Rachael in Gameland: Characters of Chapter 1

Okay, the character spread looks a tad more impressive. I could tell that I’ve let my had go a tad slack in the last month of laziness. Some of these characters are way off.
Out of these 10 characters, four are my own original characters, four are adapted from the game/show/whatever. And 2 are basically nameless NPCs.
I’m not entirely happy with the design of the guy far left (whose name you’ll learn soon enough in chapter 2. ) Specifically, the emblem on his hoodie. It was hidden all throughout his appearances in chapter 1 and it looks off in this shot. I dunno.
That’s it for filler! Come back Monday when we start Chapter 2!

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So doing this strip made me come up with a stupid little system for staging Pokemon fights in a story based comic. I don’t know how well it will work, but It’s there in my noggin now. Suffice it to say, for it being their first fight in who know how long, both of them have been hurt pretty bad. Part of that is their inexperience. As they get stronger, they’ll be able to take more hits, and do more damage.

Will Bulbasuar and Squirtle ever fight again? I have no idea. That is far future stuff. Hopefully Rachael will have more options at such a fight, but that’s another thing I’m not sure of. I barely have chapter 1 stuff written! The next rival battle isn’t until Mount Moon, which would probably be Chapters 3 or 4!

But there will be combats, yes. Combats with actual winners. And fights that matter.

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I’ve tried to do speech bubbles like that blend before, but without the gradient. Now I have found the perfect way of doing it. It is such an improvement, I may have to hunt down strips in previous projects where I did it the old, broken way and fix em.

I think it’s safe to say that while other adults/characters of the Pokemon universe I’m borrowing may indeed have their little quirks, only Professor Oak will be this crazy. I don’t really know who I’m basing him on, but Oak always seemed  a little off to me and I tried to incorporate that the best I can.

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Where has Professor Oak been all this time??

One of the minor incongruities of the video games is that you can battle with pokemon everywhere and it (almost) never effects anything outside of the battle space. In a real world situation, Oak should get pissed every time Gary and whoever have a battle in his lab.

There was one game that did that. Then your mom came upstatirs to your trashed room, said something like “boys will be boys. Go ahead and leave on your adventure, I’ll clean up this mess.”

Said no mom in RL, ever.