mAN OK i haven’t even decided on a proper name for this thing yet, and i initially only wanted to do it for comic practice before starting on more personal projects, but im actually feeling pretty excited to get started on this??? 0′’’:
Ghetsis has long been my favourite pokemon game villain. No other antagonist’s plan was so premeditated, so hidden in the realms of backstory, crafted so well that it could have been done. No other villain went so far as to lock a child in a room some ten years in advance, manipulating his developing mind and controlling his experiences with the world so that he would grow up with such a pure idealistic heart that the dragon would respond to him. N was a tool for Ghetsis to use and dispose of, crafted expertly to believe so strongly in his ideal, and Ghetsis didn’t give a single care to the way his entire life as he knew it would be shattered upon learning this. Ghetsis went so far as to cast the child he raised off as a “freak without a human heart” when he failed him. And Ghetsis took advantage of not only N’s pure heart, but also the entirety of Team Plasma who truly believed they were doing good for pokemon. In BW2 Ghetsis shattered the reunion Hugh had spend spent his life searching for and didn’t think twice before attempting to murder the player character with giant icicles when s/he got in his way. Lysandre may be scary, but Ghetsis is just plain terrifying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
//collapses fINALLY i’m finished (ha not really, i still have pages and pages more to do lmao)
And so begins the Heartgold nuzlocke challenge comic: “Fool’s Gold”!!
I’m probably going to post this comic to a webcomic-hosting site or some site more appropriate for webcomics but yeah– I guess this is a personal challenge to see if I can hold up a comic/ update regularly— maybe on smackjeeves idk
So I’m starting a Alpha Sapphire nuzlocke! It’s gonna be good, lemme tell you. This is just part one of the introduction, prologue, preface, whatever you wanna call it, so there’s more folklore to come.