November 28th 2018  
  Twitch News :
With Twitch inevitably cracking down on folks using music for their streams regardless of purpose, I'll be using my own! (Nothing fancy, just some music from the "Chibi Music For Chibi People : Neurotically Yours" album.) I'll create some stuff for the intro and outro, which is all I would have used music for anyway, so it shouldn't have a big impact. The upside to all this is, I can generally save a TON of time after the stream by not having to edit out certain things. So basically I can stream, and assuming it goes well, use Twitch's export to YouTube feature to have VODs available a few hours after the stream rather than next day.

What I would normally have to do is edit, encode, re-encode for upload, Upload to both Twitch & YouTube for a total of 7-8 hours post show stuff. That's a lot of time. The one drawback that folks may have to deal with is the lack of editing. Meaning if there's some sort of long pause for a technical issue or something, it'll remain in the VOD. Not sure if this is a good trade off, but I can get a ton of work done in the 14 hours a week it would free up. So here's to productivity! (For those who don't want to deal with the lack of edits for whatever reason, I'm going to try my best to eliminate down-time while live. But hey, it's live, who knows what will happen :P

 
  November 21st 2018  
  What Am I Workin' On? :
For those wondering what I've been up to, aside from the normal Foamy episodes & Twitch shows, I've also been working on 3 Pum'Kin Guy & Pauline novels & 2 Specials. Why? 'Cause I can. Essentially the novels will be fleshed out tales of the Pauline character and her lore, while the two animated specials will be similar to "A Little Halloween" or the Neurotically Yours episode "Writer's Block."

For the average Foamy fan, this may be "meh" news, but it's something that really needs to be worked on. Though Pauline & Pum'Kin Guy have a different chemistry than Foamy & Germaine, they pretty much inhabit the same coin of consciousness, just on the other side.

Also, keep in mind, Foamy & Germaine had a good year of comic books for their characters to evolve as well as a solid year of animated episodes before folks took to the series. So allow for some dev-time. Even though both Pum'Kin Guy & Pauline have been main characters on Twitch for me, Pauline gets very little time to be known or developed. So with these projects in the works at least, I can get her story out there and people will know why she is the way she is.
Now for the OTHER stuff.

GAME NEWS :

  1. I've been researching two genres of games to work on.
    1: A Visual Novel : (For those who don't know the genre, I would break it down to a “choose your own adventure” type comic book meets “point and click” game) My goal would be to work on a series of them with various types of stories for any and all characters in the “iLL WiLL PrEss Universe”... if that's a thing. So a Visual Novel wouldn't necessarily be focused on the current series of Neurotically Yours, It could be the original series, the reboot or just another take on the series all together. Currently working on rough story outlines.

  2. 2: A Fighting Game! Street Fighter meets iLL WiLL PrEss? Essentially a well-balanced 2D fighting game featuring all the characters I've created over the years. Why? 'Cause I actually like fighting games. (Unfortunately I'm terrible at them due to lack of practice time.) Ideas have been jotted down on paper for moves/fighting styles and so on. Nothing tangible at this point, and frankly, the longer I wait, the easier it will be to make a game like this. (The tech behind it is getting somewhat open-source and I'm pretty sure in a few years, the interfaces used to build games will almost be plug n' play.) This project is more unlikely however due to time, resources and all that. Just know the concept is slowly being work on.
  • So that's about it. (Don't get too excited, these are all just ideas and plans)
 
  November 5th 2018  
  YouTube Stuff :
For folks who have noticed that new Foamy episodes had non-skippable ads, I'll be reverting back to skippable ads. Generally viewers want the option even though it kinda chips away at the ad rev, but I'd rather have more people watch than make an extra $10. I tried it for 4 episodes, and casual viewers just went on to something else rather than wait 30 seconds. Kinda sad, but in a world full of content, adding a half-minute wait time just drives people away. So if ya can...
:: PATREON :: (One of these posts will eventually be good news, but I kinda have to let people know what's happening behind the scenes sometimes.)
 
  October 11th 2018  
  YouTube Issues (Yep, Again) :
The current episode as of this writing has been awaiting review by YouTube. For those who don't know, the process for getting content monetized by YouTube has become somewhat problematic. Seems it really depends on a number of issues, topic, context, content, language, themes, etc. So when something gets flagged by YouTube's content police bots, it has to have a review requested, and depending on how big your channel is, it could take awhile. Unfortunately, this means the content has to be placed "offline" while everyone waits for someone at YouTube to view it. Generally what I tend to do, is post, unlisted, episodes 2 weeks prior to them going live in an effort to give the bots plenty of time to pick at it, and then enough time to request a review and have that review process get done. Yep, 2 weeks. So even though this was the same process for the current episode, it still doesn't seem to help get things done faster. Unfortunately this is just the way things are with YouTube these days. So complaints should be sent to them. I've consistently posted new episodes every 2 weeks for 17 years, and it's annoying that my work ethic is derailed by some faceless bots sent out to determine what is "acceptable". And then waiting for some review process which has been fairly inconsistent. (Classic Foamy episodes that have been deemed "suitable" for some reason have been flagged when in HD... and vice versa.). Thanks for being patient with all this.
 
  October 2nd 2018  
  It's October! :
Finally it's October and with the awful heat of summer going away, I'll hopefully get to be a bit more productive. (Real Life stuff eats up so much time too.) As for other things... a New Card will be given out this year in October in addition to the Mammad Udi card & "Demon" Germaine card. It's a Happy Halloween card featuring Pum'Kin Guy & Pauline!!! (You can send away for one via a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope, sent to the PO BOX listed at the bottom of the
:: TWITCH :: page. (If you don't know what a S.A.S.E. is, please look it up. I can't send them out otherwise)

SPOOKY!
 
  September 8th 2018  
  Fall is Here!!! (Almost) :
Finally, I can stop sweating while standing still. Usually my productivity gets better in the fall so here's hoping it does again this year. With Fall looming I designed a fun Halloween Shirt for the
:: AMAZON SHIRT SHOP:: featuring Pum'Kin Guy! Also some more Foamy stuff has been added. The same goes for :: DESIGN BY HUMANS SHOP:: So enjoy! (Also September 10th marks 17 Years of FOAMY!) So thanks for supporting all these years, and as usual, BACK TO WORK!
 
  August 1st 2018  
  Random Updates :
Not much has changed here, still playing monetization Wack-a-mole with YouTube when it comes to Foamy or basically anything I post. The good news is, they're running out of content to flag. We're at the point where in the last year, almost EVERY episode has been reviewed with around 20 percent of the content being forever demonetized. So basically they decided that 20 percent of the last 2 decades of my life isn't suitable for advertisers. (When it was for almost 2 decades). But hey, 2018... people are sensitive to EVERYTHING and it's not getting better. With that being said, Dawn & I are still pluggin' along thanks to everyone on
:: PATREON :: ,:: TWITCH :: and basically the kindness of strangers. So your follows, reposts, shares, care packages, and so on, do help and it's appreciated.

SHIRT STUFF!!! :
With the
:: AMAZON SHIRT SHOP:: in full working order, folks can get Foamy & Pum'Kin Guy themed shirts directly from Amazon. (Shipped by Amazon too). The good thing about this is, it REALLY helps me out by lifting some of the orders on our end so Dawn can take up some more hours at her current job and I can focus more on work. :: DESIGN BY HUMANS :: is still going strong with stickers, mugs and so on. So there's things there as well. With those 2 places handling shirts I may slowly be phasing out shirts on my end which will really help with space saving. (I'll keep ya posted as things progress).

ART NEWS :
Still working on Foamy stuff, and have a few scripts for some Pum'Kin Guy storybook specials similar to "A Little Halloween". Yeah, I know it's not "Foamy", but PG has been something I've really enjoyed working on. Fleshing out Pauline as a character has been an odd challenge as well. She's pretty enigmatic, even from my perspective. On the bright side, her back story is done, it's just a matter of putting it on paper. :P

 
  July 3rd 2018  
  Random News :
Yep, still working on all things Foamy, still fighting with Youtube when it comes to monetizing episodes both new and old. Dealing with some carpal tunnel as well as other minor issues (nothing serious) and mapping out a Visual Novel (Game) for Pauline & Pum'Kin Guy. It might be done for October 2019, but I have no idea how long something like this will take and with everything else I work on, it's still iffy. So we'll see. I may have some appearances from everyone form in the Neurotically Yours series depending on what I want to do. Again, we'll see. I'm at paper and pen stages here. Other than that, work as usual.
 
  June 13th 2018  
  YouTube Issues Again:
YouTube issues again. Over 80 Foamy episode, which were previously monetized (some for years) have been put in a state of "limited ad revenue". And not the one's you figure would be. "Amytiville Toaster"? C'mon. "Squirrel Talk"? Yep, "Cloud Talk"... rants, and yeah, some "questionable ones" which I'm fine with. Unfortunately YouTube has proven to be too volatile to be a consistent source of income, So
:: PATREON ::

Episodes are currently awaiting review, so they'll be offline until then. Sorry folks. This is has been fairly brutal for me both financially and mentally. It's really painful to have almost 2 decades of work all of a sudden be deemed "unsuitable" after years of both myself and YT generating income from it. But hey, 2018. Seems there's no room for cartoon squirrels ranting about stuff or spooky toasters or lamenting goth girls with dark storylines. I'm not tired of creating, I'm tired of trying to make a living from it. When I see some of the crap that gets 20 million hits, it really is just demotivating.
 
  June 6th 2018  
  Things New N' Old :
The whole
YOUTUBE monetization issue still seems to be hit or miss with no real "advertiser friendly" guidelines. They seem to be randomly enforced based on how popular a channel is. So for folks like me, I guess I'm not considered an "asset" compared to some of the nonsense that gets a couple of million hits. (I've seen music videos worse than some of the Foamy episodes I've posted that have been demonetized), so it's all still very confusing. So :: PATREON ::. In other news, I was able to open up an :: AMAZON SHIRT SHOP::. So there will be around 20-25 rotating shirt designs there, all printed and shipped by Amazon. So if you want a shirt added to any Amazon order, there ya go.

 
  May 1st 2018  
  NEW TWITCH TIMES! :
Yep, in an effort to cut down on physical wear and tear (Sitting and standing for 12-14 hours a day does mess up your body) I'll be shortening Sunday's stream but adding an additional stream on Wed. Generally they'll run about 2 hours each depending on how I feel, but from here on in I will have to adjust my work habits in order to deal with a multitude of inane issues. So if streams are your thing, or you just want to hang out and ask questions, there ya go...
:: TWITCH ::

SPOOKY!
 
  April 18th 2018  
  YouTube & Twitch Highlights :
The review process for
YOUTUBE seems to be "on track" for certain content. Unfortunately, that means I have to post episodes, unlisted to YouTube 2 weeks prior, giving the bots enough time to pick at it, flag it if needed and then give YouTube enough time to review it before it goes live. A pain of a process, but it's the only one that seems to work. Unfortunately, when it comes to :: TWITCH :: highlights, the turnaround seems to be hit or miss. Since I like to get them uploaded and posted quickly, it doesn't seem to give bots enough time to go through them. (I usually wait 48 hours to list the content). 48 hours doesn't seem to be enough. So :: TWITCH :: highlights may be delayed on YouTube for up to almost a week! (Which is insane for those content creators with time sensitive material.) However, those highlights generally get rebroadcasted on :: TWITCH :: the next night. So if you can't wait for YouTube , :: TWITCH :: will have them posted around 10PM ET Mondays. So Follow there, enable alerts, and you'll be set.
 
  March 23rd 2018  
  Random News :
The usual stuff here, been working hard on all things Foamyl, but have had some snags IRL. So I'm kinda backed up on work. I'll be huddled away in my little fortress of anger widdling away at future episodes and drinking a lot of coffee. Been trying to free up time to work on some Pum'Kin Guy & Pauline stories, but again, Real World stuff is eating up a lot of time. Sunday streams on
:: TWITCH :: will keep going... 'cause they're fun! ALSO! If you have Amazon Prime, you automatically have a free Twitch Prime sub. (No, You don't have to use it on me, but it free money for streamers so use it on someone! Besides you get free games from Amazon too. No joke. Look into it!)
 
  March 6th 2018  
  Da' Monies Update (Good & Bad):
Finished up my yearly taxes and 2017 was fairly dismal as money goes. YouTube's “Maybe We'll pay you” attitude really ate away at ad revenue this year, however, folks have really stepped up on
:: PATREON ::. So a heartfelt thank you from Dawn & I for keeping things going. Products purchases have been hit or miss depending on the month, and are generally slow. (That's totally my fault because I rarely promote myself.) It's something I REALLY need to work on. Seems simple enough to just post that there's new shirts in the :: SHOP :: or on :: DESIGN BY HUMANS ::, but for some reason it just slips my mind. Anyway, I figure I'd just let everyone know how things are going with the back end of business.
 
  February 17th 2018  
  YouTube B.S. Again:
Seems YouTube just randomly demonetized the newest Foamy episode "Spoil Everything" for no reason. Generally I post content 2 weeks early to YouTube and leave it in an unlisted state so the bots can pick at it, giving me enough time to appeal any episode that may be flagged. This has worked most of the time, but not this week. Even though it was sitting in a monetized-ready state for 2 weeks, once it went live it was demonetized. So now, as of this posting, it's offline and will return once reviewed. YouTube has been an uphill struggle for the last 7 months, and even though some progress has been made, it's basically just the same stressful B.S. week-after week. Very Demotivating. Posts, Tweets, and so on, doesn't change a thing either. Unfortunately to YouTube, the size of my channel doesn't warrant immediate attention. They get to it when they get to it. Sorry, but it's just the way things are now. Believe me, I don't like working this hard just to have YT derail my content.
 
  February 2nd 2018  
  Flu Recovery :
For those not keeping up, I'm finally over some sort of flu thing. It derailed a week's worth of work, so I'll be in "hardcore work mode" for the next few weeks. So far it doesn't look like cartoons will be posted late or anything. Hopefully. Just an update, back to work!
 
  January 11th 2018  
 

Random News :
Classic Foamy Friday finally returns with "People Pissing Me Off!", I've been slowly working on comic strips for the Pum'Kin Guy series, more Foamy episodes, Refining the Twitch streams a bit. Also been dabbling in a visual novel program to get the hang of it. Hopefully I can get some sort test novel together and see how things work. There's a lot of ideas I can put together, but again, I'm only one guy, so who knows when or if that'll be a thing. Anyway, back to work!

 
  December 20th 2017  
 
2018 The Year of Pauline? :
For those who stop by the Twitch streams or watched the highlights... or watched the "A Little Halloween" special I did last year, you'll recognize Pauline. I've been trying to flesh the character out over the last week or so, which has been kind of difficult. Though I have "lore" in mind for her, she's fairly enigmatic... even to me at this point.

Usually when I create a character, I know where they're coming from. I don't have to "get to know them" because I "know" them... if that makes any sense. Aside from Pauline's gothic inclinations, I have no idea what she's thinking at any given point. So hopefully we'll all get to "know" her as things progress. If they do at all. (May not make any sense if your brain isn't wired like a creative dumbster fire), but I guess it's some insight as to what's going on in my head. (insert confused, derp emote here)
If you haven't been keeping up with
:: INSTAGRAM ::, :: FACEBOOK :: OR :: TWITTER ::, I've been posting random Pauline Comic Strips. Like everything else I work on, it's random when they're posted.

SPOOKY!
 
  December 3rd 2017  
  Back To Work :
Returning from a short lived break. (I was actually working the whole time) but I generally took a step back from social media stuff which is kind of a time sink creatively. Still trying to find a good balance between the two. Regardless, the first episode of 2018 has been finished, so new content is still coming :)
 
  November 24th 2017  
  Random Updates :
YOUTUBE hasn't fixed anything that I've seen. No confirmed reviews, blah, blah, blah. So basically it's a forced pay-cut from YouTube and they don't give a crap. In other news, I've developed some minor medical issues that need to be addressed. Nothing serious, but it MAY affect some episode postings down the line. Not sure yet, and I'll keep you posted when I get more info. Getting back to work is top priority for me, but I will need to rest.
 
  November 16th 2017  
  Takin' a Break:
Yep, YOUTUBE got me so stresed out the last 4 months that it's actually been affecting my health. So I'm taking some time off. It shouldn't affect the creation of new content, because I actually LIKE doing that, but I may pull back on some other work related stuff like merch making and stuff like that. 2017 has been one of the most stressful years, between the oversaturation of everything, getting lost in the crowd that is the internet and YouTube messing around with ad revenue, it's gotten to the point where I would RATHER work bagging groceries than die of stress. Any complaints can be directed
:: @YOUTUBE :: (They've wasted 320 hours of actual work time, and have stressed me to the point of sickness in over the course of the last 4 months.) And yes, I have kept track of the time. :( I'll keep ya posted. I'm sure most of you understand, after 16 years, I need some kind of break.
 
  November 6th 2017  
  Nevermind... YouTube is broken:
For those out of the loop on the monetization issues on YouTube, basically the image below is one of many (over 100) instances of YouTube limiting, then reviewing, remonetizing ad revenue, then for some reason, limiting it again. So yeah, this has been a real pain to deal with and a constant distraction for me creatively. (Still working, but YouTube is eating up A LOT of time)
If you want to help, Tweet them :: @YOUTUBE :: with the image below, letting them know this is just one of many vods on my channel that NEED to be fixed (I have gotten only pasted responses to ALL my support tickets) :(.

 
  November 4th 2017  
  YouTube News (Minor Update) :
YouTube SEEMS to be going through all the VODs that were put in a limited state of earnings and are slowly fixing what's wrong. Hopefully this will stick permenantly... but I'm not getting my hopes up.
 
  November 2nd 2017  
  YouTube News (Not Good) :
Apparently the day before Halloween, an addition 100 or so episodes on YouTube were put in a limited state of ad revenue, meaning they earn crap. A LOT of Pum'Kin Guy (the day before Halloween, thanks YT. The one time a year folks would go back and re-watch the stuff) A handful of Foamy episodes and a lot of Neurotically Yours Music tracks. So now, those VODs are unlisted until YouTube reviews appeals. Seriously, it's up to you folks now. Tweet them at
:: @YOUTUBE :: and let them know they're hurting the creative community. My channel is slowly getting wrecked by the randomness of their demonetizing bots. The future is fairly grim for me on YouTube, so start following on :: TWITCH :: New episodes will be posted there as well soon, and I'd rather make a few pennies there than nothing on YouTube. The unlisted episodes will slowly come back assuming they are reviewed. Sorry, but there's no other way. Everyone seems to be too distracted to focus on the issue so it just keeps happening. YouTube does not notice me, and if they did, they don't care... or I just don't generate enough income for them. So I'm not worth the trouble. Sad. Channels like mine REALLY need that income. Chipping away at it by randomly demonetizing episodes hurts me more than it would a larger channel. I'm ONE guy who does all this. I'm not a company. I'm just one person and can only do so much. Also, :: PATREON ::
 
  October 20th 2017  
  Possible Halloween Twitch Marathon! :
This year I put together 2 Pum'Kin Guy movies (Similar to last years' Plan 9 From Outer Space) for a
:: TWITCH :: Halloween Spooky Marathon. There will be 3 movies with Pum'Kin Guy inserted into various scenes, AND, ALL the Foamy Halloween Specials. Hopefully this will all come together for around 10 PM EDT Halloween night. Keep up with Twitter & Facebook for info or follow on :: TWITCH :: to be notified when it goes live. (Make sure notifications are "on".)
 
  October 17th 2017  
  YouTube Update:
YT is still messing with monetization of many videos so highlights from
:: TWITCH :: will be unlisted for awhile, but will be available on :: TWITCH :: in the videos section under "Uploads". Same might happen with Foamy episodes. Not much I can do about it, but if YOU want to, Tweet them about the issue. A bunch of content creators have, but if you're not pulling in millions of hits, they seem to ignore ya. (That would be me... ignored)
 
  October 2nd 2017  
 

Progress Lost.... YouTube Update:
Well, it appeared we were making progress on that "Demonetized" playlist. it was at 100 episodes, then, went down to 54... now it's at 100 again. So 46 videos were supposedly reviewed and were monetized... NOW, they are not. I don't even know if they were ACTUALLY monetized during the time they appeared to be. 
I have spent MONTHS trying to get this fixed and nothing has been done. All I get are rehearsed responses from support or cut-n-paste emails. For the 3 episodes that stayed monetized, others were just put in their place. 2 months, zero progress.

There is NO reason ANY company should be run this way. Letting lose a system, which doesn't understand the nuance of human language on a platform that deals with all sorts of linguistic variables is just careless. And from what I've heard, every appeal is a "learning process" for the bots. So we all just lose money, have our work devalued, get ignored, and suffer because an unfinished system is rolled out without any knowledge or perspective on sarcasm, humor or context. And I've said this before, I've been on YT for almost 9 years... and it doesn't mean a thing to them. I get no special treatment, my work isn't "reviewed quicker", I'm just a name on a long list of others who are being ignored. And for a platform such as YouTube, that became what it is BECAUSE of it's content creators, to have them treated like this is just sad, insulting, demoralizing, and inhuman. Much like their system, that needs to be fixed... or people WILL go elsewhere.. 

 
  September 27th 2017  
  YouTube Update:
The "Not Monetized" playlist has gone down from 100 videos to 54 as of this posting. So we've made progress.... however, when I sort vods by "Limited to No Ad revenue" A lot of those episodes that are "in the green/monetized" are still in the "Limited" search filter. Might just be lag, but I'll have to keep checking up on VODs every day to see how things are going. Cautiously optimistic.... we'll see.? Thanks for hangin' in there!
 
  September 22nd 2017  
  NEW DVD RELEASED!!!!
Yep, It's in the
SHOP Thanks to all who supported this project on Kickstarter, and for everyone else who couldn't, and still can't for whatver reason... THANK YOU! 'Cause I know there's a ton of people who can't help, but still watch the cartoons, and that DOES help... at least when they're monetized. Lulz. NOW BACK TO WORK!!!!!

 
  September 19th 2017  
  YouTube Update:
YT update... there's still 80 episodes on the "Limited to No Ad Rev" playlist. Seems we take one off, another gets put on. (Mostly Pum'Kin Guy stuff, 'cause generally our discussions on
:: TWITCH :: go ALL over the place, and I'm sure SOME topics, even though the language is "PG-13" at worst, is still "offensive" to someone.) Sad that anyone, content creator or not, has to even THINK about what is "acceptable" to talk about. And believe me, My Twitch channel is a No Politics/No Religion/No Drama kinda zone. So touching on random social issues should NOT be an issue. That last highlights posted had to do with various things like Grant Hart, from the band Husker Du, passing away due to cancer, my issues with the randomness of the ad revenue on YouTube and stuff like that. So if one is automatically limited in their ad revenue because they mention "cancer" or "YouTube"... as well as various social issues such as anxiety, depression, women's issues, abuse and so on... then, what the hell can one talk about. Assuming the term "cancer" is flagged for whatever reason... say you're a gamer and you're playing a game SO bad, you HAVE to refer to it as a "cancer on the gaming landscape".... that one sarcastic phrase could have hours of work be placed in a limited state of ad revenue. At least until it's reviewed. Again, the review process is slow and that time waiting is just lost revenue. That lost revenue, for A LOT of smaller channels on YT is the difference between being able to pay bills, or apply for welfare. It's the reality of life for thousands of YouTubers. :( Sorry to keep posting YT updates that are kind of a downer, but some people don't actually read comments. So in the off chance they read stuff here, it's good to keep people informed. I figure discussing it in Pum'Kin Guy episodes would help, but PG isn't nearly as popular as Foamy... so I'll have to make a Foamy episode I guess to get the word out. Anyway. Enough of that! Thanks for supportin'!!!

GOOD NEWS :
2 more Foamy episodes have been RE-MONETIZED! SO we're down to 80 on the playlist, though we appealed 2, the last Pum'Kin Guy episode mentioned above was put in a "Limited to No Ad Revenue" state. The war goes on! Again, these episodes would not have been remonetized if it wasn't for everyone raiding the vod and getting that 1k views in a 7 day period criteria met, in order for the appeal to be reviewed. THANK YOU!!!
 
 
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