When Atto/Damien and I were teenagers in 2002, we fell in love with "That's My
Sonic" and the entire online sprite culture. We hyper obsessed over sites like
FB20XL and on our walks home from school, we would constantly come up with
ridiculous ideas for sonic comics, mostly based on adult swim skits. We would
crack ourselves up for hours coming up with ideas that had no home. The
Internet was a different place then. A single idea didn't take a multi-million
dollar platform to take off. It just needed some board teenagers with a lot of
fun ideas, and thus MFZ was born.
We had so many fun years running this
site and the more content we created, the more ideas we had. I had been
planning to make Insoncnia 300 into a puppet show and Atto and I had already
gone out and bought the fabric. But as we got older, graduation split us
apart and we soon found ourselves hundreds of miles apart. The creative
power of two brothers walking home from school didn't hold the same power
when we no longer saw each other every day, and slowly the site petered out.
We grew up, started careers, got married, had kids, and moved on, with MFZ
being a fun ridiculous childhood memory.
Then about a year ago during the
quarentine, a youtuber named
Super Swim Team Seven contacted Atto.
He was doing a documentary on old sprite comics and wanted to interview us.
I was floored that anyone remembered this place, but it was only when I
googled "The Mystical Forest Zone" that I realized how many other people
did. It never occurred to me how many people felt nostalgic for this place.
How many people's childhoods had been spent laughing at our comics, or
getting inspired to try and create even better content. I found everything
from YouTube reviews, to attempts at recreating our sprite archive, to even
a metal album named after this place!
It honestly brought a tear to our eye to know we'd reached so many people,
and become apart of their lives in the exact same way the people who
inspired us did.
I won't tell you
that we're going to reignite this place to what it once was, but check back
for new content every once in a while. I've got some projects I've been
wrking on that I think you'll enjoy. I'm also working on restoring some lost
content that didn't get archived, as well as fixing any missing or broken
areas of the site
The site will
remain here forever to be browsed and its comics read. If you see anything
not working; I'm still tweaking dead links, so it'll be back up. I don't
have a lot of spare time, but be patient; it'll be up.
In the meantime,
take a look at SST7's video below. He did an amazing job!
Sprite Update and a forum?
update and may be
my last for this year... tomorrow I'll be going to college and don't know how
much spare time I'll have on my hands. But, I'm not leaving you entirely hanging.
I am working on getting a friend
onto the site that will continue to update the archives in my absence, if all
goes well he'll be able to update soon enough! We've got some really nice stuff
in this update, check it out ;)
Oh and by the way, the site has a new
unlike the old forum this one is a bit more sprite oriented. Hope you join, and
see you around on the forums if you do. Special thanks to Lyger, SpinX, Arsenal,
and Reaper for hosting our submissions for a while, couldn't have done it
without you guys lll)
For now, Lyger of MG Comics,
Double-U Tea F
(an awesome comic that you should all read) has given me permission to move
submissions to a topic at the MG Forums in the open mic section.
Happy 4th of July!
update. It took a
bit longer to update than I anticipated, because I'm redesigning the sprite
archive. I'm making the over all design more consistent, the change in the PA
section is a good example of what to expect.
The title bars are going to be
remade so there more legible. Also, Shock Rabbit a.k.a Phoenix, is making the
new buttons for each section. The PA of Sonic to the right was made by
There are two buttons in the update
that weren't archived, I will have them updated once I redesign the buttons for
the BG section.
Forest Defense Initiative ran into
a bit of trouble recently, so the submissions aren't going to be there for the
moment. I will let you know where the new submissions are being hosted at as
soon as I can.
Thanks for the gift art Gardow, it
makes a lovely avatar lll)
When we last
left our heroes, Sonic and company had fallen into the SatAM Universe, while
Eggman had gone to the AoStH dimension in hopes of defeating sonic there.
Meanwhile, in the SatAM universe, Dr. Robotnik had set off to find what had
appeared to be a roboticized Sonic. We join him there, as the saga continues...
really figured out a new update schedule as of yet. I'm thinking right now that
I'll just update when I can.
*I also have no idea who made the hover craft sprite that I used; I sorta just
found it saved on my HD, and had Atto modify it a bit. I honestly can't remember
where I originally found it. :/
If you know, let me know so I can give proper credit
So yeah... I guess I was wrong
about the sprite section not being updated anymore. Whoops.
Get a real fucking icon Atto!