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Comic Kanto Mature Mon It's a Hard Life - FINISHED

Thread Description
Robin is ten years old and travels through Kanto with her pokemon to find a place to call home. This is a story about struggle, survival and friendship in a cruel world. Final Update: 14/06 - Part 113 and 114!

Qlockwork

Conqueror of the Pewter Gym
Pokédex No.
558
Caught
Jul 21, 2019
Messages
5
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. ???
Robin is ten years old and travels through Kanto with her pokemon to find a place to call home. This is a story about struggle, survival and friendship in a cruel world.

Rated Mature for swearing and graphic blood and gore.


The Rules
1. Catch only the first pokemon per route (no dupe-clause)
2. A Pokemon that faints is dead and must be released
3. Nicknames!

Hey! This is It's a Hard Life, a comic I started drawing back in 2011 to document (and dramatise) the first nuzlocke run I ever made! But since I'm still working on it I decided to move it here to the new forums. Updates are quite irregular, but I am determined to see it through to the end. Speaking of ending, a head's up for any new readers: I plan to wrap the story up after the current chapter. It's been many years and I want to move on to other projects so sadly this comic won't go all the way to the E4.

The comic can also be read at smackjeeves!


Latest Update: 14/06 - 2020
Part 113
Part 114

Contents

Thank you for reading​

I started this comic back in 2011 just after finding out about the Nuzlocke challenge. I had always liked the idea of documenting a playthrough through comic, as a way to express just how much pokemon had meant to me through my life.​

When I started drawing It's A Hard Life, I did it purely for fun. Making stuff up as I drew, not really caring whether I would finish it or not. I had a great time. Updates were frequent, and for a while, I started to think that maybe I would be able to take it to the very end.​

Life had different plans however. For those who've followed this comic since it's earlier years, it's no news that I spent years dealing with depression and anxiety. I don't even remember exactly when my passion for this comic begun to dwindle, but dwindle it did. Updates became so rare people asked me if I had given up on it. In 2017 I made the decision to end this comic after the Saffron City arc. I set up a schedule, updating every 2 weeks, but eventually that became too much. The quality of the art took a huge blow, and I decided to slow things down again. While I wasn't feeling much for the comic, I didn't want it to end as a messy rush-job!​

But here we are. Finally. It feels quite unreal for me. I'm happy to have the comic off my shoulders, but at the same time it's a little sad. This ending leaves quite a lot things unresolved, plot-threads still hanging, character-arcs unfinished. I drew everything as I had originally planned, but truth is, I was never quite sure what to do with the story after this point. When my passion disappeared, I couldn't come up with new exciting ideas about where to take the plot! There was going to be a thing about the legendary birds awakening to stop Mewtwo from destroying the land, but Kanto would be ravaged by the destruction – something, something. I would reveal my “special nuzlocke rule” which is that I must do whatever it takes to catch every legendary pokemon (but only 1 attempt, and no using them in battle) and Robin would have to fight and try to capture Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres.​

Pluto would show up again of course, he was still part of my nuzlocke team and played a key part in quite a few battles. The team would agree to work with him for some common goal – probably to save Kanto from the legendaries, and eventually he would become part-ish of the team. There would be stuff about just how much one can forgive, putting your personal feelings aside to save the world (even a world that had been cruel). But I never worked out the details.​

As for who lived or died in the game? I think I will keep that to myself. At this point, the comic is its own thing, and whatever happens to the gang after this is open to the imagination.​

Now, I just want to say what I always say: Thank you so much for reading! Thank you for all the patience you've had, and thank you for the lovely comments you've left! I still can't believe how many people have liked this comic, let alone how many have stayed, even after all this time. If it hadn't been for you readers, I would not have come this far!​

So, what now? I've been creating art outside of this comic, and have been dipping my toes in doing commissions. I want to try to make a living of art, and at the moment I'm more oriented towards illustrations. But maybe I'll find it unbearable to not have a comic project on my hands and pick that up again, we will just have to see!​

For now. If you're interested in seeing my art you can find me on twitter as @HanselEldor or tumblr as DorkAgeDoodles. ​

Best wishes to you all! Take care, and stay safe!​
-Hans​
 
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Picket Furret

Antisocial Lurker
Artist
Team Alpha
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544
Caught
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381
Nature
Adamant
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  1. Normal
Ohey, glad to see you made it to the new Forums, I loved seeing your comic there
 

Qlockwork

Conqueror of the Pewter Gym
Pokédex No.
558
Caught
Jul 21, 2019
Messages
5
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
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  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #3
Update time! 8D

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Looked at my notes for this part and realised I hadn't documented it properly, but that's fine. I remember it clearly enough. Basically I sent out Puck to face the Alakazam since he had much higher Special Defense than Zager. He also knew Bite (all those punches he throws here would be Bite attacks, but that wouldn't have looked as good) and at first it seemed like it would be a relatively short battle. Except. Dark-type moves were considered Special Attacks in Gen3. And that Alakazam knows Calm Mind. And Recover. And oh god it would not be so simple after all .... Puck knew no physical attacks and I now have a much higher respect (and fear) of Future Sight ...
 

Rhema

Conqueror of the Azalea Gym
Writer
Team Delta
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Jun 30, 2019
Messages
212
Location
Hearthome City
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Careful
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She/Her/Hers
Pokémon Type
  1. Fire
  2. Psychic
Pokédex Entry
She tries her best, but doesn't succeed. She gets what she wants but not what she needs.
Omg, just have to pop in and say it is so surreal to see you on the forums! It's a Hard Life is the very first Pokemon comic I've ever read......like, ever. I'm normally not even a comic reader because written fics are my preferred reading/writing medium, but your comic is so damn good and I've loved seeing the evolution of your artwork over the years! It's a Hard Life, along with Impulse by @Aurea , are the two runs that got me interesting in joining the nuzforums and starting a run of my own! Can't wait to catch up on this, and welcome!
 

Kadew

sometimes life really is quite lovely
🌱Featurer
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Team Delta
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38
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Jun 10, 2019
Messages
1,587
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A Dry Place
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If you encounter a wild Kadew, best practice is to gently bully her into remembering that she loves to draw. She forgets, sometimes.
Oh dang it's here! Gosh I love It's a Hard Life so much, one of my big inspirations to get into nuzlockes and make my own comic. And even after all these years, it still delivers on the gut wrenching and gorgeous watercolors. I'm loving how terrifying you've portrayed psychic types, really shows off what insurmountable monsters they were at their inception. Gosh I sure do hope that Puck gets through this.
 

orangebeans

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Messages
49
Oh no, I had a feeling this fight with Sabrina wasn't going to go well...please hang in there, Puck!
 

Qlockwork

Conqueror of the Pewter Gym
Pokédex No.
558
Caught
Jul 21, 2019
Messages
5
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
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  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
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Oh hey. An update! Thank you all for the patience and nice comments! I'm very touched that you continue to read this thing after all this time.
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Allrighty, so, an update. FINALLY. I started drawing this in like November but the last couple of months have just had so much in store for me! Moved house, angsted a lot about job-searching, GOT a new job, and also I'm volunteering for a local Cats Protection Branch, and just got my first foster cat! 8D

But about the comic. Yeah. Puck survived Future Sight and I healed him up. I knew Puck couldn't take him down, and after one too many Calm Minds the Alakazam would be able to OHKO him the next turn. I figured Pluto had even better Special Defense and also, I didn't care if he died so I just threw him out there to see what happened (at least he could be a sacrifice). But then, this insane stroke of luck hit me. It went just as in the comic and that's all I can say. After this battle, I was actually very grateful for without him, it would probably have been an entire party wipe.
 

Kadew

sometimes life really is quite lovely
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If you encounter a wild Kadew, best practice is to gently bully her into remembering that she loves to draw. She forgets, sometimes.
Snorlax is a beeaaaast. A very good choice for the psychic beats. And man that entry, that confluence of luck in your favor, the power, the impact, your art is stellar as always you master of watercolors. Dang. ANd also the emotion, Puck being a big dummy and thinking Robin would ever abandon him. I'll wait as long as it takes for every update of this excellent comic. Congrats on the new job and the foster cat!
 

Dee

THIS IS MY HAPPY FACE
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Team Alpha
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A regular writer of fanfics and other works, this pokemon loves puns, bugs, and the outdoors.
DAMN

What a way for the battle to end! Incredible and unexpected
 

Picket Furret

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Team Alpha
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Welcome back, glad to hear you got everything sorted out, moving is always a difficult thing to adjust to

also, we expect cat pics later
 

Kinetic Kimo

Trainer MIA
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Team Alpha
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701
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Aug 21, 2019
Messages
50
Location
Route 42, Johto
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
She/her. Old-school girl words.
Pokémon Type
  1. Water
  2. Psychic
I've been following your comic for ages, and every page has been well worth the wait. Don't feel like you need to rush, we're just here to adore your work.

Also, congrats on the foster kitty and your new job! :D
 

orangebeans

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49
I always used Snorlax for Sabrina because she was so tough! I love how this battle played out (and I'm glad to see that Puck has lived to fight another day!)
 

Krisantyne

oh no
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Team Delta
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655
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Aug 10, 2019
Messages
286
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A Jar of Olives
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Calm
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she
Pokémon Type
  1. Water
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon clings to Sharpedo and shares in its prosperity. When its Sharpedo is attacked, Krisantyne will fight alongside it!
Wow!! Pluto moving at super speed and the fatal impact looked SO good!
I can’t put into words how relieved I am that Puck survived. ;A; This was one of the most thrilling battles I have ever seen in any kind of media. Please let Robin and Puck be together forever now.......
 

sky_

life is a trip alright
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Gentle
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This ghost is happy with food, rest, quiet and cuddles. They may try to be edgy or mysterious, but are often told that they present as the opposite.
aaaaaaa that was so intense!! i love, that was such a good save by pluto at the end
 

Qlockwork

Conqueror of the Pewter Gym
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5
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Update time!

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Just a short update this time. But the next one is probably going to be quite long, as it might be the final one! Wrapping up the story! I can't believe it's so close!
 

Dee

THIS IS MY HAPPY FACE
Writer
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
147
Caught
Jun 26, 2019
Messages
975
Location
Zion National Park
Nature
Sassy
Pronouns
They/Them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Clever
Pokédex Entry
A regular writer of fanfics and other works, this pokemon loves puns, bugs, and the outdoors.
Poor Robin... I just want them to be safe and secure! I hope they manage to escape in time.
 

Velink

Quod Erat Demonstrandum
Artist
Team Omega
Pokédex No.
152
Caught
Jun 27, 2019
Messages
1,304
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Zubat Roost
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Relaxed
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  1. Ghost
  2. Normal
ooh one more page, the final one! looking forward to the conclusion of this story!
Maybe i should reread the whole comic once it is updated
god speed Qlockwork!
 

Kadew

sometimes life really is quite lovely
🌱Featurer
Artist
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
38
Caught
Jun 10, 2019
Messages
1,587
Location
A Dry Place
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
Pokémon Type
  1. Grass
  2. Normal
Pokédex Entry
If you encounter a wild Kadew, best practice is to gently bully her into remembering that she loves to draw. She forgets, sometimes.
So close to the end, I'm gonna cry. And that team shot in the last panel, please keep them all ok. Poor Robin my heart just goes out to her. I cannot wait for whatever you have planned with the cackling badman. Pls no mewtwo team wipe
 

Krisantyne

oh no
Artist
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
655
Caught
Aug 10, 2019
Messages
286
Location
A Jar of Olives
Nature
Calm
Pronouns
she
Pokémon Type
  1. Water
Pokédex Entry
This Pokémon clings to Sharpedo and shares in its prosperity. When its Sharpedo is attacked, Krisantyne will fight alongside it!
Asdfjskl that's some top tier cackling. I love how even in the most dangerous and epic times, there is still room for a bit of humor. :3c
I'm so hyped for the finale!!
 

feraligatr

Lizard Breath™
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2067
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May 31, 2020
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209
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She/Her
Pokémon Type
  1. Water
  2. Dragon
Pokédex Entry
Isn't clever enough to come up with a creative username, so just uses the name of favorite pokemon instead
holy shit i had fallen behind on this run and just spent the last hour or so re-reading and catching up and boy this is one wild ride! I'm so glad Robin is with her team again, but I hope they can make it out without any more casualties..I don't think my heart can take any more..
 

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