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SYAC - Q and A - Experiment and Internet by TomPreston SYAC - Q and A - Experiment and Internet by TomPreston
Copyright 2012 Andrew Dobson
Read the latest “So, You’re A Cartoonist” at the following [link]

I think everyone should experiment when they have time. It’s good mental exercise and can often help influence the creation of your artistic style. However, there is a limit for me and I don’t think it’s a good idea to experiment in the middle of writing a long running series. Which is one of the reasons why I’ve been so stubborn about experimenting with SYAC, Alex Ze Pirate, and etc. They’ve got a set style I want to maintain and changing all that on a whim would ruin the consistency of the stories.

We had a program called “Prodigy” back in the late 80‘s which allowed computers to connect to other computers to share information. It was effectively the internet, just not in the form that we’re used to today. As a kid I used it to download Game Genie codes for my NES and upload funny drawings I made in “Deluxe Paint Animation,” usually centered around Barney the Dinosaur doing something gross and horrible to the other dinosaurs because... I was a kid and I hated Barney.

EDIT: Barney was created in 1992, and Game Genie was created in 1990, therefor when I was making and uploading Barney death pictures and downloading Game Genie codes, it was undoubtedly the 90's. But the program itself was founded and created in 1984 and lasted well beyond the 80's, which is why I said I had a late 80's program which allowed me to connect online. Is that really such a huge deal?
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
BigDream64 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Uploaded to the Internet before there was an internet?

*Head Explodes*
walalang123 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
After parting ways neither artist could escape the other's influence. Gauguin's work began to have more religious themes after being influenced by Van Gogh's strong religious background. -954-691-1102
aprilBerube Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I want more. I mean, add more about this story. And, who is he talking to? :) - Theodore Stroukoff
Zarcan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
second answer almost seem like a joke but it surprising there was a lot of truth and different perception of some facts to make it a full truth.
DTJB Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:laughing: I think everyone and their brother drew those back then.
aran9 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Artist
those were uploaded to the internet before there was an internet? BOOM! that was my mind blown just there.
AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that why I never noticed the Internet suddenly appearing?
Is that Prodigy thing the same thing (or based on the thing) that connected universities and other important things in different parts of the US, or are the two totally different?
TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Err.. kinda. It was more of a message board system, with specific categories and allowed anyone with a subscription and a dial up connection and a modem to be able to communicate with each other. Certainly not to the extent that we can today, but the foundation was there.

I can't say that it's the foundation OF the internet, as I believe more of less what became of the internet was created for military purposes originally... but I wouldn't be surprised if programs like Prodigy and CompuServe helped pave the way for what we have now.
sonicgail Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
how can something be uploaded on the internet before the internet existed?
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