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  • T My Little Alicorn

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  • Monday
    This is where I'd talk about the shiny new fic

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  • Wednesday
    Comic Review: Annual #2 (Power Ponies) (And yes, we're talking about THAT)

    It's several weeks overdue, but I believe it is time we finally tackled FiM's second annual. After last year's Equestria Girls prequel turned out to be only slightly better than the film it was based on, it's time we looked at another group of non-Mane 6 characters, the Power Ponies, and their marvelous adventures. Can they foil the evil that ponies do?


    Maretropolis is a city beset by villains. Whether it be the tangled schemes of the Mane-iac, the perilous plundering pursuits of Pharaoh Phetlock, the glamorous crime spress of High Heel, or the despair brought on by the ever-saddened Long-Face, the proud ponies that call this noble city home are doomed to a lifetime of suffering and victimhood. At least, that's what would happen if it weren't for the city's mightiest defenders, the POWER PONIES! The Masked Matter-Horn, Zapp, Mistress Mare-velous, Fili-Second, Radiance, Saddle Ranger, and Humdrum, fight a never-ending battle in the name of justice and peace! They are an unstoppable team, loved by everpony in Maretropolis...

    And they hate each other.

    The Power Ponies is just a big show put on to mask how dysfunctional and broken the team is. Mare-velous resents having to work with others. Fili-Second is bored with everything. Radiance is vain and wants all of the media's attention, much to Zapp's frustration. Saddle Ranger can barely keep from going into a rage from all the fighting. And the Masked Matter-Horn orders everyone around while doing nothing to correct the team's behavior. Only Humdrum seems to have any interest in the Power Ponies staying together.

    But this shall be their darkest hour, for in Balkham Asylum, their worst enemies have banded together to bring an end to the Power Ponies once and for all! The Mane-iac, Phetlock, High Heel and Longface are joined by the amorphous Smudge and master thief Shadowmane, and form a mighty Legion of Doom (only not called that because Lex Luthor would simultaneously sue and nuke them). The fractured Power Ponies are no match for the villains' combined assault, and to top things off, their powers are stolen and given to their worst enemies thanks to accursed science. Will our powerless heroes learn the power of friendship and save the city?

    Before getting into the issue itself, though, there is one thing: if you didn't like the episode “Power Ponies,” this comic probably won't change your mind. It's still a superhero story done with ponies; outside of the horse puns, you could probably fit any super-team you can think of into this plot and it would have worked almost as well. The comic also doesn't really differentiate them from how the Mane 6 portrayed them, although the actual Power Ponies are far more straightforward in their character types and significantly less friendly. The main difference is their appearance, as they have different coat and mane colors. In addition, Humdrum is actually a colt, and not a dragon; it's a nice touch and helps differentiate the actual in-universe comic from the LARPing the Mane 6 and Spike had to do.

    Plus, given that Humdrum saves the day twice, maybe Spike is overstating his uselessness a bit too much.

    The original plot apparently had Spike traveling into the comic to help save the day, but it was axed in favor of Humdrum teaching the Power Ponies the values of friendship. You can clearly see where Spike should have been; Humdrum uses a checklist of friendship activities in his instruction, and everything is structured like a school lesson, all of which are things the dragon has to put up with while working with Twilight. Still, I do like the idea of Humdrum getting the lessons in friendship from the Power Ponies' universe's equivalent of FiM; it's an amusing bit of meta humor that has a great payoff.

    The villains are all your basic baddies, and wouldn't stand out too much against the Adam West Batman's rogues gallery. Pharaoh Phetlock has a gang of mummies at his command, Long-Face attacks with “Sadness Gas,” High Heel's car is shaped like a sneaker, and the Mane-iac is still a lighter version of the Joker with living hair. Still, it's an amusing touch that they actually get along very well, in comparison to how most villain team-ups have said antagonists bickering about everything while demanding a decent pair of pants. It's a little sad that our heroes have to destroy such a good friendship to save the day and reclaim their powers.

    I think the best way to describe this annual is that it's fun, albeit in a very Silver Age sort of way. The heroes and villains are ridiculous, the plot is ludicrous, and it's very preachy and goofy, but all in a good way. It harkens back to the days when Batman wore a different-colored costume every night and everyone in the Superman cast was a dick, only minus the overt racism, misogyny, and political propaganda of the era. Sometimes you just want to read a story about superheroes saving the day without condemning them for wanting to help people, or focusing all of the attention on how much better the villains are, or killing characters off for shock value.

    ...Modern comics suck.

    Point is, the annual is good...except perhaps for the backup. Originally featured as a SDCC exclusive, the story features the Mane-iac escaping from prison and returning to her hideout. She finds the Crystal Mirror, which is in the factory...for no reason. And she goes through...for no reason. And she ends up in the Equestria Girls world, but is still a pony...for no reason. And then there's a human!Mane-iac that fights her...for no reason.

    This backup exists...for no reason.

    About the only funny part is the very last panel, where it turns out to be a very weird issue of a comic that human!Dash is reading. And even then, the joke is ruined if you think about it for more than ten seconds. In particular, Dash is weirded out that a pony version of the Mane-iac showed up, which implies that the human cast is the one she's used to in her universe. But the cover plainly shows that the comic is still called Power Ponies. So are they called “Power Ponies” for no reason? Was the joke just incredibly lame? The world may never know.

    Point is, the annual is worth picking up. I heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys either a different kind of pony adventure or just wants an old-fashioned superhero romp.


    Well, that was fun. I wonder why I put this off for so...

    ...Oh right, that thing.

    What has sadly overshadowed how good the comic was is a single, hard-to-see, almost unrecognizable insert of someone's pony OC. In particular, it belongs to someone I shall not name who has produced some...less-than-popular art and critiques of the fandom. The resulting fallout has resulted in a continuing flame war and (possibly) the removal of Ted Anderson from the comics and IDW as a whole. The explosion that lead to RainbowDoubleDash and myself being banned from the Round Stable? That was kicked off by the fandom's reaction to the OC's appearance and their support of the OC's creator. (Plus, RDD is a stubborn blockhead who won't listen when people tell him to walk away and believes that parting shots are acceptable conduct in a discussion. Sorry, but it's kind of true.)

    To put it simply, I do find quite a bit of her work offensive, and claiming that it can simply be dismissed because of satirical intent doesn't fly for me. I'm not demanding anyone's head on a pike or the like, nor do I expect anyone that experiences genuine prejudice and hardship to care what a depressed white man finds offensive, but that doesn't change how disgusted I felt. And claiming it was trying to make a satirical point doesn't make things better; you can explain your intentions all you want, but the fact is that you not only failed to tell a joke well, but you made yourself look uglier with what you said.

    With that taken into consideration, I still think the reaction was far too overblown for what actually happened, and Anderson doesn't deserve to be fired over this. I certainly had no idea who it was until someone pointed it out and explained the whole mess, and I doubt that many did before the issue's release. But if you go purely by how the community has treated it, you'd think Anderson came to every brony's house and snapped their newborn puppy's neck before drinking its blood. It was a harmless, unremarkable background appearance, and nothing else.

    ...Now to brace for the inevitable.

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  • 1w, 4d
    Just a note:

    I'm going to be disconnecting soon. If you don't hear from me, I'm probably dead on the side of the road. Or I got gunned down outside the office. Or those pills I just took finished me off. Or the infection on my arm spreads over my body. Or I find a use for that pocket knife I found. Or I found eternal happiness and sadly had to leave.

    The last one is never going to happen.

    ...Also, new fic is in production. We'll see if it ever gets finished, or if it rots like everything else I write. Hey, remember when people liked me and I wasn't just some hack on the Internet that drives people insane whining endlessly about his life when other people have far bigger problems? Those were good times.

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  • 2w, 1d
    Explanation

    So...you may have seen my last blog post. At least some of you were probably wondering what the heck that was about, and others were wondering why I was writing that thing instead of finishing my fics. I owe you guys an explanation.

    As I mentioned once or twice here, I got a promotion. The new position has a higher salary and promises better conditions than my current one. The problem is that the job is in Sacramento, and I am not. So a move is necessary. I'm still at my current job, though; I have this last week before beginning next Monday. Needless to say, it's been stressful.

    Last Wednesday, one of our systems went out, so we had to stop our project and go back on the phones for most of the day. I ended up having a panic attack before I could even switch my phone on. So I pissed off my supervisor and my manager, got myself written up, and probably lost the promotion.

    Nevertheless, we went apartment shopping, just in case I didn't piss away my future. We found a number of places around my future office that were reasonably priced...and they either had nothing available by the time we needed it, or we were told not to go there by the guide to the area because of gangs. Anything beyond those could go for a thousand a month, which was well out of the price range. We ended up finding a place in Carmichael...but there's no guarantee that it will be ready in time (they're doing a full-scale renovation of their apartments right now), so I may be out of a place to live.

    After that, I had to start packing. The problem is that I need to get everything out of the house, and my father wants it done by tonight so that we can move it downstairs piecemeal throughout the week, after I get home from work. I've already filled up a dozen boxes, and have tons more to go. Doesn't help that I've been on a downswing.

    So I went onto the Round Stable yesterday to cool off. And I...said some things that I didn't mean to be hurtful or insulting, but were definitely so looking back. Woke up and figured I would apologize; found out I was permabanned because they got tired of putting up with my shit.

    So that's where I sit. I screwed up my promotion and current job, ruined the apartment hunt, failed at packing, and pissed people off enough to demand I leave.

    I'm sorry if you expected something that truly mattered.

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  • 2w, 1d
    Failure is inevitable

    Everywhere I go, I will eventually screw things up.

    I will fail to do what needs to be done because I'm a lazy bastard.

    I will drive people away because I'm a loathsome person who can't keep his mouth shut.

    I will anger people because I can't let things go.

    I will go to places where I have no right to be and make others hate me even more. I will let my frustration overtake me and drive me to do stupid shit.

    By the time I'm done, everyone there will despise me and be happy I'm eventually told to leave.

    It's inevitable. It will happen over and over again, and no amount of medication or hotlines will stop it. I will always screw up.

    Sorry to have disturbed you.

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The Cutie Mark Crusaders ask Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy about what happened just after the events of the Cutie Mark Chronicles; specifically, what happened to Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash immediately after the race.  Reluctantly, Dash and Fluttershy delve into a tale.  A tale of a young Fluttershy's amazement at the world she had landed upon, and a filly Dash's desperate quest to save her from that most evil of places: THE GROUND.

First Published
16th Apr 2012
Last Modified
16th Apr 2012
#1 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

Well, here's a new story.  It's not my best, but I tried.

At least it's short this time.

Thanks for reading.

#2 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

I love it so much! D'aawwwww!:yay:

#3 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

This story is just too full of win.  I give you 5 Dashies out of 5.

:rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

#4 · 131w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

That was sweet. As in 'sugar'. Thoroughly enjoyed it! "Security cloud" needs to be a thing.

Bit of a problem with Lavender Unicorn Syndrome, though. We know Rainbow Dash is blue x) And your grammar was spotty in places, might want to give it one more proofread.

But don't let that detract from the positive! I very much enjoyed reading this. Like Derpy's Diary, it's really nice to break up the deluge of Dark and Sad with something so happy and uncynical!

#5 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

That was a cute story.

>ib4 peope say this is actualy a metaphor for goverment propaganda/censorship

#6 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

:yay:

#7 · 131w, 1d ago · 4 · ·

What is this thing you're doing to my heart? Oh, you're making it feel things. Only one remedy for that; to chop off my thumbs! Here, have 'em.

#8 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

Very nice. I was actually going to write a similar story a few weeks ago, but I could never get started on it. I was gonna take a darker route tho. Nonetheless, very enjoyable.

#9 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

Friendshipping is magic.

#10 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

mind posting a link to the picture? thank ya kindly

#11 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

That was a cute little tale with some nice background story for our two favorite pegasi.

#12 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

One of the best friendship fics I've read.  Much loves for it. :D:heart::derpytongue2::pinkiehappy:

#13 · 131w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

no matter how many variations of this story are made, there are still things that are kept constant.

notably, that :rainbowwild: is a flight prodigy (getting into flight camp a year early) and that :yay: is a remedial flier (a year older than all other fliers).

#14 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

:yay:

#15 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

Absolutely loved this. I saw that picture a while ago, and I'm so glad there's a fic for it. Filly!Dash and Fluttershy are so cute. Good job with the story! You've really got the hang of their characters.

#17 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

man.....Rainbow's parents are messed up.

#18 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

That was so cute, I love Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy Friendshipping fics :rainbowkiss::yay:

#19 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

This was very cute.

#20 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

And the racism continues back in cloudsdale...:facehoof:

#21 · 131w, 1d ago · · ·

Haven't read it yet, but I like the picture. The Squirrel: YOINK.

#22 · 131w, 23h ago · · ·

Nice. I really like this one.

#23 · 131w, 23h ago · · ·

This is so good that it's almost cannon worthy. I even had a few "Hnnnnngg!" moments from imagining Fillyshy and Fillydash (hiding in a security cloud) having their conversation. The only thing that really sticks out is the whole idea behind being afraid of the ground coming from their parents and other adults. Other than that minor issue, still a great read.

#24 · 131w, 22h ago · · ·

Okay, I need a minute, D'aww overload.  *OHMYGODTHISISSOADORABLEICAN'TTAKEITHNGGGG*

....Okay, better now.  This is story is just hilarious and adorable in so many ways.  Bravo

Mobile Pegasus Platform?  Security Cloud?  I love this on so many levels.  5 flutteryays for you :yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:

#25 · 131w, 22h ago · · ·

Sooo cute. I could see it as if it where an episode on tv even. :pinkiehappy:

#26 · 131w, 19h ago · · ·

what kind of raging douchebag pegasus parents would tell their kid THAT????

And holding the ground in disdain would last about as long as it took to skip your next meal. It's pretty obvious hay doesn't grow on clouds, and even the pegasi who lived in Cloudsdale 24-7 would have to deal with the groundbound ponies on a regular basis.

#27 · 131w, 19h ago · · ·

hooves aren't rubbery. Even in Equestria.

#28 · 131w, 19h ago · · ·

cant help but D`AAAAAAAAWWWWWWW:yay:

#29 · 131w, 18h ago · · ·

Awesome story! Rainbow Dash afraid of something.... that's new!

#30 · 131w, 17h ago · · ·

Sounds like Dash's folks are something like the pegasus version of the snooty Canterlot unicorns!

Cute story. :fluttershysad:

Shadowflash
Story Approver
#31 · 131w, 17h ago · · ·

Very well written. I enjoy the exquisite details Keep at 'er.

#32 · 131w, 16h ago · · ·

Awwwwwwwww:twistnerd:

That was worthy of it's own episode.

#33 · 131w, 16h ago · · ·

>>458192 Yes. Yesh it is. :heart:

ANYWAYS

Low-level Flutterstare? Check. Freaked-out Dashie? Check. Parents trying to freak their kid out? Check. Cutie Mark Crusaders? Check. Awesome ending? Check.

This story is more than 20% cooler.

Azu
#34 · 131w, 16h ago · · ·

that was so sweet. i ended it with a audible "D'aww!" :twilightsmile:

#35 · 131w, 14h ago · · ·

And it's good! The Author sticks the ending!

Waiting for the judge to verify...

:yay:

Well, that settles it! This fic is officially D'aww!

#36 · 131w, 14h ago · · ·

Okay, criticisms first, just to get them out of the way.

"The yellow pegasus snapped to attention as she heard Dash’s anguished cry."

What happened? Did she stub a hoof? Bite her tongue? Realize she's going six shades of gray? "Anguished cry" generally implies some degree of pain, horror, or other negative stimulus occuring.

I guess it's implied that the storm was a product of the Everfree, but some explicit confirmation would be nice. And do I even want to know how Dash attached the clouds to a stick?

All right, now that that's done, let me say that this was a fantastic bit of friendshipping, humor, and worldbuilding. Pegasus prejudice towards the flightless makes a surprising amount of sense, and maps wonderfully to horror stories designed to keep kids in lie and out of danger. Pegasi must have the most hilariously terrible ghost stories ever. "When she woke up, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and surrounding her? Nothing at all. Nothing... but the DIRT!" Also, this seems appropriate. And remember, never underestimate the platypus.

In brief, thanks for writing this. Most enjoyable.

#37 · 131w, 13h ago · · ·

A very heart felt story. Well done! :twilightsmile:

#38 · 131w, 11h ago · · ·

What be this? A fanfiction with emtotion? This is a rare case my friend. Great work!

#39 · 131w, 8h ago · · ·

I had a mixture of D'awwwwwwww and Hnnnnnnnnng! while reading this. :yay:

I do find it funny how Fluttershy is this scarecrow filly while every other pony is all stub legs and jelly bean bodies as foals. :rainbowlaugh:

Guess that all the proof we need right there when she keeps saying,"But umm, I'm older then you."

#40 · 131w, 8h ago · · ·

>>459898 not really.. there's a crossover fanfic that i'm reading where rainbow dash is afraid of spiders (note: the fanfic cross' over with legend of zelda ocarina of time)

#41 · 131w, 7h ago · · ·

what the hell is a platypus doing here? they're poisonous, territorial, and terrifying. dash has every reason to be afraid of them!

everything else, though? absolutely adorable.

#42 · 131w, 7h ago · · ·

Very cute and full of fun moments. Some typos, but overall written well enough. Good work!

#43 · 131w, 7h ago · · ·

great story i liked it a lot of fun :rainbowlaugh:

#44 · 131w, 6h ago · · ·

Ah, nothing like some good ol' fashion friendshipping to help balance out the piles of shipfics I usually read.

#45 · 131w, 6h ago · · ·

BRILLIANT!:moustache:

JAG
#46 · 131w, 5h ago · · ·

D'awww overload.

#47 · 131w, 4h ago · · ·

Really nice. Oh who am I kidding? D'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWw Godspeed and goodluck WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWw

#48 · 131w, 4h ago · · ·

Thank you for the beautiful story on friendship.

#49 · 131w, 4h ago · · ·

I don't actually see Dash's parents as being that bad. A bit overprotective yes, but not that bad. All parents tell there little kids stories to keep then from trying things that are dangerous.I would expect that when she got older they would say more.

#50 · 131w, 3h ago · · ·

So damn cute, son... :pinkiesmile:

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