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Hello folks,

Well, I'm hitting a good and busy patch, and thus ended up calling in various favours to get you your GND pages [more or less] on time. You may have noticed (Ahem. Artist Comments under the deviations - read 'em, people) that the latest pages have been full glittering Undergroundian colour, and that you need to be thanking LouisaGallie (formerly Phuriedae of the amazing JS fanart?) for that.

In fact in proper pay-it-forward fashion, it'd be really nice if you helped out some by supporting her work. When she's not being a wonderful fanfic sounding-board and colouring GND pages after a long day at the office, Louisa has been working as a games artist -

EDIT : The app her company worked on is having technical glitches apparently and is being taken down. Laters, then! ^^;


In other appy-y news, the Dead Roots comic anthology I provided some early promotional artwork for ( www.deadroots.co.uk/ ) is up and running and you can also purchase issue 01 here: itunes.apple.com/gb/app/dead-r… . Imma saying this because I have a 8 page story of my own in issue #02, scripted by James Moran (of 'Severance' and Doctor Who writing cred), with 6-year-old junior zombies wreaking bloody havoc. So keep an eye out for that (I'll be self-promoting again when it does hit the virtual shelves). It was great fun to draw and unlike my 'Yessika' graphic novel, is in English and costs under 5 quid. Anyone willing to support their friendly neighbourhood fanartist in works that she CAN legally publish and profit from would really be awesome and virtually huggled to bits.

I've ANOTHER digital comic short story in the works too, what my boyfriend did an amazing colouring job on, that will be in the up-and-coming funky collective by newbies VS Comics. vs-comics.blogspot.co.uk/ Keep an eye on 'em too!


And we got snow here already - I gather some UK meteorologists are predicting the harshest winter in 100 years for Europe. Ye gods and little frozen fishies.

Stay warm, and here's wishing you lots of spiced cookies and fuzzy moments and great present ideas and a spiffy start to the impending winter holiday season.



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"Would you rather have exceptions made for you in deference to your weaknesses, or expectations made of your strengths?"  - Pl

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:iconkendermouse:
kendermouse Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Share some of that cold this way, and I'll share some of our Texas heat with you...
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ButterflyPigment Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If only you could get rights to sell your GND comic...all my friends would be getting a copy for xmas. :XD:

Randomness.
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Celadine14 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
On December 3, Holland Michigan was in the 70s. We should have lake-effect snow dumping on us right now, but all we've got is fog. Something is seriously wrong with Mother Nature *coughGLOBALWARMINGcough*

(That's in degrees Fahrenheit, for you Europeans. The only Celsius temps I know are boiling/melting points of water and organic chemicals. Curse you, organic chemistry :shakefist: ).
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Irislady Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Congrats on all your success pika! And thank you LousiaGallie for coloring such wonderful gnd pages :). On another note I must say I love winter and am jealous you are getting snow. So all in all I wish you the best and hope your holiday season is just as awesome as you are, with your boyfriend who also sounds pretty cool
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NeriSiren Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Hmm…if winter forecasts are like pineapples, then I imagine Jadis foresees some VERY good times with Big D this season, eh? :)

It made sense in my head...
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lazybones1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Winter is coming....
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MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Harshest winter in 100 years!? *wonders if this means...it's THAT winter which is coming....*
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Celadine14 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Guess the apocalypse is coming to Europe early then.

Or you could say America is going to Hell.

Either way, both are somewhat true.
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CakeandCaboodle Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is Dead Roots available somewhere that isn't meant to be downloaded onto an iPad/iPhone/iGizmo-Of-Some-Kind?
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's set to be physically published at some later point, I believe.
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nightcrawlerfan136 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks people who
Helped Pika.
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alexandradawe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Zombie scare me. Child ghosts care me. I imagine zombie children will, therefore, scare me. However I LOVE GND and most days check DA just to see if there's a new one. So I'll buy your zombie comic, and put it in between some nice books on the bookshelf (I have a theory that if a scary book is sandwiched in between light and fluffy books then no bad things can get out of it. Don't look for any logic in this theory; I'm scared of zombies remember?!)
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meager-assassin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You could always give it to a friend who enjoys zombie stories. I'd hate to see her stuff be purchased and not enjoyed, ya know? But I agree, Fluffy stories have power over frightening things. If I watch a scary movie close to bed time, it's followed up by something from Pixar. Lol.
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alexandradawe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I do have many friends who like zombies, someone I know will love it!

I recall an episode of Friends where Joey puts a scary book in the freezer. I think that could work too :)
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Lord-frederique Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
je veillerais a trouver une "Dead Roots comic anthology " alors.
Le truc par contre que je reverais d'acheter ce serait une edition de l'intégrale des planches de GND. Pas mal de fan artist font ça (en s'arrangeant pour ne pas faire de profits pour eviter les problèmes) y avez vous déjà songé? serais-ce faisable?
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torybird Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"I'm dreaming of a brown Christmas just like the ones we've always had"....
Its a wonderful 60 degrees in ABQ, NM, USA today and looks to stay steady through winter break :) :tux:
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YourWaywardDestiny Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry your winter is going to be poop. It is stupid warm in the middle of the continent of North America right now. Right now it should be sitting somewhere around 10 degrees Fahrenheit (or about -12 degrees Celsius) when it's more like 40 degrees Fahrenheit (or about 4 degrees Celsius). We are going to have the most mild winter ever. :|
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ladyrose837 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Yeesh. I will be sending today's abnormally warm New England weather across the pond, then! Stay warm, lovely Pika! <3 (and all the other European darlings as well!)
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GhibliGirl91 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Freezing my arse off in Wales, I feel you bro :P
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Lady-CrusaderKira Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck, United Kingdom! No snow yet here in my piece of the American Midwest, but I know some people have been getting hammered already. Stay warm!
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timmothyb Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
You mean I have to purchase one dead root and a yessika before I get another Sarah and GK? Alright, that's well worth it. Whadyamean it's a a dozen of each!?! Okay, okay, but only because they'll make handy gifts for my french-literate nephews & nieces. Damn my addiction and not a twelve-step in sight: Hi, I'm Tim and I'm a GND addict.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Don't buy the Battle Dungeon, is the latest update, m'afraid. Glitchy and going back to to the techies.

Otherwise, hee. :D
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OnlyOneWish123 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student
Wow I can't believe I'm going to say this, but you are so lucky! I WISH it was snowing where I live (Northeast USA).
This is the second winter in a row where all we've had is a LIGHT dusting for like 30 minutes.
I'm starting to miss the whole "white Xmas" concept :(

Keep up the good work and Happy Holidays to you as well!
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razzigyrl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Considering the harsh-winter warnings, I find it even more scary that it'd December in Ohio, and we just had 50+ degree Farenheit weather. o.0 Not even snow last night, but rainy mist!! For those who don't know this, 40+ between October and March is often considered shorts-wearing weather, and while odd weather is Ohio's signature, this goes way past odd and right into worrisome.

Something is not right.

!yoJ
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moonlitjester Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Yeah, winter up here in Alaska is being really weird too. It hasn't snowed since, like, end of October, but it's been down in the -30s for a few weeks. It's really irritating. But we didn't get an Icepocalypse this year, so that should be a good sign for weather all around.
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LovingShadowLink Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Alaska wow. Negative 30. That hurts just thinking about it.

I'm from Michigan and it gets freezing.... In the negatives sure.... But that. Is freezing....
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moonlitjester Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Yeah. You know it's a bad sign when you look at the thermometer in the morning and say, "Oh hey, -20! Heatwave!"
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SilverfiresShadow Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
If it makes you feel any better, I'm in Indiana and the weather is just as screwy. And it was the same way last year, so I don't think anything to horrible is going to happen because of it :D
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JediKacee Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thanks for links to all the awesomeness! May you and yours be safe, warm, and happy during the holiday season (and every other season, really)!
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Mew-Mew-Mari-Shinju Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here. First snows of winter... but really? You're putting your faith in UK weather forecasts?
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Coriacea Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just positively love when people tell me global warming isn't real.
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dishwasherness Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Can I ask a nerdy question surrounding the legality of fanart/fanfic and their use for promoting non-fanart/fanfic stuff? Totally not taking issue with the post or anything, just interested. Given that it is illegal to make money from ff/fa directly (e.g. publishing and selling stuff), is it *legal* to promote one's 'real' work on the basis of ff/fa?

It's such a grey area and I have no idea whether there is a legal position on that (not to mention that it would vary by country). Anyone?
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
My bad - the appropraite trope is Promoted Fanboy. ([link])
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
You mean my upcoming plan to withhold updates of GND until I get confirmation of x number of copies sold on my original work might be ethically dodgy?!

More seriously, I really do fail to see a legal issue here. Fanart is "justifiable" as practice, for an artist, so long as there is no profit being made; and yeah, okay, piggybacking on other people's original creations to gain an audience doing fanworks and then hoping to covert that audience into sales of one's own work may be slightly *morally* side-eyeable but is not something legally reprehensible to the best of my knowledge.
I'm pretty sure there are precedents. Google Cassie Cla[i]re, though there's a whole extra messy layer of plagiarism to her story. Darren Blaine joining Glee bringing his Very Potter Musical fanbase with him? It's not quite the same thing as the Ascended Fanboy ([link]) who gets to work officially on what he was originally fanworking for... but basically I don't think there's any way to charge someone with "audience baiting/siphoning".

Quite honestly again, as a freelance artist in a time-is-money situation taking on various contracts, keeping up the weekly GNDs and spending several hours on them, while a source of personal fanglee and though I adore the feedback and interaction, kinda does need to have a more down-to-earth "value" in the long run and the idea of having a large and well-disposed readership to sic on my for-profit work is one I do sort of count on. If that does not work at all, then I will maybe have to be a bit more honest with myself about why I do it and start considering it a rather trivial waste of time better employed on original works. See my point?
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dishwasherness Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Hehe, well, I found out about Yessika through GND, and will be purchasing it from FNAC on my latest visit (or failing that from Amazon.fr), so if that is indeed your upcoming plan I hope the my marginal contribution adds to more updates.

Indeed, I see your point very well. The reason I was asking is because I have so far not linked my 'derivative works' to my RL stuff, and have ended up with little pockets of audiences which *could* perhaps be combined if I were to bring everything I do together. My main worry was the legal side, about which I could find no real info. I think you're right about the legality not being an issue, though it's probably a grey shade of totes fine. So. Case closed (more or less) and many thanks.
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ThisWasSoAvoidable Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
It's s'posed to be 39 degrees Celsius here tomorrow. I hope you enjoy your goddamn snow. Incredible, glorious snow. Snow that I've never seen. ;_;
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nimravid Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Whaaat where are you at? It's around zero here. And snowing, by the by *grin*

(Okay, it won't stay put, but I have good hopes. Or bad, since I live in Germany now and they don't generally use road salt here, and oh, my drive way is on a slope... and now I'm dreading the snow...!)
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ThisWasSoAvoidable Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
East coast Australia, mate. Southern hemisphere's having a good old time at the moment. BEACH DAYS AND HEATSTROKE FOR EVERYONE! :D
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nimravid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Haha, okay, good point, big time summer over there. Party in the sun for us, 'kay? We'll sit miserably in the icy cold rain for you ;)
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KittenCeez Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Heh...I'm down on the South coast of Australia...where we're experiencing a lull in hot weather...for now...we all know she's luring us into a false sense of enjoyable weather, then BAMMM!!! She'll slap us with a 40+ heatwave... :evileye: I'ma watching you M.N.
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ThisWasSoAvoidable Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Yeah, man. The South coast is insane. I visited Melbourne in August. Stepped off the plane at midday to strong winds and a steady drizzle of rain in, oh, 12 degrees?
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Hooded-Warrior Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am also Aus. I actually live full time in Melbs. :) Oh Melbourne, my city, my city, why do you tease me with a few beautiful summery days in a row, then rip this pleasure from me? >_<
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ThisWasSoAvoidable Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Tssssk. That's what happens when you don't live in "the sunshine state". ;)
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Hooded-Warrior Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Last time I went to "the sunshine state" I got flooded in to Ipswich! Not much sun. Or fun. XP
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EgyptianStargazer Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Good luck with winter over there! Here in Northern Virigina it's going to be in the 60's today...can you hand over some of your harsh winter please I want snow D:
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FriendOrPhantom Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Harshest winter in 100 years in Europe, and it's 21 C in Indiana. Lol, Mother Nature.
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