Comic 383 - Save Face

13th Feb 2017, 11:00 PM in The Ball
Save Face
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Author Notes:

Sky 13th Feb 2017, 11:00 PM edit delete
Oh my god, the comments on the previous page have been an AMAZING ROLLERCOASTER!! I'm absolutely blown away! You're all so kind. ^_^

I can't even IMAGINE answering everything said after my first comment, so I'll just toss it out there that:

Yes, that one bit was inspired by Assassination Classroom, but the HIMYM reference was a coincidence!

Also, in response to TriforceFandom's question, Fang's tail-less because most of the cast is! Though it didn't start this way, the only characters I still draw having a tail are Zeda, Speedy, Fade and Banana! (I think that's all...) The character's designs change over time in little ways in my steady, ongoing effort to make them look less like Sonic characters! :P

ALSO! I know many of you are gearing up for a fight, and don't let this page deceive you! There will be a fight before this chapter ends.


sinkcat 14th Feb 2017, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
I'm not going to trust her for now on in the comic, she is a demon who takes form of a anaconda! I am interested to know more now...
Phate 14th Feb 2017, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Makes me wonder if Anaconda is holding onto something sort of dangerous, which maybe he the thing that set Fang off. Because that was instincts kicking in.

@AdvocateofVoid I like your theory a lot, though I still think Anaconda may be more than just a treasure hunter. Though it still makes me wonder how she even met Frisky. Maybe through Zeda?
Phate 14th Feb 2017, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Though looking back on Anaconda's interactions with Gel, I don't think she was going to harm Fang. She's probably messing with things that shouldn't be messed with. Or trying to at least.
ty1233456789 14th Feb 2017, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
What's she holding behind her back????? I don't like it!!!!!!
AdvocateofVoid 14th Feb 2017, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
XD It looks like Fang just opened a jar of peanuts and a snake popped out!
AdvocateofVoid 14th Feb 2017, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
On a more serious note (only a little more serious), I'm glad it didn't blow up into a fight, not because it wouldn't have been interesting, but because it means that I was right, and that's WAY more important. XD
Anaconda just walked behind her, probably because Fang said, out loud, "Non-fiction about angels," and I'm guessing anyone would be interested by that. The reason why Anaconda appeared out of nowhere is because Anaconda was already in the library before Fang and Terra and by the the time they had arrived she could have been anywhere, including somewhere in earshot of Fang and her exclamation of discovery. I'll admit that Anaconda is probably looking for something and that something is probably the very book Fang got to first, but c'mon, this isn't the first time we've seen Anaconda. It doesn't seem like she would hurt, purposefully scare, or steal from anyone except Frisky, who is the most spoiled character ever (but I'll probably get to that later, if at all), and to everyone else it's almost like she acts like the big sister. If she really wants the book she probably was going to ask for it. The real threat here is Fang, who might not be so lucky with who she randomly swipes at the next time someone walks behind her without making their presence thoroughly known. If she ever gets invited to a party again, everyone else will need to wear collars with bells, though I don't know if she will ever get invited to another party again when she wants to spend the entire time in a library. I'm not saying this because all of a sudden I don't like Fang, it just seems that in this situation, Anaconda was completely justified to have been standing there and Fang definitely wasn't justified for turning were-hog and swiping at her.
Alright, I've finished the typing part, now I just have to do the hardest part apparently and post it without spamming the comment section.
explode7 14th Feb 2017, 8:49 AM edit delete reply
woah. theory central here............. ... . so i think the book is .......... ....... idk.
explode7 14th Feb 2017, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
wow reading over AoV's theories, theyre pretty intense and deep. good job. anaconda is totally holding thr necklace though
triforce fandom 14th Feb 2017, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
Fang must have been playing the FNAF series AAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL night!:P
Secretkeeper626 14th Feb 2017, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
I forgot the other girls name, but it seems as if she's hiding something about Fang... AoV? Any ideas?
AdvocateofVoid 14th Feb 2017, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Thank you, I really appreciate people reading and responding to my analyses and theories. Intense and deep was what I was going for.

Ok, thanks for referring to me, it makes me feel smartish that you want my opinion on your question. Here's my thoughts, the part in parentheses isn't something I like to think about, but I'm not going to leave anything out because I think you'd want to see everything:
Terra (you do mean Terra right? The brownish one?) could be hiding that Fang is whatever Fang is if there even is an official name for it (is it supposed to be like the thing from Sonic Unleashed? Well, I guess not because Sky is trying to make them less like Sonic characters) because by the time she arrives at the scene, Fang had already reverted back to her apparently unathletic, (I mean seriously? Just one swipe and you're out of breath?) normal appearance, so she couldn't have known whether or not Fang did the thing. It may also be that Terra is hiding her own suspicion of Anaconda by playing it off that Fang is just a jumpy bookworm, when she knows that... well, I'll be honest, I don't really have a good idea what could have happened make Terra suspicious other than that Anaconda looks like a suspicious character. (I actually do have an idea, but I'm too prideful to admit it outside of these parentheses. In this new parentheses edition theory, Fang is a little OP because it's actually kind of hard to sneak up on her, and Terra knows that. Anaconda is also a little OP because she does sneak up Fang, which is why Terra is suspicious of her. So there you go, two new OP characters with very few flaws so far in the story. Do you see why I don't really like this theory?)
I know it's selfish, but so far I've made a headcanon where Fang has flaws and currently looks like she just finished walking through a doorway into plastic wrap and Anaconda isn't completely evil, and I like when it comes close to the truth because I think I'd like those characters better than the totally bodacious teenage werewolf who's also really smart and likes books and the 100% evil older lady.

I was going to type about my thoughts on Frisky, but I think at this point I've typed WAY too much for this page.
explode7 14th Feb 2017, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
sweet! @AoV can write well! i probably can but im too lazy to! im not gonna write out my minimal theories, but instead watch this play out. it is a little odd that fang is tired after only one swipe, though...
explode7 14th Feb 2017, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
woah woah whoah. hold up. i reexamined the page and it looks in the 2nd to last panel like Terra doesnt actually trust Anaconda! She is deciding what to do, then i think whe's just gonna go along normally unless something comes up. she might be covering up for something though...
triforce fandom 14th Feb 2017, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
is wrong to ship anaconda and fang together? scale 1-13 1 being my little pony: friendship is magic and 13 being going on the tower of terror after eating.
explode7 14th Feb 2017, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
ships? were talking about ships now? blue and bubbles is the Dot X OTP, ill fight you,
ty1233456789 14th Feb 2017, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Does no one else notice the evil smile and the fact that she's CLEARLY HIDING SOMETHING BEHIND HER BACK!!!!!!!!!!
AdvocateofVoid 14th Feb 2017, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
If we're talking ships, I think Fang and Sparx would make a great couple.
Secretkeeper626 14th Feb 2017, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Maybe Anaconda is hiding the Chandelier behind her back with Quantum Physics ;D
AdvocateofVoid 14th Feb 2017, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
I just checked, on the page "Final Introduction" in the authors notes is a picture of Anaconda holding what's probably behind her back and a picture of Fang with a tail.

OMG, you really scared me when I saw the pictures of every new character and saw two characters who I had absolutely no memory of seeing anywhere. One of them was Dusk, and he was the first one I noticed and when I found him I realized I also couldn't remember the girl sitting right next to him. This girl apparently was Voldemort because no one was saying her name! I just randomly found it in the author's note of a random page! It's Clementine, btw.
Sky 14th Feb 2017, 7:43 PM edit delete reply

AdvocateofVoid is right, Fang's official art depicts her with a tail. She is not wearing pants in that art, so I hereby decree that her tail is currently tucked into her suit pants here!

AdvocateofVoid 14th Feb 2017, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
OK, It's this comment, then I think I'm done for this entire page. I have to ask because it's been bothering me, why isn't Fang wearing a dress? Is she also someone who Frisky looks up to? I'm referring to Gell's question to Anaconda and possibly Frisky/Goo/Zeda if any of them said it was a rule. If this nitpicking annoys you I can stop, gladly even.
Sky 14th Feb 2017, 10:07 PM edit delete reply
No problem! Don't feel any pressure to stop your analyzing theories, I love them! I haven't been saying much only because I don't want to spoil things. I'll answer this question though!

Fang's wearing a suit. It's a very cheap suit, but it's a suit. The rule Frisky set for the ball were that formal attire was required, but never that girls HAD to wear dresses and boys HAD to wear suits. Fang puts... Minimal effort into her appearance (as she couldn't care less) so a affordable suit that's easy to move in is what she brought to the ball.
As for the 'Date required' rule, Fang came with Paste though only because their respective best friends are dating.
Anaconda is the only one who the rules were bent for. I'll get into how Frisky knows Anaconda eventually but for now I'll just say that Frisky thinks she's SO cool, (like the biker girl who skips school sort of cool,) and told her she didn't have to bring formal clothes OR a date to the ball in the hopes that that'd make her more willing to come. She wants to impress Anaconda! She wants to be cool too!

Please continue with your wonderful theories! All of you!! ^_^
AdvocateofVoid 15th Feb 2017, 9:51 AM edit delete reply
Ok, but I don't know what else I can analyse or theorise about this page, but I still haven't given a review of the last few pages, and when I do this I really don't know how much more I can contribute to the comments, so after this I probably will only be adding to things other people say. I'll start off with something boring and tedious by saying that there are some edits that need to be made to the character Bios section. If your words in the author's notes are more important than what's typed in the Bios, then you need to change the pictures of Pudding, Clone, and Sparx as well as the Appearance sections of Pudding, Frisky, Sparx, and Chia to match your decision.
With that out of the way, I want to address Pudding and her role as a character. (this next part is completely dependent on whether or not you still plan on Pudding being the MC, and it looking over it, it's actually not as constructive as it could be, sorry. I'll add a constructive version right before it, but it won't include any evidence or supporting details. The reason I can't just go back and make it all constructive or translate the supporting details into the constructive part as well is because I just don't know how. Once again, sorry.)
Constructive Version:
I think in future pages Pudding should do more if possible to act like a more important character. (Sorry, but that's it)
Destructive Version: (I hate myself writing this)
I've noticed that Pudding doesn't act like a main character other than that sometimes major plot points happen in close proximity to her and other people put her in the position to be relevant, but she just doesn't do it. When that demon appeared it was because *Clone and Speedy* were having a conflict and *Audrey* couldn't complete the ritual between Pudding (who was only there because why not?) and Clone. The demon just happened to take Pudding's form over everyone else's because she happened to be closest, which is the only reason why she's relevant in that whole situation. Every other character is jumping at the chance to establish Pudding as the main character but Pudding just isn't doing anything important to the plot in almost any way. It's like every other character gathering around a wild newt and saying "This newt is important. Let's put this newt in the center of everything," and the newt is just being a newt. *Anaconda,* who we might see having moral struggles, could make a better main character. *Bubbles,* who hasn't done *anything,* could act like a better main character. *Fang,* who's actually interesting, could make a better main character. Even *Frisky,* a character who I really don't like, would be a better main character because at least she's not boring. Basically any character who's living their own life rather than spending all their time doing nothing or watching other people doing interesting things would be better as a main character.

Now that I'm not kicking puppies and crushing the dreams of babies, my review of the last couple of pages is as follows:
I really like the last few pages because they allow me to understand a few of the new characters. Fang looks intimidating and has this "thing," but is also introverted and likes books. Anaconda... well we still don't know much except that she where she currently is the security camera is out and that may be related. Terra is a good friend of Fang and may or may not know about her "thing." The art is also very atmospheric and the book cases have a lot of detail. (This part may not make sense because I stopped typing in the middle and resumed 45 minutes later.)
explode7 15th Feb 2017, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
AoV being a good writer again
and i kInD oF? aGrEe?
AoV being a good writer again
and i kInD oF? aGrEe?
i think pudding isnt really a main character. she needs to do more, sure, but there isnt really a main character of this comic. idk * s h r u g *
Sky 15th Feb 2017, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
Well you're absolutely right about the bios! I've been meaning to update the art for a while, but it hasn't been high-priority because Heartless (Who helps with the bios) and I decided not to update them until this chapter was over, so she'd have a better picture of what to write about the 12 new characters. We decided this before I realized how LONG this chapter would be, but don't worry! The updates are coming!

Let's talk about Pudding!
I think you've missed a few very key events for Pudding's character! Let's look at the Adventure chapter:

At the beginning of the chapter, Audrey and Danny are going to head to time mountain and perform the ritual on THEMSELVES, but Audrey wants to bring Pudding along to watch because Pudding's like a little sister to her and thinks she's cool. (Page 51)

When she hears the ritual is like a 'Magical Wedding', Pudding immediately wants to be the one in it, making the entire thing about her despite only being invited along to watch. (Page 53) Audrey isn't GREAT with disciplining kids, (As we see throughout the Ghost Girl chapter, mainly her reaction to Speedy breaking in,) so she reluctantly agrees because Pudding's excited, and then proceeds to hype herself up again to keep going.

At this point, Pudding has taken control of this chapter and the events that happen in it. Pudding, having made this ritual about HERSELF, is what leads to Speedy and Clone fighting atop the tower and Audrey being unable to complete the ritual, thus causing the Demon to enter the story.

Though in-universe the demon picks up Pudding because she happened to be the closest, the reason looking at DotX as a story is a sort of hubris for Pudding making the 'Adventure' about herself. Pudding didn't take any time to learn the risks of what she was getting herself into, and ultimately gets possessed because of it. (Page 101)

Pudding's character art and the story as a whole since have been primarily about Pudding being possessed, as seen in chapters like 'The Wonderful', (which is almost exclusively about Pudding, and 'Night Terror'. Though the focus in the later is on the older cast, none of this would have happened if Pudding just went along to watch Audrey and Danny as she was invited to.

Other chapters like 'Robot Noises', 'My Hero' and 'Tonight' are driven by Pudding's choices and actions, the last of which has her directly disobeying Mi, which sets up the events that occur in this current chapter!

Now, you're right that some chapters just feature Pudding in a supporting role, because although Pudding is the closest thing we have to a 'Main character', I view DotX as having an ensemble cast. I want everyone to have their time to tell their stories, and that's been especially true with these last 100 pages or so. I don't want to make Pudding the main factor for EVERYTHING that happens, I think you'd agree that that wouldn't be any fun.

In the end, Pudding being the 'main character' of DotX also means that her character arc is going to take the longest to develop, as we see the lives of those around her along the way. As of right now we're still in the first third of the story of DotX, the first act, if you will! (This act ends with this chapter, actually!) You'll see more of Pudding, (and everyone else) in the chapters going forward!

I hope I made that clear without sounding too defensive! I have a lot of fun writing about this sort of thing.
I'm glad you've been enjoying these last few pages though! ^_^

EDIT: I forgot to mention that after 'The Wonderful', I intentionally left Pudding out of the spotlight for a while. She had just taken up 70+ pages for a while and I wanted to explore the other characters a bit before returning to the possession arc!
triforce fandom 15th Feb 2017, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
@Hetreagod; will do SMASH BROS. video on your Youtube Channel
Sky 15th Feb 2017, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Try this SkyJam playlist!
triforce fandom 15th Feb 2017, 12:37 PM edit delete reply
@Hetreagod; 2017 videos
triforce fandom 15th Feb 2017, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
@Hetreagod; 3DS version
Secretkeeper626 15th Feb 2017, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
Maybe Anaconda has that triangular staby thing she's seen holding on "Final Introduction" behind her back?
explode7 15th Feb 2017, 2:30 PM edit delete reply
issa knife
Secretkeeper626 15th Feb 2017, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
"triangular staby thing" is a technical term and that particular type of knife has another name as well, I just can't remember it.
Secretkeeper626 15th Feb 2017, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
The knife is a kunai.
AdvocateofVoid 15th Feb 2017, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Hey explode7, do you have something in common with Darth Escar?
explode7 15th Feb 2017, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
@AoV oh, no, these are Seamers in the SDCP. Escar made a regional variant of sorts of my Seamer, Gilamanzer, and they used it as their pic after i used mine as mine.
AdvocateofVoid 16th Feb 2017, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Ok, well that's pretty cool. Btw, I can't see the seamer dex or what the challenges for it are because of the computer I'm using. I would like to contribute to it too, so could someone post what the current challenges are if there are any? (They are called challenges or something, aren't they?)
triforce fandom 16th Feb 2017, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
"triangle staby thing"? could that be the triforce its self P.S. no i'm not a fan of the legend of Zelda! i'm part of three fandoms
explode7 16th Feb 2017, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
@triforce fandom: Only three?
@AoV: the current challenge is to make a seamer w three types. idk how ur gonna get it in, though, if tumblr doesnt work.
AdvocateofVoid 16th Feb 2017, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
Ok, thanks! Well, hopefully Sky will see my ideas if I post them in the comments. Or maybe someone else will take my ideas or use them and add art to them then submit them on my behalf, or in their own name, I literally wouldn't know.

Ok, I guess I'll just go for it and post some ideas:
1) This is inspired get a famous composer of classical Christmas songs
Name: Sebaylios (It's weird, but it's actually similar to the guy's name)
Type: Music, Ice, Love

2) When I saw what types there would be back on my main computer (which is broken) I saw that there was a Music type and was like, "Yes. I will totally think up one of those," but back then I didn't think of giving it more than two types, so I'm adding one that also goes well.
Name: Deadbeat
Type: Shadow , Music, Toxic (I just checked on my phone and I changed Ghost to Shadow and Poison to Toxic)

On the off chance that just posting a comment won't count, I'm just gonna stop there.
triforce fandom 16th Feb 2017, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
@explode7: three main fandoms as followed; Brony, Furry, and Pokemon fan