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November 6th, 2013, 4:42 pm

Update 11/6/13

Why, hello everyone!

First of all, I'd like to welcome the newest readers of the comic. It's incredibly exciting having more of you along for the ride. I hope you enjoy the pages to come.

Second, I'd like to thank everyone, veteran readers and newcomers, for being so patient with me on this chapter. Since it's been a full month since I last posted a page, I thought I should let you know what's going on.

Let me just start of by saying that school has been completely destroying me lately. During the time when I'm not in class, at work, or doing homework, I'm usually too drained to do anything of value, and zone out with YouTube videos until I fall asleep. During the times when I've had both time and energy, I've been playing video games (Tomb Raider: second-best game of 2013) and working on the comic, but those times are few and far between.

That being said, I'm pretty excited for what I've come up with so far, and I look forward to finishing this chapter. The dialogue has been especially difficult, since I have to get a certain psycho character's words juuuuust right, and I've been trying out some poses and interactions that I've never done before. But the pages I have completed look pretty great, and I have a rough draft of all the dialogue for the rest of the chapter, assuming I end it where I'm planning on ending it. Don't expect it for at least a few more weeks, but I promise it's coming, and it'll be great.

Speaking of lengthy waits, I realize that this section of the comic is taking unusually long to get through. It's been close to 300 pages since the last gym fight, and we're a ways away from the next one. As soon as the Mt. Chimney scene is done, I'm going to have to seriously re-evaluate the pacing for the comic. Overall, I think that the stretch between gyms three and four will be the longest, as there's a whole lot of plot and character development that takes place in that time span. After the fourth gym, though, the pacing will be a bit swifter and more deliberate until around gym seven, where the Aqua/Magma confrontation will be wrapped up. The truth is, I don't want to be doing this comic when I'm like 24, but I also don't want to sacrifice any of the story. I'm gonna do this right, even if it might take me a lot longer than anticipated.

On a secondary note, I apologize for not being able to keep up with the additional pages on the comic. I think sometime in the next month or two I'll clean up the site a bit. This will involve some additions, such as updating the Characters page, but it will also mean taking some things out, like the Hogwarts page. I still love the idea of the House Cup, but until I can figure out how to do it right, it makes no sense to keep the dead page up. Don't worry, I'll archive everything for if I bring it back, and you can ask me for any specific files if you want them for some reason.

Keeping with this train of thought, I'm thinking of taking down some of my news posts, such as my rants. Not all of them, but a certain portion of them. This is a difficult decision, and I'm still not sure how to proceed. On the one hand, my opinion hasn't changed, and I don't want to make it seem like I'm shying away from my honest feelings. I stand by every word, and I know that some people do enjoy going back and reading these things. However, I also realize that some of that writing was not my best, and that my tone was not in line with how I actually felt. For a number of those posts, I wanted to exaggerate my frustration for the sake of entertainment, and while I think that's a viable option for other people, it doesn't suit my overall personality.

If you guys haven't yet, I suggest looking into RoosterTeeth and its subdivision Achievement Hunter on YouTube or You may know them as the creators of the popular web series Red vs. Blue. They consistently release high-quality Let's Plays, achievement guides, gaming compilations, video podcasts, animated series, and live-action shorts. I have nothing but the utmost respect for them, and am trying to figure out how best to approach getting a job with them someday. I've learned a lot from them in terms of content quality and style, but I also learned something immensely valuable regarding outlook.

Burnie Burns, one of the founders of the company, explained the reason why RoosterTeeth doesn't do traditional game reviews. Simply put, they don't like talking about the negatives of things. If they don't like a game, they won't play it much. If they like it, they'll play it and talk about it. They don't want to pick apart the creation that dozens of people put years of work into.

This really stuck with me. As much as I don't like a lot of aspects of Pokemon, a lot of people spent a lot of time and effort creating X and Y. Nintendo has thousands of employees, and I don't want to be the person saying that what they spend their time doing is crap. It doesn't matter if I really think that, and it doesn't matter if they never see it if I do tear them down. I just don't want to have that sort of negativity be out there in the first place. I'm a very critical person at heart, but that doesn't mean people have to hear it.

So, yeah. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks for reading. I'll be back soon.


Lockman, November 6th, 2013, 5:55 pm

I highly respect above opinion on negative feedback. Kudos.

Zelkova, November 8th, 2013, 1:57 am

I personally thought you were going for humor more then just being plain out negative. There are people that honestly think Pokemon ended with the 2nd gen games and you were basically letting those type of people either feel better about themselves or notice how stupid they were being depending on how much they can read between the lines.

It is fine to dislike how a series is going, it just shows that you care for the end result. You may poke fun at how they now have a Pokemon that is a keychain but they also had a Pokemon that was basically a pokeball on the 1st gen which evolved into a bigger pokeball with a different face. In the end all gens have their pro and cons. You were focusing on the cons for the sake of humor and being eye candy.

I don't think you were THAT negative without being a joke yourself so you shouldn't remove it just for that but if you wish to remove it as that style doesn't suit you then that would be a good reason to do so as honestly you were kinda a ham during some of them.

gothaman1, March 25th, 2014, 9:13 am

people will wait for you... we eagerly await the next part...

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