Hi Godspeed, I used fireworks to create my gif. I started with a long multi-frame one and chopped frames, reduced the number of colours and decreased the gif quality in the optimise settings until i got it down to 20k which is the limit on the forum. I had quite a lot of frames so i had to be a bit ruthless but you still get the idea of whats going on.
if you haven't created a gif before then it is just a series of images (in frames) and you can set the frame timings so you can have one frame up for long time - like my last frame with the guys face. that is set to 30ms where as the others are set to 10 or summit. I always use fireworks to make mine as it is important to use a good qulaity program to get the file size down so complicated gifs don't stutter. Like you shoudl always use a decent program to resize other images.