So just for the fun of it (and the exposure) I posted the Pirates of Splurd on Newgrounds. I was half expecting the Penny-Arcade effect to occur: "Oh, you're not one of us so you automatically suck," but the feedback I'm getting is great. People seem to be liking it, and those who don't are very specific as to why. One person said they'd like to see me do full animation instead of the 8-bit style. Another said that no matter how good a cartoon is, when people use the random-images trick it just inherently bugs him.
Thanks to everyone who's commented.