There are a lot of web content creators I used to follow. Back when I was younger and had more time to devote to passively keeping up with internet celebrities and pop culture websites and all of that. With declining free time and increasing standards, there are several places and people I followed quite regularly that I’ve completely abandoned over the last ten years.
Here’s a few of them, and you might notice a common theme…
Did you know that I have a Patreon? Or, rather, the Quinlan Circle, of which I am a member, has a Patreon?
Maybe not, and if you didn’t, let me tell you the reasons you should donate some of your money to the cause (because there are a great many):
The Quinlan Circle provides hundreds of hours of free content every single year, in every medium and genre imaginable. Whether it’s teen romance or dry comedy or thriller, whether it’s web novels or webcomics or blogs or music albums, you can expect tons of Quinlan Circle stories. Every donation we receive helps us continue that mission of providing lots of free content for everyone to enjoy.
The Quinlan Vault! Anyone who backs at the lowest tier (currently $1), can read dozens of exclusive stories found only on Patreon, or posted on Patreon first. That includes comics, short stories, bonus content, and other odd stuff that will bring you much enjoyment.
And when I’m saying bonus content, I mean ATL itself has some really neat stuff already on the Quinlan Vault, including an exclusive short story “Morgan & Karina’s Bad Movie Night!” and the never-before-seen, extremely rare first draft of The Social Media Killer, which was extremely different and even has a completely different final action sequence.
Websites don’t make themselves… I’d totally love to afford to redesign all of the Quinlan Circle story sites to have more dynamic and visually appealing and easy-to-navigate layouts, but that’s a long way off for now. With enough support, though, we could make that happen.
Since you’re clearly already convinced, I don’t think I need to list any more reasons. Every dollar you give is another dollar (minus processing fees 🙁 ) in our weird multi-person pocket to spend on new stories that push the limits of web fiction, and that’s what I really hope you’ll do.
More than anything I have made thus far in my life as a storyteller, Barty’s Brew-Ha-Ha 4: Tale of the Legend of the Crystal Chubacabra [sic] is the thing I am most proud of. My masterpiece, one that debuted five years ago today.
(first off, if you want to read further, you should probably watch the original Barty Anderson movies by the Brothers Hussie, Byron and Andrew. I’ll embed the entire series playlist below.)
Nerds of a certain age are highly likely to have seen Super Mario Bros Z. If you liked video games and had internet access between the years of 2006 and 2009, you either watched Super Mario Bros Z, or at the very least heard about it. There is very little on this Earth that exemplifies the late 00s more than a Newgrounds flash animation crossover of Mario and Sonic filled with anime fight scenes and chugga chugga guitar tracks.
isn’t an 00s Retrospective series; this is about the 10s. And the
only relationship with the 10s Super Mario Bros. Z has is that this
was the decade wherein the whole project perished, and the world was
taught a lesson on the folly of fan fiction passion projects.
Super Mario Bros. Z always faced the problem that its entire existence was owed to one man working for free. Alvin Earthworm, the quite talented series creator, did the writing, the direction, the animation, and even most of the custom spritework all by himself, with no chance of compensation. Solo or near-solo efforts on larger projects can work out well (see Stardew Valley and Undertale, whose creators are multi-millionaires now), but for a fan project? It can be a dicey proposition.
This is not a 2010s video. In fact, everything about it reeks 00s—All-American Rejects, Windows Movie Maker, 3D modelling and animation done by a teen in the pre-Gmod, pre-Blender era, and that overall since that a video like this could only ever have been created while George W. Bush presided over the U.S.
Super Mario Dance Bros.,
one of the all-time greatest videos on Youtube, is part of the 2010s
Retrospectives Series not because its own creation because of what it
created in me.
Watch the video
for yourself and watch what happens to the rest of your life:
website redesigns. Even when the redesigns are pretty damn good and
add some sorely needed features, like most of Youtube’s, there will
always be a ton of complaints for a short time afterwards from people
who aren’t yet used to the changes.
And it can get
annoying when websites (namely those run by Google) are constantly
updating, changing around visual design and icon placement and
destroying your muscle memory a couple times a year for the sake of
theoretically improving its layouts.
But there is one instance where a website redesign was done with malicious intent and ended up destroying an entire internet hobby, and that’s Box Office Mojo.
My Netflix account was erased
in December. Gone, wiped out, completely reset to zero.
It had been almost exactly ten years since my family began using Netflix. When we first started using Xbox Live in January 2010, achieved by rigging a 100-foot ethernet cable across two rooms into the router box, its main use almost immediately became streaming Netflix. Sure, Halo 3 and Inside Xbox were important in our household, but the Xbox 360’s primary purpose was to stream movies and TV shows.
2013 was the beginning of a renaissance for the Star Wars fandom. With the waning days of the post-Episode III Expanded Universe and the recent sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, things were about to change dramatically for the franchise and its massive fanbase. But in 2013, things were still simmering.
And with that simmering came the Auralnauts Jedi Party Saga…
I adore Steven Universe now; I think it’s one of the best TV shows of the 2010s. However, I only got into it in the Summer of 2018, when I was a NEET with far too much free time on my hands and lacking a TV show to eat breakfast to. The show started way back in 2013, so what the crap was the issue?
My roommates were the issue. In 2015, I very nearly got into Steven Universe thanks to them. And then I put it off for three more years, also thanks to them. Here’s the tale:
Sean Spicer, one of the first goons of the current White House administration to get sacked for publicity and ratings reasons, has a strange animosity towards Dippin’ Dots, that bad ice cream you sometimes buy at water parks. Just to know that this tweet exists, and that this guy went on to be on Dancing with the Stars somehow, brings a bright LED light to my cold, robotic heart.