Hello and welcome, Newgrounds! I'm AniMerrill, a.k.a. Ethan Merrill, and I'd like to reintroduce myself to the community!
Man it's kind of wild, I'm fairly certain I haven't used this account since waaaay back in like 2011 and uh... it shows. The few old posts and favorites I have on here from around that time definitely reflect a past cringey self that I would rather delete but, eh, what can you do? I honestly don't really remember what Newgrounds was like at the time I left but I remember it didn't quite fit well with me at the time because it was still mostly based around Flash content and although I looooved watching Flash toons on here back in the day, there was really no point in me having an account here especially since many of the animators that I loved watching here moved on to YouTube and the game developers here went on to sell their games on Steam with engines that didn't lag like shit. And uh... well I guess we can all collectively judge for ourselves how that went.
Anyway as more of a static image artist with very limited animation skill and only a copy of Flash 8 which was outdated even at the time, there wasn't much for me here so I eventually just moved onto Tumblr and well... now that's dead. I hear a lot of the Tumblr community splintered off to here, especially a lot of the great artists, so I figured I would come back and see how that goes... in all honestly it would be awesome to see a Newgrounds renaissance happen.
It would also happen too that now I am both starting to get into animation a little and, probably more importantly, now Newgrounds supports HTML5 games! So over the next week I'm gonna try migrating some of my content here, see what kind of reaction it gets, and trying to relearn what the community of Newgrounds is into. I know I kinda stand in the shadows of the greats here, which is mildly intimidating, but hopefully somebody somewhere appreciates it lol.
If you do like what you see and would like maybe a more direct link to get in touch with me etc. I invite you to visit some of my other pages and accounts from around the web:
Thanks to whoever read this and glad to be back!
~ AniMerrill, a.k.a. Ethan Merrill