sirjeffofshort's News

Comic Con tomorrow (friday) ... not entirely sure what to expect as I went to Wizard World last year and it was kinda a little lame, sorry to say.

I'll be sure to swing by the NG/Behemoth booth and see what's shakin over that way, other than that I have no real plans for the day so if anyone is interested in meeing up and saying hey be sure to keep an eye out for myself and Bill or shoot me a pm ahead of time or something.

Hope to see some of you there.

In other news, count down ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW till NEW SKETCHED!!! That's right, next week we will begin to unleash the sketched pilot in increments on the internet with new episodes to come in the months to follow.

We actually have a bit too much footage for the pilot (including all skeches already made) so we will in part be basing decisions on what to include (or whether to record more) on your votes and comments, so if you LOVE a particular sketch be sure to vote the hell outa it.

Till next time,


Updates on things!

2009-06-16 04:06:56 by sirjeffofshort

For anyone who cares I figured I would fill you fine people in on what has been happening since I dropped off the face of the earth about a month ago.

We have finished recording the first official "Sketched" episode and with the incomparable founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe, Matt Besser . The sketches have come out hilarious if I do say so myself and we will be sharing them with you fine people via the internet over the following months once animation is finished.

On that note, we are making incredible headway on the animation process itself and as of this weekend should have final animation done on the first round of skits, with the second round to shortly follow.

"All that is fine and dandy," you must be saying, shortly followed by "but when do I get more content." Well, good news on that front as well. With the help of some animation guides from L.A. locals Titmouse studios (of Metalocalypse and Adult Swim fame), 6 Point Harness (Currently animating the Drawn Together movie), and several other very friendly local studios, I have developed a very workable system for animating the Sketched series and have even taught it to Mr. Bill Rinaldi (maverick32183) and he, will be taking over principal animation on our new online exclusive episode of Sketched. This means several good things including the production of online content WHILE we still produce our main content, and an overall speedup in production in general.

Lastly, for anyone planning on attending comic-con, myself and some of the Sketched crew will be touring the floor on Friday with a number of "Sketched" DVDs containing all of the pilot sketches for you to check out before anyone else as well as some extras behind the scenes content... did I mention they will be FREE!? So if yous see us around feel free to pester us and you may be able to get your hands on one.

Till next time, keep on rockin internets.


p.s. Here's some creepy rednecks eating pie.

Updates on things!

Well, here's the announcement NG, later in the month we will be recording several sketches with Matt Besser. As a fantastic Actor, Comedian, the founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade along with Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts, and one of the pioneers of modern improv comedy he was a natural first choice for our special guests.

He may be recognized by most of you from television shows such as "Reno 911." "The Sarah Silverman Show," "The Mighty B," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Bernie Mac Show," and many more as well as the two shows he created for comedy central "The Upright Citizens Brigade," and the fake debate show "Crossballs." Others may also recognize him from his various film roles such as Dave, the guitar player from "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story."

This is a huge deal for myself and the rest of the Sketched crew as we have been following him as fans of his work for many years now, and an opportunity to work with such a talented comedian does not come by every day.

I highly recommend checking out his acting reel below (sorry it's just a link, I couldn't embed a Myspace video.) as well as some of my favorite clips of his.

Till next time, keep on rockin' NG. action=vids.individual&videoid=7477674

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Hey everyone, just wanted to get word out there that Bill started a "Sketched" facebook fan club thingy... I'm not entirely sure how those things work, but you can check it out here...


While you're there you could probably hunt him down and be his friend and whatnot... maybe... as you can tell I have no idea how facebook works.

In other news we have a name for our "Sketched" special guest comedian and as soon as things are confirmed I will make the announcement!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to get the word out that Smirk Studios, a contributor to the Sketched series, has started his very own Interweb Radio Show dedicated completely to Flash animation and independent cartoons.

The show is recorded live every Saturday night at 7pm California time (that's 10pm for all you east coast folks, and various other times for all you folks in the middle and beyond those time zones.) and there is a neato little chat room right on the site so your input and information can realy be a huge part of the show.

Last week I did an interview for the show and this week he has Aaron Simpson of Cold Hard Flash scheduled to be on so it should be interesting. So if you get a chance stop on by and show your support tomorrow night. As the show grows I think it could be a really great way for people to spread information about their work and find out about the flash authors they enjoy.

So as to invite SOME user input onto this post, I ask you, "Who would you like to hear an interview with in the future?"

...oh! Here's a drawing! I drew it many years ago... I'm not quite sure what it's about, but it was fun to draw.

Flash, Internet Radio and You

New Sketched

2009-04-12 14:31:21 by sirjeffofshort

We put out a new cartoon.

Sweet deal.

In other news, next month's cartoon is coming along swimmingly. We will be featuring the talents of General Ivan (Winner of last month's Voice Acting Contest) FatKidWitAJetPack (Organizer of the contest), Appsro (All around awesome dude and hilarious actor), and Va10r65 (Epic speech giver extraordinaire), so be sure to check it out in mid to late may.

Anyways hope you enjoy the new cartoon. Till next time, rock on NG.


ComicCon '09...?

2009-04-03 11:27:06 by sirjeffofshort

Hey everyone,

Some of the Sketched crew and I are making plans and I figured I would see if Newgrounds or any of its users was planning anything for San Diego ComicCon 09 this July.

Right now it's looking like myself and Bill will be joining our friend Karl (a very talented film maker from Massachusetts) wandering the floor on Sunday, July 26. We will most likely be burning and handing out FREE promotional copies of some of our projects including Sketched DVDs complete with extras, outtakes, commentaries and deleted sketches. So be sure to keep an eye out for us if you would like to nab one of those.

The main question here is "What is everyone else in the NG community planning for ComicCon?" if anything at all. Ring in and let me know, and of course I'll provide more details as to our proposed ComicCon adventures as the date nears.

And now I leave you with a joke comic book cover I drew years ago when I was supposed to be teaching a class...

Till next time New Grounds.

ComicCon '09...?

Pertaining to games

2009-03-30 14:58:54 by sirjeffofshort

Hey everyone,

So I'm at a bit of an impasse gaming wise as most games I have been playing lately seem to be falling a bit flat in my opinion. I recently played Gears 2, and although the gameplay was intense amounts of fun, the story left me with a feeling of "A lot of that seemed kinda pointless."

I'm really looking forward to playing the new Silent Hill (as soon as gamefly gets its ass in gear and sends it to me,) as well as (although to a lesser extent) Resident Evil 5. I know, I'm a huge survival horror nerd as well as an even nerdier RPG nut, but I guess for me it all boils down to story.

My two standby's at the moment are Left 4 Dead and Rock Band 2 (drums). I enjoy these games a lot but for the most part they are time wasters to me. I log on to XBL (If anyone wants to play either by all means let me know) and spend an hour or two a week playing these, but they're not the kind of total immersion games I have grown to love.

So I guess in the end what I'm asking is "What are other people out there playing and enjoying?" Seriously, any suggestions? I have a 360, a Wii, and a PS2 (I will probably upgrade when a new Final Fantasy is released... I know... nerd)

Oh hey! Here's an old ass videogame drawing! Haha, I never do fan art so I totally forgot I had it, but hell, it matches the post so here it is.

Pertaining to games

Murder most foul, Sketched news, and the art of the fart.

2009-03-27 10:42:56 by sirjeffofshort


So last night I became privy to the fact that literally a block away from my house was a murder scene.

Scary stuff...

For those of you who can't be bothered with links (as I am often times guilty myself) basically three dudes (possibly dressed as cops) forced their way into this guy's apartment in the early evening (around 5) and continued to rob and murder him.

We had no idea it had happened until later, but Lori came home from work and was all like "Somethin's going on at the apartments down the street."

I know what you're thinking "That's LA for ya," But seriously, we live in the supposed "Safe" part of LA so people are freaking out.


The new Sketch is almost finished and will be going out in mid April. it will probably be finished prior to that, but we have our reasons for pushing the release date, sorry.

The next Sketch will actually be different as NONE of the usual Sketched actors will be doing voices. Instead we have chosen 4 talented voices from the New Grounds community to act out a sketch written by the crew in our first ever "Guest Sketch." We will be featuring the talents of General Ivan (Winner of last month's Voice Acting Contest) FatKidWitAJetPack (Organizer of the contest), Appsro (All around awesome dude and hilarious actor), and Va10r65 (Epic speech giver extraordinaire)


A fart joke collab... I am actually kinda serious pants about this. It started when Bill and I were talking about our favorite fart jokes that we have written but had to cut out of things for the sake of being mature and versatile comedians. Then we thought "screw it, let's string them all together and post it on NG, in an ultimate celebration of immaturity." Because (and I mean no offense by this, but let's face it.) New Grounds is kinda the perfect place for that kinda thing.

Then I thought, I bet other people out there have some pretty great flatulent funnies as well. And thus the idea was born.

Rest assured, if we did start such a thing only the best, most well thought out jokes would make it. Every entry would need to be something with a solid premise, setup, and punchline taking the joke "beyond the gas" ... of course, I can kid myself all I want, but at the end of the day it's still a fart joke. Haha.

It's still just a thought, but I figured I would throw it out there. I mean, I can't ALWAYS be about witty dialogue and situational humor right?

I'll leave you today with one of the first short films Noreasta Productions ever made that never quite made it to release due to sound and light problems (with a pretty nice fart joke in there too starting at about 2:30).

Till next time,

Keep on rockin' New Grounds.

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So I'm really loving the NG awards system and, as I have dubbed it (due to the fact that most of my time spent earning award points is when I'm bored in my office), my boredom score (as opposed to the nerd score on my Xbox). My only thought on the system is that it would be cool if there were an easy place to find all of the games that utilize the system once more of them are implementing it. Thus far there are only Portal Defenders and Thing Thing Arena, right?

In other news I have to fly to Florida next week due to a death in the family, so I will be around the orlando-ish area next week. Next month's cartoon is well on schedule however so there shouldn't be too much effect that way.

That's about all from my neck of the woods at the moment. Today I leave you with the trailer for a zombie movie I acted in a few years ago.

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Till next time, rock on New Grounds.