Tear In The Fabric - Part 19
June 10th, 2012, 12:03 pm
Average Rating: 4.50
June 10th, 2012, 12:38 pmReply
Hoo, boy. Now that Tear In The Fabric is officially FINISHED, I've got a heck of a lot to talk about. Staying 'in-character' with the shenanigans going on in the comic didn't allow me to specifically comment like I normally do on the comics, so this is gonna take a while, talking about my feelings on this segment. I have a feeling a lot of you want to know what the heck this was all about.
ALRIGHT. So, this segment I have had planned out since around Jetting Across The Ice. I had the idea of Etam, my 'evil opposite', and I had the idea of him coming in and screwing with the characters and comic. I was also really looking forward to it.
When the time came to actually put the plan into motion, I was super excited. I had no real development for how Etam would act, nor did I know any of the details of the segment. What I did know was that I was going to be making the segment up as I went along.
The appearance of Yin-Yarn at the very start was to create the illusion that this would be an Epic Yarn segment where we got to see what the gang got up to while Kirby was stitching up Patch Land.
The name of the segment was quite clever in my opinion. Tear In The Fabric further supports the Epic Yarn segment illusion, but the real meaning is this: Etam is creating a tear in the fabric of the comic's reality, ripping through the fourth wall and messing with everything.
And now, the REAL kicker. Time to talk about Etam himself.
Etam, or Ybrik Etamitlu, was an idea created a long time ago while I was fooling around with my friends in a Skype chatroom. Immediately after, I had the idea to have Etam mess with the comic in a manner similar to that of Discord from MLPFIM.
Etam's mannerisms were created on the spot. I particularly like the overuse of 'you dig'. I don't know why, I just do.
Here's various quirks and trivia about Etam that people may or may not have figured out:
Etam's colorations is a partial invert of Ultimate Kirby's colors, only fixed to make the lighter colors in the center and the darkers near the edges of the sprite.
Etam's name is the reverse of Ultimate Kirby. NOT Ultimate Yoshi.
He spoke with different text in every speech bubble, for literally no particular reason whatsoever.
The Ybrik Etamitlu Smack Jeeves profile was created a day early, and discovered by Gigi19972010 before he showed up in Part 5. I deleted the comment but commended her in a PM for discovering him.
Etam's SJ profile was created and run by myself. Some people thought he was a friend of mine irl, and some thought he was a hacker somehow. Don't know how this was so hard to figure out, but ETAM IS ME. I even drew his profile picture!
Speaking of profile pictures, the backgrounds of both mine and Etam's have the other's colors as a gradient.
Etam's first magic word, axayzncavja, was originally gibberish I put in his Smack Jeeves profile description. I decided to use it in the comic itself.
I gave Etam a lot of tildes in his comments.
Etam's personality was a bit hard to write for, and also easy at the same time. It was hard at first, but when I decided what he embodied, it became really easy.
Basically, Etam represents the part of myself that just wants all hell to break loose. There have been times when I've just wanted to screw plot and go crazy, and Etam was the first chance I could do so with a good reason.
Etam loves to have fun, and be ridiculous. His antics were really entertaining for me to write, especially in the comments.
Etam was also written to be LIKED. Etam was silly, entertaining, and appealing. At least, in my opinion. It came across as a huge surprise the dislike he received. But that's for later.
Something I found interesting about Etam is that he isn't really evil at all. I discovered halfway through this segment that he was doing this because he LIKED the comic. Right in his very first speech bubble, he's commending me on my characters. He does it again before he inverts the background. Etam caused the mayhem because he LIKED the comic, and wanted to 'improve' it however he could for a short while.
So, when it came to insulting you guys and myself, as well as the comic, in part 14, that was incredibly out-of-character for him.
Now... Tear In The Fabric was originally going to be so much more than it turned out. The 'etam-ized' characters were gonna have a lot more appearances, Etam was gonna have a big author-to-author fight with myself, he was gonna do a lot more stuff than he ended up doing. The segment was also going to be around 30 or so parts. Why did I cut out so much?
Cause of you guys.
This was really a fan-driven segment, sorta. This segment was created originally for fan ENJOYMENT. However, while it did receive some positive response, the negative fan response was surprisingly high as well. Specifically, this one commenter called Simon Deku, I believe, was the most vocal.
It's because of the people who wanted Etam gone from the start that the segment was cut shorter than I had planned originally.
So, I cut short the segment. That's really all that's had to be said about that, now.
AS FOR THE REST OF THIS, time to talk about the individual comics after Part 4, where I started getting 'in-character'.
Part 5: I'd just like to point out that Etam's crack in the background disappears immediately after he jumps out of it.
Part 6: This is the only time that when a character was zapped they got special effects added to them.
Part 7: Etam's train of thought was exactly what I was thinking when I was making this comic.
Part 8: I like how all the Kirbies in the last panel, save for Raize, are looking in slightly differing directions. Also, I like Etam's pose in panel 2.
Part 9: Bwop.
Part 10: This comic was created with a touchpad in the sunlight, where I could barely see. I was a bit lazy with effects on this comic. Also, Caiya turning into a donut was a last-minute decision.
Part 11: SKRAWLERS QUOTE FOR THE WIN.
Part 12: I enjoyed referencing all the way back to Escape. Neona's an awesome character to write for.
Part 13: The return of Ryka and Satomi! Haven't seen them since From Dream Adventures. Also, referencing how Hali wanted some of the hallways of the KASHQ painted, first seen in Average Days. Ryka also has a severe soda addiction. I also commend Satomi on barely flinching at all due to the chaos around her.
Part 14: Wake appears in the back of panel 2, referencing his odd appearance there way back in Escape. Also, the blur in the fore/backgrounds is there because we're seeing these first two panels at the speed Etam and Ulti are running at.
Part 15: Only Meliai shook alongside the medical center when Etam landed. Shadik and Shat'l stood totally still. :I
Part 16: Etam wasn't meant to sound angry in the last panel, the text just made it seem that way. Also, this begins Shat'l and my plan for getting rid of Etam. I had Shat'l suggest to Etam to go after Talzo to get him in a more open area for the Kabuki.
Part 17: Originally, the dragon tank was gonna be the Kirby tank, but BattleStarX had just been using it and I didn't want to seem like I was copying. Also, Kabuki Shat'l is awesome. I also love the effect in the last panel.
Part 18: My dialogue in panel 2 was just to put the idea that Kabuki was Shat'l's Stored Ability to rest. It was just for getting rid of Etam, nothing more.
Part 19: KIRBY RETURNS. :D
Alright, I'm sick of typing. You guys are off the hook, for now...
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User's CommentsDivine Knight,
June 10th, 2012, 12:44 pmReply
Well, this was an exciting and odd chapter. I absolutely loved it!epicness,
June 10th, 2012, 12:52 pmReply
One question,would you make an ''extras'' page to what would it be if we liked Etam?Kirbysmith [DJ],
June 10th, 2012, 1:04 pmReply
I think the funny part of it all is that NOBODY knows what happened to themselves, OR Kirby.MetaFawful,
June 10th, 2012, 2:00 pmReply
I seem to remember commenting earlier in this story arc that "This is the awesomest thing that has ever happened in this comic!" I still stand by that statement (or exclamation, if you want to be picky), and I really do wish it could've continued for longer.NakamtheHedgehog,
June 10th, 2012, 2:07 pmReply
So, where is Etam gonna end up? Prison? Another dimension? My torture chamber? Oh crap. you didn't hear that last one! This chapter rocked! Totally random!Gigi19972010,
June 10th, 2012, 2:21 pmReply
Like I said, it was... Kind of too ilogical... To be honest, I have had already an idea of a chapter like that, but I gave up on it, because I am "obsessed by logic". In other words, I like explanations for EVERYTHING (look at 20TK's A Memorable Morning. Seriously, there is no better proof) and, in fact, I am really bugged because I haven't had enough of explanations for this chapter. Anywayyyyyyy, I am know I am an annoying person and the last three comments here I was just annoying you, but I am just like that, I hope you weren't hating me. :L
I was gonna write more but I realized I don't need to, because I would only annoy you, and why would I want that? I can't criticize, now I know that. :/
June 10th, 2012, 3:14 pmReply
You know? I actually really liked this chapter! (Also, Raize is too bright.)Fighter Dee (Guest),
June 10th, 2012, 3:54 pmReply
I was angry and happy at the same time
I would like if you two had a fight.JosephX,
June 10th, 2012, 4:19 pmReply
Coming up next: Number 300!!!BattleStarX,
June 10th, 2012, 4:46 pmReply
Ya know, Ulti, it was the reaction to this chapter that actually made me glad I didn't bring in an Inversed Author-Doo.
That said, I loved it. Such delicious randomness. Things that come outta left field tickle my funny bone. I salute you for your bravery in attempting it.
Here's to the next chapter!
June 10th, 2012, 4:48 pmReply
1 COMIC TILL' 300!!!!!Kirby (Guest),
June 10th, 2012, 5:27 pmReply
Perhaps we should make a new part to show what happened in there?Jarkes (Guest),
June 10th, 2012, 5:54 pmReply
Um, Ulti, did you not notice that several of us, including myself, figured out right from the start that Etam was you?
Also, I liked Etam, and wish this segment could've gone on for longer. It was kind of anticlimactic, really. ...Which actually makes it kind of funny... I really don't get why Simon Deku hated him so much...
Also, why did some of the characters start commenting on earlier (MUCH earlier) pages of the comic? Was that also you?
June 10th, 2012, 6:08 pmReply
Of course I noticed that people figured me out. It wasn't as if I was trying to hide it. In my opinion, it was rather obvious. What I was pointing out was the surprising amount of people that DIDN'T figure it out.
Also, I have no idea who is making those comments but I find it kinda annoying and wish they would stop. But then again, comments are comments, and fans are fans, even if it's probably only one fan.
June 10th, 2012, 6:32 pmReply
And of course, I actually got most of the initial comments, such as Etam's inverted color scheme and his name reversal, and posted them here. Muahahahah.BlagH (Guest),
June 10th, 2012, 7:38 pmReply
And.. It's over!
And so is my 7th grade experience. Almost. One day until finals, wish me luck, everybody!Jarkes (Guest),
June 10th, 2012, 7:46 pmReply
So why DID Etam insult the fans in part 14 if he actually DOES like the comic?
June 10th, 2012, 10:56 pmReply
To be honest, Etam was entertaining. People like different things, and well, no matter what you do, some will enjoy, and some will not. Etam was a fun character, it wasn't badly done.1ce_k1d,
June 11th, 2012, 1:25 amReply
I fought Etam was your bro!Muddykip64,
June 11th, 2012, 6:00 amReply
I liked Etam. I thought he would actually go after Talzo.
Also, a lot of your character's names have O's at the end of their names. Then again, a lot of my character's names are doubleing a sound, adding Y, or adding AE somewhere...
June 11th, 2012, 12:46 pmReply
This was actually the most interesting and most random chapter I've ever read. I LOVED IT! During this chapter, I couldn't wait to read the next page after you made one. Good job on making this chapter! =)kuruby,
June 11th, 2012, 12:47 pmReply
I think it seems like people like Etam more that I think (I liked him too), but fans only try to protect the characters. Maybe we can see Etam again someday...Falcon_Pawnch75,
June 11th, 2012, 2:31 pmReply
We never got to see him mess with Talzo, did we? D:DarkMario1000,
June 12th, 2012, 1:09 amReply
Here's a question, UY
Whatever happened to the UK's Bio? Or are you editing that to create the bio for KUPixlman the Robotmaster (Guest),
June 12th, 2012, 1:17 amReply
@Ulti (& Etam)
Will we ever see Etam again? He was the best character EVER!!!Air Man1 21,
June 12th, 2012, 2:34 amReply
Like Gigi I require explanations, yet unlike Gigi I can create explanations for even the most bizarre. Example: Jarkes, being confronted by Ulti Etam probably said that because he doesn't want Ulti to think that he likes it. It is a common characteristic among chaotic neutral characters such as Etam to hide personal feelings.Etam Fan (Guest),
June 12th, 2012, 10:57 amReply
That was an awesome chapter! I was a really, really great Etam Fan! Too bad that this chapter is already over... Please Ulti, make this chapter like it was if everybody would have liked Etam. Please give us a second chance!!! ETAM WAS AWESOME!!!
Trevor The Hedgehog (Guest),
(Sorry for my bad English, I’m German)
June 12th, 2012, 3:15 pmReply
Well, while it was fun to torture your characters like that, I'm sure...I think it's safe to say that segments like this are few and far between, and should be shown in webcomics a lot more often...LET'S NEVER DO THAT AGAIN.Kirby CC,
June 13th, 2012, 8:23 amReply
Finally caught up again! Out on vacation xD By the way, Ulti, who's that in your avvive? :|Kirby CC,
June 13th, 2012, 8:46 amReply
OMG! Character bios changed.....? :| For me.... maybe...or all... or somewhat.... I dunno if it is my connection but there is no......Ulti or um.... Etam? :| Or.... am I just missing?... (Guest),
June 13th, 2012, 11:33 amReply
it seems close,
as this is comic 299, i already thought of what comic 300 should be, it's known as cayia in donutland the only main characters seen are cayia(duh)and veso who appears at the end of the comic. the plot is that cayia has a dream that she is in a world made of donuts and at the end, cayia screams donus so loud that it can be heard around the galaxy.KHKirby (Guest),
June 21st, 2012, 8:30 pmReply
You know, I really wish you could have finished this segment. Etam was a great idea, and he had so much potential! I really liked all the weird transformations he did, too! XPcastleofwarriors,
July 9th, 2012, 11:29 pmReply
That blue prince guy in there would NOT make a good KAS member...pikminforever (Guest),
July 10th, 2012, 5:21 pmReply
thank yu, thought kirby would be there foreverLuigi_96,
August 14th, 2012, 10:17 pmReply
Just gotta say...
That, IMO was the best chapter yet!! XDEtam Fan (Guest),
August 15th, 2012, 2:06 pmReply
I'll second that!Link_Is_A_Kirby (Guest),
November 27th, 2013, 6:01 pmReply
Hey, that was a really cool segment. Until I read it over and read the comments too, I never thought of the idea that it could have been a hacker. Totally fun!!!Hanna B,
December 29th, 2013, 6:13 pmReply
You know, this is the segement I always find myself comic back to read again.
I think I've read it more times than any other segment here.
I wonder why people would hate Etam so much...?
December 30th, 2013, 11:14 amReply
@Hanna B: I wonder that too. It's still my overall favorite segment in the whole series.Luigi_96,
May 26th, 2014, 8:08 pmReply
I still can't believe how much controversy this chapter caused.TheJGamer,
January 28th, 2017, 4:23 pmReply