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Posted by funymony - July 28th, 2016
Hello, friends! I'm back in Minnesota!
These past few months have been a roller coaster. I'll try to summarize them the best I can.
Last year, in June 2015, I moved with Natalie to her parent's house in Minnesota. Natalie's parents provided us with food and board as long as we worked hard on our animation careers. We accomplished a lot in 6 months (you can can read about it here!) All that came to a stop in December when my Dad became mortally ill.
I flew back to Salt Lake City during the holidays to care for my father. He had a severe flu and had been taking sleep medications with alcohol to cope with his depression. All these symptoms made him despondent and hardly conscious. In time I was able to nurse him back to health and get him to a functional level. He then told me his final wish was for me and my brother to inherit his estate, repair it with his savings, and move in with our families.
Natalie and I had no desire to move back to Salt Lake City because the living conditions for us there were horrible. The house was in disrepair and would require years of renovations to be up to code. Natalie and I struggled for months to scrounge up enough money to leave Salt Lake City behind and now we were being sucked back in!
But I owed it to my father to try. He adopted me and took me in as his own. He helped my Mother gain citizenship and avoid free labor under the threat of deportation. He paid for my education and has always been there for me. My father was now giving me everything he had in his possession in exchange for help and it would be cruel of me to turn away and let him drink himself to death.
At the same time, I did not want to sacrifice my dreams and the progress that Natalie and I worked so hard to attain. We came to a compromise with my father that we would live in Salt Lake City and repair his home until my brother finished his service in the Marines. My brother would then take our place and look after my Dad.
I got to work immediately with my friend, Michael.
Together we got my room to be in a "liveable" condition and even began installing a bathroom.
Unfortunately my friend Mike had his own company to run and it was up to me to slowly finish the rest of the house. I lost steam after a month and left to go pick up Natalie and our dog, Shady. We moved back to Salt Lake City in March and hoped things would work out from there.
I was immediately overwhelmed.
The house was more than I could handle. The balcony is falling off, black mold stains the corners of every room, the roof is warped and leaking, there's cat hair and dust everywhere, the only portion of carpet in the house hasn't been vacuumed in years, and doing so could unleash more mold spores. Cat shit litters the garage and the walls are stained from my father's decades of smoking. There are many more details that I'm leaving out. I had a lot of problems to take care of on top of being a caretaker, "husband", animator, and having a regular job to sustain myself.
Three stolen vehicles were parked in our backyard in the span of a month and a half. Our garage was broken into. My father welcomed a drug dealer into our home hoping that I'd sell my old car to him in exchange for help putting up drywall. I declined the offer and my Dad was furious that I let an opportunity go to waste.
Working with my father proved to be difficult as he wouldn't let me make the home suitable for me and Natalie. After the second stolen vehicle and garage break-in, he refused to let me build a fence in the backyard (for some weird unknown personal reason?) His compromise was that we take garbage, consisting of tree limbs and construction debris, to litter the backyard and make it unappealing for strangers to lounge around. So instead of having a fence, we would be being protected by a wall of garbage.
My father valued the cat's whims over our own safety. We installed bolt locks on the front door to heighten our security and my father would undo it by leaving the front window ajar for the cat to freely come in and out of the house any time of the day. After failing to reason with him, Natalie and my father began to ignore each other.
My father is an old man who doesn't have good hygiene habits. He would use a rag instead of toilet paper to clean himself and would not wash his hands afterward. He would then drape the rag over the faucet and knobs of the bath tub making the only sterile room in the house filthy. He would also pet our dog often and we had to lock her in our room because we couldn't keep her clean.
Overall, things just sucked. Things weren't going to change.
My Dad kept drinking, my job wasn't paying enough, nobody in the family was able to help me, and I didn't have any time to finish the remaining construction.
In the beginning of July I visited California and talked with some animator pals of mine who talked some sense into me. They helped me admit that this was a dead end and I had to start looking out for my future and what I wanted in life.
I apologized to my father that I couldn't fulfill his wishes and drove back to Minnesota with Natalie on short notice.
I'm now getting settled in Minnesota feeling depressed about my decision. But I don't regret it.
I worked really hard, I tried, and I learned a lot about myself.
My father is awesome and I hope to preserve what he gave me.
An education, a chance in life, and knowing what it's like to have a father who cares about me even though we're not blood related. Even though things didn't work out, I hope he'll stick around to watch me kick ass.
Love you, Dad.
P.S. I turn 28 today. Happy Birthday to me.
Posted by funymony - March 16th, 2016
It's been a crazy year since I last updated but it wasn't unproductive! Here's a month to month recap to catch up!
In June I moved to Minnesota with my girlfriend Natalie (Lollergator) and my two dogs, Shady and Beebo. I worked on DESTINY GOD MODE while getting adjusted to my new home.
That July I worked with my friend Stabby on POLARIS OUTTAKES - HORRIBLE MONK and POLARIS OUTTAKES - PINHEAD.
In August I became a Pokemon Master (Successfully creating a complete living Pokedex in Pokemon XY) while watching Natalie and Stabby attend Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) in Minneapolis. I also animated SMASH BROS GOD MODE and went to Pax Prime!
That following September I started challenging my artistic abilities by drawing illustrative portraits of my best friends. I also created a PICARTO LIVESTREAM! Additionally I took some Toon Boom tutorials and cooked up a new video called ED & YETI'S BIG ADVENTURE!
In the beginning of October we put Beebo down. We had to keep working and didn't have much time to mourn which made things really stressful at home. Natalie and I worked on POLARIS CIVIL WAR OUTTAKES - THE SMOKE KNIGHT! We enjoyed Undertale and Halloween Festivities once we had time to unwind.
In November I put together MARIO MAKER GOD MODE and helped Natalie with her Polaris animation, POLARIS CIVIL WAR OUTTAKES: SKULKIN' AROUND. Then I immediately dove into Fallout 4 as my reward. During this time I began making long term plans for Mediamuffin.com and its sister site, M-Candy.com
Then in , Natalie and I were busy at work on a new God Mode and Outtakes until we received news that my father had fallen ill less than a week before Christmas. I immediately flew to Salt Lake City and helped bring him back to good health. Once he was stable he made it clear to me that I needed to stay with him until my brother returned from the military in March 2017. I spent Christmas with my family in Salt Lake.
In January I was uncomfortable in my old room without my belongings, I had only planned to stay in Salt Lake for two weeks and I didn't pack much with me. My father paid for building materials to renovate my room in preparation for my inevitable move back to Salt Lake City, which just made me feel trapped and depressed. I started construction with the help of my friend, Michael Whitaker. At the end of the Month I was invited to Pax South for the Weekend where I was briefly reunited with Natalie and some of our online friends.
I was in Salt Lake City until March doing construction and running errands for my father up until two weeks ago when I was able to drive back to Minnesota to pick up Natalie and Shady.
We've been enjoying our time since then but we're ultimately sad that our life goals have been disrupted once again.
The plan is to move back to Salt Lake City, finish construction on my room, get a stable job to alleviate financial stress, and hopefully continue where we left off until March 2017. I'm happy my father is feeling much better and that we can spend more time with him. We'll make the best of our situation and I hope that we can continue pursuing our goals.
I'm going to do my best to see if I can make it to Pico Day, but with the way things are going, I'm not entirely sure it'll be possible. We'll see!
Posted by funymony - May 4th, 2015
Posted by funymony - March 30th, 2015
I finished a new cartoon! It's about my childhood experience with a foreign pastry.
Special thanks to my Patrons and friends for supporting me!
Consider checking it out for more toons! For Five monies you get access to my Monthly Sketchbook, vlogs, and cartoons before everybody else! My first milestone should be enough to sustain me and show my Dad that my Film degree is worth something!
Here's the first EDVLOG where I show you my workspace!
On top of that, here are three new videos I whipped up for the LORE channel on Youtube.
KIRBY FAST FACTS!
FINAL FANTASY Type-0 LORE
BLOODBORNE FAST FACTS
I drew a few things in my spare time but nothing note-worthy.
I'll post a few polished pieces later in the week. (Here's something I drew in OPEN CANVAS!)
Additionally I'm open to art commissions!
I'll include the process of any pieces in my monthly sketchbook and send you the issue featuring your request!
Here's my current prices!: http://www.mediamuffin.com/store
AND NOW FOR PERSONAL NEWS!
For the past two weeks I've been stressed in making a huge life decision. Live in Utah for the rest of my life or move to Minnesota with my girlfriend (and probably not have a home to come back to.) There's a lot more to this story and my productivity took a hit due to the weight of the situation, but I'm happy to say that it has been resolved! I'll be moving to Minnesota in the beginning of June!
But before that, I'll be attending Pico day with all my online buddies!
Everybody has their tickets and plans have been set in stone! I'm so excited!!!
Also, Beebo has yet to find a home. I've posted him on Facebook, put him on KSL, and even had a bunch of reblogs on Tumblr but NOBODY is able to take him. I'll make a short video about him and post it to give him another chance. I want to avoid taking him to Minnesota and finding him a home there.
Alrighty, I'm gonna get to work on the next animation, Vlog, and sketchbook.
I'll see you later!!!
Posted by funymony - February 24th, 2015
Over the years I've had to halt progress on numerous shorts because I can't get the funds to sustain myself and finish them! I've started a Patreon hoping that I can get your support to make content on a regular basis!
Patreon is a virtual tip jar that pays out every time I make a new cartoon and you get rewards for leaving tips! Rewards include access to my sketchbook, vlogs about my progress and daily life, and your name in the credits with an animated loop of your choosing! Please consider pledging to my Patreon since it's the only way I can get financial support for my work!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I haven't been inactive!
I spent so much time making that Patreon AND opening up my commissions page!
Check it out! http://www.mediamuffin.com/store
I've been drawing a lot lately, I'm trying to step up my game and take a step away from Flash.
Here's two doodles for "MANDERZ" (Her Mario Kart 8 character and Splatoon Inkling!)
And a birthday picture for CLOESY!
If you'd like to commission me, send me a PM and visit my commissions page!
On top of that I also made two Fast Facts cartoons. I have a Lore coming up this week!
Additionally, I'll be attending Pico Day!
I'M SO EXCITED!
Last year was my first time at the Newgrounds Office. It was extremely theraputic for me!
I don't have many local friends who understand what it's like to be a web animator. Being surrounded by artists in the same boat as me was really uplifting. We all shared our experiences, advice, and animated works. What stuck out the most was everybody's drive to get somewhere, to improve, and to post more content! Everybody is a passionate work-a-holic when it comes to cartoons. I can't wait to be among them again!
I want to work the stream again so that YOU TOO can share my excitement! I'll drag people to the camera to say hello and answer a few questions. We'll see what happens!
We'll see you there!
Now that I've got my tin can in front of me to take donations, I hope I can get your support while I draw some doodles and cook up more animations!
See you later! <3
Posted by funymony - January 25th, 2015
Thanks for following my Newgrounds page!
In case we haven't met yet, My name is Edgar Nielsen! (Also known as Funymony)
I'm a 26 year old web animator in Salt Lake City, Utah. I've been a part of this community for over 10 years and I can't wait to contribute more to Newgrounds this year!
You've probably seen some of my cartoons on the Polaris Network and the Lore Channel or have come across my art on Eggbaby for iOS and Android devices. On my own time I love making original cartoons and comics!
Here's what I've created this month!
(Check out my previous news posts for more!)
MENTAL SCARS AND WELL-FED CARS
- A little comic about me and my two local friends.
MEGABYTES AND MEGATONS
-I've been doing a lot of tech support over the phone lately.
LONELY PALMS - "CRABS!"
- Continuation of the Lonely Palms comic series!
THE LONELY DANEMEN
- A small collaboration with The Danemen! A great comic series with no dialog!
Check out his work! (Sorry for redirecting you!)
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY FAST FACTS
-My recent work with the Lore channel.
I have original content coming your way! I'll update you guys on my schedule for this year sometime next week!
Please introduce yourself in the comments with a link to your work! I'm always scouting for other artists who inspire me!
I'm also full of information on writing and making cartoons! Feel free to ask me questions!
-Edgar Nielsen (Funymony)
Posted by funymony - December 31st, 2014
Last month I worked on a short set of comics called "The Lonely Palms"
It was inspired on the plane ride to Philly to visit the Newgrounds Office!
Snowbacon and I scribbled the first comic together. Check them out! They're a quick read. <3
(CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Besides these comics I also cooked up TWO animations!
The first one is incomplete, I'm sorry! I just didn't have enough time to wrap it up during the Smash Bros hype.
And here's the holiday special I animated in a week!
Phew! Tons of stuff going on!
Here's two more comics for you to end 2014!
Stay tuned for more in 2015!!!! :D
-Edgar Nielsen (Funymony)
Posted by funymony - October 31st, 2014
Happy Halloween, Newgrounds!
I'm gonna miss the Halloween atmosphere...
I want to share my Halloween comics with you but I don't want to spam the Art portal , so I'll post them here in this blog post! So click that "Follow" button and keep an eye out for comics!
(Click to enlarge)
I also made this live-action short with my friends during August in a DAY!
Perfect for Halloween! ENJOY!
Bare with us as this was our first live-action short in a long time! You can read the details about it HERE.
Man, It's been a BUSY week! On top of all this nonsense I've even been working on revamping my website.
Here's a sneak peek!
Gonna work on adding a commenting section in there, along with the ability to embedd Youtube and Newgrounds videos in the main content area. I'll upload my final revision and ask for your input when the time comes!
Until then, Let's enjoy our Halloween Weekend!
Rock on, guys!
-Edgar Nielsen (Funymony)
Posted by funymony - October 23rd, 2014
Hello friends! My name is Edgar Nielsen, A.K.A. Funymony!
Animator, Artist, Cartoonist. Bah, hell, this is Newgrounds! Aren't we all the same guy!?
I've been making comics! I'd post them here but I feel that the Art Portal isn't the place for my 3 panel shenanigans. I'll be posting regular art instead! Like this thing!
I update with a new comic every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on MEDIAMUFFIN.COM!
Topics range from Videogames to my daily life, like going to the Zoo!
This week is about Pokemon!
Newgrounds has always been on my top list of places to post.
Which is why I'd like to announce that Newgrounds will always get my video content first, fresh off the Cintiq.
All other websites will be drip-fed content from the previous week.
So keep an eye out for my work here on Newgrounds and Mediamuffin.com!
Also, if you have no idea who I am, I'd like to introduce myself through this video I made MONTHS ago, explaining what I've been up to for the past year. ENJOY!
You'll be seeing a lot more of me. So lets just skip to the end and hold hands.