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Comic Galar Teen Mon Questionable Influence - Sword Nuzlocke comic

Thread Description
A weird character driven dramedy crossover nuzlocke comic full of avoiding sword's plot, clashing moralities and ascended fridge horror.

ACottontail

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Aug 20, 2020
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Welcome to Questionable Influence, a character driven dramedy nuzlocke comic that is a crossover between Pokemon Sword, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate and Mario(With big influences from Hatoful Boyfriend and Deltarune). It's a more laid back plot that focuses on having the team grow as they go on a journey and hang out in Galar. Part of the team, including the trainer, are card carrying villains, leaving the others to minimize the damage they cause without being found out. This comic jumps off the rails of Sword's original plot, and deconstructs things along the way.

Despite the seemingly comical nature of this comic the comic will contain: death both pokemon and human, sparse use of blood, lasting major injuries, neglectful/abusive parents/guardians, people in very bad mental states, ascended fridge horror, Arctozolt, Ditto, censored and pseudo swearing, main characters doing mean things to others with no remorse, a character unwittingly flirting with a minor though it never goes anywhere. All but the last three items on the list are taken seriously.

Now if you've taken one look at this comic I know what you're thinking
It all started when I was playing super smash brothers ultimate over my friend's house. We were playing as Corrin, Bowser and Greninja. In the middle of the match someone said "If Corrin is part dragon like Bowser and has water powers like Greninja does that mean that she is their daughter?" I found this hilarious. We started joking around with Bowser thinking Corrin is his daughter. This has became one of my favorite jokes.

In December I started a nuzlocke in Sword as since the switch allowed for multiple saves, I didn't have to erase my main save file in order to do one. I named the player character Corrin, after that joke, and proceeded to do a nuzlocke. At the time I had no plans to make a comic, and named most of my pokemon after the first thing that came to my head that was a real name.

I took a large break after Christmas around the 5th gym, and came back to doing the nuzlocke. Around this time I found the nuzlocke forums, and saw all of the comics people have made about their nuzlockes. I loved the idea of a comic about going on a pokemon journey. This made me start to want to make my own nuzlocke comic. It was the perfect opportunity to explore the Corrin Koopa joke. I started drawing the first serious sketches of my pokemon. I started to think about where my pokemon came from and the consequences of that. The more I thought about my nuzlocke, the more ideas I had, and the more I wanted to tell it's story.

I really want to put a focus on the pokemon as characters. The pokemon are one of my favorite parts of a nuzlocke comic, and I don't feel like enough nuzlocke comics give them justice. I really want to give the spotlight to the entire team, and have them all try to reach their own goals and grow throughout the journey. Just because Corrin is their trainer doesn't mean anyone on the team is ready to follow her 100% and lay down their lives for the gym challenge. I also want to stray away from the main plot of Sword(apart from the gym challenge) as there are already(or will be) hundreds of nuzlocke comics out there that already expand/retell/make fun of the plot of the game and have better art quality. I'm more focused on telling the story of the characters. After all Corrin isn't the main character of Sword and Gloria is going to make sure some cursed inside joke doesn't take her place.

Why is the starter so loyal to their trainer? How could an early route pokemon get hardcore and what would be the consequences of it? How would a character being a reference to another character affect them? What would happen if a pokemon's parents are captured? How would the way Corrin Koopa is raised affect her? I had a lot of fun trying to deconstruct and think out the consequences to things such as this.

And while this comic may seem incredibly weird I think it'll turn out well, and I'm having fun making it. I am aware that Corrin Koopa screams of broken sins of bad fanficion. In fact I was really nervous about uploading this comic because of people being weirded out or very confused by the joke it's based on. But there's so much potential in deconstructing it, and there's so many stories and ideas that I really want to tell in the comic. And yes, I have questioned my sanity several times while making this comic.

This comic is drawn in traditional as it's the medium I'm most comfortable in. Judging by my buffer at the time of posting this I feel like this will be a long comic, and these pages aren't small as most of them are more than 10 panels... Did I forget to mention I'm using a rotating team, and I'm trying to really explore all of them as characters? Yeah it's going to be long...
  • If a pokemon faints it must be boxed permanently in the grave yard.[/li]
  • Can only catch the first pokemon I start a battle with in a route, No repeats is in effect.
  • All Pokemon must be given a decent nickname. No naming a pokemon a string of symbols because I can't think of anything else.
  • If a pokemon is shiny, I can catch and use it.
  • All gift pokemon are allowed. (And as clarification this does not count as, or is affected by the 1 catch per route rule. This does come up so...)
  • I am only allowed to catch one pokemon from the south wild area, and one pokemon in the north wild area.
  • If a pokemon faints in a Max Raid battle it goes to the grave yard, losing the raid is okay as long as they don't faint in it.
  • Legendaries may be caught but not used.
  • I can not save scum to do anything over again. The only exception is catching the box legendary. If someone faints between loads they must be sent to the grave yard.
  • If I white out, I may rebuild my team from pokemon in my box. If I have none I lose.

These are the rules of the Nuzlocke I was doing in-game. Some things may change in comic for the sake of the story, such as attempting to catch pokemon other than the first one encountered on the route, and failing to do so.

And now for the comic:
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*This page is at a faster pace than the rest of the comic because I wanted to get to the good stuff asap, the character interactions within the team. Now for the pace to slow to a crawl.

*Bowser just came out from attending a Mario party. I figure that they must use warp pipes to get to all of the minigames(or else the travel time would make the party last forever) and one of those. Lemmy suggested getting cakes since they were close to the area.

*Thinking of how no one knows who Bowser jr.'s mother is, and how the Yoshi's island have storks deliver babies I don't think it's too far fetched for him to think Corrin is his daughter. While it's ambiguous in cannon whether or not the Koopalings are his children, here they are(Or at least he thinks they are). The Koopalings and Corrin aren't the only time Bowser has mistaken someone to be related to him.

*Victor is playing pokemon on a DS lite. That's my explanation on what happened to the other protagonist character you can chose from at the start.

*I picked Sobble since I chose Scorbunny during my first play through, and my friend picked Grookey for their first play through. The GTS wasn't a thing yet, I don't have switch online, and I was trying to complete my dex for the shiny charm. And no I haven't gotten any shinys this gen yet. No that Skwovet isn't shiny, though I was still incredibly lucky.

*On Yuuya's original design I had the feather be on the other side of the head. Then I messed it up the first time I drew him in the comic, so I kept drawing him that way for consistency. It'll all be solved when he evolves though.(assuming he gets the chance to.)

*Yuuya is a (blatant) reference to the character from Hatoful Boyfriend. The Sobble line just really reminds me of the character. Thinking of it this comic takes a lot of inspiration from Hatoful Boyfriend, as just like HB this comic takes a joke premise and takes it seriously.(Well some of the time at least. This comic is still half comedy after all.)

*What does %#&@ mean? I don't know. You could replace it with any word and the story would still play out the same. I feel like it's kind of pointless to use actual curse words if it doesn't add anything to the story. Blaze the Scorbunny thought that the word sounded cool, and started repeating it, and I don't think that Gloria would tone down her language if a ten year old didn't start repeating the curse words she said.

*Other than the gym challenge this comic is going to stray pretty far from the original plot of Sword and Shield. There are plenty of other nuzlocke comics out there that already expand/make fun of the game's plot, and have amazing art in color. I'm more interested on telling the story of the team and pushing the Corrin Koopa joke out to it's limit than retelling the story of SwiSh. After all Gloria is the main character of SwiSh, not Corrin. Gloria is pretty much going through the main plot of SwiSh unless otherwise shown.

*In order to make these pages I take a couple of large images of the pages then put them together. Like an idiot I forgot to take a picture of the panel where Yuuya asks for clarification on Corrin's last name. So then I had to go back in, and take another picture of the page. And also like an idiot I realized when I was almost done putting the page together I forgot the line of panels where Yuuya introduces himself. At least it didn't throw off the scrolling of the other panels. I tried to space the panels in a way so if you scrolled down an entire screen all of the panels would fit into that next screen. In fact it actually took out a gap I originally put in for that readability.

*I have no idea what I'm doing with the background. Due to the way these pages are made, they make a bunch of weird shapes, which leave a bunch of odd holes in the background. I settled for coloring it a color that the pages are, but I'm not sure how well that worked out. If you have a better idea for what I could do for the backgrounds feel free to tell me.

*I had a lot of fun thinking of how the joke of Corrin Koopa could happen, and how the consequences would play out. I said this was a Super Smash Bros crossover and not a Fire Emblem crossover for a reason. Though I feel like it will leave a lot of people confused for a while. But info dumping a load of information about a character so early on would be worse. It's generally considered to be better form to reveal info throughout the story which is what I'll do, but as a result of that things won't even start to make sense until past page 10...

*Things between Corrin and Greninja are pretty awkward. Good thing you can always self destruct off the stage to avoid awkward conversations! Well unless it's a coin or timed battle...

*This page is bigger than most of the pages in the comic, as I feel like it would be pretty lame if page 1 stopped before any pokemon joined the team. This page takes up 1 full page and the top line + 1 panel of another on the paper I originally drew it on. What better ending could there be then being threatened by the route 1 rodent?
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*While making this page I went through 4 different pens. All in the process of dying. It was frustrating to have one pen, have the ink barely show up, then which to another. I eventually settled on using a cat pen for it's dark color. However that pen would just stop working if I drew at a slightly different angle from what it wanted. I kept using it for the next 2 pages, however once I found a pen that actually worked I switched to that since the cat pen was too frustrating to continue using.

*I want to try to avoid spelling out what moves the pokemon are using. I feel like it's a bit of a cheat, and if I draw it clearly enough I don't need to spell it out. Yet again considering the lower art quality of this comic...

*I swear every time I drew the Omega Yato in these first few pages it would end up being as short as a dagger. This is what happens when you barely sketch things like I do. I usually only sketch a circle for the head and body, and lines for the arms... Stuff gets wonky at times since I can't erase pen, but I don't really see the point of sketching something so much you end up drawing it twice... At least I can fix up some of the mistakes digitally.

*The Skwovet just outright thinks that Corrin is insane. I mean if you go around in a suit of armor carrying a sword, then try to fight a pokemon yourself, and then claim to be related to a fictional character... I feel like the Mario series is popular enough for the Skwovet to have heard the basics of it in passing. I mean route one is in the middle of Postwick and Wedgehurst, and there are plenty of muggable trainers and civilized pokemon who know what videogames are entering and exiting them.

*Well that Skwovet has insulted the all mighty Wooloo. Now she'll have to look out for rioting fans if the game doesn't get to her first XD

*My first encounter was a brilliant Skwovet. Brilliant pokemon know an egg move, and this one knew Last Resort. This was an incredibly broken nuke move so early game. Once I set up to it, it blasted everything. And no, I didn't think of removing her other moves until the 5th gym.

*After getting a last resort knowing Skwovet, the glow from the brilliant pokemon had to come from somewhere. So I gave her a coin and golden rings for the glow to come off of. But how could she get this stuff? Stealing it from trainers. How? Last resort is op. That's pretty much was the starting point for her concept. Also she's wearing a hard hat since last resort + a hard hat hits harder than last resort + a soft squirrel head.
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*I have little idea what I'm doing with these page sizes. My pages sizes depend on where there is a good place to stop. Sometimes I feel like when the pages are a set size and small the page can lack context by it's self. For example on the first panel a character replies to something said on the last panel of the previous page. This can make it hard for me to read some weekly short comics as I'm either wondering for half the page what is going on, or having to go back to the previous page for context. While this isn't a problem while binge reading, clicking on the next page and having it load is still a short break on the flow of reading the comic. In an attempt to avoid this the page lengths will be really inconsistent. Also if you're wondering these first 3 pages plus the few panels of the 4th page all fit onto 2 real life pages of the comic. I tend draw rather small.

*But this brings me to the question on whether I want to do bigger pages to show more of the comic to the world faster, or do smaller pages to give me more time to build up buffer? My fear is that if I miss an update due to it not being finished, it will lead to a bad habit spiral of me putting it off. But on the other hand right now I'm drawing route 3 in my buffer, but many of the backgrounds aren't drawn yet and there are a few scenes left unfinished. So I went with the latter, and it took me 2 pages to even show Ava's name when page 2 and 3 could easily be the same page. I thought Ava using up her 4 other Last Resorts was a good place to cut it, as it is a time skip.

*Keeping track of where all of the last resort craters were was a nightmare. I drew them in the first panel without thinking to much about it. And then I had to try to keep it consistent.

*Just Yuuya and him trying to PP stall Ava to win. He was much stronger in game than he is here, but for plot reasons I decided to give him no experience in using moves during battle. I want to put a lot more emphasis on strategy during battle in this comic, even in battles where all that was done was spam super effective moves. I know the ins and outs of the battle system in pokemon, and it's finally time to let my knowledge shine! Unfortunately there won't be a real battle in the comic for a while.

*I imagine that the three starter pokemon signed up for a program where they agreed to become starter pokemon for new trainers. Though Yuuya got more than he bargained for.

*The upsides with going in with minimal sketches and pen first is that I keep up the motivation to work on this comic. The downsides is that sometimes I can really goof up, like the panel where Corrin asks Ava to come with her. That is the digitally fixed version, and it still looks a bit off.

*With the wide array of newbie trainers that visit route 1 it's pretty much an unwritten rule that you will get caught if you don't die first. Ava's seen it happen all over route 1, so she decided it was better to willingly join someone who would amuse her then be forced on a team that would scold her for stealing and her aggressive tendencies.

*Ava might have avoided getting caught by 'Wooloo hugging babies', but can she avoid the 'how dare you insult the all mighty Wooloo' mob?

*Yes there are more people who stop Bowser than Mario, but if I included them all it would ruin the joke. Still I feel like Mario is slang for anyone who might stand up to and stop the Koopa Troop in the Koopa kingdom.
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*Gloria's bag has separate smaller bags, which are like the different item sections in game. She gave one of them to Leon because he said that he wanted to give her some supplies, and while the bag wasn't being watched by anyone...(Though to be honest I kind of goofed with drawing Gloria with her bag on the first page then making this a plot point...) Still, the animosity rises...

*I wanted Chestnut's design to contrast Ava's. Ava's design has a lot of sharp areas, and is wearing expensive stuff she stole from humans. By contrast Chestnut is a lot more soft and bouncy, and only has a single flower.

*Yuuya, stop foreshadowing things that will become relevant 70+ pages in.

*When you think about it a world of fully sentient monsters that can be caught freely by trainers has a lot of fridge horror to it. While pokemon are shown to be more animalistic in the games, here most of them are fully sentient, and can talk to humans. This comic will explore the consequences that come from this.

*I completely messed up Yuuya in the panel where he says "How splendid...". When I originally drew it all the ink blended together to the point most of his facial features looked like a black dot. I've forgotten what the exact expression he was trying to make was, as I originally drew it months ago...
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*Considering how Bowser has pretty much been chasing after Princess Peach his whole life, most of Bowser's children have came to the conclusion that they're adopted. While Bowser believes in the storks as he has literally had first hand experience with them, his children know that there needs to be a mom... If one of them try to get someone kicked out by pointing out how illogical it would be for someone to be related to Bowser since there's no mom, they could just do the same and mutually assured destruction would ensure. No one's told Corrin.

*Koopa the Quick being related to Bowser is more of a joke than Corrin Koopa is. I mean his name is Koopa, as in Quick Koopa, the same "last" name. No one dared to correct Bowser. This went to Koopa the Quick's head.

*Corrin Koopa gets pranked a lot by her siblings. I mean you could complain about how blatantly illogical it is that you could be related to someone, or you could use them as the perfect pranking target. They've come so prepared for pranks that Lemmy carried a cardboard cutout of a chair with him.

*When originally drawing this I just picked two of the Koopalings at random. Then I realized how illogical it would be for Bowser to not bring Junior along, as Junior would blatantly be his favorite child. So I made a humorous bonus comic explaining why. I haven't set up another gallery for bonus art yet as I barely have anything to put in it(I mean I did colored drawings of Yuuya and Ava but that would only be 3 things total). Though as I draw more bonus stuff I might make a gallery for it.

*At the party Bowser was having a team battle with Peach against Mario and Luigi. Despite Bowser being the only one to do anything other than talk, the Mario bros won. Peach sneaked away while Bowser was throwing a losing tantrum.

*I though that going to a window would have better lighting, but when I did that the images had huge shadows over them, so I settled for holding the pages up next to a lamp.

*I switched pens when I started drawing this page. Now instead of of pens running out, they make globs of ink for literally no reason. Though I edited most of them out.

*The backgrounds were a nightmare to make. Every panel has that tiled floor, and then there are the tables in the background. I have a seating chart. Though it was difficult to draw things so tiny in the background.

*This is the part where I really questioned my sanity. Where I really started to ask my self "Am I really going through with this?" Judging by my 10+ pages of buffer, yes, yes this comic is very worth it.

*Halfway through the page I kind of forgot how to draw Bowser... I misdrew him once, and then I used the previous drawing as a reference, until I saw a picture a realized that I misdrew him. Though hopefully the blatantly noticeable spiked collar that I drew in digitally is okay.
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*Ava ate like 95% of both cakes.

*Lemmy's more interested in joining the circus then committing crimes. Though he's not going to turn on his family in order to pursuit his dream(I mean this isn't the manga), though being a well known criminal makes it sort of hard to get an audience at the mushroom kingdom. It's nice to not have everyone hate you or have the cops chase you down for once. Lemmy thought it would be nice to have cake with his family in Wedgehurst. But he didn't think it through, and now he's freaking out about being banned for life.

*That girl speedrunning is based off of the Candyfloss strategy for speedruning Sword. You pretty much get a Ninetales and use that until you trade for Candyfloss the Whimsicott. Speedrunning is a thing in universe, though most people don't take on the champion's cup, as well Leon is the unbeatable champion and taking him on wouldn't end well.

*Bowser stole that phone from a toad while he was kidnapping Princess Peach earlier that day. You have to at least delay having Mario called slightly right?
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*I'm not sure what Hop is more confused about. The fact that Corrin took a direct hit from Leon's Dragapult's Dragon Darts and got up almost immediately, or the fact that she said she was related to Bowser and Greninja.

*The media that exists in our world also exists in the pokemon world. Most of it isn't pokemonified like the Lion King still being the Lion King, but you sure bet there are people online that reanimate the scenes to be with pokemon instead. And most people think that those works are fictional so when you have Bowser in Wedgehurst, and Corrin Koopa running around Galar, there are going to be a lot of confused people. Gloria is flashbacking to when Corrin was announced for smash 4, and she is not happy. At least Victor got his wish when Ridley was made playable in Ultimate.

*Introducing the main rival of the comic, Gloria. Sword is Gloria's story, and she isn't going to let a cursed inside joke take her place. What are the chances that someone from another land would just happen to keep running across Hop, Bede and Marnie and experience the same things the main character experienced in game? Not very likely. The rivals will only get weirder from here.

*I totally didn't draw the Omega Yato as small as a dagger again and then digitally edited it to make it longer in that one panel. By which I mean I did. Looking at the pages I've drawn, it keeps going back and forth between being the size of a dagger and the size of an actual sword. I swear I'll draw it the right size someday.
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*Corrin attacked Gloria with a dragon fang shot, the neutral B special in ultimate. Seriously fighting on hard concrete isn't the best idea, if you're going to fight bring it to the grass. Still Gloria is just a sword and a suit of armor away from actually breaking into a fight with Corrin herself.

*Yes Yuuya did just spit in Blaze's eye. Yuuya doesn't know water gun, so when he tries to do so it fails. And no Yuuya didn't level up from this battle.

*If you're wondering how the first rival battle went Yuuya happened. If you're wondering how the 2nd rival battle went Ava happened. This scene represents both of them, and yes nothing that interesting happened in either of them. I don't really consider this an actual battle scene as Chestnut and Ava fought off screen and Blaze was 1HKOed. I want to put a lot more strategy and not have pokemon 1HKOed in real battle scenes, but there isn't one for a while(Say, in Turffield, or perhaps that random trainer that shows up to cause a casualty, but what are the chances of that happening?).

*The pokemon games exist in the pokemon world. They are mainly played by people too young to have their own pokemon yet. The games help prepare them to become actual trainers. (Of course there is a group of more grown up people out there who enjoy doing challenge runs, or enjoy the competitive battle system of the games.) The games are based on the adventures of famous trainers. Gloria thinks that she is just like the protagonist of one of the pokemon games because she got her starter from Leon, the champion and she met Zacian off screen. She wants to be the best, and she isn't very happy when a cursed inside joke tries to take her place. Sorry Gloria, but this comic just isn't your story.

*I was originally going to put some of the next page onto the end of this page, but I figured that the short scene that happens right after where I was originally going to end the page fits together more with the start of the current next page rather than the stuff on the page after it. This left this page in an awkwardly short position, as the previous page is already long adding the short fight here would just make it even longer. I settled for adding the 3 panels in the end of Gloria's reaction to losing to make the page a bit longer.
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*Bowser has a few TNT Drumsticks on him. You never know when a healing item could come in handy. TNT Drumsticks are a healing item in Bowser's inside story.

*In a 1v1 fight with Leon's Charizard I feel like Bowser would win since he's been through so much. Though against Leon's entire team, things become less likely. Leon has 7 pokemon with him, including all 3 of the pokemon that changes depending on your starter.

*Leon's Seismitoad lost one of it's eyes in a battle accident. While uncommon, pokemon sometimes get hurt to the point healing machines can't instantly fix it and they need to rest for an extended period of time afterwards. And sometimes those injuries are permanent. I found it odd how nuzlockes usually talk about death being a risk in battle, with no risk in between perfect health and death. Since Leon is the literal champion of the region I fell like it would be off if he didn't have at least on accident in his career(Though none of his pokemon have died. That's much much rarer to the point hardly anyone considers it a possibility).

*In the games Rose is a well meaning business man that is a bit disconnected from reality. This comic ramps that disconnect from reality up to 11. Sorry Rose, but all of the other antagonists already used up all of the serious points of the comic. That doesn't stop him from being a threat, as he was able to "suggest" to Leon to not ruin his reputation so he won't lose money that could be used to make Galar better. Though Rose didn't account for that one girl in the crowd that was already streaming the whole thing...

*There are two types of legendary pokemon, Legendary and pseudo-legends. Legendary pokemon are the things of legend, and have god like powers that out match those of most other pokemon. There is only one of them. Pseudo-legends are pokemon that are the same species as the legendary pokemon, but weaker. The species is named after the legendary pokemon they take after. While overall they are rare with there only being a few hundred of the species being alive at the time, there many high leveled trainers with multiple pseudo-legends on their teams. If you want an example of the power difference, the legendary Yveltal's oblivion wing would turn it's targets to stone, while a pseudo-legend Yveltal's would only drain some energy from an opponent, with the move being no more lethal than other moves. Villain teams usually target legendary pokemon as while pseudo-legends are powerful, they don't have nearly enough power to pull off the evil schemes they're planning. Rose has captured the legendary Eternatus which will cause all the plot stuff you know it causes. Though at the same time he angered the minternatus which is a grave mistake as even if it's only 2 feet tall, it's still a Uber tier powerful pokemon in battle.

*Normal animals don't exist in the pokemon world. However their names are still used to refer to the body types of pokemon like bipedal or quadrupedal would.
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*Fun fact, all but a few panels of this page wasn't in my buffer. I struggled to know what to write here, so instead of being dragged down by writer's block I was like "I'll just move on and draw this page latter". The hardest part of the page to write was probably knowing what to make everyone say when they were saying goodbye.

*Oh wow Bowser you dined and dashed at a bakery and won after the strongest person protecting it was called away. How impressive...

*Don't worry Bowser, according to her Corrin is only half pokemon, and since pokemon are the only ones to die in Nuzlockes there's only a 50% chance something terrible will happen to her.

*Corrin not taking any damage from that fall is smash logic. I mean you don't take damage from landing on the stage in smash, it's the same logic.

*Aw such cute enthusiasm. It would be a shame if the genre of this comic just happened to be a nuzlocke, and things would happen to put a damper on it. It's not like half of the pokemon I used on my play through were casualties or anything.
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*BannedFromGalar'sTrains% let's go!

*I really want to talk about the stuff I have planed for this comic, and ask for advice on how to improve but I feel like this comic has barely gotten started yet. It feels like trying to talk about Undertale before any friendliness pellets have shown up on screen yet. I really care about this story, and I want to try to improve if I can. I've also noticed the struggle of drawing backgrounds and knowing what body language and expression to give the characters at times when drawing panels. I want to try to improve on everything besides switching to full colored hyper detailed shaded digital art as this comic will be long and if I ramp up the art like that I don't think I'll have the motivation to ever finish this comic. Right now my buffer is at Galar mine #1, so if I got advice it would be months before I could really put it into effect. I bumped up the critique level tag from a 4 to a 5 as while I would prefer to be told something politely, I rather have someone say something than say nothing at all. This comic is good practice for learning how to tell stories in the future, so it's better for me to learn something the hard way here than in a story for something I publish commercially in the future.

*This is the end of what I would call the tutorial heck of this comic. Time to reflect on how I think I did. I think I did a good job at establishing how different the plot will be in this comic. On the first page I had Corrin kidnap the starter, Gloria was battled over Hop and most of the beginning stuff was replaced with eating and battling over cake. Character wise I feel like I put too much focus on Corrin in these beginning pages over Yuuya and Ava. While I want to give the pokemon on the team actual reasons for joining instead of just being caught, I'm not sure if Yuuya and Ava gave off the right first impression. Yuuya just seems to be okay with being kidnapped and Ava's main reason for joining Corrin is to avoid being caught by someone who would call her out for her aggressive and mugging behaviors. Still I feel like this comic is a bit front loaded with the most jerky and pushover of the characters which brings out the worst in everyone on the team. I'm a bit worried that it will drive away people before the other half of the cast comes to balance things out. I also noticed that most of the characters at the beginning only really try to interact with one other member of the team other than Corrin. And since it will be a while before a pokemon who wants to try to be friendly with everyone will show up it puts even more focus on Corrin as she's the only one actively interacting with the whole team. I consider the entire main team to be main characters so her getting a disproportionate amount of focus compared to the rest of the pokemon is just... Though one part that I don't feel like is really hinted at all in this intro is how I plan on deconstructing a lot of stuff. Most of the characters have had something bad happen to them in their backstories. But of course it's difficult to talk about this when it hasn't shown up in the comic yet. While I don't ever plan on making this comic switch to grim dark or completely give up comedy in favor of a more serious plot line it will touch on both ends of the seriousness to comedy spectrum, which I fear might drive some people off.

*It feels a bit odd to post a smaller page after so many larger ones, but also a bit refreshing at the same time.

*I'm so excited for the next page! New team mate let's go!
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*Finally Sussie is here! She is a reference to Sussie from Deltarune. I noticed that I already had enough characters on the team that were references to something else that acted like who they were based off on, so for Sussie I decided to go with the opposite. So instead of the grumpy and aggressive monster we get a cheerful Purrloin who has trouble harming a Cutiefly, is bad at being evil and hero worships Sussie from Deltarune.

*When I caught Sussie I wasn't too thrilled. Purrloin are known for being weak. I kept her in the back of my party because having a weak pokemon is better than having no pokemon. And the exp share could make her useful in a pinch. I had her in my party for a while, so I decided to include her in the comic. It's pretty much what happens when you make a weak pokemon that would be immediately boxed or skipped over in comic an important character. It's not like Corrin not caring too much about her or Ava's aggressive attitude is going to drive her away when the party gets closer to being full or anything like that...

*That photo on Sussie's library card was taken when she first started to grow her fur out. She put a bunch of post-it notes on it to make herself look cooler, but as a wild pokemon isn't isn't the best at spelling.
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*I don't feel like families are touched on that much in nuzlockes. A lot of pokemon are okay with being caught and don't say goodbye to their family before they leave. Family has a big impact on a person's life, and even the lack of family would really affect someone. Most of the team's families will appear in comic. Twig and Branch are pretty worried about Sussie leaving to pursue her goal of being a villain with strangers who are a questionable influence. But what's the worst that can happen, it's not like this comic is a nuz... wait.

*It's a bit odd that Purrloin started standing on 2 legs starting in gen 6. My interpretation is that Purrloin can be bipedal or quadrupedal. The ones that walk on 2 legs are mostly from Kalos(as it's the region that started it) and they mostly stand on 4 legs everywhere else. Standing on two legs in route 2 is considered weird.

*Sussie's real name is Petal. I mean what are the chances she was named after the person she idolizes? Unless you have a psychic type that can see the future, it's not that likely. Petal started going by Sussie after she started hero-worshiping her, though her family still calls her Petal.

*Sometimes pokemon hunt other pokemon. Though it's uncommon for most pokemon that they usually go days or weeks without meat. All purely carnivorous pokemon died out and the rest evolved into omnivores. As pokemon gained intelligence the would be prey got smarter, making it nearly impossible to live solely off meat. Then there's the fully sentient pokemon knowing that they have to kill fully sentient pokemon to get their meat. There's many omnivorous pokemon that don't have the heart to kill. Hunting is only actively done by the ruthless and the desperate. The only purely carnivorous pokemon left are some fossil pokemon, and even then being purely carnivorous causes problems.

*I accidentally drew Branch with cross eyes once. I decided to keep it as part of his design.

*Sussie just left without even saying goodbye to her parents. It's going to be hard for Twig and Branch to break the news to them...
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*This was originally an intro to the next page. But I felt like what happens after this got a bit long with this page together, so I decided to split them up.

*There is technically nothing in this world stopping Corrin from catching something other than the first encounter. Though not all pokemon are ready to hop onto a team with strangers, much less a team full of villains.

*I'm not sure which Ava found more nuts, kidnapping a child right next to their fully evolved mother, or finding Chewtle cuter than Sussie. I mean Chewtle is sort of like a Squirtle, only angrier. Though to be fair I didn't give the one Corrin tried to kidnap a unibrow, which I think makes it bit cuter. And no I never caught one. I mean Chewtle does make Drednaw look cool by comparison, so I think it did it's job well.

*That moment when you realize you wrote yourself into a hole by having a high level pokemon on route two, and then patch it up by turning it into a joke.
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*No, Yuuya was nowhere near this weak in game. But it's funnier and fits more for the plot for him to be.

*If it took them 30 Rookidee for Yuuya to get to level 6, that would be 1-2 exp per Rookidee. Maybe holding pokemon in place isn't the best strategy.

*The jokes on this page kind of developed over time. At first I just drew a Seedot for the holding pokemon in place to train joke. But then I realized that it knows absorb. Rookidee are are a safe option as they only have close range physical moves at that level, but Yuuya described them as birds. As in Hoothoot that know Echoed Voice.

*It took Yuuya 15 pages to get to level 6. If he keeps going at this rate it'll take him 885 pages to be level 65 and be strong enough to take on the champion. 885 pages at one per week is roughly 17 years. Talk about pacing.
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*I played around with the filters on my phone while scanning this page. I wanted to try to make the lines a bit more clear and sharp. I think I'll do this from now on.

*Nothing quite like finishing drawing the backgrounds in pen, only to remember that the first half of the page happens right after Corrin tries to fight Yuuya and the location jump hadn't happened yet.
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*It's a more laid back page and everyone unwinding before going off to bed. While not much and nothing suspicious happens, I thought the exchange at the end where Ava pretty much acts like Sussie is trying to explain what memes are to a grandma was pretty cute. I imagine that the technical literacy of pokemon can be pretty varied depending on their experiences.

*Sussie thinks that furry means bipedal pokemon, and doesn't know much more beyond that since a wild pokemon's means of internet access is rather limited. She does not know how wild some fandoms can get.
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*This page was drawn months before the announcement of the remakes, but I think that just makes that random trainer's line even funnier. I mean team Galactic's outfits are mostly grey, and Corrin mostly wears grey armor.

*Oof, my pen was dying during those first few panels. The panel of Corrin calling her dad was added in later once I realized I forgot to show Corrin calling Bowser to let him know she's okay on screen.

*Sure I could have made them actually steal something important. But I don't think it would have been as funny.

*It's so satisfying to finally be able to digitally fix the eye of the mugged girl when she's upset that she was mugged for a few berries. In the original drawing there was so much excess ink there is looked like she had a black eye, and it bothered me for months every time I looked at this page.
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*Did I forget to mention that this is an evil doppelganger plot? I mean you can literally have an 8 player match in smash where everyone is Corrin. So there has to be some system in smash that would allow that to happen. And that system is bound to have faults that cause things to go horribly wrong. As you can imagine many smashers would be very confused and not very happy about an evil doppelganger of Corrin running around. But it's only a matter of time before the news of Corrin Koopa traveling in Galar gets to the other smashers...

*I was originally going to reveal this later, but in a plot as crazy as this I felt like I needed to have this explained as early as possible. I figured that having that horribly over powered Onix be rich enough from mugging trainers to afford a 3DS and be a Fire Emblem fan was a decent way to go about it. And it only took 19 pages!..

*Being a high leveled pokemon in such an early part of the game, that Onix makes a lot of money whiting out newbie trainers. Humans sell a lot of stuff that could be useful/interesting to a wild pokemon. A typical trainer without any pokemon would be an easy target for most wild pokemon to steal from, which is one explanation to why you lose money when you lose to a wild pokemon in the games.

*The onix actually did draw on scars with a red marker. Though red marker on an Onix isn't exactly the most convincing.

*This nuzlocke was the first time I ever used the pokedoll item. Usually in pokemon it's okay to just run away, but in a nuzlocke failing to escape could mean a causally. I don't remember if I ever actually encounter this Onix in my nuzlocke or if I stayed 50 feet away from it, but I remember using some pokedolls against wild pokemon.

*If you look on the previous page's last panel you can actually see the glasses that Onix dropped. Now the question is if Onix will find them without crushing them.

*On this page there was originally panels of Corrin admiring the snow which cut to her being bothered by how cold it was, and a panel showing that Yuuya who is a cold blooded lizard was struggling while Ava being warm blooded was fine, but I feel like those panels weakened the impact of the last panel of the page. They would also break the flow of the next page so they were cut.
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*Ah, the classic moment in a nuzlocke where a trainer catches a pokemon they think is really cool; except the pokemon does not want to be on a team... With all the stories where pokemon caught without being asked first and all the catches caught by throwing a pokeball wildly around it's surprising that there aren't pokemon who don't want to go with a trainer more often. I don't really like it in stories when the wild is treated as all doom and gloom with trainers being the only ticket to a better/more purposeful life. While the wild can be harsh to survive in it I imagine it has it's good points too. Different pokemon are going to prefer different ways of life. Depending on the pokemon, not every one is going to want to join a team(though at the same time there are pokemon who would actively look for trainers.).

*I didn't originally have those first few panels of Sundae with his siblings. As I was drawing the pages I realized that I had a lot of Sundae complaining about wanting to go home, but I never actually showed Sundae's home and why he would want to go back to it. So I added the first few panels just to twist the knife in more. Just poor Sundae...

*Sundae's only attacking move is Astonish, making it rather hard for him to escape. He also knows Mist, but creating a small cloud of fog around him isn't going to do to much. Trainers usually have multiple trained pokemon and healing items so if the trainer and their pokemon are on the same page weaker wild pokemon stand little chance of fighting back. Though of course there are exceptions like Ava who have powerful moves, and huge groups weaker pokemon who band together.

*In this world it's seen as perfectly normal to catch pokemon. They're generally seen as being like pets or children. While people will hunt trainers down with pitchforks if they outright abuse their pokemon, it's generally seen that the trainer knows the best. This causes massive problems. Though most trainers with this mindset would probably take into account Sundae's feelings, tell him something like trainers aren't so bad and try to cheer him up without realizing the problem with catching him. I imagine Corrin Koopa's handling of Sundae would probably be used as an example by team Plasma of why trainers and pokemon need to be separated(never mind the fact that the other pokemon there actually want to be on the team). Pokemon who aren't happy being caught are going to have obedience issues in battle, no matter how many badges trainers think they have to earn. Only through true friendship can a team reach their full potential.

*Before this page for backgrounds I usually took a screen shot of the area in game on my switch, and then use it as a reference without really knowing what I'm doing. I didn't really like drawing backgrounds, and it felt tedious trying to copy down the background details. So I looked at other nuzlocke comics for guidance, and I noticed how good people are at avoiding backgrounds. On this page I think it's most notable that I didn't draw in the rocky cliffs of the bowl shape the wild area, but I did for the last page. From now on I think I'm going to simplify the backgrounds a bit.
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*When Sussie wonders if Yuuya is making a reference to something she's never heard of, she's referring to the fact that Yuuya is a Hatoful Boyfriend reference.

*Here we get the first look into Sussie's insecurities. With random Purrloin thinking she's weird for walking on two legs, no one in her family believing her dream, and Corrin practically ignoring her, Ava's harsh jokes is the straw that broke the Numel's back. What her mother said twisted in her mind to be more harsh. But don't worry, there is still plenty of room left for traumas in the team, I haven't even gotten to anyone's backstory yet.
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*That guy with the pokeballs is based on the guy who gives out catching tutorials. That guy doesn't have any badges, but even then that random Dwebble wouldn't listen to him. Not every pokemon is interested in shiny pieces of metal, no matter what the trainer's handbook says.

*I didn't originally have the part where Yuuya and Sussie talked. I originally wanted to put it in, but I couldn't think of what would happen in a reasonable time so I cut it. I didn't want that scene to go on too long. About a week before uploading I wrote a short version I liked so I drew that scene back it. That part was drawn months after the rest of the page, and you can just see the non-existent art improvement.

*That Machamp is holding a flame orb on it's belt, a reference to how it's commonly paired with pokemon with the ability guts to boost it's attack. That Eevee was wearing a macho brace, which increases the amount of Evs it gains from a battle. Messing with someone who's really into competitive battling was a bad idea...

*Right as I was uploading this page I realized I forgot a speech bubble for that girl. Hopefully no one will notice the font change... I usually write down the fonts I use but not for that girl since I don't plan on having her ever show up again.
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*While Rose lost seriousness points in this comic, team Yell gained them. This is defiantly not the last time they show up though. I didn't write down what happened during their early game fights, but Ava or Yuuya probably easily took them down. Still it's not like this alerted every team Yell member about the team which will cause a rivalry that leads to major consequences later.

*I originally had this combined with the last page, but I felt like the page was getting a bit too long. That and Alex and Zeb will show up again, so since it's more important I feel like they deserve a page of their own.

*Finally, the first real fight scene of the comic. While there is some strategy in Sundae trying to use taunt and Zeb reflecting bite with his prosthetic leg, there's only so much you can get out of a fight between a weak Zigzagoon and a pokemon with a OHKO nuke. I'm excited to get to the gym battles.
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*While it isn't specified here because she was too young to remember, Ava was a hunt extra, hatched while trying to get a perfect Greedent. During the hunt the excess spares were released, as who would keep a ton of Skwovet in their PC boxes that they were never going to use.

*Now that most of Ava's character is revealed, I feel like it's a good time to go over my thought process of creating her character. Ava is a deconstruction of that wild pokemon with no family. I've seen the pasts of pokemon brushed off a lot in nuzlockes. A pokemon with no friends or family would lack social skills due to never interacting with others on a meaningful level. Ava also grew a rather huge ego due to being the only person in the world she cared about for a long time and blessed with last resort to get away with most things while being cool; she feels like she the world revolves around her. Now for how a pokemon could get in a situation with no family, it was around drawing page 5 that I thought of Ava being a hunt extra. Usually when breeding for shiny/perfect pokemon people end up with tons of hunt extras that they end up releasing to free up box space. While some of these released pokemon would work together, others would strike it off on their own. Ava's aggressive behavior helped her survive by being able to fight off attackers, as picking a hard fight over a route one rodent is not worth it when you can fight one of the many more docile ones around. Last Resort was a major help to Ava's survival, and it's a pretty cool move that not every Skwovet has, further boosting Ava's ego. Last Resort is an egg move, so if the hunter wanted a perfect Greedent with Last Resort, Ava would end up with that egg move. Being hunt spares would explain how brilliant pokemon always have an egg move and usually have a few perfect IVs(either that or their dad knows the move). Though there is still the question of how Ava learned how to talk if no one taught her. She learned it as a way to troll people, since she found that trolling people amused her. She learned how to talk latter than most pokemon. So now Sussie's on a quest to teach an extremely self centered pokemon about friendship! Will she get through to Ava, or will something else come crashing down on those plans first.

*TMs work by sending an electrical signal to the pokemon that stimulates the learning of a new move. Though there can be some problems when trying to use them with ground types. Lightly biting on the TM works for some of them, but others have to have something like the move soak used on them so they won't be immune to the TM's effects.

*I really like how this page turned out. I get to finally reveal Ava's backstory, and I really like the panel where Sussie waves the TM in the air creating a rainbow of friendship. If only that panel had color, but this isn't a colored comic(yet).
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Author's notes:
*Did I forget to mention that this is an evil doppelganger plot? In smash you can have multiple people play as Corrin at the same time and have them fight each other. When thinking of how Corrin Koopa could possibly happen, this fact gave me a lot of ideas from thinking about how, and the consequences of it.

*This page was made in about a week, and I started making it about a day before the last page posted. When I first got to this page the first draft had Corrin talking and info dumping for way to long before starting the chase scene, and Sundae stayed quiet for an unreasonable amount of time before shouting for help. This was pretty boring, and since I was having writer's block I decided to skip to the next page and come back to this later. I even threw out 4 semi complete panels due to the fact that they were just standing there talking so boringly. The current script focused more on the chase scene and how they would fight each other over Sundae. Some stuff I originally had in the page, such as an explanation on how Corrin got to Galar had to be cut because the page was already huge and it would completely break the flow. My biggest worry with the page was that I wrote Corrin wrong, as I've never actually played a fire emblem game before, I'm just really dedicated to a dumb joke. Especially with speech patterns in dialog as I was never very good at those.

*When I first drew the Onix it was suppost to be a one off character that was suppost to introduce the fact that Corrin Koopa is a doppelganger as early as possible in a silly way. Upon rewriting the page I had Corrin call upon wild pokemon for help, and one of said pokemon could know a certain fangirling onix. My first idea was to have Corrin team up with a Wooloo since I figured that such a fluffy pokemon would be inviting to lot of people. Then I had the idea to give him a team of friendship evolution pokemon. But as I got to the part in the script, a fan girl that keeps accidentally knocking things over during peace talks due to her size as too good to pass up. The only reason I remember the font Onix used was because it was a pun.
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*Fun fact, according to the dex sobbles turn invisible when they're wet.

*That panel in where they play darts was originally a panel of the team climbing up one of the pipes in Monostoke with Sussie spreading her arms like she was the queen of the world on top of it. Corrin flew onto something much higher in the background, but she was so small you could barely notice her. Because of that and the fact it didn't really show much about the characters I cut it and replaced it with the darts panel after remembering there was a place where a trainer was practicing pokeball throwing at a target in Monostoke. I think it shows more of the characters, with Yuuya scoring a bullseye and Sundae attempting to stab Corrin with his dart.

*Sundae's nature is Gentle which has a preference for bitter foods. While he may like the taste of rawst berries, it doesn't change the fact that he doesn't want to be here. While free food can be an unspoken motivator for pokemon joining a team, buying stealing a lunch is no where near enough to prove why Corrin should be Sundae's trainer.(The entire time she's caught him Corrin's only been proving why Sundae should get a restraining order on her.)

*While carnivorous pokemon have evolved to be omnivorous and most pokemon don't have the heart to hunt, it's only a matter of time before one that does jumps in at a chance to attack an alone and weak pokemon. This is what Sundae is referring to.
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*This was my original idea for what was going to happen in Monostoke, however then I got the idea for the lunch seen on the last page and it just ballooned into two pages.

*While you aren't allowed to use the GTS in nuzlockes, there aren't any rules to stop Corrin in-universe from failing to use it. Trying to steal from it would be rather ineffective as the pokeballs containing the actual pokemon are stored elsewhere and are transported using the same technology as the PC system. The GTS it's self is only a few feet deep, and there a different building behind it. People's requests here are just as reasonable as they are in the games. And that's not even getting into the implications of a worldwide trade station where you don't even see the other trainer's face before trading...

*As mentioned in the last page Corrin Koopa can't read very well. This page started with the joke of not being able to spell Kyurem's name, I then realized that she would struggle to read the pokemon being asked, and thus she butchers every name she reads slowly to the point she doesn't even realize what she's saying half the time. At least one member of the team can read, considering that most wild pokemon wouldn't really have a need to read which would make learning opportunities scarce.
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*Ah yes the classic pokemon with a crush. Let's just say that this is going to go about as well as a train crashing into a boat. We all know the fate of pokemon with a crush in nuzlockes. Did I mention that there's a random trainer battle on the next page?

*Jay's younger brothers just pressured him into joining a team because there was a cute girl on it. They totally aren't going to regret encouraging him later.

*When I first caught Jay, I wasn't really to thrilled. I have trained up a Pancham before in the post game of Y, and I was hoping to use pokemon I've never used before. The disappointment is represented here by having Jay be so weak, he can't even take out a Zigzagoon without taking a lot of damage. Though he probably wouldn't have been that bad battle wise.
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*In game I came across school girl Hanna and her Pancham. I had Ava out at front, so I switched to Yuuya. But then Pancham spammed circle throw. Circle throw switches you out to a random pokemon. Jay had taken some damage from a fighting some wild pokemon earlier, and everyone else was weak to fighting type moves. I could get in some chip damage with Sussie's fake out, but Yuuya was the only one who could safely take her Pancham out. Everyone else would fall in one hit. After using my only potion to heal Yuuya, I knew I had to sacrifice someone to win.

*I could have added in some more random trainer battles so this one didn't wave a giant death flag, but this is really early into the game, and a random trainer battle at this point would just drag this already long story out even more. I'm already on page 29 and just got out of Monostoke, at this rate I'm going to start the first gym battle at around page 72-74 depending on how I cut up pages. I actually counted. My partially complete buffer is that ridiculous.

*I was originally going to combine this page with the last so Jay would last less before potentially meeting doom, but the page got to long with both scenes together so I split it.

*It's clear that the first casualty will come up, but who will it be? Will it be Sussie who was weak in battle and was given a lot of character focus just to make the audience cry harder? Will it be Sundae, who was weak, the only one I was excited about having on my team and would be tragic as he would be kidnapped yet never get the chance to go home? Or will it be Jay, the only pokemon that was decent in battle of the three, but I wasn't interested in training another Pancham and he is a nuzlocke mon with a crush?
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*In the end I decided to sacrifice Sundae. I don't remember my exact reason why, as he was the one I was the most excited to train of the three. But I think it had something to do with his only attacking move being Astonish at the time. It is a 30 base power ghost type move. Sussie did more with scratch and had fakeout. Jay was stronger. While Sundae had great potential, this was early game, and I needed usable pokemon now. There was plenty of time latter for me to catch more cool pokemon. But if Sundae was one level higher and knew icy wind, I think this comic would have been a very different story.

*This causality was caused by my recklessness in game. But in game I thought it was kind of perfect. I was being reckless and then I was punished with being forced to sacrifice one of my pokemon. It was entirely my fault and it wasn't from something completely unexpected like a crit out of nowhere. it also didn't come from punishing me from not studying the game's most obscure mechanics/the foes team before I fought them.

*This might sound odd, but I'm kind of glad that this happened. It made me appreciate Sussie and Jay a lot more, and got them both permanent spots on the team. I can't even imagine this comic without Sussie and Ava's friendship, or the stuff with Jay that comes later. If Sundae didn't fall here, I don't think I would have used them, and the comic wouldn't be what it is now. It encouraged me to use the next four pokemon I came across despite of their strength, and my team would end up really different if this never happened. Would I even have a comic? One of them I was really excited about when I first started planning out this comic, and had an in game moment that just cemented that I wanted to make this nuzlocke a comic.

*Vanillite can learn how to float instead of hover. But Corrin never actually trained Sundae, causing him to immediately lose when asked to do it in a battle.

*Don't worry, Sundae's just fainted. Despite Corrin saying he is dead and not knowing to check if he's still breathing, he just fainted. Even if Yuuya said he was dead, this page was cut in half and his reasons why will be shown on the next page. I felt like it would be a bit pointlessly edgy to kill off a pokemon this early in the comic, especially one that only gained a single level before falling. I decided to make Sundae a pokemon that just does not want a trainer because he prefers his life in the wild, and never decides that having a trainer is not so bad. A lot of pokemon I see in comics are 100% okay with being caught despite not being asked first, or are mad not at being caught but at the trainer being a bad trainer. Since Sundae was in the team for only such a small time, I saw it as a perfect chance to make a pokemon that unrepentantly wants to go home until the end. Sundae only lasted around 10 pages before getting the boot. Sundae got off very lightly here. All of the casualties moving forward will be a lot more serious. Also that girl would be freaking out if her Pancham died.

*Sundae is the least developed character here. He only gained a level in game before falling, and never really felt like an important character because of that. The majority of his character is that he lived a happy life with his family and then he was kidnapped and became very stressed. While I could have defined his normal personality and hobbies more, I couldn't really think of anything and he gets to do so little it wasn't really worth going out of my way to give him more personality. Even the mon with a crush and the walking joke has more thought but into their backstories and characters. Though despite his small role I feel like Sundae had a large impact by making Sussie and Jay important members of my team and story, and how freaked out other people will get when Corrin says that one of her pokemon died but shrugs it off.

*Okay now that it's clear that Jay's not going to die immediately I can talk about him more. I've been waiting so long for him to appear. For the team to actually have 4 members. While Sundae was technically my 4th catch, I don't really consider him part of the team since he only gained one level before fainting in the first battle he took part in. I've been drawing pages with Jay in them for months, and it feels a bit crazy to finally have him here. The tone in the buffer pages I'm working on now also feel pretty different, as more of the main cast has appeared and everyone actually wants to be there. The catches get a lot nicer from here on, adding a bit of balance I feel like the team in these earlier pages were desperately lacking with everyone being evil or forced to go along with that evil.

*When I was first writing down my notes for this nuzlocke, after every section I would write down how my pokemon were doing, along with a very poorly thought out characteristic for them for flavor text. The one I wrote for Jay was that he was somewhat flirty(I cringe when rereading it). When I actually started to think up my pokemon's characters I saw that his nature was timid, which gave me the idea to have him to try to act tough but actually be pretty timid.

*I feel like I drew the pokemon way to small these last few pages. While I was trying to draw them to scale with Corrin, the problem is that she is a giant compared to them. I like to draw rather small, and since I'm drawing traditionally with minimal sketches, the pokemon tend to lose a lot of detail and become blobs while I'm drawing them. Then considering that the panels here are bigger than their original size in my sketchbook. While the pokemon are suppost to be around 1 or two feet in height, actually drawing them to scale would make them to small. So after this page I focused more of having the pokemon be readable rather than to perfect scale.
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*Ava was originally going to get a bit more suspicious over the fact that Yuuya lied about Sundae dying, but then I remember, she doesn't care. Yuuya's not getting in her way.

*Sussie thinks that Sundae is just resting. She doesn't really care since the most of her interactions with Sundae has either been Corrin favoring him over her, or that one time Ava said that Sundae called her pollution.
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*During the end of the page I got a bit experimental with the story telling. Everyone already knows what a sorry is, and Ava explained her backstory earlier, so writing it out in full would be a bit repetitive. I hope that exchange was made clear enough from what was said before and after it.

*If it was up to Corrin, she would be a prime candidate for a no pokemon center run due to her being hesitant to return all her pokemon to get them healed. Good thing everyone else has the common sense to actually get healed.

*On this page I tried using Krita for the text. I tried creating some all digital comic pages, and the text editor went really well for them. It does not go as well when trying to force text into oddly shaped pre-written panels. I switched back to MS paint halfway through out of frustration.
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*Pokemon centers are probably the last place the team wants to get banned from. Yet again, it's a good thing that the team is here to stop Corrin from making this a no pokemon center run. Without healing they are a lot more likely to get fatally injured. If they heal up naturally the journey would take way too long and Corrin would definitely want to go home before collecting all the gym badges. If they're going to steal, they better steal a truck worth of full restores, but no one on the team can drive...

*Crimes are mostly tied to the trainers. In the games, it's the trainers who create the evil plans while the pokemon follow their lead. I mean who can blame those poor innocent cute little pokemon who are forced into evil! The pokemon acting like they were forced into it after the trainer is caught is usually a get out of jail free card for them. Trainers with pokemon that do stuff like cause property damage or steal are usually fined and told to train their pokemon better. Only if a pokemon doesn't have a trainer, or if a pokemon does something excessively terrible like murder where it's clear the trainer wasn't in on the plan, do pokemon actually get arrested. And there are pokemon out there that are much worse than rough petty thieves like Ava is.

*When I first started coloring pages digitally, err I mean what do you mean, it's not like this comic is suddenly going to become color like the April fools day comic said or anything. But if it were, I chose a random decent sounding number to start the page count of the digitally colored pages. That number was 33. I was about 11 pages off in my count. I was 15 posted pages in at the time I guessed.
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*In between every single battle the team did for grinding they healed. Corrin didn't get the least bit desensitized to her fear of being alone, no matter how many heals proved that everyone would come back. She's going to have a terrible feeling of pokemon centers after this, but at least everyone's at a decent level now!

*In short people and pokemon in the pokemon world have auras. When a pokemon is caught they are registered where the ball configures it's self and slightly changes the pokemon's aura so they can no longer be caught by other balls, and the pokeball won't work with other pokemon. The pokeball gives off a signal reminiscent of the pokemon's aura. Even untrained people and pokemon have a very weak ability to sense auras, giving them an instinctual sense of who the pokeball belongs even if they don't know how if they've met that pokemon before. Of course this falls apart when people from other universes with different non-Arecus approved laws of physics show up.
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*And thus this page ends Sundae's arc. I'm pretty happy with this page. Every event either progress's Sundae's plot or sets up for something in the future. It also has a fair amount of jokes. With Sundae dying so early on, and the cast already being so large Sundae's importance was minimal. I saw some runs where a trainer would catch a pokemon without asking them first, and everything was okay. With Sundae's short time on the team I figured it was the perfect place to deconstruct this trope, with Sundae not being okay with being captured, though it probably doesn't help that Corrin is worse than the average trainer. Though since Sundae was on the team so such a small amount of time, I feel like it would be pointlessly edgy for him to be dragged out here against his will then be killed off almost immediately. So I decided to wrap up his arc with him going home. In my plans Sundae doesn't show up again. But perhaps it is for the best. Just let him be happy. Sundae for 2021 Happiest death/departure let's go! Out of all the causalities in my run, Sundae ends the happiest.

*When I was first playing the nuzlocke I randomly drew some of my pokemon with no references and without thinking that anything bigger would come out of it. I drew a Vanillite as an angel since well, Sundae had fallen. I then became determined to draw Sundae as an angel in the comic since I thought it looked cute, but not have him die since that would be pointlessly edgy. I drew a ghost trail, which is where I got the idea to have Sundae leave behind a trail of mist everywhere he goes. I included a contest performer onto this page to get Sundae the costume. Being cute does have it's survival advantages. It boosts Sundae's charisma, which is bound to get him friends and food.

*Since Rose here is out of touch here, I imagine that he only lets his workers use steel types on the job since they have so many defenses. What Rose overlooked is the fact that steel types have weaknesses, or having his employees use all their pokemon would be more effective than just using two or three steel types.

*I noticed in a lot of nuzruns there would be a pokemon someone barely cares about in the run but then gets more attached to as they draw them more and more. Sundae hasn't really grown on me, mostly due to how shallow his character feels. I just couldn't think of anything more, Sundae appears in less than 15 pages in this (will be)70+ page comic and doesn't show up beyond the beginning so developing him more didn't feel necessary. Though he made me use Sussie and Jay and I guess making this comic made me even more grateful that he fell in battle.
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*A digital page, in my traditional comic? It's more likely than you think. I switched over to digital in the buffer a month ago since it was pretty hard to find a comfy place to draw with my notebook and I was frustrated with the quality of the lines. I draw with the mouse, and honestly the only challenge with it is that it throws off how to scale things. It pains me that the first digital page isn't with the main characters, but I only had like 5 panels(with no background) of a unplanned version of the page drawn, I reworked the script of the page so I threw those out. Sometimes I have to hold myself back from coloring stuff despite how easy it would be, but that would ruin my plans errr I mean what color in the black and white comic. Like 30 pages after this will be traditional as I drew them that way, and I am not throwing out nearly complete pages.

*So this is another page that wasn't in my buffer and I started drawing the day after I posted last. With cannon characters I always worry that I'm going to mess up writing them. With an OC you know everything about them since you made them and that added insight makes them easier to write. With Cannon characters there's the fear of writing them out of character, and it doesn't help when I'm trying to write someone from a long game I've never played.

*So here we get Corrin's point of view on how this whole doppelganger thing started. He has no idea. Though the smashers did mix the two of them up at first, and then Blaze kicked him mixing him up with the one who stole Yuuya, so his fears are justified. Besides it's not like anyone involved has reasons to lie about having no involvement or anything. Who wouldn't want created a living meme on their track record?

*The restaurant doesn't sell large quantities of soil or boulders. The poor Onix is just sitting their awkwardly as everyone else eats since she's a bit too big for the table.

*Well I messed up math and this page is slightly wider than it should be. I drew the page at x2 the size then shrunk it down once I was done to hide minor imperfections, like the mark the eraser leaves in an area. I only noticed that I set the size to 1800 and not 1600 after I was 90% done with the page. 800 * 2 is not 1800...
These are my original notes for when I played through this section of the game. {Commentary added in later are in these}

So I decided to try my first Nuzlocke in pokemon Sword{Sword's a pretty nice game to nuzlocke. There's a good amount of diversity on the first few routes. It's easy to train up pokemon. Pokemon mostly have usable early game level up movesets (unless your Sundae) but even then you don't have to tediously switch grind them 20 levels until they're usable. I've tried to nuzlocke a Soulsliver randomizer, Emerald and Fire Red. Sword's still my favorite, the quality of life stuff is so nice and teams around the starting areas will look pretty different. My ideal nuzlocke game would have Sword's quality of life stuff, a lot of pokemon diversity to catch in the beginning, have no or a skipable story and have increased difficulty. Like Radical Red but the game doesn't expect you to end fights with one or two pokemon left. Because I feel like good difficulty for a game built to be nuzlocked needs to be a bit lower than for a normal play through since there is the added difficulty of never letting your mons faint which automatically makes everything harder.}. I named my character Corrin (Yes I'm basing my trainer off the fire emblem character){I've never actually played any Fire Emblem games before. I just really liked the Corrin Koopa joke, and now I sold my soul to that joke... No regrets.}, and started the game. I chose Sobble as my starter because my friend and I didn't chose him for our first play through. I named him Yuuya as Inteleon just really reminds me of the character from Hatoful Boyfriend{I can't even start to imagine how different the comic would be if I didn't choose Sobble. I chose Scorbunny for my first play through of Sword if your wondering.}. I set out. On route one I immediately find a Skwovet. I name her Ava, as in Avarice as Greedent is really greedy for berries. Anyway she knows Last Resort. A 140 base power move on route 1. This totally isn't broken.{I actually forgot that I named her after Avarice for a while... Yeah Ava was pretty crazy busted in the game, and last resort heavily influenced her character.}

On route 2 I catch a Purlion. I named her Sussie, partially being inspired by the character in Deltarune. At the lab Hop challenges me. I swept him with Ava, who was at level 8. Last Resort 1HKOed his Scorbunny and Rookidee{Since this battle is pretty much Ava won with no problem I didn't bother to show it in the comic. I kind of combined this with the first fight with Gloria, as if I included a fight at the end of route 2 I feel like it would just drag down the story for no reason, and this already took 36 pages.}. I then went to the wild area and caught a Vanillite and named him Sundae. At this point my team looked to be Yuuya, Ava and Sundae, with Sussie as backup.{Oh how wrong I was. Little did I know that Sussie would become a major player in my team.}

Things went on as normal until route 3. I caught a Pancham and named him Jay. I was sort of disappointed because I have already trained a Pancham before, and there were things I would have preferred to catch on the route, but as per the Nuzlocke's rules I couldn't. I battled a wild pokemon to try to train him up, then faced a trainer.

What I didn't know at the time was that it was a grave mistake. I had Ava in the front, and Hannah had out a Pancham{I swear I've seen Hannah kill a pokemon 5 times in different nuzlockes now. Could she secretly be the new Whitney? A boss in Monk's clothing, punishing all those who come unprepared.}. I switch out to Yuuya and Pancham used circle throw. It switches out your pokemon. Whenever I sent out Yuyya Pancham would force a switch to another pokemon. Sussie and Ava were weak to fighting type moves so having them out would kill them. Jay was weak from the wild pokemon so having him out would kill him. Sundae's only attacking move was astonish, which wouldn't do much, so the only pokemon I had who could fight Pancham was Yuuya. Yuuya could only take 3 circle throws, so I had to heal him after 2 to avoid losing him{For some reason Pancham used tackle when Sundae was out. It only fainted him with circle throw the next turn. If Pancham used circle throw agaist Sundae before I could heal Yuuya... I wonder how different the run would be, as I have a decent idea for if Yuuya fell later but now would be too early for it to really have any impact.(Yuuya totally doesn't die btw,just like how Ava and Sussie don't(or do they?).)}. I keep switching in Yuuya, who keeps on getting circle throwed out. I heal him. Sussie can deal chip damage with fake out. Sundae went to 20/36 from a tackle. I heal Yuuya. And then Pancham circle throwed Sundae to death. My first causality. Yuuya in rage faints Pancham.{This went pretty differently in the comic. Sundae just fainted, and Yuuya used the opportunity to get Sundae away from Corrin who clearly doesn't care about him. Yuuya's more happy about having an excuse to let Sundae go than mad if anything.}

Still Sundae's death was an eye opener. So far I have only been fighting trainers because things were so easy. Yuuya was my only really dependable pokemon, and that weakness got someone killed. I appreciate Sussie and Jay a lot more now. Still it became clear in the battle that someone was going to die. I think in the moment I went with Sundae as he only knew astonish at the time, and I partially forgot ice was weak to fighting, or was thinking he was a ghost type for some reason{Yeah I have literally no idea why I sacrificed Sundae. I was excited to get to use him, and if he was one level higher and knew Icy wind things would be a very different story.}. Still his death showed me that even in a game as easy as Sword you still have to train, or somebody's going to faint. So now I'll train up the rest of my team a bit on the wild pokemon.


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Yuuya LV 14
Pound
Water Pulse
Water Gun
Bind
So far Yuuya has been the MVP of the team. His typing and level allows him to pull through things the others can't. He seems to be a bit flirty, though also a bit secretive. I'm on to him.{While Yuuya is shown to be weak in battle in the comic, that is for story purposes. In the game he was pretty strong like starters usally are. The character Yuuya is based off of is a lot more flirty than the Yuuya in the comic. Mostly because I'm not good at writing flowery language and he isn't really romantically compatible with anyone on the team right now.}

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Ava LV 12
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Tail Whip
Bite
Last Resort
If she can use it, last resort is OP. She was able to solo the route 2 Hop battle. I think she'll be useful in the grass gym. She seems to be a bit greedy, and likes to pick up small objects from the ground. Not that she'll share them, that's what pickup is for.{Ava pretty much relied on last resort in battle. Which is reflected by how much Ava's life was shaped by it in the comic.}

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Sussie LV 11
Scratch
Growl
Sand Attack
Fake out
I wasn't to thrilled to get her at first. Her attacks seemed to be a bit redundant to Ava's. She waited on the sidelines for her turn to shine. After Sundae's death I appreciate her a lot more now. She has fakeout, which is handy. I hope she can learn a move a bit more useful soon though.{I originally taught Sussie swift in the grinding session right after this part. Though I moved that to sooner for story purposes. At this point I was just playing for the challenge and had no idea it would ever be a story, so a lot of these descriptions are pretty off since many of the pokemon didn't have characters yet. I just wrote the first thing that came to mind as flavor text.}

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Jay LV 9
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Leer
Arm Thrust
Taunt
While I wasn't to thrilled at first as I've already trained up a Pancham before, I appreciate him a lot more now. He'll learn powerful fighting coverage moves, and I have high hopes for what he'll become. He seems to be rather friendly, and perhaps a bit flirty{Oh god no. I'm not sure why I wrote this, looking at some of the half thought up flavor texts I wrote for Jay feels so cringey.}. I can see a rivalry with Yuuya now.

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Sundae LV 11
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Harden
Taunt
Mist
Rip my little angle of ice. While I didn't know you for long, you were always cheerful and kept spirits high. While you weren't to strong while you were alive, you had such a life ahead of you. You died so your teammates may live. Thank you Sundae, your sacrifice will not be in vain.
Cause of death: Route 3, Hannah's Pancham's circle throw.{Yeah Sundae's still alive. It's almost funny how much this doesn't line up with Sundae's character. Sundae is home now, which is probably the happiest ending anyone will get in this comic. Since Sundae fell it pushed me to use Sussie and Jay, and I'm pretty happy with their characters.}
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*What is this, color in my black and white Nuzlocke? It's more likely than you think. I decided to start coloring in the pages. I read Level Platinum nuzlocke by Wastelander Nick, and the art was so beautiful it inspired me to try coloring myself. Seriously look at how beautiful this page is. I drew the two panels where Yuuya said that he evolved as a test, and I actually really liked coloring. It's relaxing. I have bad memories of being forced to color huge things for school projects in the past, but it's a lot less frustrating when you have a smaller area to color. Level Platinum probably has to be the nuzlocke comic that inspired Questionable Influence the most. While I found it after I started making this comic, it sparked 100% of it's art improvement. At the start I didn't really care what my art looked like. But then I saw Level Platinum. The color pages were beautiful, but more importantly it felt like making my pages similarly beautiful was in reach, as opposed to many of the beautiful art digital artists make that are leagues above my skill level and look like they take 3 million years to make. I like coloring, it makes my pages prettier. And my art has slowly been improving from there.

*On this page I was testing out the color. I have bad memories about having to color in huge backgrounds with color so I started with the characters. Turns out when you draw small coloring the background isn't too much of an issue. I started coloring in the backgrounds on the next page.

*Yet again a page was split in half. I decided to cut Yuuya evolving, and the scenes after it in half as starting to draw backgrounds for a huge page 2 days before is not a good idea.

*Drawing a pokemon evolved after drawing them one way for so long feels pretty weird. It feels like you are drawing a new character, yet the character is the same. Since I've been drawing Drizzle Yuuya for a while now it feels a bit weird to draw Yuuya as a Sobble now. I haven't really heard any comic creators talk about this, when the change in how it feels to draw an evolved pokemon feels pretty drastic.

*When pokemon are about to evolve they get a boost in energy. They will feel hyper and energized up to a few minutes before evolving. The energy boost fades away after that.

*Me:Yay I get to avoid Drizzile's awful color scheme due to my comic being in black and white! Also me:What if I make this comic evolve with Yuuya and have it be in color only once he's evolved. Though Drizzile's colors are not too bad if you tweak the colors a little bit.
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*Introducing background color! I really liked the transition of Corrin flying into the sky and the background getting colored, so I decided not to color in the backgrounds of the first half of this page to keep the effect. For the sky part I really wanted to color in the background as a sunset, and coloring in backgrounds turned out not to be as bad as I thought, so all future pages will have their backgrounds colored in.

*Bowser proceeded to get 12th in that race. Turns out having to push your car around is not a good strategy.

*Jay had a flashback inside of a flashback. Flashbacksecption. And yes, his sunglasses are just a regular pair of glasses he scribbled all over.

*Darkwing getting an info box is a parody on how catches in most nuzlockes get a little info box with their name and level in them. Let's give one to a random minor character because why not! And yes, that Cramorant is Pikachu's commute home.
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*I'm not sure on how I feel about this page. When I first drew it I hated it since this + the last two pages are mostly just talking and I started getting tired drawing characters doing nothing but talk to each other and I didn't feel there were enough jokes. I cleaned up the script a bit, and I like it better now. I always really liked the scene at the end of this page.

*After seeing Deltarune Sussie went near humans a lot more often, and got to see more stuff. She had the joyous experience of the person she's play Undertale getting stuck at the final boss, have to go home due to it being dinner time, then never seeing the ending! It happens a lot with anything that isn't a library book since as a wild pokemon she didn't really have access to those kinds of things.
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*It feels weird to finally get to this page. I've had it drawn for so long. I kept seeing it as I worked on my buffer for so long. It almost felt as if I would never get here. And somehow this page is page 40. Wow, is this comic's pacing... I'm happy to finally get here though. I feel like this part of the comic is different from the first part as everyone knows each other, and wants to be there. I'm just waiting for the entire main cast to make an appearance, and at the rate I'm going that'll happen after page 80! (Page 85 if I don't split up any pages again. I'm just 4 pages away in my buffer right now. So close, yet so far. It's driving me crazy.)

*Yuuya actually got weaker from evolving. Normally in nuzcomics evolution always makes a pokemon stronger. Thinking about it though, it would take time to get used to suddenly being 4 feet taller to the point it would make the evolving pokemon lose the battle. Drizzle always has it's fin over one of it's eyes which means it lacks depth perception. So much for evolution's added strength if you can't aim.
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*I'm just going to say this now, Corrin has a weaker sense of taste than Jay does, and she still finds that "curry" to taste horrible.

*Considering that the "curry" is mostly liquid, it's going to take a pretty long time to burn to ashes.

*That mailman in the last panels is postman Tad. His battle was so unmemorable he's not even a footnote in my notes. At least he gets to show up for a panel... That's more than schoolboy Peter can say...

*And since two people asked, Corrin just put in whatever random stuff she found on the ground into that "curry". Rocks, sticks, lose grass, some random bone she found. She doesn't quite understand why some things are edible and others aren't. The most cooking she's done is help put frosting on evil Christmas cookies. She also burnt what she put into the "curry" making things go from bad to worse.
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*Oh boy 5 seconds of eye contact you know what that means, a staring contest! The first few panels of this page are pretty much making fun the trope that a few long seconds of eye contact = love.

*Jay has tried to enter a romantic relationship with pretty much every girl he could find on route 3. The reputation of being desperate has not done Jay any favors... And his older brother chased away the rest...
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*With how often Bowser's castles get destroyed in the games I figure he would have developed ways to make new castles faster. It's always a joy to go camping just to find a small abandoned castle in the middle of nowhere.

*Surprisingly marshmallows are not a well balanced dinner. The only reason Ava didn't get sick is that Skwovets are bottomless pits and Jay has a timid sweet loving nature.
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*The pokemon world is fairly safe especially compared to those of other nuzlockes. Pokemon almost never die in a battle to the point a lot of people would freak out if you said one of your pokemon died. While it is heard of for villainous teams to play dirty, the most pokemon usually get in a controlled battle is a broken arm or a scar. That said there is still plenty of room for terrible things to happen to the team, especially when one's health dropped to zero in game. Sundae got off lucky.

*The healing machines can heal up most minor injuries in an instant. While it's not going to heal a broken bone, it can heal scratches, scrapes, cuts, minor recently gotten scars, statuses and other minor to mid severity injuries. Which caught Jay off guard when all the injuries he got from battles before joining the team disappeared.

*Dumping ash like that is pollution. Corrin also dumped it pretty much directly onto an officer which is active engagement with a law official. No wonder that ended so poorly.
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*The Drilbur Lizzie was traveling with at the beginning is based on Indus from Epithet Erased. When I first caught Lizzie I was planning on naming her Indus, but then switched it to Mera from the same show because she was a girl. However Then I changed it to Lizzie after reading her summary as it said she was playful, and Lizzie sounded like a much more playful name. Also his second barrier failed because the more you use protect in a row, the greater chance it has at failing.

*Finally Lizzie is here. I swear I've been drawing her in the buffer since March. I almost feels surreal to finally introduce her. She's finally here to balance out the team a bit, as right now the team is leaning a bit too much towards the evil alignment. Now there's a light to get corrupted by encourage the best in them.

*Pokeballs can be disorienting for a pokemon entering them for the first time, especially for pokemon unfamiliar with cities and technology. Considering Lizzie has literally lived under a rock her whole life she was extra confused on what pokeballs are. Hopefully Lizzie not liking pokeballs won't come back to bite her.
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*This page was the first page I colored digitally. At the time I was fed up with the limited colors of my pencils and thought that I ruined the pages that I had previously colored. Looking at them now they are no where near as bad as at the time I started coloring this page, but the extra choice in color is nice. I also had an accident with the magic wand tool and the line art...

*When I first made this page I estimated what page it would be and named it page 33. I was only 13 pages off...
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*I may have forgotten to put in a panel where the Roggenrola told Lizzie that the Roggenrola were invading their home. I never put it in when I was making this page for buffer, and working on the text the day the page is posted is not the best idea... I was busy making other buffer pages... XD

*Some pokemon have jobs. I imagine pokemon lifestyles vary greatly from wild pokemon to living in a wild community to living just like a human would. Though unless it makes use of the pokemon's special skills they usually don't pay as well as human jobs due to the idea that pokemon don't need money because they can get food in the wild just fine. The Timburr that are among the workers mining, and the wild pokemon would probably get into conflict.

*That one Timburr is crying at the end because he's a bad singer. Not Lizzie bad, but still bad.

*Introducing the background background! I love it in comics when instead of a black background, they have something that matches the backgrounds of the rest of the page. Though since only place where the floor and ceiling are the same color are caves, I feel like these are some of the most elaborate background backgrounds I've drawn.

*I started uploading my pages to deviant instead of imgur starting with this page, so no more compression! In some of the old pages if you look closely at the text you can see JPEG decompression. Now to just upload 46 pages...
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*Now you may be wondering why land pirates? Shouldn't Bede be here? Well since everyone and their dog who is making a gen 8 pokemon comic will show the Bede fight here, I figured I might as well do something different. Keeping anything of note that happened during the fight while replacing it with something much sillier.

*At this point I was still flip flopping between coloring styles. I got so excited to color some of the panels that I jumped right to coloring them. Then I decided to switch to digital, and well, you can't uncolor something. This page was made all the way back in March, so that's a thing.

*You do not know how long those land pirates waited on the ceiling just to make a dramatic entrance. They waited so long the guy's arm started falling asleep.
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*So far Ava is the only pokemon who can really battle, and with all her attacks being normal type everything sort of falls apart. Hopefully the gym leader shouldn't cause this much trouble! *The fight is 5 pages long, and he still has 2 pokemon*. Everyone only had normal, fighting or water type moves at this point, which was kind of annoying.
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Author's notes:
>Sit back and relax knowing I've got a 100% complete buffer page made for the anniversary on the 4th.
>Realize the anniversary is actually on the 9th.
>Panik.
>Rush to complete a page the day before it posts.
I mean I just had to edit in a panel and add the text, luckily this is a small page.

*This battle represents the spirit of the Bede battle I had in game. Pretty much I forgot Ava had the dark type move bite and that he hit hard. To quote my game notes:"I encountered Bede, and his battle was a bit intense. Only in the end did I remember Ava knew bite, a DARK TYPE move. Even then his Gothorita's psybeams were powerful against Ava, and I don't think she could solo him." Now I didn't only put the land pirates there because of the Bede fight, I put them in here because the idea of land pirates were hilarious. For most of the rival fights going forward they are either going to get replaced entirely to skipped as the team is not rivals with any of the cannon rivals.

*And now for the land pirate's backstory since I'm 75% sure they'll never show up again so this won't come up anywhere else. The two of them are brothers. As kids they would often play in the woods until one of them had a bad accident and became a Phantump. Now instead of freaking out over one of them dying or angst over being a pokemon, the two of them freaked out over how grounded they would be when their mom finds out. And they were both grounded for a very long time. The short jokes the phantump faced in high school were brutal.

*Technically there's nothing stopping pokemon from using weapons other than league rules. Though throwing rocks isn't as strong as the move rock throw, and you have to find the rock to throw unlike the move where they magically appear.

*I'm not big on drawing blood or gore, so I try not to draw it without a reason and even then no more than what's needed for the impact I'm looking for. I felt like there just being a little bit of blood on the rock brings across the message that Sussie throwing the rock at the human did seriously hurt him and that humans are more fragile than pokemon when it comes to taking attacks. Anything more would have just been excessive, which could alienate people who aren't big on reading comics with blood.
Or read on comic fury.



Fanart!
Some people have been awesome enough to create fanart for this comic. Here they are: by SaintsGarden, by Waweezer, by SnakeEyesDraws
 
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redninjapuffle

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Redninjapuffles are known to want to create their own nuzlocke stories or comics, however, many have yet to start one.
I love it, Corrin as Bowser's daughter is hilarious
 

Waweezer

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This pokemon is known to make weird comics at random, no one really knows why.
This is complete crack for a plot in a nuzlocke, the koopa family nor corrin have anything to do with pokemon and the plot doesn't make sense, anyways I love it.
 

sociopathicotter

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This is complete crack for a plot in a nuzlocke, the koopa family nor corrin have anything to do with pokemon and the plot doesn't make sense, anyways I love it.
i was going to gush about how stupid the premise is and how much i admire your hard commit to a premise this stupid, but this basically sums up how i feel about this comic haha.

that being said though, your bowser looks absolutely hilarious and corrin is just as obtuse and ridiculous here as she is in fates! looking forward to seeing the corrin koopa shenanigans going forward!
 

pinkshellos

Black Lives Matter !!
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Team Delta
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484
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I agree with the above reply. Looking forward to the shennanagins.
 

Velink

Quod Erat Demonstrandum
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Good luck on the run!
I wonder what pokemon is Corrin holding in the cover
 

ACottontail

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Thank you everyone. Admittedly I was very nervous when I first posted this comic, but thanks to everyone's positive feedback I feel a lot more confident now.
I love it, Corrin as Bowser's daughter is hilarious
I'm glad you're enjoying the comic!
This is complete crack for a plot in a nuzlocke, the koopa family nor corrin have anything to do with pokemon and the plot doesn't make sense, anyways I love it.
You've reminded me of the trope 'What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?', which describes the comic pretty well. Anyway I'm glad you're enjoying the comic!
i was going to gush about how stupid the premise is and how much i admire your hard commit to a premise this stupid, but this basically sums up how i feel about this comic haha.

that being said though, your bowser looks absolutely hilarious and corrin is just as obtuse and ridiculous here as she is in fates! looking forward to seeing the corrin koopa shenanigans going forward!
I threw the plot planning document into a word counter and it came out as 23,689 words... I swear I get my inspiration from the weirdest places. Though if I've got to be honest I've never actually played fates... Or any Fire Emblem game for that matter, so I'm surprised that I got something about it right. Now if you excuse me *research noises*.
I agree with the above reply. Looking forward to the shennanagins.
I assure you a lot of shenanigans will happen.
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Good luck on the run!
I wonder what pokemon is Corrin holding in the cover
That sums up things perfectly. Well okay, maybe there would be a few more question marks. On the cover the pokemon Corrin is holding is a Vanillite, though it's design is pretty stylized.

Now after convincing myself that I don't need to reply to every single sentence reply with a paragraph, here is the next page.
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Author's note:
*While making this page I went through 4 different pens. All in the process of dying. It was frustrating to have one pen, have the ink barely show up, then which to another. I eventually settled on using a cat pen for it's dark color. However that pen would just stop working if I drew at a slightly different angle from what it wanted. I kept using it for the next 2 pages, however once I found a pen that actually worked I switched to that since the cat pen was too frustrating to continue using.

*I want to try to avoid spelling out what moves the pokemon are using. I feel like it's a bit of a cheat, and if I draw it clearly enough I don't need to spell it out. Yet again considering the lower art quality of this comic...

*I swear every time I drew the Omega Yato in these first few pages it would end up being as short as a dagger. This is what happens when you barely sketch things like I do. I usually only sketch a circle for the head and body, and lines for the arms... Stuff gets wonky at times since I can't erase pen, but I don't really see the point of sketching something so much you end up drawing it twice... At least I can fix up some of the mistakes digitally.

*The Skwovet just outright thinks that Corrin is insane. I mean if you go around in a suit of armor carrying a sword, then try to fight a pokemon yourself, and then claim to be related to a fictional character... I feel like the Mario series is popular enough for the Skwovet to have heard the basics of it in passing. I mean route one is in the middle of Postwick and Wedgehurst, and there are plenty of muggable trainers and civilized pokemon who know what videogames are entering and exiting them.

*Well that Skwovet has insulted the all mighty Wooloo. Now she'll have to look out for rioting fans if the game doesn't get to her first XD

*My first encounter was a brilliant Skwovet. Brilliant pokemon know an egg move, and this one knew Last Resort. This was an incredibly broken nuke move so early game. Once I set up to it, it blasted everything. And no, I didn't think of removing her other moves until the 5th gym.

*After getting a last resort knowing Skwovet, the glow from the brilliant pokemon had to come from somewhere. So I gave her a coin and golden rings for the glow to come off of. But how could she get this stuff? Stealing it from trainers. How? Last resort is op. That's pretty much was the starting point for her concept. Also she's wearing a hard hat since last resort + a hard hat hits harder than last resort + a soft squirrel head.
 

sociopathicotter

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Though if I've got to be honest I've never actually played fates... Or any Fire Emblem game for that matter, so I'm surprised that I got something about it right. Now if you excuse me *research noises*.
it's impressive that you managed to get corrin right despite never actually having played fates lmao. conquest in particular has some really fun chapters, but fates!corrin is a goody-two-shoes who makes questionable strategic decisions all the time, and it looks like corrin koopa isn't exactly far behind ;)

idk though, challenging a pokemon with a sword (even if it's the omega yato lmao) doesn't seem like the smartest move either haha. if gen 4 taught me anything, it's to never dash through wild grass without a pokemon. loved the depiction of the omega yato too btw, in-game it's a little more horizontal than that, but considering that you had a drawing pen issue it came out reasonably well. all in all though, you definitely delivered on the promised weirdness (especially with "pain forest" lmao) so major props for that!
 

ACottontail

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it's impressive that you managed to get corrin right despite never actually having played fates lmao. conquest in particular has some really fun chapters, but fates!corrin is a goody-two-shoes who makes questionable strategic decisions all the time, and it looks like corrin koopa isn't exactly far behind ;)

idk though, challenging a pokemon with a sword (even if it's the omega yato lmao) doesn't seem like the smartest move either haha. if gen 4 taught me anything, it's to never dash through wild grass without a pokemon. loved the depiction of the omega yato too btw, in-game it's a little more horizontal than that, but considering that you had a drawing pen issue it came out reasonably well. all in all though, you definitely delivered on the promised weirdness (especially with "pain forest" lmao) so major props for that!
I find it hilarious that I accidentally managed to get Corrin right. Though the goody-two-shoes part will quickly get thrown out the window thanks to someone's (questionable) influence, *Looks at Bowser*. I mean she's already kidnapped Yuuya...
The pain forest was originally pain town, but then I realized that Ava is a wild pokemon who doesn't spend a lot of time in towns, so she probably wouldn't say that.
And now for page 3 of this madness comic.
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Author's note:
*I have little idea what I'm doing with these page sizes. My pages sizes depend on where there is a good place to stop. Sometimes I feel like when the pages are a set size and small the page can lack context by it's self. For example on the first panel a character replies to something said on the last panel of the previous page. This can make it hard for me to read some weekly short comics as I'm either wondering for half the page what is going on, or having to go back to the previous page for context. While this isn't a problem while binge reading, clicking on the next page and having it load is still a short break on the flow of reading the comic. In an attempt to avoid this the page lengths will be really inconsistent. Also if you're wondering these first 3 pages plus the few panels of the 4th page all fit onto 2 real life pages of the comic. I tend draw rather small.

*But this brings me to the question on whether I want to do bigger pages to show more of the comic to the world faster, or do smaller pages to give me more time to build up buffer? My fear is that if I miss an update due to it not being finished, it will lead to a bad habit spiral of me putting it off. But on the other hand right now I'm drawing route 3 in my buffer, but many of the backgrounds aren't drawn yet and there are a few scenes left unfinished. So I went with the latter, and it took me 2 pages to even show Ava's name when page 2 and 3 could easily be the same page. I thought Ava using up her 4 other Last Resorts was a good place to cut it, as it is a time skip.

*Keeping track of where all of the last resort craters were was a nightmare. I drew them in the first panel without thinking to much about it. And then I had to try to keep it consistent.

*Just Yuuya and him trying to PP stall Ava to win. He was much stronger in game than he is here, but for plot reasons I decided to give him no experience in using moves during battle. I want to put a lot more emphasis on strategy during battle in this comic, even in battles where all that was done was spam super effective moves. I know the ins and outs of the battle system in pokemon, and it's finally time to let my knowledge shine! Unfortunately there won't be a real battle in the comic for a while.

*I imagine that the three starter pokemon signed up for a program where they agreed to become starter pokemon for new trainers. Though Yuuya got more than he bargained for.

*The upsides with going in with minimal sketches and pen first is that I keep up the motivation to work on this comic. The downsides is that sometimes I can really goof up, like the panel where Corrin asks Ava to come with her. That is the digitally fixed version, and it still looks a bit off.

*With the wide array of newbie trainers that visit route 1 it's pretty much an unwritten rule that you will get caught if you don't die first. Ava's seen it happen all over route 1, so she decided it was better to willingly join someone who would amuse her then be forced on a team that would scold her for stealing and her aggressive tendencies.

*Ava might have avoided getting caught by 'Wooloo hugging babies', but can she avoid the 'how dare you insult the all mighty Wooloo' mob?

*Yes there are more people who stop Bowser than Mario, but if I included them all it would ruin the joke. Still I feel like Mario is slang for anyone who might stand up to and stop the Koopa Troop in the Koopa kingdom.
 

sociopathicotter

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166
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aww yuuya is absolutely adorable, pretty much every sobble i've seen in runs is a variety of "on the inside i'm pure sad and on the outside i'm pure cute" (especially with the "idk water gun" line, what an RIP). i hope corrin koopa can help bring yuuya out of his shell, no pun intended ;)

i love how you included (but mario) in that tiny font too haha, it has the same tongue-in-cheek feel as the n64 version of paper mario where bowser is basically like "mario you always win, except now i have a trump card" but bowser inevitably loses anyway. seems like corrin koopa's going to have the same problem. overall though i'm liking how bizarre the comic is, nice work so far!
 

ACottontail

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aww yuuya is absolutely adorable, pretty much every sobble i've seen in runs is a variety of "on the inside i'm pure sad and on the outside i'm pure cute" (especially with the "idk water gun" line, what an RIP). i hope corrin koopa can help bring yuuya out of his shell, no pun intended ;)

i love how you included (but mario) in that tiny font too haha, it has the same tongue-in-cheek feel as the n64 version of paper mario where bowser is basically like "mario you always win, except now i have a trump card" but bowser inevitably loses anyway. seems like corrin koopa's going to have the same problem. overall though i'm liking how bizarre the comic is, nice work so far!
Now that you've mentioned it I've noticed that trend in Sobbles too. I'm glad the idk water gun like had the impact I was looking for. I added it in when I was revamping the dialog and realized how perfect that line was. Though I added it after the rest of the dialog in the box, which is why it's a bit squished at the top. Still there's an entire region for Corrin Koopa and the other teammates that haven't shown up yet to help bring Yuuya out of his shell. (Though Ava's not going to be of much help in that regard...)

Thanks, I look forward to continuing to make more of this bizarre comic!

And now for the next page.
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Author's note:
*Gloria's bag has separate smaller bags, which are like the different item sections in game. She gave one of them to Leon because he said that he wanted to give her some supplies, and while the bag wasn't being watched by anyone...(Though to be honest I kind of goofed with drawing Gloria with her bag on the first page then making this a plot point...) Still, the animosity rises...

*I wanted Chestnut's design to contrast Ava's. Ava's design has a lot of sharp areas, and is wearing expensive stuff she stole from humans. By contrast Chestnut is a lot more soft and bouncy, and only has a single flower.

*Yuuya, stop foreshadowing things that will become relevant 70+ pages in.

*When you think about it a world of fully sentient monsters that can be caught freely by trainers has a lot of fridge horror to it. While pokemon are shown to be more animalistic in the games, here most of them are fully sentient, and can talk to humans. This comic will explore the consequences that come from this.

*I completely messed up Yuuya in the panel where he says "How splendid...". When I originally drew it all the ink blended together to the point most of his facial features looked like a black dot. I've forgotten what the exact expression he was trying to make was, as I originally drew it months ago...
 

sociopathicotter

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*When you think about it a world of fully sentient monsters that can be caught freely by trainers has a lot of fridge horror to it. While pokemon are shown to be more animalistic in the games, here most of them are fully sentient, and can talk to humans. This comic will explore the consequences that come from this.
this is actually very true, the series has already explored this a little bit with team plasma's "pokemon deserve liberation" speeches (putting aside the fact that team plasma is a sham in bw and actively criminal in b2w2) but it'll be nice to see the theme addressed a little more directly. pokemon are referred to as partners and teammates (which would make them more relevant for everyone, not just animal enthusiasts like our world), so i'm looking forward to seeing how corrin koopa deals with that!

also i found the lore in this comic pretty disturbing lmao - "i'm the daughter of bowser and greninja" is just as much fridge horror as the whole pokemon liberation thing imo. disturbing biological implications aside, i love how casually corrin's like "oh yeah it's all good from when i captured yuuya" like that specific part of the pokemon world isn't a problem at all! it feels familiar, like other nuzlocke comics, but it's got a healthy dose of "wtf did i just read" like usual :)
 

ACottontail

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this is actually very true, the series has already explored this a little bit with team plasma's "pokemon deserve liberation" speeches (putting aside the fact that team plasma is a sham in bw and actively criminal in b2w2) but it'll be nice to see the theme addressed a little more directly. pokemon are referred to as partners and teammates (which would make them more relevant for everyone, not just animal enthusiasts like our world), so i'm looking forward to seeing how corrin koopa deals with that!

also i found the lore in this comic pretty disturbing lmao - "i'm the daughter of bowser and greninja" is just as much fridge horror as the whole pokemon liberation thing imo. disturbing biological implications aside, i love how casually corrin's like "oh yeah it's all good from when i captured yuuya" like that specific part of the pokemon world isn't a problem at all! it feels familiar, like other nuzlocke comics, but it's got a healthy dose of "wtf did i just read" like usual :)
I'm glad to see someone else see the fridge horror in the Corrin Koopa premise. I look forward to exploring the consequences that come from this too in the comic. Kidnapping is a pretty mundane thing for Corrin Koopa so she doesn't see too much of a problem with it in the pokemon world. I mean Bowser does plot to kidnap princess peach multiple times a week, it's pretty routine at the Koopa Kingdom at this point.

And now for the next page. And also a little bonus page I made.
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Author's note:
*Considering how Bowser has pretty much been chasing after Princess Peach his whole life, most of Bowser's children have came to the conclusion that they're adopted. While Bowser believes in the storks as he has literally had first hand experience with them, his children know that there needs to be a mom... If one of them try to get someone kicked out by pointing out how illogical it would be for someone to be related to Bowser since there's no mom, they could just do the same and mutually assured destruction would ensure. No one's told Corrin.

*Koopa the Quick being related to Bowser is more of a joke than Corrin Koopa is. I mean his name is Koopa, as in Quick Koopa, the same "last" name. No one dared to correct Bowser. This went to Koopa the Quick's head.

*Corrin Koopa gets pranked a lot by her siblings. I mean you could complain about how blatantly illogical it is that you could be related to someone, or you could use them as the perfect pranking target. They've come so prepared for pranks that Lemmy carried a cardboard cutout of a chair with him.

*When originally drawing this I just picked two of the Koopalings at random. Then I realized how illogical it would be for Bowser to not bring Junior along, as Junior would blatantly be his favorite child. So I made a humorous bonus comic explaining why. I haven't set up another gallery for bonus art yet as I barely have anything to put in it(I mean I did colored drawings of Yuuya and Ava but that would only be 3 things total). Though as I draw more bonus stuff I might make a gallery for it.

*At the party Bowser was having a team battle with Peach against Mario and Luigi. Despite Bowser being the only one to do anything other than talk, the Mario bros won. Peach sneaked away while Bowser was throwing a losing tantrum.

*I though that going to a window would have better lighting, but when I did that the images had huge shadows over them, so I settled for holding the pages up next to a lamp.

*I switched pens when I started drawing this page. Now instead of of pens running out, they make globs of ink for literally no reason. Though I edited most of them out.

*The backgrounds were a nightmare to make. Every panel has that tiled floor, and then there are the tables in the background. I have a seating chart. Though it was difficult to draw things so tiny in the background.

*This is the part where I really questioned my sanity. Where I really started to ask my self "Am I really going through with this?" Judging by my 10+ pages of buffer, yes, yes this comic is very worth it.

*Halfway through the page I kind of forgot how to draw Bowser... I misdrew him once, and then I used the previous drawing as a reference, until I saw a picture a realized that I misdrew him. Though hopefully the blatantly noticeable spiked collar that I drew in digitally is okay.
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*Nothing like drawing what you think is a straight line only for it to be slanted and make the text look weird.

*A page that explains in universe that I drew myself into a hole by not drawing junior. I guess this page could count as the comic's prologue? Just add in some guys in hoods or gods saying some cryptic things and it would be perfect!

*At this point Peach has just accepted being kidnapped as routine, and is annoyed that Bowser has kidnapped her. Until someone comes to saver her Peach is not looking up from that book.

*If you look closely at the last panel you can see Corrin Koopa in the background. She usually gets background character zoned while the other Koopalings take the spotlight. The same goes for Koopa the Quick.
 

Velink

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Lol so Bowser does not produce his offspring via cell multiplication or Yoshi's eat and egg technique?
Are you sure they are cheering for you Bowser? not a certain charizard riding champion that will appear out of nowhere?
 

sociopathicotter

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idk why but bowser's face when he says "good job on the kidnappings corrin" is the funniest thing i've seen all day. it's just the right amount of "ayy koopas rule" with just a touch of "man this food does not agree with me" lmao
 

ACottontail

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Lol so Bowser does not produce his offspring via cell multiplication or Yoshi's eat and egg technique?
Are you sure they are cheering for you Bowser? not a certain charizard riding champion that will appear out of nowhere?
Bowser's kind isn't known for the Yoshi egg technique. Though wandering into some cell multiplication thing and not realizing it isn't off the table.
No one is catching Bowser off guard. He set up one "highly motivated" guard and he has all his minions around to alert him of any one trying to stop him. It's not like they are all distracted by cake or anything...
idk why but bowser's face when he says "good job on the kidnappings corrin" is the funniest thing i've seen all day. it's just the right amount of "ayy koopas rule" with just a touch of "man this food does not agree with me" lmao
Thanks, I'm glad I could draw something so funny.
And now for the next page.
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Author's note:
*Ava ate like 95% of both cakes.

*Lemmy's more interested in joining the circus then committing crimes. Though he's not going to turn on his family in order to pursuit his dream(I mean this isn't the manga), though being a well known criminal makes it sort of hard to get an audience at the mushroom kingdom. It's nice to not have everyone hate you or have the cops chase you down for once. Lemmy thought it would be nice to have cake with his family in Wedgehurst. But he didn't think it through, and now he's freaking out about being banned for life.

*That girl speedrunning is based off of the Candyfloss strategy for speedruning Sword. You pretty much get a Ninetales and use that until you trade for Candyfloss the Whimsicott. Speedrunning is a thing in universe, though most people don't take on the champion's cup, as well Leon is the unbeatable champion and taking him on wouldn't end well.

*Bowser stole that phone from a toad while he was kidnapping Princess Peach earlier that day. You have to at least delay having Mario called slightly right?
 

sociopathicotter

Conqueror of the Violet Gym
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i loved the little details you added here lmao. "speedrunning the gym challenge in a day" is something bowser would definitely know about given that he gets thrashed in like every mario speedrun ever. also i love corrin's expression when they're talking about mugging trainers, "oooo" is definitely not the move when it comes to forcibly taking money but it seems to fit right in with the koopa philosophy. RIP to squirtle and kyurem though, dexit is a thing that apparently doesn't exist in the koopaverse but i doubt we'll be seeing squirtle in corrin's party anytime soon
 

ACottontail

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i loved the little details you added here lmao. "speedrunning the gym challenge in a day" is something bowser would definitely know about given that he gets thrashed in like every mario speedrun ever. also i love corrin's expression when they're talking about mugging trainers, "oooo" is definitely not the move when it comes to forcibly taking money but it seems to fit right in with the koopa philosophy. RIP to squirtle and kyurem though, dexit is a thing that apparently doesn't exist in the koopaverse but i doubt we'll be seeing squirtle in corrin's party anytime soon
Legends say Bowser is still inspecting Peach's castle for the escalator button to this very day. Dexit is a thing in Galar, though Corrin is familiar with the pokeball pokemon in Ultimate where Dexit doesn't apply. Not that Dexit stops anyone from smuggling in other pokemon into Galar. Though this Nuzlocke doesn't include the DLC, so Corrin's hopes for the pokemon that she wanted are pretty much dashed.

And now for the next page!

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Author's note:
*I'm not sure what Hop is more confused about. The fact that Corrin took a direct hit from Leon's Dragapult's Dragon Darts and got up almost immediately, or the fact that she said she was related to Bowser and Greninja.

*The media that exists in our world also exists in the pokemon world. Most of it isn't pokemonified like the Lion King still being the Lion King, but you sure bet there are people online that reanimate the scenes to be with pokemon instead. And most people think that those works are fictional so when you have Bowser in Wedgehurst, and Corrin Koopa running around Galar, there are going to be a lot of confused people. Gloria is flashbacking to when Corrin was announced for smash 4, and she is not happy. At least Victor got his wish when Ridley was made playable in Ultimate.

*Introducing the main rival of the comic, Gloria. Sword is Gloria's story, and she isn't going to let a cursed inside joke take her place. What are the chances that someone from another land would just happen to keep running across Hop, Bede and Marnie and experience the same things the main character experienced in game? Not very likely. The rivals will only get weirder from here.

*I totally didn't draw the Omega Yato as small as a dagger again and then digitally edited it to make it longer in that one panel. By which I mean I did. Looking at the pages I've drawn, it keeps going back and forth between being the size of a dagger and the size of an actual sword. I swear I'll draw it the right size someday.
 

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i love how detailed all these panels are, especially the part with all the koopa gang and the bowser vs charizard fight (where have i seen that before i wonder). idk why but this page just seems better quality btw. maybe it's the sick charizard drawing, i really like charizard's design - but either way, nice work :)
 

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Caught up on your comic! I haven't seen a Smash Bros-themed Nuzlocke before. Cool! The explanation for Corrin's powers are funny haha. I also love that Bowser is in this because Bowser is best dad. I grinned at the "new FE character" gag too. *PTSD flashbacks to the Byleth trailer*
Looking too deeply into into the joke about Corrin's powers is what started this entire comic in the first place(that and loving the idea of comics about going on a pokemon journey). Bowser taking everyone out for cake is certified good parenting skills. He is definitely doing something right as he pretty much got all of his minions through undying loyalty.

i love how detailed all these panels are, especially the part with all the koopa gang and the bowser vs charizard fight (where have i seen that before i wonder). idk why but this page just seems better quality btw. maybe it's the sick charizard drawing, i really like charizard's design - but either way, nice work :)
Thanks. I actually drew out a seating chart for where all his minions were sitting, and then I tried to included all of them into that panel. Only 2 spinies got left out, err I mean they're hiding in Lakitu's cloud. I wonder if there was a game where you could have characters from different franchises fight each other? Though Leon's Charizard does have different moves than the one who got invited into smash.
Thanks for the comments! And now onto the next page.
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Author's note:
*Corrin attacked Gloria with a dragon fang shot, the neutral B special in ultimate. Seriously fighting on hard concrete isn't the best idea, if you're going to fight bring it to the grass. Still Gloria is just a sword and a suit of armor away from actually breaking into a fight with Corrin herself.

*Yes Yuuya did just spit in Blaze's eye. Yuuya doesn't know water gun, so when he tries to do so it fails. And no Yuuya didn't level up from this battle.

*If you're wondering how the first rival battle went Yuuya happened. If you're wondering how the 2nd rival battle went Ava happened. This scene represents both of them, and yes nothing that interesting happened in either of them. I don't really consider this an actual battle scene as Chestnut and Ava fought off screen and Blaze was 1HKOed. I want to put a lot more strategy and not have pokemon 1HKOed in real battle scenes, but there isn't one for a while(Say, in Turffield, or perhaps that random trainer that shows up to cause a casualty, but what are the chances of that happening?).

*The pokemon games exist in the pokemon world. They are mainly played by people too young to have their own pokemon yet. The games help prepare them to become actual trainers. (Of course there is a group of more grown up people out there who enjoy doing challenge runs, or enjoy the competitive battle system of the games.) The games are based on the adventures of famous trainers. Gloria thinks that she is just like the protagonist of one of the pokemon games because she got her starter from Leon, the champion and she met Zacian off screen. She wants to be the best, and she isn't very happy when a cursed inside joke tries to take her place. Sorry Gloria, but this comic just isn't your story.

*I was originally going to put some of the next page onto the end of this page, but I figured that the short scene that happens right after where I was originally going to end the page fits together more with the start of the current next page rather than the stuff on the page after it. This left this page in an awkwardly short position, as the previous page is already long adding the short fight here would just make it even longer. I settled for adding the 3 panels in the end of Gloria's reaction to losing to make the page a bit longer.
 

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