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Posted by Stanpai - 2 days ago


Hello and welcome, Newgrounds community! The Newgrounds Festivals Committee is here with a brand new production just in time for the conclusion of Spooky Month™️. Just as conventions demand cosplay, so too does Halloween demand a costume...


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Presenting the Newgrounds Festivals Halloween Costume Contest!


Participation is simple! Just fill out the contest submission form replete with a photo of your Halloween costume by 12:00 AM on October 30th. Participation is free, and open to all Newgrounds users. 


Prizes for this event will be provided by a trio of powerful artists right here on Newgrounds!

1st, 2nd & 3rd place will win a drawing of their costume by one of the following users:


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@Slimygoo | @RebeccaDoodles | @Kekiiro


1st place gets to choose which artist of the three will draw their costume. 2nd place will choose one of the remaining two artists for their art piece, and 3rd place will receive their drawing from the third and final artist.


In addition, 1st place will also win 1 month of Discord Nitro, provided by NG user @CaptainColtrane


The Judges


As your contest coordinators, a familiar duo takes the stage as your judges: @Stanpai & @LilSpook!


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How to Enter


Entry is simple: just fill out the Halloween costume form! To verify your costume is actually you and not something you made years ago and don't have anymore, you'll need to upload a photo of the costume and a photo of you holding a piece of paper with the tag #NGFestHalloween.


Click here to fill out the submission form!




There you have it! You've got just a few days to enter, so don't delay! At the end of the day, remember it's all for fun! We look forward to seeing your submissions!


Lastly, if you'd like to apply to join the Newgrounds Festivals Discord server, fill out the application here! (Must be 18 or older to join.)


Visit the Community Forums to see the mirror of this post.


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Posted by Stanpai - September 21st, 2021


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Posted by Stanpai - July 4th, 2021


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After 6 weeks of planning, production, and community effort, the NGSF brought an amazing weekend of fun in the virtual sun to the Newgrounds community. This 4th and final update for NGSF 2021 will serve as a post-mortem of sorts; a debrief to give you all a little bit of the aftermath and behind the scenes for making this event what it is, and of course, what it was.


The Idea

As mentioned in my original post about the NGSF, I've been working in the convention circuit for many years at various levels, starting with panels and working up to event staff in a number of different cons. With all that experience under my belt, I knew I wanted to host my own event online this year, but I wasn't sure where I should do it. It was after Pico Day that I knew the answer was Newgrounds.


I reached out to @TomFulp and proposed the idea for the Newgrounds Summer Fest. Much to my great pleasure, I received his blessing to move forward with the event. I believe this interaction with Tom is one of the most important facets of why I chose to bring this event to the Newgrounds community in the first place- unlike the people in charge at many other places, Tom has always been so very community-oriented, and always been one to encourage so many different amazing ideas from those people who inhabit our little corner of the internet. From here, I knew the event was going to have formal support for the site, so we needed to really bring our A game to live up to that level of support.


The Team

I have mentioned this here and there before, but initially, I was pretty much flying solo with the NGSF. I knew people who could help from outside of the community, but I didn't want to involve them. This was an event for Newgrounds, by Newgrounds. For this reason, I chose to source all talent from the NG members. I'm going to talk about that process a little bit in this section.


After the initial pitch to Tom, I talked about the festival with some of my peers. Among them was my wonderful paisan @Slimygoo. Slimy made the original art banner of Pico and friends used for Day 1 & Update 1 of the event, and he similarly also made the banner used at the top of this post. It felt more than appropriate to round out this event with his second piece of art that, until now, was not used for our promotional materials outside of the rotating art during the event. That it's a comfy weenie roast on the beach at night gives a nice finale to what was a cacophonous festival of fun.


Anyhoo, Update #1 was posted shortly thereafter with a call for potential volunteers for the event. A handful of wonderful people stepped forward, but one in particular stood out from the crowd. @LilSpook had a very impressive track record with the convention scene not so different from my own. What really caught me off guard was the overlap of events- I'd attended a number of cons that Spook had helped with in the past. I took this as a sure sign that this was the person I wanted to bring on first. It was from here that we got acquainted, and over time, worked more and more closely together on the planning side for the event. Spook essentially took over the onboarding process for registered attendees, and I cannot stress just how valuable she was as a partner in all of this. We make an awesome team and I'm so thankful to have had her apply so early on.


The Opening Animation

Almost worth overlapping the previous "The Team" section is something that took place in the weeks leading up to the event. That is, of course, the Opening Animation. Initially, this idea came to me as a novel idea of having our own version of the famous DAICON IV opening animation. I found myself compelled to take a stab at this crazy idea. If we failed, we would just let it disappear into the shadows. If we succeeded... well, I'll let the results speak for themselves.


The Opening Animation was without a doubt one of the best-kept secrets of the festival despite the fact that I publicly announced my interest in making it happen. I knew that this undertaking would be a bit crazy, so I wanted to created a decent spread between the upper and lower bounds of quality so we could finish this thing in just 5 weeks. For those curious, the lower-bound for quality was the 4chan 10th Anniversary Flash Cartoon, which I saw live at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013 when it was first premiered to the crowd. Between the 4chan and Daicon animations, I knew we could achieve our goal. From there, we just needed to get the right people for the job.


28 amazing people contributed art and assets for the opening animation meant to kick off the entire event, and I am thrilled to say that they delivered. The animation itself was roughly boarded by myself, but the different styles shown in the production truly outlined the diversity of Newgrounds artists and animators. This cartoon is quintessential Newgrounds, and I'm so unbelievably proud of what we all created together. I cannot thank everyone who gave their all to this production enough, but I will make mention of one person in particular.


@KibbySupreme is an artist I scouted some months ago, pushing for her to make a Newgrounds account because her art kicks ass. Having known her for some time, I knew I wanted her on board for the opening animation, and as far as I'm concerned, she rose to the position of assistant director. Kibby provided color guides for the day and night scenes and was just a critical part of the process from the outset. If it wasn't me telling someone whether they were on the right track, it was Kibby. To top it all off, she masterfully handled the Nene vs Sasshole showdown. Thank you, Kib, for your part in what turned into one of the greatest sucker punches of the Summer Fest.


I also want to thank each and every person involved in making it. Gaze upon their names in all their glory.


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Of course, I must also thank @Rebellionslaught for creating the song that was used in the animation. Keep on rockin'!


The Event

Teaming up with a stellar team of volunteers and panelists, the Summer Fest kicked off with very few hitches. Admittedly, I had prepped a really really cool Endless Handbag transition that ended up getting lost in technical difficulties, but we ultimately had a great start to the event. Tom surprised everyone with that greeting video which then led to the opening animation. It was a one-two punch that set the pace for the entire weekend, and that energy was sustained for the entirety of the festival. The panel schedule was filled with golden experiences, and as the weekend pressed on, the attendees built those lasting friendships that I so greatly wanted to see built.


The NGP opened strong with a fun hangout show that afforded me a chance to finally eat some dinner and enjoy the show until the community panel. @Mike, @AlmightyHans and @Luis all chimed in with tales of Newgrounds past as we took calls from the audience to join in on the fun. A personal highlight for me was the Tails Gets Trolled panel, hosted by @Jenk3m. As the night pressed on, we tossed it over to the after-hours block. @Nek0ai was our resident head of degeneracy, with an amazing lineup of NSFW content for those old enough to participate. Dub that Hentai in particular was a knockout success, and another personal favorite.


Saturday started us off at noon with more than 12 hours of panel content. I won't go into the details of every panel, but I want to thank @TheGaboEfects for an AMAZING guide through Flipnote Studio despite us having to go through many hoops to get the tech-side of the panel going. So many incredible panels took place. A huge thanks to @RicePirate for continuing to be a force for good in the community no matter how much a superstar he becomes. He never forgot where home is. The night was rounded out with a legendary @Piconjo panel and more NSFW to round out the night.


The Gamedev Showcase kicked off Sunday's content with a menagerie of sick titles from the Newgrounds community. Sunday offered us some really amazing panels, but I think it was somewhat unanimous that @PegasuTV stole the show with an incredible Newgrounds concert live from Brazil. The concert touched my heart and everyone's funny bone. I couldn't have asked for a better way to round out the weekend with such a memorable event. Closing out the night was a Summer Animation Jams showcase from @BrandyBuizel & crew before we finally wrapped up with three hours of closing ceremonies. Everyone had the chance to call in and share their weekend memories before finally wrapping up with a heartfelt confession from teh g0d of teh pr0tal himself.


All in all, this weekend was an unforgettable ride that has never really come to an end, even now. The community banded together to make something truly amazing, and I'm so honored to have been steering the ship. Even now, as I write this, I'm in a voice call with a number of attendees over on the NGSF server. It truly has been a magical time.


The Future

With such a blowout weekend, people have been wondering what comes next for the Newgrounds Summer Festival. As we said during closing ceremonies, we're assessing the aftermath of the event and planning ahead, so the official answer is to stay tuned to my blog for future updates related to this specific brand of events. Beyond hosting entire festivals, we're still very much engaged in continuing to support this community with other people's events and additional content.


On July 7th I will be hosting a livestream that goes behind the scenes for the NGSF Opening Animation.


Round 2 of the Animation Jam will also be getting a special programming slot on July 24th, so stay tuned for news from @BrandyBuizel in the near future.


And of course, there are the routine VC's in the server that people continue to participate in. While the NGSF is over, the server is still very much alive. If you're 18 or older and have a NG account, you are welcome to apply for membership!


In Conclusion...

The Newgrounds Summer Fest would not be what it is without the support of the community. Thank you everyone for your involvement in making this event something to remember. Thank you, Tom, for giving us the spotlight in which to shine and for your greeting video that made it feel that much more official. Thank you to my staff team through the weekend and to our panelists who gave amazing content. Thank you to those who hosted side content and giveaways such as @le-squidjerky and @mabelma to keep attendees on the edge of their seat. Thank you, everyone, for making this place continue to be the greatest, most powerful community on the internet. Thank you, Newgrounds, for continuing to exist and bringing joy into the lives of so many creatives and fans across the world.


And lastly, thank you for reading.


The Newgrounds Summer Festival truly was Everything by Everyone.


-Stanpai 🎩


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Posted by Stanpai - June 18th, 2021


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Hello my friends! Stanpai here with another major update for the Newgrounds Summer Festival!


First and foremost: if you don't know what the Newgrounds Summer Festival is, be sure to read Update #1.


Attendance & Registration

There are two ways to attend the Newgrounds Summer Fest. The first way is by registering as an attendee so you can gain access to the event Discord. In order to register for the event, you must be 18 years of age or older. We are accepting various forms of ID in order to confirm attendees' ages. Should you want to censor personal information such as your home address, that is completely fine. The reason we are doing this age check is to ensure that all attendees are old enough to be present for the full gamut of our programming, which includes 18+ content.


The second way to attend the event is through the public YouTube channel, which will be streaming all panels taking place outside of our 18+ programming block. The livestream is available for all audiences.





Click here to subscribe to the YouTube Channel!


Event Staff

While I, @Stanpai, am the head coordinator of the Newgrounds Summer Fest, there are also a number of stellar volunteers who will be helping to keep things flowing smoothly throughout the weekend. I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce them.


First and foremost, the person I consider to be the second-in-command aboard this ship is our event's Assistant Coordinator, @LilSpook. LilSpook has been an invaluable team member ever since I first opened up the volunteer applications. If there's ever a situation with the event where you can't get a hold of me, your immediate next step should be to contact her.


Next up is @Nek0ai, who is heading up our after-hours 18+ content blocks on Friday and Saturday. A connoisseur of all things hentai, Nek0ai puts the master in the word– actually, nevermind. If your question pertains to the 18+ content block, you should keep an eye out for Nek0ai during the event.


Finally, I'd like to introduce our other three staffers: @ShalNG, @VideoGameKid and @Kekiiro. These three will be helping out during the event as general staff if you have any issues within the server or otherwise.


If, for any reason, you've filled out the registration form and do not receive your invitation to the Discord by Thursday, June 24th, contact any of our six staff members with your ID verification in hand and we will get you into the server.


Panel Schedule

At last, we are ready to reveal the panel schedule for the Newgrounds Summer Festival!


As the motto goes, the goal was to feature "everything by everyone", and I feel we have done a terrific job at covering a broad list of topics thanks to the gracious panelists who volunteered their time to present during the event. What I truly love about this panel list is getting the chance to not only connect with some familiar faces, but also get to know some lesser known Newgrounds members for the first time.


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As you can see, we have a jam-packed weekend of content starting on Friday evening and continuing all the way into Sunday night. Panels will be separated by a 15 minute break in between to handle any necessary technical changes and allow a momentary break in the action. For further details about each panel, stay tuned for more information!


NG Sticker Giveaway

The gracious @Mabelma is back with another set of free sticker giveaways as part of the Newgrounds Summer Fest!

Three winners will be selected at random in this most glorious raffle.


Click here to sign up for the sticker raffle!


Gamedev Showcase

The Newgrounds Summer Festival is still accepting trailers for the Gamedev Showcase! We'll be showing off trailers from different games made by Newgrounds users! Whether it's slated for release on Newgrounds, mobile or elsewhere, this showcase is for your games. In addition, we may have time for a few short developer interviews where devs will get the chance to talk about their games. If that is something you'd like to do, be sure to let me know!


If you would like to submit your game for the showcase, fill out this form!


The Gamedev Showcase is taking place on Sunday, June 27th at 12pm EST, so don't miss it!


NG Summer Fest Art

The submissions to the #NGSummerFest2021 tag have filled my heart with joy. Amazing art pieces from artists of all backgrounds have filled the tag, and I'm so very happy to see everyone's creativity. As mentioned above, the art used in this update's banner and panel schedule was drawn by @prestigiogio, and was sourced from that very same tag! Here's a link to the original piece below.



As for everyone else, it's not too late to submit art for the event! I can't wait to see what awaits.

Remember that your art must be 1920 x 1080 to make it into rotating the wallpaper!



That concludes what may be the final update before the official kickoff of the first ever Newgrounds Summer Fest. Everyone has been hard at work in making this event a stellar show and I'm so incredibly proud of everyone's efforts. There are many fun surprises ahead, and I can't wait to share them all with you over the course of the event.


Until next time, this has been Stanpai. Thank you for reading. I'll see you at the Newgrounds Summer Fest!


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Posted by Stanpai - May 17th, 2021


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Hey everyone, Stanpai here with another update for the Newgrounds Summer Festival!


If you haven't already, be sure to read Update #1 before continuing!


Attendee Registration is Now Open!


The Newgrounds Summer Festival attendee registration form is now open, and that means you can now formally sign up as an event attendee. Your invitation to the event Discord will be processed by one of our team members after verifying your information, so please keep an eye on your email inbox!


As mentioned in previous updates, you must be 18 or older to gain access to the event Discord. Those who are unable to verify their age are still welcome to watch the public YouTube livestream.


Register for the Newgrounds Summer Festival Here!


NGSF Animation Project


Would you like to collaborate on an original animation to help promote the Newgrounds Summer Festival?



Back in the 80s, two original animations were produced to commemorate the opening of the DAICON Science Fiction convention. While I certainly do not have ambitions for anything as extravagant as these productions, given the overwhelming number of talented animators, illustrators, musicians and more here on Newgrounds, it doesn't seem totally impossible to build a team that can put something fun together. Participants would be expected to produce only a few seconds of animation apiece that would, when combined, represent the spirit of the Newgrounds Summer Festival. Other forms of contribution could include backgrounds, still-images, pixel art and otherwise.


Because this will require a great number of talent and coordination, I am currently scouting potential collaborators for this endeavor. Send me a DM to declare your interest with the subject "NGSF Animation - [Animator/Illustrator/Etc]" , and I'll review your existing body of work to see if it's a good fit. Put your best foot forward and let's make something magical!


Creators of all ages are welcome to apply. What matters most is your existing portfolio of work, so show me what you've got!


A decision on whether or not this is happening will be made a week from now based on participant turnout, so please do not delay in reaching out as soon as possible.


Gamedev Showcase Registration Now Open!


Are you working on a video game and looking to get some eyes on your project? The Newgrounds Summer Festival is accepting applicants for our very own Gamedev Showcase. We're looking for titles that are far enough along to have a trailer or brief gameplay demo to be shown during the event. They can be web-based titles like you find here on Newgrounds or something with plans for a commercial release.


As for what games are applicable, we are welcoming applications for titles ranging across all potential age ratings, but said games must be compliant with Newgrounds and Discord terms of service. We are prioritizing working titles and not just conceptual prototypes, so please keep this in mind when applying.


NSFW submissions are also welcome, but please note that games with prospective ratings of M or AO will require age verification. Games too mature for the main showcase will be showcased in a Discord-exclusive after-hours feature instead.


Click here to apply for the Gamedev Showcase!


Panels & Special Events

With a variety of different panels already on the table, we have also seen some interesting proposals for events during the festival ranging from concerts to drawpiles. The creativity of those who want to bring something to share with the community has been refreshing to see.


For those who are still unsure about what kind of panels to host, I suggest taking a look at some of your local conventions and perusing their schedules to get an idea of what sort of content gets submitted. For example, here's the schedule from one of my favorite events to staff and panel at- Holiday Matsuri. Bringing something fun to the table is what matters most, so if you're interested in participating, do not hesitate to fill out the panel application!


Note: You must be 18 years of age or older to host a panel.

Click here to fill out the Panel Application Form


The Panel Submission Deadline is June 1st- only two weeks away!


Art & Assets

As always, we're still keeping an eye out for submissions to the #NGSummerFest2021 tag on the Art Portal. A handful of you have done your part to contribute to the collection, and I'm absolutely thrilled to see the pieces you've been uploading. Remember to aim for a 1920 x 1080 canvas size to ensure it will fit into the rotation neatly!


This update's bangin' banner art is by @ImKevin. See it in its full glory below!



Outside of banners and wallpapers, I'm also interested in seeing some transparent PNGs of characters doing various things that we can use during the event and on promotional posts like these. I'm always excited to see what you all have to share, so don't hesitate to reach out as always!




That's all for this update! As always, thank you for reading. Can't wait to see what amazing things are in store for this event. Its success sits on the shoulders of the users of our wonderful site, and that means you.


As always, feel free to leave any questions, suggestions or comments below.


-Stanpai


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Posted by Stanpai - May 16th, 2021


Hello everyone, Stanpai here!


On May 15th, I uploaded my new cartoon Crypto Fantasy VII. For the first time in my life, I was given the honor of having one of my own personal productions given the Daily 1st Place trophy. I was so thrilled. Even though I worked hard on it, I was taken aback to see I'd been given such an honor. Thank you to everyone who showed support for this project.


This post is not about my cartoon, nor is it about me.


After seeing P-Bot's top picks for the day, I worked my way down the list until I came across something that left me changed. While many great projects make their way onto Newgrounds, this fateful session would introduce me to something I never expected.



@Schuschinus is a creator who, until now, I had never heard of. A creator whose approach to animation and storytelling is unique, personal, and most of all, masterful. Very rarely do I have the opportunity to come across such a magical experience, but after watching Psycho Essence #7, I went down the rabbit hole. I was treated to a mixed-media animator who makes truly remarkable experiences.


Do yourself a tremendous favor and brace for the unknown. Don't go in looking for traditional logic, just accept what you see as what it is and it will make sense. Savor the gift that is this incredible artist's work.


I hope you enjoy these sensory treats as much as I did. Do not miss out on this creator.

-Stanpai


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Posted by Stanpai - May 15th, 2021


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My latest cartoon, Crypto Fantasy VII, has finally been released! This cartoon is something I've been chipping away at while hanging out with all the cool cats over on the Newgrounds Podcast server, and I'm thrilled it's finally out the door. Like many of my ideas, this started as a joke that came up during a conversation. I liked the idea so much that I quickly banged out the script and, eventually, got to work. This production had a much longer lead-time than most of my videos, as I typically try to do things in just one week. This time around, I allowed myself to take more time, working on it when I felt ready. The result is something I personally find very amusing and, hopefully, you will too. Interestingly, this may be the only instance in which I began making storyboards and sketching out keyframes before recording a single line of the dialogue.


Big thanks to @N0rala, who helped me with backgrounds and for being the person I happened to be talking to when this idea came to mind in the first place. This also doubles as her first contribution to the movie portal! Welcome to the community.



In other news, if you haven't checked it out already be sure to take a close look at my previous post where I detailed more information about the upcoming Newgrounds Summer Festival!


Thanks for reading!

-Stanpai


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Posted by Stanpai - May 12th, 2021


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Hey all, Stanpai here!


As many of you have already heard, I recently unveiled plans for the Newgrounds Summer Festival! As described in the original post, the event is a virtual convention for the Newgrounds community to come together and experience the wonders of con-going from the comfort of the internet.


Reception thus far has been pretty awesome, and my inbox has been popping off with questions and comments. With that said, I wanted to give our first update to give people the full rundown thus far.


When & Where

As noted in the banner, the Newgrounds Summer Festival is slated to land on June 25th weekend. While the schedule is currently in its infancy, the goal is to have programming start on Friday night and wrap up on Sunday. The formal event will be hosted on a Discord server where panelists will gather to stream their panels to attendees.


Out of consideration of the various kinds of content featured here on Newgrounds and for the safety of users, the event Discord will only be accessible to users that are 18 years of age or older. Age verification will be required to gain access to the Discord.


For those who are unable to access the Discord, there will also be a public livestream showcasing SFW content during the event.


Panels

Panelist applications started rolling in almost immediately after the event was announced, so if you're interested in getting involved, now is the time to apply! The Newgrounds Summer Festival is currently looking for awesome programming that will serve as the meat and potatoes of the experience. Panels can consist of anything from workshops to general presentations or community events. The only hard limits on what you can present are time, place, and your own creativity.


As mentioned on the announcement post, we're looking for panels covering the following categories:

  • Animation
  • Gamedev
  • Audio
  • Art
  • Newgrounds History & Culture


In addition, if you have an awesome idea for a panel that doesn't fall into the above categories, we're still interested in seeing them! As mentioned before, the only limits are your creativity, so please take this opportunity to express yourself and show us what you've got!


Applicants are permitted to submit more than one panel!


SFW panels will be broadcast live on the Newgrounds Summer Festival YouTube channel for viewers of all ages.

NSFW panels and events will be exclusively hosted in the Discord.


Please note you must be 18 or older to host a panel.


Click here to fill out the Panel Application


The panel application deadline is set for June 1st, so do not delay in submitting your applications!


Events & Contests

If you're interested in hosting an event or contest during the Newgrounds Summer Festival, please contact me with the details via DM.


Volunteer Staff

Because this is a community event with plenty of moving pieces, I want to build a crack team of staffers to help keep things moving smoothly. The Newgrounds Summer Festival Staff Application is currently open for volunteers! If you've got experience working conventions or just want to give back to the Newgrounds community in this way, this position could be for you!


The exact responsibilities of volunteers will be determined on a case by case basis, but what matters most is that you've got the initiative, the goodwill, and the love for Newgrounds to make it happen.


Please note you must be 18 or older to staff the event.


Click here to fill out the Staff Application


The staff application deadline is set for June 1st, so do not delay in submitting your applications!


Art & Assets

Are you an artist interested in having some of your work showcased during the Newgrounds Summer Festival? During the event we'll be showing off submissions to the #NGSummerFest2021 tag on the Art Portal as part of a rotating wallpaper between programming.


Ideally, we're looking for pieces that fit neatly on a 1920 x 1080 display so each piece can smoothly transition between each other. I'll be sourcing submissions from the event tag, so don't miss out on getting yours in!


@Slimygoo has planted the first flags on this tag with his awesome pieces featuring characters from the Pico and Madness franchises- the former also serving as the banner for this update! Be sure to check out these bangin' pieces below.



Not only that, though! If you're interested in designing a logo for the NGSF, don't hesitate to reach out!


Poetry Bumpers

Are you a poet interested in submitted short poems for the NGSF? @Fersto reached out and proposed an awesome idea to showcase poems from NG users during the event, and I'd absolutely love to do that.


Check out this forum post with all of the details!


Gamedev Showcase

Many of the fine folks here on Newgrounds are game-devs, so why not have a whole block dedicated to showcasing their games? Whether you are developing a game for the site or a game to be published elsewhere, all game developers are invited to apply to be part of the gamedev showcase. Submissions will be added to the lineup on a case-by-case basis after reviewing the applications, so put your best foot forward and bring something rad! The details of the Gamedev Showcase are still being ironed out, so for now, consider this your formal heads up that it's coming. Use this time to prepare a game trailer or brief demo that can be shown off to give viewers an idea of what you're working on.


The application for the gamedev showcase is now available! Read more about it in Update #2!


That's all for now! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please direct them to the forum thread or shoot me a DM! The magnitude of this event will entirely depend on the community. As it stands, it's already looking dope, but with your help, it could be legendary. The future is in your hands.


Thanks for reading!

-Stanpai



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Other Updates Are Now Available! Be sure to read those as well:

Update #2 - Attendee Registration, Gamedev showcase registration, & more!

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Posted by Stanpai - May 10th, 2021


A New Community Event Approaches!


Hey, everyone! Stanpai here.


The ongoing Newgrounds Renaissance has been a chance for Newgrounds users new and old to discover their creative side and, more importantly, that this website is still a home for creatives to make their mark on the internet. With the recent success of events like Pico Day and the Art Office Hours, I want to keep that momentum going with a brand new virtual event.


Introducing the Newgrounds Summer Festival!


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What is it?

The Newgrounds Summer Festival is a virtual event where attendees will be able to watch panels covering the various kinds of content available on Newgrounds, learn about Newgrounds history and culture, and build up a greater relationship with the community. This means learning from your peers and of course, building valuable connections with your fellow Newgrounds users.


How does it work?

Selected panelists will be given their own timeslot to present their panels just like at a normal convention. In addition, there will also be spaces for attendees to network and share their work. The event will be coordinated via Discord, with SFW panels being broadcast via livestream on the Newgrounds Festivals YouTube Channel.


What kind of panels are planned?

The main goal is to feature panels that cover any of the main four following categories:

-Animation

-Game Development

-Audio

-Art


In addition, I would also love to see panels that cover Newgrounds Culture & History. If you have a cool idea for a panel that covers content like this, or something you think is worth hosting a panel about, please do not hesitate to apply! Even if your panel idea doesn't cover one of the things listed above, that doesn't mean it can't still be put into the schedule!


Why are you doing this?

Newgrounds has always been a home to me and countless others over the years. Though many of us have come and gone, we always end up back on the portal eventually. With this new wave of activity and interest in Newgrounds, there hasn’t been a better time to continue building up the most powerful site on the internet.


As for why me in particular, I have been working as convention & conference staff at events throughout the Southeast US since around 2014, and have been hosting panels at conventions for even longer. I know how these things are operated and I know how to make sure this event will go smoothly. I want to use my experience in this field to make a meaningful event that gives back to the community that helped raise me.


When is it?

I'm tentatively looking at the weekend of June 25th, giving us a lead-time of a month and a half to gather panelists and prepare a core team to help make it happen. This date is not yet set in stone, so please stay tuned for updates in the near future.


How can I get involved?

If you would like to host a panel, please fill out the Panel Application Form.

If you would like to volunteer as event staff, please fill out the Staff Application Form.


If you’d like to contribute creative assets for the event, such as promotional art or otherwise, please contact me directly here on Newgrounds. Be sure to include some examples of your work!


If you upload something to the portal related to the event, tag it with #NGSummerFest2021


If you are interested in hosting some sort of contest or offering prize-support as part of the NGSF, please feel free to reach out via DM.


If you have any additional ideas or comments you’d like to share, please feel free to leave them in the forum thread or shoot me a DM!


Some important details:

Panelists must be 18 years of age or older.

Staff volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.


Due to the adult nature of Newgrounds humor and culture (see: Tankmen), direct access to the event’s server will require age verification. SFW panels may be viewed by anyone via the external livestream. Thank you for your understanding.


Just as Newgrounds is all about Everything by Everyone, so too is this event only possible through everyone's shared efforts. I'm absolutely thrilled about this event and can't wait to see the panels people will be submitting!


That's all for now! Please be sure to leave your thoughts, comments and so on in the replies below or on the forum post!


-Stanpai


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Posted by Stanpai - May 8th, 2021



Hi Newgrounders! I've put out a new video to explain why people should be using Newgrounds. Feel free to share it with your friends and those who need to be awakened to the perks of the site.


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