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2010-07-30 17:42:50 by Rob-Heath

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I was browsing the forums today and saw a user had written in his signature "member since 2003". I immediately felt immaturely superior because I pride myself having known about Newgrounds for a long time, so I decided to check my sign up date to see when I actually officially joined this site. Apparently that was in March of 2001. Wow. Almost 10 years. Damn. But the truth of it is I was going to this site way before. Back when Assassin was the biggest thing here. As a young elementary school kid, before I even had internet at my home I would ask my Dad to take me to the Bucks County Free Library so that I could use their computers / internet to play on New Grounds. Judge Judy Assassin was awesome.

The librarian would subtly watch me and my dad browse Newgrounds and once in a full moon she would actually tell us the computers were not for entertainment use. We would say "oh, ok", let her walk away, and go right back to playing. Brings a smile to think about. Eventually they started putting timers on the computers and we were limited to an hour and a half. Which of course would fly by. Those were the days though. I would look forward to visiting my dad (parents were divorced) so he could take me to the library.

A few years went on, Stamper faked his death and all my friends in school were actually talking about it like a member of our family died. Haha. Wow. Mindchamber came around and dropped some of the coolest shit I had ever seen. Heroes of Cybertron was jaw dropping at the time. Still kinda is in retrospect.

But times have changed for me. I still visit NG daily and once a week I will load up a game. Or if I see Adam Phillips drop some new flash cocaine, I will of course jump on that.

For me, the best part of Newgrounds is not the content, but the gears behind it. I am not talking just about the staff, but also the community behind it. People dedicating weeks / months / even years, to develop a game or cartoon to be watched by their peers, with no real assurance that they will even like it, or that it will get any attention.

The talents gathered here on Newgrounds spans almost all art mediums. Although not all of us have a place here to present our works, we are still united with our fellow NG family by our desire to create and share.

Kinda sucks doesn't it. There has been a struggle for some time now of members on NG wanting to share their off topic art. Example, photography. But the issue comes up that if we allow all these are art mediums, will we lose the very soul of Newgrounds? We don't want some film school snobs shitting on our soul by posting some pseudo intellectual indie movie bullshit.

I think there is a way we could open up NG to a wider medium of artist who want NG to be the launching area for their creations. The answer was already here, just not developed properly. NG Mag. NG Mag was launched to get sneak peaks at upcoming work and interview popular NG artist. It ultimately ... well.. failed :/

Not sure why, but my guess is that it was missing both content / spotlight / and management.

Now I am not suggesting NG Mag be brought back to the same it was. But rather a re-invention. Bring NG Mag back in a form that not just focuses on previewing upcoming future Flash titles and artist interviews, but as a spotlight on the community as a whole.

Here are some ideas for a new NG Mag (keep in mind I see this as a digital interactive mag posted on NG). Something like what New Web Pick puts out.

1. Broaden the focus to community events like photos and video taken at the events (cause browsing peoples facebook for event videos is stalkerish). Why am I only seeing photos of this stuff on Brain Wash Studios and community blogs?

2. Spotlight on side projects from NG artist. Example: Happy Harry producing tv skits.

3. Create and feature creative contest for the community. Example Hong Kong has a 48 hour film festival. Participants have to film and edit a film to present within 48 hours. We could do that, and feature the winning films inside the digital mag.

Stuff like the Pink Knight food contest could also be featured.

4. Artist features. Interactive designed gallery featuring a museum with this mag edition's hottest pics and artist interviews.

5. NG Stories - Real stories submitted by users that are unique and tied to New Grounds.

6. Interviews with professional animators and industry artist. Tips for the community on how to improve their skills. *I would really want to see this one*

There is so much more that can be done and I am sure our users have a lot better ideas than this, but the fact is we have a great community and there is so much going on at all times, that it's kinda getting hard to follow it all. So having something like the NG Mag focus on all this stuff allows us to consolidate and give more spotlight on the other things that go on in the background that we care just as much about, but don't get to see / hear quite as often.

So how about it? I hope Tom or anyone of influence on NG reads this and maybe could get the ball rolling. I would love to do it, and I think the community would like a nice NG mag that is both pleasing to the eye and filled with amazing contents about our community and various happenings.

Here is a little idea mock. I imagine it wider and with better content, but I used what I found on in the downloads section (wallpapers).

Ideas and History

My Comic-Con Cosplay

2010-07-29 02:21:08 by Rob-Heath

Bioshock 2's Subject Delta

If anyone saw me and took a pic, send it my way. PM me and I will give you my email address. Thanks in advance.

I finally got to meet Tom Fulp and shake the man's hand. Funny, I always felt NewGrounds was the gateway to my career. Like doing terrible flash cartoons was a gateway drug to graphic / web design. I thanked him for creating the site that would a pillar of inspiration for my life. As usual / expected he awkwardly nodded his head and had little to say besides thanks. Well at least I got to thank the man. Now only if Stamper was there, he is another on my list to give thanks. Too bad we never get to see his awesome site designs anymore (outside of NG) :(

You can see more pics shortly at my cosplay work blog

Also, the drill works.

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My Comic-Con Cosplay

My movie site Movie Crematorium (.com) is holding a DVD giveaway costume contest. 3 DVDs are being sent out for the halloween horror movie Trick 'R' Treat to the 3 best costumes submited.

You can submit anytime from now until the end of the 1st week of November.

Details are in the link as to the exact rules. /contest-october-bonus-round-costume-c ontest-3-dvds-up-for-grabs.html

Figured I would let everyone here know.


Trick 'R' Treat DVD Giveway Costume Contest

My Left 4 Dead Tank Costume at Comic-Con

2009-07-27 23:24:36 by Rob-Heath

Some NG users might have spotted me running around in my Left 4 Dead tank costume that I made. I finally got around to posting some photos on my blog.

Check it out!

Updated URL* /left-4-dead-tank-costume-cosplay.html

Also, I finally scored some Penicorns from the NG booth. WOOT!

My Left 4 Dead Tank Costume at Comic-Con

Thoughts on the new Art Portal - 2 Rants No One Will Care About :3

2009-06-20 22:16:37 by Rob-Heath

Don't flame me :) Not trying to bust anyone's balls. More like maybe inspire them to do better.

So after IDK how many years of loyally visiting newgrounds almost everyday, the day has finally come. NEWGROUNDS HAS AN ART PORTAL! FUCK YEAH!

Oh that's what I thought I would be saying when the day came. Well it's here and while I am happy that the art portal is now live, it's bittersweet.

Half the shit being submitted is the same old fury / sonic / naruto / any popular anime drawings. AND IT'S SO LAME!

What disappoints me most is some of these submission are by artist that actually have talent, but waste it on countless homages to their favorite video game / anime characters.

It's just sad to me. Why practice your craft and get soo good at it if your just gonna create the same shit the next joe shmo is going to. I am not knocking drawing characters not original to your creation, but the artist I am refereeing to almost make a damn career out of it (not literally).

I mean these people are submitting it to the portal for people see aren't they. THEY WANT IT TO BE RECOGNIZED DON'T THEY? That's the whole purpose of the portal...


IDK about everyone else but I see that shit and I just shake my head and move on. I have never said to myself "damn, that is an awesome sonic illustration...I gotta favorite it so I can check it out again."

So artist, stop spending time drawing characters from your favorite video game / anime series and do something original.

Example of awesomeness that I keep looking checking out. erkarl/the-heart-of-saturday-night

Example of decent art talent wasted on sonic inspired cliche illustration xaus/me-and-sonic

Maybe I am being to mean, and maybe some people have talent, but not mind for creativity beyond the entertainment presented to them in video games and tv.... but I would give these people more credit if I at least saw some effort in their portfolio.


Also, the Art portal needs better home page organization. Think flash portal, but with thumbnails, instead of what they have now.

I want to see top rated art for every category.

PS. oh and no photography is lame, especially since photomanipulation is a major art circle and can have a very fictional look.

If we can't have photography, then there should be no claymationor stop motion video in the flash portal....after all, the artist isn't really using flash as the medium to create their movie, they are just using flash to present it.

aaaaannnndddddd I'm spent...

I am throwing an art contest on my site Nerd Fellowship and giving away 3 copies of Steve Seagal's latest movie Driven To Kill.

All you have to do is come up with a funny piece of art with Seagal in it.

Check out the details here:
driven-to-draw-steven-seagal-art-conte st-2

Win Driven To Kill DVD Starring Steven Seagal

I am looking for professional site developers who can take my website design (very custom) and translate it into a functional social community. Must have portfolio for me to view.

Feel free to hit me up. This is a paid project. I won't give details to anyone until I seen some work I believe is along the lines of what I need. My site is legit and is not about any shady or X rated content.

If you know anyone as well, send me a link to their site / portfolio.


Whats up my fellow nerds. Great news for all those who dressed up this Halloween. Nerd Fellowship and FEARnet are teaming up to throw our first Halloween costume contest in spirit of FEARnet's Scare-A-Bration.

The prize includes 1 copy of Dead Space, your choice for the Xbox 360 or PS3, and FEARnet clothing (hoodie, beanie, and shirt).

To find out more, visit Nerd Fellowship at the address below. Tell you friends and spread the word! /2293

Halloween Costume Contest - Win FEARnet Goodies and Dead Space!

2008-10-16 09:51:21 by Rob-Heath

Whats up my fellow nerds. Great news for all those who are dressing up this upcoming Halloween. Nerd Fellowship and FEARnet are teaming up to throw our first Halloween costume contest in spirit of FEARnet's Scare-A-Bration.

The prize includes 1 copy of Dead Space, your choice for the Xbox 360 or PS3, and FEARnet clothing (hoodie, beanie, and shirt).

To find out more, visit Nerd Fellowship at the address below. Tell you friends and spread the word! /2293

Halloween Costume Contest - Win FEARnet Goodies and Dead Space!

Looking for Writers / Bloggers

2008-10-07 17:37:07 by Rob-Heath

Hey everyone, long time no post (although I still visit NG a few times a day).

So I have been quite busy lately with my own website. Between posting news, interacting with my community, and designing the our 2.0 site design I have been running a little thin.

My website is called Nerd Fellowship ( ). We reports news on gaming, anime, technology, movies, comics, and manga. We also have a community forum.

So I am calling out to the NG community in hopes that some of you may be interested in joining my writing staff. We have a few "contributors" now, but that isn't helping out much.

I am looking for people that will post at least every other day. A lot of people want to contribute, but when it comes time to act, they leave me high and dry. I just create an editor account for them and they never post. Waste of my time :(

So go check out my site at and contact me at if your interested in joining the site's writing team (or just join our forums and PM me :3 ).

If your not interested in writing, then by all means just join the forum and chat with the community. All nerd are welcome!