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  1. I love these, especially Aisha (the one with the boots and vest) and Latasha. They show you have a talent for clothes and for detailed patterns, which I like. It's comparatively rare to see anthros in full outfits, but when it's done, it's done well, like here.
  2. The Digital Download version of the first issue is now available. It costs half as much as the physical comic, and with current global events causing high mail volume, may be more convenient. Why not give a new equine universe a chance?
  3. Well, production of Issue 2 is nearing completion. It has been coming along swimmingly, despite what's going on with the world right now, and will display refinements over the first issue while also introducing new, important characters. In other news, famed pony artist Pony-Berserker has created a funny piece based on the first issue of Firewake, exploring a side of Sable Nox not yet seen. You can check it out here:
  4. How do you feel about cartoons featuring, as more than just a throwaway joke, parodies or expies of My Little Pony? Would you feel differently if it was a parody/expy of the MLP Fandom in particular? Myself, I used to cringe at them. But over time, it affected me less and less, and now I can laugh at them as much as anything. But I'm not as deep into the fandom as many here, and so wanted to get your feelings on it. I'm a writer of original equine stories, and a cartoon screenwriter, so the opportunity may come up to write such an episode for a series. I would use a more sensitive, positive touch, but other writers may not. I think the pre-FIM parodies/references were largely limited to the traditional 'girliness' aspect of it – such as the Twonicorns from Yin Yang Yo. But now that has changed – and invited more avenues of parody, for good or for worse.
  5. Hey, that's pretty cool! I like the thick textures, and the layering of light in the background gives it a real sense of depth.
  6. An interesting thought exercise, for sure. While it'd be easier if we knew more about the character, here's a few I thought of: Void Tear Night Rush Carmine Gleam Vermilion Obsidian Flame What's the villain's personality? Mark? Place of origin? All of these might effect who they are, and thus what name fits best.
  7. Starla/Guinevere and the Jewel Riders. The original didn't make much of an impact, but that's a potential blessing in disguise. It means there's so much more room to evolve and change the premise without causing too much controversy, unlike some other older girl-oriented toy properties. There's reportedly an animated series based upon a series of novels based on the Jewel Riders, but it seems like that series is stuck in development, so who knows?
  8. This is an interesting topic to me, as I have a passion for animation in general. I couldn't find much with a medium amount of research. There IS an image - as someone posted on the comments on the G1 wiki - from the original 85 writers' guide showing Megan and her siblings were there from the very start. (link) But on a related tangent, it was generally par for the course in that era to have humans involved in some way to make cartoons more relatable to the audience. The Care Bears (which came out just before G1) had the various kids they helped, the Smurfs had Gargamel (at least), and so on. It would take some time until it was normal to go without a human intermediary. Heck, LPS had humans up until A World of Our Own in 2018.
  9. Very cool designs! I could easily see them in a comic, or as concept art for a game. I didn't know (until I looked it up just now) that toucans have blue legs. The only very small concern I have is that that rapier/fencing saber the hummingbird is wielding looks too thin and delicate to be of any use against even his own species.
  10. Hi everyone! I'm still available to answer questions if you want to learn more about the comic. Pony411's podcast episode is now out if you want to listen to them talk about it, as well as regular MLP comics and other things related to the fandom. (Firewake discussion is from 11:20 to 20:41.) Plus, Rabbit Valley is offering a discount right now if you want to try the first issue out! The second issue is now in production, and like I mentioned before, it will introduce mysterious new allies. You'll find one bears some big influences from a particular FiM character, but with some important differences.
  11. Production of Issue 2 has officially begun! More details will be unveiled closer to release, but this issue will delve deeper into main characters and the world of Zazemma itself. You will be able to hear a review of the first issue on an upcoming episode of the Pony411 podcast, as well. But if you can't wait for that, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have now.
  12. Here's a little sample page - Page 7 - for your convenience.
  13. (Note: This post is not meant to advertise, but rather to raise awareness of and invite discussion about a new comic. I have been in touch with moderators about it.) I've created and written a new comic series, Firewake, that takes significant influences from My Little Pony (and other Equine franchises) while spinning Unicorns into a setting and story they've rarely been put in before. Firewake, a veteran detective in the big city of Addax, already has a wife and young twin colts to deal with. After being further saddled with a cocky rookie partner, Zaffa, he must also now investigate and pursue Sable Nox, a mysterious psychopathic criminal mastermind out to take over the planet. But this is a planet of advanced, magic-fueled technology, complicating things. The city streets are filled with hovercars and hovertrucks, spaceships are mining and exploring the solar system, and hexvids entertain the masses. The legacies of ancient civilizations and recent wars echo to this day. What secrets did the unorthodox Agelonians seal away, and what is Sable Nox planning? Concept art by Cristian Santos. This comic series is safe for teen readers (so far, this means 11+). You can find out much more at the comic's own website, which has more art examples, information on the characters and world, and specifics of the current story. I don't just want to raise Firewake's profile, but also invite feedback and discussion on it, before we start production on the second issue. Is there anything you're particularly interested in? Or some aspect of the story or world you're looking forward to reading? The first full comic is out now from Rabbit Valley, so I can't share everything, but I can certainly try to answer any questions you might have. Thank you.
  14. There's a lot of good discussions and podcasts here on the forums, Ponyville Live, and Poniverse as a whole. Can you recommend some particular podcasts, videobloggers, or article writers who would be open to reviewing equine comics? I will be honest – I've got an equine comic out from Rabbit Valley, and would like to raise it's profile, and even get it put through the review wringer. Without going into too much detail – as I don't want to technically advertise it here – it isn't technically an MLP comic, but has a world and cast of entirely unicorns, and is rated T, so it'd be safe to talk about almost anywhere. ILoveKimPossibleAlot and Pony411 seem like good candidates, but I'm hoping there are writers/bloggers out there who have specifically covered tangential fiction before. Thanks for your help!