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10 Years on Newgrounds

10/30/13 by Jazza

I just wanted to take a moment to make something of a sentimental post.

My first ever submission to newgrounds was October 31 2003. I was 14 years old and has been toying with Macromedia Flash mx and learning some neat tricks. Previously I was submitting stick figure cartoons to sticksuicide.com and stumbled across Newgrounds, a site which I had to find sneaky moments to visit because back then it had some porn ads and I had pretty conservative religious parents. Newgrounds was SO much bigger than stick suicide, and it was intimidating, but I took the plunge and submitted. It got both flamed and praised, which pushed me to work harder with every new submission.

Over the years I've gained friends and opportunities. My current house mate is a coder (Moonkey) I met here on Newgrounds with whom I've worked with for years. The first person I ever met in person who was from Newgrounds was Zeedox, someone I've also worked with for several years since as he is an incredibly talented artist. Through newgrounds I've met friends and artists like Zstriefel, David Orr, Jouste, Hania, James Lee, Lochie, and the list goes on and on. I've had the pleasure of creating all kinds of characters, games, songs, stories, and experiencing inspiration from enjoying the work of other people.

I've had the pleasure of collaborating, learning, laughing and growing with like-minded people, all in the process of finding ways to make a living out of what I would always have done for fun anyway.

So here I am 10 years later. 24 years old, mortgage, girlfriend, full time self employment drawing pictures, making videos and creating art for clients - with some great friends I met through NG. My life has been shaped in a monumental way by this website and it's open creative community. Seriously. I would not be sitting here in my home studio were it not for this website.

I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on this and share how grateful and humbled I am, for the opportunities that have come my way over the last 10 years, and for the artists who have had massive influence over my style and ambitions whether they know it or not; people like Adam Phillips, Jeff (Johnny Utah), James Farr, James Lee, and the list goes on.

Huge love goes to you all, but most of all to Tom Fulp. This dude has been the most incredible motherfucking support. He runs the site with more heart and personal investment than many people on this site understand. He's had chances to sell out or go 'mainstream' where he didn't, and kept everything tailored to the needs of content creators and collaborators, and continues to cultivate the site to meet our needs. He answered my emails when I was a 16 year old nothing, and continues to sponsor and support me as a 24 year old nothing ;)

You all rock my fucking world and I love you - Here's to the next 10 years, and many more to come.

- Jos


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GMR516GMR516

11/6/13

Wow, glad you feel that way. I've followed some of your tuts, and I think it's pretty awesome, that you've been here for that long. I've only been here for a bit.


AffinitiaAffinitia

11/6/13

So much heart. Newgrounds has done similar things for me, not so much in terms of views but definitely in terms of inspiration and support. This is one of the best communities out there.... actually it is THE BEST community out there... period! :D


Congratulations Jazza :D!


Thank you for bringing so much entertainment to Newgrounds over the years. Keep up the excellent work and I will look forward to seeing every animation hit the FP.


Congratulations. It must be very hard as a self employed artist. But you are really just 24? Sorry I must admit, that I always thought you were older, about 30 years or something no offense. But you have made it very far in 10 years. And you have many talents even like writing, composing, voice acting, acting, theatre and so on. So I'm sure you will make it much further in the next 10 years. Excuse my poor English. So I just wanted to say: Keep up the good work! May your dreams come true.


CyberdevilCyberdevil

11/2/13

Congrats on a grand ten years of creative craze and inspiring submissions!


BioWaveBioWave

11/1/13

Love you to man :D


KkylimosKkylimos

11/1/13

Jazza , you are the man dude , you are the man. You have all my respect and support. Keep rocking!


liljimliljim

11/1/13

It's posts like these that make working for Newgrounds a pleasure.


Jazza, we love you man.


FulirenFuliren

11/1/13

<3 Keep doing your stuff! Your awsome.


thejovyhartthejovyhart

10/31/13

murdur


Congratulations Jazza!!!
We'll be waiting for more of your awesomeness...
and hope you'll have much more success in the future... ^~^


Congratulations and thanks for all your awesome movies and art! We at Newgrounds are lucky to have you here.


ShyGuyWolfShyGuyWolf

10/31/13

congrats, my good man


Onikage01Onikage01

10/31/13

It's really something to see how far you've come and how close you hold this site to your heart.

Also weird to imagine that we're not far off a Newgrounds retirement home.


TomFulpTomFulp

10/31/13

Thanks! We really need to make a Testimonials page in the wiki :)


kkotskkots

10/31/13

Newgrounds changes lives of people. Newgrounds is a factory of talent. Newgrounds is the church of creativity. No one understands this... no one cares..


NovatrisNovatris

10/31/13

I've been following your work ever since your stick figure stuff! Keep up the good work with tutorials AND animation! A huge fan of yours!


ZStriefelZStriefel

10/31/13

d'aww. Love you, man. Here's to the next 10 years!


you will be able to afford your payments


VoidForceVoidForce

10/31/13

I hope that in a few years I'm able to write something similar. I'm already working with a lot of cool people that I met here. Having been part of the community since 2005, with this as my first account that I've made serious submissions for, I feel pretty connected to it. Hopefully I'm able to contribute to the site in similar ways that you have over the years.


DoomroarDoomroar

10/31/13

You know what this means.
More stick figures!!!


gee wizz jazza. thats incredible!


ReaxramiReaxrami

10/30/13

Ye know we all love you Jazza, congratulations on the 10 years and many more!


Congratulations on 10 years!! :)


Congrats on 10 year anniversary on NG, Jazza.


ihatebeerihatebeer

10/30/13

C0ngratz f0r be1ng 0n newgr06nds f0r 10 years.


10 Year Anniversery
Congrates


PotatomanPotatoman

10/30/13

congratulations


AtlasAtlas

10/30/13

Congrats on 10 years!


test-objecttest-object

10/30/13

What a loser.
10/10 UOTY award

Have a good one, Jazza <3


sanford1002sanford1002

10/30/13

i still have to read it:/


RobbieLopezRobbieLopez

10/30/13

Someone needs to start the slow clap . . .
:'(