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First of all, happy new year!

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.
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:…
: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. My Patreon has guaranteed OC slots for certain tiers of support (artist approval of OC design still applies).

: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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Svetomech Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I checked your criteria and I'm a bit confused. Does my OC meet them? (can be turned into a pegasus)
If he is too gray to your liking then there is an alternative colour scheme. (almost pure white)

Thank you for all you've done. I only hope your comic will never cease. For me it's almost like the show, an integral part of the MLP universe...
Astranacus Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I'm a fan of your comics and what you're doing. I think it's awesome and you have done excellent work, I'd be honoured if you decide to include my pegasus OC Nemsee after reading through the criteria.

Her reference sheet :

Deviant Art collection :…
epicemocat Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I love your comic, so I'm gonna try and submit my character :D… It's a bad drawing but that's really all I have, sorry.. If you can't tell what her cutie mark is, it's just a wave
Stargazerponi Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Heyy! I love love love your comic, ehehe
SOO... an oc for you. Thank you for accepting ocs!!!…
thanks again, sorc!
lonekitteh Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
I love the comic, so I'm gonna give this a shot,


she has long tail/mane (pink-white ish)

Blue ivy:…
 short blue  tail/mane with ombre down to dark blue

hope one of them (or both)  are good? :) 
lonekitteh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
**also both of their pegasus forms are the same, and their wings are just the same color as their bodies :)
BrainlessPoop Featured By Owner Edited Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist…
Gems count as cutie mark, but what about the ace symbol? Also, she's a mare...
Erin-Hardwicke Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist… would Breezy be alright?
RavenTheDemonKitten Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RavenTheDemonKitten Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question. Will Green flames count as a cutie mark?
Ariaannaa Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015 Does she fit in?
fishii10 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Got Game Changer over here:…. You don't necessarily have to show his cutie mark, since I often draw him as a blank anyway and he was late to get his.

Mane: #800000 with #500000 outline
Body: #008080 with #006666 outline
Eyes: Straight up #f00 red
DanTheBrony Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
I have three since I couldn't narrow it down

Name: Frostbite
Name: Rose
Name: Missy
emma-the-wolfy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HI! I really love your work and your series Dash Academy! I think your really talented!
Pony Name: Blue Stripe
Body color: White
Eye color: Light Blue
Mane Color: Light Blue, Black in the middle, then Light Blue
Cutiemark: Two Light Blue Lighting Bolts
emma-the-wolfy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rainbow Dash Licking gif  OH AND ALMOST FORGOT! She is a Pegasus :D
Rolly-Derby Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Thanks so much for even accepting ocs!

Name: DarkenedMatter
Gender: Mare
Coat color: Yellow-ish
Mane/Tail/Eye color: Blue-pink-yellow
Cutie Mark:…
Just a rain cloud.. She doesn't actually have one but this is what I imagine it would look like if she did.

Image:… Oh and please ignore the wing... it's just normal colored
Color referance:
I would really appreciate it if I got in :D You're my inspiration :D (Big Grin)
Dubstep-Eevee Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
If you are still doing this, would my OC PJ be acceptable? She does have a bandana, but it can be removed
: )

You can leave out the googles
Thanks, even if you don't use it!
Sky-91 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
.:Commission:. Sky Sparks for Sky-91 by gigandjett  
Ray915 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Hey I love your work and that's awesome that you accpet OC's! I'm a bit ashamed to show mine (because Pony-Creator you know...) but here it is!

Name: Lost Thunder
Gender: Stallion
Coat color: Brillant light gamboge with light camboge hooves
Mane/Tail/Eye color: Yellow
Cutie Mark:…
It's a dark cloud disk with a lightning in the center, not original but I took time to me so I'm proud of this one  :D (Big Grin) 

Also here's a image of him:…

Hope I'll be accepted!  :happybounce: 
xSagefurx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! c: Your comic is very nice, and I was wondering whether my pony could be in it. She does have rainbow in her mane and tail, but it can be taken out.

Name: Gentleheart
Species: Pegasus
Mane/Tail color: Blonde, with darker streaks similar to Fluttershy
Coat color: Caramel
Eye color: Blue-gray
Cutie Mark: A paw with a red cross next to it
Here's a full-body of her, the rainbow can be changed
derpy526 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
If you could put my OC in that would be great, but if not it's okay.

Name:Springer Rose
Eye color: Red
Coat: Light orange
Mane: Red with green and yellow stripes
Tail: Light blue
Species: Pegasus…
rififa11 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Hello! I get here because of your awesome comic! :D
I've read all this journal and I think my OC could meet all the conditions ^^…
Pegasus, Mare
Coat: Bright orange (her ears and flank is brown, but because you don't want two coat colors I'll make it all orange)
Mane: Barn red
Eyes: Light gray (but if you reeeeally don't want any grey, you can make it brown)…
Cutie Mark: a 8 colors paint palette

So it give this if we remove the gray eyes and the brown spots:…

Do what you want :) It'll cool if you tell me if you like it or not, it may help me improve my drawings ^^
Lakeore Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Writer
Wow. I've followed you for what seems like forever and I didn't know about this?! I'm an idiot.

OC Name: Fable
Base color: light lime or olive green (it's up to interpretation really
Mane color: soft chocolate with a dash of light blue
Eye color: light blue
Cutie mark: an old time film reel with a pencil in the middle of it
PauNyanOrange Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you want to...., can you use my oc as a background pony? please, sadly she have black hair and is terrenal :( but you can turn her into a pegasus…
and her eye have a little diference as a normal pony…

So I don't know if she is breaking a rule :(
But I hope you can use her in your comic :)
SapphireSkies24 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww Dark colors Dang

I was about to submit my oc but Dark colors stop me ,Why?
DaJoesefMon Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014
Could you add my OC Buzz Shield please?
Base: Dark Blue
Mane & tail color: Dark Brown
Eye color: Dark Brown
Cutie mark: A shield with a wing in it.
saraggman777 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Dang!! then i cant ask for my oc to be put in :( she has the grey coat. now im sad Cry emote 
GingaNinja177 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel ya.
FlameWhisker2 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 29, 2014  Student Artist
Can you have my oc Rose Blossom in it?
Base: White
Mane & tail color: Red
Eye color: orange
Cutie mark: A rose
Foxtaile Featured By Owner Edited Nov 26, 2014
Reference_Summer Berry by Foxtaile
You can change her into a pegasus ^^
ILM126 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A low def of my OC, Treble Sketch. (Can be turned into a pegasus)

Whole body,
Colour guide,

If you need anymore info, just send a note my way. Also, I really like your Dash Academy series XD
bernardofoquita Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student Artist here it´s mine he is already a pegasus
Muikelo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Here is mine. She can be turned  into a pegasus. :)
pony creator:

Cutie mark:
BilliumCipher Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014…
Here is mine, I do not know if this will work or not but I think it is good
PlaidRed Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love love love Dash Academy. Keep up the good work! If you are looking for a filler OC I'd like to submit my Solar Flare. You can leave off the gold color from the hooves/wings, that was just something fancy I added for the sculpture. The painting shows how her hair is. Her cutie mark is a sun, you could stylize it any way you want. She also has freckles but you don't have to include those either.……

If you don't end up using her thats fine too. Please keep up your amazing comics, I love your work! :D
cbugnet2 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will my OC work? You Can remove the mint streak and her cutie mark is an eighth note and a swirl of the rainbow woth a pencil looking raspberry color and a mic in front of the eighth note.…
Daddys-Girl1997 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you are still taking OCs to put in the comic I would like to know if my OC Patunia could be in the comic. She is allready a pegasis and ic colored different shades of purple. It is ok to take off her circlet (headband thing) if you want to. (she wouldnt have had it as a teen yet in the story I made for her)… (only the itp usualy gets darker but doesnt have to)

Or if Patunia doesnt fit you could use Tulip who is Patunias daughter. the only downside to her is I havent decided on a cutymark for her but I can if you want to use her.… (i am working on a full body of her but the only thing you cant see here is all her whoovs have dark spots like above her nose like her in this…)
MustacheOfAwesome Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you still accepting them?
SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
MustacheOfAwesome Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a question, is there a way I could try to get to the higher priorities list? You see, my friend has a birthday soon and I don't know what to get her. She's also a huge fan of Dash Academy. I would feel rude for asking a favor from such a lovely artist so I couldn't help but ask.
dbkit Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, I'll give it a shot.…

Just try to blind yourself to her character description, otherwise she is a time traveler. 

If the jacket is too much of an accessory. Here is Option B:…
TheGoldenStefan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
I was gonna submit' but then I saw no accessories.
SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
If they do have accessories they usually won't be included in the comic. But if your reference has them it's fine. No need to remake references just to take off accessories. I guess the exception would be items that hide parts of the reference like sunglasses hiding eye color.
Star-Von-Alicorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
umm  PLEASE I KNOW SHE HAS A GREY MANE BUT :… THESE TWO PLEASE? you can turn changeling into a normal pegasus is you want
Star-Von-Alicorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yellow ones cutie mark:
you can make her a pegasus too if you want :| changeling is a blank flank
Star-Von-Alicorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you if you do i adore your comic so much! 
TossarN Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist Placing him here as my note was prolly spammed away when I asked if he looked fine hehe xP. digital colour pattern ^^

Will be fun to see if he works :D
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