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February 12th, 2014, 2:00 pm

Average Rating: 5.00
Boy, this city really let itself go.
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Reply melaredblu, January 13th, 2014, 2:34 am

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Reply GroovyKinda, February 12th, 2014, 3:56 pm

Wow That first panel is epic. And the transition at the end. You've really got a handle on the solid black shading now.
It's another fly ball, straight to center, and...and...and melaredblu's knocked it out of the park again, folks!

Reply Delta-v, February 12th, 2014, 6:02 pm

Interesting segue. Somewhere in the neighborhood of a brick to the forehead. At any rate, it got MY attention, and I"m going to be antsy (oh, all right, antsier) for the next week. I hope you are pleased with yourself--because you should be. Great change of pace.

Reply schlissel, February 12th, 2014, 6:12 pm

oh, cool background in the first panel. Yes everything is better without homework

Reply NitztheBloody, February 12th, 2014, 6:20 pm

That segue looks like it could not only be an explicit flashback, but also an Avatar-style remembrance of a past life.

Reply Hjels, February 12th, 2014, 6:39 pm

Yeah, that first panel is gorgeous. And poor June is starting to feel it. She's not fooling anyone.

Reply melaredblu, February 12th, 2014, 7:22 pm

@GroovyKinda: I'm glad you like that first panel! I kind of got lazy with the other ones, though...

Reply melaredblu, February 12th, 2014, 7:23 pm

@Delta-v: The cliffs might start to erode with how much I leave hanging on them. Hopefully the following pages will be worth it!

Reply melaredblu, February 12th, 2014, 7:23 pm

@schlissel: See, there's always a silver lining. June's actually an optimist, who knew?

Reply melaredblu, February 12th, 2014, 7:25 pm

@NitztheBloody: Reincarnation's been done a few too many times for me to ape that idea wholesale, but I can't deny Avatar has influenced my writing in many ways. As for the relationship between June and the princess, that will be revealed all in good time.

Reply melaredblu, February 12th, 2014, 7:25 pm

@Hjels: She's not even really fooling herself.

Reply Delta-v, February 12th, 2014, 7:44 pm

@melaredblu: They have always been worth it before, why should this time be any different?

Reply melaredblu, February 13th, 2014, 2:08 am

@Delta-v: You're too kind. I'm glad you enjoy the story!

Reply Delta-v, February 13th, 2014, 4:29 pm

@melaredblu: And the delivery, and the art, and the humor...

I'm trying to figure from June's expression in the fourth panel whether she's doing some soul-searching, or just feeling sorry for herself. She's fooled me three times on this matter, and I'm beginning to see a pattern here...

Reply melaredblu, February 13th, 2014, 8:04 pm

@Delta-v: I admit I made her expression hard to read on purpose, but if I may ask, in what manner did she fool you? I'm curious to know my readers' impressions of her at this point, even if it's not very positive.
Especially if it's not very positive.

Reply Delta-v, February 13th, 2014, 11:20 pm

@melaredblu: Glad to. When we first met June, if she had been any more self centered, she would have collapsed to create a black hole. So when she awoke to calamity, I thought she might see the value of cooperation. Silly me. Then her magic failed, and she got told off by an enemy who made some pretty good points. Learning curve--still flat. And finally, she had to accept charity from the same harsh critic. Inconclusive, but not encouraging. Now she has to face actual uselessness as Princess Not-Much-Good-After-All. Hence my question. I see her as a person with a lot of true potential which is being stifled by self centeredness. I want to like her, but...

Anyway, that's how I see it. Was that helpful, or merely annoying?

Reply melaredblu, February 14th, 2014, 1:24 am

@Delta-v: No, no, that's extremely helpful! See, that's exactly the response I'm hoping for. Her characterization forced me to corner her until she had no options left. As long as there was some way she could conceive that might give her the upper hand, she would never simmer down. I'm sure readers found her stubbornness just as off-putting as I do, but her personal story isn't over yet.

And somewhere in the midst of all that, I have to remember to keep this a parody. It's enough to make me really respect those who have mastered the art of parody writing, because it's so much harder to do than I ever imagined.

Reply Delta-v, February 14th, 2014, 1:21 pm

@melaredblu: I think the saying goes "It' not hard to do, it's hard to do well", and I'd say you were parodying pretty well. And if my reactions follow as closely to your crafting as you say, you've done that very well. also.

Look, i'm familiar with well-crafted writing. I learned to read at age five (by reading comic books, ironically). At age seven I tried Heinlein's "Have Space Suit--Will Travel", and liked it, so I tried Asimov's "Pebble In The Sky", and liked it, too. I've averaged close to two novels a week since then. So when I say your work impresses me...

Reply melaredblu, February 14th, 2014, 11:08 pm

@Delta-v: *adds "Have Space Suit--Will Travel" and "Pebble in the Sky" to reading list*
Two novels a week? Wow, you must be an avid reader! It's been months since I picked up a novel that wasn't a reading requirement for a class. I really need to read more.

Reply Delta-v, February 15th, 2014, 1:20 am

@melaredblu: Well *blush*, since I discovered Webcomics, It's more like two novels a month *kicks dirt with toe*. It's just so darn much fun reading the work of someone I can talk to. It also helped that back in the day, I cruised at around 400 words a minute--sure can't do that now. I didn't know that was fast--I thought everybody read that way.

Reply melaredblu, February 16th, 2014, 1:38 am

@Delta-v: That's one of the things I love about webcomics, too! There's a much stronger connection between the reader and the writer in webcomics compared to most other literary mediums. It's nice being able to get to know the creators as individuals and I've met some really cool people that way.

Reply GroovyKinda, February 16th, 2014, 9:36 pm

I think you've gone far beyond parody. Parody would be: "Oh, here's another trope of the magical girl/kids in fantasy landscape genre! Let's poke fun at it and/or play with it a bit!"
You've taken this story into your own territory and made it something much more than a parody.
You've got well defined characters that we all take seriously. I'd say like, but I don't like June. I wish her well, of course. And I'm glad she's hitting bottom, so to speak, so she can grow up a bit.
And you've put them in amazing situations and kept them true to their characters.
Plus, your art is wonderful to look at.

Reply melaredblu, February 17th, 2014, 1:33 am

@GroovyKinda: I wonder if I'm treating this story too seriously sometimes, though. I mean, for something that's basically Rainbow Brite Punches Everything, this arc might seem a little melodramatic. I'm still trying to find just the right tone.
As long as the audience cares at least a little bit about what happens to June, I don't mind them disliking her right now. And even if they don't care, I've got a safety net of much more likeable cast members to carry the story, haha!

Reply GroovyKinda, February 17th, 2014, 3:35 pm

"Rainbow Brite Punches Everything" is a great description, though even from the start Princess Chroma was much more.
I don't think you're treating PC too seriously. The more serious you are about it-about doing a good job, staying true to the characters, not doing stuff that takes us out of the story-the more serious your readers will take it.
This doesn't mean you have to be serious, of course. Heaven knows that one of the great things about PC is your wacky sense of humor.
Heck, look at the comments you're getting nowadays!

Reply melaredblu, February 18th, 2014, 12:42 am

@GroovyKinda: Well, I'm going to keep doing my best! And I have people like you, Delta-v, and the rest of the Underdogs to thank for all these comments. It really brightens up my day to hear from you all

Reply Delta-v, February 19th, 2014, 12:31 pm

@melaredblu: I know this is going to get buried by the next post, but that's okay. I'm not playing to the bleachers. Something GroovyKinda said sparked a memory... One evening my aunt invited my family over for dinner. The table was rectangular, and my uncle sat down at one of the sides. His wife said, "Dear, you're supposed to be at the head of the table". He looked her right in the eye, and said, "Anywhere I SIT, is the head of the table".

The same thing applies to you. Anything you DO, is your genre. If you don't fit the pigeonhole, that's not your problem, and I'll back you toe to toe, nose to nose, and vocabulary to vocabulary with any critic who wants to say otherwise.

Reply melaredblu, February 19th, 2014, 4:18 pm

@Delta-v: Thank you, but the truth is I know there's still so much for me to learn. Maybe one day I'll have your uncle's kind of confidence, but for now, I'm still trying to develop my skills. But as long as my readers are happy, I'm happy, even if I feel I can do better.

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