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Comic Hoenn Jam does a Nuzlocke

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an old comic about a nervous trainer

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Jam does a Nuzlocke
an old emerald comic




Way back in 2012, I joined the forums and started sharing my first comic. This comic started me on a long road that impacted very much where I am today. I am very excited to have the opportunity to share this with you all with fresh new eyes. I mean, this is about 5 years old now, come on. Jam does a Nuzlocke is cancelled, and pending a reboot in 2020, if all goes to plan. Until then, I'll repost this week by week. I hope you enjoy, and happy Nuzlocking!

 

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Heeeeeeeey, I didn't read Jam Does a Nuzlocke, but heard a lot about it. I'm glad I'll be able to go along for the ride from the beginning before this mentioned reboot owo
 

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This really takes me back because it was probably one of the first comics i read on the old forums (and btw, its still very adorable) Best of luck with the reboot!
 
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Oh dang, this takes me back! I read through this waaaaay back when I just first got into nuzlockes and starting my own was still a gleam in my young, sophomore eye. I remember practically none of it though, so it'll be awesome to keep up with this reposting. It'll be like reading it brand new all over again, and at the end I'll have an even greater anticipation for your much-awaited reboot.
 

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Also on the "didn't read but heard about it and would like to read now" train with BAS, but yes! Already, I'm intrigued. The art style is very cute, but more importantly ... all that pleading to go on an adventure? The promise that it'll be the three of them? Oh, that sounds like it'll end well and not at all in tears and broken friendships and/or death. :') Good luck, protag.
 

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Heeeeeeeey, I didn't read Jam Does a Nuzlocke, but heard a lot about it. I'm glad I'll be able to go along for the ride from the beginning before this mentioned reboot owo​

It's a short ride, for sure! I ended up at 41 pages by the end of it, stopping right at what I would call the first real meaty story arc. I don't know where you've heard about this old thing, but I'm flattered. I keep hearing this is one of the first comics some users read and it still stuns me.​

This really takes me back because it was probably one of the first comics i read on the old forums (and btw, its still very adorable) Best of luck with the reboot!​

Speaking of people who say it was one of the first comics they read here. Thank you Em! You wouldn't believe how different the reboot is. I kept some characters over, but now they fit more into the world than before, if that makes sense.​

Oh dang, this takes me back! I read through this waaaaay back when I just first got into nuzlockes and starting my own was still a gleam in my young, sophomore eye. I remember practically none of it though, so it'll be awesome to keep up with this reposting. It'll be like reading it brand new all over again, and at the end I'll have an even greater anticipation for your much-awaited reboot.​

Well, I'd reach to say there was a reason you didn't remember it. It doesn't have a real hook, it barely scraped a plot, and the paneling and bubbling are rough as hell. My comic existed purely on cuteness and good vibes alone. I loved what I was doing, though, and my friends read my comic, and it was what mattered most to me.​

Also on the "didn't read but heard about it and would like to read now" train with BAS, but yes! Already, I'm intrigued. The art style is very cute, but more importantly ... all that pleading to go on an adventure? The promise that it'll be the three of them? Oh, that sounds like it'll end well and not at all in tears and broken friendships and/or death. :') Good luck, protag.

I wouldn't expect too much from this run, aside from a little peek into how far I've come. I do lightly touch on some family drama soon, tho, LOL. ​




A/N: So, I believe, around this time, I had barely even played the game. I had barely any idea what I wanted to do with my story except write some sort of pokemon wish fulfillment comic. I actually DROPPED my comic at this page for a little while. Literally two pages in! Anyways, meet Jam's mom. She has gotten a glo up in the reboot, and actually looks both her age and like her appearance says something about her. I just... designed her mom in the first comic when I drew the page. Same for most characters I show. Whoops.
 

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A/N: Past me was like 'uhhhhhh I can't do backgrounds let's just scribble it in'. I strive to that level of corner cutting now, but I've become to much of a ho for establishing shots.
 

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2020, huh?
looking forward to it, Bug!
Are you sure you won't end up doing other version nuzlocke instead?
 

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@Velink I've actually finished the run for Stardust Road! I ended up doing a brand new file of Emerald when I noticed I had lost ALL of my data from Jam does a Nuzlocke. It's really what I needed to make a fresh start, I think. The new comic is way different.



A/N: One whole style shift, coming up! I didn't quite understand the value of a consistent style before. I've actually come to appreciate seeing the leaps and bounds other artists take during their comics over the year, but back when I did this comic it was part of what kept me back. I was so stressed that I wasn't good enough that I didn't, just... draw.
 

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Yeesh marrying a guy and never having your kid meet them beforehand? Way to go, Mom >.> Parenting award right here. Poor Jam.
 

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@BritishAirSnails LMAO YEAH. I wroe it like hat, because it was how it seemed to me when my mom re-married. I was always like UH, WHO IS THIS DUDE? But really, most people don't just.... do that...




A/N: I saw this page, and it felt like one of those pictures that gets worse every time you look at it. I stared to redraw/rework it immediately, it's not... not a good page. It is cool to be able to look back at it and know WHY it's not so good, though.
 

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A/N: It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted, so this is some catch up... And possibly some of the best AND worst paneling I've ever done. We all start somewhere, hahaha. I like to revisit the old pages of Jam and Brinley sometimes when I'm working on Stardust Road, honestly. Even today, I still think the way I had them banter was cute and funny. They've developed a LOT as characters since then, but their bare roots I had here are still charming.
 

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The staring daggers piercing into the speech balloon on page 8 is actually really cute. It's neat to see with this old stuff what worked and what didn't because there is some stuff here that does still hold up, like those cores of the character dynamic banter that still hangs around as old roots in your current plans as you said.
 
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@Kadew I still love the daggers bit, even if most of the page execution doesn't hold up, yeah. I like to think maybe I'll be able to re-use it in some sort of scenario, but I haven't quite found a spot that fits it in my script, yet.





A/N: I read something somewhere along the lines of "don't expect people to keep reading just because they started", and I feel like this bit of... "tension" is a good example of that. Like, why is this so dramatic? Why should I care? Well, uh... you probably don't, but hey the kid has pink hair!
 

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Pink hair! Also not sure if I said already, but I like how in this comic Jam's hat is super emotive, like a pair of big ears perking up and lying flat according to her moods. Will that feature be returning in the reboot?
 
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@Kadew I had to really deliberate over that, actually. And, in the end, I decided the hat won't be coming back. I feel like I can't pull off that cartoonishness while keeping the tone I want in the reboot.




A/N: Why did I handwrite my text WHY DID I DO THAT... My style starts to morph around this point again.
 

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That's a shame the hat has been cancelled, I will always remember it in my heart. That zigzagoon still looks good even now, your stuff always had a lot of character even if it wasn't so polished as your current works.
 

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@Kadew "That's a shame the hat has been cancelled, I will always remember it in my heart. That zigzagoon still looks good even now, your stuff always had a lot of character even if it wasn't so polished as your current works."
I've prided myself on expression ever since I learned how to make my characters emote in readable ways. I almost feel like I've started to simplify my pokemon designs back to being similar to stuff like this zigzagoon again, lmao...






A/N: 2!!! I figured why not. I really tried to skip over these fights as quick as possible, because I thought I had to include them fsr???? I was baby.
 

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Gosh dang I love your torchic design here. That one giant feather, it's almost a pompadour. And that little animation is just darling. Do you think you'll be putting little touches like that into your reboot, or are you gonna keep it simple?
 

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@Kadew The animations aren't going to see a comeback, mostly because I want this to be ready for print. If I made an animation I'd have to make a print version, and then the animation itself takes extra time, so on so forth. I'll def be ready to do more fun spreads, tho.




A/N: I did at least try to vary up my shots way back when. It's just small little things I can look back with my old stuff and say "Well, this was okay. I was just learning."
 

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