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July 3rd 2019


Random Anime Update :
I got bored one day so I messed around with some 3D software and came up with some 3D anime character models for Germaine & Pauline. Nothing fancy, but for folks who haven't been keeping up on  Patreon,
Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you might have missed them. So poke around those sites and enjoy! (This would have been a good splash screen for a Fighting game, which I've been working on in my head, featuring all the characters I've created over the years. Chances are it'll never happen, but it would be pretty cool if it did.)

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June 26th 2019


Puppet Foamy Playlist Live!
When animation is just too slow to address topical issues or random things I'd like to address... Puppet Foamy shall emerge! The playlist is up on YT or the New Version of this site (Click Banner On Top). I'll be working the playlist into the older version of the website soon.

Puppet Foamy will be posted randomly so there's no set release dates for episode. It's just one of those "whenever it needs to happen" things. (Also this will be content added to what I already do, so don't worry about it messing up the release of new episodes.)




June 19th 2019


Foamy Visual Novel News :
Been working on a visual novel for Neurotically Yours with Foamy & everyone. Nothing fancy, just testing out software. So far, so good. Should be fully voiced, though my concept may be more ambitious than I’ll have the time for. We’ll see what happens.

Since the sketch series already has a ton of assets I could use for the visual novel, I may work with that style. Though I could go back to the Classic series style or reboot style. Not sure yet. I’m still fiddling with software and seeing what I can and can’t do with it. Also Foamy & Germaine have always been a series of “moments” or conversations. So it may just turn out to be some plotless misadventure of sarcastic banter and ranting guided by the choices one makes.

I’ll keep ya posted. (Keep in mind this will take awhile to get going, so don’t expect anything soon.)



May 29th 2019


Stuff I'm Working On :
For folks who generally don't know what I'm working on at any given moment... here's what I've been working on:

Foamy : Current Series (Artwork, Animation, Scripts, Vocals)
Foamy : Classic Series HD Upgrades 
Foamy : Chibisodes  (Artwork, Animation, Scripts, Vocals)
Foamy :
Puppet Stuff (Creating Puppets / Video Tests / Audio Tests)
Foamy : Video Game (Testing software, development, concept, outlines etc.)
Pum'Kin Guy : Twitch Streams (Wed & Sun)
Pum'Kin Guy : Cartoon (Artwork, Animation, Scripts, Vocals)
Pum'Kin Guy : Halloween Special (x 2) (Artwork, Animation, Scripts, Vocals)
Pum'Kin Guy : Halloween Special (x 2) (Artwork, Graphic Novels) 
Pum'Kin Guy & Pauline Novels (x 3) (Artwork)

Minion's Quest : Novel, Cartoons (Artwork, Animation, Scripts, Vocals)
4y-Records : A few cartoons (Artwork, Animation, Scripts, Vocals)
Analog Tale (That Novel I wrote that has 2 more books that need to be finished) -_-

Product Stuff :
      Shirts, Stickers, etc.
      Possible Foamy Blu-Ray of complete collection of classic series
      Possible Foamy Plush (New Design, not a re-release of the old one)

Music : Random background music for streams & cartoons
Artwork : For the Etsy Shop (Whenever it happens)

I tend to bounce around between all of the above based on "mood", so literally everything above is being worked on. So that's what's in the works.




May 28th 2019


Puppet Stuff :
I've been working on a Foamy puppet and did some test videos which will be posted on
YOUTUBE this week. Nothing crazy, just getting a feel for things to see if it's something I want to work on... or if it works at all. The puppet took more time than I hoped it would, 'cause I made 5 of them, but eventually I settled on the first one I created. I will probably work on some more Foamy puppets in the future until I get what I feel is right, but for now, I'm more concerned with the "does it work" aspect thing. Assuming it works, it'll give me the opportunity to be a bit more topical and address current issues. That's always been the downside of animation, it's very difficult to talk about current events when those events are not current by the time you finish an episode. 



May 8th 2019


Work As Usual & Possible Foamy Puppet Streams & Chibi Series News :
Not much to add to the news section aside from, yes, I'm still working on things. That's about it. I might work on a Foamy puppet for Twitch streams, but that's up in the air and I have no idea how people will react to actually having to deal with Foamy one on one. A lot of people have thin skin these days so being confronted by Foamy (even in puppet form) will probably cause psychological trauma. IF it ever happens, and you show up to a Twitch stream featuring Foamy... I would probably suggest bringing up topics or issues that take the focus off the individual viewer. Foamy finds fault with everyone and everything and wants to make it better, so if you can't handle that... you might just want to wait for the VOD. Pum'Kin Guy may be all about "good vibes" and patiently listening, but Foamy is the exact opposite. Just something to keep in mind, I literally have no control of the squirrel.

The Chibi Series! Since I've been working on the HD versions of classic Foamy, trying to get a Pum'Kin Guy series together, working on the current series, doing Twitch streams twice a week, handling orders and shipping, editing audio, doing backgrounds, recording vocals, maintaining the website, working on scripts and books, and so on, and so on, it's probably a good idea if I put the Chibi Series on hold until all the HD versions of classic Foamy are posted. I'll be doing some back end work, like character drawings and so on, but with all the work I do mentioned above, I should probably not cripple myself trying to get this all done. I have 2 and a half seasons of classic Foamy to get done so after that, I'll focus on it more. Of course I still want to do some 4y-Records episodes as well, but since most people haven't ever set foot in a record store, it may not be the best use of my time. Who knows. I just go where the creative torment tells me to.



April 17th 2019


Work & Series Updates :
Working on a Chibi episode which I will probably rework from the ground up using the current sketch style of animation.  As with the current series, adding new characters takes forever because each character is about 100-200 separate drawings that need to be scanned/cleaned/colored. Once that is out of the way, it makes future episode a lot easier to create.

With this in mind, I'm also trying to get a Pum'Kin Guy series together as well using the same workflow. Once all the classic Foamy episodes are finished and posted in HD, I want to move on to creating a secondary series for everyone. So assuming the work gets done, I'll bounce back between Pum'Kin Guy & the Chibi series, so hopefully there will be something different each week. 

So I have plenty to work on for the future, though certain projects may take a back seat to the animated series. Probably the games and written books. Though a visual novel will be easier to put together once all the drawings are done for the characters.

We'll see. I could wake up tomorrow and want to work on the multitude of novels I have sitting in my mind. Back to work!




April 10th 2019


Website Update :
I updated the main page of illwillpress to showcase the latest Foamy episode as well as other things replacing the "Choose your site" option. (That's still there, just lower on the page.) Seems most people don't want to do extra clicks to get to the content, so it'll be front and center from now on. Also the older website is still there, and will be updated in sync with the newer version. A future update will shift things a little, but nothing too drastic.  



April 6th 2019


Album Update :
2 Albums were released recently and if you're helpin' out on Patreon, you get 'em both! HOWEVER! The Pum'Kin Guy album had 2 additional tracks added to it after release. So if you got it on  Bandcamp! or
Patreon, (check Patron Only posts) both places got the update. (Nothin' fancy, just lettin' ya know.)

MUSIC!!!



March 27th 2019


Work as Usual & New Shirts :
As usual, I've been posting the usual squirrelly goodness and spicy pum'kin silliness. YouTube is still a butt, and I added 2 new shirts to both the
:: AMAZON SHIRT SHOP:: & :: DESIGN BY HUMANS SHOP:: . So now a "Begley in Your Pocket" shirt exists! (And a Chibi Pauline shirt)



March 20th 2019


Classic Foamy HD Delays (Blame YouTube) :
Unfortunately, as I continue the HD transfers of classic Foamy, a lot of the later seasons during Germaine's "Dark Years" will have to be reviewed by YouTube, and some, I'm sure, will be removed completely. So expect gaps in the season playlists and delays due to YouTube having to review the content. Yeah, it sucks, and each episode demonetized is a financial hit for me, by quite a bit. So...
Patreon .  



March 13th 2019


Comments Re-Enabled on YouTube (for now & with a catch) :
Comments on YouTube VODs have been re-enabled for now, BUT... a plethora of filters have been put in place by YouTube. So basically any comment that is deemed “offensive” is held for review. Lame I know, but people kinda ruined it for everyone else. Everyone here is fairly civil, so we should be good. (Also, I don't have time to review all comments, so keep it classy or they just get removed automatically.) It's an odd time to live in, where bots dictate what is acceptable language.




March 11th 2019


A Good Day To Be a Patron! :
2 Albums have been released and if you're helpin' out on Patreon, you get 'em both! If not, that's ok too! They're on Bandcamp! (The Foamy album is a collection of rants from the current series & the Pum'Kin Guy album is an extended version of the original EP that includes music I created and play during the Twitch streams. A lot of that type of music is on "Chibi Music For Chibi People" as well, also available on Bandcamp.)

MUSIC!!!



March 7th 2019


Sue Z. June! (More Doodles & Follow Things) :
Still working on various Sue Z. things, but for those who don't follow at all the usual places, FOLLOW! (If ya can). Generally I post more material on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & YouTube than I do here. So for those who want to keep up, keep up!
(Links above & below)


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March 5th 2019


Sue Z. June! :
Finished up the first batch of Sue Z. June doodles (for realz! this time.) Will be drawing more as needed for future episodes, so that's a thing. Still working on all things Foamy as usual, so expect the goodness to continue! Season 3 of the "Sketch Series" starts... somewhat soon.

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February 24th 2019


Comments Disabled on YouTube (For Now) :
Due to the recent issues YouTube has been dealing with when it comes to comments about certain types of content, (let's just say... creepy kid stuff), YouTube has chosen to demonetize a bunch of content based on COMMENTS left by users. So even if a content creator makes something completely innocent, they would be held responsible for the COMMENTS left by creepy users, essentially, forcing content creators to police their own comment sections. Generally, for my channel, everyone has been really cool about their comments, even the bad comments had some sort of constructive criticism to them, but every so often, there would be a comment that is downright creepy. So, it comes down to this. I'm just one guy doing all this. I can't police ALL the comments. So it's just easier to disable them. It's unfortunate, but we now live in a state where one dumb comment about an episode or VOD ruins it for everyone else.

I feel really bad about doing this, and feel even more depressed that this platform has come to this. We all kinda grew up on YouTube, had a voice, made our comments and vented, but that's gone. I think we realize YouTube isn't what it use to be and we're all just gonna have to deal with it apparently. Once this issue is eventually resolved, I'll re-enable comments on VODs, but who knows when that will be.

Again, I know everyone here has been super supportive over the years, and yes, I did read a lot of the comments posted under episodes (Even the bad ones), but this is just one of those examples of “why we can't have anything nice.”

I guess if you need to post comments about new episodes, do so on Facebook or Twitter for now or we can talk directly during the Twitch streams. I'll keep an eye on YouTubes comments issues and re-enable them as soon as I can.

Thanks for understanding, and I'm sorry we live in a world where a large portion of sane/civil minded people must be muted in order to stop a small group of morons from spewing out creepy comments.




February 23rd 2019


DBH & AMAZON Shirts Shops Updated :
Added some new shirts to both the
:: AMAZON SHIRT SHOP:: & :: DESIGN BY HUMANS SHOP:: . Also made available again some long out of print shirts folks were unable to find. (:: DBH :: also has stickers & mugs on almost ALL the graphics available as well.)



SPOOKY!



February 18th 2019


The Hatta & Sue Z. June! :
Spent some time coloring in various doodles of both The Hatta' & Sue Z. June. Sue Z. & Hatta wont be paired together like Germaine & Foamy, at least as far as backstory goes, but they may have a few episodes together. Though with the sensitivity levels set on "explode" I'm pretty sure ANY episode with him in it is gonna cause problems on YouTube, regardless of context.
Patreon!

As for YouTube, another small batch of Foamy episodes have been "limited" in receiving ad revenue. So, those episodes will earn like, 15 cents a month if I'm lucky. Again, this is just the way things are on the platform now. (They were older episodes that didn't generate a ton of income anyway, but now it's just less.) 

Twitch: I'm thinking of pushing back the time slot on Wed to later in the day. Sunday is fairly packed with people making chat difficult to keep up with, but Wed are generally slow. Which is kinda good... 'cause I can keep up with chat. Nothing set in stone, just tossing it out there.

I'll start working on adding other characters such as Begley, the Pizza Guy, & The Barista somewhat soon, but I'm generally trying to keep the series "light", and much like real life, the more people you add to it, the more problems you have. Besides Foamy's rants are heavy enough to poke at viewers brains without adding Germaine drama to the mix. Who knows. Brain work not so well sometimes. :P




February 10th 2019


The Hatta! :
Yep, been workin' on doodles of the Hatta'! Should be showing up in a month or so, but who knows. It all depends on how my brain wants to work. Just know he's being worked on.
Hatta!Hatta!



February 8th 2019


NEW WEBSITE! Sorta :
Over the last few days I decided to overhaul this site... and make a new one! Since the original
iLL WiLL PrEss site is creeping up on 20 years old, a lot of code has depreciated, and errors in code became abundant. So I went ahead and cleaned up some of that old code, got rid of some errors (I'm sure I missed some) and took a long look at the site design itself. Generally, I browse the web on my PC and designed the site back in the day when MOST people DIDN'T have a phone or tablet in their pocket. Seriously. So with those years a distant memory, I redesigned a phone & tablet friendly version of the site. (My previous mobile version of iLL WiLL PrEss was literally designed for people with PDAs. Yes, Foamy has been around THAT long. So now, when you go to  iLL WiLL PrEss, you will be given a choice between the desktop version & mobile version.

The new version of the website is extremely stripped down. It focuses on the cartoons, what's new & the shop. So I didn't add a character page, links, wallpaper or comic strip links to it. The shop however will be VERY similar to what you're use to on the original site. With PayPal checkout code being what it is, I didn't want to deviate too much from what's actually working.


THE OLD SITE WILL REMAIN !!! :
I'm not getting rid of the old website. It is what it is, and I know A LOT of people like it the way it is, and don't want things changed. Besides, it'll be cool for new viewers to look into the past at historic web design. Yeah, it's old. But it still works. Like a crappy car that looks like trash but never let ya down.


YOUTUBE NEWS (Keep This In Mind) :
Even though
YOUTUBE seemed to have leveled off as far as monetization goes, recently a small number of episodes were demonetized for whatever reason and are now under review. Here's the thing. As people have become more sensitive to EVERYTHING, they are viewing certain episodes during the review process as "offensive". They were fine for a decade, but for some reason, in just 10 years people have gone from, "I hear ya!" to "Are you SURE you should be saying that? It's kinda offensive." The easy reaction is to say "go blow yourself", but as reviewers themselves become more ruled by their own emotions, rather than logic, that emotional reaction will eventually demonetize or remove a large body of work people have grown to love over the last 17 years. The content deemed "not ad friendly" is generally placed in a "limited state of ad revenue", meaning I only get a fraction of what I normally would. (Basically, If an episode made me 100 dollars, a limited state would bring in about 20 cents.) That's quite the pay cut. Viewers have been extremely supportive on PATREON and TWITCH and that allows me to continue to create the content that people enjoy. However, keep in mind, as this flood of over-sensitivity rushes throughout society, a LOT of content we all loved will be put under scrutiny and through monetary bullying, push creators to alter their voice for fear of losing income. There is always another outlet to post content to, but unfortunately no one pays on them. Vimeo, Newgrounds, etc are forums for free expression, but lack the ad revenue YOUTUBE offers. Also, for myself, and other content creators, we seem to be forced to post on YouTube... because if we don't, someone will just take our work and repost it there anyway. (It's happened to me over the years and I've estimated a loss in revenue exceeding 150k easy. And I stopped keeping track years ago.) Their content ID matching system helps, but it doesn't really matter if an episode makes no money.

Part of me feels this is very much a slow decline in society. Content has become WAY too safe (unless you're a huge company), Web Comics have become benign attempts at humor and not a lot makes one think about anything anymore. Everyone seems to just react to content without thinking about it, and if it MAKES them think... that's bad apparently. It's offensive. Music as well has become fairly passive as a form of creativity, and the handful of decent bands out there make little money as the product and concept of music has been devalued to the form of litter on the streets. People would rather buy a 5 dollar coffee than pay 1 dollar for a song that made them feel something, or connected with their soul in some way. And yeah, hey... I'm an "artsy" guy. I feel, process, connect with the media and art that moves me, and I value it greatly. Kinda wish a lot more people felt that way.

Also, this post isn't here to make you feel sad, or upset. If anything I'm fairly optimistic about what I do. With so little substance in the world, I feel the work I do is more important than it ever use to be. I want people to think. I want people to react, and reflect on what they watched, and hopefully it'll push them to be conscious of their own behaviors and perhaps motivate them to be a better person. And even if they think the work I create is a bunch of nonsense, fine. I'm ok with that. Just allow it to exist. Using one's emotions to dictate what should and shouldn't be said, seen or heard, is a slippery slope to mass censorship. Trust me, I can't stand a LOT of what's out there... but never once, have I expected it to be removed or banned. And that goes for stuff from our creative history as well. Cartoons, films, music, books, etc. shouldn't be altered to adhere to another generations idea of what is acceptable. It is a time capsule of a time that reflects opinions and moods of society, and should be used as an example of what things WERE like, in contrast to how things are now. If you remove or alter those examples, you remove valuable lessons from society which will inevitable cause us to just make the same mistakes over and over again.

Anyway! The rant is over, the new site is up... and if ya can. Support your favorite content creators!!! We'll all need it in the next few years. Trust me.
   



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February 6th 2019


Minor Web Updates :
I'm not a big fan of change, I like to tweak things. So I decided to make some minor adjustments to this website. Not a lot will change, but here's what will:

1: I've put embedded YouTube VODs on the front page instead of images that you'd have to click on, which would open up another window. So that's gone on the front page. It will remain for a little bit on the "Cartoons" page for the last few episodes, but the embedded playlists give one access to everything else.

2: Coding: Since this site is creeping up on 20 years old, some coding will depreciate. Meaning... it broken, and certain browsers won't read it properly. I've been going through the pages and fixing these issues and some random code errors here and there. A larger font will be implemented for most of the site and things should load a little smoother.

All in all, the website is what it is, and I generally don't like overhauling something folks have come to know and love over the course of 2 decades. I may implement a phone-friendly version at some point, but as it is now, the site is fairly easy to navigate without too much hassle.


  January 28th 2019  
 

Postage Rate Increase (Not MY fault) :
Apparently the USPS decided to raise their postage rate quite a bit, especially for first class items. Unfortunately that means I had to do the same. It's been years, literally, since I raised postage costs on orders here and
:: ETSY :: , but it seems there's no way around it. Generally I'd end up paying a bit of postage out of pocket to cover the shipping costs but I'm not really able to do that anymore with the new rates. Apologies to folks, especially overseas, it's just how the Post Office us doing things. On the plus side, if you need a shirt and don't want to pay shipping, I have stuff on the :: AMAZON SHIRT SHOP::

 
  January 23rd 2019  
 

Updates :
Random update on all things.

1
YOUTUBE seems to be leveling off for now as far as monetization goes, but a head's up for those waiting on older HD versions of classic Foamy... A LOT of later episodes from season 7-8 will NOT be able to be monetized on YouTube (Or even posted at all in it's current "Speak no Evil" climate.) So I'll be looking for other outlets to showcase that content.

2: Blu-Ray Collection: Working on the logistics of getting together a BluRay collection of all the Classic Series & Reboot Series. They may be split into volumes or a box set, depends on cost of course, but I'm looking into it. (Worst case, digital download will be made available.)

3: Sue Z. June : The roller derby girl who was Foamy's short-lived room mate will probably end up making a return in the current series. When? No Idea. How? No idea? Why? I don't Know!!! But I've been working on doodles. The thing is, I'm trying to keep the "Sketch" series as bare bones as possible in order to avoid making the same mistakes I did with classic series (i.e. bogging it down with Germaine soul-searching stuff.) It had it's place then, and those who "got it", understood what I was going for, but generally it kinda just made the series "too serious" for the average viewer. So if other characters make a return, it will be for a humorous reason, not some multi-episode, introspective character development with social commentary kinda thing. I did that, and I'm kinda done with it for the most part. I think at this point I can just make my observations about humanity during rants or using other characters to play off of without making it too heavy handed. So that's my goal for the current series. Bagels, Cream Cheese & Haunted Toasters.

4: Pum'Kin Guy & Pauline : Both characters have been a thing on :: TWITCH :: and I've enjoyed the ease of creating content with viewers twice a week. The downside is, I have enough ideas to flesh out the characters into a full series, but not the time. So I'll be trying to somehow manipulate the space-time continuum to free up some more minutes in the day. At the very least I'll try to get some books written and some animated specials done. Currently around 30 pages into a novel, have 2 other animated specials written and rough outlines for other books and specials. I'm not sure if I'm glad or annoyed that I still have ideas after 17 years, but it's frustrating not being able to keep up with them.

5: Music & Pauline : Working on getting Pauline an instrument to play during stream. (Wha?) Yeah, since she's a silent character (and there's a reason for that) I thought it would be good to give her some sort of musical outlet. It's something I want to add to the stream every so often, but it'll take time to implement.

6: Foamy Rant Albums! Yes, for those who want audios of all the current Foamy rants, I'm working on an album for everyone. Should be on BANDCAMP when I get a chance, but obviously this is going to take some time... I haven't even mentioned the game development!

7: Game Development : Workin' on it. Have some rough outlines for visual novels and I'll slowly be mapping out dialogue and such. It'll take time, but it's in my brain.

8: An Analog Tail : Yes, that book I wrote awhile back called
POWER DOWN : AN ANALOG TALE does have a second book in the works. 70 Pages in so far. Again, slow roll on that front. The first book didn't sell a lot, but then again I just put it out there and posted once "Hey, I wrote a book". Clearly I don't do this for the money. lol.

9: I will try to leave the house in February.

 
  January 1st 2019  
  The New Year :
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Yep, It's 2019! The year is new and all spiffy lookin'. Hopes are high and the prospect of new possibilities linger in the mind. For me, I tend to just keep moving forward doing what I do, and this year wont be much different. Foamy will do his bi-weekly appearances, older episodes will continue to make their transition to HD and I'll try to focus a bit more on getting my Twitch channel to where it needs to be. Also, for me 2019 will have to be a year of self-promotion. Even though fans have been spreading the word of Foamy since 2001, the internet as it is now, makes it somewhat impossible to gain new viewers. Every content creator is competing with everyone on the planet who has a phone. So a well thought out rant, meant to wake people up, will get overlooked by millions 'cause they were distracted by a cat falling off a chair. It's really is rough trying to create anything meaningful these days. However, I tend to be fairly stubborn when it comes to giving up. Fans have been exceeding supportive with viewership, monetary support, and spreading their love for all things squirrelly. (And Pum'Kin-like to a lesser extent). So for those who have been spreading the word of Foamy, THANK YOU! I wouldn't be creepin' up on 20 years of ranting squirrels without your support. And as usual.... back to work!
 
  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 Working 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 (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 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 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!
 
 
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