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Here is the Newgrounds Flash version of "A Bid for Freedom".

It is a story that I wrote and converted into a small fable with images provided by the talented Nacho Rodriguez (who created Mr. Coo and won the #1 slot in Cold Hard Flash's Best Animated) and lush watercolours by his girlfriend Cecilia Deshayes.
It is an illustrated storybook, narrated for your pleasure by the debonair Andy Dennis, with guest turns by Sasuya and Josh "Tomamoto" Tomar you HAVE to hear!
The Storybook route was pursued so it could enter ReNaeNae's excellent Storybook Collab; /bbs/topic/1003968 Talents in writing, art, voice, sound, code etc. should give it a look!

To turn the pages, hover your mouse pointer over the bottom corner of the page, then left-click and drag the page across with your mouse until it fully flips over.
Narration starts on each page as you view it, but you're free to read at your own pace (you can right-click and select "Zoom In", then drag around to see all the fine details).

This story is NOT an attempt at hair-pin-bend trigger-happy balls-to-the-wall FBF hentai-maniac game-parodying shenanigannary. NO REALLY, IT'S NOT!
The power here is in the words and the pictures.
There is COMEDY, ACTION, DRAMA and ROMANCE, all skewed at odd angles.
There's fantasy, exotic locations, body odour, and even a fast car if you stick with it!
Have patience, we've many things to offer you. Stick with us. We're a good group.

Please vote and review showing respect to the combined talent and hard work involved in this Flash. A lot of passion went into this just for you guys, so be fair.
Critique, constructive criticism, suggestions, these are things we graciously accept.
If you vote or review abusively, you let Newgrounds down. Don't.
If this is "not your sort of thing" or you're somehow disappointed by the lack of animation, this is not the fault of anyone involved; no-one's forcing you to watch!

With all this in mind, we hope you enjoy (with your drink or snack of choice) our hard work, vote and review responsibly... and may your day be brighter.

For more awesome while you wait, check out: (Nacho's site)
ceciliadeshayes.blogspot. com (Cecilia's blog) (home to Andy Dennis and his mate Will) (earlier collaborative efforts between me, a mate of mine and Nacho, including an award-winning short for the Marbella Film Festival)


This section is for the creative people out there:

This has been a hot coal in my hands for quite some time, burning with collective passion, yet I've been reluctant to throw it into the fire.
Enough people are happy with the results as they stand for me to go forth and submit it.
Trust that this will blossom over time as we come back to better adorn this work.

My preliminary thanks are on this page: /bbs/topic/1049617/3

I additionally thank DrNeroCF for saving us in the coding department and Deathcon for further help; Joey Young (http://joeymofo.newgroun for providing sound effects at short notice and the Very Odd House (http://www.theveryoddhou for a small snippet of lush score; and to Josh Tomar, introduced late into the project yet he delivered an outstanding performance within minutes of me asking him.
Further thanks go to the Newgrounds Team for their support of this work, and to all Newgrounds users who do the same (including Mr GUS, who is highly underrated: be sure to see his latest /portal/view/483436 and vote for it in this year's Treasure Hunt).
Any other great participants that come to light will be remembered here equally.




Rated 5 / 5 stars January 28, 2010


I truly Enjoyed this. The artwork was amazing and the story line was great! Although I disagree there is such thing as a perfect match. (I only say that because my fiance is the perfect man and match for me) But not a lot of people are that fortunate so there is truth to that as well. I honestly really got into the story, and I thought it was extremely neat that you needed to turn the pages. It made me feel as if I was in a child like euphoria reading a young adult humored book while listening to it on tape. Lol, Very good work to all who made this possible. I hope you continue to make more!!! All in all 5/5 and 10/10. Truly wonderful.

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AdamCook responds:

I really love getting spirited reviews like this, they're very interesting to read and respond to.
Thank you so much for bringing your personality into your writing!

It's great that it gave you a nostalgic feel; I used to love reading illustrated books as a kid and I think it's a lost art-form these days. We worked hard to bring it to life and bring our odd mix of personalities to it, and it's just great you're thinking on the same wavelength as we are!

Re: the perfect match thing; I'm not specifically making that statement as a world-view (I think it's clear our Lead Guy would feel that way after such a turn, which is why it worked as an ending for me).
Perhaps the real kernel of truth to get out of it is that the "perfect match" isn't usually what we set ourselves up for. It's very easy to get caught up in certain factors, to build up unrealistically specific expectations of what your match would be, to create an artificial "ideal" that actually emphasises the wrong values - things that seem important in the short term, but don't actually form the basis of a real and enjoyable relationship. To get the "perfect match" in that sense wouldn't be to get perfection at all - you'd be picking up a character, a mental fabrication, and that over-hanging knowledge that they offer no surprises would paradoxically end up boring you to tears.

Humans are imperfect - we do that really well. The delight is when those imperfections create an overlap over your personalities; when one's qualities feed the other, and occasionally when two relating imperfections mesh together in a way that both can touchingly relate to.
True love is accepting people for the whole of what they are, because they're better than a mere fantasy - they're real.
I'm sure your guy has nuances and flaws and quirks that by no means make him Superman, as do you; and I reckon it's your shared recognition of those traits, and your co-dependence on each other to offer your unique perspectives on life, that make this "imperfect" match entirely blissful.
Those are my thoughts anyway... I'm just a writer, huh, what do I know? :)

Thank you once again for your support and your lovely personalised review!
I do hope to see you again on our future projects, as we will certainly continue to create bigger, better and more exciting entertainment; if you're interested, I can keep you posted on the next project when it's ready to meet the world.
I wish both you and your fiancé the greatest life together, and I hope you have much success in your own life and endeavours.



Rated 5 / 5 stars January 24, 2010

it was...

rather entertaining i really liked this story and the ending is a very truthful one all 10 hope there will be more like this.

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AdamCook responds:

The Writing Forum is already kicking out the jams - the Writing Portal is in the distance... all this could spark renewed interest in the Storybook Collab as well.

Our team is full of creative people, and we will continue to develop in exciting new directions. It seems likely that we will tackle different mediums and styles, so I can't promise any retreads of the same material. However, I found this experience to be great fun, so if the right idea and opportunity came along, I would jump at the chance to produce another.

Cheers for reviewing and enjoying!


Rated 5 / 5 stars January 23, 2010


this would have worked even if you put it to a short storie. ever thought of it?

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AdamCook responds:

Well, it began as a short story, and I just plotted it so it would work well visually.
It's great that you enjoyed the story as much on its own merits as in its Flash context. I hope to write more great stories in the near future, not all of which will become projects, so I'm happy to hear you like my work!

We're very glad you enjoyed our project; many thanks for your review and your support!


Rated 5 / 5 stars January 17, 2010

A great story.

This was greatly entertaining. A high starndard of english, and art. Pulled off well by the speaaker and put together in a handy flash.

A 10/10 and truely deserving it.

AdamCook responds:

Thank you very much, we really enjoyed making it and are glad to know you enjoyed viewing it! Here's hoping you'll check out our future works!
Cheers for the great rating and review!


Rated 5 / 5 stars January 9, 2010

it was..

really cool!

AdamCook responds:

Aah, cheers, really glad you liked it!
Hope you'll check out more of our work in the near future! Thanks for watching!