Sketch of Clair
NOTE: Rue is NOT me. The shit that comes out of her mouth is not my personal opinion. I’ve gotten people thinking that Rue=me, so please gais. If you wanna send hate send it to Rue not me xD;; She has controversial opinions soooo yeah…
Anyways, here is Rue’s Q&A~! Next up is Silver!
Sorry for the wait! First up is Marigold! So far she’s the most popular and favored character (according to the poll) in the comic so she got the most questions. I only had to pick 10 per character or else it would be too long but don’t fret! At the end of every Arc (there are a total of 3 arcs), there will be a Q&A Happy reading!
Hi guys! So, before posting my next Fifty Shades of Grey analysis and other reviews I want to talk about something that has been on my mind based on stuff I’ve witnessed in the Nuzlocke Forums and on Tumblr. This will be a brief reflection on something I’ve noticed during the past two years being in the community and some of the attitude that concern popular artists. Please keep in mind that this is a PERSONAL observation and I assure you it’s slightly biased. Also, this observation is based on attacks directed to OTHER Nuzlocke artists and not myself.
Anyway, I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who has supported Judgement in this year’s extravaganza. We bought home THREE silver medals for Best Main Character, Best Supporting Character, and Most imaginitive run. Also my dear friends Wanlingnic and Kynim bought home the gold as well as my boyfriend Protocol00. They deserve the prizes for their influential runs, and I can’t be more than happy for them. It’s been a wonderful year for Nuzlocking because of the variety that this year’s extravaganza offered.
However, I cannot help but notice a lot of bitterness in the Nuzlocke community when popular artists are concerned.
I feel the need to remind everyone, that popularity does not equal quality. Popularity is a statistic, a fact. Just because someone says ‘My nuzlocke run is popular’ does not mean the person is a snob or anything of the sort (unless the person has like 2 readers but that just makes them a liar). It just means that it has a lot of fans or readers, which happens. Usually no one ASKS to be popular, it is simply thrust upon them. This is usually because of the quality of their work, their charisma, or the fact that their work appeals to a certain niche or a current fad. Popularity is all about hardwork, timing or luck, all in all it’s something that depends on the readers and not on the author/artist.
Now back to Nuzlocke comics, I think everyone is entitled to their opinion concerning a comic’s quality whether it’s story or art. However…do we really need to be assholes about it?
I suppose you will think it’s hypocritical for me to say since I criticize movies and books constantly. I mean, I’ve called Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey garbage, and I still don’t take that back because I have arguments that support that claim. However…these are books/movies that have MONEY put into them. People have to pay to see a movie or read a book, doing that stuff is EXPENSIVE. Therefore, I feel you are more than entitled to rip a book apart if you are not satisfied because you could’ve used the money on food or to pay your taxes. Being a storyteller in any creative medium is a JOB, and it should be treated as such. If you do a crappy job, you need to be called out on it because your work is either not entertaining or a bad influence (ex:Twilight) and you are wasting people’s money.
Nuzlocke comics however are FREE. They are created as casual stories that resemble fanfiction. Harshly cirticizing them publicly, calling the readers sheep, or complaining that the artist is unfairly POPULARZ is meaningless. It won’t accomplish NOTHING. You are getting free content, you don’t like it? There are so much stuff to choose from, it’s not like you are tied to a chair and forced to read the thing. Complaining that a run is overrated and it didn’t deserve awards is an assholish thing to do since the artist/writer has no influence over that. Also, it’s your word against the 1000+ members of the community so not only it’s not constructive but it’s shooting yourself in the foot.
Not only that but the artist of the run is a human being. Now I’m not saying that an artist should not get cirticism it’s just that the reason they do the comic is for fun. They have lives outside the comic, it’s NOT their profession or job. It’s just a fun thing they do in their free time that happens to get a lot of attention and readers. Nothing more, or nothing less.
There are people who use the Nuzlocke community to get internet fame, which is probably the WORST thing you can do since most people do this as a hobby. They are NOT getting paid to do this, you are NOT spending money to read their content so…why be assholes about the comic not being to your liking?
Now do I consider some Nuzlocke runs overrated and bad? Oh most definitely. You are completely in your right to dislike something, specially if it has problematic themes. If the artist is being an asshole (abusing their popularity) or has stuff in the comic that can be considered problematic like homophobia, racism, etc. readers are in their right to point it out (since that stuff can emotionally hurt others). But solely hating a run because it’s extremely popular and publicly complaining about it doesn’t help ANYONE, especially the artist or yourself. Calling the ‘popular clique’ circlejerking snobs just makes you look petty and jealous. It’s best to project your anger in a healthy way, and focus on your own work and life.
Also, there are people who get angry that a popular artist doesn’t notice them and assume that because they don’t give you attention that they are snobbish. Again, popular artists have lives outside the internet. They spend time to whoever they please and they are not forced to befriend others because they are fans. Fans can be dicks, and artists have the right to call them out on it especially in this case when they are making free content for people to enjoy.
All in all, I hope next year’s extravaganzas reactions are less toxic than this year’s. I’ve seen this complaint way too often, and many of my friends who are legitimately upset about it. Let’s all get along and have fun, let the popular artist do their thing and you do yours.
Have a nice day everyone!
Since Arc 1 is done, it’s time for a Nuzlocke Q&A! Please this before asking!
Aftermath concepts: Bruno
I based Bruno’s ethnicity on Inuits. His original design in the games bored me a bit since it kinda looked like an adult version of Brock.
Aftermath concept art: Koga
The second of the three concept art pieces I’m making for Feymark to use on my next extra. This is the Elite Four member; Koga. Now, because we haven’t gotten to the Elite four in my story, I can’t really release a bio of this character yet since it has spoilers. BUT he’ll be making an appearance in the extra with another Elite Four member I’m going to release soon…
I actually like your art style very much. I know it can’t appeal to everyone, but it really appeals to me.
I will admit, when I first saw art of Judgement, I was put off by the design of Marrigold, I’m not going to lie. I thought she looked a little scrawny and her teeth and freckles were not designs I was used to seeing. Mainly because I’ve become SO used to the movie industry, where every main protagonist has to be beautiful. However, I already knew not to “judge a book by it’s cover.”I hate using that expression, but I learned the lesson a long time ago. I wanted to read this story because the premise looked interesting, and there was rarely a serious Nuzlocke written on Heart Gold that I knew of around the time I found it.
I read your story, but I had no idea what I was in for, because I had only seen the Cover art, and extra art, but not what the comic actually looked like.
When I read the first page of the prologue. I instantly fell in love with Marrigold. I instantly understood her design, and why she looks the way she does. She’s awkward, she’s shy, she’s sensitive, she’s an ugly duckling, but she’s also kind, sweet and believable. Something I myself, and I think a lot of other people can relate too.
I’ve always been somewhat of a romantic, childish person. Part of the reason I still like Pokemon so much, is because it’s a childish adventure. At the same time, I really like dark, morbid, and religious symbolism stories. Both sides are a part of me, the woman-child, and the somewhat sadistic horror fan. I often find myself writing stories that combine childhood fun, with the dark and morbid. So often I struggle with the balance not to overindulge the other. Your art style has that perfect balance of childhood and dark, and I never feel like one oversteps it’s bounds. At the same time, I’m almost jealous at the amazing balance of dark and childish you have, because Judgement feels like one of those stories I WISH I could write. The dark/childish is also reflected in the shading for Judgement, and you can immediately tell a lot about a character just from the way you draw them. I love Judgement’s art style so much because it appeals to my inner child, and also my inner adult.
Yeah, sorry if I got a little personal and went on a tangent too much, but the art style of Judgement really speaks to my heart, and I wanted you to know that. =)
Aaaaaaaaaaa thank you so much for the lovely comment! ;-; I’m really touched by your input, and it reminds me why I’m doing this ;__; thank youuu!