Sunday, September 18, 2016

My Little Raptormaniacs Page XVII


And we're done. This has been both the longest and most artistically complex Raptormaniacs storyline to date (neither of which is saying much, I realize), so it was fun for me to make if nothing else. Until next time!

Friday, September 16, 2016

My Little Raptormaniacs Page XVI


The explanation I had in my mind for how Remex can speak with a piece of paper in his mouth was that closed-mouth vocalizations are common in archosaurs, but it could equally be explained by the same cartoon logic that allows Skull to speak at all.

Rainbow Dash can canonically support at least four other similarly-sized ponies in flight. My Little Maniraptors are meant to be slightly smaller than the largest specimens of Velociraptor, so the combined weight of Ostrom and Skull is plausibly in or just above the ballpark of a four-fold increase in Rainbow's mass. She's a little winded afterward, though. I had Fluttershy assist her in early drafts of the story, but I couldn't find a good opportunity to have Fluttershy exit the mech without throwing off the timing of the narrative. Rainbow's grasping feet are artistic license, as I expound on here.

Additionally, goal achieved.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Little Raptormaniacs Page XIII


Applejack had that rope under her hat the whole time. Obviously.

I had to have Rarity do something at least somewhat cool, as I felt she ended up drawing the short straw for this plot. That's a shame, as even though she's not my favorite MLP character, she's probably the most interesting main character as far as characterization goes, which is not at all apparent in this story. In my defense, there are thirteen major characters in this arc, give or take a few. That's comparable to the number of major players in Captain America: Civil War, and this is a comic with less than twenty pages rather than a two-hour movie. In any case, it has been noted by others that in the show, Rarity almost always resorts to physical means of combat on the rare occasion that fighting is called for, despite being a magical unicorn. That's pretty cool in itself, but have you seen her multitask? Her telekinesis would be quite potent were she ever inclined to use it violently.

Yes, I confess the "Twilight as a glorified battery" plot point was an excuse to keep her out of the main action. Twilight is my favorite character, but she gets enough heroic moments in the original show.

Friday, September 9, 2016

My Little Raptormaniacs Page XII


In a Mesozoic world without electricity, dental batteries would likely be the more familiar kind of battery.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

My Little Raptormaniacs Page XI


It is convenient that MLP has done an analogous "fictional character turns out to be real all along" situation, even if I'm not the biggest fan of that episode. (Have I been talking more about things I don't like about the show rather than things I like? I enjoy the show, I swear.)

Funnily, Daring Do is already an expy of a different character from mainstream fiction (Indiana Jones), but Rainbow Dash doesn't need to know that.