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You're here!BONUS SNAILMANCER STORY: [link]
(text)And a big thanks to all the people leaving comments/Favouriting/etc!
I wasn't expecting so many people to notice the first strip, so pushed myself to finish the final parts faster. This one had some extra panels added because the second one, to me, felt sloppily paced.
If you preferred the first strip solo then that's fine too, but this was always the story I had in my head.Why this story?
I know the nursery rhyme but was trying to think of an in character reason for Snails' cutie mark. He's a unicorn, so magic involving... Garden pests? Why would anypony be proud of that as their special talent? My solution included coming up with his favourite bedtime fables and the rest of the story fell into place.Glowy eyes!
I'm well aware this is probably meant to be just Twilight Sparkle's crazy-powerful magic but I used it in this context to be a unicorn pony using magic in what they perceive to be a dire situation.Waving snail!
There's a waving snail in 1 panel because that's something one of my other favourite cartoons does (hidden in every episode).Sexism!
I'm aware this comic can be boiled down to the story of a little boy saving some girls from a snail, and that this could be seen as stereotypical. As a female animal enthusiast who likes invertebrates, however, I've got to say that I find most PEOPLE, male and female alike, seemed to be irked by garden invertebrates for reasons I can't explain. So this isn't about gender in my mind. Plus I think Eureka managed okay until she got bit, and how many people would see that coming? She's not a touchy-feely pony at the best of times.The play!
The shown scene is where a farmer's confronting the Harvest Queen to ask her to sort things with her daughter out ('cause her wrath is bad for their crops). The farmer's part isn't a big one but I felt I should show Snails in the end panel of his comic. The audience!
Famous secondary characters! There are meant to be other audience members, but they're not in shot.THE OTHER FOALS!
Ponyville residents! I picked a bunch who appeared at Diamond Tiara's cute-ceaņera in Call of the Cutie, but who weren't in Apple Bloom's class. This is because we've seen Apple Bloom's class and Snails isn't in it, but he IS at the party so I figured it's not an unfair assumption that he might be in the same class as some of those background foals. They don't all have their cutie marks at this point. Using [link]
for names the foals are: Coronet, Harpica/Lyrenette, Little Hoof, Lily Dache and Tornado Bolt/Twisty Doo.