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10 Lyra's Sweet Surprise

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Character  Lyra HeartstringsCharacter  Derpy HoovesCharacter  Sweetie BelleLocation  Ponyville Post Office

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Happy Hearts and Hooves Day in May, everypony! I've got a present for you: another comic based on the most recent episode of Friendship is Magic's eighth season! This week's comic is based on The Break Up Breakdown. Discord, it is SO good to see you again! This episode was... well... a romantic comedy, full of tropes I've seen dozens of times with no real surprises. I dunno; when it comes to romance, I'm a lot like Discord: while I'm not really AGAINST the idea of romance, and I definitely enjoy seeing others in significant relationships with each other, I've never really been that interested in participating in it myself as I'm not really sure what I'd get out of it that I don't already get out of friendship. Discord really was the highlight of this episode, though, with his cynical outlook and meddling antics in Big Mac's social life. I always have fun whenever Discord's in an episode, and this was no exception!

It was great to see Derpy, my favorite character, in a prominent role again as well. That combined with Lyra and Bon Bon's H&H gift exchange led me to the decision to make this week's comic background pony focused. One of my favorite aspects of the fandom has always been developing these sort-of group headcanons regarding all these incidental background characters, crafting personalities and stories for them to expand the world of Equestria even further, made even more awesome when they're acknowledged in the show itself. I see Derpy, Lyra, and Bon Bon in particular as a trio of best friends from different backgrounds who confide with each other and get into their own crazy adventures together, and I really should draw more of those three. I was thinking about participating in the next EQD Artist Training Grounds and connecting my submissions together into more of an ongoing story or theme... maybe that could be my opportunity!

And yes, I totally ship Lyra and Bon Bon. I'm pretty sure it's canon by now; let's not kid ourselves. As for what was in Lyra's present... I'll just let you use your imagination for that one.

Hope all your mail winds up where it's supposed to go! Looking forward to the next episode!

Derpy Hooves, Lyra Heartstrings, Sweetie Belle and the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Discord, and My Little Pony belong to Hasbro and DHX.
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