Jetting Across The Ice - Part 51
October 31st, 2011, 3:00 pm
Average Rating: 5.00
October 31st, 2011, 3:00 pmReply
No, you're not hallucinating. That IS, in fact, a drawn splash page. You're welcome, took me a while to do.
Despite the fact that I cheated on the Aurora.
A much longer author comment will be coming at a later point in time, for now I've gotta go pull a Caiya and take a nap.
April 28th, 2017, 5:02 pmReply
November 1st, 2011, 6:19 pmReply
Alright, so, much like with The Beginning..., it's time for ridiculously long author comment time! Feel free to ignore all of this! Woo!
So, here we go! The end of what I consider chapter 2 of Kirby Adventure. A grand total of 37 more comics than the first chapter (First Mission through To The Tower). And as with The Beginning..., I've got a lot to talk about!
Firstly, there's the fact that this may be the best segment in Kirby Adventure history. I was able to tie in so much stuff that had happened in the previous seven segments. Most were just passing comments (Part 3, Kirby: "What is up with absolutely nobody knowing who we are? First those Waddle Dees, now you..." -Referencing The First Mission. Part 16, Talzo: "I distinctly recall you saying I'd be back, and you'd be ready." -Referencing Escape! Part 32, Caiya: "Remember our missions in the Old Tower?" -Referencing To The Tower. Part 1, Caiya: "Oh good, looks like a normal mission after that multi-dimensional stuff." -Referencing From Dream Adventures.), some references needed to be examined firsthand (Keito being likely to unevenly split up money and having his secret storage bin, referencing Average Days For Unaverage Puffs, Saia, Keito, Raize, and Shadik not knowing Kiina, referencing Meet The KAS (because Vezo doesn't really like talking about his past, so they don't know anything about her until it's absolutely necessary for Vezo to explain), Kirby remembering Keeby and Galacta Knight during his speech towards Ignus, referencing The Beginning...). Overall, it was just a really great segment, how it just worked.
Starting all the way at the beginning, we get introduced to the character Vaina, a gray Birdon mailcarrier. I guess you could see her as a slight reference to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic character Derpy Hooves, being gray and being a mailcarrier, but this was completely unintentional. Mostly, it was creating a character out of that one line she had back in To The Tower, it's first and ninth part: Mail call! She says it again here, and is the exact same color as the TTT speech bubble, but not a single person reached the conclusion that they are, in fact, the same character. Oh well.
Tekern's character, Jet Striker, was a hard cameo to work with. The personality just didn't really go along with what I really had in mind, and I had absolutely no idea what tekern was like so I could sort of base Jet off of him. A distinct lack of many sprites, such as running, jumping, etc. was also evident. His character ended up being very passive, tending to stay in the background because, quite frankly, and to no offense, I didn't really like working with him once Ignus appeared.
The Frozen Fantasy thing wasn't tekern's idea, however. Tekern's idea was exactly what Jet requested. I wanted something awesome to come out of this segment, however, so shifted the scene to Frozen Fantasy. I didn't have a vast majority of places to choose from, however, so Frozen Fantasy probably wouldn't have been the final choice if there were more backgrounds on The Spriters' Resource.
Pairing Caiya with Kaxo when Kirby split the team up was a definite necessity. I loved how the two personalities simply bounced off of one another while the pair adventured. It created some great character tension in-comic, and also made for quite a bit of laughs.
I didn't go with torturing Vezo some more by pairing him with Kaxo, cause I wanted to give him a break. Some break he ended up with, eh? Still, Saia and Vezo were also a nice pairing to work with.
While Caiya was adventuring, I unintentionally wrote her dialogue as if she was David Tennant's Doctor from Doctor Who, if anybody watches that. That's what I get for going on marathon before writing that specific comic. However, it DID create a brilliant idea that can appear later on, if I'm lucky. Allons-y!
The one thing I've got to say about Vezo falling off the cliff is that he was looking back the other way, towards where Saia was, before he fell off. It wasn't as if he could see in front of him to actually NOTICE the cliff.
The 200th comic special was a big thing for me. Instead of ending the segment right then and there, as I did in To The Tower, I opted for making a huge comic involving the fight between Kirby and Ignus. I think the fight scene worked out really well, as well as Kirby's speech towards Ignus. It also showed how different a character Kirby has evolved into in these recent segments. Writing The Beginning... segment really changed the guy.
Ignus Unis himself is the only cameo I'm ever going to accept in an Advanced Kirby style. Really, the only reason I did accept the cameo from The White Darkness (previously Blast The Hunter) was because I needed this kind of minor cameo villain before Talzo showed up to crash the party. He was, however, more fun to write for than Jet. The random silliness and love for candy made me have lots of fun writing his overly stupid dialogue. He, too, also had a distinct lack of sprites, though I made up for it by creating his 'Fire Up' move, where the flames on his hands appeared. For that, I was able to recolor the Burning sprite sheet from Nightmare In Dream Land so I could give Kirby a decent battle with some good sprite use.
*CUE THE SPAZZING*
Saying that Talzo's return was a long-awaited plot development is an understatement like you wouldn't believe. If not for the need to explain the background of the Kirby Adventure Squad and my wish to not keep BattleStarX waiting for that crossover, he definitely would have returned sooner. However, the long wait also made his reappearance that much sweeter.
It had actually been quite a while since I had worked with Talzo, so I was a little rusty with writing his dialogue. I think I had him in character, though.
Now my screen's turning orange. AAAH.
Okay... um, ignoring that, next up was Talzo's buddies. Friends? Acquaintances? I really don't know what you would call the four of them, but they certainly wouldn't be working together if not for some overall goal they all wish to achieve.
First up is Kiina. I had always liked Gims, and the Yo-Yo ability was really fun, shame it wasn't in Return To Dream Land. Kiina's character is still sorta underdeveloped, but none of these guys are out of play for much long anymore.
Kiina's background with Vezo was made up literally on the spot, but it just WORKED. Expect to see more about that mysterious backstory later. Other than that, not much else to say.
Kiina's name was also a complete joke on my part that 100% of you didn't get! See, I had noticed that a vast majority of my character names sound a lot like a name that a Lego Bionicle would have (Vezo especially). Upon noticing this, I immediately, for fun, decided to give the next character an actual Bionicle's name. Obviously, that would be Kiina! Go google it, I'm not kidding.
Zykan, knight of shadows, showed up second, but was thought up first. Again, I don't actually have much to say about him, other than I kinda like how he's all noble and knightly while still being evil. But believe me, Zykan's backstory certainly is a doozy.
The return of To The Tower's Ice Orb was mostly to create the elemental orb subplot that will be showing up randomly in future segments. I had originally intended to show the scene with Shat'l explaining to Caiya what they were, but in the end, it got scrapped because I fastforwarded at the end of To The Tower.
Third in the list of new evil villains, my absolute least favorite character I have ever created: Navo. He's just pretty much insane. Writing him was pretty much the same thing over and over again: Surprise, random words, Navo will never die, and insane laughter. Like I had said in an earlier author comment, his laughter was best imagined like Doctor Who's Dalek Caan character from the new season 4 finale, The Stolen Earth. Navo's name is always capitalized in the comic itself, but it's not an acronym at all. It's capitalized just to be capitalized. Navo himself also has a really weird backstory. We've already seen that he truly can't die; he got blown up by Kaxo and returns perfectly fi... er, normal for Navo at the end of this segment.
Navo's repetition of the word Surprise also comes from a My Little Pony fanfiction, if anybody cares. The specific one is called Substitute Harmony for those bronies out there.
Raize and Shadik's using of the mirror loophole was sorta hard to understand, but Shadik isn't technically a Kirby. He's a Shadow Kirby, a very similar copy race created by Dark Mind back in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror.
When Caiya and Zykan used the Ice and Metal Orbs, respectively, some of you asked where the Metalum went. In actuality, he was supposed to be vaporized by the beams, but I derped and screwed up the layering on the panel, so he didn't show up.
Gigi was, quite obviously, Gigi19972010's character from winning the second Kirby Adventure fan art contest. This position was the first one thought up, actually. Not the personality or details, just the role the character played: the one minion that stayed behind to look after the base. Essentially, the rookie. Her personality hasn't really shown up much, much like the rest of Talzo's gang, though, again, like the rest of the gang, she shall certainly be appearing in the future.
Having these few parts near the end of Jetting Across The Ice, where it alternates between the two main groups in the aftermath of their confrontation, was a really good move on my part. On Talzo's end, it showed how the team works, relatively. They sort of half respect Talzo, but still satirize his leadership skills and such. Gigi's hatred of Navo is also clearly evident here.
On the Squad's end of things, we get to see Vezo being comforted by Saia after being emotionally hurt by Kiina's seeming betrayal, Keito being silly as usual, and Caiya and Shat'l making preparations for collecting the elemental orbs. Overall, these were the kinds of scenes that really make up Kirby Adventure as a whole. Sometimes, it can be funny. Sometimes, it can be plot-related. And sometimes, it can be sad and/or cute.
No, you won't get to find out who the red eyes villain is. Not for a very long time. But rest assured, it. Is. Going. To. Be. EPIC.
The final scene to this segment was one that I had planned at the very start of this segment. To The Tower was the end of chapter 1 of Kirby Adventure, and the only special thing that happened was the 100th comic special. This time, at the end of chapter 2, we needed some closure. In essence, we needed some ultra special splash page of some sort. That's where the aurora scene showed up. And that's what really made this scene great.
Poor little Caiya also overworked herself. As a last thing to talk about, really, another good point about Jetting Across The Ice was how much I was able to work with the smarter personality of Caiya, the one I actually prefer to work with. While the ever-silly DONUTS personality is superbly popular, smart Caiya is the more defined character in my opinion, and that's why I love working with her. This entire segment actually became a great way to star Caiya in a segment, which was something I really appreciated.
So, with that, tomorrow begins a new segment! FINALLYYYYYYYY!
October 31st, 2011, 3:11 pmReply
I giggled at the last panel. Couldn't help it.BlagH (Guest),
October 31st, 2011, 3:21 pmReply
... And I guess that draws Jetting across the Ice to a close.FireKirbyFireKirbyFireKirb (Guest),
October 31st, 2011, 3:28 pmReply
BEST DRAWING EVAAAAAAAAA
Plus I LOL'd at that last panel, but I also kinda "awww"d.... (Guest),
October 31st, 2011, 3:29 pmReply
that must mean, my idea! orb huntingJarkes (Guest),
October 31st, 2011, 3:30 pmReply
Heh... Hali JUST found out what happened to the base...
You know what that means... BRICK JOKE!
October 31st, 2011, 3:32 pmReply
Or is it a callback joke?
...and why is Kaxo in the wall?
October 31st, 2011, 3:42 pmReply
You know, the auora.
October 31st, 2011, 4:19 pmReply
Hali's taking the remodeling quite well.DarkMario1000,
October 31st, 2011, 7:09 pmReply
It seems that Talzo is good for that…and other extreme baddies.
Somebody should wake Caiya up to tell her that she's asleep. *ba-dum-tish!!!*
October 31st, 2011, 8:56 pmReply
I think that Caiya's smart personality it's over for now...Falcon_Pawnch75,
October 31st, 2011, 10:26 pmReply
Oh my god.
Nice drawing, Ulty. It brought a comment out of me, which is rare :pKoopa1018 (Guest),
November 1st, 2011, 2:57 amReply
...Is why I think Kirby Adventure would make a good movie. This scene is amazing (although the shaded characters don't seem to go too well with the not-shaded BG), and that last part really finalizes the good stuff into this comic.Trevor The Hedgehog (Guest),
November 1st, 2011, 5:27 amReply
...okay, so that aside, I'm guessing the Big Bad is an original character? Because it's unlikely that you planned for another cameo to come in immediately after Gigi's...am I ri--*BLAMMO!*
Wheatley: SHUT UP!!!
November 1st, 2011, 5:37 amReply
hey, isn't that the default wallpaper for apple mac computers? Lol.
Caiya is cute.
November 1st, 2011, 6:50 amReply
Planet Hotbeat? Is the Kirby Adventure Squad going there?
November 1st, 2011, 7:59 amReply
Yay for relaxing! Yay for whatever happened to the base that Hali has no idea about! Yay for Keito being stupid! Yay for Hotbeat! Yay for solar flares! Yay for you drawing an actual comic panel! Yay for the MAC Aurora!
And yay for sleeping!
November 1st, 2011, 8:12 pmReply
Well, I atleast know one character who the red eyes are not.
Considering he DIED in The Beginning… (No, not Keeby, Meta Knight.)
November 2nd, 2011, 1:39 amReply
There's only one character on TSR that has red eyes...GK.Trevor The Hedgehog (Guest),
November 2nd, 2011, 5:25 amReply
But Kirby killed Galacta Knight in The Beginning...
So we can now only assume that this is a new and more frightening character than him, Marx, and Dark Matter combined...
(Here's hoping it's not Magolor.)
November 2nd, 2011, 1:57 pmReply
I think your author comment referred to Vezo as both He and She. :/Fusion Kirby,
November 2nd, 2011, 3:59 pmReply
@UY: I honestly read all of your Comment.
And YAY FOR RANTING!
November 2nd, 2011, 5:11 pmReply
@Trevor The Hedgehog
1: Are you sure that backstab didn't just injure GK and not kill him?
2: Magolor has no sprites.
November 2nd, 2011, 6:27 pmReply
Who says he died? Maybe he was just knocked out and happened to leave his mask behind?Meta-Mind (Guest),
November 2nd, 2011, 7:23 pmReply
The Bionicle reference was intentional?
I OFFICIALLY LOVE YOU NOW.
EDIT: Wait, Hotbeat? Solar Flare?
Sounds like a Fire Orb...
November 2nd, 2011, 8:08 pmReply
Hey, that's not a bad idea. Wouldn't it be crazy if the whole planet was the fire orb?secret code ...... (Guest),
November 3rd, 2011, 5:44 amReply
awesome comic man! keep it up!!Gigi19972010,
November 4th, 2011, 5:45 pmReply
March 19th, 2012, 7:51 amReply
Fire Orb must be situated in Hotbeat maybe.Kirby (Guest),
June 1st, 2012, 6:16 amReply
...Happy 51 comics in just one part.Maikel jay the warrior (Guest),
October 16th, 2013, 9:21 pmReply
Defeating+evil=ARE U MAD THE PALANCE WILL BE UNEVENKirby64 (Guest),
June 27th, 2014, 2:23 pmReply