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First of all, happy new year!
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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.
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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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NSthepegasus Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Daffodil would be good as a background character. If not, that's totally fine. nsthepegasus.deviantart.com/ar…
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the-rainbron3 Apr 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
could you use mine (my Pony Pegasus)(i.imgur.com/HACTS.png) the name is kalamer ruki
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Wolfbane3333 Apr 4, 2014  New member
I was wondering if you could use my OC. His name is Sapphire Blitz.
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MountainLygon Apr 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Here for your viewing pleasure is Charles Marion Russell--as a pony!  He represents the bronies of my beautiful home state of Montana.  It would be great to perhaps see him in the background of your comic as a shout out to Big Sky Country.  Seriously, the pegasi would love my state.
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HarietGleam Apr 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can you add my OC? ;3;
C-Cute? by HarietGleam Hariet Gleam CM by HarietGleam
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MountainLygon Mar 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Might I make a suggestion?  Subscribe to Creative Cloud.  If you're still in school you can get it for $30 a month, and it gives you access to almost every Adobe product, including the entire Creative Suite.  And you'll always have the latest edition, so upgrading is easy.

I do have a pony OC that I wouldn't mind seeing flying around in the background as a shout out to all the Montana bronies.  He's based on a historical figure, so I hope that's acceptable.  His cutie mark is a cow skull over a paintbrush, as the artist he's based on (Charles M. Russell) always signed his art with a small sketch of a cow skull, a symbol of the Old West.  I'll get him uploaded tomorrow when my internet access is better, and you can take a look at him.
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Foxoon Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have recently read some your comic and I have found it unbelievably amazing! I can't wait to see it finished.
Also do you take OC background ponies without cutiemarks?
I was thinking of submitting my ponysona, but would it be alright?
(i need to make a reference first)
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SirButtStallion Mar 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is my pony, she pretty coo maybe? xD also if you choose her could you improve her cutie mark a bit? i didnt have time xD sirbuttstallion.deviantart.com…
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Feel free to use Marked Leaf , I just made him just then. Spent about half an hour working on him. I hope that I will see him in the comic sometime soon.
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