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Nov 11, 2005 | 9:42 AM EST

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EDIT (11/17/2005): HOLY @#$%! Thanks for the FRONT PAGE!!!
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Yes, it really is a Self-Portrait of me, Joshua J. Morgan.
And NO, I am NOT contemplating or condoning suicide.

I originally conceived Self-Portrait as a 15 second short during the Fall 2002 (my first quarter as a Grad student at UCLA), but I decided to make a different 15 second film. I returned to the idea, however, when I wanted to make an intro for my website, joshuajmorgan.com. After teaching myself Flash, the film was completed in the Spring 2004, and it went on to win a "Spotlight Award" the following year.

I recently rediscovered NewGrounds.com and I'm so glad I finally decided to submit Self-Portrait because it's fascinating to see how polarized people's reactions are. I never intended it to be funny so I'm still surprised that some people find it humorous (it's always gotten a big laugh at all the festivals it's screened in).

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Joshua J. Morgan received his BA in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently working towards his MFA at the UCLA Animation Workshop, where he has been able to pass off his obsession for Japanese Anime as "research." Though many of his animations feature firearms, Josh is hardly a "gun nut." In fact, he has a strong phobia of guns, which was triggered by being held up at gunpoint in two separate armed robberies. Those life-threatening experiences also gave him a profound appreciation for living and so Josh has no intentions of actually performing the suicidal act depicted in his animated Self-Portrait. Seriously, his family and friends can all stop worrying... Josh really is happy :-)

joshuajmorgan.com

Reviews


InsaneStewyInsaneStewy

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 11, 2005

I'm skeptical...

I'm not sure if this was submited by the real flash creator. IT's hard to say, but it seems fishy to me. Anyways, here is my review.

I LOVED IT! Brilliant. Absolutely fawking brilliant.



badnightmare2ubadnightmare2u

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars November 11, 2005

This scared the shit outta me!!

WOW!! It wuz a great idea! It's like everyone wishes to make his/her portrait now:it's fast and you can't even feel the pain!!



Big-grizBig-griz

Rated 4 / 5 stars November 11, 2005

Dark, disturbing, intense, genius.

Wow. Great work. Disgusting and nearly perverse, but still good. Excellent work.



MasterCylinderXMasterCylinderX

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 11, 2005

Very Good

I love it. It was a profound piece and it deserves to stay on newgrounds. keep up the good work.


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lord-armageddonlord-armageddon

Rated 3 / 5 stars November 11, 2005

!!!!!

Surprise O_o