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Last updated 5/19/14.

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Are you a boy or a girl?
I'm whatever you want me to be~

What program do you use?
I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 to create everything.

Do you use a tablet?
Yes, I use a Bamboo Fun (Medium). I've had it for 3 years and it hasn't let me down.

Any advice for people wanting to start their own nuzlocke comics?
You can check out these helpful guides I made below (but I personally think I'm the world's worst teacher, so don't take my word as law):

Nuzlocke Guide: Part 1 - Introduction by YinDragon Nuzlocke Guide: Part 2 - Creating Characters by YinDragon Nuzlocke Guide: Part 3 - Story Planning by YinDragon Nuzlocke Guide: Part 4 - Comic Pages by YinDragon

Can you read / critique my nuzlocke comic?
Between work and family, I'm very limited on free time--and what free time I do have, I try to utilize by working on updates--so there's very little left over for me to look at every new nuzlocke people show me. ;(

Can I Skype you?
Truthfully, I'm a very quiet, private person irl, and I usually stream when I feel like being social. If you frequent my streams enough, there's a chance I may give out my Skype name if asked, but don't be surprised if I'm not very talkative.

What's your favorite pokemon?

Do you role-play?
I used to RP way back when, but unfortunately my RPing days are over. Now, almost all of my free time is devoted to my art, so please don't ask me to join your RP group or OCT.

What's that music you play during your livestreams?
Yin's Epic Playlist!


Have you beaten the game yet?
Yes, I completed my FireRed run before I started the comic.

How frequently do you update?
I try to update at least once a week, but it normally takes me anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks to complete a page.

How long does it take to make a comic page?
Altogether, it can take anywhere between 15 to 20 hours (depending on complexity).

Do you color the pages in grey-scale or color?
I purposely color the pages in grey-scale to give them a manga feel, and because it's more efficient than color.

Can the starter pokemon talk?
No, they can't--not because they're mute, but because they choose not to.

Did you really catch a clefairy in FireRed?
Yes, I did. And you can read the full explanation here.

Did you have Ken's story planned before creating Kick@$$ Mode, or are you making it up as you go along?
Ken is an old RP character I created in college. His story has existed for awhile, and I had plans of turning it into an actual fanfic one day, but never did. When I decided to use his story for a nuzlocke comic, I had to tweak a few details to fit the FR/LG plot, but the key elements remained unchanged. :)

How did you come up with Ken's design?
Ken was originally designed to be a parody of anime heroes, and I used characters such as Tai (Digimon), Cloud (FFVII), and Goku (DBZ) for inspiration. And yes, I'm aware that Ken bears a close resemblance to Reno / Axel, but that was unintentional.

How old is Ken?
Ken is presently 18 years old (and mentally 8). Gary and Daisy are also 18 (they're twins in my comic).

Doesn't Ken make any money off of trainer battles?
The Kick@$$ universe works a lot like the anime, where winning a battle doesn't necessarily mean you win the opponent's money. Trainers can still bet on battles, but it doesn't always happen.

Is Ken actually mewtwo?
I've already denied the "Ken is mewtwo" theory numerous times. He's not a mewtwo or a mewthree or a mew-anything. And while we're at it, he isn't Silver either. Sorry to disappoint~

How do all the characters have such fabulous hair?
They all use F-U-Gravity Hairspray (tm)!

Have you ever thought of drawing gijinkas of your characters?
I've done a few drawings already, but gijinkas really aren't my thing.

Can I draw fan art or cameo one of your characters in my comic?
I encourage it! So long as you give credit, of course~

Will there be a sequel to Kick@$$ Mode?
I originally had ideas for a sequel with Daisy as the main character, either in HeartGold or SoulSilver. But seeing as the current comic will take me roughly 4 to 5 years to complete, I doubt it's gonna happen.


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Who\'s your spirit pokemon? 

259 deviants said Take the quiz?
105 deviants said I'm just here to see everyone else's results.
38 deviants said Or random pokemon generator?
Update: Wow, you guys really came through! I think I have more nuzlockes now than I know what to do with. XD

Gonna be reading a lot of these over the weekend since I'll be away from home visiting family. There will likely be a comic stream when I return on Monday, so swing on by if you'd like to get a sneak peek of the next page. I'm really looking forward to this one~

Thanks again! You guys rock!

As most of you are well aware, I just recently came back from being dead for several months, and I've been feeling a little behind on my nuzlocke reading as a result. So I figured that you awesome people can help get me get back up to speed by linking me your favorite runs! ;D

And just an fyi, the nuzlockes you recommend don't have to be brand new or restricted to dA. Basically anything that you personally enjoy or consider a hidden gem, I'm really interested in reading~:heart:

So, yeah! Feel free to post anything and everything you think I might like. And a big thanks in advance!

*puts on safety helmet in preparation* :iconderpplz:


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Fascher Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the watch!! Rainbow La -plz account- 
TheUltimateGravoid Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This comic is Epic! You earned a watch :D
SawakoDandiNekoCX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
AHH thank you so much for the watch:iconasdfghbeeplz:<33
I feel so honored// love your nuzlocke by the way!
Marjo-san Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Thanks for the :+fav: xD
LapisRune Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
D-did you die...? -wriggles in worriment-
portrait11 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Here I come again passer of useless knowledge or random stuff with more to share, so watch at your own leisure:…
AzzyFox Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Yiiiiiiiiiiiin. <3
'Sup? =3
Godlis Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I'm going to make a comic of my own to keep me busy till yours comes back ^_^ I hope everything is going well
Not2Special Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
What requirements does it take to apply for team Kick@$$?
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