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I'm very quickly running into the issue that lineless speech bubbles don't work so well when your backgrounds and characters actually have light tones again. :'D
Mmmmbuddy love me some perspective shots
@Shotgun Chuck: Yeah that's exactly what happened :'D Patreon and Smackjeeves are set up kinda backwards from each other for scheduling posts where Patrons can see things early, so it's a little confusing for me. No worries though, the page will be up properly 5pm Sunday
Me too little dude.

I've got some notes and stuff on Caterpie and Metapod available for patrons if you're interested ;D Man I love these bugs. (Patrons also get these pages on Friday if I have em done by then~)

Elsewise you can send me a tip here <3

Every bit helps and thank y'all for reading and commenting! <3

EDIT: Accidentally set this thing initially to show up Friday instead of Sunday, whoops. Still figuring out this scheduling thing, sorry for the confusion :'D
I aaaaaalmost drew a little klink above Milo in the second to last panel because, y'know, gears turning. Very rusty gears :'D

(Featuring a very small cameo from <3 )
Rest in anxious bird child.

Some reply things:
- Page before last, Butterfree mentioned Whiscash asked for a tent for Butterfree and her fam, so that's where they currently live while they figure out where to go from here. They probably could go without it, but they're certainly more comfortable.
- For anyone confused on which species as what, to be perfectly honest I just wanted to get in the look of there being pokemon around. It's mostly vague scribbles. (I probably forgot to color in the bed and butt of the pokemon sleeping in the tent looking at it though.)
- Butterfree didn't kick Milo, he's not feeling super great and he's going to work and distract himself from it :'D

Thank you to everyone who commented and reads! Also happy birthday ArisuOkami!
Phew! I'm actually out of town right now and I've been super busy these past few days so this page barely got done in time. Finished, not perfect as it goes :'D (Rest in buffer, you were good while you lasted)

To the anon: Regarding Butterfree's design, I put up concept art on my patreon (as the responding anon said) that patrons can see ahead of time and comment on, which has a better chance of being considered before the design is put in the final page. ( In this instance, I spent a decent amount of time on Butterfree's design and am overall happy that I got what I wanted out of it, which is a more insectile approach than perhaps what you would've preferred. (The fangs are actually more like mandibles I believe they're called?)

So yeah, shoving this out now before I head out again, thanks for commenting y'all~
Finally we escape from excessive sound effects \o/ Should I have drawn more pokemon scrambling out and about? Probably yes, but for now, the lazy option.

Also thank all of y'all who comment, it means a lot, and good to have you back Ryan!
Pokemon that just got out of a bad cave-in set off by an earthquake may not have the most rational response to another and Milo is Very Small. :'D
Probably not a good idea to stick around in a forest when trees big enough to squish you are falling ;P
Sound effects kill me tbh
Thought it might be neat to do sketch covers (and maybe finish them at the end of the chapter?) So yeah, attempt at a weekly single page schedule, here we go~
So, way back when during that scene with the Blaziken, people were confused or thought it's be weird to call each other by species name, and I said back then I'd explain it later, and here it is! I spent a decent bit of time trying to think about how I wanted to handle pokemon talking and how that worked, and eventually, this is what I came up with. It ties into some other things, but I think that's most of what should be relevant for now with this comic.

Also thank you to everyone who's commented, I very much appreciate all of them, even when I can't get back to them all individually <3
What's this? An early update? :O

In all seriousness though, I'm super excited because this marks the end of Chapter One! I'm gonna be taking a short break to work on some things before I get into the next chapter, (shouldn't be more than a month, no worries) which brings me to my next announcement, the next chapter's going to be done in single pages on a hopefully weekly schedule! We'll see how it goes, it'll be different for me for sure, but if I like it, I'll stick with it, and hopefully it'll help me stay consistent once school kicks in~ If y'all wanna see what the single pages will look like, the last four updates including this one were actually made in a way that breaks down into single pages which you can see here:
Man I haven't drawn the town square place in so looong. Anyways, now we have trees! And I still can't decide how I wanna do eyes, whoops. As for Chansey, well, we'll see how that goes. I'm not drawing a walking egg, it's gonna have a mobile body gosh darnit!
Welp. This is hardly my best work pacing and storytellingwise, but damn I wanted out of that cave and there was no way to make the next bit interesting without coming up with some contrived something or other that would stretch it out way too long. Or, y'know, perhaps there was, but I'm certainly not skilled enough to do it. Ah well. Magnemite are hard as heck to draw, and at some point in the future I'll need to workshop how they function and what gives them design variation.

So! I guess this is good a time as any to recap and talk about stuff, I don't know if I've said it before but anyways~ The mission for this was given as:


Reason for using Chargestone Cave as "Thunderwave Cave?" I was trying to figure out what the heck would cause a strange electromagnetic field, and Chargestone just happens to feasibly come pre-packaged with one! Or, well, it could, I know electricity and magnetism are mentioned in how the floaty stones do their thing, the place having a natural field for it seems sensible, yes? Having an electric evolution stone on the fritz seemed to me a good way to heck up whatever stable balance they had. Also Chargestone is #aesthetic and I'm not waiting until Unova to draw it if I have an excuse to now. We're finally out now tho, admittedly abruptly but now I can finally move onto other things. TvT

Now, final notes, we're almost through so bear with me here- Just in case it wasn't clear, when they asked for help, they got an escort in Mightyena to help them find the Magnemite ASAP and get out of the cave as efficiently as possible, and with a local on their side, avoiding some problem areas. The mightyena in question is a cameo of May from Revenant's Kosmos! I highly recommend giving it a look! (
Aaaand we're out of the flashback :'D

Keep in mind here though, Milo doesn't know about all that. The only parts Riley actually said were in the light orange rectangles, and there's no mention of a personal experience, just a general explanation. Anyways, early upload since I'm gonna be at con all weekend \o/
Oof, got this out a little later than I'd hoped but here we are \o/ Incidentally, I hadn't planned any of this going this way when I initially came up with the evolution stone encounter so Riley could explain them, it just sort of...happened :'D I'm never doing a page with all this nonsense again though holy god. Oh yeah and please pretend there are sound effects as fitting I have no idea how to do those;; She did not go quietly into that good night :'D Anyways hopefully this turned out alright~

Also I got a Patreon! You can support me here if you'd like:
Oh my gosh, I really love this already? I can't wait to see what kind of team they end up being!