There was a point in time where I was drawing Grey on a daily basis because I felt like of all my characters he was the one I should really have known how to crank out without hesitation (well, aside from Jacquo anyway). I don’t really have a reason for not going back to Grey other than the fact he was a rather lifeless character, but that’s all my fault. Really though, a lot of it was just sort of chance. The only GFGames after la tragedie was How to Hook Up the NES, and that’s all Jacquo’s show. Grey was never supposed to show up in that short. Then Read Only Memory happened, and I moved onto that project instead. The fact is though, that I’ve been kicking around an idea for a GFGames #6 for ages now. Hell, I actually just rewrote a two year old draft of it a few weeks ago. Will I ever get around to making that short? God only knows. If I ever do get to make it though, it’ll be the best short Grey has ever been apart of. It’ll be the short that he probably deserved all along.
For tonight’s Weekly Sketch I decided to just belt out this rather upset version of Grey. He is kind of angry that he’s been kicked to the side, you know? I was going to have him smoking, but Grey wouldn’t smoke, so I gave him a lollipop instead. Decided not to spend much time with this tonight because I need to move onto some Read Only Memory work for once. Yeah, remember those?
Just wanted to let you know that clicking on the Episodes tab will magically transport you to our new (and currently updating) episodes page.
So this is like what, the 40th time I’ve redone the episodes page? It was a hard decision to make, but I’ve decided I want to stop hosting the shorts as a swf format here on the site, instead I’ll slowly be uploading all of our shorts to our YouTube channel.
I said it before a few weeks ago, but YouTube’s encoders have gotten much better and I feel like the HD versions of our shorts look really nice through the service. Plus, YouTube also has all sorts of cool little stats I like looking into to see what points in the videos people generally like (and dislike). Never thought I’d see the day where I rely on YouTube to be the main destination to watch Shamoozal videos, but that’s the way it’s going to be for the time being.
Anyway the new page is very simple. The latest cartoon will always be featured at the front of the section while the rest of the shorts lay below it. Not all of our shorts are up on our YouTube account yet, so you still have access to the old layout in case you want to watch something we haven’t covered yet.
Last week I uploaded nearly the entire GFGames series on ScrewAttack (having problems rendered a new video of Tactical Espionage) and we’ve had a really good response so far. On the above video, la Tragedie is the first highlight on the g1 Spotlight. It’s good to see la Tragedie get a little respect as it’s our least watched episode of the series. A few days before that, Rated M for Molester was featured on their front page. It has been great getting introducing GFGames to a new crowd, and it’s encouraging to see that some people over there already know of it from Newgrounds. One commenter even went as far to say that the episode featured on ScrewAttack were stolen. I let him know that they came straight from the source.
Holy crap. We are actually finished GFGames #5: How to Hook Up the NES. This was a rather massive under taking and I almost can’t believe it’s finally over. The Shamoozal staff worked their asses off on this one, and hopefully it shows. Joe literally worked day and night yesterday to get the audio finished before he left for vacation so we could get this thing up and I’m extremely thankful for it. He did an awesome job, and I’m pretty confident that this isn’t just one of our most well written episodes, but both our best animated episode, but also the best sounding episode.
As you might know, I’ve been throwing this idea around of having a short inspired by Disney’s old Goofy cartoons for well over a year and a half now. I brought the idea up to Steve and Frank in January of ’08 and Steve wrote an initial treatment. At that time, we were fresh off GFG#1 and started working on the second episode. When we finished the next episode, Frank and I knew that this thing was going to be a beast and decided to hold off on it. So we did #3 over the summer, and I decided I could handle #4 on my own since I had free time. Once we had four of these under our belts, I felt like it was time to revisit this script and finally get cracking. Well, eight months later and here we are. It was a heck of a ride, but let me tell you, it’ll feel great to be working on some new material.
Anyway, you can check out the episode over in the Episode Section. Leave some feedback and let us know what you think! Tomorrow I’ll try and get the HD versions ready for download. Thanks for hanging in there everyone.
Hey now. So as you all know, animation on the short is all done. Currently, it’s in the highly capable hands of sound engineer , Joe. As some of you may or may not know, Joe has been getting his recording studio off the ground in the past year-year and a half. Besides from hosting our very own Shamoozal Radio Podcast, Joe deals with a number of local bands and talent on a nightly basis. He’s been getting more and more clients, and I’m really happy to see his business grow. He dropped us a line and says that hopefully he’ll have his end of the short wrapped up by early next week. Like I said before, I really enjoyed what he was doing so far with the short. It really does add an extra layer to the whole thing.