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Jake Ganz @jakeganz

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Posted by jakeganz - May 12th, 2021

good to see newgrounds popping off this year. 2021 is powerful


ps: i don't have much to report this month, but I've been making a spotify playlist to work / play monster hunter to and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. mostly pop songs I've enjoyed over the past few years, hope whoever reads this finds something new




Posted by jakeganz - December 26th, 2018

if you haven't watched the smash bros collab, you definitely should, cuz this writeup won't really make sense if you don't: https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/723282

between this collab and the DBZ collab before it, @IvanAlmighty and @PhantomArcade have managed to pull off some really impressive feats as collab organizers. it goes without saying that successfully bringing people together to make 30+ minutes (let alone 45 minutes) of animation is nothing to scoff at, but what's even more worthy of praise is how many of those minutes i spent being genuinely entertained. this, to me, is actually really refreshing.

quick trip to 10 years in the past, for a little perspective: back in my day (xd), there was this big debate on NG between people who made video game parodies and people who didn't, to the point where people actually made an audio documentary about it. this probably sounds pretty dumb hearing about it now, especially since nowadays we only attack each other on the internet for crucially important things like not all having the exact same political opinions (xd), but at the time it was a pretty prominent discussion that we all kinda played into, even people like me who just kinda hung out and didn't really animate. 

the simple answer that people concluded on was that you're an asshole if you tell people what they should and shouldn't make, and so people kept making what they wanted. despite this, there were valid points to be made about the quality and effort put into those parodies, as many of them actually weren't really good, especially when you look back at them now and see how they've aged. many people made cartoons solely with the aim to be popular, which in many cases did have an affect on the perceived comedic and artistic value of their work. as people goldrushed over to youtube, content suffered further in the pursuit of stronger profit and more views until it died out almost entirely when the algorithm ceased to be profitable.

what i'm getting at: to watch this collab and see so much animation in one sitting, all done for fun as opposed to profit by web-generation animators, is inspiring by itself — but on the other hand, if this was more of the same milquetoast memebait many of us grew up with, this collab wouldn't be nearly as an enjoyable as it is. instead, what the smash collab offers is a sizable amount of visual comedy, which i strongly feel generally holds up a lot better than humor more based on references and staying current. some parts didn't have strong visual comedy, but where there would've been cringy references and attempts at making things viral and quotable 10 years ago, there's now at least harmless / cute / clever references to the game that at least accomplish the job of not making me angry. for this group to pull that off in 2018 where everyone laughs at absolute nonsense and schadenfreude-bait cringe content, well... shit, it brings a tear to me eyes!

granted not every part was amazing, but the amount of overall quality compared to the collabs we used to have is staggering. visuals were tight — even the less visually impressive parts still typically had interesting aesthetic choices, either pretty BGs, colors, good compositing, or a unique drawing style that if nothing else usually stood on its own and fit the rest of the presentation. it was all clean, really no sloppiness to be found, and use of animation was also really smart, plenty of good use of limited animation across the board. more than topping the newgrounds collabs of yesteryear, what amazes me is the fact that the smash collab brings me right back to the state of mind i was in when i watched the old stuff for the first time: feelings of excitement, community, and a funny sense of regret that i didn't try and participate myself.

tl;dr: ivan is the fucking man, and i think his team's collabs have taken both NG content and online animator collaboration overall in the right direction. whether this is his second collab in a series of many more to come or his last go, i'm really glad this got made and hope to see the flash animators of tomorrow pick up this kind of torch as opposed to the one we left behind when so many of us all let our inner children die and stopped making things just for the fun of it. 


favorite parts visually: twistedgrim, bocodamondo, natededeur, spazkid, bassetfilms, andobiki, dreaminerryday, ryanmoberly, nevarky, gr8tree

parts i laughed at the hardest: oddboy, dreaminerryday, srpelo, fantishow, twistedgrim

parts that made me happy tbh: johnnyutah, shigloo, phantomarcade, seanatar, bocodamondo, 3drod, piggybank


hope y'all had a merry christmas, also add me on switch if you wanna play smash because i fookin love this game: SW-5063-9204-8627



Posted by jakeganz - December 4th, 2018

ruh roh rumblr








edit: fitting that we should find ourselves popping back here right before the onset of a new smash, brings me back to the brawl heydays. nostalgia is fucked up, but i'm in SW-5063-9204-8627


Posted by jakeganz - December 25th, 2012

Hey Newgrounds,

Us dudes at Studio Yotta worked with Zach Hadel and Chris O'Neill on their most recent episode of Hellbenders. Feel free to check it out, a lot of work from all of us went into it and it was pretty exciting to have had it all ready to go for yesterday.

On that note, Yotta is always looking to meet animators who are interested in doing paid animation work on various projects. There's lots of work to do, so if you're interested in working with us, please e-mail us here at our current e-mail address with a sample of your portfolio and animation work - we'd love to hear from you! I'm not sure how many animators roam around here these days but I figured it'd at least be worth a shot to check.

Regardless, Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year~

Hellbenders Christmas/Looking for animation work?

Posted by jakeganz - November 17th, 2012

I figured I'd post this here too. My animation crew, Yotta, is looking to put out the feelers for animation artists to work with us on some of the projects we're working on, including Harry Partridge's Starbarians, and Psychicpebbles/Oney's Hellbenders.

Harry and Zach both kindly put out a couple of tweets about it, so feel free to go check those out if you're interested. For a direct link, here's the application page for this callout.

There may be callouts in the future as well, but this one is primarily geared toward staffing the aforementioned projects and potentially finding animators we can continue to work with in the future. If you feel you meet the qualifications specified on the application page, we'd love to hear from you, so please e-mail us!


- Jake Ganz

Looking for paid work on Starbarians, Hellbenders, and more?

Posted by jakeganz - July 19th, 2012

I wanted to try something. I don't think I've ever seen anyone offer something like this - If there are people out there already doing it I apologize, but if not I figured I'd throw it out there.

Basic work samples:
animation test
recent drawings on my tumblr

As I've been working more lately, I've found that it is extremely nice to have someone helping out on your work, especially animations. Sometimes certain parts of the animation process really don't appeal to people, and that's where this assist comes in.

Hate doing in-betweens, clean up, or coloring/shading?
I've never seen anyone actually offer a service for this, but I thought it'd be an interesting idea to try a small commission service for people's animations in which I'll take on some of their workload per hour in order to help people get their flashes done faster. I would ask for a very reasonable, extremely low hourly rate, but I am even willing to do an hour of any of these processes for free if you're skeptical, so that you can be assured satisfaction.

What you get out of this:
- Faster work on your projects. I'll do any of the work you may consider "grunt work". Two people generally work twice as fast!
- Experience having an assistant. If you're interested in getting into the industry as an animator or even just having a taste of what it might be like, you might benefit from knowing the feeling of having someone work under you.
- A free hour of this service on any of your projects.
- The ability to boss someone around. Do you like to boss people around? Who doesn't like to boss people around. No wait where are you going COME BACK

What I get out of this:
- A little bit of money. Gotta pay bills and save for college next year. (currently my rates are quite low, but we can figure something out depending on what needs to be done on a given project)
- More experience.

- I'm most comfortable working on character animation and FX animation, but would be willing to work on anything else that you might need assist on.
- I'd be willing to do in-between animation, clean-up, coloring and shading, but if you have something else you need help with, let me know.
- I've worked in flash and photoshop for 7 years.

- This isn't a regular animation commission, and I'm not doing entire projects. I'm only doing assist work, so check "Service" above if you're wondering what I'm offering.
- PayPal only! (for now)
- I would be willing to animate on really any project, but I reserve the right to refuse if it's something I'm really uncomfortable working on.
- I would prefer to work with people who are serious about what they're doing and genuinely care about being an animator and getting animation projects done.
- I also prefer to work in flash Cs3, but I would also be willing to work in Flash/Photoshop Cs4 and Cs5, and I can generate .fla's for Flash 8.

If you're interested in a service like this, you can e-mail me, or PM me on here. I also have skype (janonaques), AIM (megabosu) and MSN (same as my e-mail), so feel free to drop me a note anywhere if you're interested or just want to ask a question. I'm around very often, so it likely will not take me too long to respond.

Let me know what you think, and feel free to give me any feedback!

Thank you~

- Jake Ganz

Posted by jakeganz - April 3rd, 2012

iiiii aaaamm aaaa caaaattt

Posted by jakeganz - February 14th, 2010

hey guys, my ol chum red.m just released his new album, caf&s. this album has a lot of history for many people and changed many lives, including mine. i even woke up on time and got a full sound 8 hours of sleep the night before this album. if i can actually sleep through a night with the faith redm's gonna deliver an amazing album the next day, you know it has to be good!

to check it out in robhalford's flash player, click here.

and don't forget to solve the mystery that leads to the discovery of a whole new legendary second disc that apparently contains even more songs and general badassery! put off your boring mundane lives and make sure to check this post to figure it out

you can do it guys im counting on you

seriously do it or i'll kill you