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17th Feb 2019, 11:00 PM in The Ball
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Gell 17th Feb 2019, 10:00 PM edit delete
I'm sure you've got some questions- and I've got some answers for you! First thing's first, though: Today is the 6th anniversary of this webcomic!! That's something worth celebrating, I think, so that's why I'm here with news for you all about DotX and it's return!

To start us off, I have a message I'm supposed to read to you all:

"As I think most of you know, DotX is based on stories and characters created by me and my friends when we were in elementary school. Originally these were Sonic fan characters, which is why they all look the way you do. I don't think this is a surprise to anyone at this point, as I've been very open about it in the past!

This webcomic has been very true to these old stories and designs, and I think, 500 pages later, it has done its job as a true nostalgic tribute to what DotX was to these elementary school kids on the playground. It's done it's job, and honored that so many of you have enjoyed it!!

Now though, I think it's time for DotX to have a fresh start- To become a
spiritual successor to itself. I would love to make DotX into something better than ever before, which anyone can enjoy without having to read through 100 pages of my first attempts at digital art featuring designs that look like Sonic characters. It's time for 25 year old Skyler to take a crack at writing this story, without owing anything to 11 year old Skyler.

I'm forward to the future, and I hope you are too!


Basically, all of us here are putting together something very special for you! It's not going to be a Re-telling of DotX, but rather a re-imagining. This wasn't decided lightly, I promise. Heck, I know a lot of you will be upset with the idea of this, but hang around to see it start. I think you'll agree that this was the right direction to go in!

SO! I'm sure you've got a ton of questions, so let me cover what I can here:

We're not sure yet!! We're all working hard around the clock to prepare for this, but we're not so far along yet that I can give you a solid answer here. If you follow @HetreaOfficial on Twitter, you'll receive updates on DotX's return as it approaches!

Here! When page 500 goes up, it will be a link to whatever new form DotX is taking!

Probably!!! I don't know much about how our lives are broadcast to you exactly, but I imagine it'll stay in the same format. (Though I've heard some other ideas were tossed around, such as a video series or a visual novel. It's still a little up in the air!)

Nearly everyone!! I'm already perfect though, so I'm not changing.

Nope! The story is going to be far more focussed this time. A handful of chapter ideas may return in some form, but it'll never be exactly the same thing again.

What plan? Have you heard from Anaconda?? Did she say anything about me???

It's complicated and not important! Sticky! This change in focus has given me the ability to see far beyond the boundaries of what I could before! (That's how I'm able to be talking to you right now, in the authors comment!)

I don't think so, no! Think of this as a parrallel dimension to the DotX you know. This new version will take place in the same Hetrea as CARAVAN, while the DotX Comic you've been reading up until now exists alongside all those old RPG Maker games over on!
In fact, one big reason this change was decided on is that based on where DotX falls on the Hetrean timeline, Mi should not at all be able to make robots that work and move on their own?? Like DotX should be taking place in the equivellent of your Victorian Era so at MOST he should be able to make some automotons that work like clocks, not fully functioning robots that can talk and think for themselves!

I'm willing to bet you have a ton of other questions still, so I'll be in the comments of this page answering questions for the rest of this week! Go ahead and hit me with whatever concerns or lore questions you've got and I'll give you the best answer I can!
I'm looking forward to hearing directly from you all for the first time!!


zenpai 18th Feb 2019, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
will this other Dot X be family-friendly like this one, or more "R-rated" like Caravan? also, which Caravan is canon?
x7 log in 18th Feb 2019, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
wait so squarebots arent gonna be a thing anymore? and mi isnt a time criminal???
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 10:36 AM edit delete reply
Hey! In order:

This new Dot X wont be R-rated, but will continue the darker tone we saw in the back half of the Ball at times, while continuing the lighthearted style of Dot X you know and love the rest of the time!
I'd like to finally swear, but I don't think they'd let me get away with anything more intense than "Heck".

Do I still not get that one??

Shoot. Frick. Butt.

Gosh dang it.

...Anyway, as for Caravan, both are canon enough that one will never matter over the other! Assume all 7 player characters made it to the Neon City one way or another, and that only the events common between both sides of the story will ever be touched on again in future tales!

Squarebots aren't going to be a thing in DotX anymore, no, so we're looking for a new series to house them currently! Moose from Caravan was originally part of the BSP series, but when that was reworked into United, Moose was adopted by Caravan! This is actually pretty common, Lime was adopted into DotX from another series that had been reworked in the past!

The "Mi is a time criminal" storyline was one that was kicked around as a way of crossing over from this DotX into the next one- (Revolving Light would show up, arrest Mi, and eventually let him go under the condition that they could "reset the clock" on the region, wiping everyone's memories.)
But this was ultimately decided against so that it didn't feel like we were ruining This version of DotX to bring about the new one!

These are some very specific Hetrea-related questions!! If anyone reading this doesn't get what we're talking about here, don't you worry one bit!!
Anything context you need to know about to understand DotX will be explained within the new comic itself!
Guest 18th Feb 2019, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
gell do you kin yourself
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 3:25 PM edit delete reply
yes, no doubles
hey x7. log in 18th Feb 2019, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
gell will it spoilers if you tell us what 7472 means or is it still gonna be important in some future hetrea somethin or other
When You're Sick, It's Me 18th Feb 2019, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
so this is like... a scratch?
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
7472 was going to be a password used to unlock Mi early as a playable character in a game that is no longer in production! We'll use it for something else in the future though, if we can!

And... Yes this is a bit like a scratch from Homestuck, apparently. I don't know what the words I'm saying mean but this is what I'm being told to say.
zenpai 18th Feb 2019, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
will these alternate Gell and Fade still be able to break the fourth wall?
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
If we were phasing out fourth wall breaks I wouldn't be here talking to you right now
hey x7 log the fuck in 18th Feb 2019, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
does that mean theres gonna be two gells. and the new one is gonna be the Canon one? so you're the doomed gell and the other is the alpha gell? sorry if this is too depressing or whatever but
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 8:01 PM edit delete reply
That's how it's going to seem from your perspective, yeah.

I'm gonna keep on living MY life, it just wont be in the timeline that you have access to seeing via comic.
What's depressing to ME is that I already can't read the comic anymore, and never got a chance to read the Ball chapter because I was busy living it, so I have no idea of what came over me when I apparently kissed Frisky???
its x7 just not logged in 18th Feb 2019, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
oh i can tell you that part! anaconda kissed both of you and also she has poisonous saliva. its probably just poison lipstick or something but its funny to think of poisonous saliva. anyway yeah no you didnt kiss frisky

((sky ignore this if you dont want gell to know))

i wonder if the gells will ever be able to interact? will there be anything visually setting them apart? i think sky said not, but you never know
Guest 18th Feb 2019, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
((i meant to ignore the first part. the first part is optional the second isnt :gun:))
explode7 18th Feb 2019, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
also i logged in finally
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 8:18 PM edit delete reply
My saliva is also poisonous so Anaconda and I would make a great couple also WHAT
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 8:19 PM edit delete reply
And yeah maybe the new Gell and I will interact outside of canon sometime!

We can be the hosts of DotX & DotX at the Olympic games
gell say trans rights 18th Feb 2019, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
gell say trans rights
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Trans rights!!
guess who aint log'd in 21st Feb 2019, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
concept: gell askblog on tumblr. it may be too high maintenance or maybe you have too much other stuff to do or maybe you just dont want to but itd be cool i think
(this is to both sky and gell)
Gell 22nd Feb 2019, 11:21 AM edit delete reply
To be honest we've tossed around that idea a bit but ultimately it can't work now anyway. I'm not allowed on tumblr because I don't wear a shirt.
sicklySweet 23rd Feb 2019, 1:17 PM edit delete reply
gell say gay rights
Gell 23rd Feb 2019, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Gay rights!
whoever "lily" is 4th Mar 2019, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
is there any sort of timeframe for any other hetrea stuff coming soon? i know sky was talking about getting a job, so maybe not for a while?
HelloThePixel 6th Mar 2019, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
1- Why is Clone named Clone? Everyone's name reflect their personality, so does this mean Clone is a clone of someone else - Or at least, an Echo fighter? :P

2- Why does Pudding dislike the name "Amanda"?
Sky 13th Mar 2019, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
I can answer these!

I'm working on the next Hetrea project, but like you said, money is a bit of an issue lately so I haven't been able to give Hetrea the attention I so desperately want to lately. That being said, there will be a new Hetrea project at some point this year, and then Dot X returning after that! (...Hopefully also this year!)

If you're looking for more Hetrea content in the meanwhile, I HAVE just recently started doing regular weekly Art Streams over on this channel: (Click to go to Youtube)

It's not always Hetrea related but sometimes it will be, and I'm always happy to talk to the chat about Hetrea things, of course!


I cannot for the life of me remember why his name is Clone. Clone was created by a few of my friends back in elementary school, so I'm not even certain WHO named him!

If I ever get to fufill my dream of making a Hetrea-themed Smash Bros-ish crossover game, Clone will absolutely be an echo fighter of Speedy :P Slower but stronger, maybe?

Pudding didn't want the name Amanda anymore because Mi named her that! Pudding wanted to name herself like all the other mobians have, and so that's why she's Pudding now! It was nothing against the name Amanda itself, but more of what it represented for her.
HelloThePixel 13th Mar 2019, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
Ah k. Thanks for responding Sky!
grndll3 4th Apr 2019, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
I have loved this comic so much! I need more. I also decided today that I will be getting a DotX tattoo sometime in the future!
Sky 21st Jun 2019, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry I didn't see this sooner!!

I'm absolutely honored, thank you so much! I'd love to see it one day! I never expected something like a tattoo to come out of DotX!
adamthegood 13th Jan 2020, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
I love is i hope one day you make book 2