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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


HanbanHanban

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 24, 2009

Superb!

You were right about reading the comments while waiting for it to load since I'm not the patient type but it was certainly worth the wait. Voice acting was well done, the animation and sounds engaging, and the story was unique yet encompassing the ideas we have known and loved (?). The vocabulary made my day since I got to learn new words and made my nose bleed (my country's term that means finding something profound). Great job!

One thing though. The text size was too small to read from a comfortable distance.


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JoovyXLJoovyXL

Rated 5 / 5 stars November 3, 2009

superb!

that was truly the narration was on point and i loved how you used water colors to illustrate it. the idea of a story book format was very unique and original and the script was a master class. please give us more, all in all you deserve a 10! (although i was a bit vexed that he didn't get the girl at the end)


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AdamCook responds:

Your great review and your support are both much appreciated!

Props go to Cecilia for bringing watercolours to the table on this one; she managed to take Nacho's distinctive designs and really bring an extra dimension out of them. The whole dreamworld effect it creates is exactly in tune with my surreal mindset for this story, so I'm thrilled with their results.

Sorry about the vexing there; I'll see if I can get one of my future characters hooked up with their own special someone to make up for that! Mind you, I think our protagonist for this tale comes away richer from the whole experience, and maybe a little wiser for his next potential adventure.

Cheers for encouraging original talent, and we hope to bring you more great projects soon!


johnwalrusjohnwalrus

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 18, 2009

Illustrious language and vivid pictures get a 10!

The wordage was simply fantastic. It painted me a picture in my mind, and showed me the copy on the page. I found the humor dazzling. Every time I turned the page ,I found something to make me chuckle. And the page turning activity kept me occupied. Also, the narration was amazing. We need more of this on Newgrounds!


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AdamCook responds:

As long as more people like you continue to support this kind of creative work, it'll help to generate a greater public interest towards developing projects at a high standard! I have good hopes for more Storybooks in the future, and we'll definitely work on many more engaging endeavours in the near future.

Interested to see you're studying narration! How would you rate your skills?
Maybe one of these days you could end up reading for a Storybook yourself!
Hope you also get heavily into some creative writing; you express yourself well and have a good sense of quality, so I think you'd find it really rewarding.

Cheers for the review!


VirtualFuckinPlagueVirtualFuckinPlague

Rated 5 / 5 stars May 12, 2009

Brilliantly Done!

I loved it from start to finish, unfortunately it did have to end, the artwork was fantastic and it reminded me of old books I used to read as a child, the vocabulary was superb and very refreshing, the characters were charming and had a likeness to each of themselves...I dig this brilliance.


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siccilliosiccillio

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 19, 2009

VERY GOOD

when i was reading your book i practically could taste the wine. the book was pulling me into a depth of wanting more. you had great detail and voices for the story book. it reminded me of a kid's storybook.. you should make more like SOON :)


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