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Holy shit this hits close to home! Randy and I had a small rivalry back in 07, I made a pilot episode of a sprite series called 'Generic Sprite Movie', and randy was the evil boss (Or, I called him 'Randeous Solomon')
This is because he sent me a mail because I gave one of his movies a shit review and yapped at him for 'stealing sprites' (They're all stolen, I was being a retard)
Fuck! I'm never deleting that mail. Bloody hell. R.I.P Randy, you're most definitely WERE the pioneer of sprite movies and RotMK got me into Flash. Thank you so much, you were a huge inspiration to me, and sorry we had that disagreement.
At 3/25/12 09:24 PM, Dent0n wrote: No way! How did this happen! This is just awfull!
Who knows? They say it was a sudden death... but what do they mean by that?
You were one of the reasons I kept coming back to Newgrounds in 2002 and then signed up in '03. I'll miss you.
*sigh* Oh boy... here we go again...
If you want to move on since Randy died then make your move. No one's telling you which path to go because it's all up to you.
At 3/25/12 09:24 PM, Dent0n wrote: No way! How did this happen! This is just awfull!
He was my hero in sprite movies. One of the best.
Thank you for all the flash you have made Randy, R.I.P
Thank you .Rand's mom
At 3/26/12 01:41 AM, Stamper wrote: okay, YEAH WE GET IT NOTHING LEFT TO SEE HERE FOLKS
I can't wait until you finally suck down your final breath, curl up in a ball, and die. After that happens, I'm going to write all sorts of nasty things in your R.I.P. thread.
I'm really sad, actually. He was the person who got me into animating when I was a kid, and without Rise of the MK I wouldn't have been where I am today..
why is basement so much scary at night
Ah man, I remember watching his movies way back when. R.I.P. Randy and condolences to your family.
Tom, I got one more...
They die in threes i guess...
At 3/25/12 11:34 PM, j0hnny wrote:At 3/25/12 10:07 PM, Eltro2kneo wrote:At 3/25/12 09:24 PM, Dent0n wrote: No way! How did this happen! This is just awfull!
The reason isn't important guys.
But the reason IS important, at least to me that is.
For example my best friend who killed himself 2 months ago by throwing himself in front of a train and i still dont know why he did that, and that's been bugging me and everyone who knew the guy.
In other news, Edd Gould died of cancer in March 25th, 2012. Another well known artist dead...
As if this site was cursed, and then they say they "die in threes".
Well, I get their point pretty much:
1st: Randy Solem
Then: Luccas Bodde
Now: Edd Gould
And the weird part is, they all died very young. Why is that? I find that fascinating yet disturbing.
I was probably one of his least favorite people. Through the heated exchanges we had over the years, he's helped me learn that our positions, on whatever it was we had, were trivial and unimportant, and that fellow animators should support each other, because we each share a sacrafice when animating on our own. I've saved one of his many successes, which was his TV interview on AotS, someone has that on youtube.
Wishing his family the best.
Randy was one of the earliest flash animators I ever saw, and his ROTMK videos were one of the coolest things I watched as a teenager. He was the one reason I ever discovered newgrounds and got me interested in flash videos.
May he rest in peace, and my deepest condolences to his family...
My brief experience with Randy Solem summarized:
I saw his very first flash movie on the day it was submitted when I was a kid. I thought it was hilarious and I became a fan of his instantly. Something gave me the bright idea to make sprite flashes of my own. They sucked. A lot. Randy took the time to give me tips here and there to help with the flash and eventually a few of them passed judgement which you can see on my ClassicCoolboyman account. At the same time, I taught him a thing or two about ROM hacking, and Randy made his very own Super Mario Bros level a long ass time ago. I wish I still had that ROM, iirc the level was halfway decent.
Later on, we had a falling out. He made a flash movie that I didn't care for so I told him. He got extremely defensive and it also made his friend (I forget his name) hate me with a passion for whatever reason. Down the line, I got older, realized he wasn't some flash god. I grew to hate his flash movies and I look back to why I ever looked up to him in the first place.
But fuck that, that was years ago. Maybe he became a better person, maybe not. I haven't really kept up with him. But here's the bottom line:
Did I hold a negative opinion towards him up until this day? Yes
Do I hate his flash movies? Yes
Did he deserve to die? No
What really bothers me the most is now that his daughter no longer has a father. My condolences go out to all his friends and family. I just wish I checked up on him in the last few years, just to say hi or anything. Sure I dislike his flash movies, but you know what? It got people to animate. Like others have said, people started off with sprites to experiment because of him and moved onto more professional animation. Hell it got me to make more and more flash movies, which in turn may have had a turn in inspiring Strawberry Clock because of all the negative reviews I was getting on my flash that I found so hilarious. So overall, I'm glad he submitted everything that he did even if I don't like them anymore.
To each his own. You'll sure as hell be missed from me dude.
At 3/26/12 05:03 AM, 1-800-CockJoke wrote:At 3/26/12 01:41 AM, Stamper wrote: okay, YEAH WE GET IT NOTHING LEFT TO SEE HERE FOLKSI can't wait until you finally suck down your final breath, curl up in a ball, and die. After that happens, I'm going to write all sorts of nasty things in your R.I.P. thread.
What the hell does that mean?
My condolences. Randy was a Legend in the NG community and big influence for me. He inspired me to work on my own flashes. RIP dude. You will be missed...
In America, you complain about the government. In Socialist Venezuela, government complains about YOU! No, seriously...
I just cant believe you would say "waste of money" that truly makes me sick. I am Randys girlfriend and whoever would or could donate would get a thank you from ME and MY KIDS.....Crazy....downright crazy
At 4/2/12 05:08 PM, DanRielle wrote: I just cant believe you would say "waste of money" that truly makes me sick. I am Randys girlfriend and whoever would or could donate would get a thank you from ME and MY KIDS.....Crazy....downright crazy
Ignore the idiots... helping the next generation is not a waste. Randy will forever be a immortal legend. RIP Randy. Sorry for your loss. :(
At 4/3/12 03:24 AM, Vgsounds wrote:At 4/2/12 05:08 PM, DanRielle wrote: I just cant believe you would say "waste of money" that truly makes me sick. I am Randys girlfriend and whoever would or could donate would get a thank you from ME and MY KIDS.....Crazy....downright crazyIgnore the idiots... helping the next generation is not a waste. Randy will forever be a immortal legend. RIP Randy. Sorry for your loss. :(
Danielle who said that? I can't see,sad people are so mean,just jealous ,Ran was great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I gotta say Randy did something amazing and he got me involved with a lot of things, one of them; making flash movies, I joined his forums and visited regurarly. He was also half-norwegian which was cool because I'm a norwegian. He was one of those who inspired me and probably many others, he held the forums up but he wasnt on much, but we had already created a good community there. I hate that one of those who brought us all together in that forum now is gone. I will miss him, and the inspiration he gave... I am now watching the funeral of mario in one of his movies and reflecting on him
rest in peace randy
Does it live?
Randy Solem was one of the first reasons I came to this website.
36 is far too young to go.
Rest in Peace.
At 3/19/12 04:07 PM, Wegra wrote: This was the worst news I've heard in the 9 years I've been with this site.
I'll be missing that guy :(
agreed man, NG won't be the same without him
Randy is one of the first artists I started following- especially his Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom series. I pray that others will be inspired by him so his memory will live on.
"I am a part of all that I have met."- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
At 5/27/12 08:35 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote: Randy is one of the first artists I started following- especially his Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom series. I pray that others will be inspired by him so his memory will live on.
same here, even his site was awesome, loved the loop track he had of Castles in the Sky from Ian Van Dahl which got me back into Electronic Dance Music
At 3/22/12 09:18 PM, 848stiggs wrote:At 6 hours ago, Scroler wrote:Randy is my brother in law. He didnt die bc drugs or alcohol. you are a peice of shit for assuming. and that waste of money is my niece who he loved very much........ so know what you are saying bf you start running your mouth....At 2 days ago, monkeyspanthisgooplz wrote: R.I.P. Randyhmm drugs or alcohol? If so then what a stupid waste of talent, not to mention never got to see his kid grow up...Why would we want to donate money though you realize how many others dont even get that chance, I understand the meaning but will never donate on anything it means nothing if they are not able to shake my hand and give me a hug or something just seems like a waste of money.
Hopefully he is in a better place.
Why would say drugs or alcohol ,you piece of shit,nobody wants your money,please shove it up your ass,shake your hand or hug you maybe your doing drugs,Randy;s mom