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My name is Katie Cook!
I am a freelance illustrator and writer. I've done licensed work for DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Jim Henson Company My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and more. I love being a nerd, so being able to draw nerdy things for a living is the best thing ever.

i also like cute monsters.

official site: www.katiecandraw.com
my webcomic (Gronk) : www.gronkcomic.com

e-mail: katiecandraw at gmail dot com

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garrettpony Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Katie Cook try do better next time. You can do it.
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SkittyIsInHufflepuff Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Why are you so awesome? Wait! Can you fly?!Oh my god - OMG 
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KillRoy231 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
I can't believe the Reflections arc came from the same person who thought Hasbro would consider it too dark to kill Chrysalis.

Chrysalis was one of the most evil villains, in your very comics she kills a kitten and says she'll kill the Cutie Mark Crusaders, killing her off would be the lightest scene she ever appears in. (plus I think Meghan intended her dead from her fall) What you did to Sombra... A very good character has to absorb evil energy and turn evil to save two worlds. Thus, the pony Celestia loved is evil forever and the good Sombra is effectively dead (though I won't consider them separate entities like Luna/Nightmare Moon and Sunset Shimmer), even if a part of him misses Celestia. Not only that, but Sombra basically traded roles with Celestia and Luna so now he's the big threat in that world. If he's just like Sombra of the show, he'll likely start killing or enslaving ponies, until Celestia and Luna banish him, where he'll be trapped forever. Well, until he returns a thousand years later. I laughed when Pinkie said "This is a kid's comic". Or does Chrysalis eventually purify him with the Crystal Heart?

Don't get me wrong, I like the arc, even if I consider the comics non-canon, but of all the dark scenes in the comics, this was the first that really affected me. (the only moment in the show that did was Twilight's friends, Celestia, and Shining Armor turning on her due to Chrysalis)
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Just letting you and Andy know that for every insulting reaction you get to the Reflections arc, there are probably dozens who loved it and will cherish it forever.  I am one of the latter.
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
People DIDN'T like Reflections? I thought it was a great story! I'm just a little confused by how the ending worked out, but that might be due to the fact that I was tired when I read it and my brain might not have been working clearly.
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DuplexFields Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I personally think a great majority of the dislike was ginned up by malcontents who like to make people fall away from liking the show / comic by pretending to be dissatisfied fans.  That's not to say genuine fans of the show and comic who genuinely dislike the Reflections arc don't exist.  I'm saying some of the loudest voices are people who hate the fandom itself and just want to enjoy the show / comic alone or with their "cool" friends; and others don't like the show or comic and want to see them end.

Gildas and Discords, respectively.
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katiecandraw Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you!!!!
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Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
i have to ask a question, as everyone is confused about it and i never found an answer to it in any of the comics themselves.

Why did Celestia return to the alternate world at the beginning of this story? At the end of the comic you rather strongly ifnered the Celestia felt far too guilty over betraying Starswhirl again to ever joruney through the mirror again. So what is it that brought Celestia back again a thousand years later?

that might actually clear up some of the arguments going on about these issues. i really liked them myself, flaws and all.
.........Also how sombra was alive a thousand years later if that can be explained.
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lseths Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2014
Hrm. I thought the idea behind the most recent arc was good, and the first 3 issues were good (though the first one perhaps spent too much time on whacky hijinx that could have been used more on the overall plot), but the fourth one I felt had a number of problems.

First, there's too little exploration of the alternate universe. We barely see any of the alternate Mane Six (and what's more, they never encounter the main characters), and while we are given a few hints about alternate versions of other characters (Trixie, Discord, Chrysalis, Shining Armor, Cadance, etc.) we still really don't get to meet them or find out too much about them. To be fair, this is arguably an issue with the previous 3 issue as wells, but as this was the last opportunity, it feels like a problem with this one; the 2-page comic at the end basically saying "what, you didn't think they'd show up, did you?" just hammers that home.

I really feel like this should have been longer so we could have packed more of that kind of things in. Heck, even the things that were the focus, e.g. Celestia and Sombra's relationship, felt rather rushed, meaning Sombra's sacrifice felt lacking. This arc would have been much better in my view if it had been 6 issues long instead of 4, to allow for more time to be spent on these things. Alternatively, the romance angle could have been removed to give us more focus on the alternate world. I actually liked the Celestia and alternate Sombra pairing, but it did take time away from things I was more interested in.

But as to the conclusion, it left me with too many problems and questions. First, how does Sombra's action stop the universes from merging? We get a quick mention of it causing balance, but how? I can see how draining the evil from the alternate Luna and Celestia would make them no longer become a threat, but I don't get how that undoes the merging of the universes. 

On that note, I find the idea of just being able to extricate the evil from someone rather problematic; functionally, how is it different from just brainwashing them? If it were externally imposed evil it could make sense (but I don't recall that being the case here. It just seems like a kind of cheap way to suddenly turn the switch from "bad" to "good." Someone might argue that this was done in the very beginning of the TV series, but I didn't like it there either.

I'm also very confused about what happened to Sombra (another reason the sacrifice felt hollow; I'm not even sure what he sacrificed). Up until the final panel the implication was that the absorbed evil turned him evil, but then his final comment indicates that hasn't happened. So what did happen to him? It's all very confusing and rushed. Also, what was with that guy who made the "more than one of everything" comment at the start? He didn't really show up again.

I feel like this arc just had tons and tons of potential, but it wasn't able to realize all of it; we really needed more exploration of the alternate world and we really should've had a bigger presence from the alternate Mane 6. I *really* hope that in the future we might be able to have some kind of return to this alternate reality to better explore it and provide better resolution than this story did.

Wow, I wrote a lot more than I expected. I guess if you want to take anything from this at all, it's that we need another alternate universe arc sometime so we can see more of this world.
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2ndMercWithAMouth Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hi :D
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