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Comic #68- 68:04 [Jul. 17th, 2007|04:54 pm]
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Comic #68- 68:04

Today's strip was subject to an experiment. Comics usually take 10 hours, on average, to complete, but I wanted to see what I could create in only half that time, maximum. Visually it's notably more rough, and my perfectionism is tingling, but I'm hoping to find ways to make updating consistatly an easier endeavor.



("The Fourth Wall" is the imaginary boundary beween and audience and the characters on stage/television/etc.. When a character turns to the "camera" and addresses the audience, that's called "breaking the fourth wall.")

*And of course, please break my walls with comments. ;)
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[User Picture]From: xabat
2007-07-17 09:04 pm (UTC)
You don't even have 4 legs, haha, that is true! :D
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[User Picture]From: daisydayes
2007-07-17 09:05 pm (UTC)
I like the square-ish butt on him and the rounded butt on her, nice touch
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-17 09:33 pm (UTC)
Harhar, you used the words "touch" and "butt" in the same sentence.


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[User Picture]From: mollyisacatlady
2007-07-17 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, ha! X) I love fourth-wall jokes, truly. I'm very bad about it, myself.

Looking pretty good for half the time! I bet I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't said. (Which is a good thing.)

Humans are gwoss. XP
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-17 09:32 pm (UTC)
I love when you use that icon. Other than making me laugh, receiving it makes me feel like I've accomplished something.

Yay 4th Wall! It is so cheesy. Cheesy walls.
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[User Picture]From: mollyisacatlady
2007-07-18 01:33 am (UTC)
xD Ha ha! I'm glad you enjoy it so! It is one of my favorites, as well. I need to make more of these babies.

Cheesy walls indeed. My old drama teacher used to get on me about it.
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[User Picture]From: skyesurfer
2007-07-17 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for defining "Fourth wall" so I didn't have to Google it LOL.

I like how you drew the bugs. It's fun to see the Spoosh-style used on things other than ponies. You should totally make a comic with penguins. Or Sheep. Or both. LOL
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-17 09:30 pm (UTC)
OR GIRAFFES!!

I like to draw giraffes.

Thanks, Skye. :D
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[User Picture]From: skyesurfer
2007-07-17 09:38 pm (UTC)
Ooo giraffes. There should be a ponyville zoo trip with lots of Spooshtastic animals. (Spooshimals?)

BTW, Re: the half the time spent thing, the only thing I really noticed about the comic was the lack of background stuff, but I don't know if that was because of your time-restraint or just because the Mayor's new house is rather barren lol. One of the things I really like about your comics is all the amusing weird shit you tend to hide in the background. (Like a rag on a stick LMAO.)
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[User Picture]From: kitfang
2008-09-22 02:02 pm (UTC)
I demand a picture of a giraffe.

And a manatee.
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[User Picture]From: hylianjean
2007-07-17 09:25 pm (UTC)
haha! What a delightful spin. Did you come up with this idea completely on your own? I love it!
Is it me, or do their ears keep getting bigger and bigger? :D
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-17 09:29 pm (UTC)
I DID! ::pats self on back:: I've been sitting on this one for over a year. (It was originally going to be Minty and Dash in an apartment-cleaning gag, but I liked this as a Mayor/Squash joke better).


It is not just you. (Although your ears could be getting bigger and bigger too).
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[User Picture]From: cinnamonsqueak
2007-07-17 09:33 pm (UTC)
hehe cute.
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[User Picture]From: featherfire
2007-07-17 09:34 pm (UTC)
Haha, Mayor Pie has a bony ass.

This made me lol. And it's even funnier because I just made a fourth wall joke to my roommate when I got up this morning afternoon.
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:33 pm (UTC)
The fourth wall is finally getting the attention it deserves!
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[User Picture]From: sammywolf
2007-07-17 09:42 pm (UTC)
Hilarious :D great refs.
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[User Picture]From: iriswing
2007-07-17 10:11 pm (UTC)
Haha - your sim spoosh was channeling your joke yesterday! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:28 pm (UTC)
So he was! I wonder if that's what dislodged this joke from hibernation.

(Can't wait to find out what the Sims with do next! I must get back to you with a list of clothing).
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[User Picture]From: lipsy
2007-07-17 10:47 pm (UTC)
OMG - I thought of you the other day... Did you see Mayor Pie in Transformers?!?!?!!!?!

(And the termites are hugable.)
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:25 pm (UTC)
I so in the hell DID! My response was audible. ;)

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[User Picture]From: moonbug
2007-07-17 10:59 pm (UTC)
LMAO! They DON'T have four legs! Love it!
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[User Picture]From: digitalduckie
2007-07-17 11:05 pm (UTC)
*cackle* That's great. :3

You know... Mayor Pie should speak of his experiences on the set of Transformers. >.>
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:22 pm (UTC)
LOL, he should. ::tents fingers::
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From: myladysilver
2007-07-17 11:21 pm (UTC)
::laughing:: This was very clever!

I love their googly eyes.
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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[User Picture]From: pikaboo25
2007-07-18 12:06 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I have to admit I've never heard of the fourth wall but I still understood what it was without even reading your explanation.
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[User Picture]From: dava
2007-07-18 12:21 am (UTC)
LOL! I love fourth wall gags. For a second, I thought Pie was talking to me! I mean, why not? Kimono talks to her audience all the time. :P I especially love the new house angle, for obvious reasons.

I can see some differences here, but none of them bothers me. The inking seems different. Did you try your hand at digital inking?
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-18 01:10 am (UTC)
:D While I was SLAPPING this one together (or at least it felt like it.. "MUST COME UP FOR AIR!") I considered more than once that you might like the new house angle. In fact, as I mentioned to Jean, this had originally been a Minty/Dash comic when I thought of the idea a year or so ago - maybe it was all the moving and house buying I've been reading about lately that helped me come up with the new Pie twist. :)

I definately did *not* ink digitally. H'OMG, that would have taken 15 instead of 5 hours, lol. "Analog" is still the quickest way for me (even if I have todo a number of revisions, which I kept to a minimum this time, hense some ugliness).

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[User Picture]From: musewrangler
2007-07-18 02:46 am (UTC)
Hahaa, fourth wall humor. :D I love how the termites are all o_O. Good punchline, too -- I didn't see it coming.

I never would've guessed you spent less time on this strip if you hadn't mentioned it. The only thing missing is the level of detail you usually include, and that could be because Pie hasn't finished moving his collection of Wife mugs in yet.

(So glad you found your Pie!!)
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:20 pm (UTC)
"So glad you found your Pie!!"

He went and moved into a new home without leaving a forwarding address. I'm not sure whether to assume he was just absent-minded or if he was giving me the brush off!

The mugs are in transit. ;) Silly U-Haul.

"I love how the termites are all o_O"

I'm not sure if it's because they will all soon die, or if they are rendered googly by Mayor Pie's banter.
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[User Picture]From: tsuchann
2007-07-18 03:12 am (UTC)
Being a theatre student, this made me LOL. :D
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[User Picture]From: cougarkittyn
2007-07-18 04:04 am (UTC)
While I've heard that expression before, I'm really glad you explained it because I certainly did not remember. It's good that you assume Ponyville is enjoyed by Teh Stupid too. ;)

I can't believe Mayor didn't see the family resemblence between himself and the termites. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: delphinbella
2007-07-18 11:52 am (UTC)
lol! That made my day. And my days need making this week.

Glad to see you are back on track with the comic!
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:13 pm (UTC)
"That made my day."

:D

"Glad to see you are back on track with the comic!"

::insert quip about Jack and exercising at the track::
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[User Picture]From: colormist
2007-07-18 01:14 pm (UTC)

I know I never comment

But I swear I just took you off my "list of things to check daily" the day before you came off of hiatus. Glad to see you're back, Spoosh. :D
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[User Picture]From: kwsapphire
2007-07-18 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! You're back! Please keep em coming, I love your stuff!! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'll be doing my best! ::salutes:: Glad you're excited. :)
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[User Picture]From: xayide2
2007-07-18 02:42 pm (UTC)
*grins* Yay for totally unrelated storylines. :)
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:11 pm (UTC)
The classy term for that is "vignettes." The accurate term is "attention deficit disorder."
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From: parodysmith
2007-07-18 11:27 pm (UTC)
I got it without the explanation. ^^ That's just how classy I am. Nice to see the comic's back! And those are some freaky-looking termites! I can't help but wonder if that's actually what breezie larvae look like.

Nice to see Pie can afford a summer home. Maybe we'll get to see some wild sea ponies while he's out vacationing?
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2007-07-19 04:09 pm (UTC)
"I can't help but wonder if that's actually what breezie larvae look like."

lol, ewww. I bet they are even uglier.

If only for G3 sea ponies! It could have been glorious, Hasbro.
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[User Picture]From: kazzellin
2007-07-25 05:41 am (UTC)
Heehee - I love how he's holding his monocle in one hoof for that first panel. ^_^ Makes me wonder though - since none of the other facial lines are distorted from the lens, does this mean his one eye is that big normally, and he's wear the monocle to cover it up? :D
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[User Picture]From: jengalill
2007-08-22 03:39 pm (UTC)

Loving it

Haven't read POnyville since its inception so long ago, but I was pleased to find out its still going strong. Just read through the archive and laughed out loud more than once, which is saying something. The decrease in quality by shortening your production time by 5 hours is hardly noticeable. If that means we get to read more comics, then by all means, go for it. The quality is still great! Toss in a really good quality one for special events and I think everything will be just peachy! Thanks for all your hard work in producing this strip!!
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[User Picture]From: kitfang
2008-09-22 02:10 pm (UTC)
Har! Why had I never seen this one before? It's highly amusing.

Sadly, I can easily see the difference in quality, but I know all too well the need to just let some things go and be faster when it comes to art, so I applaud the endeavor. I agree with others that it's the backgrounds that are the most missed.

Those termites are adorable and hilarious.
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