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I'm sorry...

2012-03-26 05:51:39 by Alvin-Earthworm

It's been a long time since I last posted anything here. I have drafted this news post several times before but never had the courage to actually post it, but now I think it's high time I did this.
This is a very difficult thing for me. I have had this on my mind for quite some time now and I have no doubt that it will be a very unpopular decision, but I think it's time I finally lay Super Mario Bros Z to rest. I have been fooling myself into thinking I would continue the series because part of me really wanted to see it finished. But the fact is, it is a time consuming process and I have grown tired of working on it. Sprite animation no longer has the same appeal to me as it did several years ago. What was once a fun hobby of mine has now turned into a chore from the constant demand, which clearly shows from the lack of updates since episode 8 was released. I could blame my lack of motivation on my monotonous job and the impatient fans. (Not saying all my fans are impatient, of course. I'm only referring to the vocal minority). I have been keeping the series on life-support this long, hoping that some day my creative spark would return to me. Unfortunately it never did.
In any case, I would like to thank everyone who stuck by the series this long. It really pains me to do this to all of you after years of false promises, but it's high time I gave myself a reality check.
Thanks again for all the support (or hatred) you have given me throughout the years.


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2012-03-26 06:50:24

Oh well. It was a good series and i'm sad to see it die. I can just fill that void with more ponies.


2012-03-26 08:33:26

Well, we saw that coming... Don't worry, it happens sometimes.
We should't force you into finishing it (and you shouldn't force yourself either) because the final product wouldn't be as good.
I hope you will find some new inspiration soon.


2012-03-26 08:38:25

Don't worry, I understand you. I really loved the series, but if it was getting a chore, you don't have to continue it. Can we hope for other types of animations, maybe new Random Shorts, or are you done with that? Also, maybe you could leave the series to someone else that want to make it, and have the skills for it. But that's your decision.


2012-03-26 09:19:13

Oh well, I kind of gave up after waiting 1 year to 2 years.


2012-03-26 10:51:13

Hurts my soul to see this bud, but what needs to happen will happen. At very least, I can continue to watch you on DA, and let's not kid ourselves, SMBZ is STILL one of the absolute greatest series in existence. No hard feelings man. Even without SMBZ, I'll continue to support ya.



2012-03-26 11:01:19

tis a sad day indeed.
If for some reason you decide to pick things back up or if you hand the series over to a different user feel free to let us know.

I myself have faith that there will come a time no matter how much time passes that you will continue where you left off.


2012-03-26 11:45:32

Can't say I'm surprised. But that's okay. No really, it is. See, it's a good way to escape the fans hold on you. We may never find what happens to Mario and the others, but it's kinda better than not knowing what happens at all. My only reason for Newgrounds is for the addicting games.

SMBZ was such an amazing series I couldn't help but keep myself hooked to it. But I'm so happy you told the truth and now you've given me the freedom to move on to other things.


2012-03-26 12:08:07

Oh, I'm sorry too, Alvin-Earthworm. I liked your series a lot and t-that's okay. I will never forget you. SMBZ was such an magnificent series and I will have s-some faith in you. Good-bye. :,(


2012-03-26 12:16:10

Sad indeed. But no regrets. I enjoyed the series and it will remain one of my top favorites of all time.
And just like a fine work of art, that final battle will remain a legend.....unfinished !!

Thanks for your work Alvin.


2012-03-26 12:34:50

First Randy Solem dies and now this? Wow talk about bad luck :(

Shame it had to end on a cliffhanger though can you at least show us the unfinish product?


2012-03-26 12:59:25

I really hate to see it die...

Is it okay with you if someone would do a fanfic series of SMBZ in your honor?


2012-03-26 13:00:47

oh man, you are a genius, you have a legion of fans thanks to this series, its a big shame to see it dying... im sad for you... and im even sad to know that i will never see something like that again... rest in peace.. super mario bros Z


2012-03-26 13:12:54

I been with this series for quite some time. It hurts to see this die. I am only going to ask you one thing; Can you type the remainder of the story so we won't be left with such a cliffhanger?


2012-03-26 14:25:35

I understand how you feel, my bro and me have watched this since we where like 11 years old we loved your series it will be missed and we hope you feel better aand go your way with whatever you need to do SMBZ 9 will be the best of all R.I.P SMBZ :(


2012-03-26 14:53:50

Thanks for telling us. I appreciate the smiles that you gave me in the past.


2012-03-26 14:54:50

It's cool. But I agree that you should at least give us some kind of synopsis on what was supposed to happen if the series had continued. Just so we can get some closure.


2012-03-26 16:13:21

No hate can come from this animator alvin, I've always looked up to your animations, so whatever life gives you I hope you enjoy it.

it's sad to see a great series like this go, but it was bound to happen, your eps were like half an hour long. so good luck to whatever life brings you alvin, and good luck in the future :D


2012-03-26 16:42:28

Gotta say, I'm sad to see the series go. It was quite basically the reason I did sprite animation in the first place.

Good luck in the future Alvin and R.I.P. SMBZ.


2012-03-26 17:22:12

Nobody can blame you for this, it's just life I guess. But hey, Drakon25 and teejay-number13 have a point. Typing out an ending for us would be really cool of you. I mean it's not like a demand, but they
have a good point, it would settle all the hype & interest.


2012-03-26 18:47:40

Please, tell me that it's an April Fools joke... It's too sad...

Alvin-Earthworm responds:

Not this time. I'm sorry.


2012-03-26 18:51:49

SMBZ was awesome while it lasted. Thanks for the episodes that are out, for I will continue to watch them over and over. RIP SMBZ


2012-03-26 19:19:41

It was awesome seeing it as far as it got. Now, it seems, we'll never know what happens to Mario or the others.

Well, is there any possibility that someone will come by and pick up from where you left off? I personally hate cliffhangers that don't get resolved.

All that aside, I won't hold you at fault for cancelling it. Maintaining a popular series is quite a responsibility, and if you're the only one on the project, it can be overwhelming. I have known several people like yourself that have cancelled their respective series' for this.

Good luck to you, Mr. Earthworm! I hope you get yourself back in order.


2012-03-26 19:49:06

You're leaving sprite animation behind forever, aren't you?


2012-03-26 20:07:07

I actually expected this to happen, considering the fact that you haven't uploaded an episode in three years. (Not being mean of course) It's a shame really, at least it lasted for a while and that we could enjoy it that we can.

Just one question, did you ever write the stories/script for the future episodes?


2012-03-26 20:30:43

i see......thank you for this series, and i wish your spark returns some day. But if not, once again, Thank you for all your hard work. This series was awesome and i enjoyed each episode. And if that what you think, i will respect it.
However, I have the need to ask, and only if you are sure you will not continue it in the future(and if you want), how would the series originally end?
Goodbye SMBZ. Good luck, Alvin.


2012-03-26 20:53:43

I wish you had finished it. I think it's the greatest series ever, and the sky wasn't the limit for it. I'm woking on my own project though, a book. I thought I'd immediately get bored of it, and quit like a lot of other thing, but I found a way to keep it going. I work on it an hour a day at school, and that keeps it fresh. I'll probably finish it in a year, less if I work on it during the summer. I burn out on a lot of things, but I can't by my schedule. I hope you think of trying that. It was like this with me, but I don't know about anyone else. Once I started, I just kept on thinking of ideas as it went on, but I had the general outlay of what's going to happen. I just formed the story as I went on.


2012-03-26 21:19:24

I think we all expected this to happen. Oh well. To each his own. Could you please at least post a summary of what was going to happen? Thank you if you do. If not, oh well again.


2012-03-26 21:29:31

What if you just recreated it in a non-spritey form? Kirbopher, the creator of TTA, (he's also the guy that made the Parody Rangers series) which was almost all sprites, stopped spriting and switched over to non-sprites. Though, it wasn't due to pressure caused by fans, it was rather because he wanted to do a different style... Whatever. Maybe doing it that way will make it easier. Maybe.


2012-03-26 21:58:36

It's sad that you lost your creative spark and won't be finishing such a great series, but because of you and this series you've inspired many others to follow their own creativity. For that alone I'd personally like to thank you.
I do hope that you someday continue this series, and if not, continue to contribute to newgrounds in a other way. I'm outta thoughts and stuff to say right now, so I'd like to say thanks once again for bringing one of the greatest series to newgrounds, and hope you'll find that creative spark again someday.


2012-03-26 22:02:08

Funny thing is I was just thinking about the series today too. Been a long and fun run while it lasted.


2012-03-26 23:10:43

WELL im sorry for u that u lost ur spark. U made such an amazing series PEACE


2012-03-26 23:28:08

Yes it does suck that you dun wanna make the series anymore, but I'm glad you at least gave us closure Alvin :). What a lot of people never saw was all the trolls that were always badgering you, and the long amounts of time it took for you to make the series what it is. In my heart you are the best sprite animatior in existence. Thanks for making the series, and who knows perhaps there will be someone that'll take ur place and finish the story the way you wanted :D.


2012-03-26 23:59:01

Hey man, I do not mean this in a rude way, it's your choice. You created and made an awesome series of videos that me and many others enjoyed. I for one would wait as long as it takes for another episode. If that creative spark ever does return to you, I'll be glad to watch and support your videos. I understand that when something becomes more of a chore than a hobby you don't want to do it. Either way, I wish you the best in whatever you do.


2012-03-27 01:21:10

Its all Good Alvin Man. Life Comes first. We'll remember All you Done and made an Awesome Series. Other people may not get the jus of it. but hell what do they know anyway. Its Thanks to a guy like ya i've even tried startin to make my own. and I'm highly aware of the Crap that tends to fly around like trolls/haters. In the end. Its all good. Hope things get better for ya in the future man. SMBZ or No SMBZ. Memories is all we need of it. Wish ya the Best.
Much Love (no homo)



2012-03-27 05:29:34

This could be an April Fools Joke if it is ill have a good laugh about it. If Not I do respect your opinon it is hard making stuff like this you have made a great show and I know how stressful your work can be with all the trollers and all that other crap. I wish you best luck in the future and hope you find author spark in your life.

Alvin-Earthworm responds:

Not this time, I'm afraid. I know April the 1st is barely a week away, but that is just a coincidence.
I am unpredictable though. Maybe a few years down the line I will find a desire to work on it again, but it will be in secret. I just needed to get this huge weight off my shoulders.


2012-03-27 05:41:30

Thanks for replying alvin your a great sprite movie maker and an awesome person you will be missed dearly


2012-03-27 09:34:15

Alvin, as much as I respect that you spoke it out instead of leaving it in, I believe there is still a way to keep the series going. On the one hand, none of us want this series to die, especially since it was planned to be 3 fifteen episodes-long seasons plus one movie. On the other hand, none of us want to pester you with "PLEASE FEEENEEESH EEEEEEET!!!1!!1111!" messages (except trolls, I suppose).
Therefore, my suggestion is that, if you still have any script for SMBZ, you should pass it on to another person. Someone with similar talents to yours is sure to keep the series going without too much pressure for you, and I think this would make sure that SMBZ wouldn't meet the same fate as other sprite movie series, such as Realm of Video Games (MajinPiccolo) or Mysterious Grey Mushrooms (MCSMStudios). Not to mention this week has been tragic enough with the demise of Randy Solem (I made a post in his respect on my userpage)...
I'm just suggesting here, though. Whether you decide to do just that or not is up to you. and I will understand if you decide to just wait for your creativity spark to come back. All I ask is that you think on that, and think carefully.
Will you pass the torch to someone capable of keeping it burning... Or will you let it extinguish while people are suffering from a blackout?
Peace out, Alvin.


2012-03-27 10:36:06

Ohh, wait. So we can still HOPE to get the series done. I mean, a few years aren't that long. xD Anyways, in this case, forget my other suggestion. DO NOT leave the project to someone else, if there still is a chance to get it done by you. Obviously, right now it's normal that you can't even think about working on it, but before stopping the project, like you said, I'll suggest you to wait a year or two. Then, please, tell us your decision, don't just leave it a legend. Peace out.


2012-03-27 11:19:26

If you stop(which I reeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaally hope you don't), I can continue itas a sprite comic.


2012-03-27 11:50:39

If by any chance you don't finish your latest show. Could you give permission for any groups of loyal fans to make ep.9 (and others) for you? Im sure It may not be as pure awsome as ep8 to ep1, but at least it will have an ending right?


2012-03-27 13:30:40

I guess it was inevitable, my 2 younger cousins loved your series, and so did I, your show was probably one of those few series that shows that even sprite animations that still be super awesome if done right.

However Alvin, I understand your decision


2012-03-27 14:12:04

understandable. sry to hear that tho


2012-03-27 15:37:05

If you're really quitting sprite animation, then can you at least write out a synopsis or script for your remaining episodes? I assure you, it will be much easier than the increasingly frustrating keyframe animation and all the complicated action scripting.


2012-03-27 16:27:07

Hey man, you gotta do what you gotta do. It was an amazing series and you put ALOT of work into that without pay. I'm glad the weight is off of your shoulders, it must be extremely refreshing. Do you think you will pursue animation as a profession or do you think this is it for animation in general?

In any case, be blessed Alvin.


2012-03-27 16:46:56

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed, but I know that an artist's interests and agenda far outweighs the desires of his or her rabid fan base. You had a very high-quality sprite series going on there, and you should be proud of your work and the following you picked up on the way (even if they are annoying). I am glad you collected the courage to say something, though...I admit it's nice to not be floating in limbo anymore while waiting to hear if the series is dead or not. :)

I'd be interested in a general writeup of the major plot points for the remainder of the series, but I'm just another fan making demands. Your life is yours, so godspeed!


2012-03-27 17:07:15

Well it was great series you created for the world and fans worldwide owe you a great debt of gratitude. Maybe one day that one person who carries the spark and talent for sprite animation will come along and you'll pass the rights on to them to continue the series. Either way I'll always have fond memories of this series and all the joy it brought me on those rainy days. Thanks Alvin-Earthworm! And good luck in all your future endeavors!


2012-03-27 18:10:50

The videos gave me many good memories, my friend. Good luck with all of your future endeavors.


2012-03-27 18:13:11

I just saw a preview of Episode 9 on your dA account and I am relieved to hear that Luigi stops Basilisx from killing his brother. That was exTREMELY thoughtful of you, Alvin!

You know, this wasn't the first time you had to put SMBZ aside for all your other hobbies. Anyway, if you haven't retired permanently (which I presume you did), I hope you regain the motivation to finish Episode 9.



2012-03-27 18:37:32

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Just kidding. But in all seriousness it was probably the creme de la creme of all sprite series. It's unfortunate that it couldn't be properly finished, but the fact that you gave us this much alone is welcome.


2012-03-27 19:43:50

It's nice to update everyone on how you feel ^-^
It definitely is a really long and repetitive process to animate sprites in such a well way. Greatly telling a story and having very action packed battles in the DBZ style.
All I have to say is I respect your decision and don't feel bad at all for putting down the series.
Many of us fans will be disappointed, but that makes what's already been released very special pieces of entertainment we will always enjoy.

Feel free to speak to us anytime, because we will ALWAYS be your fanbase.
I wish you good luck in anything you do! :D