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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


RazumiYazuraRazumiYazura

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 20, 2009

Great story

I quite enjoyed listening to the story. You did a great job keeping my attention. Loved turning every page.

The art style was fantastic as well. It reminds me of old books I used to read when I was a kid. Nacho Rodriguez and Cecilia Deshayes did a lovely job.

I didn't expect the ending. I almost feel sorry for the guy. Haha. Definitely a favorite.


AdamCook responds:

Thank you; attention's elusive on the Internet, but I try my best.

I'm glad the feel of it invoked something for you; all the elements really meshed together well, and if we can take you back in time then that's a nice bonus for you!

I hope you continue to follow our works. I'll try to keep surprising you and everyone else for a long time to come.


MClewisMClewis

Rated 4 / 5 stars July 18, 2012

that sucks man it was still very good though



JacquesDemersJacquesDemers

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 20, 2009

Good, interresting and new

Hi

I found the idea of turning the pages of a book really interresting. Did you make the images on the computer un scan them ? I didnt read it all is written really too small, it's hard to read. Maybe i would have put more songs and sfx.

In some pages, caracters, smokes, animals, .... could move to make an even more interractiv story.

But very good overall, keep on your good work

8/10
4/5


AdamCook responds:

Aha, some critique! Good points made, and all well taken.

The text issue has been fixed; enjoy!

Songs and SFX are probably the very next thing on our list after that. I've got a great composer interested and might get a variety of songs to warm it up a bit. The sounds are pretty easy to find since Joey helped source the majority of them.

Moving would be cool; like pop-up where they slide about on tabs or something! That would have destroyed any chances of finishing this thing at this stage though. We'll probably do it again though. Interactive? Probably not. "Will you drink the wine? Y/N?" "N - I'd rather drink blood." "Y - Why?"

Cheers for your balanced critique, I'll definitely keep up delivering to the best of my ability and I'm glad despite the lacking elements that you still enjoyed it!


gizmostudiosgizmostudios

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 22, 2009

Great story and visuals!

To see something ever so fresh as waterpaint in an age of digital lack of physical labor blows a reluctant air trough my muffled lungs. Regardless of the high quality art- and voicework, the technical aspect of your presentation was a bit lacking. So as a Flash developer i'dd like to make a few pointers and tips:

1. Use the code " mcInstance.forceSmoothing = true " where you want to load the dynamic images, or rather rightclick the imported bitmaps in the library, select "properties" and check " allow smoothing " for a much better image quality when you're displaying a scaled image resolution. Use that, or display the images at a crisp 100%, no more, no less

2. There are quite some excellent open source pageflippers available on the net, with the functionality of using the arrow keys, navigation buttons or click about anywhere on a page to flip it. That would really make it a better viewing experience.

h tt p://pageflip.hu/free.php

3. You might want to increase the size of the book to the full extend of the window, using as much of the space as possible for displaying the lovely imagery. The surrounding table didn't add anything to the experience, so you might want to keep that at a minimum

Well, there you have it. I hope this will help you in future endevors, which I eagerly await! For making my day and evening, I bid you goodnight!


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ArawanachArawanach

Rated 4 / 5 stars September 7, 2010

cool

nothing that I would have expected... but quite cool.


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