|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.)
|March 7th 2019|
|Sue Z. June! (More Doodles & Follow
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)
|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.
|February 24th 2019|
Disabled on YouTube (For Now) :
|February 23rd 2019|
|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.
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.
|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.
|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|
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|
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!
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.
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!
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