well, this is a really nice, emotional and honest post, mr tom fulp, and i liked it alot!
indeed, many old legends are gone now, and there are few artists nowadays that can still make unique/interesting/emotional content, be it music, or artwork, or poetry or anything in the artistic genre in general.
i want to be an optimist, but i see many good artists/creators gone, and music nowdays doesnt have the legendary feel that it used to have...
and its sad.
but i try to be hopeful, and i try to look around for new artists, for new talented individuals, and for music that will move me.
as for artistry in animation/drawings/games, thankfully newgrounds has always been a fertile ground, and i ALWAYS see many good artists/animators/game-makers: contrary to modern music's condition, the artists of NG are VERY good, both new and old ones alike...
so, the flame is still burning, and the heart of NG's vibrant community is still beating strong.
keep up the good work, artists/animators/game-makers of NG!
may NG keep on running, and may NG get famous+recognized for being one of the best creative grounds of the entire internet. (and of the world, if i dare say so myself).
keep on rocking, tom! same thing goes to wade/to the NG staff/to everyone else!
merry (late) christmas, and a happy new year!!