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Stick Slayer was one I showed off to my friends before I joined Newgrounds.
This was when I was still in high-school back in 2005.
(I didn't even know those cameo characters until later)
The latest episode, is....almost metaphoric to his death.
I especially enjoyed the whole "savior of creativity" aspect of the series.
For one...I never really enjoyed "stick" animation. Never really saw a point to it. I mean, even stick-animation like "Joe Zombie" would be better if fully animated bodies.
Sticks are kinda a lack luster fashion. It's like....even if it's a really good one...it'll still be like 80% good, not 100%.
Ben took a concept of irritation and made it memorable to the association that everyone who will see a stick-cartoon, will automatically remember his awesome animation.
Ben, a reminder to give it our 100% in everything we love to do.
And this guy loved Animation and Creativity.
While it very well sucks that he's passed, I personally have little pity for one who dies a drug-related death. Exceptions, of course, being medicinal drugs, but that's beside the point. He knew what he was getting into when he started getting into drugs. He knew the potential dangers and risks.
That being said, he will undoubtedly be missed very much. It's always very disappointing when such a young soul dies. May he rest in peace.
I remember back in 01 when his trailer came out then followed them and thought to myself. This had to be the most detailed flash animation I have ever seen!.
Shame that he died. Watching the Stick Slayer series was my childhood to teenhood.
Rest in peace Mr Spurgin. You are one of the Newgrounds Legends.
At 10/23/09 04:37 PM, Stamper wrote: A memorial page is a great idea, actually. Something like this, right:
Username > Heroin
Username > Suicide
Username > Suicide
Username > Gunned Down by Cops
Username > Suicide
Username > Shot up School, then Suicide
Username > Shot up School, then Gunned Down by Cops
Username > Suicide
Jedermann sein eigner truthahn abendessen.
You introduced many of us to the Internet. What you created is shunned by artists of today. However your legacy and your art shall be remembered.
Thanks for the Laughs...
Rest In Peace
This is sad news here,Stick Slayer was one of the first ever flash series i loved here in on NG,sad to hear him passing.
At 10/24/09 01:10 AM, The-Evil-Daed wrote: Everyone, quit pretending like you give a shit.
Sure, it's kinda sad that he is no longer existing consciously, but this whole 'false sympathy' is bullshit. He was a dumbass for getting himself involved in drugs. Don't pretend like he was some hero, because I guarantee that he didn't have any kind of a following.
Go ahead and cry about it. I'm just telling the truth.
Yeah well he was a member of the community so we want to pay our respects you stupid piece of shit. There is no point in you posting if your just going to pretend to be an Internet badass, I hope you rot in your basement for being such an idiot, even over the internet thats inconsiderate.
Hope you Rest In Peace Ben, c'est la vie.
I wish I was fortunate enough to have enjoyed his flashes as they came out. Too late I discovered them only through these harsh circumstances.
A damn shame. I am however very humbled too by the community. Only here at Newgrounds can the death of a contributor be felt so close to so many hearts.
RIP Ben, I hope they have a bug free version of Flash up there.
Awww, Stick Slayer? R.I.P good buddy.
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At 10/23/09 04:37 PM, Peacekid wrote:At 10/23/09 04:31 PM, Lizzardis wrote: Rest in peace.a goddamn heroin overdose.
May I ask...How did he die?
A heroin overdose?! It's one of the worst ways of dying, after being vaporised by a nuke! Still, I pay my condoleances, to Ben. He will be missed... It's also a tip he left: DRUGS ARE BAD, DO NOT DO DRUGS.EVER.
yeah i think we should do something like that and damn thats fucked up. the very first game i ever played on here was his pimp game
At 10/23/09 04:24 PM, TomFulp wrote: As some of you may have seen on the Stick Slayer page and MindChamber's post, NG has lost a beloved artist.
Another tragic loss for the community. Though I never saw Stick Slayer, before the loss of the creator, I have seen that he was a very capable artist and I totally agree that we have lost a quality artist who was a credit to his family and a wonderful friend to those that knew him.
JakBaronKing has suggested setting up an NG Memorial page for the artists we've lost over the years, so that is under consideration. I intend for NG to last the next 100 years, so this sort of page will unfortunately become more and more necessary.
I know we've only lost a small handful over the years that have been widely publicised, like LiveCorpse, but this is one of the things that needs to be kept at the forefront, allowing people to read more about Newgrounds' storied and colourful history.
First livecorpse and now him?Oh well i know one thing.You guys don't think about the other users that are not so popular on newgrounds.So if one of those people die you will not start the drama and shit.My pet is having a heart attack right now.So what?Such is life you just live and die .END
It's a shame to see all the good ones fall from grace because of the drugs. It's never before that point that people give value to life. Truly one of those few genuine sad moments for the passing of those who had no business passing over...
He was awesome. No. He IS awesome.
I think that heroine was only a ticket to better and more comfortable place to make animations.
Maybe now he's animating the next Stick Slayer Episode?
Rest In Peace, Ben. And... Good luck with your next animations!
Herion is a hell of a drug, rest in peace man.
*Plays "Herion" by Velvet Underground in Ben's name*
Is that a leary machine you've got there?
At 10/23/09 04:26 PM, SCUD14 wrote: Wow, rest in peace.
Pity your icon is giggling with glee, Tom.
Exactly what I thought.