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HYDRO CANNON! 

The Two Best Friends Nuzlocke livestream was one of the hypest things the Zaibatsu has ever done. From start to finish, it felt like Woolie recaptured the charm and entertainment he initially planned for the playthrough. And what an ending! The entire Elite Four run and rival battle were so nail biting and intense, and I am thrilled they pulled through with a victory. R.I.P. Ludacris, Shockmastr, and LL Cool J - you three played a big role in that final stretch. Kamina came through in a big way. 

Again, way to go Woolie and the rest of the Zaibatsu! Y'all did great. 

Top 5 Things Nuzlocke comics need to stop doing

Hey everyone! I decided to make a different kind of list today of something that I’ve seen a lot in the Nuzlocke community. There is an overflow of comics and so many authors wanting to stand out from the crowd, and this is a normal ocurrance when it comes to artistic mediums. It is natural to feel frustrated and not being able to be recognized within a fandom with so many people. Even I’ve had a lot of frustrations and a great desire to improve my storytelling. 

I made this list to let people know of the stuff that its been way overused in nuzlocke comics. Some of these things are also a ‘kiss of death’ to the storyline. Now most of these things are NOT BAD, in fact they help making storytelling more dramatic. However, the point I’m trying to make is that they are 'overused’ meaning that its been done countless of times and its your job as the author to make a different spin to the cliche. I am guilty of some of these tropes, since this is based on my own experiences and the countless of comics I’ve read in this community.

If you want, you may add your own opinion on the subject. I am not perfect and I have no read every single comic out there. Also keep in mind that this is in regards of STORY TELLING not artwork. Being picky when it comes to art technique in Nuzlocke comics is pretty silly since the very first Nuzlocke series were doodles. Since this is something people do in their free time (and do not profit from it) its unfair of my part to criticize art style.Especially when my comic pages are flawed in that department as well. 

So without further ado, let us begin!

  • EDGY NOLAN-ESQUE DYSTOPIAN FUTURE/ 'DARK’ COMICS


Most of the comics in the Nuzlocke community are comedy, so its natural that some authors take this route to stand out from the crowd. They want to make depressing, gloomy stories where the world is an unhappy and vicious place so they can prove to the audience that this is SERIOUS BUSINESS. They usually add very long pages of existential dialogue and ramblings to make the illusion of character development. The comedy in these comics is non existant.

What is the problem with this: The subject of a Nuzlocke is depressing enough, there is no need to add gloom to the subject to cause emotional impact. Also, many times readers become attached to characters because of their likability, making both the atmosphere and characters gloomy will decrease the chance of emotional impact. The Pokemon universe is in all ways free of logic, and adding logic and deep symbolism and themes causes a high risk of plotholes. In a way it reminds me of the Nolan-verse Batman. He can add all the 'adult’ dialogue and psycho-analysis in the world but the result will always be a man in a bat suit fighting crime. The result of the pokemon universe will always be a place free from logic and fantastical science, no matter how 'deep’ you try to make it. 

How to solve this: Add moments of warmth and comedy. Even if its corny at times, it will cause a great contrast when a character is killed off. Life is full of corny, happy moments even in the most depressing of settings. It shows how much fun you are having with your stories and characters, and the result will be much more natural. 

When it comes to universe building, try not to explain every single aspect of the Pokemon universe. Focus on the characters, make them feel real and when you want to add details for the sake of the plot you may go for it. Adding too much exposition of how cruel the world is will tire the audience, it is best to make them invested with the characters first and the setting second. Making us like the characters will make us concerned with their plight and struggle. 

There are always going to be plotholes. Your job is to distract the audience with likable characters from those plot holes. Elaborating how the universe works in lengthy detail (instead of relying on atmosphere) will make people more nitpicky. 

  • Happy go lucky goofy optimistic protagonist


(Note: This trope is more forgivable in comedy)

These main characters are just so gosh darn happy and wonderful. Their pokemon are their FRIENDS and they love them to death. They always tell off the bad guy and put them in their place, they succeed in everything and oh…They are almost always pretty. 

What is the problem with this: SO MANY PEOPLE DO THISSSS, and frankly I’m sick of it. When I see this kind of protagonist I immediately lose interest. This kind of protagonist is so uninteresting and most importantly; they never grow as people. They are the same chirpy genki genki character since the beginning of the story. When their pokemon die they usually have a depressing moment for a second but then their pokemon are like;'No! Don’t worry about us! You can do it~’ and they get right back at their feet. Its overused, boring, and frustrating because they usually show no gamma of emotions. Its especially frustrating when they tell off the villain because its so obvious that they are going to do it and that they are right all the time. We KNOW the villain is bad, we KNOW whats morally wrong, no need to tell us kthnx. 

How to solve this: Give them physical and psychological flaws. Not 'clumsiness’ please, just flaws that actually have real negative consequences. Have them make mistakes, have them learn and change as people. If you want to make an optimist, show us why they are an optimist. Also, avoid making them a moral compass unless they learned this moral themselves (through their mistakes). It will make more sense and make us admire your protagonist more. 

  • The doomed couple

There are two pokemon on the team who are romantically involved. They have the best relationship EVER. They love each other so much omg…OH NO ONE OF THEM DIED TRAGICALLY ;-; Can you hear the shippers cry? Nuuuuuu~

What is the problem with this: I’ve seen this done way too many times. The moment I see two hook up I think to myself 'hmmm who is going to die?’. Usually one of them saves the other from their own demise or dies protecting someone. Their death is always noble and is always magical. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen this done well (*cough* Jordan). This is just one of those really overused ones that need re-thinking. Most of the time this is done as a cheap shot to make shippers cry. It no longer has the same impact it once had since so many people are doing it. 

How to solve this: Make their death COMPLETELY out of left field. There are many ways to do this. Firstly you can make the relationship have layers of complexity. Do not, for the love of Arceus, make them 'the perfect couple’ since people are going to tell right away that one of them is going to die. What I mean by 'the perfect couple’ I mean two attractive characters with no personality flaws whatsoever. Their relationship doesn’t evolve, has no layers and is overall there to make one of their deaths more 'meaningful’. Also, avoid the 'they died protecting someone’ thing unless you foreshadow it properly since the beginning. 

Lastly, do not do this solely to make shippers go nuts. In order to write a believable love story it must flow naturally.

  • Bad Comedy: Over use of memes, rape jokes, sexist jokes, racist jokes, homophobic jokes, fat jokes, stealing jokes from other shows/movies, Prof Oak/Elm/Birch/whatever is a pedo.


I was guilty of this in my previous run, and I learned the hard way. 

Avoid these kind of jokes like the plague, many of them are cheap, repetitive, offensive and just not funny. Someone who reduces to this kind of humor is a person who can’t think of anything else thats funny. Its fine to use memes once in a while and toss movie actor cameos or quotes here and there but there is a limit. Isn’t it better to come up with your own material? There are so many things to poke fun at the Pokemon World that there is no need for 'shocking’ and 'random’ humor. Also, jokes can distract people from the story and characters. Not to mention that this stuff is super overused. 

  • This character killed my Pokemon, therefore they are an ASSHOLE


Lets say your pokemon was killed in-game by a character. Instead of making the character interesting or even dignified you make them THE MOST EVIL HUMAN BEING EVER. HATE THEM READERS, HATE THIS CHARACTER FOR KILLING LITTLE TIMMY. ITS THEIR FAUUUUULT!

Why this is a problem: You are letting your emotions plague your story. Remember how Stephenie Meyer said that she hated blondes? If you read Twilight, every blonde character is evil or bitchy. That is a case of letting petty emotions translate to your story. It becomes cheap, incredibly obvious, and some fans of the character will be annoyed. Also, most Nuzlocke deaths are accidental so unless the character who killed Little Timmy is a villain there is no reason to make them the biggest asshole ever. 

How to fix this: Now I’m not saying to exclude this scenario completely. The only way it works (in my eyes) is if its properly paced. If its an accidential death, try to avoid this as much as possible. You can make the killer petty sure but its such a cliche making them a complete asshole. If it was an 'intentional’ death, add layers to the character. Explain why the character reduced to ending someones life. Make this character have good points too, it will make the death more shocking and unexpected. Whenever I see an 'evil’ character who hates the main lead for being so gosh darn wonderful, I can immediately tell that they are going to kill a pokemon.

Also, a lot of people do this when they really hate an in-game character. Instead of trying to improve said character, they make sure the reader hates their guts completely and they disregard their good points in the process. I think Gary, Whitney and Clair are the character who gets the worst treatment in Nuzlockes. Please avoid this if you want your story to be more fresh and unexpected. 

And that’s all folks! Thank you for reading my list. I need to remidn you all that I’m not attacking anyone in particular. My stories have flaws and this list is basically the stuff I’ve learned while learning from my mistakes in the process. 

Have a good evening!

Nuzlockes - a niche within a niche

Hey everyone!

While Nuzlocke comics and stories may be popular, I’ve noticed a recurring pattern involving the authors within the community. Some authors do it for fun and use nuzlockes as part of a mindless hobby and others dedicate their LIVES to it and take it utterly seriously to the point of asking…what is the point?

Being in a community with these individuals who act as pseudo intellectuals and try really hard to engage you with their flowery vocabulary and pretentious standards, is getting pretty tiring to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve met amazing people in this community and it’s a blast talking to them. Some of my friends are one of the most popular Nuzlocke artists out there and not once did I think that their popularity was blinding them.

Then I met people who take their popularity so seriously that they make it out of their way to make guides about storytelling and tutorials about making Nuzlocke comics. There have even been GROUPS dedicated in judging Nuzlockes, which is…I’m sorry but pretentious and silly as hell. Their hoards of fans are usually more captivated by their art rather than story, and since some of these fans want to be popular too they take their favorite author’s word to heart - so far as calling them their ‘senpai’ or rolemodel.

You might be asking yourself, why am I writing this? Well I simply want to offer some perspective as someone who has been in the community for years.

Nuzlocke artists/authors are usually college students and hobbyists that are still trying to figure out life for themselves. Idolizing them and taking their words as the ultimate piece of wisdom, CAN be harmful to you creatively and as a person. Just because someone can draw pretty and has watchers in Deviantart, it does not mean they can give good advice 100% of the time. Think about it…

A Nuzlocke is a niche within a niche. Pokemon fanfiction is a niche on it’s own but Nuzlocke comics are an even SMALLER niche. They do not represent the pinnacle of storytelling and they don’t have to be. They are the most minuscule of hobbies - nothing more and nothing less. 

Sure the friendships and relationships that grow out of that are not meaningless at all. Like I said, some of my closest and dearest friends are from this community. But that has more to do with the similarity of interests rather than our stories. Heck, most of them we BARELY talk about our Nuzlockes at all. We usually talk about college and our personal lives. 

Therefore I suggest all of you who idolize a Nuzlocke artist (I am not an exception) to please look at this perspective. We are not superior in any shape or form and just because some of us have popular comics that does NOT make us authorities in anything. In real life we are the most normal and imperfect people around. Some people do Nuzlockes for ego boosts BECAUSE real life is hard on them or because their real life is dull. 

We are all still learning. Internet popularity may influence your life, and it may be important. But it’s not the measurement of someone’s knowledge or worth. Please remember that, and don’t be afraid to speak out when you see something factually incorrect.

Thank you for hearing me out :)

And so the book closes as Ja Rule, the former Pokemon League Champion, is over thrown by DMX and his brave team of Pokemon which only 3 survived by the end of the trial of tears known as “The Nuzlocke”:

“Kamina” The Blastoise
“Brock Lesnar” The Graveler
“Ghostface Killah” The Pigeot

Then those who fell along the way on the bloodied path of the Nuzlocke:

“Shockmaster” The Zapdos
“Ludacris” The Victreebel
“LL Cool J” The Hitmonchan
“Wyclef” The Spearow 
“Jigga” The Diglett
“Fandango” The Rattata 
“Poppa Pump” The Machoke
“The Ultimate Warrior” The Gastly
“Chingy” The Meowth 

Those left to rot in the drop box during the Nuzlocke:

“Ludacris” The Magikarp
“Lil’ Jon” The Beedrill
“Batista” The Caterpie
“Chris Benoit” The Voltorb
“Booker T” The Sandshrew
“Young Buck” The Doduo
“Bless" The Doduo
"P.Diddy” The Venonat
“WizKhalifa” The Lapras
“Wu-Tangela” The Tangela
“Ric Flair” The Vulpix
“Tupac” The Aerodactyl
“Goldust” The Hypno
“Supahotfya” The Flareon


Congratulations to Matt, Woolie, Liam-senpai, and Pat on a job well done on their nuzlocke run of Pokemon: Leaf Green.

Nuzlockes - About Popularity

Hi guys! So, before posting my next Fifty Shades of Grey analysis and other reviews I want to talk about something that has been on my mind based on stuff I’ve witnessed in the Nuzlocke Forums and on Tumblr. This will be a brief reflection on something I’ve noticed during the past two years being in the community and some of the attitude that concern popular artists. Please keep in mind that this is a PERSONAL observation and I assure you it’s slightly biased. Also, this observation is based on attacks directed to OTHER Nuzlocke artists and not myself. 

Anyway, I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who has supported Judgement in this year’s extravaganza. We bought home THREE silver medals for Best Main Character, Best Supporting Character, and Most imaginitive run. Also my dear friends Wanlingnic and Kynim bought home the gold as well as my boyfriend Protocol00. They deserve the prizes for their influential runs, and I can’t be more than happy for them. It’s been a wonderful year for Nuzlocking because of the variety that this year’s extravaganza offered. 

However, I cannot help but notice a lot of bitterness in the Nuzlocke community when popular artists are concerned. 

I feel the need to remind everyone, that popularity does not equal quality. Popularity is a statistic, a fact. Just because someone says ‘My nuzlocke run is popular’ does not mean the person is a snob or anything of the sort (unless the person has like 2 readers but that just makes them a liar). It just means that it has a lot of fans or readers, which happens. Usually no one ASKS to be popular, it is simply thrust upon them. This is usually because of the quality of their work, their charisma, or the fact that their work appeals to a certain niche or a current fad. Popularity is all about hardwork, timing or luck, all in all it’s something that depends on the readers and not on the author/artist. 

Now back to Nuzlocke comics, I think everyone is entitled to their opinion concerning a comic’s quality whether it’s story or art. However…do we really need to be assholes about it?

I suppose you will think it’s hypocritical for me to say since I criticize movies and books constantly. I mean, I’ve called Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey garbage, and I still don’t take that back because I have arguments that support that claim. However…these are books/movies that have MONEY put into them. People have to pay to see a movie or read a book, doing that stuff is EXPENSIVE. Therefore, I feel you are more than entitled to rip a book apart if you are not satisfied because you could’ve used the money on food or to pay your taxes. Being a storyteller in any creative medium is a JOB, and it should be treated as such. If you do a crappy job, you need to be called out on it because your work is either not entertaining or a bad influence (ex:Twilight) and you are wasting people’s money. 

Nuzlocke comics however are FREE. They are created as casual stories that resemble fanfiction. Harshly cirticizing them publicly, calling the readers sheep, or complaining that the artist is unfairly POPULARZ is meaningless. It won’t accomplish NOTHING. You are getting free content, you don’t like it? There are so much stuff to choose from, it’s not like you are tied to a chair and forced to read the thing. Complaining that a run is overrated and it didn’t deserve awards is an assholish thing to do since the artist/writer has no influence over that. Also, it’s your word against the 1000+ members of the community so not only it’s not constructive but it’s shooting yourself in the foot. 

Not only that but the artist of the run is a human being. Now I’m not saying that an artist should not get cirticism it’s just that the reason they do the comic is for fun. They have lives outside the comic, it’s NOT their profession or job. It’s just a fun thing they do in their free time that happens to get a lot of attention and readers. Nothing more, or nothing less. 

There are people who use the Nuzlocke community to get internet fame, which is probably the WORST thing you can do since most people do this as a hobby. They are NOT getting paid to do this, you are NOT spending money to read their content so…why be assholes about the comic not being to your liking?

Now do I consider some Nuzlocke runs overrated and bad? Oh most definitely. You are completely in your right to dislike something, specially if it has problematic themes. If the artist is being an asshole (abusing their popularity) or has stuff in the comic that can be considered problematic like homophobia, racism, etc. readers are in their right to point it out (since that stuff can emotionally hurt others). But solely hating a run because it’s extremely popular and publicly complaining about it doesn’t help ANYONE, especially the artist or yourself. Calling the 'popular clique’ circlejerking snobs just makes you look petty and jealous. It’s best to project your anger in a healthy way, and focus on your own work and life. 

Also, there are people who get angry that a popular artist doesn’t notice them and assume that because they don’t give you attention that they are snobbish. Again, popular artists have lives outside the internet. They spend time to whoever they please and they are not forced to befriend others because they are fans. Fans can be dicks, and artists have the right to call them out on it especially in this case when they are making free content for people to enjoy.

All in all, I hope next year’s extravaganzas reactions are less toxic than this year’s. I’ve seen this complaint way too often, and many of my friends who are legitimately upset about it. Let’s all get along and have fun, let the popular artist do their thing and you do yours. 

Have a nice day everyone!

FIRST PAGE (ARC I) STARTS HERE: http://kittengoo.deviantart.com/art/Judgement-a-HG-Nuzlocke-Prologue-pg-1-2-320564879

Hello everyone! It is time to start Judgement’s second Arc! The first Arc was dedicated in introducing the main characters, now we are diving into the plot among other things such as character development. This arc will be um…darker than the first one (not really my fault though, this IS a Nuzlocke after all). I hope you all enjoy this arc as much as the first! Let us begin!

(If you want to support my comic, I will greatly appreciate a reblog of this cover :D)

3 MOAR things Nuzlocke Comics Should Stop Doing!
One of the things I regret from making my last list is that I missed out a couple of well known cliches that I feel that need to be expanded upon. Also since most people liked my last list, I decided to make a new list that serves to ’complete’ it in a way. Keep in mind, not all these cliches are bad. They are just overdone to the point of being extremely predictable. So without further ado, here are 3 more things Nuzlocke comics should stop doing! 1) The braindead doofus manchild/womanchild protagonist This kind of protagonist is seen a lot in comedic Nuzlocke comics. They are ‘WACKY’ and 'RANDUMB’ and they seem to be so stupid and silly that they dont even resemble a real person. A lot of them also have a pervy streak or love food to the point of obsession.  Why is this a problem Okay, this one is more of a personal gripe of mine. I really don’t see many people complaining about this which is why I put it low on the list. However, I can’t stand this kind of protagonist. The moment I see a character like this I completely lose interest and I feel like I don’t want to root for this dumbass. In many ways they remind me of Mater from Cars or Jar Jar Binks, they are just dead weight and contribute nothing to the plot. Not only that but I have never seen people like this in real life. I personally think these kind of characters slow things down, get insanely repetitive, and show tendencies that ruin the atmosphere/humor of the comic and simply replaces it with obnoxiousness.  How to fix this I believe there are two ways you can make this character work. 1) You can give a proper backstory why they are unintelligent and give them a talent (however please explain why they have such trait).  For example, Gon from Hunter X Hunter is a very simple minded boy but its because he’s very sheltered and child like. He’s also a very skilled fisherman and has great instincts because of the way he was raised. 2) Make them WANT to improve their intelligence. Usually these characters don’t give a shit if the world blows up because of them and that makes them highly unlikable. If you give them a drive to attempt to improve who they are as people they will be much more enjoyable and empathetic.  2) My character is the only person in my comic who can talk to pokemon because of a super special reason~ This protagonist has the extremely unique ability of being able to speak to Pokemon. Therefore, they are a super speshul snowflake and have a bond with their pokemon thats better than anyone elses!  Why is this a problem? This one is another personal gripe and it appears in some Nuzlockes I really like. But I can’t help but dislike this cliche inmensely. Personally, it doesn’t make sense to me why the protagonist HAS to be one of the only people who can talk to pokemon. Usually there is no other reason for it but just to show that they are super special awesome and can act as a poke-whisperer and translator. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see other characters interact with their pokemon? Or is it just me? Character interactions are a great way to bring out character development so I personally see this as a wasted opportunity. Another thing that doesn’t make sense is that if most pokemon can’t talk to trainers why can they understand them? They follow their orders so…why is that? I know its part of training but usually that isn’t shown or explained.  How to fix this: If you MUST do this, please tie this with the plot. Don’t just add it to make the protagonist look better than everyone else. Give this a purpose and the proper explanation of why this is needed. Make it work against them once in a while! Give this ability its own set of pros and cons.  3) Wait…Wasn’t this a Nuzlocke? This is not a cliche persay but more of a gripe I have with darker runs (although some comedic runs fall under this too). A lot of  runs are so unfocused when it comes to the 'Nuzlocke’ aspect of the story that it ceases to be a Nuzlocke! I’ve seen plenty of authors focus on needless subplots, drama between characters that have no revelance to the Nuzlocke itself, and a overly expanded universe were they develop every single minor character for the sake of showing off a headcannon.  Why is this a problem? Because it ceases to be a Nuzlocke. Simple as that. If you want to make your own Pokemon comic, go for it! Its just weird that they would slap on the word 'Nuzlocke’ when the Nuzlocke is only 10% of the comic itself. To get to the actual gameplay you have to deal with needless character drama or a expanded joke that doesn’t get anywhere. It becomes a tedious read and not to mention its false advertising.  How to fix this Balance is a key. I think the best method is to plan the comic as thus (NOW THIS IS MY METHOD GUYS, its not fullproof 

); 50% Game play, 50% Story/plot related matters. Pokemon backstories, minor character headcannons and stuff that doesn’t contribute to the plot in any way can be shown in extras. That way people who are interested in your headcannons and characters can take a look. If you want to show off a headcannon in the major story, make sure it doesn’t distract from the main plot and it doesn’t take more than one page. It is incredibly obvious to spot someone’s attempt to force headcannons on you. In conclusion, if it completely distracts from the main plot and you can’t help but question why on earth does the author keep relying on this…theres a problem in the pacing for sure.
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Made when I first started Child’s Game.
Everyone’s favorite Viridian Forest music tweaked to the point where you can almost hear the dim scratchings and rustlings of all those 1000s of Weedles and Caterpie. Imagine hearing this echoing around the forest…

(Original track and music is © Junichi Masuda & Nintendo)