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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:54:27 Reply

Very sad news. The Rise of the MK series was one of the first movies that I viewed on this site.
RIP


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:54:36 Reply

Wow, to young to soon. My condolences.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:56:13 Reply

Holy shit.

It was Randy's videos that got me hooked on Newgrounds in the first place, way back in '05 and '06. I actually cannot believe this.

Rest In Piece.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 17:56:29 Reply

Rest in Peace Randy. I feel sorry for his daughter, she's going to miss out on having an awesome father


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:02:03 Reply

Wow, I have been coming to Newgrounds since 2005. In 2005 I got a job as a web developer and internet advertiser and all around graphic designer in NYC, one day I was asked to just search the internet to look at what everyone else was doing (real original right), I was also encouraged to look for flash creations and I stumbled on to "rise of the MK" and was blow away! Since that day I would sneak and watch these sprite animations all day long, it seemed like they where personally made for me. I didn't know the site I kept coming to was newgrounds, all i knew was the site with a tank logo had these fucking awesome sprite animations, i didn't know the name of the site, i didn't know you could vote, i never heard of Tom, i didn't know anything about newgrounds except that if i typed Mario in that little yellow search bar the coolest animations i ever seen would pop-up, and "rise of the MK " was the best of them.
I never knew the creators name was Randy.
I judge a lot of submissions on NEOGEO, and I automatically 5/5 anything with Mario Sprites in it because I loved those old sprite animations so much!

Sadly;
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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:02:30 Reply

OH MY GOD I CANT BELIEVE THIS
He was one of the first animators I admired and inspired me, back when I started being a newgrounder when I was 14 ):
I saw him as the king of sprite animation, and I loved his mario series Dx

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:03:34 Reply

I don't like this.... not one bit... RIP Randy

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:04:05 Reply

Aww man, I remember always loved watching his sprite flashes when they first came out. It's actually what got me into watching sprite movies and such.
R.I.P. Randy. You're the main reason I started watching flash animations in the first place.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:05:30 Reply

... Rest in Peace man... you fucking rock.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:20:07 Reply

OH FUCK.

Wow, this is terrible. Sad news. Fucking hell.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:20:45 Reply

R.i.p randy. Thanks for your dedication to the ng community and memorable sprite animations.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:24:54 Reply

I will always remember him as the guy who tried to give Dim his big bag of money.
Sad day, indeed.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:25:00 Reply

Oddly enough, the main picture on his website is Peach and Luigi standing next to a coffin.
http://www.vgdc.us/
I don't think it was done by someone else, as it doesn't say anything else about his death anywhere else on the site.
Weird. :\

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:26:11 Reply

As I read the posts, it seems like Randy brought a lot of us here.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:28:11 Reply

Oh man, that's no age. rip Randy, best wishes out to his family. He did some good stuff here, if you didn't watch them first time round go look at Tom's links.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:39:00 Reply

R.I.P. Randy Solem

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:44:40 Reply

I can't believe how big his work was here. I remember sitting at a table with him at a wedding in our family and he was explaining to me what sprites were and to check out his videos. I remember his Super Mario Bros. ringtone on his phone. I swore he was a nerd trapped in an NFL linebacker's body lol. I'm definitely gonna miss him and having him photoshop all of my damn facebook pictures breaking my balls lol.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:45:23 Reply

R.I.P. Randy.

I loved his website and all of his work.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:46:16 Reply

At 14 minutes ago, psychicpebble wrote: How did he pass away?

Yeah, that is a shame though, I actually remember watching all of those videos in the "early days" of Newgrounds.

It wasn't anything drug related. I just don't want to put specifics because of fucked up jokes I've already seen posted about him. The last thing I want for his mother to see is some hater making a joke animation or picture about his death. It wasn't anything suffering or drug related though, I can promise you guys that.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:52:20 Reply

R.I.P., Randy, we'll miss you.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 18:55:02 Reply

R.I.P Randy, You wil be missed greatly.. :(

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:08:34 Reply

Oh my god, I'm in shock. I use to watch his flash movies all the time when I was younger.

R.I.P Randy Solem, you are in our hearts forever


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:10:45 Reply

it is truly a solemn day nyuck nyuck nyuck

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:13:45 Reply

I don't even know where to begin. I first found VGDC back in March of 2002. I would visit VGDC every single day to watch his flash movies and browse around the site. One day while on VGDC I saw the ad for newgrounds with Mario popping up. So I clicked it and found another website I would be addicted to for the next ten years.

Getting back to Randy, I saw Goof Troop Kombat and loved it. This movie is where I would eventually get my namesake before the lockdown happened. In 2003, I remember when VGDC was redesigned. I wasn't happy about it because of the loss of the navigation music. I eventually grew used to it and would wait for a new flash by Randy.

Fast forward to 2005. From the first day I found VideogameDC, I always wanted to make my own flash toons. I got a
copy of flash mx 2004 from my schools computer lab and starting making stuff. I always found it amusing that an artist who makes sprite movies inspired me but I haven't made one yet. Newgrounds has been a big part of my life and to hear about then death of my main inspiration is extremely saddening and just flat out shocking. I thank you Randy for the countless laughs I've had. Rest in peace.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:19:43 Reply

Sonic Vs Mario (VGDC) was the very flash animation that got me into Newgrounds in the first place.

RIP Randy :C


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:32:47 Reply

...I don't believe it... I just.. I just can't believe it. How could of he died at such a young age?
Randy Solem was always one of my favorite users and I always loved his sprite movies... It's one of the reasons why I started animating in flash.

Such a great loss....

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:33:22 Reply

I was going to post on the original thread but was sidetracked.

Here's my take.

Even though many of us don't know him personally, when we first came to NG, his flash are the reason why we kept on coming back.

He was one of the best VG sprite flash artists and he will be missed.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:38:14 Reply

Truly a great talent will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:41:12 Reply

I'm gonna break my "angry jerkcity character" persona for a second to say that this really is some sad news.

Regardless of the quality of his work he introduced a lot of young people to flash animation and I respect him for that. Mack Daddy Mario 2 was one of the first animations I viewed on Newgrounds 9 or so years ago. I kind of view it on a nostalgic level now. It's not nearly as funny as it was when I was 10-11 years old, but it brings me back to a time when this stuff WAS funny to me. I think I could say the same about a lot of things.

R.I.P. Randy.


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Response to Randy Solem, 1975-2012 2012-03-19 19:47:46 Reply

That's tragic. We only spoke briefly after a childish spat, but he seemed like a good guy, and he was undepioneer the most influential pioneer of one of the most popular genres on the Newgrounds. Good thoughts to his family.