I believe it was Murad136 that convinced me to just do something...ANYTHING new, and get it out on the portal. Thinking of things to do, I started with the 2-week-fight that he suggested, but scrapped it because it was coming out crappy. Then I wanted to do an elaborate Megaman frame-by-frame fight...but I concluded I wasn't skilled enough to pull off what I envisioned for it yet, so I put that on hold.
Going through an old sketchbook, I uncovered an old comic I doodled waaaay back when I first had a Playstation 2. My first PS2 game was Z.O.E. I played it, loved it, and beat it within a few days (it was very short IMO) but I was still a fan. I also read a lot of Mad magazine at the time, so I started doing a Mad article styled parody on Z.O.E. called "Zone of the Blenders"
It was unfinished, and the jokes were really corny with lazy artwork, but it gave me an idea of what I could do to bridge my first flash test with my more advanced projects. While the "Awesome" craze is still kicking around, I figured I would make it "Zone of the Awesome"
Just working on this thing (and failing on the two other projects) I've learned an incredible deal about the flash software, and the art of animation as a whole.
The craftsmanship is far from where I want it to be. Playing it back, it's too fast, wayyyy too rapid...not enough pauses, to the point where too much shit is flying by at once. The animation is sloppy, and the artwork is lazy. My microphone is a headset I used for gaming and when you're not hearing a sludgy sounding voice, it's this over-bearing fuzz.
But I can't be too hard on it. This is the best flash I've yet to make. Before ZOA, I have had no experience with flash other than my Flash Test which is viewable as my first submission. I've worked on this before going to school for flash at Brookhaven (My first day is today...in a couple of hours...but the first REAL day starts on the 22nd.)...so hopefully if my pattern persists, my next flash projects will only get better and better.
Anyway. you should check it out! Be sure to leave a review, because I respond to just about all of them when I get around to it!