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June 15th, 2013, 9:00 am

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Reply Haunshaul, June 3rd, 2013, 4:05 am

This chapter was really difficult for a lot of reasons. There's the obvious emotional difficulty of the last scene. Plus, I was fighting the clock for both the comic and classes, so I was often only a few days ahead. I had to think of our new villain's characterization pretty much on the fly, and in order to create the structure for the last third of the comic (which in itself came on a lark) I had to work on around four pages at the same time, going back and forth between them to make sure the images and text felt right. But I think it ended up working pretty well. I hope.

Thanks everyone for reading.

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User's Comments:

Reply Blitz3124, June 15th, 2013, 10:05 am

awesome Great end to a great chapter

Reply UltraNOVA, June 15th, 2013, 10:53 am

Well, nonetheless, it was a fantastic chapter. Nice work!

Reply Guest, June 15th, 2013, 1:06 pm

Well, even if I am just a guest, I'm still going to give it my two cents.

Maxie is awesome. No, really.

Rorschach. Oh, how can he ever survive that. No matter how you look at it, he was the cause of Chester's death, because he dragged him with him. Then again, I don't know who's idea it was to battle against Solrock, but still. Maybe this takes away some jolly-ness of Rorschach. Who knows.

Then again, I might be completely wrong, but hey, it's for fun.

Reply Miles Hikari, June 16th, 2013, 12:19 am

It's weird, thinking that the last we saw of Chester was him Grass skiing.... and now....

Reply ozymandias_jones, June 16th, 2013, 3:35 pm

Wow. It really, definitely did work.

From the start, it was great that the darker tone continued, and it certainly was more consistent than the last chapter. This was, I think, the first chapter with virtually no lighter touches, which really suits the first chapter in which a team member has died since you really got into characterization.

But first, we got introduced to a brilliant new villain, Maxie. I'm quite impressed if you came up with his personality on the spot, because although it seems a bit joker like, it also has some original touches. I especially liked the wording of "IT MAKES YOU WRONG!", and the lead up to that. Also, the facial expression of Maxie in that panel was spot on, probably the most effective in the comic so far. In addition to this, Maxie made a really good point, in that the villains always seem obligated to fight you, and give up if they lose, and even fight you in standard format, rather than just, say, attacking the trainer all at once. Thankfully, Maxie has been established as sufficiently insane to say all of that and believe it, and still fight properly with Ty on Mount Chimney. After this, Archie will have a lot of catching up to do in the villain stakes, although, I sort of feel that the conversation with Scott implied that Archie and Scott were manipulating Maxie, but I can't say for certain. Speaking of Scott, it's interesting that he's turned out to be a villain, but I can't say he feels particularly threatening at the moment. I assume though the next chapter will be on Mt. Chimney, so we'll get to see his plan, and maybe some motivations, so that will be fun.

Okay, onto the last couple of pages. To be honest, I didn't really see it coming, but that was probably me just deluding myself that they would both live. Just for fun, here's a quote from my first ever comment:

"I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of Chester, he really gets on my nerves, a bit like Gerald did at the start, but he has not started to grow on me yet. I'm aware that he's meant to be annoying, and I like how he's like the epitome of annoying teenagers at the moment, but he just doesn't seem to work for me. "

At the start, I really didn't like Chester, he really annoyed me, and for some reason, it irked me that he stole Gerald's sunglasses at the start, for some reason it made me feel like he was just a Gerald clone, whereas their personalities are completely different looking back. Then, sometime after that, it's hard to say when, he really started to grow on me. Maybe it was around the time when he said he liked romantic era poetry, maybe it was when he said that thing about him literally ceasing to exist if his swag was removed. Definitely, by the time he got that bit with finding Lannette, he was one of my favourite characters. He just seemed like a genuinely nice person, although a bit self centered. About his actual death, I think it was very brave to not give him any final words or moments, and I think it worked, because it shows the finality of death, and seems more realistic. It was a particularly brave move, considering that this is by far the most important death of the comic so far, seeing as we only got to know the characters as well as we do now since about Marston's capture. Interesting fact, the current team hasn't changed for 148 pages, until now. Also interesting, seeing as Chester died at level 23, he only went up two levels as a Gloom, which took him 227 pages in comic. You've really been stretching it out.

Nonetheless, this was definitely my favourite chapter so far, although we lost possibly my favourite team member. YOLO, while it annoys me generally, is the perfect tribute to Chester. How long have you been planning that? Am I right in thinking you held off on having him say it at any point in the comic, just for this?

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