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Chapter 6 Page 20

01 Nov 2012 06:17 pm

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Here I am playing the world's smallest violin.
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Reply H0lyhandgrenade, 01 Nov 2012 06:17 pm

I thought twice about the horrific scenes I coulda posted in this section and actually toned it down. Which might sound suprising I guess xD But I didn't feel right trying to squeeze a heartwrenching scene out of a bunch of dead insects... I dunno. I think it's grim enough as it is.

I actually tried something different for this page and the three after (I work in batches). I tried doing the pencilling A5 to see if it would up my speed sufficiently. Not worth it in the end I decided xD; Too many details lost. Like. ... Faces. Ah well. I'll go back to A4 after these.

See y'all soon.

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User's Comments:

Reply kennelofdog, 01 Nov 2012 06:20 pm

and that is why you don't choose charmander

Reply SassyThePokemonLover, 01 Nov 2012 06:22 pm

There's probably going to be some bug imports from Johto.

Reply Pandapal, 01 Nov 2012 06:23 pm

well, that's depressing. very well drawn, but depressing. Not sure what I was expecting though.

Reply Blitz3124, 01 Nov 2012 06:24 pm

awww those poor bugs, i wonder how misty would act

Reply Janobii, 01 Nov 2012 06:33 pm

@Blitz3124: I don't know. She might still freak out on them.

Reply Millie Griffin, 01 Nov 2012 06:33 pm

You know, those beedrill look pretty cute...when they're dead. XD

Reply The_mad_one, 01 Nov 2012 06:48 pm

Now for the important stuff. What are beedrill stingers worth nowadays?

Reply Sign Seeker7, 01 Nov 2012 06:55 pm

[Hopeful] Chances are good most of them fainted. Pokemon have taken worse before. Poison, thunder, holy wrath, that sort of thing.

Reply Zandra, 01 Nov 2012 06:57 pm

they just fainted...

...can't catch them though...

Reply jalek13 (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 07:05 pm

I have a feeling that one of those bugs was Georges....

Reply jess56476 (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 07:06 pm

Aww George don't think of them as DEAD, they just don't have any trainers to rush them to a Pokemon Center. Nothing a good Revive can't do.
It should be easier to find Pikachus now too, without running into a Caterpie every 5 steps. So Atty really accidently did a GOOD thing by getting rid of all the annoying bugs!

Reply crazybob, 01 Nov 2012 07:16 pm

that reminds me... How did DT not evolve yet? Dt burned down an entire forest of bugs! that's like 30-165 exp a pop!

Reply andwhyisit (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 07:20 pm

@jess56476: Pikachus aren't exactly fire resistant.

Reply andwhyisit (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 07:32 pm

@Sign Seeker7: While Pokemon don't die in normal gameplay (for obvious reasons), Pokemon have been known to die in the games (Marowak in gen 1, the cemeteries in gens 1 and 3, and a few pokedex entries indicate this), don't kid yourself.

Reply FormOf_SomeGuy (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 07:32 pm

Burning Sensations! No really, how has DT not evolved? Based on chapter 4 page 61 - no wait, forget the swarm shot. Based on this first look of the carnage AND the swarm shot, I won't be surprised if she completely skips charmeleon and warp digi<gets slapped by all the hardcore digimon fans reading this oh wait>

Reply pat15, 01 Nov 2012 07:37 pm

I've never felt so bad about killing an insect in my life...
Well I mean, I'll still kill em, I just feel slightly bad about it now

Reply Eightywight (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 07:48 pm

Grimm I totally forgot about the fire and how well... if the pokemon got caught in it, they would be dead.

Reply NotSoHappyCamper (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 09:01 pm

@crazybob Burning down the forest didn't help DT evolve because, in the words of Gimli, "That still only counts as one!"

Reply Pencil Artisan (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 09:03 pm

Why DT hasn't evolved Because she only actually killed that one beedril, and the panicked bug did the rest. Therefore she only got Exp for One Pokemon even though because of her actions the whole forest burnt down.

As a side note, the pikachu are probably all dead too. Mmmm, fried rat... I hear roasted rat with honey was actually a delicacy in ancient rome!

Reply Sign Seeker7, 01 Nov 2012 09:07 pm

@andwhyisit: [Dry] I am very aware of that. My point was not that they couldn't die, but rather that they are capable of surviving so much punishment that just being on fire isn't as impressive.
Example: A Beedrill is capable of surviving a deity ripping apart the fabric of space. Forest fire? Hm.

Reply Thanatos-Zero, 01 Nov 2012 09:23 pm

I hear it. The wind of death is howling...

Reply DT_Fan (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 09:36 pm

It intruigues me what kind of horrid scenes you had in mind :p Neat detail on that first panel with the Butterfree stuck on the tree. Now I'm actually curious about what will DT and Rat's reactions will be when sighting this scene... I don't recall Atty returning them to their balls, but I don't see them around either...

Reply Flannigan (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 09:48 pm

Well handgrenade, along with my world's tiniest viola we can make a finger duet.

Reply u_queen, 01 Nov 2012 10:05 pm

I swear I didn't get what the second panel was until examinating it three times. Sometimes we're so accustomed to see the pokemon in one perspective,that we miss how it should look from another point of view.

Reply qazox, 01 Nov 2012 10:59 pm

Gimme back my violin! I've always wondered where it went to.

Reply Yubeze, 01 Nov 2012 11:17 pm

@Millie Griffin: yeah when they're not trying to kill you XD

Reply BritMattison, 01 Nov 2012 11:26 pm

It's not like it was completely his fault.

Reply Pierce (Guest), 01 Nov 2012 11:38 pm

The fact that the bugs are recognizable instead of charred flesh makes me think that one Nurse Joy is all it would take to get those Pokemon back on their feet.

Reply EHeroAndrew, 02 Nov 2012 01:43 am

Its the Bug Pokemon Apocalypse...

Reply Zitronenbaum, 02 Nov 2012 02:33 am

According to pokemon logic they only fainted. :D

Reply chaos-of-vinnie, 02 Nov 2012 03:58 am

Aw man this is sad!! :(
Hopefully the forest will re-grow soon, not that that makes up for all the Pokémon that are already dead
Cry Georgie cry for us all! T.T

Reply Masami (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 06:22 am

Not really sure what George was expecting

Reply Calumrb22, 02 Nov 2012 07:27 am

RSPCP Someone call the RSPCP; Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Pokemon.

Reply Sunny112, 02 Nov 2012 07:50 am

So sad... ._.
Nicely drawn by the way (:

Reply Kelekona, 02 Nov 2012 08:45 am

Not sure what I was expecting... @Pandapal: deaddove.jpg

Reply Greedo (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 09:41 am

Well... on the bright side DT got exp from all of that.... Right?

Reply Guest, 02 Nov 2012 10:05 am

That's what I was wondering too.

Reply Some Guy (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 11:08 am

Someone's going to need a lot of revives.

Reply kurik (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 11:13 am

How the hell is DT not evloved yet???

Reply Osha (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 11:50 am

Level up Eh, with all of these Pokémon Dragonthing killed in that forest, you'd think she would've evolved already.

Reply hellfire14, 02 Nov 2012 01:09 pm


Reply Sapphire Shaddix (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 01:47 pm

Was that the Caterpie that was always trailing behind the rest? Poor little guy...

EDIT: Wasn't the forest largely gone in Gen 2? Like when you go back to Kanto after finishing with the Pokemon League and you are prancing up route 2, you just run right into Pewter without passing by more than a few trees and some stray grass. I always wondered about that, and now I know why!

Reply Blable, 02 Nov 2012 01:49 pm

:U I feel bad for the Caterpie and Butterfree since they're adorable...not so much for the Weedles =3=...little buggers keep poisoning my team....

Reply Kitleena, 02 Nov 2012 02:32 pm

You know I have a really hard time believing this sort of thing hasn't happened before.

Reply sky406, 02 Nov 2012 03:12 pm

those little buggers deserved it they are so annoying you can't walk in tall grass without them appearing(in the game)

Reply Onix (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 03:41 pm

I don't see dead Kakunas or Metapods (Pikachus either thou)

Reply Martakus (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 04:57 pm

What could anybody possibly add to such a touching page?



No, just kidding ^^

Reply Guest, 02 Nov 2012 05:48 pm

Don't worry, they're just 'fainted'

Reply Mika-Chan (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 06:10 pm

Don't worry, George. I'd be upset, too.

All that good level grinding, lost...

Reply Dr_Black (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 06:52 pm

So... Am I the only one that fist pumped?
Don't get me wrong, I love all pokemon equally. But...I hate wasps, allergic and all kinda felt satisfied.

Reply beepboopiamrobot (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 07:33 pm

Hey, with all those kills, shouldn't DT's EXP be through the roof?

Reply HeroesAndCons (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 09:13 pm

... I can't wait for the trek through Mt Moon. Seriously, with your amazing art style it is going to be very exciting to see what you do with the dungeons of the game XD

Also, are you playing through the original red / blue? Or firered / leafgreen? Because if it is the original games, I will be very interested to see what happen to your team when it has to face off against that rocket's Level 16 Raticate with Hyper Fang in Mt Moon XD

Reply NotATacoTruck (Guest), 02 Nov 2012 10:03 pm

the bright side maybe we'll get to see some ghost pokemon now?

Reply Soul Moony, 02 Nov 2012 11:43 pm

Wow... you really like to kill pokemons dont´cha xD

Reply redleaveshavefallen, 03 Nov 2012 12:31 am

This story
I love this story
(By the way I second the vote on Ghost Pokemon. Go to Pokemon Tower. All of the bugs can try to kill him.)

Reply JamesB (Guest), 03 Nov 2012 12:32 am

I would say if you toned it up i might not have felt sorry for them all..... the only bug pokemon i liked from the original's was Butterfree was a total b*tch to lvl it too. at least when you have a pikachu that can't harm Rock/Ground and had to figure out an alternative to beat the first gym leader. Mankey or Butterfree.... and I hope all the posters haven't had any troubles from Hurricane Sandy, and if so I am sorry for w/e happened. same to you Author/Artist.

Reply Guest, 03 Nov 2012 12:34 am

Atticus: "Here I am playing the world's smallest violin." Look, I'm playing it so fast that smoke is coming out of my hands.

Reply Ogreships (Guest), 03 Nov 2012 10:06 am

It's all above board You're seriously telling me this hasn't happened before? XD

Reply SeaRabbie (Guest), 03 Nov 2012 10:20 am

Elementary :D

Reply teh_fish (Guest), 03 Nov 2012 10:45 am

I like bugs. This is sad. Please make them alive but homeless.

Reply NO! BAD H0LY! (Guest), 03 Nov 2012 03:03 pm

We are your audience! You know what that means? It means we're no more "decent" than you are! Don't censor yourself. Pokemon gore is beautiful!

Haha, no. But in all honesty, if that scene could've been more grim, I really would have liked to see it.

I hope you read this message, H0ly. Please don't tone it down.

Reply interspark, 03 Nov 2012 04:51 pm

A desolate and barran aea!? But that's where super-tough trainers hang out!!!

Reply Loopy-Lass (Guest), 03 Nov 2012 06:42 pm

Pidgey fodder!! xD

Reply Humanplague (Guest), 03 Nov 2012 07:19 pm

You know, you have a real sick sense of humor. I'm not complaining or anything, just pointing it out, since I find this rather amusing myself.

Reply Naya, 03 Nov 2012 08:37 pm

You know what, this actually makes sense, cuz in the original GSC, Viridian forest was like... nothing. XD

Reply ChaosSorceror Davidicus (Guest), 03 Nov 2012 09:11 pm

And this is why I would be a bad guy in the world of pokemon. Bugs are useless, weak to my favorite element: Fire, they DARE to think they are worthy of a legendary (they are not), and are effectively useless (bug MOVES are pretty useful, bug type pokemon are a waste of space).

In the world of pokemon, my evil plan would be to erradicate (or maybe exterminate) all bug pokemon in the world... along with dark types, who are also effectively useless. Maybe not destroy Darks, just get them to learn new moves. Heeheeheeheeheehee!

Reply +bird+ (Guest), 04 Nov 2012 12:46 am

Grim indeed.

Reply teh_fish (Guest), 04 Nov 2012 09:58 am

@ChaosSorceror Davidicus: Bugs are the most successful creatures in terms of evolution; they survive anything. They make up over 95% of the animal kingdom and they'll be the prime candidates to survive a nuclear fallout (not just cockroaches). They were once much, much larger in the past and only shrank to their current size due to their tracheal mechanism for absorbing and distributing oxygen.

But even then, bugs can make top predators for their niche. The praying mantis was acknowledged as such by two different groups of martial artists who independently incorporated its movements into kung fu. They are great for learning since they reproduce easily, quickly, and cheaply allowing people to readily study them for body systems that may be analogous to humans and other animals. Some are also initiators of decomposition which is necessary if you don't want to live knee-high in your own crap.

That aside, it is unnecessary and capricious of you to claim that they do not deserve a Legendary Pokemon and that they are useless. There have already been several Fire Legendaires, such as Moltres and Ho-Oh. What are they doing now? Falling prey to Stealth Rock, requiring Rapid Spin support that could be provided by, oh, I don't know, maybe a Forretress? Genesect is a Bug Pokemon, and Bug is sensitive to Stealth Rock, but it still only takes neutral damage from it.

Scizor is a Bug Pokemon that's made its way into the metagame and stayed there. With numerous resistances, an immunity, weather protection, and only a single weakness that is countered by weather and supporting attacks, Scizor has excellent defensive typing. A huge base Attack and great movepool for boosing and revenging makes Scizor a top offensive threat. Technician boosted Bullet Punch, Bug Bite, and Pursuit is not to be trifled with. U-Turn also allows Scizor to be an escape master since it's easy to predict which Pokemon a foe will switch into (something that uses Fire attacks, of course) and let you place them in an unfavorable position right after they already wasted a turn switching. Heracross also suffers from a x4 weakness, but also has huge Attack and a solid Speed stat to back it up making for a super dangerous Choice Scarf user. Megahorn and Close Combat are STAB attacks that provide pretty good coverage and hit really, really hard. Heracross shows the adaptive nature of bugs with Guts, allowing it to completely turn around an unfavorable situation (such as Burn). Volcarona is a Bug that boasts arguably the most powerful boosting attack: Quiver Dance. Quiver Dance is an attack that is learned exclusively by Bug Pokemon and turns any non-threatening Special attacker into a fast, hard-hitting sweeper that even has some special bulk. Take this great move and put it on a Pokemon that has large base Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed, and you get a total monster. Whereas most Fire Pokemon are crippled in the Rain, Volcarona can reverse this weakness by using Hurricane, which is especially useful in the Rain due to being a high-hitting but inaccurate attack that acts like Thunder and always hits in stormy weather. Even when you stray from the powerful Bug Pokemon, you can find underdogs that fill unique and viable niches. Take Masquerain. It has Intimidate that coupled with U-Turn can be abused to keep your opponent crippled or force switches. Rain Dance and Water Sport are both in its repertoire, allowing it to protect teammates from Fire. Also, it is one of the two Pokemon that can Baton Pass over Quiver Dance, the other being Venomoth which can use Quiver Dance and hit almost everything for neutral or Super Effective Damage due to its Tinted Lens ability and excellent movepool. Masquerain when using Quiver Dance for itself becomes somewhat bulky due to Intimidate lowering the opponent's offensive prowess on the physical side and boosting its own Sp. Defense itself. Roost is a reliable healing technique it has access to, and due to being x4 resistant to Fighting attacks, you may often be able to find opportunity to switch in on Fighting Pokemon and lower their attack before U-Turning back out.

My point? Don't insult Bugs. What you said was insulting and unsubstantiated, and though we can respect your opinion, please phrase it in the form of an opinion and not fact.

Reply xyamakunx, 04 Nov 2012 04:57 pm

When You See It.......... /THIS/ is why in the original G/S/C, there's no actual forest of Viridian Forest. Because Atty burnt it down.

Reply Roach (Guest), 04 Nov 2012 05:26 pm

@teh_fish: thank you for supporting this. I myself am a bug trainer and breeder, and hope-to-be future bug gym leader in a small clan of mine. I find that bugs are very versatile, and even RU rated ones can play in the OU tier. My armaldo is beast. every bug you mentioned are ones I use, and they rock it.

however, i do believe that little kid who insulted Bugs does not have the mental ability to read that many words, so you should tone it down so he can understand. that's a lot of words for a comeback.

Reply bluesox, 04 Nov 2012 06:51 pm


Reply Ito (Guest), 04 Nov 2012 06:58 pm

"yuor MOM grahglflgleagle!" - some ten year old @Roach: ho ho, I beleive I got something more to his speed. "your mom is a useless bug pokemon LOL". that'll show 'im! 'cuz there are no bad pokmon just bad trainers! (I mean there has to be some moral lesson to it all, right?)

Reply Guest, 04 Nov 2012 09:29 pm

w.s.v come in packs i put them in a line on sample silds so wean i pat them togeter they play well and you dont lose it (lost of the pack in the wind )

Reply Prior Semblance (Guest), 04 Nov 2012 11:18 pm

@xyamakunx: Thats what I was thinking. I wonder if the 2nd gen pokemon have already started moving in =p

Reply imakitty (Guest), 05 Nov 2012 04:26 pm

I read this whole webcomic up to here today, I can't wait for more c:

Reply reikitty, 05 Nov 2012 04:37 pm

This is so depressing D:

Reply reikitty, 05 Nov 2012 04:44 pm

@andwhyisit: They aren't fire resistant, but they probably wouldn't be in as much terrible shape that the bug Pokemon would be in.

Reply Guest, 05 Nov 2012 05:16 pm

Wouldn't all the pokemon that weren't attacking them have run? Humans can only enter/leave through the doors but pokemon can move through the trees just fine. Non-coccoon pokemon, anyway.

Reply ChaosSorceror Davidicus (Guest), 06 Nov 2012 11:19 pm

Little kid?! @teh_fish:
Before I start on this, I would like to point out that I'm friggin 22 years old! =.=

Since you were clearly upset by my personal opinion, teh_fish, upset enough to make a lengthy anecdote about the usefulness of bug pokemon, it is my apology to you to be unable to read or comprehend your clearly knowledgable description of bug pokemon. Trying to is making me cross-eyed. But from what I gathered, you know yer stuff, about bug-types, so all the same, sorry I apparently offended you. I would like to point out, tho, that I understand how bugs are IN REAL LIFE, I was strictly referring to in pokemon, not real life. I know the cockroach will outlive us all (odd we don't have a cockroach pokemon.. do we? I stopped after crystal, but came back for gen 4. I hated gen 3 with a passion). I watch a lot of discovery/science channel stuff so I am well aware what a real life bug is capable of.

To yer last bit. It was an opinion, and in my brain, it looked like an opinion. But still, I apologize nonetheless.

You are right tho, I don't have the mental capabilities to read essays. In my defense, I don't know that many guys who DEFEND bug types. Trust me when I say everyone I know hates bug types, I agree with them. I've been at the pokemon game a long time, and I've tried many different group combinations, and outside EV training, I have never ever seen a bug type be effectively useful. For me, an effective pokemon has a decent stat growth, good move sets, and decent pokemon abilities possible. Having it look "cool" doesn't hurt either. I know that narrows it down tons, and that probably ruined my interests in pokemon.

Were I still playing the series, or at least playing my heart Gold more, I would offer a battle between you all who defend the critters to prove me wrong. Hey, I've been wrong before, but in my experience, but types belong in boxes, collecting dust and rotting. But I've been wrong many times, so if yer right, yer right. I was merely giving my point of view. You don't like it? Fair enough.

Also, amusing troll, Ito, but my mom is more of a normal type user. Her favorite pokemon is Jigglypuff and she got into the series when we did way back when. I don't actually think she uses bugs either. I could be wrong. Hmm.

Hmm... I can't think of anything else to say in my defense. I really wasn't trying to troll, but it probably came off across that way. As I like to say, "you can't read tone". I'd rather like to keep these comments section clear of trolling. So apologies all around, didn't think my comment would get such a rise. Usually people just ignore me. =.='

Reply teh_fish (Guest), 07 Nov 2012 10:04 pm

@ChaosSorceror Davidicus:


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