The troll doesn't seem to think I understand their motives but I do.
I do not know who this person is. I have no idea.
This person is upset that oddtodd.com is not what it used to be. They miss the characters, cartoons, mep, elf up. Halloween. April Fools. All of it.
As often do I.
My apparent disinterest in the website seems like a betrayal. Our troll is no doubt longtime fan who I'm sure wants the anticipation of new cartoons again. The occasional Deng arrival. A new game here or there. The promise of something more.
I left the Laid-Off story unfinished. And broke promises all along the way with weekly cartoons and all that. Multiple times.
And I completely understand. I made a pact. I broke my word. Time after time. I overpromised in the hopes it would spark motivation and inspiration. But other things got in the way. Usually things that provided a needed paycheck. For my broken promises-- I apologize. I got lazy.
I've tried to explain to this person (numerous times) that the high level of maintenance to a website that operates as a 4-figure annual net loss (always has) -- eventually boxed me into a corner. I found myself having sold 'Odd Todd' as a network sitcom, animated cable show, webshow, book, and movie. None of those projects made it into reality. It was a bummer. It was hard. But I realized this character would live on happily on my website.
So I happily chugged along doing some ABC toons or Test Kitchen toons -- and maintained the site as I always have. Got comfortable as a freelance animator. Keeping a pie-in-the-sky project always a possibility.
But eventually, I realized I was simply half-assing everything. And as my freelance work started to become less frequent and money became scary-- I realized I had to reinvent myself. To do so, I needed to step back from the hours of daily work I'd put into the site. I needed to focus on myself. Stop living project to project. I needed to re-focus and relaunch my actual career. Re-focus my talent.
But our troll did not like what the site has become. Something so personal -- became distant. As if the one person who seemed to care so much -- simply stopped caring. Stopped being passionate. As if I took my ball and went home.
It wasn't easy pulling myself away from the site-- but it was essential for my own survival. Creatively, emotionally and otherwise. It was time for me to second wind it. I wanted something more. Something bigger. I wanted to at least get out of my apartment sometimes. I needed to step back and use my time better than spending an afternoon going to a movie I had no interest in seeing just to spend 2 hours writing a movie review.
Although I've long promised projects and announcements. Those things are not in fairytale land. The science fiction script I sold last year is awesome. The sci-fi horror movie I sold this year is amazing. And I have an animated TV show in development.
Of course, no promises. I know things go away sometimes. I've had my share of disappointments. (For ex. ZG wanted to play Odd Todd in a live-action movie and it went as far as seriously almost). I've had professional heartbreak.
But if I didn't step away from the website I was going to go down. Good vibes for all but me.
So to the troll, I have three words for you. Go fuck yourself.
Go fuck yourself for your selfish idiotic bullshit. Go fuck yourself for being an asshole to all the good people who visit this board. Go fuck yourself for dismissing the 7 or 8 years of DAILY work I put into making my website great. Consistently cranking out work. Writing as much as possible. Toons and games. All for the fun of it. Waaah! Go cry somewhere else or troll somewhere else like a petulant child who demands the network bring back their favorite TV show... Waaah!
Everyone on the site and this board goes with the flow. Grows and evolves. Come and go. You're the one stuck up against the rock. Free yourself. Re-invent who you are. And cut it with the bullshit. I don't owe you an apology. I don't owe you fucking anything.
It's time. And if you sincerely want to make a fresh start you still can be welcome here. If you detatch who you are and start over. And you can start with an apology. It'll probably be accepted.
This board is that great.
Change it up. Or leave.
This message has been edited by oddtodd7 on Apr 30, 2012 12:43 PM
And you still posted that, Deng troll? What a complete asshole you are.
I can't even imagine how embarrassed I'd be as a human if that was addressed to me. Karma's a bitch. I hope it gets you. Good.
And good for you, tOdd. As someone that posts here mostly anonymously I know I'm not the favorite of the regulars, but I do love your site and wish you all the best. The people on this board are really great and I'm always amazed how they help each other. It's really unique and special and none of it would be here if not for you. Congratulations, and good luck with the new stuff!
See, Troll? This could be you. You could be saying "I knew him when" instead of endlessly crying that you don't have a new Laid Off cartoon. He's giving you a chance to be a decent person. Take it, moron.
If none of us have ever said it (and I'm sure some have), we're all proud of you. Your work has always been creative and funny and I'm happy for whatever you can provide these days (I happen to like the news bits). Like all of us, its been fun to see you grow and change over the years...and really its been crazy how we all have.
Excited to hear about whatever path you take and hope you continue to share a small part with all of us. You helped me during a very low and lonely part of my life and I'll always appreciate that.
Worth noting that while the animation drew people in...your just as talented at writing. Seems like that's something you can do with a bit less effort than the animation takes? I like how the site is now.
Anyone who could get that bent because you were working instead of providing free entertainment for them needs to reevaluate their life and realize the world doesn't revolve around them. It's a tough nut to swallow, but growing up does have it's painful spots.
Way to go tOdd! Life has its ups and downs and you need to do what you have to do. The bills don't pay themselves, I know how that goes as do a lot of others here. Do it like you need to tOdd! And congrats on all the stuff you have going on!
Even if it was his singular source of income, so what? No one here pays for anything, unless they buy something from his store.
When you pay $14 for some 3D movie nonsense, you can complain (to a point, respectfully). But when the dude cranks out dozens of toons and hundreds of movie reviews, daily updates, etc, and doesn't charge a dime, complaints go in the circular file and to the STFU dept.
I just had time to read your post. Good for you, my friend. It's great you're doing what's best for you and yours. I'm sure you'll throw this place a creative bone from time to time. Just following your life and career has been rewarding. You're a fascinating person and one hell of a writer. You have a great way of relating to your reader. It seems effortless, but I'm sure it isn't.
Anyway, I hope you don't spend another moment considering this idiotic Deng jackass.
We've all really grown up together, in a sense, here on this little bored through all these years. LOVE you ALL, BORED. (except for the asshole who has apparently been shitting around... that person can suck my dick!!!). heh.
And Facebook pretty much does exactly what Mev counsels with most of those complaints, don't they?
The difference also between Facebook and tOdd, is that FB is making MONEY. Their model worked, and to some extent it works because there are people for advertisers to reach.
tOdd is sharing that his model did NOT work. He made a bunch of toons, he did a bunch of clever stuff, and he lost money on the site, month after month. So regardless of how much the Deng violator loved the stuff and is now pissed that it's gone, well - it's like bitching about the loss of a favorite TV show, ain't it? If no one else was watching and therefore no advertisers wanted to spend money on it... it gets cancelled.
Now, presumably everything tOdd did on the site is what ultimately got him all that other work and maybe it's not fair to segment the site as a financial loser without giving it some credit for the ABC toons or whatever, and maybe we should be looking at the TOTAL profitability of OT Enterprises writ large, but the bottom line is that businessman Todd Rosenberg has gotta go where the money is, and where people are willing to compensate him for his considerable talents.
Or put another way, "What do you want Deng asshole - for tOdd to starve while making cartoons for you?"
That said, any expectation that the rant at the top of this thread would actually stop such a character is ridiculous. But tOdd knows that.
The main site has always been secondary to the bored for me. Although I'm not around as much as I used to be (work, new interest, etc.), I still keep up with many of the friends I've made here. I'm always connected somehow or other to the bored... kind of like the Kevin Bacon thing or something :p
Screw the trolls. They will always be out there. Keep doing what you do and make us all proud to have been associated with you in one way or another.
"This is a fun place, but these people will turn on you like a pack of badgers on meth if you're not careful." - big d
Yes, Period. You've made that abundantly clear. Your lack of genitals and overinflated sense of "power" has made this place miserable for the handful of people that once enjoyed it. Are you proud? Is your microscopic dick hard? Good for you! Now, go play in traffic. Or I could tie a pork chop around your neck so the dog will play with you. Would you like that? Huh? That's a good troll.
I wanted to read this again to remind myself that sanity once dwelled here. I wouldn't blame Arwen if she never posted again. I wouldn't - not for a long time, anyway. Giving it what it wants, but jesus christ, this is beyond the pale. And NOTHING happens.
This brought to you by Azusa on the Movay Board. Wasn't somebody calling Anny "Hello Kitty" recently?
Perfect example of a creepy ex-regular.
"People who write condescending responses like yours Anny tend to have a grandiose sense of the importance of their own trite opinions. They make up for their own obvious deficits by demeaning the opinions of others.
Before this thread I had no opinion of you one way or the other. I guess whatever you've written in the past here was so inconsequential that I never even really noticed it.
There are many possible responses to what I wrote. I could've easily accepted if you disagreed with me & stated a half-way intelligent opinion on why that was. Instead you insulted me by writing a throw-away one-liner.
I'm in my mid-forties and am not up on every quirky 'Indy' movie out there that appeals to the college set. "Under the radar" is an idiomatic expression that IMO is open to interpretation. If you want to imply someone is 'stupid' for not agreeing with your idea of what makes for an "under the radar" movie that is your problem."