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MLP: FIM - Without Magic - Part 1 by PerfectBlue97 MLP: FIM - Without Magic - Part 1 by PerfectBlue97
I know that it doesn't look much, but this is my most ambitious Pony comic to date. I've tried to use as many original components as I can (Inkscape and Photoshop), but you might recognize some old favorites from other (more talented) authors.

This comic was inspired by the episode Winter Wrap-Up, where Twilight tries to get by without using her Magic, but in the end she uses it even though she isn't supposed to.

Princess Celestia sent Twilight to Ponyville in order to get to know other ponies, and to discover life outside of her books and magic, but in most episodes she seems to solve problems using books and magic.

Twilight solved three simple problems with magic, that any Earth Pony could have solved using their hooves. She used her magic instinctively.

Princess Celestia wants her to find a way to do things without using magic, and to see things from other pony's perspectives.

She's not being cruel (and this is supposed to be the "real" Celestia). She's trying to help Twilight to explore the other things that make Twilight Sparkle who she is.

Anything that isn't directly attributed to somebody is either based on an image from the showadvertizing material for the show, or is scratch drawn (Some things are a combination of the two). I didn't use General Zoi's Pony Creator for any of this (yay).

As you can see from the “Cyclops” pony in frame 7, I'm still getting to grips with Inkscape, and Ponies in general.

Twilight Sparkle's Cutie Mark is by Grendo11 ([link])

Part 2: [link]
Part 3: [link]
Part 4: [link]
Part 5: [link]
Part 6: [link]
Part 7: [link]

Frame 1, Scootaloo's expression is based on this image ([link]). Frame 3 and 4: Background ([link]). Frame 5: Rainbow Dash is Angry Rainbow Dash by 90Sigma ([link]). Derpy's Cutie Mark is by Ooklah ([link]). Frame 6: The background is from the show itself. Frame 7: Background is Library Upper Floors (Twilight's Bedroom) by DaringDashie ([link]). Frame 8: Sorry, I'm being really lazy here. This is from the show itself. I wonder how Celestia is writing that letter without using her magic (no glow?). Frame 9: This one is based on a couple of different images. Including Veggie55's Rainy Days ([link]) and Library Upper Floors (Twilight's Bedroom) by DairingDashie ([link]). I used them both as a base. One for the window and the other for the curtain, along with some tweaks. Also based on the original image from the show. Frame 10 and 11: Same as above. Frame 12: Same as Frame 8. Frame 13 and 14: Same as Frame 9.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Couldn't Celestia have done this in a less....traumatic way?

Twilight looks like she's gonna start crying.

(And, taking her cutie mark? Really? Too far, Princess!)
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My basic premise that Celestia did this for all of the right reasons, and in a sensitive, but that Twilight overreacted.

I just couldn't put all of this in the comic.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner 4 days ago
...There's such a thing as overkill.

Twi didn't "overreact" by much. Again, there were MANY other ways Celestia could have done this besides taking Twi's horn AND her cutie mark.
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I needed something visual, so I could avoid having too much dialog and exposition.

I could probably have put some magic dampening amulet on her but when I started this comic I was more or less just tracing stills from the show so I didn't want to draw anything new in that I'd have to show from different angles. I could also have put some kind of spell on her, but again that would either have to be something that I would need to draw or something that I would need to explain over and over again to each new character.

Not having a horn or a cutie mark fulfilled the "Visual" aspect of what I was trying to do and actually made it easier to draw rather than harder.

This way everypony can simple see what is different.

I started this comic over a year ago, and it was my first real attempt at a proper multi-page comic. I'm a bit more experienced now, and better at drawing and writing dialog, so I might do it in another way now, but I did what I could back then.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Let that be a lesson. Don't help others. And don't use talents that others don't have. 
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alternatively, don't get so wrapped up in doing something one way that you forget that other ways exist.
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Let's see how this one (t)rolls out...
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Abi-Sain Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014
Exactly how powerful do you folks believe Celestia to be?
Didn't you watch her falter against Chrysalis?
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PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For one thing , Celestia might be powerful but she's not a fighter. She is more used to peace than war.

For another, Chrysalis was super-powered up by Shining Armor's love. Even she was surprised by how powerful it made her.
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ponpon2323 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what the ... why do celestia would do that to the element of magic ?? and did celestia just said twilight use too much is magic ?? she is a unicorn of course she use is magic ... ho and celestia use "too much" is magic too !.... so she is just being a bitch with his own student ...

is not that the comic don't look good ... and the draws are beautiful ...but i just can't like it ... it's just to illogical
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