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Campfire Stories by tamalesyatole Campfire Stories by tamalesyatole

First of all, I apologize for the lateness of this comic. I was not only away from my computer, but the amount of vectors and layers for this comic was too darn high!

Now, this comic was something I wanted to try after seeing the "Mane Series" of *Toxic-Mario, specifically the Spitfire's-mane-is-made-of-fire ones. That was my main inspiration (Thanks Dude!). Maybe sub-consciously I was inspired too by "My Little Browsers" by *ParallaxMLP. Anyway, here are they.

So, in "Feeling Pinkie Keen", after escaping the hydra, Twilight "evolves" in Rapidash in a very literal moment of hotheadedness, and her mane and tail bursts in flames. When I was making "Princess Celestia's Room", I noticed that the flames in the Princess' chimney had a shape very similar to Twilight's Fire Mane, and I keep this info at hand in case I needed it in the future. The future happened some weeks ago, when I made the "Equestria Daily Summer Ponylympics Banner" and I used that animation cycle in it. But I still wanted to do a Comic, so I made this one.

I initially wanted to do a comic in which Spitfire was hiding from Rainbow Dash, inside the aforementioned Princess Celestia's chimney, carrying a electric, magic, portable fan, so Spitfire's mane was flowing with the wind, thus, looking like a fire in a fireplace. But then I had the problem of having yet another flowing mane (Celestia's) and with it, a lot more vectoring, exporting, layering... That, and the thought that having a grown-up Rainbow-Dash-fangirl-chasing-Spitfire was a little too much.

So I tought "Where else I had seen fire?". Sisterhooves Social, when Applejack, AppleBloom and Sweetie Bell were around a campfire. I sure do love to write, don't I? So that way I ended having the Cutie Mark Crusaders camping and telling stories around a campfire. Then the storyboard basically wrote itself: Applebloom telling the story of the hydra, the question of why Twilight didn't teleported herself, and finally having Twilight herself as the campfire. But then I thought that the CMC looked too well-illuminated for a night scene, even if they were in front of a fire. So then I shaded the CMC vectors with a black silhouette at 50% opacity. It was difficult, but now it looks WAY better.

It was hard to have the fire in all the panels without showing Twilight (particularly the first one), and almost a nightmare when I realized I had to export, to sort, to combine and align 17 x 7 = 119 "frames" for the comic.

This time I did almost all the vectors, except:
●"Summer Campfire" by *BonesWolbach and made into a SVG by *DaringDashie
●"Twilight Reading - Season 2 Poster" by ~Takua770, using the general body pose.
●"Twilight's Book" by ~Vectorshy, modifying the cover to "Camping 101"
The file is an animated GIF, indexed at 8 bits (256 colors), it's big, even optimized (1.2 MB) because the amount of movement, and was not dithered, since it has mostly flat colors (except in the foals' irises and the fire) you'll notice almost no banding.

Anyway, the vectors I made for this comic are:
●"Sweetie Belle Looks Beyond"
●"Scootaloo Looks Beyond"
●"Sweetie Belle not sure if..."
●"Scootaloo: Yeah, sure..."
●"Applebloom Just Wants a Hug"
●"Twilight Rapidash says: Hello There!"

The GIF should play well in most browsers, but if it doesn't, tell me, please.

Vectors created in Inkscape and animation in GIMP.

Again, feel free to correct my grammar, syntax, etc. Specially Applebloom's accent! I want to be able to make an Applejack comic!

Edit: Corrected Grammar and Twilight's "Hollow" Fire Mane.
Edit 2: Corrected glitch in The Matrix Sweetie Belle's eye.
Edit 3: AAARRRRRGGGGG Corrected glitch in the speech bubbles.

Featured in Equestria Daily, August 18th, 2012
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NieEngel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
She wasn´t concentrated enough to teleport.
ThetaNigma Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
SHE DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO TELEPORT PROPERLY YET! THE FIRST TIME SHE TRIED IN THE FIRST SEASON SHE AND SPIKE CAME OUT LOOKING A LITTLE BURNT! She only got really good at it later! Sorry, bit of a pet-peeve, I do really like the comic
NieEngel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
She knew it.
She didn´t know how to teleport with someone else.
kylapon Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow. awesome fire effect. dude this is so epic. plus yeah why did twilight never teleport. why does she never teleport. 
inflationdoom Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
me: you know what i going to huge twilght
twilight: are you sure im littery on fire
me: don't care"huge faming twilight "
...later that day
twilight : i told you so
me: totaly worth it "burnt to a crisp
LionPandaDub Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I didnt know twilight was the fire. 
nyanpheonix101 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Very well done animation!
Devilish134 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Haha really nice! I think Twilight looks really cute like that! Flirtatious One problem... I can't hug her now! Wink/Razz
LordSleeper Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Inconsistencies"<-Nnnnnice! /)
Star-Von-Alicorn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amaya73 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Masterbuscus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
What do I think? Well if you ask I must say twilight you look... 😎 Hot!
TwilySoarMAR3 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Amazing plottwist X3
ArtistAreUs Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Trotting Icon - Ponyta 
sandriux2000 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehehe cool
19jburner Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Cause you know, it's dangerous for fillies to handle real fire!
Pyron3rd Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Well, I didn't see that one coming. Very cool indeed.
Rutgerman95 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Whoa, plottwist!
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love that fire animation :D
And the CMC are right; why didn't she just teleport or something? It would have been more ridiculous if she was an alicorn in that episode... :XD: :XD: :XD:
Masterbuscus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
I always like to imagine that using magic is actually more strenuious than physically doing something. Hopfully you know what I mean.
izzyo816 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i just watched that episode too and i thought the same exact thing
ps omg why build a campfire when you could be the campfire!!!
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
FIREMARES! firemares can travel a thousand leagues in a day
Passin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Very amusing
nice232 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I like the animshon  the fire
supersexyghotmew95 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
dang it twilights a rapidash
PrincipalCelestia Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
their shadows should be changing from Twilight's (moving) flaming hair
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but I had to limit the animations for my sanity's sake.
PrincipalCelestia Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
your sanity is not more important than my beard Finas la 
9king Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
E-M-E-R-L Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best use of Flaming Twilight Ever!
fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE the effect twilight's hair gives thru-out the comic.
DaringMine Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHAHAHA, Rlytear good 
PrincipalCelestia Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
dont cry
ChaoticFluttershy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Twilight just looks badass like that. :)
BrawnyStomp Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
true that
derpyartist619 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I've always wondered why Twilight doesn't just use magic to do pretty much everything. She could if she wanted to, but it seems like sometimes she forgets that she can use a spell to solve her problems...
JacksonDaniell Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
I love campfire stories :D...
DigidestinedofTrust Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Technically she became a Ponyta, not a Rapidash. A Rapidash is much bigger than a Ponyta and Twilight is only the size of a Ponyta.
Kerriecat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Does not really matter now she is alicorn shes Rapidash :D
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe, but :iconeenopeplz:: Even if Twilight is not that big, only Rapidash has an unicorn-style horn, so, strictly speaking, Twilight should be a Ponyta-sized Rapidash.
DeadlockAt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
wow good plot hole did not see that coming because most people dont use fiery hair twilight.
websplorer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Twilight is best campfire
KingArthur5 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
This is just incredible!
Shadow-DJ Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
...Oh, I get it with the Plothole thing...OUCH.
MorphoAdonis Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
morion87 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I wonder how Twilight feels about being used as a campfire? I think the only saving grace is that their not using her mane and tale to rost marshmallows.
AlexKazhdan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The ending caught me completely off-guard!
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Writer
I was wondering why the fire was animated. 

I especially love that cocky smile Twilight is giving the CMC in the final panel.
kylemon73 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Lets gather round the campfire and sing our camp fire song
Our c a m p f I r e s o n g song and if you don't think we can sing it faster then your wrong
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