Zero Point Five Suit
Zero Point Five Suit
Several of these things are not going to be ‘brony-exclusive’ issues. You can apply them, if you want, to any fandom - but they do exist in the MLP fandom just as much as anywhere else and they do need to be addressed.
Three things to work on -
No more kneejerk reactions/Think before you speak - Sometimes, we read things that upset us at a first glance. A particular phrase might grind our gears the wrong way, or set fire to a burning pit of hatred deep in our gut that we weren’t aware was there before. When that happens, the red mist (™ askasanebrony) descends, and you temporarily black out. The next day you wake up in the ruins of civilization - all hell has broken loose over nights, and you look at the wake of destruction you’ve left, and can’t help but grumble a horrified expletive.
A lot of what fuels these hate-filled debates between people in the fandom and people outside of the fandom are what amount to knee-jerk, emotional reactions to statements - sometimes these statements are intentionally inflammatory, sometimes they’re completely innocuous. If people take a couple of minutes to not only read and re-read over responses, thinking about their responses, write their responses and then proof-read them (reading your stuff out loud, even under your breath, can help you catch mistakes and better discern what might come off as unnecessarily snarky), it would make discussions a lot easier.
While I’m lumping ‘Think before you speak’ under this in regards to emotional reactions, I really want to encourage people who participate in this fandom to think critically before responding to anything. This is going to be rude, and I apologize, but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve read responses to art, news posts, or fanfiction where people ask questions that - if they had taken a few more seconds to think about - would have answered themselves. The same goes for responses. Thinking critically does not mean being critical of a work, it just means using your thinky-brain before responding.
Entitlement - YOUR headcanon is not better, YOUR favorite humanization is not better, YOUR favorite pony is not better - your opinion and personal tastes are not undeniable facts. Artists don’t owe you anything (unless you actually commissioned that particular piece), be it following your interpretation, your preferences, or drawing what you like, how you like it, when you like it. You are not owed anything above basic human decency and respect, plain and simple.
Learn your Copyright Laws - After everything that happened with JanAnimations, and the fall out of people screaming about evil corporations and breaking the law and ‘fair use’, etc., I think now is the time that people actually familiarize themselves with both US (or their country of origin) as well as international copyright laws - especially if you are a producer of any sort of fanworks (art, writing, items, all of it). Copyright law is so insanely important, and it really is just obnoxious to see people running around quoting things like ‘fair use law’ and ‘parody law’ when they actually have no idea what those laws protect. Educate yourselves, guys!
Here are two little bonus ones, because I think they’re relevant;
Destroy ‘Love and Tolerate’, ‘Not all bronies are like that!’, and similarly overused phrases - Roll them up, throw them in the fire. They’re done. They’re dead. It’s time to let go.
Educate Yourself/ Don’t take things at face value - There is almost nothing you can’t look up on the internet. Before responding to a topic you are not intimately familiar with, it doesn’t hurt to give it a little search up on the google-machine to make sure what you know is actually true!
Things were doing good on;
Stomping out NSFW in Family-Freindly Zones - I am so, so, so proud of the advancements being made by the community in keeping NSFW content in the appropriate places. It was a bit of a rough start with SSWU, with people thinking both broniesagainstbullshit and myself were taking an anti-porn stance (which, given the last major movement in the pony fandom, I understand why people were worried), but it has largely caught on and most people are in agreement that it’s the best for everyone - older and younger fans alike. I like to think the fact that SSWU caught the attention of Cracked is evidence of good tidings for the movement!
Fostering Creativity - From the start, this has been the one thing that the MLP fandom has been really, really good at! It’s not to say we’re perfect*, but this fan community has spawned lots of OCs blogs, lots of fan fiction and drawing, and fan merchandise that has gotten officially licensed (via WeLoveFine), and continues to do so to this day. While new canon worldbuilding has debunked a lot of popular fan theories, it has also solidified a number of fan theories as well ( i.e. Luna being primarily nocturnal, Luna have dream powers, Scootaloo being disabled, etc.), and new worldbuilding is happening all the time, adding new countries, new species, and giving more depth to the world we love. From here, we can only move forward, creating more content!
*People have trouble remembering that we do still attract a lot of young girls and boys to the fandom, and can be hyper critical of OCs at times. While I understand the feeling of “uuughh” when you see a poorly developed mary-sue/gary-stu, if you really feel the need to levy criticsim remember you could be dealing with someone in their early teens who hasn’t had much experience designing characters or making art.
I have like 20 unfinished drawings but im still like
every artist ever.
There comes a point where it stops being about “I don’t care”, and starts to become “whatev…”
get the fuck out
That’s not true. FiM has comprehensible dialogue and doesn’t spend 90% of it’s production season on shouting and explosions.
People are saying what?
((Going to assume because of rainbow power making their manes longer and fancier. I made that joke the first time I saw the rainbow power forms… I guess some people are seriously complaining about it though.))
That’s probably the basis of the claim, yeah.
But it’s incredibly ignorant and asinine. The kind of thing said by people who think their favorite shows are the center of the world. For crying out loud, “super forms” are hardly anything unique to DBZ.
Yeah. If anything, we all know that DragonBall Z is ripping off the Super effect from Sonic.
Full of soul… and lopsided, i just noticed. Dang.
I originally started my pony comic back in 2007 and morphed it into an ask blog thanks to Tumblr. I enjoy drawing my ‘versions’ of MLP characters but… I keep writing myself into corners and I can’t come up with compelling/funny/witty answers that I think people would enjoy. I think the people who have long standing blogs who can draw AND write are amazing! Drawing is only half an ask blog. Being able to write makes a huge difference!
- Submitted by shilot
But what irks me most is how different writing and drawing can be. For example, script: ruby-sunrise the earth pony trips over a carrot patch and falls down face flat. She stands up and there’s a carrot permanently stuck on head and now she’s a unicorn. Fish face. Amount to write: several seconds.
In art it’s like…
First picture: Ruby frolicking over a carrot patch.
Second picture: Ruby trips.
Third picture: Ruby falls.
Fourth picture: Ruby rises with a carrot as a horn. Fish face.
Amount to draw all those pictures: From several hours to several days, depending on style and detail.
Okay, now I’m starting to worry, because writing Friendship is Top Secret sometimes takes even longer than drawing.
There’s coming up with an idea, consulting the story bible and updating it, finding and organizing questions, coming up with how to make the idea work, researching outside sources (also: thankful that the Ark disappeared in G1 and has multiple reasons for it), blocking out the panels, writing dialog, fixing dialog, tightening dialog… Fish face.
Am I doing it all wrong? Have I been overdoing things? Is any of this noticed?
Whoah, whoa, WHOAH!
A story bible!?
My muse would throw a fit if I were to shackle her into such things.
She likes to fester in the creative mess of my head, lazily rolling around and impregnating herself with the seeds of creativity. Then she gives birth to ideas that just pop into my head from the depths of her festering uterus and I just stick their slimy skin to the storyline. If they don’t fit, I cast them into the wolf pit.
Okay, that visualisation was horrifying.
uuuh… so a friend of mine has been making some amazing progress on her physical fitness, and i sort of maybe got a bit inspired… to draw their old pony’sona anthro’d based of their photo.
i went a bit overboard, i think.