2002, can you believe this? That’s a pretty long time! The SP-Studio is older than YouTube, Twitter or the iPhone. And I am still sitting here at the very same desk drawing updates for a project which I started while still in school. It has been really difficult sometimes, but I am happy I made it so far without giving up. While I cannot remember the exact month of the launch I know it was online by late summer. So I picked September for celebrating this special anniversary.
During all these years I had the pleasure to see an amazing community grow. Suddenly I saw SP-Studio pictures popping up everywhere, which were often used as profile pictures by people who didn’t even watch South Park. I remember countless heartwarming or funny e-mails I got. Our monthly picture contests never disappoint me in terms of creativity. Back during its most successful years I was able to finance my studies through the SP-Studio because there were so many visitors. Even the South Park team contacted me because of it. This project gave me the confidence to work as a freelance designer. And two years ago it was a big step forward when Lars helped me with all the coding for a new version, when I was not able to do this on my own. Now the SP-Studio is ready for the next 20 years!
Big thanks to everybody who supported the SP-Studio until now or wants to do so in the future! Especially to those who donated to this project to help it stay alive. But also to all of you who send me motivating feedback, help me with errors, listen to my rants about trolls or just share the fun you have with the SP-Studio. I hope you enjoy the look back I prepared for you. For 2$+ Patrons I will write longer posts, so be sure to check them out as well.