Today’s Drawing Tablet Recipient
Today’s tablet recipient is @Aluterrian!
Aluterrian hasn’t been able to create for a while due to his tablet no longer working. With a new tablet, he hopes to create an animatic for a pilot, finish some comics and participate in future animation jams!
Today’s Featured Flash (without Flash)
Jason Steele, aka @TypeQueen aka @FilmCow created Charlie the Unicorn as a birthday gift for his unicorn-loving mom. It made its Internet premier on Newgrounds 15 years ago yesterday and Jason celebrated with this Tweet!
Charlie the Unicorn went on to become one of the most popular movies on NG and then early YouTube. The Flash version on NG has since been converted to video via Swivel, our free Flash-to-video converter, created by @Mike. The link above will play the original SWF file for Charlie using Ruffle, the open-source web assembly Flash player also created by Mike, with ongoing development by Mike and a team of cool Rust devs.
Drawing Tablet Giveaway Background
Last week I announced our 2020 Drawing Tablet Giveaway, inviting artists to apply for the chance to receive a drawing tablet. Applications are still open, however you must be US-based (tablets are sent directly from Amazon) and your chances will greatly improve if you have examples of your art or animation here on Newgrounds. Especially animation; would love to help more growing animators!
We’ve received generous donations from @Egoraptor, @AnonymousAlchemist, @SinclairStrange, @RonDMC, @SaucySaucepan, @Afro-Ninja, @Jonas, @NCH, @Squidly, @MSGhero, @Rarykos, @Straqt, @kleinerjunge, @DevAesthetic, @MrChambers, @53xy83457 and @AKA-38CAUTION. As a result, this will be our biggest tablet giveaway ever!
Flash Preservation Background
Most of the content shared on NG nowadays isn’t Flash; you can share your HTML5 games and any sort of original animation you’ve made in video format, as well as art, music, voice reels and podcasts. As the original Flash Portal we also host a lot of classic and some new Flash content.
Newgrounds sponsors the development of Ruffle.rs, to run Flash content in the browser without Flash. Flash will be removed from browsers at the end of the year but thanks to Ruffle, we can enjoy Flash forever! Ruffle doesn’t support everything yet, which is why we have Newgrounds Player as a desktop fallback until it does.
Ruffle was created by @Mike as an open-source alternative to the Flash plug-in, free of all the legacy problems associated with Flash. Lots of smart people have gotten involved with the project and you can sponsor it with money or help as a Rust developer. Note: Previous Ruffle sponsorships were via Mike’s github account but sponsors can now support the Ruffle organization directly, as part of Open Collective.
Some big news this week is that The Internet Archive is now using Ruffle! This has drawn more eyeballs to the project, which helps it succeed.
For the remainder of the year, I’ll be making regular posts highlighting both drawing tablet winners and classic Flash content that is now supported by Ruffle.
Read the latest edition of The Tank Tribune!
A new episode of Eddsworld released yesterday!
Edd Gould passed in 2012 and has been sorely missed. The Eddsworld series continues thanks to the ongoing efforts of his friends and fans!