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…aaaand we’re back!

After a short hiatus, I’m very happy to say that we’re back! I have been spending the last several weeks moving everything over from our old server on Yahoo! Web Hosting to our new web host HostGator.

We had a good run with Yahoo! (almost 16 years!), but their server is now outdated and it lacks a lot of the features that are available from other web hosts. Schmitty’s Toons! is now being hosted by HostGator, which should allow me to continue to grow and expand the site more in the future. Please feel free to browse our new site (it looks a lot like the old one) and let me know if you see anything that needs to be fixed. After the move, there were a few broken links here and there but I think I got them all.

I’ll be making several tweaks over the next few days and hopefully I’ll be able to get a new blog post up soon! Thank you again for your patience during this transition and enjoy!

Schmitty out.

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New Site Design and Some Nostalgia

Welcome to the brand new Schmitty’s Toons! website, now compatible with smart devices! I am very excited about this new format and I hope you enjoy yourself during your visit. I’ve added a lot of new features, and I have even preserved some of the site’s original content. I’m also really excited that I now have a place to put down some of my thoughts about art, business, and life in general.

As I was putting this new design together, I was reminded of the history of this website. It has certainly come a long way since its original incarnation as a high school web design project back in 2001 (which I actually won a high school award for!). Back then, I only had a handful of very quick Flash animations and I was completely self-taught. Since its inception, I’ve maintained Schmitty’s Toons! throughout many important milestones and it has evolved several times to reflect the different events that were occurring in my life.

As part of the nostalgia, I thought it would be fun to make all of my old Flash shorts available again for my visitors to enjoy. Fabulous and fantastic Flash 4 Required (haha)! Yes, they’re that old. Macromedia (what’s that?) still owned the program way back then! Anyway, for each of the shorts in the “Classics” section, I’ve written a little something about what they mean to me looking back on them now. They might look simple on the outside, but there was usually something underlying the short that I was exploring or trying to figure out, or it related to a real world event occurring in my life. One of the biggest transitions I saw quite plainly in my art was when I transitioned from high school to college, and then from college into the work force.

Aside from the Classic Schmitty’s Toons! Flash cartoons being brought back after a short hiatus, you will also find both my 2D and 3D portfolios. You can even commission work from me now too!

In the weeks to come, you can expect to see more writings from me here on the homepage, and as always, more artwork. The new design gives me an additional flexibility in the future should I want to add more features as well. In short, this has been a wonderful stroll down memory lane and really made me truly appreciate the journey I’ve traveled to get to where I am now.

Schmitty out.