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So, this is an unusual comic. On the one hand, it's a comic I've always wanted to make - a comic that points out common fan-art mistakes and bad attitude of some fan-artists. On the other hand, I "owed" some fan-art to people who drew Berzie in the past and drawing several simple icons wasn't an interesting idea... also I wanted to draw some OC's of friends and long-time Patrons. As I've got plenty of online friends etc., it wasn't very easy to choose characters... I even added a few without speaking lines, as you can see. If your OC wasn't chosen, don't be sad, please! It doesn't mean I don't like you. There sure will be another occasion for your OC to appear in my comic.
So, in the order of appearance (the panel the OC's were put into was mostly random):
Panel 1: my Berzie. Panel 2: :icondsana:(changeling form) Panel 3: Middy and :iconsaturdaymorningproj: Panel 4: :iconcaustizer:x2 Panel 5: :icontheponystark: Panel 6: :icongrandmoffpony::iconlabbaart:/:iconlabba94: Panel 7: :iconmrposslq::iconmagello: Panel 8: :iconchristamactire: Panel 9: :iconmagerblutooth: Panel 10: :iconsketchywolf-13::iconszafalesiaka: Panel 11: :iconmegaphonnic::icondsana:(pony form) Panel 12: :iconkallenin::iconlakword: Panel 13: :iconsi1entvi3w3r::iconzakueins: Panel 14: :iconjulunis14::iconmagicman001: Panel 15: :icondoublewbrothers: Panel 16: :icondoublewbrothers:/:iconbanebuster: Panel 17: :iconemositecc: :iconchopsticks-pony: Panel 18: :iconthegolden-dragon::iconkoobikitsune:, my Berzie, :icondsc-the-artist::iconsorcerushorserus:

Just some clarification - conversations of plz icons courtesy of DoubleWbrothers and their comics. I blurred the icons so no one says I used episode screenshots in the comic xD
Sketchywolf-13 and Megaphonnic's OC's aren't haters - their OC's are just "criminals" and that's why I used them this way here + they're buddies of mine.
Fun fact - one of the OC's was added as a replacament of an OC of someone who didn't want to be in the comic :P
Similarity of poorly drawn ponies to anyone's art style is quite coincidental.
Wobbly text behind 2nd of DoubleWbrothers' OC is just a random rambling I made up.

If you translate or repost this comic, please do it outside of DA. Thanks! MLP and its characters belong to Hasbro. OC's belong to their respective owners. 3 Nov 2018
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Riverfox237's avatar
Riverfox237Edited |Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GREAT strip! I've been doing comics for a while but a few of these tips have popped into my head to prod me, so it's helpful even to those with some experience! Also I think it's a wonderfully creative way to cameo your friends, esp. when you have THAT MANY on your list! Great job!

(I will say, though, that I'm a mild defender of comic sans. Not saying it should be used for a lot of things, but it gets a disproportionate amount of hate simply because too many people used it in the WRONG settings. In the right context, it looks fine; just a matter of being wise.)
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berrypass|Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about original comics, that aren't based on anything in particular?
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Pony-Berserker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
common sense applies! Non-fan-art related points apply to original comics because they are based on what is used in original and pro comics :lol:
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berrypass's avatar
berrypass|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) I'm planning on making a comic about great crested grebes.
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Diamond06mlp's avatar
Diamond06mlp|Hobbyist General Artist
Quick question, what your opinion on rectangular speech bubbles?
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Pony-Berserker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
bad choice... I actually used them once or twice in the very beginning of my fan-artist's adventure but no, just no :P captions are rectangular. Speech bubbles are predominantly oval
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Diamond06mlp|Hobbyist General Artist
Gotcha! I'm just beginning to make comics and am trying to learn the tricks of the trade😆😆😄😄. Here is one I started: www.deviantart.com/diamond06ml…

P.S.- I know the speech bubbles have negative space but the app I'm using doesn't have a text tool. So I have to bring the text in from my other app, which doesn't have the flexibly for speech bubbles😐😐😐
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Pony-Berserker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
so get a better app? ;0
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SoulfulMirror|Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's the font used in this comic? Except the Comic Sans and Serif as example.
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Pony-Berserker's avatar
Pony-Berserker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unmasked BB. It's legally free to use for non-companies.
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Clockspur's avatar
Clockspur|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank You!
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jimmyhook19202122|Student General Artist
Man.... I have a lot to learn for me making :iconbauglir100:'s two MLP Fanfics, Sunset Eclipsed and Sunset Rekindled, into full on comic adaptions ^^; 
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DSC-the-Artist|Professional Digital Artist
XD Hey, there is Graphite.
Thanks man, appreciate it
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Maddog3060's avatar
I've never understood the pathological hatred of Comic Sans. It's like someone somewhere decided it didn't look good, and instead of leaving it at that they proceeded to turn it into a religion of hatred for something that deserves neither love nor hatred, merely to be left there, untouched. It's like the Star Wars fandom, but inverted and for for typesetting.
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Pony-Berserker|Hobbyist Digital Artist
no, it was overused, it doesn't look good and draws attentiont to itself. People see "comic" in the font name and they automatically may want to use it, so it's wise to specifically point out not to use that one.
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Graeystone's avatar
Some writing tips -
Don't use characters you straight up hate. This leads to way too much unnecessary character bashing and distracts from the plot. Unless you have good discipline and can be careful with the depiction of the character you hate then don't do it.

Don't be afraid to take risks with popular characters. Remember that no character is 'perfect'. If your plot demands that a fan favorite character can be put in a bad light for whatever reason then don't be afraid to do it. However, again, there is the matter of self discipline. If you can't do this without going overboard then don't do it.

If you're an artist that can't write a good plot then put out a request for a writer to help create a fan-comic. If you're writer that can't draw(which is me) then put out a request for an artist who may be interested in drawing the comic. Remember, anyone can have a a story idea but not everyone has both skill sets.

Do the basic character research at the offical wiki. . .cause there is one Pony that talks in fan-comics yet is supposed to be mute in canon.
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Chiyawa's avatar
Basically this is all that is to know to not do a bad comic strips.
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kwendynew|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't read the description ♪
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PeregrinStaraptor's avatar
This is a very sound advice. I have been wanting to start making up a comic series of my own, but I never truly considered any of what you said. Seeing this gives me a good insight on how to make a few future comics. Thanks for the advice Pony-Berserker.
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MilwaukeeRoadBrony's avatar
Same here
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DallasBlack's avatar
A fun and well created way of parting your wisdom on others. If I were a comic artist, I know I'd appreciate the effort you put into this. Bravo!
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nayialovecat's avatar
Łał. Naprawdę fajnie zrobiony poradnik. Nayia lubi to :)
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Excellent comic, thanks for making this. (Also nice job on adding all those cool OCs!)
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TurboGamer98's avatar
So are the fangs a permanent addition to Berzie then?
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