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Oh yeah, that short film I was directing in December. Well that quickly shoved comic time out. But we just wrapped tonight, so I'll be back on the horse!
So yeah, I'm back. Regular updates will recommence as of this point and this monster WILL be finished. I want to thank everyone for waiting this long for me to get my shit together. I typed a big list of specific people I wanted to thank and then it started to feel like an acceptance speech, so I'll just be simple and thank two people, my wife, ItsKinkajou, who is both patient, beautiful, and brutally honest, and Yoshi348, my partner-in-brainstorming, who's been an essential part of the comic since before I started making it. There's a LOT more people involved with this thing by various degrees, some for essential moral support, some in ways that outright make the comic possible. That'll be a later journal, because it'd take up the entire thing.

AND NOW IMMA RAMBLE.

I've been working on this update for a few weeks now. The first five pages have actually been pretty much completely drawn for about a year and a half but by themselves they weren't enough to update with so I never posted them until now.

The events of the comic have an overarcing master timeline now. The League Calendar (LC) dating system is what I'll be using from here on out, and I will go back and edit some older pages (at least one) where I copped out of dating something in favor of using the amount of time that had passed since the change. That particular figure, the timestamp on Dr. Fennel's lab journal, is actually wildly inaccurate anyway. I think that's the only thing that doesn't make sense date-wise in the comic, and I'll be fixing it soon. The system works with real-world month and weekday names, prooobably has leap years, and only recently passed its first millenium. 0 LC was when the Pokemon League as a system of government was founded, and most regions (with the only possible exceptions being ones like Orre from console games that I'm less familiar with) follow this system. I might go on at length about how everything works with the governmental structure if anyone cares, but for now I'll note some important(ish) dates:

Candace was born on January 18, 984 LC

The Day of the Change was July 02, 999 LC

Candace collected the badges on the following days:

Zephyr: October 14, 999 LC
Hive: October 29, 999 LC
Plain: January 10, 1000 LC
Fog: July 05, 1000 LC
Storm, Mineral, and Glacier: March 03, 1001 LC (The Day of the Zangoose)
Rising: July 02, 1002 LC

Candace unseated Lance as Champion on July 10, 1002 LC

There are many more dates than this defined on my timeline, but I don't want to scan the thing yet for fear of spoilers.

I also want to mention some music and other audio here. Again, this will be a later journal as well, because I could go on at CONSIDERABLE length about music's relation to this comic, but right now I'll just mention what I was listening to while working on this particular update:

Devil May Cry soundtracks 1-4
Halo soundtracks 1-3 (plus Reach)
Final Fantasy soundtracks 1-10
Mass Effect soundtracks 1-3
The Smart Wrestling Fan Wrestling Review Show

By this point this is just a random mishmash of irrelevance, so for now, keeping with my custom of taking a day off from the comic after a sizable update, I'm gonna go play Final Fantasy 7. Glad to be back, guys.
So yeah, I'm back. Regular updates will recommence as of this point and this monster WILL be finished. I want to thank everyone for waiting this long for me to get my shit together. I typed a big list of specific people I wanted to thank and then it started to feel like an acceptance speech, so I'll just be simple and thank two people, my wife, ItsKinkajou, who is both patient, beautiful, and brutally honest, and Yoshi348, my partner-in-brainstorming, who's been an essential part of the comic since before I started making it. There's a LOT more people involved with this thing by various degrees, some for essential moral support, some in ways that outright make the comic possible. That'll be a later journal, because it'd take up the entire thing.

AND NOW IMMA RAMBLE.

I've been working on this update for a few weeks now. The first five pages have actually been pretty much completely drawn for about a year and a half but by themselves they weren't enough to update with so I never posted them until now.

The events of the comic have an overarcing master timeline now. The League Calendar (LC) dating system is what I'll be using from here on out, and I will go back and edit some older pages (at least one) where I copped out of dating something in favor of using the amount of time that had passed since the change. That particular figure, the timestamp on Dr. Fennel's lab journal, is actually wildly inaccurate anyway. I think that's the only thing that doesn't make sense date-wise in the comic, and I'll be fixing it soon. The system works with real-world month and weekday names, prooobably has leap years, and only recently passed its first millenium. 0 LC was when the Pokemon League as a system of government was founded, and most regions (with the only possible exceptions being ones like Orre from console games that I'm less familiar with) follow this system. I might go on at length about how everything works with the governmental structure if anyone cares, but for now I'll note some important(ish) dates:

Candace was born on January 18, 984 LC

The Day of the Change was July 02, 999 LC

Candace collected the badges on the following days:

Zephyr: October 14, 999 LC
Hive: October 29, 999 LC
Plain: January 10, 1000 LC
Fog: July 05, 1000 LC
Storm, Mineral, and Glacier: March 03, 1001 LC (The Day of the Zangoose)
Rising: July 02, 1002 LC

Candace unseated Lance as Champion on July 10, 1002 LC

There are many more dates than this defined on my timeline, but I don't want to scan the thing yet for fear of spoilers.

I also want to mention some music and other audio here. Again, this will be a later journal as well, because I could go on at CONSIDERABLE length about music's relation to this comic, but right now I'll just mention what I was listening to while working on this particular update:

Devil May Cry soundtracks 1-4
Halo soundtracks 1-3 (plus Reach)
Final Fantasy soundtracks 1-10
Mass Effect soundtracks 1-3
The Smart Wrestling Fan Wrestling Review Show

By this point this is just a random mishmash of irrelevance, so for now, keeping with my custom of taking a day off from the comic after a sizable update, I'm gonna go play Final Fantasy 7. Glad to be back, guys.

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MarkTH Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I came across this Nuzlocke comic yesterday... And I finished it in one go. This is... Incredible. The story, the characters, alternate designs of Pokemon. I just cannot believe it. When, on comic's website, I couldn't find next button, I though the button didn't load or something. Afterwards I proceeded to frantically look for any mention of this comic. I didn't see dates on website and was afraid it won't update or something, and now reading you came back and will finish this... It's glorious

You are amazing
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Frozenbullies Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It is very, very, good to have you back, Saber. 
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SeaDragonLife Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
So happy to see you back! :D YEAH!
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thatlurkerguy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Dude.... Dude... there is coming back.... then there is what you just did. This is awesome. All of it. Thank you.
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Peregine Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
It was a while ago that I read a lot of nuzlockes, but recently I've started getting back into them since I had the idea to do my own... and I re-read this mostly to get back in the mood. I have to say I am absurdly glad I did; it's freaking amazing. A lot of darker Nuzcomics just get stupidly emo, but I absolutely love what you've done with Johto and the people that live in it. The timescale, the way each area really does feel like its own place. You make Johto feel like an entire region, which really is rare. Honestly, I'd say this is my favourite Nuzlocke comic ever. I almost literally jumped for joy when I read that it wasn't abandoned, just on Hiatus. I (selfishly) hope you update soon, you're absolutely amazing!
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SABERinBLUE Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
It's really great to see a comment like this after so much time. Thanks, friend.
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Peregine Featured By Owner Edited Oct 22, 2014
It's here! Holy shit, this is awesome. I squealed out loud when I saw this in my notifications, I'm at work and about a dozen people looked at me like I was weird (totally worth it). I thought it'd be months when I left that first comment! You're the best. Seriously, this made my week.
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SABERinBLUE Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
I really, really wanted to say something when I replied to you (I was even tempted to send you a note) but I wanted this to be a surprise to everyone. Glad you're happy! :)
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Peregine Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
No problem! It's certainly well-earned praise in my book.
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KivaEnergyArms Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I have a question...

We saw in your comic how the change affected Johto, implied what happened in Kanto and showed bits of Hoenn.

I try to imagine how the full story in hoenn went down in more detail. I mean we saw how Roxie lost it, heard how Norman died, Winona lived on, Flannery died with Reuben as lovers ect...but I still ponder on what other leaders may have turned out in result of the change.

And for other regions the same. Sinnoh, Kalos, Unova, how the change would have affected the characters and changed them for better or worse...

I have no ideas for them as of yet, but if you are ok with it, may do some fanart about it, about how I think the change could have affected them. I won't do it for the kanto characters for obvious reasons, just for the ones we won't get to see in the comic. With your permission of course.

Please?
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