it always will be. There have been times where I’ve wanted to veg out and play a video game all night and I didn’t. I shrugged it off and worked. There were nights where I was invited to go out and be social and I didn’t leave the house. I just kept on working. Of course sometimes I need those breaks and take them so I don’t burn out, but I always need to press on with this stuff. Hopefully I keep that mentality and 2013 proves to be even bigger than 2012.