The good news first...
I finally figured out how to make cropped gifs!!!! \0/
Figured out that the newest version of PhotoScape is capable of batch cropping images. Sweet!
So I spent a lot of the evening cropping caps and then making animated gifs of them.
Now for the bad news into good news...
The site I've been using for my animated gifs, PicBlaze, is shutting down
. I also discovered that the image hosting site Minus.com shut down without any warning at all. *sigh* Good thing I didn't have anything super important on that site!
Thankfully, I found another site that will store and post animated gifs properly - Photoland. You can upload images up to 80mb each and it's totally free.