A sick and twisted website, with hits like Assassin, Club a Seal, and Telebubby Fun Land.
A sick film company, with hits like The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo & Juliet, and Killer Condom.
A match made in heaven!
From September 1999 until December 2002, Newgrounds was hosted as part of the Tromaville Network. In return, they managed the ads and kept a cut for themselves.
Troma came to me at the perfect time, because I had three options:
- Shut down the site because I could no longer afford bandwidth fees.
- Sell the site to the Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), who was a huge hype at the time, but has since gone out of business (the $60 million dollars they spent in one year wasn't enough to stay afloat).
- Affiliate with Troma, and get free hosting and revenue from the banner ads.
As tempting as the Den offer was at the time (especially for a poor college kid), I took the Troma offer.
I signed the contract with Troma in September of 1999... Over that next year I had a barrage of offers from other affiliate networks and other companies wanting to buy Newgrounds. Other affiliate networks offered a lot more money, which made me bitter about the contract I was stuck in - but those companies have since failed to pay their affiliates and have gone out of business.
We eventually ended the partnership when Troma dissolved their network. We still actually host a large number of network sites as a courtesy - Troma let us keep the hosting hardware, so we just kept the affiliate server running. We've upgraded all the other hardware since then, of course. :)
Before the Tromaville Coalition:|
ASK THE PENIS MONSTER
Before Troma even started their affiliate network, I worked with them to create some on-line games. My first Troma creation was "Ask the Penis Monster", featuring the Penis Monster from Tromeo & Juliet.
Tommy Lee was quoted in "Yahoo! Internet Life" as saying Ask The Penis Monster is his favorite thing on the web!