Chapter 6 Cover

August 27th, 2012, 2:48 pm
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H0lyhandgrenade
August 26th, 2012, 2:53 pm
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Hi everyone! Told you I wouldn't be too long =) Here we are with Chapter 6! And this is one I'm looking forward to... ... Although I'll admit I probably say that about every chapter.

I did debate with myself whether I should include Rat on the cover, and spoil the fact he's still alive... But hell I decided to be nice for a change xD A bandage cures everything dontcha know.

See y'all soon.
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Tailsgod
August 27th, 2012, 2:51 pm
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They're adorable
HOLY SHIT I'M FIRST
Djoing
August 27th, 2012, 2:56 pm
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Why is there a smily face button on that hat.

Oh, it's george's. NVM.
What was I thinking, atty doesn't have a hat.
Drago (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 2:57 pm
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Grinding time?
KTearhart
August 27th, 2012, 3:13 pm
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Is that a watchman pin on George's hat? Has it always been there or am I seeing things?
zetina
August 27th, 2012, 3:16 pm
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...were we supposed to assume Rat died? That would make catching him too pointless. It would be like a... red herring... or something.
H0lyhandgrenade
August 27th, 2012, 3:19 pm
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@zetina: Not really... I think some people might have? I don't know, either way. It's just that I haven't been adverse to killing pokemon in the past.
Pencil Artisan (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 3:31 pm
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Once caught, Pokemon seem to be made of raw rubber-titanium and are 100 times more resistant than in the wild to all sorts of nasty hazards. *crack theory has all sorts of cracks, like that icon a few posts u- no wait that's webbing never mind.*
jonasfx
August 27th, 2012, 3:49 pm
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somehow this cover makes me think vhs/audio casette tape cover~
ShinyHoundoom229
August 27th, 2012, 3:49 pm
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Awww, they're so cute!

It makes me sad that they'll probably just end up being smashed by Stein's Onix again. Hope Atty has plenty of bandages.
Zelkova
August 27th, 2012, 3:51 pm
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Some people get mad when an artist add fluffy hair on a Pikachu claiming it should only be Sparky's thing (a Pikachu from the first season of the anime and basically belong to an Ash clone) I honestly don't mind myself. It just some dislike it for some reason.
Someguy (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 3:57 pm
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M0ar ? I started reading the entire comic this morning and couldn't stop !
When are we getting more ?
(Oh I just noticed there's a new page every three days . Eh... I'll leave the comment anyway)
Mika-Chan (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 4:03 pm
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THE RAT SURVIVES!
Mint612
August 27th, 2012, 4:07 pm
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Cigarettes....Dragonthing,and Rat thing.Thats all I'm paying attention to.
fumetsusozo
August 27th, 2012, 4:17 pm
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<3 Aww they are SsoooOo CUTE!

And happy to see Rat is still alive. :)
Ryoko Son
August 27th, 2012, 4:20 pm
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YAAAAAY!!! NEW CHAPTER!!!! XD
AND DOUBLE YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! RAT's ALIVE!!! =D
..... How many people actually say that?! Without sarcastism? ^.^``
Crauss (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 4:36 pm
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Adorable They are so adorable I wish I could just crush them and see their intestines explode everywhere.
Mewtwo3642 (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 4:37 pm
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Awww! So adorable!
ToxicBreeze
August 27th, 2012, 4:38 pm
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aw this cover page is so beautiful <3 DT and Rat are so adorable <333
MoogleSam
August 27th, 2012, 4:41 pm
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Aww, so cute.

I also have no idea how people thought Rat was dead. He spoke after the attack and if Stein killed the Pokemon of people then they would be stuck in his town with all the goddamn crazy people that drag them everywhere and won't let them leave without the badge.
EeVeE (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 5:42 pm
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I SENSE TRAINING.
yes good (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 5:55 pm
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I really, really love your art.
Blitz3124
August 27th, 2012, 7:01 pm
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. nice
The_mad_one
August 27th, 2012, 7:03 pm
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Minor-critisism-that-might-well-lead-to-being-massively-flamed-cuz-H0ly-draws-awesomely time~!!!!

Rat's eyes look a bit odd, sorta detached, since there's no indication of furry edges around/above them.

I'm not even sure why, looking up pictures of furry animals shows no fur in front of the eyes, but it seems like that is missing.

Maybe it's actually a lack of shadow around them.

One way or another, it doesn't look like fur, around the eyes.
Donovan421
August 27th, 2012, 7:03 pm
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Hmm, Notebook, pencils, cigarettes... will George be tortur i mean tutoring Atty in the ways of pokemon?
ZaneZandell
August 27th, 2012, 7:28 pm
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They're alive! Yay!
DT_Fan (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 7:36 pm
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Yay! Cute DT in the cover :) Gives me hopes that he'll remain unevolved a bit longer. Also, AWWW those two look so cute together :3 I'm wondering, will the new chapter also include a new comic banner? I guess it's probably not such a good choice since neither Atty or George appear on it, but I was still wondering :P This cover is just too cute.
SmackJeevesNinja (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 7:42 pm
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I somewhat agree that just something is a bit off about Rat-Thing. Maybe it's because the Pikachu has blue eyes and I'm not used to it yet.
Botanist (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 7:46 pm
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Worst thing for Atty Great now it's time for Grinding with George Poor Atty May this chapter go by quickly for you and the the rest of us.

Also I notice the sketchpad and pencils and I was wondering is Atty an artist if so that would explain why he went back for his back pack in the other chapter. dose he not want anyone to know that he draws? then again it could just be George's.
The_mad_one
August 27th, 2012, 8:05 pm
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Here's a quick edit on Rat's eyes with a Windows 7 Paint brush tool thingy that might be of use or otherwise interesting:
http://i.imgur.com/ehoGI.jpg
Ciro
August 27th, 2012, 8:31 pm
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Pikachu's alive, yay.
Kamashari (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 8:42 pm
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@The_mad_one: I, might I say, believe the anatomy that you're looking for is either the eyelid or the 'brow', which really doesn't make much of a difference in 'feral' creatures in anime as they look nigh the same anyway. DragonThing has them, which is a contrast to Rat.

Speaking of Anime, I don't care what other people say, the Anime died a death that would make a sadist leap in joy promptly following the middle of the second generation. Ash is still ten years old. The directors don't even GIVE a Pikachu's arse (no OC pun intended, H0ly) for the show anymore, and they openly admitted it. I stopped watching after they confused 'Legendary' with 'Pseudo-common', call me a nerd.

On an ending note, it's a fiction law: No main characters are allowed to die without fulfilling their purpose to the plot, nor will any depressingly-cute or fluffily adorable creatures be killed by a gruesome death. DragonThing is both. And don't you think with all of those chemicals from the cigarettes that DT's tail-fire would be a freakish neon-cyan, royal-purple, hunter-green, and sunset red color by now...?

That's it, love the comic.
~Kamashari
Naya
August 27th, 2012, 8:52 pm
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Daw, Rat's so cute. AT least Atty didn't call him "Yellow Thing!" XD
The_mad_one
August 27th, 2012, 8:58 pm
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@Kamashari:
Actually, I think it's the lack of shadow, as to illustrate the indent/depth where the fur ends.

Fur lies on top of the skin. Where the eye starts, the fur ends, making the eye deeper inwards than the fur, causing some shadow.

Examples:
http://a.rgbimg.com/cache1opEY4/users/h/ha/hatchplot/600/mtLSMzC.jpg
http://a.rgbimg.com/cache1objKK/users/a/al/alessandro/600/mq2yBBo.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2011/500681-102-fur-eye-final.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2011/61266-10082011-2.jpg

Interestingly, I can't spot the shadow on a hawk's eye on Wikipedia:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/Hawk_eye.jpg/220px-Hawk_eye.jpg

Nor on other bird pictures. It would seem feathers are different still.
Soul Moony
August 27th, 2012, 9:26 pm
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I must say, that is a beautifull cover... and deep inside me i already knew that Rat was alive xD
Magical Fish
August 27th, 2012, 10:25 pm
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Smacked by 210kg of solid rock, only breaks an ear. Yay for PokeLogic!
Redrafter
August 27th, 2012, 10:50 pm
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Awww, little ZapRat! :D Poor guy. :<
Guest
August 27th, 2012, 11:12 pm
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pokecenter's heal everething it got hurt it training (ps i want too see atty get beat up from the name rater please)
Fjord (Guest)
August 27th, 2012, 11:33 pm
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Would have been hilarious if the pikachu was in a full body cast xD
Victor Infinity
August 28th, 2012, 2:23 am
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for the pokeballs on the cover, I think Brent will catch a rattatta and pidgey army to try to hurt onix, but I I can see pokemons flying in the arena with Onix's tail xD
Dember
August 28th, 2012, 6:40 am
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@The_mad_one In regards to comments made by "The_mad_one" -- I find it quite bemusing that every single one of your "examples" depicts sheer, strict realism, while the style that this comic is drawn in, is very blatantly anything but comparable to an actual photograph.
If you're disappointed because the style does not reflect realism, are you going to complain because the charmander has no scale texture, next? Or maybe that the fire doesn't look like real life fire? What about that cardboard-flat and highly rectangular-shaped trademark pikachu tail that no real mammal could ever have? It's a comic, based on a cartoon. Go whine at the maker of looneytunes because Bugs Bunny shouldn't be able to use his paws to pick up objects or something, if cartoonism offends you.

No offense meant whatsoever, but that "edited" version you did of the cover looks terrible, as if the pikachu is smelling something unpleasant, or perhaps stubbed its toe and is squinting very slightly, perhaps even about to cry.
The blur is quite unpleasant, as though the eyes themselves are not defined from the yellow fur around them at all. To be fair, pikachu is a mouse pokemon, and a mouse is a rodent. Speaking as a rodent owner of over sixteen full years, I know for a fact that most definitely have slightly 'bulging' eyes, which do somewhat protrude from the head itself. If you're going to throw loads of examples, stop showing them of cats, dogs or even birds; those all have at least a few million years of evolution separating them from mice, let alone cartoon mice. Pikachu aren't exactly good replications of a true mouse, nor any other actual rodent, or any other /animal/, for that matter, since they're, you know. Pokemon. Not animals.


On another note, it is generally considered rude to take someone else's art and alter it in any way, shape or form (yes, even for critiques, redlines or any other reason) without acquiring the artist's expressed permission prior to doing so.

Please have some common courtesy; it would not have been difficult for you to message the artist in private and wait for an answer before so audaciously pointing out, in public no less, something that YOU considered to be an error.

I have absolutely nothing against critiques -- in fact, I strongly approve of them, and I personally welcome any and all. However, not everyone else feels the same, and it would be wise to respect that.
In either case, critiques really should be left up to a competent artist who both knows what they are doing and whose personal style or styles can relate to that of what they are revising and "improving".

In my personal opinion, the pikachu's eyes look fine, and even put the actual pokemon show to shame.
The sole difference that I would have made would be to add some form of eyebrows, but aside from being inaccurate both to the pikachu 'species' as well as to most animals in general, it could be the case that "Rat" simply isn't making any facial expressions that would make them noticeable, which is entirely possible.
Anon3636 (Guest)
August 28th, 2012, 7:29 am
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Wonder what At's gonna do now.
Captain LeBubbles
August 28th, 2012, 9:35 am
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Looks like he's stuck with George after all.
The_mad_one
August 28th, 2012, 11:01 am
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@Dember:
"it would not have been difficult for you to message the artist in private and wait for an answer before so audaciously pointing out, in public no less"

Might want to think about where you said that phrase. ;)

Anyway, I feel I've been as courteous as possible. Sending a private message would be for too pushy to my taste as it would almost force a response, whereas this can be ignored as H0ly sees fit. As you said, this is a minor thing.

Besides, positive opinions are placed here all the time, often by me. It would only be simple balance if any criticism would end up in the same comments.

It's not as if I dislike the art, quite the contrary. It's only Rat's eyes.

I might've used more words than necessary to describe it, but I prefer to be as clear as possible, hence the included picture.

I suppose I could've asked for permission to draw two circles around Rat's eyes, but it being such a minor change, in no way made for anything other than to just possibly help and it being two-click-removable by the author, that would be ludicrous.

As for the examples, to my knowledge the real world is the best reference material for lighting. No matter how abstract this drawing style is, it still follows the lighting laws of our universe.

I never expected to be required to type so much text about the shadow on a pikachu's eyes. In fact, I feel I have said everything there is to say about mentioning a minor lighting issue and I will probably not reply to any more comments on the issue.

Thanks for your time.
DT_Fan (Guest)
August 28th, 2012, 1:44 pm
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You know you have a successful webcomic when there's drama over the shading around a character's eyes :P On that subject, I still think it's fine the way it is, considering it's an anime-based comic (and anyways, Pikachu in the anime looks anything but furry most of the time)
chaos-of-vinnie
August 28th, 2012, 2:41 pm
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Awesome picture!! :D
redleaveshavefallen
August 28th, 2012, 4:15 pm
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+1 Reader! Oh my goodness. i have no words.

It will be hard to fit all this, but. Your comic is just inredible. The art is amazing, whether it be the incredible amount of deatil, the cleanliness of the pictures, or just the hilarious and appealing facial expressions. But don't even get me started about the storytelling: it shall be the death of me. It is far too amazing. First of all, the research and all of the little references to the original pokemon are just incredible and make me excited whenever I recognize one. You truly put a lot of thought into your events. Which leads me to your actual genius; the original plot you have made inside this world that has been reconstructed over and over again, your interpretation and way of illustrating it is by far the most gorgeous and amazing things I've ever seen. With your slightly disgruntled main character who knows nothing about pokemon, your readers get to see this world through the ideas of a forever snarky novice, and I completely adore how you portray it. With your unique writing and hilarious characters, innovative relationships and just how you pull this story along, I am screaming with every page in the high pitched sounds of bliss. thank you for creating such an amazing work of art.
Kia (Guest)
August 28th, 2012, 5:49 pm
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Charmander will set the pencils on fire. Then it will spread to the cigarettes. Rat Thing will get cancer and die.
Xinea
August 28th, 2012, 9:56 pm
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I get the feeling that Atty will be defeated by the awesome power that is DTandRatComboCuteness. They are bros.
+bird+ (Guest)
August 28th, 2012, 11:20 pm
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But you didn't include the JUMPER.

I. MUST. KNOW~
Bishiglomper (Guest)
August 29th, 2012, 12:59 am
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Aww, they're so cuuuuute. And kinda sad. Poor little guys. <3 I feel so sorry for them being Atty's.

At least he's getting better! And he has George. She won't let him kill them.

...right?
Koi (Guest)
August 29th, 2012, 3:32 am
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No one was worried about them, we were more concerned about the jumper. Is it still with us?! D':

But on a serious note, I adore the background. I know I should be looking at DT and Rat, but my eyes are drawn beyond them-- then DT's sad face forces the focus back onto them. It's an unending cycle.
TehRockyWolf (Guest)
August 29th, 2012, 1:05 pm
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The Pencils I wonder what they have to do with the plot.
Maybe a plan of some sort?
Whitespirit
August 29th, 2012, 2:51 pm
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What do you use to colour?! I MUST KNOW!!
Guest
August 30th, 2012, 1:21 am
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Those pencils and sketchbook make one suspect his ambition, the one no-one has respect for because it isn't becoming a Pokemon Master, is to become a mangaartist (or something similiar)

Or I'm just reading too much into it and they are just filler items
GONE
August 30th, 2012, 6:50 am
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Awesome cover!
Blahface (Guest)
August 30th, 2012, 12:32 pm
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I think Atty will take some serious revenge.... They probably took his jumper as he "white out".
Felent (Guest)
August 31st, 2012, 2:34 am
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@jonasfx: Its the same size as a cassette while being able to cover the sides and the bottom of a cassette box. I think thats why.

because I thought so to. memories.
interspark
August 31st, 2012, 4:55 am
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i love pikachu's hair! ^_^
Jolt99 (Guest)
August 31st, 2012, 4:16 pm
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Cue montage Looks like its time Atty got a couple of lessons on how it works, seeing that his experience is picking up charmander and telling him to attack things, granted it worked until the gym.
AaronThePuppet
August 31st, 2012, 4:46 pm
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gorgeous cover! I love the coloring job! the cover is gorgeous! ^.^
Someguy (Guest)
September 3rd, 2012, 8:00 pm
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@Someguy: Hey! You stole my name! >:(

...Not that its very original, though...
Filiocht (Guest)
September 14th, 2012, 9:23 am
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Wait, didnt Atty already burn Veridian to the ground? Where are they now?
Juralumin (Guest)
January 7th, 2013, 7:19 pm
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This my favorite cover yet!!! :D looks awesome!
Juralumin (Guest)
January 7th, 2013, 7:23 pm
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I think im gonna make a new game on Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky and make me a charmander named Dragon thing or DT if it doesnt fit and my partner a pikachu named Rat or the opposite, me pika and my partner a char...I can't decide! Oh no! XD
V (Guest)
June 29th, 2013, 7:07 am
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just a heads up, the image is down. it's just a photobucket image saying it's out of bandwidth or something. why is this externally hosted in the first place? :|
H0lyhandgrenade
June 29th, 2013, 7:29 am
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@V: Fixed it. Thanks for letting me know =)
3jaustin
August 20th, 2014, 7:48 pm
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At least Pikachu survived... but you still have to beat the gym leader of Pewter City.
Jinnamon
August 17th, 2017, 3:35 pm
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Goodness they are so cute together and the colors are so bright and vibrant ahh