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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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I'm sorry that I've been sorta dead the past month. I know that I've been making a lot of excuses for my inactivity lately, so I'm not going to give you a wall of text explaining myself--but I will say that I really did need a break, and that I feel better and more motivated because of it. :)

Now, just because I was gone, I don't want people automatically thinking that I've somehow lost interest in Kick@$$ Mode. On the contrary, I'm still very much excited about the story and eager to keep going. I just needed some time away from the internet as a whole. I really do miss drawing and hanging out with you guys at Yinstreams, so I'll be scheduling a comic stream for this Monday. There will be a separate journal post with more details about that soon, so look out for it~

Also, good news! In my last journal, I mentioned that I was saving up to visit :iconloki-wings: in Scotland. Well, it's official! The plane reservations have been made and I'll be flying to Edinburgh in late October, where I'll be ogling castles, blowing bagpipes, and merrily stuffing my face with sheep organs for a week and a half! Loki will be taking commissions soon so that we'll have enough money to do lots of fun things, so I'll be linking to his account as soon as they're open. Paying for a commission would be helping out the both of us~:heart:

And that's it for now. You guys stay awesome!


P.S. Just a reminder that there's one month left for the Super Smash Bros. Crossover Contest, so keep those entries coming!


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Antarija Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the Watch! :iconawwwplz:
FuzzehBox Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
nuvemallama Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So I did a thing ==>
I'm so sorry
TheAlmightyLucario Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
I love your comic! Hope you keep submitting those awesome pages!
DTD-Design Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Hi I have just started a group which is a collection of great art. And you fit into that category great

Please join
Eeveeworlds Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hi YinDragon I love your art and comic very funny, sad, awesome and badass!
denplaysgames Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  New member
I know I'm asking again, but when is the deadline again?
denplaysgames Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  New member
Oh um... I forgot, when is the deadline for the nuzlocke ssb art?
Tenshineko01 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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denplaysgames Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  New member
Squeeee!!! I'm so honored to have my art in the Kick@$$ page!!Stoked Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] Stoked 
Do you like it? :3 
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