Well, given how infrequently I update this ol' personal blog, I think it's about time I moved things over to JKRiki.com permanently. It's updated every Monday, after all! Plus I'm going to be upgrading it in the next few months to include links to other spots I hang out online, such as my new digs at Instagram. If you're looking for me in the meantime, check over here!
Please note: Posts here older than June 24th, 2015 should be considered officially archived. I am not removing them, but in the ten years that I have been writing on this blog I have changed a great deal. Things beyond this point should be considered outdated at best, and may contain many errors or opinions I no longer hold. These things tend to happen as you grow and live life. Or at least, they hopefully happen as you try to become a better person as you age! I just want readers to be aware of that, so that if you decide to go poking through history you will know that it doesn't necessarily reflect my current or future views.
If you'd like current thoughts and posts, please visit JKRiki.com for regular scheduled updates that provide better insights and information. Thanks!
EDIT: The Director's Cut of It's All Relative is here! Go go go go go! (And hunt for that Easter Egg at the end, don't forget!)
Today we'll see the release of It's All Relative: The Director's Cut. It's the same main cartoon as what you may have seen a few weeks back at FtM, but this version is cleaned up even more and features lovely extra bits of animated goodness. Plus an easter egg at the end! So you'll want to stop back later for that. I believe I'll be releasing it to Newgrounds first, and later I'll add the final finished version to FtM and YouTube. So it will give you an incentive to go check it out there and vote on what you think!
I'll be starting work on the next Fred cartoon in March. It's a smaller-ish one, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to see a March release of it. Might be April, though. We'll see how it goes.
And speaking of working on stuff, Tom (who you may know as the architect behind the FredtheMonkey Forums) is working on a new project as well. You can read a bit more about it right here, if you'd like. Not too much information about it as of yet... I wonder who will be doing the artwork and story for the game?
Check back later for the Director's Cut, and have an absolutely fantastic weekend.
Well after writing yesterday's post, stewing about for a while talking out loud (at which point Q came in to see if I was okay), and reading the awesome and extremely accurate comments folks left yesterday (thanks, I really appreciated them!) I am feeling better. Lots of lessons were learned, and I feel like my resolve is stronger still. What it boils down to is if I want to be the best I'm going to need to be ready for each and every flaw to be pointed out to me, and be ready to fix them once I know. So this whole thing has only made me stronger.
On to the next!
I spent the workday yesterday (when I wasn't distracted by a certain mining/crafting game) preparing more for the FtM redesign coming up October 1st. As I may have mentioned before, it's nothing major this year, but some stuff will be cleaned up and moved around, and we're adding a feature to the homepage that I think will be helpful and good to have there. Hopefully people will enjoy it. Coupled in with the upgrade will be the addition of Cubetoons and Kingdom Blue archives to the comics section. Maybe even a new KB to mark the occasion! Ha ha ha! Wouldn't that be nice. Oh funny, impossible dreams...
I also prepared the first post of a new blog I'm starting, to be launched in late 2011. It's strictly animation tips, tricks, and reviews for animators out there to add to their repertoire. It will give me a place to share what I've learned specifically about animation, and be updated when the need arises, so it won't get in the way of all the other stuff I'm working on or anything like that.
Also on the agenda is a September cartoon for FtM. Gotta get moving on that today. The animatic is done, so it's time to put it all together based on the storyboards.
That is today how long until FredtheMonkey.com's 10th Anniversary. Then I will have been at this for a decade.
I came across that fact as I was doing some potential timelines for the next few years. It's extremely hard to predict what's going to be going on years down the road, but it was high time I tried. At least set some goals. And FtM's 10th Anniversary seems like a great marker to plan to at this point. So all my timeline concepts will go until October 1st, 2013.
The third timeline possibility that I jotted down is called Fred and the Animation Blog. For those of you who have been around for a while, you'll remember quite a few side projects that I've taken on over the years. I did a comic for IGN many moons ago called Cubetoons, and another comic titled Kingdom Blue. One might say the old Cubetoons/Fred Forum counts as a secondary project, especially because of the time it took up, and now we've got semi-related but still big stuff like Fred's Facebook page, Sceb's new blog, and of course this blog that I update daily. As Austin Kleon, poet and writer, explains over on his blog, it's very important to have side projects and hobbies. Sometimes those side projects and hobbies turn out to become the next main thing you do.
The difficulty, of course, is that I never managed to juggle multiple projects very well. Truthfully that's because none of them were really side projects, but more like more main projects that I tried to do all at once. Cubetoons was weekly, and to do it right I had to spend a ton of time in the gaming community to know what I should be poking fun at any given week. Kingdom Blue had no update schedule, which is clearly a mistake because it never got updated. I try to keep Fred's Facebook going every so often, but there are stretches without much going on there, and Sceb's Blog is at least going well because I wrote about five posts before it even launched, so I had some wiggle room. At any rate, the point is I need to do something besides my main job so that I don't go insane and become a complete workaholic.
Animation. My love and passion. There are few things I would rather do than be sitting down with a pegbar and paper and making pencil lines move around a page. Another of my favorite things is talking about animation. I could talk about animation for days straight, if anyone would listen. In fact, when I meet someone new I almost dread the standard "What do you do?" question, as it means they are dooming themselves to listening to me go on and on and on about my work for the next three hours. Poor saps...
So given this slightly-obsessive* love of mine, I thought it would be absolutely amazing to make a blog dedicated to the art of animation. There are a lot out there, honestly. I wouldn't be doing anything that new. But it would give me a venue to talk animation 24/7 and, maybe more importantly, network with other animators. I'd be able to request interviews from animators in the field to post in order to help newer (or just other) animators do better work. I could also share my own tips and tricks I've learned. If there's one thing I adore it's asking an experienced animator what his/her secrets are. What top things they'd tell someone just starting that they learned through the trials of fire of doing it. That's extremely exciting to me.
Creating and running a whole new website, though, is a big deal. As learned from Cubetoons, it can't just be a side project. So really, this timeline should probably not include Fred at all. But Fred ended up in there because when I looked at the idea of ONE cartoon a month, instead of my crazy bi-weekly impossible schedule, I thought maybe I could handle both. And that might be me overestimating myself (AGAIN) but you learn through failure so let's see what might happen.
In this plan (geez, how many paragraphs later and I'm JUST NOW getting to the plan?) I would start work on the animation blog and launch it this coming November. In the meantime, FtM would resort to a once-a-month schedule and continue updates. By the end of 2011 my goal would be to have learned Toon Boom and moved over to that. I should be able to manage that in half a year, even with all the other work. The animation blog would be updated either twice or three times a week.
In 2012 things get a little less structured on the plan, simply because I don't know what would be happening exactly or what the other blog might lead to. The thought is that during 2012 I would work perhaps with other animators online to produce the Studio's first cartoon short, for release by December 2012. In the meantime Fred would keep its new monthly update schedule and the animation blog would be growing and hopefully taking on other part-time editors.
In 2013 going by this concept I would start the search for a local freelance animator/artist for the second studio short. The second short would be released in July of that year. The downside to this is hiring that person would happen a year later than other plans, but the upside is I'd be able to try this new blog out and see where that goes. Right now that blog something I'd really like to do, so it's very tempting.
And there you have it, possible timeline number 3. Of the previous timelines, I think this one is the most hopeful and potentially delusional because I don't know if I could actually pull it off. But hey, as I said above, failure is an option. It's how you learn.
Tune in tomorrow for a super special Saturday update of the final currently-written plan, called "Disney or Bust."
*Lol, slightly-obsessive... Who am I kidding? I'm absolutely, completely obsessed with animation.
Happy Fourth Of July everybody! The 4th of July is the United States of America's birthday. To celebrate: Fireworks! And usually BBQ. And, sadly, a day off from work. Sigh... But I know a lot of other people enjoy the day off, so good for them. I just would kind of like to be getting back to animating. That's alright, Tuesday will be here before you know it.
As I mentioned Friday, today I'm dedicating the blog to a Question and Answer session. I've done that a few other times, and it's been fun, so I figured why not. Sometimes I'll have questions for other artists online, but many of them don't respond to my emails or blog comments. I understand, it takes a lot of time. Still, I don't want to be like that, so for as long as I can manage to I'll reply to as many people as I can. Once I'm running a Pixar-sized studio, well, maybe I'll have to limit that a little bit... So let's just enjoy the here and now!
You have a wife that can put together a compy? Thatâ€™s pretty awesome.
She doesn't seem to think it's very awesome when I'm constantly asking "Why isn't this working? How come this crashed? Can you get Windows to boot up faster? I forgot my password again. Why isn't this working?" But yes, she's the smart one. She can build them and she can program them. Hopefully when the robot uprising happens, there will be mercy for the humans who used to program the now-sentient beings. And maybe she can put in a good word for me since all I ever do is yell at the computers of today.
And then Papytendo continues:
And for my question, what is your new system specs? If you donâ€™t know how to find them, ask your wife.
Yeah, I had to ask her.
JKR's wife Q says: Anyone can build a computer with a little bit of research on the internet. Here are the specs: Intel Core i5 2500K, 8 GB RAM, GeForce GTX 560Ti, Asus P8P67 Motherboard, 500GB SATA drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - around $1000. I'm waiting for SSD drives to get a lot cheaper before I buy one. One nice thing about building your own is that you leave room for upgrades.
Waitâ€¦ a FtM dvd? Is it a movie or a compilation of cartoons and mailbags or what is it and where can I buy it???
It's a compilation of older cartoons (and a few Mailbags) that will release eventually on the Fred the Monkey Shop! As for when that is, I'm not sure. I keep working on it when I can, but it's going s-l-o-w-l-y. See there are a few brand new never-released cartoons on the disc (including 3-2-1 Relaunch Part 3!) and I have to animate all those before I can get the DVD made. But I'll certainly post a lot about it all over the web once it's ready. If people buy a copy that means I'll be able to fund the next Shop item! (And the next Shop item planned is quite interesting!)
JKR â€“ youâ€™re pretty awesome. So am I. What we need is a way to compare whoâ€™s most awesomeâ€¦ I suggest a good old fashioned measuring contest. I proudly stand up at 9 inches. Whatâ€™s yours, man?
I'm about 75 inches tall when not slouching my shoulders, which I often do because most people aren't as tall as me and I want to feel included in the group. I'm trying to change that, though (the slouching, not the being included). And yes, I am well aware that was a slightly different answer than you were asking for, thank you very much. This blog is rated E for Everyone.
Do you like gravy?
Most gravy. Sometimes it can be too thin. If it's almost a dipping sauce then I don't think it's well-made gravy, so I tend not to like it. My great aunt used to make the best gravy ever. I miss it. I should have learned the recipe before she passed away. Well at least I know how to make her famous cookies...
Dear JKR: For my question, it goes to the favorite utensil section, Pencils or Pens?
I was never a fan of pens, because I make too many mistakes. Pens really make you commit to your work. I like working looser, so I always go for pencils. That said, when I was in China I found the greatest pens in the entire world. I can't tell you what they are because they're in Chinese, but they are incredible. Sharp, smooth lines that just feel perfect. So any time I'm writing down ideas or notes, I almost always reach for one of those pens. (I'm running low, I hope I can find more the next time I'm in China...)
Of course, these days my absolute FAVORITE marking-stick is an extra soft Charcoal Pencil. Oh, the black lines that flow out of it! I feel like a real artist. Hands down the most soothing tool I've ever used. It makes a total mess because it rubs off everywhere, but it's almost like I don't have to even try when drawing with those. The lines just come out where they're supposed to be. Awesome stuff. (I wish they weren't like $3 each.)
How do you type with boxing gloves on?
Or, generally, I don't.
MK Bones wonders:
How can you get more publicity for oneâ€™s website? Is FaceBook really the only way to go?
I could spend a whole blog post on this subject itself! In fact, I think I will. Tune in tomorrow for a long, detailed account of several ways to get publicity for your site! That way I can do it justice.
rainbowmathDJG wants to know:
What did you use to make the Cubetoons and Kingdom Blue comics? Also, do you know where I can get a cheap tablet online?
I did Cubetoons by hand with non-photo blue pencils and Sharpies at first, and then went to doing the roughs by hand in pencil and inking them in Photoshop after I got my Wacom tablet.
And as for the tablet, if you can afford it get a Wacom, one of which is currently on Amazon for under 60 bucks! A great deal for the best tablet brand out there. If you want an even cheaper alternative, there are some pretty generic ones for less and less. I've used both. I had a small Wacom and wanted to upgrade to a larger one. Well, the large ones are expensive, so instead I bought a generic brand. Honestly it worked just fine. Not quite as great as the Wacom, but it was certainly a thousand times better for my art than using a mouse! ABSOLUTELY get one if you really want to pursue art digitally. Absolutely. After a while I wanted to go back to a Wacom, so I saved up for one. Finally these days I use a monstrously expensive Cintiq, which is the kind you draw directly on the screen. It is the most expensive piece of work equipment I've ever purchased, and 100% worth every penny. (Plus we got it at Best Buy with a coupon and I had a bunch of old gift cards which dramatically lowered the price. I was lucky to be able to do that, otherwise I don't think I could have afforded it.) A Cintiq is the way to go if you're going to make this your career. If you're still not sure if you want it as a full-time job, go with a smaller tablet that isn't a screen. It takes practice to master, but once you do you'll NEVER want to go back to a mouse!
I wish I still had my old one, I could send it to you since I replaced it. But I gave it to my cousin, sorry. The good news is you can use those links above and snag your own for pretty cheap.
Trevor Wever requests:
Hmmmâ€¦â€¦ where are these plush toys, and coffee mugs and all that jibbjab that we had a vote on in the forums? All I see in the store is still the 2 shirts. And speaking of forum are you going to reopen it as a viewable museum?
Right now I could only afford getting the two shirts made for the store, and I just about have the funds to get the first DVD cartoon-collection created. If you'd like to see some of the things you mentioned, specifically one of the things you mentioned *cough cough*, be sure to get a DVD once it releases. Those sales will directly fund the next item, and I'll only be able to get them made if the DVD sells. It's expensive to do the initial order for store items, so the previous ones have to make some money in order to roll those funds over into something new. Speaking of which a huge thank-you to all the folks who bought some T-shirts. I really appreciate it, and I'm excited to almost have enough to get the DVDs made now.
As for the old forum, I still plan to have that on display at some point, but it is currently on a hard drive that is packed in a random box when we were moving houses. Since we still haven't moved, that box is in storage. It will have to wait until after the move and I can find that box!
Which came first? Ranch or Cool Ranch?
Extra: What can easily make JKR GO SMASH SMASH BOOM? (angry.)
I imagine ranch did. If there's a cool ranch, there would have to be a hot ranch. So likely ranch came along first in both cool and hot varieties, and they separated the two so we could get straight up cool ranch.
Extra: Technology not working properly. Almost nothing makes me angrier than that. I get furious that they make such amazingly complicated products that break SO easily. Either make them work or simplify them SO they work. Grrr...
My question is:
Take a picture of your Disney Pin collection for us?
I don't know if that's a QUESTION, per say... Seems a little fishy. But as a request, sure.
Note that I'm missing eight from this picture. I gave JW (of the old Cubetoons.com days) a handful to trade while he was at Disney World this week. Lucky guy... But hey, if I can't go myself at least I'll get some new pins out of it.
Annie L. finishes the line of questioning with:
My question for your Q and A is if you were not an animator what job would you have? Like what would be your second choice.
That's a good question! When I was trying to decide what to do "when I grew up" after high school I had a lot of different ideas. Art, obviously. I wanted to be either a cartoonist (like Fox Trot's Bill Amend) or an animator. But also Writing, one of my other passions. I almost went to school as an English major instead. Then on the flip side, I adore human studies so I considered Psychology. That subject interests me to no end. Why people do the crazy stuff we do. I also LOVE learning Law, but I didn't really want to be a lawyer. Too much to remember. Still, what I like about law is that it's almost like trying to find hidden arguments and "beat the system." The whole point is to "prove" something based on random writings, and that's fun to me.
I think if I was seriously going to pursue one other than art it would have been Psychology. I still read a lot of books in that vein, and love to learn more about what makes us tick as people. Maybe someday I can combine Psychology and Animation! We'll see.
And that wraps up this Q&A session! Thanks for all the questions, I hope I didn't bore you with the answers. It was a long one this time. Tune in tomorrow for that expose on Website Publicity that I mentioned. I know a lot of new Webateers (one who webs?) are interested in that topic.
Despite Fred the Monkey and Cubetoons/Kingdom Blue being slightly different audiences (Ct was always a very particular niche, where as FtM is extremely broad in viewership) there were plenty of cross-viewers that enjoyed both. So the last poll up at FredtheMonkey.com discussed the possibility of a return to Kingdom Blue. Was it something folks wanted to see? Should I focus strictly on the Fred side of things?
The people have spoken:
Overall, a very, very, VERY close race! For a while it was tied between yes and no, with each option taking the lead now and again. When the gong sounded and the photo-finish snapshot had been taken, Yes edged ahead of No by a nose and took home the win. Kingdom Who, the option for folks who never ventured to Cubetoons.com, was right on their heels, though!
So what to do? What to do?
I certainly can't deny that there are fans of the series, itching for its return. If there had been a large victory for No, I'd be much more inclined to put the project far on the back burner (probably take it off the stove completely) and not look back. But obviously that wouldn't be the right thing to do. After all, I know my own anguish in wanting series like Hunter X Hunter and Boxer Hockey to continue, and I cry myself to sleep at night when they go on these same sort of hiatuses.
Still, there's hardly room on my plate for one more thing, even if it's an already started thing.
So here we are, returning to the question of what to do?
I see a few options. First, Kingdom Blue comes back triumphantly, but possibly a little bit different. Since I'm extremely satisfied with my quest to bring entertainment to the masses and not just a select few, I could make a few alterations in order to accomplish that goal. When I began Kingdom Blue, it set out to be my "Mature Rated" creative output, in that blood and cursing wasn't off the table. I had several notes sent to me wondering out loud if the cursing was even needed, and the more I thought about it the more I considered that it just might not be. Though it was limited, it didn't exactly fit the mood of the rest of the comic, and I've never been a big fan of swearing in the first place. I put it in because it seemed like those characters who used it would use it. I don't think it really added much, though. So perhaps a lighter version of the series is a possibility? I wouldn't sacrifice story, and the cartoon violence would stay because it's an important aspect of that story, but I think there was never much reason to make it a Mature Rated comic, other than to say "Lookie here! It's MATURE!" Most of the time when you have to say that, it's not really mature at all. It's just a cry for attention.
Secondly, I've always intended KB to be about the story. The method for delivery wasn't as important to me. I wanted to tell the story of these characters and their quest. It takes me very little time to sketch out the story in rough form, while the reason the comic goes un-updated is because all the finishing work takes me FOREVER to do. So if folks want to hear the story, perhaps another way of telling it is in order? I can think of two main possibilities. One being that I get a little more quality into my pencil roughs, but just put those up instead. Gone would be the color and clean lines. It would be rough, but it would be DONE. Otherwise, it's very possible that I could partner with an assistant to take the original concept sketches and complete the final art in the same way Kingdom Blue has looked since the start. The key to this would be to find such a person who would like to tackle the inking and coloring and finish work. It's not an quick job, though it IS rather easy, and it would need to be volunteer based for now. Still, something to consider.
And of course there's always me just doing one randomly when I have time, which is almost never. Though that hardly seems like a valid option.
A lot to think about, for sure. I'm absolutely open to thoughts and opinions, as always, so comment away and let me know what you think too!
Firstly, a very merry Labor Day to all those who celebrate it. One of these years I should probably learn why we have a holiday called Labor Day. I'm sure I was taught about it in school many moons ago, but I certainly don't remember.
Now on to the Q&A!
"My question, have I been banned from the blog, and why?
Yes, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m aware that if it was true, you wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be seeing this."
JKR says: I don't believe you've been banned from the blog, but in the event that it appears that has happened, you can always send an email via the contact page at FtM.com and I'll try to fix the issue.
"Dear JKR, what do you think of TelltaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new poker game?"
JKR says: Dear Papytendo, I think it's a brilliant marketing strategy that involves the highest level of selling out, and I'm thoroughly jealous I can't get Fred into something like that! Honestly, I don't expect a lot out of it, but it's a fun idea, and one day it would be cool to do something like that with other artists. I do love me some cross-overs.
"Who is your favorite author? Artist? Composer?"
JKR says: Wait a minute, that's THREE questions! Though I guess I didn't specify 1 per customer or anything, so that's fine. My favorite author is James Rollins. Artist? That's a tougher one because I don't necessarily like one "artist" over another, but more so their works. I have not found an artist that I've loved 100% of the work of. That's the nature of art. I am a very, VERY big fan of Glen Keane. And finally, for composer I would have to say either BDDB or George Gershwin. Gershwin because of Rhapsody in Blue, and BDDB because I need to butter him up so he'll do some music for Fred's upcoming 7th Season.
WhenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Homestar RunnerÃ¢â‚¬â€œ I mean Fred the Monkey coming back?"
JKR says: Alas, I wish I could give you a date for Homestar's return. Sadly, it appears it very well may be in the "never" category. I personally believe if we don't see a new Halloween cartoon from them this year, it is very unlikely they'll ever return to Homestar. Which seems odd, not giving him a proper send off. Still, from one Flash animator to another, I know the pressures of the process, and after taking almost a year off without any word, I don't think they'll return. Which is sad, but at least they had a brilliant run and we have a ton of cartoons to still enjoy that they created.
As for Fred, he shall make his glorious return on a certain "anniversary" of a particular occasion. Catch my drift?
"What is the meaning of life?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Just kidding. Real question: What is some of your favorite manga/anime? Or even ChloeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, since she seems to like it so much."
JKR says: The meaning of life, I believe, is something that needs to be discovered for each individual on a personal level. I can't just tell you what it is. I know what it is in my opinion, but it wouldn't mean as much if you didn't discover it yourself. Good luck!
Also, Cloe is spelled Cloe, not Chloe. So many people spell her name wrong! I know why, of course, but still. My own favorite manga is Hunter X Hunter. Though the artist of it goes on hiatuses more often than I do! And for longer. Years at a time, he'll stop. I cry. Runner up favorites include Maison Ikkoku, Prince of Tennis, and One Piece. Cloe is a huge Naruto fan, and wants to be a huge Bleach fan but she hates how things drag on and on with no real story sometimes. Just fight fight fight fight fight. She really liked it in the beginning, though.
"how many pizza rolls can fred put in his mouth at one time?"
JKR says: Some of life's questions may never be answered... Still, I fear if I ask him he'll feel obligated to find out. (And by "obligated" I mean it will give him the idea to try and he'll probably choke to death in the attempt.) If I had to guess, I'd say about 10. The smaller ones. They have these new "Super Sized" pizza rolls, and then all bets are off. Those things aren't nearly as good, though.
"Would you ever like to see your own characters in a commercially produced video game? And, if so, what Genre?"
JKR says: A Poker game! No, I'm just kidding. I would indeed love to see the Fred crew in a "real" video game, however I would probably drive the developer crazy with all the things I'd make them do. If such a game were to exist, I would want it to be of the Adventure (point and click) or low-level RPG variety, because I think the charm of the characters comes from their interaction. Something like a fighting game wouldn't work. They would need to have conversations, so I think an old school Adventure game would be perfect. Also, 2D. None of this 3D nonsense. NONSENSE!
As far as other characters of mine, I think the Kingdom Blue gang would fit perfectly in a side scroller action game, and the Captain was actually DESIGNED to be in a game, so I wouldn't talk more about that right now.
"WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your favourite CD?"
JKR says: Like artists, I don't have one particular favorite CD. I like random assortments of songs when I listen to things. I don't know if I own a CD where I like every single song. Some of my favorites, though, include the Annimaniacs soundtracks, the soundtrack to Charlies Angels 2, and the artists Switchfoot, Relient K, and Bare Naked Ladies.
And there you have it. Another successful Q&A from yours truly. Want to chime in on the answers, or answer some of these questions yourself? Post a comment. I'd certainly enjoy hearing about what other folks' favorite CDs and Manga are, or what y'all think about the fact that I let slip when FtM will return. Finally.
Today is a special day. Today is the day that the Cubetoons/Fred forum retires. It's been a fun ride, but now it's time to say farewell. The good news is that there's no reason to stop chatting with the folks you knew for all this time, because a new forum has risen from the ashes to keep things going! Yay.
Best part is I'm not in charge of that one, so I can be a normal member like everyone else. Yay!
Also, after a length of time I'm not sure how long it was and don't wish to go figure out, there is a brand new Kingdom Blue comic today! Issue 16 awaits! But wait- since it's been so long, you might not remember what's going on. I know I didn't. (Kidding, I did. Mostly.) So why not just start back at Issue #1 and read through the whole thing? It will only take a minute or two, there's only 16 issues. Go for it!
Also, the new blog look will wait until next week. I had some trouble getting it working.
Well, it has been decided. In April 2010, the old Cubetoons/Fred/KB message boards will be closed permanently. It's been an exciting ride these past few years, and in some ways I'll be sorry to see it go. It was simply designed poorly from day one, and with the Cubetoons series being now completed (and KB on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time) it doesn't make sense to maintain it any longer.
The good news is a new forum has been set up by some members of the old one, which can be found in that link if anyone is interested. It will probably house most of the old members, so if you want to move over without saying goodbye, it's a good option.
One day there will probably be a new Fred the Monkey message board, totally different from the old one, but I can't tell you when that will be. I suppose it will release when the time seems right to do so, but not before. Forums are a lot of work to maintain, so it will need to be at a time that I can devote energy towards it, which with school, work, family situations, and moving, is not now.
I'd like to thank everyone who participated in making the community over the years, and hope to see you at the offshoot forum should you want to stop by.