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Newbiespud 27th Jul 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
It still blows my mind sometimes that one of this show's Season One accomplishments was to sell a fashionista as a laborer and an artist.

It also blows my mind that tomorrow is the 6th year anniversary of this comic's first page.

My mind is in many different places lately.

24 Comments:

Rastaba 27th Jul 2017, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Rastaba
Happy soon to be anniversary!
AchtungNIght 27th Jul 2017, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
I have much more appreciation for fashion designers after experiencing the awesome character that is Rarity.

Happy anniversary and keep up the good work.
ANW 27th Jul 2017, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Blacksmiths, whitesmiths(yes there is just a thing), tailors, artists, cooks, musicians(bards don't count).
Any good stories about the crafters themselves?
Digo Dragon 27th Jul 2017, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Excuse me, what do you mean bards don't count? They were (in real world tradition) storytellers, poets, and music composers. They were paid by people to create songs and poems that celebrated the deeds of specific people. Bards were artists, the original freelance musicians.
ANW 27th Jul 2017, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
And bards are a type of class.
I have to exclude them this time around.
Don't worry. I'm planning something for them letter.
The Old One 27th Jul 2017, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
I believe the term you're looking for is "artisan", although musicians and their ilk would be more in the "performer" or "artist" catergories.

Bards tended to be the CNN of the pre-tv days, spreading the news (amongst other things, if dependence on a high charisma score is any indication) as they heard it to the population at large, and raking in free drinks and coin on the side as performers
Winged Cat 27th Jul 2017, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Getting back to the original question, I may have told this tale before, but since you asked...

I had this one character who was all about researching, building, and powering up everyone else. Not just the party, but an entire city-state, giving every last adult peasant the equivalent of an adventurer level through education and equipment. At the start, he was already a low-level sorceror setting up city defenses (including a long-range autoloading gatling ballista on the tallest tower in the city with endless ammunition, basically a sprinkler of doom able to take down a charging army one soldier at a time before they could reach the city's walls) and a magic academy (because having more sorcerors on your side is rarely a bad thing).

Over the course of the campaign, he set up a magical gear foundry (weapons and armor, but more importantly machinery and farming implements to dramatically increase the city's revenue and buy more stuff), staffed by the more competent NPCs, who even produced a company of mecha for town defense. The city had expanded to take over local ruins of ancient power (with an adventurers' guild thoroughly salvaging it and other such resources), and was starting to strain at the limits of territory it could control: ringed with towns, each of which defended miles (radius) of farmland near it, with cable car like transport between town and city. My PC had even set up a telecommunications network via aerial drones, that had spread to the nearby major powers (mostly allied, thanks to the party's diplomats).

Which was good, because the thrust of the campaign was getting a medieval era city ready to repel a World War 1 grade invasion.
kiapet 27th Jul 2017, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
I love, LOVE how they depict Rarity as a genuine artist and buisnesspony.
Jennifer 27th Jul 2017, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Congrats, Newbiespud. This is a fitting climax (but I hope it isn't the last). We're coming up on strip 1000, too!
Rastaba 28th Jul 2017, 4:29 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
Newbiespud has already confirmed this is NOT the end...SO YAY!
Tatsurou 27th Jul 2017, 8:36 AM edit delete reply
Tatsurou
Happy anniversary!
Any plans to celebrate?
Guest 27th Jul 2017, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Surely you don't mean your mind is in many different "pieces" lately? What with it repeatedly blowing up and all!

Happy 6th comic anniversary!
Specter 27th Jul 2017, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Six years already, wow.

I know I've only been around for two/thirds of that (in a couple of months), but seriously it feels like a lot less time then that.
Lucithana 27th Jul 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
As I have said to my friends a few times, I love that, in most shows of this type, Rarity would have been a villain similar to Silver Spoon. It is rare that a show like this shows people who are appreciative of aesthetics as anything but shallow bimbos, unwilling to accept people's inner beauty, and Rarity is almost the exact opposite, someone who wants to bring out everyone's inner beauty in their outer appearance.
aerion111 27th Jul 2017, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
Well, I mean, there's Miraculous Ladybug (a show that seems to be 'secretly popular', in that I hadn't heard anyone mention it, then suddenly there's fan-work all over the place once I start looking)
There's essentially two main characters; One is essentially studying to become a fashion-designer (she's already designed some stuff, of course, but doesn't seem ready to open her own shop) and the other's a model that's already pretty famous (but who still goes to school, of course)
So, while yes, it is legitimately impressive that MLP pulled of having 1 of its 6 characters be a 'nice' fashionista, Miraculous Ladybug managed to have BOTH of their ONLY two main characters be ordinarily-shallow archetypes.
Mind, I don't think Rarity would have allowed anyone to go crime-fighting in the costumes they wear - Don't get me wrong, I kinda like Chat Noir's, but it's still kinda silly, and Ladybug looks just wrong... 'Ladybug' is not a flattering color theme.
And they're quite kind-hearted too - heck, at times the show gets sickeningly-sweet and I'd have preferred a drop or two of cynicism to balance it out.
T 27th Jul 2017, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
I think that is common in magical girls anime. Ladybug almost was a magical girl anime after all.
Anvildude 27th Jul 2017, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
Ladybug _is_ a magical girl anime. Well, half of one, anyways. It's underwritten by Toei, and they may go ahead on the 2d version of it as well anyways. It's been successful enough that that could work out.
aerion111 27th Jul 2017, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
aerion111
Miraculous Ladybug is a french Magical Girl Anime.
Not officially, I don't think, but yeah, I'm well aware it's the same 'genre'.
They still have a fashion-designing main character :P
Dragonflight 27th Jul 2017, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Ladybug is an interesting show, and I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it. Also, if you like adorably cute teenage puppy romances (whether you choose to admit it or not,) there's plenty of that in the show. Rather than make it come across as sappy, it actually works well for the main characters.

Basically, in season one, the main character who's Chat Noir has a crush on Ladybug. The character who's Ladybug has a crush on the boy Chat Noir is when he isn't a superhero. But neither of them knows who the other is when they're out of costume. And Ladybug gets tongue-tied around the boy of her dreams, so he is pretty clueless how she feels about him.

There's some evidence in the trailers that their relationship will move forward in season 2. I think it's out already, but since my French is horrible these days, I'm waiting for the English release.

Also, Ladybug's costume is pretty straightforward, but they never seem to mention just how *much* body confidence Ladybug has to have wearing that suit. It's a full-body seamless one-piece. I imagine it would probably feel like wearing nothing. In public, no less. So yeah, she has *tons* of confidence as Ladybug. Considerably less so as herself. :)
Referee 27th Jul 2017, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Rainbow Dash always dresses in style.
Captain Snark 27th Jul 2017, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Can you do that? Can your mind be blown twice?

And congrats on the anniversary.
Rastaba 28th Jul 2017, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Rastaba
I live by the mindset that it can be blown provided the succeeding mind blowing event exceeds the previous in sheer mind-blow-osity.
loyalChaos 28th Jul 2017, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
loyalChaos
Happy Actual-versary, Protato. ^^
Data_Sora 28th Jul 2017, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
Data_Sora
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DINuAWoxy4Q

Happy 6th anniversary Spud on the comic!