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December 25th, 2013, 2:00 pm

Average Rating: 5.00
Distracted by candy. What a bunch of suckers.
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Reply melaredblu, October 12th, 2013, 12:29 am

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall advance the plot.
The results of the poll are in! You can see them (and other bonus art) on Facebook or here on DeviantART. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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Reply schlissel, December 25th, 2013, 2:14 pm

Because candy solves everything. Happy holidays to you!

Reply GroovyKinda, December 25th, 2013, 3:15 pm

"I wish every day could be
Full of peace and harmony.
I wish every day could be like Christmas."
Jon Bon Jovi
Merry Christmas melaredblu. It's nice to see everyone get along. And nice to see Cordelia smile for a change.
Thank you for this one.

Reply melaredblu, December 25th, 2013, 6:20 pm

@schlissel: That's May's philosophy and frankly, it seems to work for her.

Reply melaredblu, December 25th, 2013, 6:22 pm

@GroovyKinda: This page turned out surprisingly fitting for the holiday despite not being a holiday page, didn't it? I was quite pleased when I preset the release date for this one and discovered it would fall on Christmas. It's a coincidence, but a very nice one, I'd say.

Reply Hipopotamo (Guest), December 26th, 2013, 12:30 am

Now that was unexpected!Even Cordelia conceded. Sweet Girl Sucker Power!

Reply Delta-v, December 26th, 2013, 7:58 am

Of all the ways the fight could have ended,that's the one I didn't consider. Although, in hindsight, May is the only one who could say the word "suckers?" to that bunch and not have somebody take it wrong. And under the heading of "Disarming Charm", her comment on the chicken hat was probably the nicest thing Cordellia had heard in a long time.

I loved the layout and execution on panel one, from the corona of rays in the background indicating tension, to Sonny's truculent lip, to the expressions and body language of the others, to the fact that April's position broke up the "two sides" vibe and made things look more natural. I'd call it a home run.

Reply melaredblu, December 26th, 2013, 12:48 pm

@Hipopotamo: The power of sucrose should not be taken lightly.

Reply melaredblu, December 26th, 2013, 12:52 pm

@Delta-v: May's role has been pretty weak so far, so I really wanted to give her a moment like this. She's supposed to be one of those people nearly everyone likes. There's a reason June went ballistic on the octonana after it made May cry, after all.
I'm personally not sure I like the first panel so much. I feel like there's too much empty space around June, but I suppose that's subjective.

Reply Hjels, December 26th, 2013, 5:46 pm

We all like her chicken hat! Very nice page. Good to see cooler heads can prevail. Now all that's left is to solve the bizarre predicament they find themselves in.

Reply Delta-v, December 26th, 2013, 8:11 pm

@melaredblu: Leaving aside the whole "Negative Space" concept, which I've never understood, ("Um, sooo... Nothing balances Something?"). I viewed it as organic vs. stylized, and organic is more the way real kids act. I suppose one could make the argument that stylized is more sarcastic, but I rather like the way June has been made a spectator at her own fistfight. As I see it, the only ways to resolve the "space problem", is to move the action off-center towards June (goodbye corona), remove April, or add May (Gods, that sounds monthy when I say it like that) and crowd Sonny. Remember, I'm not an artist, I'm a storylover, and I love the story that panel tells the way it is now. I may be overruled by actual artists, but that's how I feel about it. :)

Reply melaredblu, December 27th, 2013, 6:14 pm

@Hjels: It's just a matter of fixing Doomsday. That should be easy, right?

Reply melaredblu, December 27th, 2013, 6:22 pm

@Delta-v: Well, in comics, the art should serve the writing, so if you, the reader, think the picture is doing its job of telling a story, I can be happy with that. I'll never be satisfied, but I can be happy.

And in case you were wondering, negative space is meant to provide breathing room so the image isn't too cramped or busy. At least, that's how I've come to understand it.

Reply Delta-v, December 31st, 2013, 12:47 pm

@melaredblu: No artist is ever satisfied--and that's a good thing. Thanks for the definition of negative space. It makes more sense than anything else I've heard.

Reply vaslittlecrow, January 2nd, 2014, 11:06 pm


Reply vaslittlecrow, January 2nd, 2014, 11:09 pm

@Hipopotamo: I am actually incredibly impressed with how surprising this plot twist was. So sweet and seasonal! @melaredbly, I am so glad I finally caught up. Your storytelling really seems to have grown. I am REALLY proud of you.

Reply melaredblu, January 3rd, 2014, 2:04 pm

@vaslittlecrow: Thank you! I've been trying to learn from the writing and characterization advice you gave me way back and despite the uncomfortable places it takes me to sometimes, it really has paid off.

Reply vaslittlecrow, January 3rd, 2014, 2:38 pm

@melaredblu: To be honest, the discomfort never really goes away, but once you learn to accept your characters for who they are while still honoring your boundaries as a creator, that weirdness becomes easier to deal with.

When I first started to deal with Dmitri as a character, he would give me nightmares and cause me a lot of tearful fits. But once I forged a balance between what he is as a character and my emotional needs, he became a lot easier to handle.

I suspect you will find your happy spot eventually, if you haven't already.

Reply melaredblu, January 4th, 2014, 5:02 pm

@vaslittlecrow: Dmitri still scares me, but I'd be lying liar who lies if I said he wasn't intensely fascinating in a very frightful way. Your work is way darker than I prefer to read, but I sometimes read a few pages anyway just out of curiosity. Clearly you know what you're doing, which is one of the reasons I take your advice seriously.

Reply vaslittlecrow, January 4th, 2014, 6:17 pm

Thank you kindly.

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