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March 30th, 2010

Len Peralta and I met in the new classic way people meet. I liked his stuff on Flickr and set him up as a contact. He contacted me back and sent an email, telling me that his animation class had turned him onto Adventure Time and asked if I could participate in his project Geek-A-Week. After I protested (not too much) that I didn’t deserve geek status, and then convinced him to set it up on tumblr, I agreed and he did an interview and tricked up these cool trading cards. I’m in awesome company that I wish I deserved.

Thanks Len!

What do women want?

March 6th, 2009

Hair? Really?

I promised my friends and colleagues at TMI Weekly and Next New Networks I’d give the latest TMI ep a shout out. Ladies, you already know. Guys, listen carefully.

I un-heart Frederator.com.

February 26th, 2009


I haven’t really loved Frederator.com’s homepage for quite a while now. Actually, I’m kind of sick of it because it doesn’t accomplish everything it should. A little staid, a little “so what’s new?” Since Frederator Blogs launched  four years ago it’s always been my own go-t0 Frederator site, and most everyone who visits Frederator would rather be at the blogs too. But, I’ve been busy and lazy at the same time and never really followed through on doing anything about it.

Lazy no more. The re-think process on Frederator.com has officially begun. Nate Olsen and Michael Lee are taking the lead in figuring out the best way to incorporate the immediacy of the blogs with the usefulness of the original site. Since most people looking for the studio or any of us personally go to Frederator.com first it seemed to me they might as well get an immediate dose of what’s up at Frederator. So, as you can see, we’ve moved the navigation over to the left side, put the promotion slots over to the right, and the blogs posts are running, full size, right down the middle. This way, if someone wants a quick fix it’s all right there. If they want more, well, that’s there too.

Up above you’ll see the first stab. I know, the graphic design stinks, but right now it’s just a placeholder, clumsily adapted (by me) off of the original design.

What’s it to you? Well, that’s what I’d like to know. What could we being doing better, or smarter, or prettier? Or whatever?

“Why I am breaking up with you, M. Night Shyamalan”

September 22nd, 2008

“Dear Nightie, I’ll admit it, I really thought I was in love way back when I first got to know you.” 

Well, I’ll admit it, I really love artist Alex Kirwan. Completely aside from the fact that he’s one of the best animation art directors of this generation (read a couple of interviews here and here), he’s one of the great fans of the world. Of cartoons sure, of monsters yeah, of all sorts of stuff. And, as I’ve found out from Alex’s new blog,  The Happening Stunk, some of the films of M. Night Shyamalan. Find out for yourself when Alex tells you “Why I am breaking up with you, M. Night Shyamalan“.

Comments controversy.

September 4th, 2008

Good news (I hope). You no longer need to register to comment on Frederator Blogs.

A few people have been sniping at me at the change in our comments system a few months ago. We added Disqus  (pronounced ‘discuss’) after checking it out at the suggestion of our Tumblr friends, and realized it was a powerful way of not only for commenters to start a conversation directly with each other, but an easy way for them to discover other people in a wider community of blogs they might want to start reading.

That said, I probably made it a little harder to use than necessary by insisting that everyone register at Disqus before they could post. Aside from the folks that got confused, the extra step discouraged at lot of people from participating at all. That’s why the change.

Hope this makes it easier, and fun-ner, to be a part of our blog community. Please let me know.


Why tumblr?

July 9th, 2008

tumblr 2

I’ve been blogging less lately, but tumblring more. Or, I guess more accurately, tumblogging more. You can check out my tumblog down on the lower right column (below the links) or here to see if you care or not.

Why tumblr? I’m not sure that I could tell you exactly (sorry, I know my title implied I’d know the answer). Yes, it was started by one of our great friends and former interns, and yes, I’m an invester and board member. But that’s not really it, because tumblr’s been around for over a year and I just started last week. Yes, it’s easier. Sure, it’s allows you to virtually hang out with your friends and their friends in a simple way. And, for certain, it lets you find a lot of cool stuff –art, songs, writing– you really didn’t think you needed anyway, but are happy to have.

(Here’s a much smarter analysis than mine, for those so inclined.)

Bottom line? All I can tell you is that I’m having lots of fun with my tumblr. And who doesn’t want to have more fun?

The truth about Tumblr.

June 17th, 2008

tumblr. - The Documentary from DaveAOK on Vimeo.

Our friend, director David Seger, finally tells the truth about our friends at Tumblr.

Our new engine (comments engine, that is).

June 16th, 2008

For those of you who comments on Frederator’s blogs, you might notice something new. “Powered by Disqus” (that is, Dis-Cuss). From their own page:

“With Disqus, your readers aren’t just leaving comments — they’re participants in a discussion that you’ve started.

“This is made possible with threaded conversations that are easy to follow and join.

“And, of course, it integrates right within your blog.

“Commenters on the go? Receive and reply to the discussion from anywhere with email and mobile posting.”

There are already a couple of issues we’re working to resolve (right now, we don’t show the number of comments under a post), but hopefully we’ll have them fixed soon.

Will it work better for you? For us? Who knows? I certainly hope so. Please, let us know what you think.

PS: As with the conversion of our blogs over to Wordpress, I want to thanks Nate Olsen, Michael Lee, and Jeremy Kutner for helping us get this thing together. And David Karp and Marco Arment at Tumblr for suggesting it in the first place.

Wow! Four years!

May 26th, 2008

Amazing illustration made by Kiichi for this month from the New Jenny-San Calendar english site. XJ5 icon created by gashi-gashi. Via the Teenage Roblog.

Four years ago, my partner Emil Rensing suggested I start a blog when I asked him what we should do online for our (Oh Yeah! Cartoons spin off) series My Life as a Teenage Robot. “You’ll learn something,” he said.

Boy was he right. All the Frederator blogs, Channel Frederator, and Next New Networks are all the direct result of the learning, and of course, that’s been in addition to all the great series, movies, and shorts, the great talents have been working on with us during those years.

A particular shout out and thanks should go out to a few folks:

Rob Renzetti created MLaaTR in the first place, inspiring us to create the first blog.

Eric Homan took my challenge to get the thing going, and keep it going.

Scott Peterson, MLaaTR’s story editor, wrote the blog for a couple of years when the rest of us were too scared to try.

Wichobot is the loyal and talented fan who took over the Roblog when the series was over, and has kept it going with our great fans over the last couple of years. It’s better now than we ran it, and proves the complete value of community in the modern, interconnected world.

And, of course, most of all, our loyal fans and readers who have read, suggested, commented, contributed, complained, and supported all of our efforts during the last four years. Without you we would literally be nothing.

The new Frederator Blogs platform.

May 5th, 2008

Illustration by Natalie Dee
I’ve talked about our new Frederator Blogs platform for too long, so now I wanted to tell you some of the details. If there’s any bugs you find as a reader (and I’m sure you will), please let us know at theblog@frederator.com or just leave a comment here.

Probably the best thing about this change for you is the ease of finding information. The quality search over in the right column works beautifully (finally). Since we can now tag and categorize posts that gives you another way to organize and search the information that’s valuable to your particular interests. And there’s also a ‘classic’ archive list by date.

Going forward, we’ll be changing our commenting system to the community based Disqus and we’re going to be doing a lot of adjustments on how the columns work, how the link roll will be exposed (or work with drop down menus), that kind of thing. There might also be some more graphic design, but that’s not really on my mind right now. We’ll also be messing with the RSS feeds for those of you who like them.

i heart wordpress
Many of you have already asked why we’ve made the change, and a lot more have asked why we’ve waited so long?

We started the first Frederator blogs in 2004 (here and here) on the Blogger platform. But it quickly it became clear we wanted to give a voice to the incredible cartoon talent in our orbits and the technology of the day wouldn’t support us too well. We turned to our brilliant developer David Karp (soon to be the brains behind Channel Frederator) and he invented one of the very first “multi-user” blogs on top of the latest (and, of course buggy) hosting technology; it’s the design you’ve been reading us on for the last three years. By late 2006 though, it was clear that Wordpress, Blogger, and others had caught up, but by that time David was caught up in inventing yet another evolution in the medium, the brilliant Tumblr (not yet ready for multiple users, if you were going to ask), and he didn’t have time to help us move. It took quite a while, but eventually we hooked up with Rudy Jahchan (from Galacticast), David’s Chief Technologist Marco Arment, Nate Olson, and Michael Lee (our saviors) and they’ve taken care of the porting, recoding, hosting, blah blah blah blah etcetera etcetera we’ve needed to make this transition possible.

So, right now, Frederator Blogs is using the Wordpress multi-user platform, and hopefully, its flexibility will make possible all the updating we need to do in the foreseeable future.

There’s more, I’m sure, but I can’t think anymore right now. Enjoy messing around and let us know what’s going wrong at theblog@frederator.com. Thanks for being so patient and so loyal.