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Apr 20, 2009 | 10:28 PM EDT
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While you load, feel free to read these comments, and also check out the collaborators' sites down below for more great work.
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THANKS FOR YOUR REVIEWS! After receiving over 350, I CAN'T PROMISE I'LL RESPOND TO NEW REVIEWS! I'll try!

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;
http://www.newgrounds.com /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:
www.mistercoo.com (Nacho's site)
ceciliadeshayes.blogspot. com (Cecilia's blog)
www.ediblecastle.com (home to Andy Dennis and his mate Will)
www.scarymarymedia.com (earlier collaborative efforts between me, a mate of mine and Nacho, including an award-winning short for the Marbella Film Festival)

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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:
http://www.newgrounds.com /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 ds.com) for providing sound effects at short notice and the Very Odd House (http://www.theveryoddhou se.com/) 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 http://www.newgrounds.com /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.

Cheers!

Reviews


BrandonXDDBrandonXDD

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 25, 2009

Simply amazing.

This is definately something I would never expect to see on Newgrounds.
The discriptions of the story were so vivid, and the dialogue was so interesting and unique. Fantastic!


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TheModernProphetTheModernProphet

Rated 5 / 5 stars August 1, 2009

This Storybook Will Not Burn in Any Fire...

Since its obviously in Flash form and, moreover, very well received. Looks like the flames of your passion, in addition to the talents of every contributor to this project, have paid off in this excellent work of literature and art. Every page has interesting details and expressions that were fun to experience as the story progressed. I can't say I've encountered anything like this on Newgrounds, so thanks for creating something this unique on the site.


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AdamCook responds:

Thank you very much for your equally unique review AND for reading the Author Comments (I don't know how many viewers do that; it may look daunting but there's some good stuff in there)! I'm really happy that you enjoyed all the little elements that made the project a pleasure to produce. I can only hope that our next creation is as fun to make as this one, and that we continue to engage with our brilliant audience for a long time to come.

Cheers once again for your wonderful comments and your support of the unique!


DaemonBloodWolfDaemonBloodWolf

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 29, 2010

Art at its best

This is what i call art in its purest form, subtle, beautiful, and attention grabbing 20/10 from me


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angelofthelastdayangelofthelastday

Rated 5 / 5 stars May 19, 2009

Superb

Wooooooow! The animation was gorgeous! At first I was a bit confused at the book format, but it was perfect. Simply perfect.


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AdamCook responds:

Cheers, I'm really glad you liked it!
This style is likely to get quite popular once the Storybook Collab starts producing a few more submissions.
For now though, thank you for enjoying our book!


mondongo123mondongo123

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 11, 2010

Outstanding

Truly admirable, i have no words to describe it, the plot is solid, good concept, great voice actings and incredible illustrations.Very entertaining and i can hardly believe that SOMEONE(briareos)put a 0 rather than a 10, sometimes you just dont review something if its not subjetive.If i could, i would put a 100 rather than a 10.
Masterpice.


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AdamCook responds:

Apologies for the late reply; new projects are taking up a lot of my time!

Thank you for your great review and kind praise!

I agree that while people should be able to voice their opinions, an actual review should contain a basic critical appraisal of the work and bias shouldn't hold too much sway - if someone's violently opposed to the subject matter then they shouldn't waste time reviewing it. Luckily the guy who abusively reviewed has had his review properly removed, so no worries!

Glad you enjoyed our hard work to such a great degree!
We appreciate you taking the time to view and review it, and are happy that it made an impact on you!
Hope to further entertain you with our future projects.

Cheers!