My eyes! These hole-riddled limbs do nothing! --------------------------------------
I went into the season 3 premier with a lot of reservations. Chief amongst them was that the Crystal Empire wouldn't amount to much beyond the obvious toy sale pitch.
Watching the teasers didn't help. When Celestia explained the Empire's power, the first question that popped into my head was why Equestria would need such a thing. Just send Pinkie Pie on a country-wide tour. You'd go deaf from all the parties!
But I watched the premier and enjoyed it. While not my favorite episodes, they were well done and I enjoyed the world building. And after some reflection I answered my own question while establishing a bit of headcanon and the premise for this comic.
This will likely be my last comic of 2012. Which isn't saying much since 2013 is only a week and a half away. Still, I'll think back on this year as when I entered the MLP community as a comic artist and was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement of the fan base. Thanks for everything and happy holidays!
Update Dang, those folks at Equestria Daily work fast. I was going to submit this when I got home, but I find I've been featured with several fun comics. (I'm hoping I'm one of the two comics that made Sethisto laugh aloud).
Thank you to all the folks who posted comments and added this to their favorites and collections. It's a real treat!
Rainbow Dash is always the victim of the wingboner jokes. BUT NOW: THE EISCREAM LICKS BACK! One more reason why alicorn Twilight could be bad. Being a princess can be hard. Beware! Beware! I already see the rising of the Twidash fans! The double wingboner jokes are coming! And where did Rainbow gets that picture? Well feel free to imagine it.
I know, I know, it's lame, that I don't have other thing to do in Hearths and Hooves day, than uploading a wingboner joke comics... But I least I do something!
I know that this has been a divisive subject amongst fans. I myself ran through the gamut of reactions from frustration to acceptance. But in all of this I fear we've lost sight of one of the main issues:
What will become of Applejack's farm truck? I just don't know!
This comic is my own way of venting over the recent announcement for the season finale. I won't have a solid opinion until the episode has actually aired, and I am hesitant.
The only thing to do is enjoy Games Ponies Play, and then see how Magical Mystery Cure goes. And remember that out of all the oddities that can come from a toy-driven show, nothing (not even Twilicorn) is quite so odd as Applejack's farm truck.
Hang in there, everyone! I hope you enjoy the finale and this comic!
True story: For my birthday in 2011, my friends got me Applejack's truck. It was more of a joke since, as goths, the idea of anything cute or fun causes them physical pain. I had never seen it before, but my mind conjured a dozen questions. These included: Where would ponies get fossil fuel? Does it run on magic? If so, how does she fuel up? How does she steer? Is it stick-shift? Who the heck thought this was a good idea?
That is what it's like to be me.
The truck sat unopened on my shelf for about two months before I decided I would never be an MLP merchandise consumer and I donated it to Goodwill. If people enjoy it, good on 'em. It's just not my thing.
What if, instead of creating her own friendship magic to solve the problem of Starswirl the Bearded's unfinished spell, Twilight took the easy way out and just kept casting it until the ponies' cutie marks were on the right way round again? Well I guess Princess Celestia would be all like "TWILIGHT I AM DISAPPOINT". 'Cause that's kinda the magic equivalent of "solving" a Rubik's Cube by taking it apart with a prybar and reassembling it.
(Actually, the episode implies that the spell mixes the Elements of Harmony randomly instead of just cycling them, and there's actually a 119-to-1 chance against the spell actually putting them all the right way round at any time, but I ignored that because that would make the cartoon waaaaaaay too long!)
EDIT: Hiya, Equestria Daily!
EDIT 2: For the record, I loved "Magical Mystery Cure", and no I don't seriously think Twilight should have done what she does in this cartoon. It's just a joke, people. :}
EDIT 3: That means I DON'T wanna hear about how you thought the episode should have gone this way because it would be sooo much better than that dumb ol' "Twilight gets to grow awesome wings" ending. Keep it to yourself!
Like so many others, I assumed that the Canterlot Wedding encore would feature a season 3 announcement. I'd been working on this piece for a while and thought, Oh crud, this is a pretty timely comic and it wonít be as funny if I donít post it before the new season starts. So it became a rush job.
Well, the Hub got me good on this one. But in some ways I think the lack of an announcement adds to the punch-line. There's little point in complaining, and plenty of life to live before the new season starts.
Plus, don't interrupt Twilight's reading time, or she'll prank you something awful.
And now for some credits:
All character colors (except Pumpkin Cake) are based on guides by . Rainbow Dashís name font is courtesy of FreeFonts.com and their Breezed Caps font. Likewise, Pinkie Piesí dialog is the Porcupine Pickle font. Yes, Porcupine Pickle. ís Light Beam Brushes added extra punch to the Sonic Rainboom. "Elder" Twilight's colors are based on a commissioned piece by . And if you look at the second-to-last panel, you may see ís Library Vector as a background.
Thanks to these folks for helping make this comic possible. Hope everyone enjoys!
UPDATE: Thank you Equestria Daily! I not only get to be featured with two more excellent comics, but I also get to enjoy a wellspring of supportive comments from the fan base! I appreciate all the encouragement and the constructive criticism.
I've been wanting to do this comic since the Season 2 finale, but things kept pushing it onto the back burner. I had hoped to finish it before season 3 started, but that just wasn't happening.
This comic takes place right after the Royal Wedding. I remember how floored we all were when our Alicorn-Sun-God went down. Then I started thinking about how SHE would have felt about it. As usual, that led to lots of exposition.
I suppose this comic works as a bit of a companion piece to my Goodnight Luna comic, [link] but really it's made to stand on its own.
Now maybe I can go back to playing Guild Wars 2. --
Edit: I've added the original script and thumbnails to my Scraps folder, [link] since it seemed like the kind of thing people might be interested in and it literally took me two minutes, so why not?
Edit edit: Youtube voiced version done by MindlessGonzo and IMShadow007! [link]