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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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What other variants of the nuzlocke challenge do you enjoy? (If more than one, pick your favorite~) 

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Update 3/24/15: Heyo! Just got back from having a blast in the US capital. Overall, the trip was very fun and educational--but probably the most important lesson I learned was that just because it's the middle of spring in Texas DOESN'T mean it's springtime everywhere else. I was surprised to find it snowing the day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, so of course none of the trees were blooming. But I got a pink cherry blossom baseball cap as a souvenir, so it's all good~

Hey, y'all!

Gonna be leaving on a trip to Washington DC tomorrow to celebrate at the Cherry Blossom Festival. It's also my first time visiting my nation's capital, so I'm gonna be hitting all the monuments and stuff while I'm there, not to mention touring the Smithsonian and possibly high-fiving the big O-man. Much excite!

Obviously I won't be able to work on the comic update until I get back, which will be Tuesday, March 24th. So it'll probably be another couple weeks before you see more Kick@$$. Thank you for being so patient~

Anyway, see you guys next week! :heart:



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LamentedGuide Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsqueeeeplz: thanks for the fav!!
iembracetrees Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Hi, Yin! Do you have a tumblr where you post your art? If not, can I share your AWESOMEST legendary bird trio art there? With proper credits and stuff. I can send you a link to the post when I'm done, if you want. 
You are awesome!
YinDragon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Lol, I do, but I barely use it. I went ahead and uploaded it if you'd like to share it, though:…
Whimsy-Psyduck Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy St Patrick day Yin
EliTigre Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Thanks you so much for the watch ! Hope I won't fill your watchbox with too much garbage ! :heart:
Marche-Towers Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fascher Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   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!
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