Wait, are those Lyra's soundstones? They look more like gems from gameloft pony game. And is this Alabaster? Wasn't he supposed to be orange? But it's dark in the cabin, so... Yeah, sorry for being picky. Anyway, awesome pic. I just finished reading BP a few days ago, too. Man, was it ever a wild ride.
Thanks! Yeah, the soundstones were described as 'dark crystals' and that is what i thought of. And now that you point it out, they do resemble the gameloft gems. xD Also, Al is suppose to be orange. In the original I uploaded he was, but I realized the blue lighting turned him greenish. I'm still trying to learn colour harmony and how warm and cool colours relate to each other. You can still find the old copy with orange Al here: [link]
Well, I know nothing about coloring, but in the original picture I would recognize Al in an instant. But yeah, he kinda seems to glow like an orange light bulb there. Gosh, I had no idea how many details you artists have to take into account while drawing such a complicated picture. And me, I can't even draw a circle.
Also, Lyra's clutching to her own trademark Lyre, while the eternal one (geez, how was it called... The Nightbringer? Or am I thinking of something else?) is hanging above Al, right?
True, the only piece of information smuggled into the story by SS&E was that it was gold. And he wrote it down long after mentioning the instrument for the first time. So for the longest time I imagined it like a black metallic cannon with strings. Well, even after SS&E mentioned the color, that was the only thing that changed in my inner view.
You don't have to draw circles anymore. Not when you can produce pics of this epicness.
I had to go digging through the story to find anything about it. At one point i thought it glowed black (which is impossible, I must have misread it) And I was stumped how I would draw it, until I read somewhere else that it lit up the room in its golden effluence. The only other information about it was that it was a gold regular sized instrument, slightly larger than a lyre, more like a royal harp and that it had onyx coloured strings. I would be interested to see other peoples interpretations of this, might go looking for some now.
And man, that ending. Hard to accept. (*spoilers*) The ultimate sacrifice, basically; Lyra gave up herself in such a selfless way it almost feels inconsiderate, but I suspect there's more than just one message to grasp. I can see why so many people feel discontent about it, and I'm still unsure how *I* feel; the story is awesome, though, regardless of its ending.
Thanks! I'm not really content with the ending, but the ride was amazing. It was those small moments of hope that kept me going, like the hug from Twilight or Al coming back to her. But to have my hopes crushed at the end... i guess I was expecting it.
In my opinion, Background Pony would be fittingly described as a series of little, lovely and seemingly minor scenes summing up to yield the grand total that is the overall feeling surrounding the entire story, and that, I believe, is what makes the story itself so precious. If I were you - and I'm saying this to myself as well - I would try to get over the "hopes crushed" sensation (which is absolutely legitimate) and gather some sense out of the wholeness of the story (including the finale), cause even though I can't yet get my grasp on it, I feel such sense exists.
Oops, sorry, I feel I might have derailed to overly-philosophic. The fact remains that this is a great piece of art.
I still feel as though the author completely dishonored Lyra and the readers. Investing so much time over so such a long period (I started reading this in April). Checking the story online daily to see if a new part was out... waiting for the ending only to have Lyra be stripped of a part of her soul to watch her rot in a so called 'ignorant bliss'. I would have preferred that she had just died and that she was remembered and appreciated. Maybe I am missing something in the ending, but I am in no hurry to read it all again.
I'm not gonna say "well, he is the author, so it was his decision to make", because some stories just trascend their authors, so that one can barely call them "their own" anymore. But SS&E wouldn't want to dishonor Lyra; the fact he had the story end that way probably accounts for a divergence of view amongst the two of you: he felt that it was best for the story to end that way. Perhaps it's better to try and understand their position - on a side note, I'm eager to see 's own interpretation of the story.
It's just a piece of advice from me, it's not like I'm trying to make you feel wrong for not liking it (heck, I still can't say I "liked" the ending!). Of course it's up to each reader to interpret the story their own way. ^^
I am keeping a very close eye on that comic, and I am loving what I am seeing so far. However, I am doubtful that the artist will see the story through, let alone the first chapter. It has taken 30 pages to get through 1/6 of the first chapter and about 1/200 of the whole story. If they do finish the first chapter, they will most likely be sick of it and won't continue. I am ok with that since chapter 1 was my favorite part of the story.
I should also get onto finishing his other epic End Of ponies, and while it isn't done, it's apparently going to have a slightly happier ending than this. Lets go and get my hopes crushed again...
Lol! Yeah, the first chapter was what got me hooked in the first place. And yeah, it's going to take forever to just be through with it (and if I recall correctly it's NOT one of the longest ones); but he's a lot determined, he will go far.
I'm not planning to read EoP anytime soon, but I can expect greatness from that story (what, 500k+ words? X_X); I hope it does end in a slightly happier way.
That's right we'll never forget Lyra. It's very interesting to see Lyra's cabin through someone else's eyes (as it were). It has all the same elements, but I had envisioned it quite differently. Still, I think you did a great job. I'd have know where this was from even if you never said - and I think that's pretty awesome.
Background Pony was one of the best reads of my life (and I do read a lot)! After reading over the comments, I have to agree with you and *DarkFlame75 So far, the best analogy I have for the story is this: Imagine you've just eaten the best meal of your life. It filled not only your stomach, but your soul as well. As you clean the last crumb from your plate, the chef comes out and informs you that he has hidden a booger in one of your dishes. Thus, retroactively and irreversibly tainting one one of the best experiences you've ever had while also making sure you are forever untrusting of similar experiences in the future.