Chapter 1: Neophyte

posted September 17th, 2011, 8:00 am

And so, my time in this world begins...

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September 17th, 2011, 1:30 am

Lugbzurg

Fillies & Gentlecolts...

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Edit as of January 1st, 2014.
Originally, this was supposed to be a comic comprised of 15 very long chapters, each featuring a different protagonist and storyline. (It also used to be called "The Tales of Serendipity" before this date) However, this didn't work out. I got as far as deciding upon the first six chapter summaries (Lugbzurg, Derpy Hooves, Twilight Sparkle, Doctor Whooves, Rainbow Dash, and Vinyl "DJ P0N3" Scratch) basically laid out during the production of the would-be "Chapter 1", which is now the entire story itself, before deciding to limit it to just this one single story, as I am no longer particularity comfortable with using self-inserts anymore, (at least, not for a proper narrative) I went out of my brony phase some time during "The Fluffle Puff Saga" and completely lost interest when I felt the quality of the TV series went drastically down by Season 3, and I entered the otaku fandom and decided I wanted to start writing manga instead. Lots of it. So, the final comic you see before you is only roughly 15 times shorter than what was originally intended.

Anyway, time to go way back in The Wayback Machine and pretend it's September 16th, 2011...!

Welcome to Serendipity.

Two months ago, if anyone had told me that I would have an interest in ponies, I would have called them crazy. Well, guess what? I must be crazy, because I am writing a My Little Pony webcomic.

This series is based on the television show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. If you haven't seen that series, yet, let me tell you; you're missing out on a whole lot. In fact, this particular page, rather, this whole series, has come with the debut of the long-awaited, much-anticipated second season of that very show, Friendship is Magic. In these Equestrian tales, you will be seeing the adventures of many different individuals. Many different characters, genres and atmospheres will also be used throughout the course of this series.

A huge, Equestrian thanks goes to Lauren Faust for going beyond known realms, pushing the envelope to the point of flying it like a kite and creating a mind-blowingly inspirational series that has taken the world by storm!
Thank you, Faust. Best of luck to you!

Also, a great, big Ursa Major thanks to Generalzoi of DeviantART for making the Pony Creator. When I saw what that thing of hers could do, I immediately thought "Man, someone could totally make a webcomic with this!" So, then, I thought, "Why not?" And here we are. You can enjoy making all them ponies yourself by visiting the handy device found below!

http://generalzoi.deviantart.com/art/Pony-Creator-Full-Version-254295904

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September 17th, 2011, 8:07 am

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Just in time for Season 2 as well!

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September 17th, 2011, 8:13 am

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oh hey another pony comi-
>lugbzurg








i don't want to live anymore

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September 17th, 2011, 8:32 am

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@Advertisement: Oh, yes. That was my intention.

@lern2surture: Deal with it.

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September 17th, 2011, 1:32 pm

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*fav'd*

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September 17th, 2011, 5:25 pm

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@lern2surture: My initial reaction, but I'm willing to look past that and give this a cha- *Mane 6 in the banner*

...Ok, still open minded, even though it's obviously OC interacting with the Mane 6, it can still be goo-

"When I saw what that thing of hers could do, I immediaely thought 'Man, someone could totally make a webcomic with this!'"

...*blinks a few times* He's doing a comic... in the Pony Creator? ...Lugz, stick with the sprites, bro. Stick. With. The. Sprites.

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September 17th, 2011, 7:49 pm

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@SonicBoom01: Mane 6 in the banner? Well, of course! Some people like to trail off in completely different directions from the original source material. Just look at Cupcakes or Fallout: Equestria.

...

On second thought, DON'T look at Cupcakes. For me, I like to try and be as close as I can to the original work, while still trying something new. And there isn't going to be such deep interaction like you might think. I don't plan on stealing lots of screen time away from everypony. I plan on shifting the spotlight with every chapter.

As for the Pony Creator, it's actually coming along quite nicely. But, I'm not using just that. I'm also using some other graphics of the various characters. Believe me, there are TONS of them everywhere. It all plays out very similarly to working with sprites, so, it's not so different. I just have better control and resolution, is all!

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September 18th, 2011, 12:18 am

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Okay, I'll keep a look at this, at first look it looks fine, I still wouldn't call it "AWESOME" since it hasn't even started.

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September 18th, 2011, 5:16 am

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>compares his comic with fallout: equestria









dude

what

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September 18th, 2011, 12:18 pm

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@Slyfer: The time I said "I know it's gonna be SO AWESOME!" was because I was simply using one of Rainbow Dash's most famous quotes just for the heck of it. And because I was talking to somepony who was already enthusiastic about it, anyway.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8JCX9E0bEI
There isn't going to be constant action, if that's what you were thinking of.

@lern2surture: *never compared my work with fallout: equestria*

Dude, what? All I did with it was use it as an example of something that goes in a completely different direction from the original formula. I never compared my comic with it.

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September 18th, 2011, 5:34 pm

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@Lugbzurg: Oh Crap.. you two?

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September 18th, 2011, 8:05 pm

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@Sonicboy The Hedgehog: Nope. Not us two. Just me.

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September 21st, 2011, 8:20 pm

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;D; this comic looks good don't let the trolls get you down (that when you get them)

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September 21st, 2011, 10:01 pm

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@lexiedark: Well, around here, we call 'em "parasprites".

Glad for the support.

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September 22nd, 2011, 3:00 am

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@Lugbzurg ... i knew that i just got a little dirpy ;^;

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September 22nd, 2011, 3:48 pm

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@lexiedark: "Derpy"?

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September 22nd, 2011, 4:25 pm

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@Lugbzurg SEE!!!! O-o

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September 22nd, 2011, 6:05 pm

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,_'

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September 22nd, 2011, 8:25 pm

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Huh. Ponys. Ponys. Ponys. I gotta think this through.

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September 22nd, 2011, 8:29 pm

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@Kuzer1000: Don't think. Just read.

Unless you want to think about what might happen next.

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September 23rd, 2011, 3:29 pm

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WOW LUG! I TRIED OUT THAT PONY CREATOR THING! And your right! It's awesome! I was actually considering making a comic about ponies. THen my bro said it was gay, and I totally agreed. So, I ain't doin no pony business. Not to say your comic's gay. Just the topic in particular. Then again, he only said it was slightly gay, but still. No comic pony for me. It'll make me feel sort of gay, and I DON'T WANT TO FEEL GAY! Not tryin to offend you, though. The comic's not gay. Like I said before, it's just the topic of ponies and My Little Pony that's slightly gay.

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September 23rd, 2011, 5:04 pm

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@Kuzer1000: "Gay"? I think not. Maybe, you and your brother should take a look at these clips, and you can see for yourself.

Discord (voiced by some guy from Star Trek)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a57j9-zqtnY

Fluttershy goes all crazy on some hopefully-innocent animals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riH6cz6fsxA

Rarity goes into a rage upon a horrible stallion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-fWHwB_wXY

This is... like, my most favorite scene. And I think you'll get hooked, once you hear the... um... certain piece put in here...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMLJfpGyhxk

And since we're on the subject of the both of those franchises, here is the video that introduced me to the ponies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nv8gZ8jGAA
This is a redub from all the awesome people over at SONIC PARADOX!

From the creators of Sonic F and the Sonic Shorts Collection... and the "Summer of Sonic" Convention.

Seems a lot of Sonic fans really like their ponies. I am one of them. I hope you enjoy these awesome scenes!

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September 23rd, 2011, 8:57 pm

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*twitch* o.O *twitch* that was the weirdest thing I've ever seen in my entire life. And, it's most likely that that show will be in my head for the rest of the night. I don't know why YOU like that show. I mean seriously, what's so great about it. I'd be surprised if any other boys watched that. No offense.

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September 23rd, 2011, 10:37 pm

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I love how you question people for watching My little pony when you like making green kirbies with rockets on their head

And yeah, it's weird and not great because it's girly, according to you, what the fuck is your problem dude?

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September 23rd, 2011, 10:55 pm

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@Kuzer1000: Surprised if any other boys watched it, ehh?

What would you say if I told you that the majority of this show's fanbase is comprised of adult men?

Many of them serving in the military?

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September 24th, 2011, 6:02 am

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@ Lugbzurg: Wow, that's a little shocking to hear. I mean, what made you get into it? That's a serious question.

@ SLYF: Dude, seriously, don't make fun of my comic. I have my own style. My character has a jet on his head because I am a humungous fan of Jet Kirby. Like Lug when it comes to MLP, which I have learned to accept.

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September 24th, 2011, 8:05 am

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You're such a hypocrite, you rant about Lug making a pony comic but when I rant about your comic you tell me to shut up.

And here's an even much serious question, what got you into green kirbies?

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September 24th, 2011, 8:57 am

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@Kuzer1000: I already told you! I got it from this video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nv8gZ8jGAA

It's from Sonic Paradox; the creators of...

> Sonic F
> The Sonic Shorts Collection
> Summer of Sonic

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September 24th, 2011, 9:30 am

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@Slyf: It's because I was experimenting with colors, choosing random ones, and I got to that shade of teal, and I thought "Wow! That color looks great on Kirby!" :)

@Lugbzurg: Hey, Lugbzurg, please answer my PM.

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September 24th, 2011, 9:34 am

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@Kuzer1000: I... just did. Now, please bring your brother to watch the Sonic Paradox video I just sent you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nv8gZ8jGAA

Maybe you should scroll down a bit to hide the title at first, or put the video at fullscreen. It starts out all Sonicy at first, but...

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September 24th, 2011, 9:48 am

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Ok, I have to admit, that was really funny. "It's the return of... SONIC FUTURE!" Then after one second, it showed the whole pony presentation! Was that you talking in that British accent? BTW, answer my NEXT PM, please.

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September 24th, 2011, 10:20 am

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@Kuzer1000: As much as I wish otherwise, I had nothing to do with that video.

It's Sonic F. Not Sonic Future. Sonic F is a Sonic X redub.

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September 24th, 2011, 10:53 am

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Oh, then wait, uh, wow I'm so confused. So, you had nothing to do with that video?

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September 24th, 2011, 10:58 am

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@Kuzer1000: That was the video that got me interested in ponies!

Did your brother see it, yet? He should.

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September 24th, 2011, 1:48 pm

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Yeah, he saw it. He thought it was very weird. Although, I wish Sonic X WOULD return. It was a good show, but it should be on another channel. 4KIDS is not the right channel for Sonic X.

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September 25th, 2011, 9:46 am

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@Kuzer1000: Don't forget to watch the second episode!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q1zJJfaGeI

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September 25th, 2011, 10:39 am

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I'd prefer not. The show kind of weirds me out. Like the muppets. Those things give me the creeps.

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September 25th, 2011, 12:31 pm

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@Kuzer1000: Awww... Look at them! They're so cute! And they'll miss you!

http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=Rarity+Pinkie+Pie+Star ing#/d32qil3

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November 2nd, 2011, 11:09 pm

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@Lugbzurg: After seeing your comment about the show's fanbase is mostly men in the military, the first thing that I thought of was the RED team from TF2 siting in front of a television, watching My Little Pony with big grins on their faces.

Now I know why there are so many videos on YouTube involving MLP and TF2!

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November 3rd, 2011, 5:59 am

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@greenpowerstar: Oh, you mean like this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWOTlEIcgfw
(Even BLU likes it, too!)

I wouldn't say MOST of the fanbase is comprised of men serving in the military. But there's sure a darn lot of them. Most of the fanbase is made up of everyday people who got inspired by the show to unleash their creative side in ways they never knew they had.

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November 3rd, 2011, 9:49 am

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@greenpowerstar: and @Lugbzurg: I know someone in the Marines that watches MLP

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November 3rd, 2011, 7:13 pm

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@TeamSonicPrez: I've got a friend in the Marines, too. I'll be sure to tell him about the "Magic of Friendship" the next time I send him a letter!

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November 3rd, 2011, 7:18 pm

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@Lugbzurg: Friendship is magic, so why have I met all my friends but 3 online? >.<

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November 3rd, 2011, 7:46 pm

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@Lugbzurg: Almost exactly like that! Except with the RED team instead of the BLU team. I also saw a video where the Heavy gets transported to... wherever the ponies live. (I'm sorry, I know almost nothing about MLP...)

Also, I reread your comment. I interpreted it wrong. When you said "...the majority of this show's fanbase is comprised of adult men... Many of them serving in the military..." I thought you meant the majority of the fanbase are men in the military, not some of the men that make the majority were in the military.

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November 5th, 2011, 1:26 am

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@greenpowerstar: You must be talking about Heavy in Ponyville!

I wonder if I'll be able to access that level map? After all, I'm finally going to play Team Fortress 2 for the fist time, today!

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November 5th, 2011, 5:33 pm

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@Lugbzurg: I wish I could play TF2, but my dad won't let me download it yet... :(

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November 5th, 2011, 10:18 pm

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@greenpowerstar: Hmmm... Maybe, you could try Portal, then. It's from the same people. It's puzzling, it's unique and it's downright hilarious.

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November 5th, 2011, 10:39 pm

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@Lugbzurg: I played the demo, and it was fun, but my parents won't buy the actual game. Even if they did, I don't know how I'm supposed to give Valve the money.

Also, my dad WILL download TF2, he's just waiting until my grades are better.

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December 24th, 2011, 8:09 am

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So do you use Pony creator to make this only, or do you use a combination of things?

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December 24th, 2011, 9:55 am

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@Kuragari: At this point, I'm using the Pony Creator to build my character, as well as a few other fan characters that appear, along with background ponies, when they come.

I'm also using various vectors of characters from DeviantART in the comic as well, because, you can only see everypony from a side view for so long before it becomes stale.

I'm also using GIMP 2.6.

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December 27th, 2011, 9:28 am

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I changed my mind. The muppets rule! I saw their new movie, and LOVED IT!!!!!

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December 27th, 2011, 5:00 pm

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@Kuzer1000: Who said anything about The Muppets?

Oh, right...

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December 31st, 2011, 1:08 pm

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@Lugbzurg: I mentioned it in an earlier comment saying they creeped me out, and now I've changed my mind.

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February 18th, 2012, 4:20 pm

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@Kuzer1000: There was a poll that showed 34% of teen guys watch MLP:FiM. It's a fact.

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February 19th, 2012, 5:50 pm

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@XHH: Only 34? Well, it's better than 20%. And I'm glad to be part of that "34".

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March 4th, 2012, 7:20 pm

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@Lugbzurg: 34%? ...That explains... an awful lot.

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March 4th, 2012, 8:19 pm

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@Jarkes: And I wonder how many of those people are actual bronies and not phonies.

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March 4th, 2012, 9:50 pm

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I know this is late, but...

HOW IN EQUESTRIA DO YOU NOT KNOW WHO JOHN DE LANCIE IS?

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March 4th, 2012, 9:57 pm

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@greenpowerstar: Wait... Who said they didn't know who John De Lancie was?

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March 4th, 2012, 10:17 pm

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@Lugbzurg: You called him "some guy from Star Trek."

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March 19th, 2012, 6:39 am

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~awesome a new comic for me to read

Feels like kingdom heart up in here XD

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March 19th, 2012, 2:37 pm

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@TheIceUnicorn: Yes, there aren't a lot of My Little Pony comics up on Smack Jeeves. a bit less in the FiM Department and it gets even scarcer when it comes to those that even update much!

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March 19th, 2012, 6:26 pm

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@Lugbzurg:
This comic is one of 2.

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March 19th, 2012, 6:53 pm

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@AuraX: Yes, I just noticed a new one came up!
http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=117428
Give this new comic some love and tolerance, everypony!

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March 20th, 2012, 12:24 pm

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@Lugbzurg: There's also ClockworkTH's "Life in Equestria," but lately, that's been updating every two weeks rather than weekly. And I'm sure there are plenty of FiM comics that none of us have discovered yet... or at least, GOOD FiM comics.

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March 20th, 2012, 3:46 pm

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@Jarkes: Well, I'm talking in the case of Smack Jeeves MLP comics, is what I said.

There might be others I haven't seen that use an entirely different name (kinda like mine does) that doesn't come up in a search, since Smack Jeeves doesn't have a tag system (that I know of).

Most of them are either scarce on updates, or else are older comics from before FiM that use photographs of the toys.

There used to be one with a Team Fortress 2 crossover made in Garry's Mod.

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March 21st, 2012, 3:25 am

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I've personally found a few comics on DA to my liking. Including a Doctor Whooves one.

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