Edd wasn't the biggest influence on my art, but as an animation peer of his, I respected and looked up to him in the sense that he pumped out so many awesome cartoons and was consistent with it. I was around to see his style evolve and become well-known. He was productive til his end and made a huge fan-base and made a lot of people happy. I never met him personally or talked to him much online, but I know he was a great and kind guy. I knew of him since around 03-04 and grew up with him online in the same NG and DA communities. It's unfortunate and I wish the best to his family and friends who are going through a lot more.
Another thing is, I've been around the Newgrounds community since around 03. And unlike many of the people I grew along-side with on NG, I haven't been as productive. Everyone else has made several cartoons and made more of a name for themselves. I feel like if I want to be where I am, I need to be a lot more active and make more cartoons. Like I need to "make-up" for all the time I spent not doing so. All I've had on my plate so far is some rushed holiday/competition-related things and a title as being part of the RWD. There are no "classic Fungasm/Darkshadow8181 cartoons" that people fondly remember.. I'm lucky in the sense that I'm known as much as I am on NG, even if it is just a little. So really, all I want to announce is that I'll be working on a few projects and will treat making these cartoons more as a job, because I think I need to see it as a "chore" to get it done. I've always had this "animate when you feel" rule for myself. But I think the rule turned for the worse, as I hardly animate anymore... or hardly animate ever due to laziness. I need to get back into the swing of things and animate every day. I have so many unfinished and lost projects it's crazy.
Time to stop being a lazy piece of shit and become a productive member of society.
Also, if anything, I'm glad to see that the NG community cares so much for each other. Despite being very spread-out, it's comforting to see that we all respect and care about our animator peers. Much love~