Anonymous asked: do you read comments and how do you deal with negative comments??
There was a time where I would honestly read nearly every comment on my submissions, but past a point you just get this large disconnect because the comments themselves achieve nothing on a personal level. While I do appreciate all the support, it takes only one very negative comment to put me in a shitty mood. I do have very thick skin, but it’s not worth the frustration. Nearly all my friends here in California are entertainers and content creators and I guarantee you not one of them isn’t irritated by negative sentiment. While I’m fine with constructive criticism, YouTube commenters very rarely go there and instead resort to insults, quoting, or comparisons. I will generally just load a new video and check the like/dislike bar, or reply to friends when I see they have left a comment via my YouTube feed. Beyond that, I’ve got better things to worry about.
marinks asked: Why'd ya name your cute cat "Orph"?
My wife Holly found him at barely a week old abandoned under a dumpster with his sister Pumpkin (Holly’s mother owns Pumpkin). She nursed them both back to health, so they’re really attached cats and never hurt anyone. He was named after Doctor Orpheus from Venture Brothers.. Obviously his sisters name is self explanatory.
Orph is best kitty.
Its a cartoon with Harry Potter and shit.
Anonymous asked: Why'd you pick the username, RubberRoss, and then RubberNinja?
It was actually other way around. I’ve been using the name RubberNinja for over 10 years on sites like Newgrounds. When I finally decided to post my content on YouTube I found that unfortunately RubberNinja was already taken. RubberRoss was always kind of my “place holder name” when RubberNinja wasn’t available. But now days it seems I’m more so known for RubberRoss then I am RubberNinja.. That was entirely unintentional.
I get asked from time to time that my questions/answer stuff be reblogable. Unfortunately to my knowledge there’s no way to do this for question replies? Unless somebody knows otherwise? So if you desperately want to share something I’ve replied with you can always print screen it and repost it, I don’t mind.
whereawholelotofnothinghappens asked: What do you think of the (sometimes rather harsh) criticism Egoraptor's been receiving re Pokeawesome 2? Personally, I enjoyed it, given the different direction it took and its bravery in doing so. Just thought I'd hear an animator's view on this.
I should ignore this, but I’m gonna stand up for my buddy. Arin actually showed me PokeAwesome 2 a few weeks before it was posted on YouTube and I loved it. I’m very proud of Arin for trying something new with a cartoon that people had a lot of “more of the same” expectations for. I don’t think it was bad at all, rather it disappointed people who wanted to see something practically identical to the first. One of the other complaints I heard was that Arin has “lost his brand of humor” since Game Grumps, which I can tell you is absolute bull crap. This entire cartoon is exactly the same as when he explained the concept to me at a bus stop outside Mall of America (long story), months before Game Grumps even started. So the sheer notation of that is entirely flawed. Artists like to step outside their comfort zone frequently, it’s just unfortunate that sometimes the audience doesn’t.
Anonymous asked: Do you feel that animating takes away from your free time, or that animating is your free time?
It can, but it really comes down to being good at scheduling yourself. I’ll generally make sure that after I wake up and have my breakfast I get in at the very least 5 hours of animation, with breaks to stretch my limbs and get a drink. Then come the late afternoon I’ll step away from the computer and watch a movie or play games with Holly. Holly works full time, so I try to work my schedule around hers so our free time is the same. It’s all about establishing a schedule, because if you don’t your work will start to leak into your free time. I generally find when I’m trying to crunch towards a date I’ll fall out of schedule and stay up too late. But otherwise I’m quite good.