I'm an elder statesman! I'm finally an elder statesman!
I remember when Newgrounds was just a single TeleTubbies parody on Darpanet; I'd boot up my Commodore 64, load my America On-Line tape and 3 hours later I'd be laughing my head off. It was the only Flash cartoon at that time, but it inspired millions of people to make their own crazy cartoons. I am one of those peoples.
When Newgrounds opened its submission system, it was all over. I was hooked. Even moreso when my cartoons started appearing in the 'Best of All Time' top 50 (it was a lot easier back then). Thus began a decade of thinking up weird shit, drawing with the mouse, scanning crude drawings, and dragging the nearest woman into the current bedroom -- to record the female voices. And to make-out.
It's been an awesome decade. I'm old now, but still feel inspired. I owe it to Newgrounds keeping my good-natured immaturity alive, which is why to this day still get carded when I buy alcohol. Thank you, Tom and Newgrounds, for keeping me young.
And now I make games too! It helped that I used to program BASIC on my Atari 800, but if an old codger like me can do this stuff, so can you, young person with all their teeth. I recommend that everyone become an indie game-developer, right this second. Go on, do it!
Anyway, thank you Tom. Without you, I would have had a lot harder time scaring the masses -- and my friends wouldn't think about 'The Grim Reaper Show' every time they get on a plane.
And honestly, another title for this post could be: Matzerath - A Decade of Needing a Decent Microphone. I promise I'm getting one soon!