Svip already spoke very well on my behalf (thanks again, Svip), so there's no need for me to offer a rebuttal on totalnerduk's earlier comments.
But I do have a few things I would like to say in response.
If you'd been "reporting on animation and voice actors" since 1999, howcome we've never seen you around here before? Huh?
As Svip stated, I came on his invitation. I have a few forums I'm on regularly and it's difficult enough trying to divide my time between reporting for ToonZone.net, updating my "Voice Actors in the News" blog and being a regular on other forums as well. I tend to browse popular fan forums for leads on news and don't actively participate simply because I don't have time.
Being a part of PEEL and following the fortunes of Futurama has taught most of us to be wary of statements that have no backup.
Understood. I would've expected no less because I've done the same thing.
However, I did thank Svip in my first post here for inviting me. That should've been a solid clue that I was on the level. I didn't see any need to announce my online affiliations and activities because that just feels... too commercial... especially on a fan forum.
Folks, I'd disregard anything this guy says until it's confirmed by some mainstream source - which is probably where he gets his information from anyways.
I frequently get my information direct from the source. Having been a regular at conventions and developing contacts and rapport with a number of people in the industry over the last 10 years, I pride myself on being a trusted source for news.
The situation with Futurama's cast was very touchy in this case. I've known some of the cast members for quite some time, but they could have jeopardized their contract negotiations with 20th Century Fox by making any kind of public statement about the recasting or the negotiations. Some of the details I posted on my blog did not come from Facebook -- they came direct from "sources close to the cast", if you catch my meaning. It's a standard way that reporters credit sources in the media when they cannot disclose said sources for whatever reason.
And I wish I'd had referrals on my blog's "About" page before the Futurama recasting hype boosted my web traffic to nearly 20,000 views for the month of July. I've been reporting on cartoon voice actors for so long and have been accepted without question within fandom and the animation industry that I'm not accustomed to my reporting being considered "questionable" in the mainstream media. But that's exactly what happened when my "open letter" circulated.
I shall certainly be posting my personal referrals and recommendations for my blog in the near future.
In the meantime, the following individuals have either personally told me that they enjoy my blog, have referred/recommended me elsewhere, or are members of my VA News Facebook page and/or The Voice Actor Appreciation Group I founded in 2000:
Marsha Crenshaw (The Brak Show, Xtacles)
Neil Kaplan (Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Transformers: ROTF video game)
Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain)
Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, Naruto)
Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Transformers: Animated)
Paul Eiding (Ben 10 Alien Force, Starcraft)
Bob Bergen (Duck Dodgers, The Emperor's New Groove)
Gregg Berger (Transformers, Garfield & Friends, Duckman)
Michael Bell (Transformers, GI Joe, Super Friends)
Bill Kopp (Eek! The Cat, Mad Jack the Pirate)
Mark Evanier -- NewsFromME.com (voice director/writer of many Garfield productions)
Back on topic, I'd welcome any news voiceroy can provide now that I'm satisfied as to his credentials - which I maintain I was right to doubt until evidence was presented - and it'd be particularly nice if we had tidbits of information that were PEEL exclusive.
I do have future interviews planned for a couple of the Futurama voice cast, but they'll likely publish closer to the Season 6 premiere.
If I come across any news tidbits in the meantime, I'll certainly try to keep the fans here informed. Otherwise, they'll either be posted on my blog or at ToonZone.net.
At least I would attempt at research. The mere fact that Voiceroy in the two posts he posted thanked me should be any indication. Now secondly, a simple Google search would have gotten you this
Just to clarify, all of those search results are me except for one: voiceroy.com.
That is the site of some voice talent actually named "Roy" who obviously saw my online nickname I first began using on the web in the late 90's. He adopted the name for himself and purchased the domain name in 2004. I wish I'd had the foresight to do that long before then, but I never imagined I'd need to register a domain name for a nickname I used on fan forums. (Just shows that you never know when something like that might be important somewhere down the road...)
It's aggravating that he did this, but I'd much rather be recognized by my real name anyway (Craig Crumpton) since that's the one that gets me paid gigs. (Just imagine if I tried cashing a check made out to "Voiceroy" for performance services rendered.)
But you can bet that if he doesn't renew his domain name when it comes up for expiration in the spring, that I'm going to pounce on that sucker so it's rightfully mine since I was the first to coin the nickname for myself (it's a pun on "viceroy").
At any rate, while I can't promise to be a regular here, I will visit and join in discussions as I have time to do so.
And if any of you are going to be attending Atlanta's Dragon*Con on Labor Day weekend, shoot me a PM so we can meet and say hello. I'll be attending on a media pass, reporting and taking pics for Toon Zone. But no Futurama-related media guests scheduled there this year, unfortunately... except for Aimee Major Steinberger who was an animator on the series.
Got to chat with Billy West there last year. Here's the very Futurama-appropriate glossy he autographs for fans:http://s110.photobucket.com/albums/n88/voiceroy/Dragoncon/?action=view¤t=dconhaul03.jpg
And with that, I'll leave off my hijacking of this thread.