Comic 250 - Night Light

27th Aug 2015, 11:00 PM in Night Terror
Night Light
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Hetreagod 27th Aug 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete
Hetreagod
"Oh boy" is right, Mi.

I THINK I've mentioned it before, but in case I haven't- After this chapter and the next, we'll be at the ball! The ball will be the third 'Huge' chapter of DotX, (The first two being The Wonderful and Adventure) and I'm already in the process of planning it out! I haven't been this far ahead in terms of knowing EXACTLY what the next chapter is in a very long time! I'm excited!

Back to this chapter for now, though! A lot of you guessed it'd involve the demon- Well done! :D



Comments:

Rose 28th Aug 2015, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
Daww, Miles without his glasses. :)
Lady of Chocolate 28th Aug 2015, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
You put this up at midnight?! BAD Skyler!
...I hope you at least slept in late this morning.
Again, I am loving the effects at the top of this page. But I probably wouldn't want the page "Nightmare" in my bedroom because I would wake up in the middle of the night, look right at it and only be able to see the eyes, and scream.
Hey, I'm in marching band now! I'm in percussion and am the first stationary member since the band was first formed because it would be hard to march with four cymbals and a tambourine.
Also, you're awesome.
Toodles~
Lady of Chocolate 28th Aug 2015, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
You put this up at midnight?! BAD Skyler!
...I hope you at least slept in late this morning.
Again, I am loving the effects at the top of this page. But I probably wouldn't want the page "Nightmare" in my bedroom because I would wake up in the middle of the night, look right at it and only be able to see the eyes, and scream.
Hey, I'm in marching band now! I'm in percussion and am the first stationary member since the band was first formed because it would be hard to march with four cymbals and a tambourine.
Also, you're awesome.
Toodles~
JollyPayton 28th Aug 2015, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
I finnaly caught up to the chapters and I'd like to say this series has been amazing so far but I always wondered why Tails/Miles was so mean he was like the nicest character in Sonic. So I'd just like a reply please.
Guest 28th Aug 2015, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
D'awww miles
Hetreagod 29th Aug 2015, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
Hetreagod
@Rose (&Guest)

Yeah, Mi's sure a cutie when he hasn't got his goggles on! I never draw eyebrows on him when his goggles are on, so he looks a lot more expressive without them! :3

@LadyofChocolate:
Hahah don't worry about my sleep! I have each page scheduled to go up ahead of time- I'm not actually online when it goes up! (Most of the time...) It's all automated, you see. I try to stay at least one page ahead!
Not blaming you when it comes to Nightmare- It's an intense one! I'm glad it's getting such a desired response! ; P

Woah, by the way, I too was a percussionist in my school band years and years and years ago! Never had a chance to do marching band though, that's really awesome yourself! ^_^

And thank you! : D



@JollyPayton:
Well have I got an answer for you!
First off, let me just thank you for reading through the comic in the first place! I always enjoy hearing from new readers. On to your question!

The simple answer is that Miles is not nice like Tails because Miles and Tails are not the same character! I am, however, prepared to give you a much more complicated answer.

Dot X began many many years before this comic did. It was, at first, just me and my friends throughout 3rd grade pretending to be the Sonic cast during recess. Soon however, Pudding's original creator... created her, and many of us started making our own 'Sonic characters' to play as! Not everybody though, and so those who chose to stay as Sonic characters and those of us playing as our own characters decided that the characters we made up would just be the little siblings of the Sonic cast, so they'd have a reason to interact. Tails, in this period of time, was Pudding's older brother, and he would let Pudding and her friends test his inventions, which led to all sorts of zany adventures.

By the time we hit High School, I was the only one who still actively thought about the cast of DotX, and I decided that it was important to seperate it entirely from the Sonic universe. ...And this was easily done! I ret-conned away every member of the Sonic cast so DotX could grow as a series of its own. This is also when I started tying my stories together in one world, Hetrea! Also at this time, the DotX cast made the jump from Hedgehogs, Foxes, etc to Mobians. (A mammalian sentient species on Hetrea. You can read more about Mobians on the 'Introduction' page of DotX!

Despite removing the rest of the Sonic cast however, I couldn't bring myself to get rid of Tails. His inventions and relationship to Pudding were just too big a plot point to remove cold turkey. For the time being, Tails stayed.


Once I hit college however, it felt like the right time to bring back DotX in a big way. I wanted to weave all these characters and ideas that we had into one cohesive story. I planned for months. (Maybe even over a year?) I eventually settled on making DotX into a webcomic. The one you're reading now! One major character stood in the way, though. Tails.
Though Tails had always been a minor character in DotX, I couldn't have him be Tails anymore in any capacity. This character needed to evolve into something new.

I thought about how I could change Tails without changing his role in Dot X. The kids always tested his inventions and robots. ...But what if that wasn't lighthearted and friendly like it always had been in the past? What if this character had Pudding's friends test his inventions out of malice, rather than kindness? What if Pudding's older brother had it out for all the boys who were fighting over Pudding? What if he was a villain to all but Pudding?

Once I figured that out, I had sown the seeds that would grow into one of my personal favorite characters that I've ever created. Miles was meant to be a very minor part in this comic, but looking back now that sounds absurd. Miles is too important NOT to use.

Now that Tails had been pretty much REPLACED by this new, far more threatening character, I needed a new name for him. Renaming characters is really weird, though! The only thing I could bring myself to call him was Miles. It was still Tails' name, and everybody knows that, but nobody actually CALLS Tails Miles. It was still hard to get used to! If/when his name ever were to change again, it'd be just as hard.

He's already changing so much since the comic began, though! His tails have been phased out, his mane is growing, he's not naked, and we'll see what happens going forward. I'm moving him away from Tails slowly but steadily. I wouldn't want his change to be sudden without warning from the Miles we all've come to know and love, it'd be jarring! It would be like if I, and this is just an example, completely updated Audrey's appearance to better fit her character and our modern understanding of Mobian development/culture. That'd be crazy! ...Right?


I'm sure to many, if not all of you, that Miles still looks a heck of a lot like Tails, though! And while they certainly share a number of features, I think if you saw me draw them in my style side by side, you'd be able to see just how different they really look. AND SO I'VE DONE JUST THAT! Here they are, to scale, with a bit of personality tossed in there for good measure!




...Honestly, Mi seems much more like Eggman in my eyes. ; P


(I'd also like to point out that I put goggles on Miles LONG before Tails' Sonic Boom design was released. Curse you, SEGA!!)
Darth Escar 29th Aug 2015, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
Darth Escar
@HetreaGod I loved that comparison. XD
Drake Stormchaser 29th Aug 2015, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
The effects used on both this and the previous page remind me of the effects Andrew hussie used for the First Guardians/Space players in homestuck... Needs some green lightning tho...
Sea 29th Aug 2015, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
Does Miles even have a tail??
I can't remember ever seeing one.
BlueTinge 30th Aug 2015, 1:31 PM edit delete reply
Haha love the comparison! XD
BlueTinge 30th Aug 2015, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
...I did not realize that the comment I posted was almost identical to Darth Escar's *facepalm*
JollyPayton 1st Sep 2015, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
@HeteraGod Thank you so much for that reply I couldn't have asked for more, and that comparison is halarious. This clears up a lot of things and thanks.
BubbleGumBlix 11th Sep 2015, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
Aww. Poor Pudding I remember when I was little I used to have nightmares all the time it was scary but I'm not sure if most of them were nightmares because I have always had weird dreams but they have gotten better over the years.
Grndll3 24th Jan 2016, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
I love Miles without his glasses!