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Star Mares 1.2.12: Literal Wall of Text

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Published: November 12, 2015
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Pony puns are hard, even ones that should be no-brainers (Corralia is, of course, Corellia, home of every famous scofflaw and mountebank in the galaxy).

I tend to play a bit fast-and-loose when it comes to scale (as evidenced by the fact that sometimes the doors are high enough for pegasi to fly through without reducing altitude and sometimes low enough for earth ponies to bump their heads on), but this page makes it pretty obvious that Maple Leaf is actually my littlest pony (Gracenote is obviously the tallest, what with the horn and the bouffant).  Her head is also slightly more elongated than the others', making her look a bit like a nervous rodent.  And of course, she has Fluttershy's eye shape, which is very good at conveying signals of distress.  I only wish I remembered to flatten her ears more often - I always seem to forget, and then it's too much trouble to go in and change it after the fact.

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fotland42's avatar
Clever. Or perhaps just overconfident. Hopefully it's the first.
AJR001's avatar
Premature deafness indeed... :XD: :XD:
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momowo's avatar
so do you actually type out full paragraphs of text for spring clean or is there missing text where there are missing words (the words we can't see) I never fully understood how different people do "walls of text" in comics...sometimes they insert "bla bla bla" or similar to fill space.
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If there's something I want to make sure is visible, I write it out in the script as the start of a line (so it's certain to be visible over the ponies' heads).  Then when I actually put the text into the picture, I position one side just beyond the edge of the frame and do line breaks at the end of the word that passes just out of the other side of frame.  Then I write more or less random (but topical) extra bits to fill up any leftover space.  After the figures are positioned in the frame, I go back and edit the text to make sure that all the key words that need to be seen aren't hidden.

The general idea is to get out a word or phrase here and there to give the impression that there's a wider universe at work, but not to actually bog readers down with details that aren't really relevant to the matter at hand.
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ok cool thanks for the info!
Dante-Wynter's avatar
I've always kind of wondered about pony names - one the one hoof, you have the Apple family, but not everypony's name has "Apple" in it.  And you have Twilight Sparkle and her brother, Shining Armor.  And pony genetics being what they are, you obviously can't tell by color of fur, or, for that matter, whether they're a pegasus, unicorn, or earth pony.

So - maybe Spring Clean and Spring Roll just have similarities about the face or something?

Yes, I overthink things all the time.
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I find it interesting how a pony's name is almost always related in some way to her cutie mark, even though it'll be several years before anypony knows what the mark IS.  Maybe they take the auspices at birth to determine what an appropriate name would be?  Or possibly the names become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as they're more likely to try things that relate to their names when discovering their special talents (although that wouldn't really explain 'Troubleshoes').
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Some parents play it safe - Twilight Sparkle or Pinkie Pie, or even Big Mac - others kind of relate but are a bit vague - Rainbow Dash, Sweetie Belle - but pthers hit the mark pretty good.  I have a bit of head cannon where, during the pain of foal-birth, the mother becomes delirious, and has a vision of what the child will be like.  She forgets this vision afterwards, of course, and it's not an actual vision so it's not always 100%

Hmm - it might be interesting to see what percentage of ponies have specific names that match versus names that are a bit vague, while others still that don't really have anything to do with what they do (I mean, Daring Do's kind of vague).
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Nice idea.  Although it kind of implies that ponies can't have anesthesia during delivery for cultural reasons, which would kind of suck...

Well, if you just go by the blind bags, at least half of each set has a cutie mark that more or less matches the name, and if you took the Manes and the repeats out of each set, the percentage would be higher.  When I'm designing an incidental pony, I tend to pick the cutie mark first and then give a name that fits it (assuming I give a name at all) - I suspect Hasbro's design department does it the other way around.
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Well, either that, or perhaps the magic involved gives them visions?  I mean, I feel sorry for any mare giving birth to a unicorn.
momowo's avatar
how do pony genetics even work at all?!?!?
Dante-Wynter's avatar
Saw a chart once - wish I saved it.  It was quite interesting.
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"However the writer wants them to," I think :)
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