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Clover Leaf grew up as a citizen of Our Town, the first ever cutie mark-free society in Equestria.

Life in Our Town was perfect. Everypony had food to eat, a job to do, and a cottage to live in. There were many, many rules - but that was okay, because was no poverty, homelessness or crime. Every day was predictable, life going on under the watchful benevolence of Our Leader Starlight Glimmer and the rest of the Founders' Council. 

When Clover turned fifteen, she and her classmates would undergo their Equalization Ceremony, becoming the first generation of ponies to ever grow up without cutie marks. Clover couldn't wait to have her own Equal Mark and be seen as an adult in her community.

But when Clover was thirteen, a new pony would move in to the village who would begin to plant doubts in Clover's mind about the philosophy she'd been raised on and the things she'd been lead to believe about Marked Society. Soon, Clover would have to make a choice between the community she'd been raised with - a life of security and certainty, or a life of freedom.

This story is currently planned to be about 10 chapters with a possible sequel. We'll see how it goes. 

Warnings: This comic will not contain any graphic violence, but it will contain references to brainwashing, gaslighting and indoctrination, psychological manipulation and allusions to real-life cults that some readers may find triggering, especially those who come from high-control environments. If you have personal experience with cults, read this at your own risk. 

Some personal notes: Just about everything that happens in this comic either is taken directly from the episode or a real-life cult. I've always been fascinated by high-control groups, and this story will intentionally have many direct references to real groups (eg Heaven's Gate, Jonestown, Gloriavale, Jehovah's Witnesses). Feel free to @ me on this and ask me what aspects of the story are taken from real cults! Other influences to this comic include stories like The Giver, one of my all-time favorite books, Fun Home, the graphic novel that ultimately inspired me to write a memoir-style comic, and the copious amounts of young adult dystopia I grew up reading. Young adult dystopia is still my guilty pleasure.

Technical notes: 
This comic is sketched, lined and colored with traditional media, on 14x17 paper, almost entirely in Faber Castell markers. The lettering is done digitally using the Chinacat font. Minor digital editing/retouching is done after the art is scanned, using the programs paint.NET and Inkscape.
 
I intend to post new pages twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturday/Sunday (depending on when I finish it!)

Prologue:  Our Town - Prologue Page 1 by cosmocatcrafts
Chapter one:  Our Town - 1:1 by cosmocatcrafts

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I've been thinking about making a Patreon and having an exclusive side-arc comic only for subscribers who donate at least $3/month. I have a story I've been trying to figure out how to weave into the narrative of Our Town, focusing on a different character (who you have already met) and this may be the way to do it. Would anybody potentially be interested in being a supporter? This arc would likely be published every other week or once a month instead of once or twice a week.

If I were doing this comic digitally, I probably wouldn't bother with the Patreon, but since I'm not... well, this comic does cost money in supplies to create (I've been going through these markers far faster than I thought I would) and having even an extra couple bucks a month would help me greatly with production :)

Thank you, as always, to everyone who's already supported this comic by reading, commenting and watching! 
Because I'm a friggin nerd, I want to go through the Cutie Map episodes and judge it according to the BITE model. For those of you who don't know, the BITE model is created by cult psychologist Steven Hassan and is the scale used to determine whether or not a group is a cult. Would anyone actually be interested in me posting this? 
Thinking of getting deviantart core... any of you folks have it, and if so, do you think it's worth it?
Our Town - 1:11
Page 11/11 of Chapter 1 of 'Our Town', a MLP fancomic. 
next page: coming Wednesday, 3/27/19
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And that's the end of Chapter 1, everyone! Hope you're enjoying this so far, and thank you so much to everyone who has read, favorited and commented. Seeing nice comments seriously makes my day.
I'm excited for Chapter 2!!

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Clover Leaf grew up as a citizen of Our Town, the first ever Cutie Mark-free society in Equestria.

Life in Our Town was perfect. Everypony had food to eat, a job to do, and a cottage to live in. There were many, many rules - but that was okay, because was no poverty, violence or crime. Every day was predictable, life going on under the watchful benevolence of Our Leader Starlight Glimmer and the rest of the Founders' Council. 

When Clover turned fifteen, she and her classmates would undergo their Equalization Ceremony, becoming the first generation of ponies to ever grow up without Cutie Marks. Clover couldn't wait to have her own Equal Mark and be seen as an adult in her community.

But when Clover was thirteen, a new pony would move in to the village who would begin to plant doubts in Clover's mind about the philosophy she'd been raised on and the things she'd been lead to believe about Marked Society. Soon, Clover would have to make a choice between the community she'd been raised with - a life of security and certainty, or a life of freedom.
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The last page of chapter 1 will be posted on Sunday. Following that, I'm going to take a week's break from posting new pages so I can plan out chapter 2. Chapter 2, page 1 will be posted on Sunday, 3/24/2019.
Thanks so much for everyone who's commented and read so far. I hope you're all excited because I'm excited!

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RABY5775 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I’m very much looking forward to seeing each new page of your comic in Our Town, or Stalliongrad as I like to call it, as it comes out. You’d mentioned somewhere that you were fascinated with the inner workings of cults. I too have a morbid fascination with real world darkness, including cults. Is there any kind of statement or commentary you might be trying to make with this? Given the current state of affairs in today’s world, if you wanted to, you easily could.
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cosmocatcrafts Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Student Artisan Crafter
Writing this comic isn't so much me making a personal statement as me trying to explore the ideas I find interesting for myself. "Write what you know" is a common phrase of advice, but I prefer to write what I'm trying to figure out for myself. 

What fascinates me about cults isn't really the morbidity aspect of them - to be sure, so many cults have ended with mass deaths, like Jonestown, Heaven's Gate, the Branch Davidians etc - but the idea so many cults try to create of a perfect world. So many communities have tried to create a perfect world with no class divisions, no crime, etc, and either fall short of their goals or end in mass tragedy.

Everyone likes to think that people who join cults are mindless sheep, but I know that I am... exactly the type of person who would join a cult. I'm profoundly lonely and unhappy with my life and the things I feel unhappy about are things I can't change, inherent in the way our society is structured. I often think about what an ideal community would be like, or just a completely different way of living - and what it would take to reach that point as a society. 

So I'm not sure if I answered your question, but these are still things I'm trying to figure out as this story shapes and progresses in my mind, and I hope everyone reading it enjoys the journey :)
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rio-grande Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2019
What are you unhappy about?
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LaszlVFX Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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Pinkyshy101 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :cake:
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