peckanpie said: A lot of your animator friends seem to be gravitating towards making their own website and companies, like Sleepy Cabin, to handle their content. Do you see yourself heading that way and starting something or joining someone in the future?

I’ve got an idea of what’s going to happen with the direction of my work, but I’m not ready to share it just yet as it’s still only a possibility.  But yeah, seems everyone is considering the alternatives now.

iejomaflo said: So I know you have been working on a Gameoverse reboot for a while now, but after your recent video you seem kind of hesitant towards YouTube. Are you still planning on releasing it on YouTube, or are you looking for some other platform to release the series?

Its a long way away, but I’ve been writing it in my spare time.  I’m going to keep working on it and then figure out what the best direction for the production is.

1nickzilla1 said: in response to your video (I know you've gotten a lot of these, but just hear me out), what do you think of those who have to use patreon to get by? personally, I think it's a double edged sword. while it does help animators/content makers make a living, viewers sometimes don't feel like they should have to pay to watch something that's normally free online. What are your thoughts on that?

This was brought up by a lot of people in the comments.. I personally don’t want to rely on Patreon, though they have contacted me directly a few times.  I have a lot of friends who use it and it helps them get by, but I’m not entirely sure if it’s something I want to lean towards.  Let me just say it would take a lot of convincing for me to consider using it myself.  I get by fine with my wages from Grumps, I’d feel wrong doing it.  It works for others and that’s great, but I’m unsure on it myself.  Also gives me obligations to donaters that might take up more time than I have to fill.

leaf-it said: In relation to the video posted about how youtube ranks videos based on minutes watched, Do you think a system in with the percentage of the video watched was valued higher than the actual amount number of minutes the person watches, would be a better system? Also, there's a channel called 5secondvideos that does a bunch of really short videos ranging from 5 seconds to about 2 minutes(most of them, about 90% are around 9 seconds), how does youtube handle videos that are so short?

Minutes watched makes a lot of sense from a business stand point.  If anything I think it’s very unlikely we’ll ever see that change as it’s the most profitable structure.  It would be nice to see percentage watched possibly integrated into the suggested video bar or even search results.  But it’s unlikely because it all come back to wanting to keep users viewing content for longer periods of time.. Which animation doesn’t really provide.  Saying percentage watched is a solution isn’t really all that accurate, as the reason minutes watched is so important to YouTube, is that the longer the video the more advertisements can be run on it.. Pre-rolls, mid-rolls, end-rolls, banners and even side bar ads.  Any content that can deliver this, they want to be seen more often than the content that can’t.  It’s not that YouTube is trying to kill short form content on their website, it’s just they likely didn’t think how the system could affect popular quality short form content.

Friendzone starting sooooooon twitch.tv/Polaris

Friendzone starting sooooooon twitch.tv/Polaris

I had a lot to get off my chest about producing animation on YouTube and why the system now works entirely against animators.  If you have 8 minutes, I’d appreciate you hear me out on this one.  While I might be fortunate enough to have Grumps to keep me afloat, there’s a lot of other channels that don’t have that same fortune.  Give this a share around guys, this is a subject that not many people other than the content creators are aware about.

ask-erena-jaeger said: When did you begin animating??I am still in middle school and I want to become a animator when I get older. What courses would you recommend I take to follow that path? Ps Your really cool! :)

I actually want to make a video on my channel about this (and other stuff), I get this question a lot and I’d love to create a go to resource for people like yourself.  

I always suggest this book:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Animators-Survival-Richard-Williams/dp/0571202284

Its what taught me the basics to get started.  Software wise look up tutorials for Flash on YouTube.. There is a ton!

My wife commanderholly built a full body costume of Blathers, then went around Comic-Con giving fossils to people (includes some familiar faces).  I filmed the entire thing and it was adorable.  Holly’s been working really hard on her YouTube channel and it makes me super proud to be seeing her do so!  Share this one around guys :)

Orph is happy we are home from comic-con.

Also found this statue for evolve

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Themed by: Hunson