I know this is a bit late considering his date of passing. I've been so detached from the animation scene that it takes a long time for word to spread to me. In any case, a friend of mine brought to my attention that Monty Oum, famed for his Haloid and Dead Fantasy series passed away on the 1st of February. Aged 33.
This just..... deeply shocks and saddens me. That such a talented individual would pass at such a young age. Also, I feel his death is a little more personal to me. Believe it or not, around 7 or 8 years ago while I was still going by my Alvin-Earthworm persona, Monty contacted me directly through a PM telling me how my SMBZ series was what inspired him to take up animation. Sadly the PM's have been lost through the annals of time. But my old DeviantArt account was listed in the credits of Haloid. [link]
Granted he was far more talented in the field than I could ever hope to be, I still can't believe my fan series was one of his inspirations.
It's times like this that really makes a person think though. Despite all the years of running and hiding. Trying to ignore it. Trying to avoid the limelight and sticking to my little corner of the internet. I can't deny how much influence my little fan project has had. How even after nearly a decade, people are still talking about it. The number of spin off titles that have arisen because of it. How sites like Screwattack have made tributes to it (Bowser vs Eggman in One minute Melee) and how the likes of Haloid and Dead Fantasy may not have came to being if I had never made SMBZ.
Yet... I have taken it all for granted. And now, because of my procrastination and demotivation, Monty will never get to see it completed.
I feel responsible. I feel like I have betrayed him. Betrayed everyone.
I need some time alone.....