The return of Stick Death.

UPDATE: Stick Death Reborn is no more. I leave this post up for historical purposes, being the little value it has.

Recently I noticed the return of Stick Death, one of my favorite stick figure death sites from many years ago when the animated death genre was the rage of the web. Back then there were numerous web sites that had animations of stick figures meeting their dooms, and Stick Death was certainly a good source of violent but harmless fun. I noticed the site’s author linked to a recent snapshot of StickDeath.com as captured by the Internet Archive. While he won’t be able to upload any new animations, the old ones are on display for posterity.

UPDATE: It appears that the curtain has closed on Stick Death once again. The link from the main page now goes to the Wayback Machine closed beta test site. I tried a search from the public Wayback Machine but received a message that the Stick Death URL has been excluded from its pages.

UPDATE ON PREVIOUS UPDATE: Now the site is some online store for audio equipment. No more Stick Death.

If you absolutely insist on having your long-missed dose of Vitamin SD, try a search for “Stick Death” next time you’re on YouTube. I found plenty of favorite animations there. Also, a search for Stick Death GIFS in the images tab of your favorite search engine will pull up some classic animations as well.

When I first wrote this post, I had no idea it would later become one of the most-viewed entries on my blog. Thanks for stopping by.

Introducing the Demon-Possessed Stick.

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I’m sure you’re curious about the origins of this evil-looking stick figure I use as my profile picture on Twitter, WordPress and Instagram. Read on and you shall be illuminated.

It all started with an animation I made years ago, an animation called Possessed by a Demon in which a stick figure is taken over by a small demon and himself becomes a demon, more specifically, the Demon-Possessed Stick. This is the animation that marked his debut.

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It began to dawn on me that I had something going here. I had just created my very own character, one that matches who I am. I started with the ordinary by creating a standard stick figure and then I blazed a new path into unchartered creative territory and ended up with something original. This is the creative approach I use often and it’s worked wonders. It seems ideal to use this character as my profile picture across the various social media sites.

But the Demon-Possessed Stick was just getting started. He made another appearance in a later animation entitled The Grand Finale that featured some of my other characters.

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Then he was brought back for the Demon Stick Dance page, an entire page filled with dancing demons.

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And finally, I came up with a 3-D rendered portrait of my beloved character that I would use to represent me online.

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By now it was clear to me that a mere figment of my imagination had now taken on a new life of its own and continues to mark my presence on social media with its menacing glare.

And now you know the rest of the story.