Page 992 - Never Before Seen

28th Nov 2017, 5:00 AM in The Best Night Ever, Part 2
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Never Before Seen
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Author Notes:

Newbiespud 28th Nov 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
Artist: ChrisTheS

And if you'll look to your left, you'll see the rails that we just jumped.
<puts on sunglasses>
<walks away from an explosion>

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Digo Dragon 28th Nov 2017, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
*gasp* Is this an edited screen cap in the main story proper? :D

Mykin 28th Nov 2017, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Where? Where?! I can't see- *Gasp*

Digo Dragon 28th Nov 2017, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
*kicks a fainting couch under Mykin* :o
Mykin 28th Nov 2017, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Of all the best possible things that could happen! This is The. Best. Possible. Thing!

By the way, thanks for the couch there, Digo. I definitely needed it for this one. =P
Jennifer 28th Nov 2017, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
Is it?

I got no idea.

I wonder if Blueblood will try to escape on the royal yacht, so that we get a screencap of the time he and Rarity christened it (or is that... sunlit it?).
Newbiespud 28th Nov 2017, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
"Edited"? Wow, this art is even greater than I thought if that's what you're thinking. Or maybe it will become even clearer on the next page... and so many of the ones after that.
Jennifer 28th Nov 2017, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Oh, have you decided to partner up, Newbiespud?
Newbiespud 28th Nov 2017, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
I mean, that artist credit in the Author's Note probably isn't just for a shot of the Mane Six running down a hallway.
ChrisTheS 28th Nov 2017, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
It's a nice hallway, though. I'm very proud of it :)
Winged Cat 28th Nov 2017, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
So, no more screencaps? C'est la vie. I look forward to seeing where the story goes when you aren't limited to the original art.

(There is potential for They Changed It Now It's Ruined Forever, but in this case I doubt that will be a problem for a long time, if ever.)
Digo Dragon 29th Nov 2017, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Still a better comic than some others that do original art. :3
Tatsurou 28th Nov 2017, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
If I hadn't seen the artist credit, I would have assumed it still was screencaps. It looks that show accurate.
Xelmon 1st Dec 2017, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Dude, fantastic job! It was definitely the "Artist" that made me do a double take, very well done!
Evilbob 28th Nov 2017, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
Definitely new art, lol.

You can see it in the noses, Digo. The bridge is more prominent in the show. It should be super obvious from Pinkie Pie's face in the last panel. Seems to be a particular artstyle signature mark of ChristheS.
ChrisTheS 28th Nov 2017, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
Really? o.O

But these are mostly new muzzles, traced from screencaps from this very episode... I actually made an effort :(
Frission 28th Nov 2017, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
It looks very nice. :3 *hugs*
Newbiespud 28th Nov 2017, 12:06 PM edit delete reply
This is a temporary situation, but this sequence will go on for quite a while. Longer than I expected when I initially thought of it, even.

Also, I knew someone was gonna critique the tiniest meaningless differences from the show models. It was inevitable.
ChrisTheS 28th Nov 2017, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
I figured it was going to be the eyes, not the noses...
Anvildude 28th Nov 2017, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
The eyes vary enough in the show itself that any slight difference in them is easily overlooked. The muzzles, however, have been basically the same for 7 seasons. People's pattern/face recognition neurons have internalized them, and so can more easily spot changes.
Evil Paladin 29th Nov 2017, 12:51 AM edit delete reply
For me, the definite tip off for this not being a screencap was Fluttershy's mouth in the last panel.
Fluttershy and Pinkie in the first panel was a hint that it wasn't from the show, but since those two are in the background, I thought the shot of AJ, Twilight, and Rarity running was just a few seconds of the episode that I didn't remember after so many years.

It was on the third look at the characters that I recognized the style from Star Mares.
Jennifer 28th Nov 2017, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
Really? Given how close we are to the ep's end, I was hoping for a big finale at 1000, and then on to next (paragon?) tier.
Xelmon 1st Dec 2017, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Sing with me Spud... "Let it goooo, let it goooo!" xD
Evilbob 1st Dec 2017, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
@Newbiespud It's less a critique and more an observation, lol.

Nothing wrong with deviating from show screencaps when your story calls for it.
Evilbob 1st Dec 2017, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
@ChristheS It's okay, lol. Just do you. It looks nice, and it's not like the goal is exact replication here, anyway. (At least... I don't think that's the goal?)

And unless you did traced muzzles for Every. Single. Drawing, your own artstyle would peek through. Kinda inevitable as the show style muzzle is basically the exact same drawing/vector of each angle copied over and over again.
Digo Dragon 29th Nov 2017, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Edited in that parts within the screen caps were changed. Like, the direction the face was looking, but not changing the body for example. I used to do that with the Elements of Smarmony.
ChrisTheS 29th Nov 2017, 7:44 AM edit delete reply
Pretty sure that the actual Canterlot Castle doesn't have wall sconces yoinked from SW:TOR :)
Dusk Raven 29th Nov 2017, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
Honestly, I didn't notice at all. Admittedly, it's common for nuances in art to fly over my head at first glance, but it's been so long since I've seen The Best Night Ever that I didn't at all suspect that these weren't straight screencaps.
ANW 28th Nov 2017, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
Rails, I don't see any rails.
Haven't since Twilight destroyed them in episode 2.
ANW 28th Nov 2017, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
I came up with a new persona.
Bare bones only.
I guess he would technically be a necromancer.
His entire body is fear.
Even looking at his finger would give you the creeps.
He has a face that only Cthulhu can withstand. (No relation)
He has to cover up his entire body to be in public.
He does not have the ability to turn off the fear aura.
What do you guys think?
andreas002 28th Nov 2017, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
So, something akin to a dementor from Harry Potter?
ANW 28th Nov 2017, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
He's more a fear elemental given human form.
Winged Cat 28th Nov 2017, 10:23 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
So, his weak point is being laughed at?

Would that make clowns his mortal enemies?

Also, if everyone's creeped out by him, how does he get food et al? Lots of people instinctively seek to destroy what they fear, so wouldn't he be refused service at and sent away from any store or restaurant? Does he live off of delivery services and vending machines, and shaking down passers-by for cash?

And especially these days, if he passes through a neighborhood where the cops are less than professional (say, any place where the cops routinely pull black drivers over for Driving While Black), how does he go more than several blocks without being arrested for whatever charge the cops make up (because said police equate "someone I fear" with "someone I need to get off the streets", law be damned), every time he goes to such a place? (Being 100% covered up would also make him look suspicious, perhaps not as much but still subject to a high rate of random arrest.)

I mean, I get the on-first-glance appeal, but he seems incredibly weaksauce in practice.
ANW 28th Nov 2017, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Like I said, bare bones.
More classic D&D style environment.
Wizard robe and hood, with mask, as second cover.
With Kakashi eating through mask way.
First place he goes to in a new town is go to the leader or head of defense to explain.
They don't want him, he leaves.
Greenhornet 29th Nov 2017, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
For getting food, it might go like this:
"Hi, I'd like your blue plate special."
"GASP! Urrrg... (Faint)."
"So... it's self-serve then?"
Classic Steve 28th Nov 2017, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
I recall Volke from "Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance," who first presents himself as a thief but turns out to be a skilled assassin. On the player's side, mercifully.
Guest 28th Nov 2017, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
I see Fluttershy is learning the ways of tabletop gaming.
Evil Paladin 29th Nov 2017, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
Paranoia, superstition, and a deep fear of character death that rivals your own IRL fear of death.
She's truly grown into a proper player.
Specter 29th Nov 2017, 12:23 AM edit delete reply
"Never before seen", I think I know what that is referring to.
ChrisTheS 29th Nov 2017, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
Anyone wants to see the full-res, uncropped versions of these shots, you can find them here:
Mykin 29th Nov 2017, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Thank you kindly.
Rokas 29th Nov 2017, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
"Just" a thief. Sure. And Khorne is "just" an omnicidal axe-crazy murderer.