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See my toons at MyToons

Web site provides a showcase for animators By Ko Maruyama
I can see your toons at MyToons - MyToons.com.  Last week, I heard that Limelight Networks was going to provide the streaming flash video infrastructure for MyToons.com.  What is what? MyToons?  I know.  You know.  MySpace.  And there are 100s of other venues for all kinds of unorganized video.  But the others are just that - unorganized.  MyToons is for animators and people who like to watch animation.  Animation of all types and from all over the world in one spot.

MyToons.com is a unique site because all of the members really appreciate animation - in all forms.  While I love YouTube, it's quickly becoming impossible to navigate because of the clutter and garbage.   MyToons isn't a dumping ground for multiple copies of highly compressed clips - far from it; this is really a showcase venue for animators.  The compression and bandwidth service they provide is incredibly excellent.  The content is fast and clean.  As an animator - one thing you don't want to see is your hard work compressed into a series of colorful blocks(*).

When I went to the site to set up my free account, I thought that I'd spend a few minutes looking at the pages from some of the members that have already signed up.  Hours passed.  Enough animation and games to make any procrastinator weep with joy.    There are some great artists featured on the site - and some really great beginners as well - who courageously post their work for critique and commentary.  There are movies from professional animators at major studios who like to post their work in an animation community.  

But enough with watching other people's animations - time to get to your own.

Setting up an account is easy, but note that this is a BETA SITE still.  Despite the new code that gets implemented often, some of the features may not behave the way you expect them to.   MyToons has a great support staff and are ready for your feedback in their GROUPS pages (Support / General / Suggestions).

1. Click over to MyToons.com

2. Choose from their preset avatars (100s?) (including over 40 different trekkies, including a borg).  If you don't want to be a vulcan, but want to be a baby horta trapped in a mine, you'll have to check out my next article. (Don't worry you can change your avatar later*)


3. Simply click on the NEXT buttons, adding your information for your personal profile.  (NOTE: You have to be a certain age to access some media on the site.  (This is the worst fake ID I've ever seen. Do you realize you made yourself 68?)

4. Continue on, choosing your page style.  Once you have an account, you can post movies, comment on other people's animations, join discussion groups, and even invite other animators and animation fans as friends.

*STAY "TOONED" FOR ARTICLES ABOUT CUSTOM AVATARS AND UPLOADING MOVIES TO THE SITE!  (MyToons is really a web interface for an easy-use-application; so you'll see more tech news about the site here as well.)

With the addition of Flash and pictures on MyToons.com, you can make the site your virtual portfolio.  Anyone looking for animation can see your work here, rather than trying to seek you out specifically.  You can get feedback and share your animation experiences with others.  The new community is growing rapidly, and the evolution of the site's design is continually maturing.  Although the site says "Beta", it's definitely ready for action.... I mean "ACTION!".

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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