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18th Feb 2019, 12:00 AM in The Ball
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Gell 17th Feb 2019, 11:00 PM edit delete
Gell
I'm sure you've got some questions- and I've got some answers for you! First thing's first, though: Today is the 6th anniversary of this webcomic!! That's something worth celebrating, I think, so that's why I'm here with news for you all about DotX and it's return!


To start us off, I have a message I'm supposed to read to you all:


"As I think most of you know, DotX is based on stories and characters created by me and my friends when we were in elementary school. Originally these were Sonic fan characters, which is why they all look the way you do. I don't think this is a surprise to anyone at this point, as I've been very open about it in the past!

This webcomic has been very true to these old stories and designs, and I think, 500 pages later, it has done its job as a true nostalgic tribute to what DotX was to these elementary school kids on the playground. It's done it's job, and honored that so many of you have enjoyed it!!

Now though, I think it's time for DotX to have a fresh start- To become a
spiritual successor to itself. I would love to make DotX into something better than ever before, which anyone can enjoy without having to read through 100 pages of my first attempts at digital art featuring designs that look like Sonic characters. It's time for 25 year old Skyler to take a crack at writing this story, without owing anything to 11 year old Skyler.

I'm forward to the future, and I hope you are too!

-Skyler"




Basically, all of us here are putting together something very special for you! It's not going to be a Re-telling of DotX, but rather a re-imagining. This wasn't decided lightly, I promise. Heck, I know a lot of you will be upset with the idea of this, but hang around to see it start. I think you'll agree that this was the right direction to go in!


SO! I'm sure you've got a ton of questions, so let me cover what I can here:

"WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?"
We're not sure yet!! We're all working hard around the clock to prepare for this, but we're not so far along yet that I can give you a solid answer here. If you follow @HetreaOfficial on Twitter, you'll receive updates on DotX's return as it approaches!

"WHERE IS THIS HAPPENING?"
Here! When page 500 goes up, it will be a link to whatever new form DotX is taking!

"WILL DOTX STILL BE A COMIC?"
Probably!!! I don't know much about how our lives are broadcast to you exactly, but I imagine it'll stay in the same format. (Though I've heard some other ideas were tossed around, such as a video series or a visual novel. It's still a little up in the air!)

"WILL EVERYONE LOOK DIFFERENT WHEN DOTX RETURNS?"
Nearly everyone!! I'm already perfect though, so I'm not changing.

"ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO SIT THROUGH ALL THE SAME CHAPTERS AGAIN?"
Nope! The story is going to be far more focussed this time. A handful of chapter ideas may return in some form, but it'll never be exactly the same thing again.

"WHAT ABOUT ALL THE UNFINISHED PLOTLINES? WHAT'S ANACONDA'S PLAN??"
What plan? Have you heard from Anaconda?? Did she say anything about me???

"HOW DO YOU KNOW ALL THIS, THIS IS META IN A WEIRD WAY EVEN FOR YOU"
It's complicated and not important! Sticky! This change in focus has given me the ability to see far beyond the boundaries of what I could before! (That's how I'm able to be talking to you right now, in the authors comment!)

"GELL, WILL YOUR MEMORIES PERSIST INTO THIS SPIRITUAL SUCCESSOR OF DOTX?"
I don't think so, no! Think of this as a parrallel dimension to the DotX you know. This new version will take place in the same Hetrea as CARAVAN, while the DotX Comic you've been reading up until now exists alongside all those old RPG Maker games over on Hetrea.com!
In fact, one big reason this change was decided on is that based on where DotX falls on the Hetrean timeline, Mi should not at all be able to make robots that work and move on their own?? Like DotX should be taking place in the equivellent of your Victorian Era so at MOST he should be able to make some automotons that work like clocks, not fully functioning robots that can talk and think for themselves!


I'm willing to bet you have a ton of other questions still, so I'll be in the comments of this page answering questions for the rest of this week! Go ahead and hit me with whatever concerns or lore questions you've got and I'll give you the best answer I can!
I'm looking forward to hearing directly from you all for the first time!!

Comments:

zenpai 18th Feb 2019, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
zenpai
will this other Dot X be family-friendly like this one, or more "R-rated" like Caravan? also, which Caravan is canon?
x7 log in 18th Feb 2019, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
wait so squarebots arent gonna be a thing anymore? and mi isnt a time criminal???
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Gell
Hey! In order:

This new Dot X wont be R-rated, but will continue the darker tone we saw in the back half of the Ball at times, while continuing the lighthearted style of Dot X you know and love the rest of the time!
I'd like to finally swear, but I don't think they'd let me get away with anything more intense than "Heck".

Heck.
Do I still not get that one??

Shoot. Frick. Butt.

Gosh dang it.



...Anyway, as for Caravan, both are canon enough that one will never matter over the other! Assume all 7 player characters made it to the Neon City one way or another, and that only the events common between both sides of the story will ever be touched on again in future tales!


Squarebots aren't going to be a thing in DotX anymore, no, so we're looking for a new series to house them currently! Moose from Caravan was originally part of the BSP series, but when that was reworked into United, Moose was adopted by Caravan! This is actually pretty common, Lime was adopted into DotX from another series that had been reworked in the past!


The "Mi is a time criminal" storyline was one that was kicked around as a way of crossing over from this DotX into the next one- (Revolving Light would show up, arrest Mi, and eventually let him go under the condition that they could "reset the clock" on the region, wiping everyone's memories.)
But this was ultimately decided against so that it didn't feel like we were ruining This version of DotX to bring about the new one!



These are some very specific Hetrea-related questions!! If anyone reading this doesn't get what we're talking about here, don't you worry one bit!!
Anything context you need to know about to understand DotX will be explained within the new comic itself!
Guest 18th Feb 2019, 4:14 PM edit delete reply
gell do you kin yourself
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
Gell
yes, no doubles
hey x7. log in 18th Feb 2019, 5:54 PM edit delete reply
gell will it spoilers if you tell us what 7472 means or is it still gonna be important in some future hetrea somethin or other
When You're Sick, It's Me 18th Feb 2019, 5:56 PM edit delete reply
so this is like... a scratch?
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
Gell
7472 was going to be a password used to unlock Mi early as a playable character in a game that is no longer in production! We'll use it for something else in the future though, if we can!


And... Yes this is a bit like a scratch from Homestuck, apparently. I don't know what the words I'm saying mean but this is what I'm being told to say.
zenpai 18th Feb 2019, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
zenpai
will these alternate Gell and Fade still be able to break the fourth wall?
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
Gell
If we were phasing out fourth wall breaks I wouldn't be here talking to you right now
hey x7 log the fuck in 18th Feb 2019, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
does that mean theres gonna be two gells. and the new one is gonna be the Canon one? so you're the doomed gell and the other is the alpha gell? sorry if this is too depressing or whatever but
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
Gell
That's how it's going to seem from your perspective, yeah.

I'm gonna keep on living MY life, it just wont be in the timeline that you have access to seeing via comic.
What's depressing to ME is that I already can't read the comic anymore, and never got a chance to read the Ball chapter because I was busy living it, so I have no idea of what came over me when I apparently kissed Frisky???
its x7 just not logged in 18th Feb 2019, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
oh i can tell you that part! anaconda kissed both of you and also she has poisonous saliva. its probably just poison lipstick or something but its funny to think of poisonous saliva. anyway yeah no you didnt kiss frisky

((sky ignore this if you dont want gell to know))

i wonder if the gells will ever be able to interact? will there be anything visually setting them apart? i think sky said not, but you never know
Guest 18th Feb 2019, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
((i meant to ignore the first part. the first part is optional the second isnt :gun:))
explode7 18th Feb 2019, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
explode7
also i logged in finally
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Gell
My saliva is also poisonous so Anaconda and I would make a great couple also WHAT
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Gell
And yeah maybe the new Gell and I will interact outside of canon sometime!

We can be the hosts of DotX & DotX at the Olympic games
gell say trans rights 18th Feb 2019, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
gell say trans rights
Gell 18th Feb 2019, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
Gell
Trans rights!!