Comic 1529 - Happy Year of the Rabbit!

22nd Jan 2023, 8:03 AM in Special
Happy Year of the Rabbit!
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Jocelyn 22nd Jan 2023, 8:03 AM edit delete
Jocelyn
Happy Lunar New Year, all! I've been seeing a lot of my art friends celebrate by drawing their OCs and comfort characters in bunny suits. And tempting as it was to bandwagon with that, I gotta do things my own way and draw... actual bunnies! XD

Fun fact: As you may know, my stories all include large casts of primarily queer and/or trans characters. It's like my thing, and I just have to include it every time. But did you know I also try to include a rabbit of some sort in everything I do. Why? 'Cause I love rabbits, and I can! So I thought I'd take this opportunity to highlight some of the bunnies you know, and some I have in store for you in the future.

- If you've read Rain, you surely know Puddle (and if you've finished Rain, you should know Chippy too).

- Momokomo in My Impossible Soulmate is actually a digital rabbit within Chiaki's UsaMaMa-chan virtual pet. It hasn't had a lot of screentime yet, but it'll come up from time to time.

- Moonlight Wanderers is a Pokemon Moon Nuzlocke comic. I don't remember if there're technically any rabbit Pokemon in that game, so I made small tweaks to fix that. The main character's mom has a pet Meowth in the game, but I replaced it with a Bunnelby, Fluffy. The main character also has a sister studying abroad in Galar in this story, and naturally, I gave her a Scorbunny, Lagos.

- Save the Princess is a game. I originally considered including rabbits as a status effect (akin to Toad or Pig from Final Fantasy), where the characters would be turned into bunnies (maybe still wearing the costumes of the characters because that'd be adorable). But for narrative reasons, that actually doesn't quite work. So instead, there's a side quest including 50 or so missing rabbits you can find throughout the game. Returning to the quest giver periodically will net you rabbit-related prizes based on how many you find.

- I haven't spoken a lot about The Scars of Redemption, but similarly to Puddle for Rain, one of the main characters keeps Persephone here as a pet. The character in question has been through a lot, and seen and done things he can never unsee or undo. Persephone goes a long way to keep him grounded and make him happy, though.

- Finally, Hotot from Magical - technically a bunnerfly (a rabbit with butterfly wings) - is the obligatory wise-cracking sidekick of a magical girl.

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I considered including a few other future stories on this list too, but in some cases, I just don't know where the mandatory rabbit inclusion will be in each one yet.

Anyway, I hope you like this. Happy Year of the Rabbit to you all, and have a lovely day. ^_^
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ValeryGraciela 22nd Jan 2023, 9:25 AM edit delete reply
ValeryGraciela
Persephone looks so adorable. I want her as a pet :3
bgb16999 22nd Jan 2023, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Yay bunnies!
I am really looking forward to these other stories some day.
Tokuben 22nd Jan 2023, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
So many bunnies. I am surrounded in a pool of cuteness.
DocMesa 22nd Jan 2023, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
DocMesa
There's a lot of rabbits here. They're a-bun-dant.
someone_else 23rd Jan 2023, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
someone_else
Well of course Perspehone keeps you grounded, being an earth (and sub-earth) deity 😉💚
Absentia 23rd Jan 2023, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
more sub-earth than earth, but yeah. plus, let's be real, she's the level-headed partner Hades always needed (unless someone tries to flirt with him. cuz then her true rage comes out)
someone_else 24th Jan 2023, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
someone_else
I really love her depiction in Agnosis’ Theia Mania! But that has nothing to do with bunnies.
bgb16999 30th Jan 2023, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
bgb16999
Also Persephone is AroAce according to Ovid.
someone_else 30th Jan 2023, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
someone_else
Do you have a source for that? I can’t find anything that hints at that interpretation.
Absentia 3rd Feb 2023, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Even if he did write that, Ovid is hardly a primary source. he was a Roman poet, not Greek, meaning anything he writes about the characters will already be removed from the source. on top of that, Ovid had a big problem of letting his personal biases effect the stories he was writing. he was massively anti-authoritarian, and often wrote the gods as jerks to reflect this, pushing his own dislike of the ruling party onto the stories. for instance, it's Ovid who gave us the idea that Medusa was a human who was attacked by Poseidon and then cursed by Athena. in the oldest version of the story we have by the Greek poet Hesiod, Medusa was simply born a monster, one of three Gorgon sisters. Ovid is also the one who wrote the most well-known version of Arachne's myth, thus making Athena seem like a jealous cruel jerk, when no other interpretation of her from earlier portrays her as such.
arkathenia 23rd Jan 2023, 9:14 AM edit delete reply
Bunnbunnbunns! ♡ I adore how you keep this consistency - always bunns in your work ♡ ♡
Pseudonym 23rd Jan 2023, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Is Infinite Bun Discovery the name of the sidequest, or are all the bunnies extrusions of a single overbun named Discovery? I'd like that.
Jocelyn 23rd Jan 2023, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Pseudonym

It's the name of the side quest. Save the Princess is kind of an homage to JRPGs, so I thought it'd a fun touch if all the side quests had names that are wordplay/references to other JRPGs (in this case, Infinite Undiscovery).
Pseudonym 1st Feb 2023, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Neat. Thanks for answering.

I still like the idea of slowly realizing the missing rabbits you've been finding belong to a vast bunny consciousness. (A silly twist on the already silly bits of Ikenfell - thanks, too, for pointing me at that game.)

But Save the Princess is your game, I'm just idea-izing for fun.

"WE HAVE COME TO YOUR... WAY? HABIT? DIMENSION? TO YOUR DIMENSION IN SEARCH OF EXPERIENCES INCONCEIVABLE IN OUR OWN."

"What kind of experiences?"

"SCRITCHES."

"Seriously?"

"TOUCH AND MOTION ARE HOW YOU LIVE. NOT US. THE LOCATION OF A THING IS THE ESSENCE OF A THING. MOVE IT THIS WAY, AND TRUTH WOULD TURN INTO LIES; THAT WAY, AND LOVE WOULD TURN INTO HATE. UNCONSCIONABLE - EVEN IF IT WERE POSSIBLE. NOTHING CAN DEFY ITS ESSENTIAL NATURE, ANY MORE THAN YOUR ROCKS COULD SPROUT WINGS AND SOAR INTO THE SKY."

"Everything's just... frozen?"

"CORRECT."

"That's terrible!"

"WE HOWL. ALL THINGS HOWL, ALWAYS. THAT DOES NOT COMFORT YOU? WE HAVE MADE OF IT BEAUTY. THEMES AND REFRAINS. HARMONIES LAYERED ON HARMONIES. IT IS COLLABORATION, ARGUMENTATION, FELLOWSHIP. IT IS PERFORMANCE, VOCATION, FULFILMENT. IT IS ENOUGH."

"But you'd never touched anything?"

"WERE TWO THINGS TO TOUCH IN OUR DIMENSION, THEY WOULD BE ONE. ONE THING WITH TWO NATURES. TWO DIFFERENT NATURES. IN CONFLICT."

"A contradiction."

"MORE THAN THAT. A THING THAT CANNOT BE. A BREAKDOWN. IT WOULD BE THE END OF EVERYTHING.

THIS SHALL HAPPEN IN THE FAR DISTANT FUTURE, AS OUR DIMENSION CONTRACTS."

"...how are the scritches?"

"VERY GOOD. THANK YOU."
QwD40 24th Jan 2023, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Wait I thought moonlight wanderers was gen 7
Jocelyn 24th Jan 2023, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@QwD40

It is. But I'm interested in taking some liberties to include Pokemon that might not necessarily appear in Moon. It's mostly just cameo stuff for fun, though. See how many of the now 1,008 Pokemon I can make appear at some point, even if just in the background or something. ^_^
Moonblood2222 26th Jan 2023, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Out of curiosity, is the Silhouette story going to have a rabbit?
Jocelyn 26th Jan 2023, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
Jocelyn
@Moonblood2222

More than likely, yes. But I opted to leave it off this list, partly because I don't have a specific plan in mind for the rabbit in question there yet. And partially because I haven't spoken much about Silhouette yet, and I wasn't sure if people would know what I was talking about.

I'm happy to see it is remembered and acknowledged, though. ^_^
Moonblood2222 27th Jan 2023, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Cool 💙
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