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First of all, happy new year!
:icondashepiphanyplz:

Here's an info-packed update:

:bulletgreen: You may have noticed that the linework in the last two comic updates (part 5 and 6) looks a lot smoother. That's because I've switched over to Paint Tool SAI, an amazing program with tablet pressure sensitivity and stabilizers that actually work.
:iconpinkieismindfckedplz:
Here's the really sweet part: I purchased it with the donations you've been sending. Thank you! Your donations are helping to improve the quality of the comic. I'm trying to scrape together $170 to upgrade my old copy of Photoshop CS2 (which is a nightmare to run on Windows 7 64 bit) to CS5, which will greatly hasten the process of making panels, gradients, and ovals for speech bubbles. If you'd like to help, here is your chance!





:bulletgreen: I've been getting questions about how I pick OCs for background ponies.

People's OCs may be included if the following (scary) criteria are met:

:bulletred: 1) The OC has to be a pegasus (or be allowed to be turned into a pegasus). No zebra/griffon alicorn hybrids.
:bulletorange: 2) The OC can't be too garish, eye-popping, or distracting (certain exceptions are allowed, though). Accessories aren't usually allowed (hats, etc.). Please don't be offended if I don't like your OC's color scheme. The comic has a palette, and it's pretty noticeable if a color doesn't fit (for example: jet black coats, very dark colors, or eye-poppingly bright colors are not acceptable). Good reference for possible colors: mlp.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_pon…
:bulletyellow: 3) The OC should have a cutie mark that look like it belongs in the MLP FiM universe (laptops, helicopters, weapons, unusual symbols, etc. wouldn't be allowed).
:bulletgreen: 4) OCs are background ponies and can't have prominent roles in the story because the series has already been planned out entirely. That means no speaking roles or marriages to Fluttershy.
:bulletblue: 5) I need a clear reference of the OC and his/her cutie mark (Pony Creator is acceptable). The references must have colors and I will not design cutie marks.
:bulletpurple: 6) I only include OCs if the quality of the strip won't suffer from it.

I no longer accept the following:
- Ponies with two or more coat colors.
- Ponies with black or gray in their color scheme. I have too many submissions like this already.
- Ponies with cutie marks that draw too much attention or don't fit well in the MLP universe. For instance, cars, knives/blood, computer, religion, and videogame-related symbols are not acceptable cutie marks.
- Ponies with rainbow color schemes. It would draw too much attention away from Rainbow Dash.
- Ponies who share similar color schemes with the main characters of the comic.
- Ponies who have the same color for coat and mane. For instance, a white pony with a white mane or a green pony with a green mane is not acceptable.
- Ponies with a wing color that is a different than their coat.
- Ponies with unusual body proportions or physical traits. If you submit a pony like this, it will probably be changed to the body types typical of background ponies the show unless I think it won't be too distracting. Very few exceptions will be made.
- Ponies with accessories. Glasses are okay.
- Ponies submitted without color references.
- Ponies submitted without a cutie mark reference.


Prioritization is based on whether the OC's owner participated in an art trade with me, consistently gave helpful feedback, left a donation, or did something else that was thoughtful. Of course, not all strips are going to be jam-packed with background ponies, so you may have to wait a bit before your OC appears .

:bulletgreen: I also get frequent notes and comments asking when the next strip will arrive. It usually takes 1-2 weeks per strip (or maybe even longer, based on how much free time is available when I'm not at my job/school). I'd like to remind everyone that there is a comic progress tracker on my profile page (below my journal) that I update every time I make progress on the upcoming strip. For reference, the two steps that take the longest are the character and background coloring steps (1-2 days for each, usually).


:bulletgreen: A big thank you to all the translators of Dash Academy!

:bulletgreen: One final thank you to :icongrusnoid:, who's been answering all of my sports-related questions and bringing me up to speed regarding the ins-and-outs of high school football.

:bulletgreen: If you have any other burning questions, leave them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer.
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  • Drinking: Zapapplejuice screwdrivers
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babylaces Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
Is there any chance my OC could be used as a background pony..? ;D DreamChaser: generalzoi.deviantart.com/art/…
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StarTheFox99 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Starswift:starthefox99.deviantart.com/ar…
Nevermind her eyes.
If you could at least get her bow that would be great, but if not it's fine I don't care.
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Chickenwhite Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I've been following Dash Academy for ages, just rarely comment or fav because I'm a chump and I don't want to clutter up your inbox TwT;; I was just thinking, if you ever really need some more background ponies, my OC might fit in... Unless the grey in her mane and tail is a deal-breaker, of course...
Old ref
Recent piece of art

Love reading the comic! Keep up the good work, and I like the new black outlines, makes it look more comic book-like!
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Dinkythedingo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you accept Diamond Shine ??
dinkythedingo.deviantart.com/a…
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catachan8 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
catachan8.deviantart.com/art/G… it's the green one. 
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BGame46 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Curses... the only one I got that would fit is a unicorn...

Maybe once they are on the ground again.
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xxSactaviaxx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Im So Very Sorry About The Rude Comment Before 
But Can You Let My OC Join The Dash Acadamy
xxsactaviaxx.deviantart.com/ar…
Rainbow Powered
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Streifi Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2014
I finally got around in drawing an OC for myself. I hope I am not to late for all the fun stuff, so here is my OC anyways: streifi.deviantart.com/art/Spa…
Here are a few background informations (not that they are that important anyways...): streifi.deviantart.com/art/Spa…

The cutie mark are three cogs, I think that might still be compatible within the show style, considering ponies know mechanical contraptions.

And just to clarify, yeah I was inspired to try a different style with my OC drawing but of course my OC obviously would still look "normal" as an average pony in show style, so my OC has no deviations from the common pony body shape.

I have a few additional pictures here:
i1252.photobucket.com/albums/h…
i1252.photobucket.com/albums/h…

And mini-feru drew this image for me based on the SL Screenshots above:
www.furaffinity.net/view/13813…

The accessories were just meant to further customize the appearence in second life and aren't mandatory at all. Although I thought he might wear kinda steampunkish tinkerer glasses, he might still be pretty fine without them. 

Also the coat is not multicolored by the way, I just tried my hand at shading. Previously I had settled on a dark brown color but I guess I liked a reddish brown color more, so I went for that. So the coat is reddish brown, the mane and tail are golden/blond (and I blew the depiction by the way, the mane should be long and wavy, he should have a few curly strands of hair dangling down, but I just wasn't able to properly pull that one off) and the eyes are of a turquois color. Is that color sheme and everything else acceptable?

Of course you might modify any detail you want to fit the scene he appears in, if he even appears at all, that is. It's just an honor to even get the chance of submitting OCs for possibly showing up in a comic as great as yours is, even if the OC isn't chosen at all. I just didn't want to let this chance go to waste, so I tried. I hope that those reference images are helping at all.
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