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PONYVILLE NEWS CRAWL: THE CREATOR SPEAKS; ECHO EFFECT ADDED [Mar. 24th, 2008|08:34 am]
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Hello, Ponyville readers!

It's clear by now that I do not know what the future holds for the Ponyville comic. I don't want you to assume that this prolonged hiatus is writing on the wall, that the comic has gone the way of Roo's youth. ponyville is not yet snarling at passers-by, weilding a broom, losing its teeth.

Also clear, what's keeping me from updating is not easily circumvented. My creative energy and time has to go towards finishing school with my music degree, and a coming summer internship. (Couldn't I intern in Ponyville? But on second thought...)

As you know, I've been conflicted about whether it's best to give the comic the mercy killing that Roo never got. But I've decided that's not going to happen. I think I can figure out a way to let the comic evolve into something enjoyable and manageable.

I've discussed, with friends of mine who create comics themselves, doing an overhaul of the PV format. Perhaps a refocusing of storylines, but certainly a change to how the comic looks. It will likely get a bit sketchy (literally!), but I welcome this, and hope it won't be a jarring change for you.

I want to sincerely thank you all for sticking with Ponyville. Unless the majority of journals still watching the comic are now abandoned, many of you are still here, and I am encouraged by this!


Comic #70 - 70:05

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[User Picture]From: guesswhat16
2008-03-24 01:09 pm (UTC)
Sweetberry is perfect as the crazy cat lady ala The Simpsons.

Best of luck with finishing school, internships, etc!
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-24 01:19 pm (UTC)

"Fly, my pretties!"

Mayor Pie is liable to be cat-addled sometime soon.

Thank you. :)
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[User Picture]From: mollyisacatlady
2008-03-24 01:16 pm (UTC)
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES.

I look forward to anything you do with Ponyville! :)
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-24 01:18 pm (UTC)
And a shiver ran down Ponyville's collective spine.

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[User Picture]From: draiochta_faol
2008-03-24 01:17 pm (UTC)
Good Luck with School! I am sure there is still a lot of us eagerly awaiting Ponyville. Take your time and do what you have to do.
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-24 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) I could use both luck and an extra month added to the yearly calendar.
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[User Picture]From: kimonos_house
2008-03-24 01:34 pm (UTC)
SQUEE! :D I always knew Sweetberry was a crazy cat lady.

I will gladly lap up whatever you dish up, sir! I'm envious that I didn't think to spoof a news crawl first. You'll get a lot of mileage out of that one. ;)
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-24 06:47 pm (UTC)

BREAKING NEWS: NEWS FEED SCROLLS TO THE LEFT

I have been looking for an excuse to show part of Sweetberry's apartment for ages.

Then I shall hope to serve you delicious cream, regardless, for your lapping enjoyment!
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From: whippetluv
2008-03-24 02:00 pm (UTC)
horray
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[User Picture]From: musewrangler
2008-03-24 02:35 pm (UTC)
I can't help but expect Sweetberry to throw cats at me. If she wants to start with the Jerome down in front, that'd be fine. (The shadows in that panel are awesome, by the way.)

I don't like change!! *stress* But I like Ponyville! *hooray* So everything balances out in the end. ^_^ I can't wait to see what's ahead for the comic.
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-24 06:44 pm (UTC)
I was excited about the shadows. Everything was looking so flat and wrong, and I was all boo-hooing about having to sacrifice aesthetics for speed, when I realized that a TV would cast a very distinct and easily created shadow, and then I was happy again.

Let us hope Sweetberry is someday provoked to the point of dispersing cats.

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[User Picture]From: pikaboo25
2008-03-24 02:35 pm (UTC)
Woot!
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[User Picture]From: kwsapphire
2008-03-24 03:13 pm (UTC)
As someone who can totally understand when real life intrudes on personal projects, I'm glad you're not abandoning this one. :) I look forward to the sketchiness.
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-24 06:41 pm (UTC)
Your lizard is a blonde!

Thank you, and I appreciate your acceptance of the impending sketchtacularness.
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[User Picture]From: sternenglanz
2008-03-24 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh crap. ;_; I am Sweetberry is a Crazy Cat Lady. At least the minions seem capable.

Poor Mayor Pie.

As for sneaky background things, I enjoy the Edible Mugs and the foreboding shadows in Sweetberry's panel.
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-24 06:39 pm (UTC)
You have nothing to fear. You do not have any cats. (Yet).

I don't know that Mayor Pie is change-tested. I don't know that he's built up immunity.

Alas, edible mugs are a repeat from a past strip, the one with Roo's halloween close-up. I went back and read the old strips, and that was the only thing I laughed out loud at. ::facepalm::
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[User Picture]From: sternenglanz
2008-03-24 08:00 pm (UTC)
I was going to get two cats once we moved. Now I'm scared of the potential cartoon repercussions. :(

Mayor Pie and change have never met; I feel confident of that.

How did I miss the edible mugs? *searches and discovers* Still popular after all these years! Also, Wysteria's Halloween costume for '07 totally looks like a Breezie.

Edited at 2008-03-24 08:00 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: odindeathcrush
2008-03-25 11:25 am (UTC)
i dunno i kinda took it as sweetberry was the only one not so worried with that news...
but then again...i do have cats.
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-25 11:13 pm (UTC)
Change in Ponyville can only mean good things for Sweetberry!
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-26 09:56 pm (UTC)
Two cats at once! You were going to partner cats. I hope you weren't going to force them to wed, though. ;)

"How did I miss the edible mugs?"

Well, they are perishable, after all.
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[User Picture]From: sternenglanz
2008-03-27 04:56 pm (UTC)
I was going to get them in a two-pack, so they'd already have their partnership label of choice beforehand.

I might still make them wear tophats, though.
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[User Picture]From: featherfire
2008-03-24 06:29 pm (UTC)
*has not abandoned journal! is still here!* And I'll stick around unless you go so far as to delete the journal. And even then I'll keep it added, in case you decide to undelete it! (I have a friend who did that constantly -_-) And even after 30 days is up I'll still have it added...just because I'm too lazy and forgetful to take it off. Just do what you feel is best for the comic. ^^
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-24 06:37 pm (UTC)
LOL, point taken. :)

Featherfire: Check!

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[User Picture]From: susanne_lisette
2008-03-24 08:04 pm (UTC)
Spoosh... I think you can be sure that no matter what changes you need to make to the comic, your readers will be thrilled to have it, and continue to read it loyally. We support ponyville, and we support you!
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-25 01:48 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) It's a great feeling having die-hard support. I feel a responsibility to keep up my end of the bargain in that light, but it's comforting to know that I can screw up here and there and not alienate PV's core readers.

(OT, your hair color is awesome.)
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[User Picture]From: soccerchicka7
2008-03-24 08:16 pm (UTC)
You are definitely not the only one of the online comic peoples that have a hard time continuing because of real life stuff and fluff. No worries, school should obviously take precedent. I enjoy reading and discussing ponyville when it is posted and I know that really awesome things can be found in the looseness of the sketch. Comic on~!
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-25 01:46 am (UTC)
I enjoy looking at sketches too. Animation storyboards come to mind, and while I love those, I expect PV will still have some appearance of smoothness.

At least PV won't become sketchy in the Ki'ono sense of the word.
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[User Picture]From: mistystargazer
2008-03-24 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yay, Ponyville! I don't mind waiting (hence why I still have this added and will likely keep it added regardless of how infrequent the updates are), I know how life goes. *eyes pile of abandoned projects pushed aside for school*

Change, eh? Sould be interesting. I trust in your creative judgement :D
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-25 01:44 am (UTC)
It's really awesome to know that, regardless of the length of hiatus or the infrequency of updates, Ponyville has die-hard fans. Thank you for being one of them.

I hope I can update more frequently than once ever 5 months from now on. ;)
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[User Picture]From: banglesau
2008-03-25 12:03 am (UTC)
haha, is Dash non-fat yet??? Now THAT is what I really want to know... and if he is, can we feed him candy?
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-25 01:43 am (UTC)
LOL, you are what the diet experts would call a saboteur.


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[User Picture]From: banglesau
2008-03-25 01:49 am (UTC)
But chubby Dash is just so much cuter

*smuggles in cookies and candy for Dash*
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-25 01:52 am (UTC)
Your icon is very reminiscent of Cotton Candy's dog Paris. I lol.
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[User Picture]From: tradegy_solace
2008-03-25 12:18 am (UTC)
YAY!
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[User Picture]From: marcyleecorgan
2008-03-25 02:14 am (UTC)
wonderful news! :) even if we have to wait for updates, new content is great!
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-25 11:15 pm (UTC)
:) I am glad you're excited!
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[User Picture]From: autumnwinds
2008-03-25 05:49 am (UTC)
YAY PONYVILLE. I will hang on to this comic and love it and squeeze it no matter how much time elapses between updates. Ponyville is a shark, and I am a comics remora.

I'm using one of your own icons to comment in this post because it's relevant to the theme. I hope that's okay(?). I got a cat recently and now this is my favorite icon for all my cat-related squee posts.
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-25 11:15 pm (UTC)
"Ponyville is a shark, and I am a comics remora. "

:D You are a barnacle to Ponyville's whale?

Please feel free to use that icon! The more cats that are thrown, the more lively a day.
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[User Picture]From: xayide2
2008-03-25 12:40 pm (UTC)
Yay! It still lives!
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[User Picture]From: sunshineguinn
2008-03-26 05:50 pm (UTC)
An update! EXCITEMENT!

Good luck with all the life stuff! :) We'll all be here when you are able to update. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-26 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the well-wishes, and for reading. :)
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[User Picture]From: gemfyre
2008-03-28 12:15 pm (UTC)
Heeeyy, I never knew that Wisteria was a crazy cat lady (makes sense, in my Ponyland she's just a scissors-wielding maniac).

And what is that blue thing Roo is about to pummel with the broom?
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[User Picture]From: ponyville
2008-03-28 12:25 pm (UTC)
That's Sweetberry!

And that's a television, since he does not like the message of "change" the news is bringing.

And that's an awesome icon.
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[User Picture]From: icegypsy22
2008-03-29 12:35 am (UTC)
sweetberry has such a delectible evil smirk- cute :)
i like that all mayor pie can do is hide, nice
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[User Picture]From: kitfang
2008-09-22 02:54 pm (UTC)
*snicker* I love that Sweetberry's cats are just as mean and cynical looking as she is.

I think my favorite part though is the "OMG y'all!!1"...though I'm not sure why. Possibly because I can picture (hear?) Sparkleworks saying that diring the broadcast.

...does that box say "My Li'l Grenade"? o_O
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