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Hi guys! The next update is pretty big so I've been hacking away at it with help from various people. In the meantime though, a couple of things:

1: Some of you might have noticed that I've been replying to comments. I haven't ever really done this before, but I realized that if I like comments so much the least I could do is reply to them. So imma keep going. I'm trying to give SOME kind of response to all of them that I can muster one for, anywhere from "thanks" to just blathering on about something that's kind of related to something the person mentioned. And to people like Ryua and Kivaholotitan and castformrain and all you crazy bastards who comment on on like half the entire comic, well I love you to death. But holy shit guys. 

2: I get the feeling that not everyone knows that this comic is back. Which is perfectly understandable, it was gone for two years. But let people know, guys! If you know someone that read this comic back in the day, nudge em back over here. I know that comics that go into perpetual hiatus are far too common on the internet, so people are used to giving up on them. Help me out, I want people to see how this thing ends! 

3: Regarding Prev/Next links, man, there are 715 pages in this comic. I might go through and put them all in at some point, but it might be helpful for you guys to check out my archive. A friend coded that up for me a long time ago when the number of pages in the comic surpassed the maximum hotlink amount in a single post on the Nuzlocke forums, so I couldn't just have the whole comic in the first post of my thread. I think that number was something like 50, by the way. But there you can see the entire comic laid out by Episode in strings of pages. This is my preferred way of displaying the comic because at times it very much is written in a way that assumes you are seeing the pages in a vertical column. Sometimes a dialogue bubble will flow directly from one page to another, that kind of thing. I also update the comic there immediately before I put it on DA, just so I can see all the pages at once and check for any remaining mistakes. But it has no commenting feature, so obviously DA is where you go for that. And also on my archive...

4: Donations. I feel absolutely horrible about this, because I've forgotten to acknowledge it until now. I actually have gotten a handful of Paypal donations through the link on that site. I would give people shoutouts, but all the identification I have for the ones who have donated is, you know, an email address and I don't want to start giving those out. But thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to the people who have tossed a few bucks my way now and again to help pay for pads and pens and hosting. I am thrilled to do this comic for absolutely free but that shit does add up over time and it really helps to have some extra cash. 

Now here's what I actually started this journal entry to talk about: The game. 

My playthrough of Soulsilver is ongoing. I won't say how far I actually am, obviously, but we all know I've beaten the Elite Four via Johto. Let me refresh for you guys what my Nuzlocke rules actually are. 

This is the list of rules from the first post of my Nuzlocke forums thread:

Rule #1: If a Pokemon faints, it is dead.
Rule #2: Only attempt to catch the first Pokemon you see in each area
#2a: Dupe clause (double-edged: may not catch dupes)
#2b: Shiny clause
#2c: Spearow clause: Spearows do not count as a sighting and may not be caught. They must be killed. All of them. 
#2d: Unown clause: May catch Unowns for story reasons, never for use in combat.

Rule #3: Fly may be pokesav'd on to pokemon who cannot normally learn it, as it is only used for comic-making purposes.

This isn't especially up to date. The Unown thing was a plotline I ditched before I started it. I'm pretty sure I'll be doing something with Unowns at some point but it won't be anything that involves catching them. Although I do have a complete set of them in a box in my game. 

An updated and more accurate rules list would look a little more like this:

Rule #1: If a Pokemon faints, it is dead.
Rule #2: Only attempt to catch the first Pokemon you see in each area
#2a: Dupe clause (double-edged: may not catch dupes)
#2b: Baby clause (only first form pokemon count as a sighting; pokemon who gained an earlier form in later gens still count as first form; Marill and Azurill are catchable, Azumarill is not.)
#2c: Shiny clause
#2d: Spearow clause (Spearows do not count as a sighting and may not be caught. They must be killed. All of them.)
#2e: Gift pokemon are free catches; they do not count against the catch for the area.
#2f: The Johto Safari Zone may be entered three times: once to catch a Sandshrew for Baoba and twice more after unlocking all of the areas and objects. The Sandshrew may not be used in combat. One all three visits one pokemon may be caught (Sandshrew doesn't count) and it need not be the first one seen. 
Rule #3: Fly may be pokesav'd on to pokemon who cannot normally learn it, as it is only used for comic-making purposes.
Rule #5: If TRUMP CARD the Lugia faints in the game, Candace dies in the comic.
Rule #6: Trading is allowed for evolution purposes only.

I think that covers everything. Some notes on all that. "Baby clause" is simply how I've always played Pokemon. I have never, ever caught a pokemon that wasn't first-form and I wasn't going to have that count against me while nuzlocking. The Safari Zone stuff is just like...man, the Johto Safari Zone is fucking massive, with SO many wilds that are unique to it, and the way you catch pokemon in there didn't seem remotely fair for a Nuzlocke. I didn't really have my shit figured out the first time I went in there for the Sandshrew, but the end result of the visit conforms to the rules as they are now. Trading I also didn't have locked in place as a rule at first. I actually did trade for some pokemon that I really wanted to show in the comic, and even trained a couple of them up, but I never used them for anything important and I decided after picking the game back up recently that it would be best to just box them. They will show up in the comic, probably, but not as Candace's pokemon. 

I might elaborate more on a later date about the artistic relationship between the game and the comic, but for now that's all I've got in me. Stay tuned, folks, and thanks for reading!
Hi guys! The next update is pretty big so I've been hacking away at it with help from various people. In the meantime though, a couple of things:

1: Some of you might have noticed that I've been replying to comments. I haven't ever really done this before, but I realized that if I like comments so much the least I could do is reply to them. So imma keep going. I'm trying to give SOME kind of response to all of them that I can muster one for, anywhere from "thanks" to just blathering on about something that's kind of related to something the person mentioned. And to people like Ryua and Kivaholotitan and castformrain and all you crazy bastards who comment on on like half the entire comic, well I love you to death. But holy shit guys. 

2: I get the feeling that not everyone knows that this comic is back. Which is perfectly understandable, it was gone for two years. But let people know, guys! If you know someone that read this comic back in the day, nudge em back over here. I know that comics that go into perpetual hiatus are far too common on the internet, so people are used to giving up on them. Help me out, I want people to see how this thing ends! 

3: Regarding Prev/Next links, man, there are 715 pages in this comic. I might go through and put them all in at some point, but it might be helpful for you guys to check out my archive. A friend coded that up for me a long time ago when the number of pages in the comic surpassed the maximum hotlink amount in a single post on the Nuzlocke forums, so I couldn't just have the whole comic in the first post of my thread. I think that number was something like 50, by the way. But there you can see the entire comic laid out by Episode in strings of pages. This is my preferred way of displaying the comic because at times it very much is written in a way that assumes you are seeing the pages in a vertical column. Sometimes a dialogue bubble will flow directly from one page to another, that kind of thing. I also update the comic there immediately before I put it on DA, just so I can see all the pages at once and check for any remaining mistakes. But it has no commenting feature, so obviously DA is where you go for that. And also on my archive...

4: Donations. I feel absolutely horrible about this, because I've forgotten to acknowledge it until now. I actually have gotten a handful of Paypal donations through the link on that site. I would give people shoutouts, but all the identification I have for the ones who have donated is, you know, an email address and I don't want to start giving those out. But thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to the people who have tossed a few bucks my way now and again to help pay for pads and pens and hosting. I am thrilled to do this comic for absolutely free but that shit does add up over time and it really helps to have some extra cash. 

Now here's what I actually started this journal entry to talk about: The game. 

My playthrough of Soulsilver is ongoing. I won't say how far I actually am, obviously, but we all know I've beaten the Elite Four via Johto. Let me refresh for you guys what my Nuzlocke rules actually are. 

This is the list of rules from the first post of my Nuzlocke forums thread:

Rule #1: If a Pokemon faints, it is dead.
Rule #2: Only attempt to catch the first Pokemon you see in each area
#2a: Dupe clause (double-edged: may not catch dupes)
#2b: Shiny clause
#2c: Spearow clause: Spearows do not count as a sighting and may not be caught. They must be killed. All of them. 
#2d: Unown clause: May catch Unowns for story reasons, never for use in combat.

Rule #3: Fly may be pokesav'd on to pokemon who cannot normally learn it, as it is only used for comic-making purposes.

This isn't especially up to date. The Unown thing was a plotline I ditched before I started it. I'm pretty sure I'll be doing something with Unowns at some point but it won't be anything that involves catching them. Although I do have a complete set of them in a box in my game. 

An updated and more accurate rules list would look a little more like this:

Rule #1: If a Pokemon faints, it is dead.
Rule #2: Only attempt to catch the first Pokemon you see in each area
#2a: Dupe clause (double-edged: may not catch dupes)
#2b: Baby clause (only first form pokemon count as a sighting; pokemon who gained an earlier form in later gens still count as first form; Marill and Azurill are catchable, Azumarill is not.)
#2c: Shiny clause
#2d: Spearow clause (Spearows do not count as a sighting and may not be caught. They must be killed. All of them.)
#2e: Gift pokemon are free catches; they do not count against the catch for the area.
#2f: The Johto Safari Zone may be entered three times: once to catch a Sandshrew for Baoba and twice more after unlocking all of the areas and objects. The Sandshrew may not be used in combat. One all three visits one pokemon may be caught (Sandshrew doesn't count) and it need not be the first one seen. 
Rule #3: Fly may be pokesav'd on to pokemon who cannot normally learn it, as it is only used for comic-making purposes.
Rule #5: If TRUMP CARD the Lugia faints in the game, Candace dies in the comic.
Rule #6: Trading is allowed for evolution purposes only.

I think that covers everything. Some notes on all that. "Baby clause" is simply how I've always played Pokemon. I have never, ever caught a pokemon that wasn't first-form and I wasn't going to have that count against me while nuzlocking. The Safari Zone stuff is just like...man, the Johto Safari Zone is fucking massive, with SO many wilds that are unique to it, and the way you catch pokemon in there didn't seem remotely fair for a Nuzlocke. I didn't really have my shit figured out the first time I went in there for the Sandshrew, but the end result of the visit conforms to the rules as they are now. Trading I also didn't have locked in place as a rule at first. I actually did trade for some pokemon that I really wanted to show in the comic, and even trained a couple of them up, but I never used them for anything important and I decided after picking the game back up recently that it would be best to just box them. They will show up in the comic, probably, but not as Candace's pokemon. 

I might elaborate more on a later date about the artistic relationship between the game and the comic, but for now that's all I've got in me. Stay tuned, folks, and thanks for reading!

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YuiHime Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
Looks like I've got some catching up to do!
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Karmaneko Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Hey Saber. I was curious if you have a list of your pokemon's names? The names you picked are so creative and inspiring!
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SABERinBLUE Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I'm not sure how much of my PC boxes I should disclose right now. I know I stopped cataloguing catches in the comic because I felt like they broke up the action too much and didn't really add anything to the story in exchange. I mean, it's not like anyone cared that the Nidoqueen Candace took to the Elite Four was Ravine the NidoranF from the "Goldenrod training" diary entry that I'd mentioned oh, five hundred pages prior. After a while I started trying to introduce pokemon as party members only, with a blurb for the name and nature if it wouldn't be organic for someone to call it by name at that moment.

Another thing is that pokemon that I knew I wanted to use in my party at some point got a LOT more consideration for their nickname than the ones I planned to never use, and sometimes when I decided to use one from the box I'd give them a new, better nickname. I guess for now I'll list all the pokemon Candace has had in her party in the story so far:

Feraligatr M - RIPTIDE

Noctowl M - WATCHWING (Magic: The Gathering reference)

Gastly M - ALASTOR (Devil May Cry reference)

Beedrill M - BEELZEBUB

Heracross M - HELLACROSS

Umbreon M - FORTINBRAS (Shakespeare reference per Whitney)

Flaaffy F - FLASHPOINT

Kingler F - WAVEBUSTER (Metroid reference)

Exeggcute F - CLUTCH (Star Wars reference)

Forretress M - DEATH STAR (Star Wars reference, was DESPAYRE when still a Pineco, which is a much more obscure Star Wars reference)

Ninetales F - CRUCIBLE

Ursaring M - PACIFISTA (One Piece reference; I really wanted to name him BARTHOLOMEW but that doesn't fit in gen 4)

Jynx F - WHITEQUEEN (X-Men reference, was changed to FROSTBITE in the comic)

Lugia - TRUMP CARD

Nidoqueen F - RAVINE
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Karmaneko Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
Thank you! That really helps. I absolutely love your names.
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Happy Birthday!
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Krisantyne Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :happy birthday: 
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DominoMastadon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Happy Birthday!~
Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D 
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Happy Birthday o/
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Happy Birthday!!
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Happy birthday!
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