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The Krystal Empire by tamalesyatole The Krystal Empire by tamalesyatole
YAY! Tardy-First-Episode-Of-The-Last-Season-Based Comic

Get some popcorn, 'cause this is going to be lengthy ;)

Almost six months (gasp!) after my last comic, this has been finally finished! In retrospective, I think I could have finished it before, but it was only after changing the way I used to create comics/vectors that I could actually do some progress.

Anyway, Season 3 was airing at the time, and the ideas for possible comics kept coming, so I decided to make one about that crystal. I knew that it reminded me of something, and when the Mane Six went to the cold, snowy north, I realized of what: Superman!

Originally (the very first "draft") was having Cadance walking through a snowstorm, throwing a hearth-shaped crystal towards the horizon, and having the Crystal Palace rising/forming from the ground, like the Fortress of Solitude. The next frame would have Pinkie telling the CMC "...and that's how the crystal empire was made". Soon, I realized that it would have been a bucking difficult comic (and even more if it were animated), so I changed the topic to the crystal projecting an holographic floating head.

So I started creating the first background, and since the original scene had a very nice-looking shading/lightening effect, I decided to add some Gloom effect in the first two panels, so it looked like a very important and serious problem was taking place. After this, something happened, and I could't spend the whole day in ponies anymore (not even saturdays! The Horror!), you can see the difference in "style" between the 2nd and 3rd panels.

And, long story short, I re-learned to vector in short periods of time and finished this comic. Hopefully, the next one will arrive in less than a month :D. Edit June 2013:I wish... (The only advantage I see about making comics about episodes months after these aired, is that it's more unlikely that I'm doing a comic very similar to another one, based on the same idea...)

Attribution Time!
●Celestia, in the first panel, is mostly *ZuTheSkunk's MLP Resource: Celestia 01, but with modified eyes and mouth (and sparkles).
●The surprised Twilight in the 7th panel is Vector Twilight Sparkle-Shocked by Kyss.S and the second-to-last Vector Twilight Sparkle - Thoughtful by Kyss.S both by ~KyssS90

●The background of all the panels (except the first two) is my Celestia's Throne Room Background after diverse amounts of Gaussian Blur.
●The background for the first and second panels is my Throne Room Stained Glass Windows Background plus (you guessed it) Gaussian Blur!

Some vectors created for this comic:
Lecturing Celestia
Celestia Front
Curious Twilight
Twilight Stepped on Something
Laughing Luna
Crystal Pedestal

Vectors created in Inkscape. Other effects in GIMP.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic © Hasbro
Superman: The Movie, Jor-el and the "S" logo (I hope it isn't too obvious) © DC Comics and/or Warner Brothers
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Fire5236 Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icontrollunaplz: trolled :icontrollestia2plz:
Heh, oh Luna.
Roger334 Oct 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
5 Hours later and I'm still laughing !
AlexKazhdan Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gotta hand it to Luna, that was an awesome prank. :D
Abi-Tabbi Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconawesomefaceplz: I love Luna...:rofl:
ShadowPaint-LisaM Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING!  :icondashlolplz:

 I needed that, past few days have been hell for me. Thanks. :D
Trolluna a su servicio XD
luis-GAH Aug 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
i lol'd so hard…
That is one of the funniest comics I have seen in a long time.

And yes, I have seen the movie decades ago (It was a great movie)

For some strange reason, your comic made me think of this
angusyoung3 Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
love the superman joke!

:iconzodplz::iconsaysplz: kneel before zod!
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