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Shard
Hello hello! Something of a veteran spriter artist person here. Been on Smackjeeves since late '06, took a few breaks but ultimately I've stuck around. Catch you on the other side of the next button!

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=Speed Leader of Team SMG=
@RoninHunt0987- THE RETURN OF THE THIEF
@TheJGamer- She's going to be okay.
@RoninHunt0987- Smiles go for miles!
@canecacomleite- Anime Pep Talks are the best kind of pep talks.
Shard
August 13th, 2018
Sometimes you need time to take a break and unwind.

Obligatory Q&A Question Call link
@Ren Fowl- That's entirely fair! My reference pool for people knowing things is mostly just my friends, who all have at the very least heard of One Piece, but I do accept that it might have been a better idea to go generic. When making this page I wanted a concrete example of 'here's someone Két can relate to' because I find an empty and generic "other people go through thing" doesn't help, but someone going "hey here's this thing you can literally use as reference, whether it was me or someone else who went through it" actually helps. But I understand why it might not work for everyone, and I'll try and keep that in mind on the off chance that I need to do something like this again.

Also Mr. Losroo being a massive anime nerd is a hilarious prospect to me and I will die on the hill that says he uses his spare time to binge watch tv and anime
backlogging? to read your comic??

it's less likely than you think
@plokman & @Animo- I couldn't use Damaru for three reasons.

The first and perhaps most simple reason is that Mr. Losroo doesn't know who he is aside from some offhand mentions of the guy by Két. He can't exactly use something he's unfamiliar with as an example.

The second and perhaps more emotional reason is that, no matter how sympathetic he is, Damaru is an antagonist. And even if you don't see him as one, you'd do well to remember he's Két's enemy. Encouraging someone by saying 'your enemy did this' isn't exactly kosher.

Thirdly, and most practically... Damaru has not overcome the odds. He keeps failing, keeps losing to Blair, keeps failing to bring Két to Silvena... All he's succeeded at is avoiding following orders, and even then he's running out of ways and time. Even when he and Silverado (...mostly Silverado) succeeded in making Blair mad enough to want them dead, he failed to leave at an appropriate time, failed to convince Silverado not to do something stupid, failed to die when he felt it would have been better for him to do so.

The sentiment of using someone Két knows is nice... but Damaru doesn't hit any markers that would have made him fit the bill.
@Animo, @G.B.A, & @Ren Fowl- To show Két she's not alone. It's one thing to use words, to say 'it's okay to fail sometimes'. It's another entirely to appeal to both the logical and the emotional sides of the mind to show them that "all you're feeling is okay, and justified, and in case you don't believe my words, here's proof that you're not the only one going through this struggle". It may not work for you guys, but it serves the purpose that it needed to as far as I - and several other commentators - are concerned. I could have used some generic sprites- but what would that accomplish, other than alienating Két's struggle? Két specifically complained that she was a failure 'of a protagonist'; so she needed a protagonist to empathize with. I could have used scenes from another story I'd made- but what would that accomplish, other than forcing people to do more reading, or more work if the story was not posted here, to understand what was happening? In the end I decided to go with something recognizable, because then it would both allow Két to see that she truly wasn't alone in her plight, and also allow the audience to understand the point without needing to do much further research, if any. I could have re-created the scenes with sprites, but that would require finding backgrounds for each scene, finding and in some cases making sprites that matched the particular scenes I had in mind, in some cases actively editing sprites so they'd match a consistent style (because Gear 2nd sprites have a different style than Crocodile, for example; and Timeskip sprites are far different as well), and ultimately doing far more work than I really needed to since the scenes had already been created.

If you don't understand my line of logic here, that's fine too! To each their own, and not everyone is going to enjoy a particular choice an author makes. But hopefully at the very least you understand why I took the path I did when making this page.
@Smiffy SMF <3- A life of E T E R N A L S U F F E R I N G i kid
@Bringer_of_light- ... [DEEP BREATH]
@Captain Ghost- The life of a protagonist is one rife with challenge.
@DarkflameX- Woo!
@Smiffy SMF <3- What, I'm not allowed to make lazy pages every now and again?
@Hero of Comedy- We are, we are, on a cruise~
@TheJGamer- He's using the terms Két herself used in an attempt to empathize with her feelings. "You think yourself a protagonist; if that's the case, here's why it's okay to fail."
@RoninHunt0987- A Good Father
@plokman- I wouldn't say that's the only way to fail. Because failures happen, whether by our own hand or by someone else's. Try as she might, she still lost her wind; still lost her friend. Failure is often inevitable, even if we do everything right. The important thing is that we're okay with that, and we don't let it keep us down.
Together we will find everything that we're looking for~

With apologies to Eiichiro Oda and all parties involved with the One Piece anime.

<s>honestly my favorite part of all of this is that it means mr. losroo is a massive anime nerd</s>
@TheJGamer- Daawww.
@Syogren- :3
@RoninHunt0987- Poor Két.
@littlekirby61524- Hugs are the best.
@canecacomleite- I'm still wondering how that works.
@Snurple-the-Hedgehog- [raises eyebrows]
I think this might actually be the first time we've seen Mr. Losroo out of his chair in this comic. Go figure!
Shard
August 7th, 2018
@RoninHunt0987- Oh yeah, totally.
@TheJGamer- If you don't mind, imma quote a book here...
"...This is is not to say that you should write with one hand tied behind your back, making sure that you only use language accessible to a fifth grader. There is nothing wrong with making the occasional reader occasionally reach for the dictionary. However, the only legitimate reason to do that is if the word you have chosen is the best word to express the idea. Generally, saying "edifice" instead of "building" doesn't tell your reader anything more about the building; it tells the reader that you know the word edifice."
@canecacomleite- Well, let me know if you make any progress.
@plokman- I'll get back to you on that one. Still, if you have to stop the story to explain "I use this word to describe these things because the word Humanity should only ever apply to humans" then there might be a problem.
@Guest- More like I have no idea how to respond to things like this.
@G.B.A- Seriously why would I ever use a dating site, dating sites are for people who want romance
Syogren- Not Incorrect
@plokman- All I can think of with that is Death Note, because AMV Hell
Shard
August 6th, 2018
@RoninHunt0987- She's a young adult, not a child.
@TheJGamer- That sure is a word that I don't know the definition of.
@canecacomleite- ...how do you send a hug through a fax?
@The Magnificent Z- I think he'd find it difficult to do so with his claw-fingers.
@plokman- B-But she's a Tibian, we've been over this- also there's a new Q&A question call if you haven't seen it, IIRC you had something you wanted to ask?
Shard
August 6th, 2018
Két has some self-worth issues.
Is Kai literally trying to mansplain taloks to two of the experts in the field
Shard
August 4th, 2018
@RoninHunt0987- Maybe! We'll see!
@Ren Fowl- I will pay you like, a dollar, if you make a loss.jpg edit for Aware
Shard
August 3rd, 2018
@TheJGamer- Give her a page.
@RoninHunt0987- Specifically, he's a father to his men - and Két is one of them.
@ted the saiyanfox- [spooky ghost noises]
@DarkflameX- "Right to the point" is usually the best way to go with Két.