Yeah, it is very nice indeed! I think this is the start of a journey that will take the idea of Damon Dark and his related shows/characters to their ultimate destiny, which is to be one of the pioneering efforts of the new medium: internet television.
Nigel Kneale said he looked around in the early 1950s and wondered what would be the next big thing and it was television. He said the BBC was run by radio men at that time and they thought of TV as grossly inferior but Kneale wrote Quatermass and gave TV in England it's first credible hero.
Well, I thought long and hard about that in 2006 and thought "Maybe YouTube and the internet is the next big thing and maybe Damon Dark can be the Quatermass of web video." Three years later we have 30 Damon Dark stories up, and spinoffs like Vincent Kosmos, Young Damon Dark and now The Lansing Chronicles. I think that's amazing, I have to pinch myself when I look at this forum.
Reading the Moonhoppers blog really was a moment where I thought, "Wow. My dream has started to become a reality." It was really cool, really nice to see.
Ofcourse there will be cynics who will laugh at the optimism of my dream, and say "how can a no budget webseries ever become something significant?" But success is a journey, it's a direction you choose to take, and we are all on that journey now, success is already ours, now it's simply a case of that success growing over time, which it will. I recently put a film I made 16 years ago onto the net. I didn't have the technology 16 years ago to add music or edit it on a computer or put it out there for the world to see. But I do now. Who can say what the technology will be like in another 10 or 20 years?
There are already programs which can filter background hiss off sound tracks...I own the cleaned up "Let it Be...Naked" album of the Beatles, hearing the original studio sound free of background audio hiss and crackle.
And we've all seen digitally enhanced and cleaned up Dr.Who DVDs of old film prints. I believe some day Damon Dark and its fellow webseries will be made clearer, better, more impressive than before and they will become sought after by collectors. They will be the kids who currently watch YouTube on their PCs while Mum and Dad are watching TV. They will remember our work and want to own the...well, not DVD...not Blu Ray disks...it'll be something new...something better...not yet dreamt of...
And when that day comes Damon Dark, Vincent Kosmos, Dr.Lansing, Young Damon Dark and villains like The Magician and Hecate will live again!
And just like Dr.Who and Quatermass and Sapphire and Steel and The Tomorrow People and Blakes 7, there will be revivals, with more money and new effects and new people, because the names will live in the memory and people will say "Why don't they bring that back, I used to love that on YouTube, I'd buy that on disk!"
I believe that will happen...just keep sowing the seeds and tending the garden...the time of harvest must come! It's a law of life.