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war877 Grr... <3 from Untamed Wilds Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Grr... <3
May 12th 2016 at 3:30:35 PM

Is this a better or worse place to post these?

Bookworm V. bookworm in comics 15:

Cartoony artstyle. We are going downhill.
"Please say Pod Ponies." Okay.
"Spike! You have teeny tiny fingers! Grab that worm!"
Those hooves.
"I'm not interesting, I promise."
No, pinkie, I don't think you're dead yet.
RD confirms belief in an afterlife.

Pod Ponies. Coming soon to a theatre near you.

qtjinla15 Qtjinla 15 from Los Angeles Relationship Status: On the prowl
May 15th 2016 at 10:26:59 AM

Then thank god she's leaving then. I hate hacks! I hate people who intentionally write crappy characterization and don't care. People like that who don't show care or effort for material shouldn't have a job in the industry in the first place.

May 29th 2016 at 2:19:13 PM

Well, I'm super late to the party on these last couple comics, so I guess I'll kinda liveblog them again.

Friends Forever 28

  • Twi fourth-walling by wondering if she's in a book is kinda adorbs.
  • Luna is pretty good at sistering, also at fridge logic.
  • I like seeing Celly's hoof in politics, even if it involves having to deal with the Griffons and Yaks apparently going to war.
  • Those fillies fangirling over Luna is too cute.
  • One thing I can't help but notice is that this comic makes Twi look super young—like, barely older than the fillies. It's weird.
  • Enter the new Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon
  • Also... is that a skull and single bone as a cutie mark for that filly? It is. >.>
  • Luna is going to read to them. Extremely dry history book incoming?
  • Zounds!
  • Parts of the castle are dangerous and full of dark magic at night? Uh...
  • Luna, you cannot command people to feel better.
  • Okay, why are chaos creatures immune to Luna's magic wandering the castle? What the hell did they break to cause this?
  • Okay, that Mirrororca was a really weird monster that kind of came out of nowhere. I guess they had to let Thestra use her magic which seems... really powerful?
  • D'aw, Luna's retrospection gave me warm fuzzies.

Main Series 42

  • Also known as the one with the cover of Pinkie's horrifying mind. tongue
  • Pinkie attempts to out-melodramatic Rarity.
  • Pinkie apparently remembers a book about naked princesses.
  • Sweetie, this is why Apple Bloom is the alchemist, not you.
  • "...because generally ponies are nekkid" -Pinkie Pie 2016
  • Buck-toothed Rarity. >.>
  • The chibi style is really pretty and cute.
  • And then Opal pukes on Rarity's carpet.
  • Suddenly, crochet plushies.
  • I like how they're doing silly puppet scenes where all the changed are cobbled together. It's oddly charming.
  • The little cut-out theatre spread is oddly cute and maybe a bit nostalgic for me.
  • Lots and lots of random art references. I think I only get maybe half of them.
  • Pinkie sticking out her tongue like that is deadly amounts of cut.
  • Also this gift is for Rarity, isn't it?
  • Called it.
  • Okay that was some adorable, if really weird, bonding between them.
HextarVigar That guy from The Big House
That guy
Jun 1st 2016 at 9:08:53 AM

One thing I can't help but notice is that this comic makes Twi look super young—like, barely older than the fillies. It's weird.

It's just the art style.

Your momma's so dumb she thinks oral sex means talking dirty.
YamiVizziniX Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
Jun 1st 2016 at 11:53:53 AM

Am I the only one who thinks of that Graduation song every single time the Friends Forever comic is mentioned?tongue

Cursed be anyone who deprives the alien, the orphan, and the widow of justice.
Jun 1st 2016 at 1:36:45 PM

[up][up] The thing about that, though, is I'm pretty sure I didn't get that impression with the other comics from the same artist.
HextarVigar That guy from The Big House
That guy
Jun 1st 2016 at 2:41:05 PM

Issue 11 made Rainbow Dash look like she was five.

Your momma's so dumb she thinks oral sex means talking dirty.
Spirit Pretty flower from America Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Pretty flower
Jun 3rd 2016 at 7:25:36 PM

Fosgitt's art makes everyone look like Tweety Bird. Looks weird on established characters.

Guy draws great expressions though.

Jun 8th 2016 at 4:53:54 PM

Friends Forever #29 (Rarity and Maud Pie) was a fun issue. I liked the way Rarity and Maud interacted, though I felt Maud was a bit too wordy, and I feel like Rarity wouldn't be so enthusiastic about meeting up with Maud at the start. I mean, she definitely would hang out with her at the convention and help her with the journey, but we know she has a hard time getting along with her.

Buried Treasure was alright, but seriously, how many Belloqs are there in Equestria? Also, she burned down the bridge so Rarity and Maud couldn't cross... but how was she going to get back? Come to think of it, if there was already a bridge there, then how were they the first to explore the caverns? Unless Treasure's party is the one that set up the bridge in the first place.

Rarity's exaggerated expressions worked well as a contrast to Maud. I liked the scene where Maud's diary revealed what she was really thinking, with earlier panels redone to show her actual emotions. Though with her frequent mentions in it of how amazing Rarity is and that she was glad she was there, Rarity/Maud is suddenly a thing now. Also, I was amused how Maud felt the need to hold down her skirt when they were sliding down the tunnel.

Overall, a fun adventure with interesting character interactions.

Spirit Pretty flower from America Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Pretty flower
Jun 8th 2016 at 6:01:42 PM

How is it that Rarity always gets the best stories?

ScottPilgrim2013 Why aren't you laughing? from Arkham Asylum Relationship Status: Waiting for Prince Charming
Why aren't you laughing?
Jun 8th 2016 at 7:22:42 PM

While she's not my favorite of the Mane 7, Rarity doesn't really have any episodes, comics, or moments that really stand out as bad since it doesn't seem like the writers of either mediums have really flanderized or had her OOC beyond her flirtiness with male ponies.

My Tumblr "If theirs one thing I'm good at, it's blowing" Jesse Cox 2013
Jun 8th 2016 at 7:28:26 PM

Twilight can be too powerful to write her properly without nerfing her.

Pinkie has to strike a precise balance at being hyper and overbearing without being obnoxious.

Rainbow Dash is close enough to being a numbskull arrogant it's easy to push her past the line.

Applejack can be overshadowed by her relatives, and her being the Only Sane Mare at times can easily make her difficult to stand out.

Fluttershy needs to be sweet and kind but keep a backbone without overdoing it, and that's hard to do well for some.

In contrast, Rarity is probably the easiest one to write; not too powerful, her character flaws and virtues are the easiest ones to balance out, and she probably has the least trotted out of all the character archetypes in the Mane Six.

ScottPilgrim2013 Why aren't you laughing? from Arkham Asylum Relationship Status: Waiting for Prince Charming
Why aren't you laughing?
Jun 8th 2016 at 7:30:09 PM

Plus, she's always been a very hammy and over-the-top character from the very first episode. Though it seems like no one has really had her go so over-the-top that it comes off as more annoying the comical.

My Tumblr "If theirs one thing I'm good at, it's blowing" Jesse Cox 2013
Jun 8th 2016 at 7:51:25 PM

Rarity's over the top traits usually don't overcome her friends. When Pinkie goes too far with her behavior or Rainbow Dash goes too far with her jock shtick, they tend to screw the team dynamics up, while Rarity going over the top is most often gently ignored or played along and quickly forgotten. That makes her hammy moments more tolerable.

Jun 8th 2016 at 11:08:27 PM

I feel like there's also the aspect that writers know that they have to be careful with Rarity, in order to not make her a negative female stereotype. With other characters, there isn't as much of a risk that writing them badly will legitimize assumptions about what My Little Pony is like.

DeathsApprentice a Pak-American, part-alien, morphogenic nerd from the so-called Land of the Free Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
a Pak-American, part-alien, morphogenic nerd
Jun 9th 2016 at 4:21:19 AM

I wonder how much of it has to do with the fact that she's an artist, so the episode/comic writers can draw from their own experiences in the industry and apply it to Rarity to make episodes like "Suited for Success" or "Canterlot Boutique."

Good is not a thing you are, it's a thing you do.
Jun 29th 2016 at 5:55:29 PM

Friendship is Magic #43 (Ponies of the Dark Water part 1) was a pretty decent issue overall. I like that this arc appears to be more lighthearted than the 4-issue arcs, but I'm not sure there's enough to carry three issues. Scrooge Mc Duck Applejack was amusing, though I was hoping for more Scroogisms. I love Dr. Doom Rarity. Rainbow Dash just flying around quickly doesn't seem evil so much as annoying. We didn't see much of the others. I was wondering if they were going to do a pony version of Midnight Sparkle from Friendship Games, but it doesn't look like it. It's nice that Luna is playing a big part in this story

The art is generally good, though I was initially confused by the panel where Pinkie pushes Twilight into the water, since it looks more like Twilight reacting to someone else jumping in.

Friends Forever #30 (Twilight and Cadance) was a pretty decent issue. From the cover, I was expecting Cadance to be considered less important than the other princesses, but instead it's about her becoming self conscious about being nothing more than the pretty one, which no one else actually believes. The way she felt down about the way she thought people perceived her felt pretty realistic.

I liked the gags with the merchandise, particularly the costumes. Twilight and Cadance's incognito names of Twiggy and Candlewick were cute. It's too bad we didn't get a reference to Shining Harmer from the roller derby scene in the Rarity/Babs issue possibly being Cadance. I liked when Shining Armor's subordinates brought their dispute to Cadance and everyone had o_o faces.

One complaint is that the placement of the word bubbles was confusing at times, particularly when a response was higher up than the initial statement.

Jul 12th 2016 at 5:41:25 PM

Well, looks like I'm way late on commenting on things again, but I guess it's kinda nice to do them in bunches. Was considering live blogging, but then the power went out. I suppose it kinda works out that way, though.

Main series 43 was overall pretty enjoyable, but it's another one of those where I kind of feel nothing is particularly remarkable, yet also that there's not really anything to complain about. I guess the most lasting impression for me is that it feels like we're retreading Nightmarity with a somewhat lighter spin.

Rarity and Maud's Friends Forever is pretty interesting. Is it weird that I thought the rock in the panel where Maud finds Rarity looks like someone took a machine gun to it? Also, Rarity getting Dash-levels of competitive feels a bit odd (as well as being dramatic enough for both she and Maud, but that's significantly less surprising). Due to a certain... bridge burning, I don't think Buried Treasure is the brightest bulb in the pack. The three best things, though, were probably Maud's muted smile, Rarity's "I'm so sorry I assumed!" faces and Rarity drooling. Overall, a consistently solid story and cute in pretty much all the right places.

Finally, Cadance and Twilight's Friends Forever. I got the standard issue with the cover where Cadance is looking distraught over the "the other Princess" label. Made me feel worse for her than is probably warranted and I don't know why. One thing that throws me a bit is how Pinkie's horrifying recursive-pony costumes have caught on for Princess costumes and no one else in-universe thinks they're horrifying. >.> This one also really struck a chord with me because I'm far more familiar with feeling humoured, unwanted and expendable than I'd like to admit. In the very least, I feel like they did a fairly good job of showing the effects it has on someone in such a small amount of space. That same closeness to the issue also makes me feel like that oversimplified the resolution a bit, but I have to admit bias and that they probably did as well as they could for the allotted space. Overall, another solid issue.
Jul 25th 2016 at 2:50:18 PM

So I bought issue 44 at Comic-Con. Diane Leto had a booth and was selling the Discord with a snowglobe variant cover, so I got it and got it autographed. I was hoping to get Fiendship is Magic #1, but I don't think anyone who worked on that issue was at Comic-Con. Start of a new storyline, it seems, involving the mane 6 having been turned evil.

Best part was Pinkie Pie with the actual cannon. Was slightly bummed that it wasn't a stand-alone story, which I was expecting for some reason. Ah well. I got other comics to catch up on, so I'll probably buy some more on iTunes in the near future. I actually still haven't read all the Friends Forever stuff from the last Humble Bundle...

A decent number of people from the comics were at Comic-Con. I found Amy Mebberson's booth (though she wasn't selling any pony comics it seemed; some Disney Princess stuff instead. Apparently she doesn't work on the IDW MLP line anymore? That's a bummer), Katie Cook, Agnes Garbowska, and Diane Leto. Andy Price wasn't there this year, sadly (he was at Bronycon last week if I recall correctly, so maybe he wasn't up for that much traveling). That was nice last year; got a copy of the Luna Micro and got it signed by Garbowska, Cook, and Price.

edited 25th Jul '16 2:52:13 PM by Pannic

Fanfiction I hate.
Spirit Pretty flower from America Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Pretty flower
Jul 27th 2016 at 12:17:43 PM

Issue #44 out.

You know I can't help but feel a tad disappointed. I was excited for the prospect of an evil Mane 6, but honestly they act less like an evil Mane 6 or an evil parody of the Mane 6, and more like a parody of an evil Mane 6. It was funny at first, but now that I've had my laugh I'm wishing they did something different.

Besides that it almost felt a little too fast paced. Things seem to jump scene to scene not abruptly, but still quickly.

Jul 27th 2016 at 3:29:02 PM

Friendship is Magic #44 was a pretty fun chapter. I got a kick out of the reference to Plato's Republic at the start. It was amusing seeing everyone but Rainbow and Applejack act evil. I particularly laughed at Rarity getting upset at the dress with shoulder pads.

Is Twilight is wearing a black scarf a reference to something? I'm amused that Vinyl getting hit by the evil water gave her her old fanon red eyes, before "A Canterlot Wedding" made them officially magenta. Also, I guess confirmation that she simply chooses not to speak in the show, but can if she wants / turns evil.

There's an art mistake on page 15, where Fluttershy's eyes return to their normal blue. There are also a few other instances where evil characters don't have red eyes, but this is notable for being on the same page as a panel with red eyes.

There was another Strawberry Shortcake sample at the end (online, at least), this time of issue 4 instead of the first. Amy Mebberson's art is good, even if the characters have heads that are a bit too big. Still not interested in it.

Spirit Pretty flower from America Relationship Status: Hooked on a feeling
Pretty flower
Jul 27th 2016 at 3:58:43 PM

>Applejack is pony Donald Trump

>Not evil

Aug 12th 2016 at 10:23:52 PM

Late response, but I was referring to how Rainbow and Applejack didn't appear in that issue at all.

Aug 17th 2016 at 11:07:37 PM

In Friends Forever #31 (Rainbow Dash and Little Strongheart), the myth segment was great, especially with its art, but the main story was really rushed, with Rainbow and Strongheart not even starting their journey until more than halfway through. And then, it seemed to be just checking off things it had to do. Most egregious was the part where they split up, then they're back together the next panel, with a box saying its hours later.

The jokes didn't land well. In particular, the jokes involving Rainbow announcing something, but already leaving the person she was talking to, were more confusing than anything. I didn't even get what was going on with Fluttershy saying, "This looks like a job for who?" until the later gag where that buffalo outright says, "I assume they said, 'Rainbow Dash and Little Strongheart', but they already left, so who knows?"

While I liked that Rainbow brought up that she can just talk to Celestia about the cold snap the buffalo were experiencing, I would have preferred that (1) she brought it up earlier, instead of after they completed their task, and (2) that they had a better excuse as to why they didn't have her do that than "tradition is fun".

From the synopsis, I was expecting more of a spiritual journey than the very physical one they had. Having the problem be spiritual in nature would have solved the Celestia problem and would have given more credence to the "tradition can be good" lesson.

Overall, this wasn't very good, but on the other hand, the myth segment is worth checking out on its own.

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