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So it seems that May is Diamond Tiara Month as she and her family play a role in this issue’s brew-ha-ha. But only as a partial instigator, which I think suites her role in the show better.  

Twilight is off and away to Canterlot to do royal business and to get out of the story’s way. She’s set up a special theme for Ponyville Days and left the Mayor in charge of everything. Apparently, this was a mistake because the Mayor is completely ineffectual at settling an argument.

The idea is the youngest member of Ponyville’s founding family shall be crowned princess for the celebration. Everyone including the audience thinks this will be Applebloom. Diamond Tiara accomplishes a trifecta by challenging the assumption. She gets to put herself in the spotlight, re-establish her family’s status, and stick it to Applebloom in one felled swoop. Very economic.

The town quickly splits down the middle as the ponies argue over what was the town’s true foundation: Sweet Apple Acres or Filthy Rich’s shop. And before you can say “et tu, Rarity?” even the mane six are divided.

This is a great example of how most arguments start. Individuals come together under a shared idea, but become bogged down in the details. Valid points are made on both sides and neither feels that they are being heard. Tempers rise, insults fly, and the community as a whole collapses.

While Rarity’s turn seems very shallow, it’s important to note that Pinkie only sided with the Apple Family for the promise of sweets. Applejack’s stubbornness and Rainbow’s bravado ensure that nopony is coming out of this with the moral high ground. Again, much like a real-life argument.

To be honest, I wondered if this comic would go the predictable route of Twilight returning in the second half to settle the matter or apply a magical third option. But not so! Twilight returns by the end of part 1 and can’t believe how the town has divided. In the aftermath of a rather bizarre battle, she can’t get the ponies to see past hurt feelings and bruised egos. This isn’t about the initial argument any more. It’s about what was said and done during the argument.

As we head into Part 2, only four ponies back the idea of re-unifying the town. My hope is that since Twilight and Fluttershy had to sit out a majority of this part they’ll have a more prominent role next time. I enjoyed this comic’s take on a group argument and the mistakes both sides can make. There a valid points, poor choices, and it serves as a mirror to real life. Definitely looking forward to Part 2!

Seems Fiendship is Magic’s atmosphere is still hanging around as our latest Friends Forever’s cover features our two lesser villains: Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. I say the cover features them because the real fun of this story lies on all the characters around them.

And let me be clear: I do not like these characters but I love to hate them. Like Dracko Malfoy, Pravuil, or any other little coward who acts like he's got real power; DT and SS are meant to be disliked and they encourage the audience to do so. I just have my doubts that they can carry a story.

Like a singularity surrounded by stars, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon seem intent on taking all the fun so it’s up to the rest of the cast to shine brighter. Basic premise is simple. The town is hosting a scavenger hunt and the CMC are eager to win the Blue Hay concert tickets. And not wanting their rivals to have even a day of fun, DT and SS decide to compete and block them.

But jinkies! They need a third member. So we get to see how DT interacts with her father: pure mane-ipulation. She plays the victim and he believes he can fix all her problems with his money. Though we’ve never seen them interact in the show beyond Family Appreciation Day, this seems like a believable scenario.

It also highlights something about Diamond Tiara: all adults are rendered useless around her. Thinking back on Call of the Cutie, Ponyville Confidential, and Family Appreciation Day, adults just seem to switch off their thinking and give Diamond Tiara free reign. Even the Mayor can only offer lip service to the spirit of fair play, as if DT and her lackey care.

Their third team member: Prancy Drew, the famous filly detective. Who is modeled after Scooby Doo's Velma and one of several pop culture references on just one page.

But Holy Hans Christen Anderson, the best joke in the comic goes to Pinkie Pie who doesn’t even need a speaking line to be funny. All hail the Pinkster!

The Scavenger hunt has some nice continuity callbacks and follows a similar rhythm to each event. Prancy Drew carries her team while the Crusaders seem to find things by sheer luck. The other contestants have vanished. Too bad. I wonder how the Stooge Ponies fared.

The focus is really split between the two teams. Scheming and abuse by Team Tiara, slapstick and comedy dialog from the CMC with appearances by supporting cast. It’s not really a surprise that DT and SS win in their own comic after abandoning Prancy Drew (she should have seen that coming), but the victory quickly turns to ash.

And what have they learned? Nothing at all!

Which isn’t really a fault. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are meant to be characters you love to hate. This comic never asks for sympathy or understanding. It says that they’re both friends because of shared rottenness but even then they aren’t truly happy.

But can these two really carry a story themselves? This comic makes me think not. It’s the CMC’s antics, Prancy Drew’s personality, and the guest appearances by other characters that make this comic more endearing. It’s not a bad read, but it’s a Friends Forever I think many could pass up without missing out on much. I'm not looking for DT or SS to be anything other than unpleasant, but not as main characters.

I’m much more intrigued to see the inner workings of a certain Stallion’s mind next month!  

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So it seems that May is Diamond Tiara Month as she and her family play a role in this issue’s brew-ha-ha. But only as a partial instigator, which I think suites her role in the show better.  

Twilight is off and away to Canterlot to do royal business and to get out of the story’s way. She’s set up a special theme for Ponyville Days and left the Mayor in charge of everything. Apparently, this was a mistake because the Mayor is completely ineffectual at settling an argument.

The idea is the youngest member of Ponyville’s founding family shall be crowned princess for the celebration. Everyone including the audience thinks this will be Applebloom. Diamond Tiara accomplishes a trifecta by challenging the assumption. She gets to put herself in the spotlight, re-establish her family’s status, and stick it to Applebloom in one felled swoop. Very economic.

The town quickly splits down the middle as the ponies argue over what was the town’s true foundation: Sweet Apple Acres or Filthy Rich’s shop. And before you can say “et tu, Rarity?” even the mane six are divided.

This is a great example of how most arguments start. Individuals come together under a shared idea, but become bogged down in the details. Valid points are made on both sides and neither feels that they are being heard. Tempers rise, insults fly, and the community as a whole collapses.

While Rarity’s turn seems very shallow, it’s important to note that Pinkie only sided with the Apple Family for the promise of sweets. Applejack’s stubbornness and Rainbow’s bravado ensure that nopony is coming out of this with the moral high ground. Again, much like a real-life argument.

To be honest, I wondered if this comic would go the predictable route of Twilight returning in the second half to settle the matter or apply a magical third option. But not so! Twilight returns by the end of part 1 and can’t believe how the town has divided. In the aftermath of a rather bizarre battle, she can’t get the ponies to see past hurt feelings and bruised egos. This isn’t about the initial argument any more. It’s about what was said and done during the argument.

As we head into Part 2, only four ponies back the idea of re-unifying the town. My hope is that since Twilight and Fluttershy had to sit out a majority of this part they’ll have a more prominent role next time. I enjoyed this comic’s take on a group argument and the mistakes both sides can make. There a valid points, poor choices, and it serves as a mirror to real life. Definitely looking forward to Part 2!

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I became a My Little Pony fan in the latter part of 2011, well into the show's second season. As a latecomer, I'm in a strange situation. The online community is pretty unknown to me, and none of my local friends are fans.

I admire the creativity surrounding MLP, in both the show itself and the creativity of its fans. I created this account to focus my own expressions. Keep checking back and I hope everyone enjoys my drawings!
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TurtleChix Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I have been watching your channel for a while. (actually your channel is amoung) I've been debating on wither or not to become a reviewer myself. It looks like tons of fun... but I'm still unsure of how well I'd do (or if anything I'd make would have any sense to them at all lol). Any suggestions of what to do or not to do as a reviewer? Also one of your video's inspired me to do it. Your a amazing person and I hope your able to keep doing amazing video's.
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3600LetGo Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, Mr. Silver Quill,
Do you have any advice for a girl who has opinions, but is too scared to share them?
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MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm guessing that there's a fear of rejection involved. Which is understandable but one of the biggest things to remember is that how people react to your opinions is not a reflection on you as a person. Ideas may conflict, but that's not your responsibility.

I find that if you put your opinion out there clearly, without relying on personal attacks or jabs, other people respond with equal respect. Those who don't aren't putting forth the same energy, so why invest in the lazy?
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3600LetGo Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it IS mostly fear. I'm always scared of what other people think. My opinions kind of paint the picture of my views and who I am. I'm always afraid that people won't like me if I say the wrong thing.
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uroboros2 Featured By Owner 5 hours ago
Hello, Silver Quill
I'm a fan of your show, After the Fact, and I have two questions, that I know are univited, but I would like to ask them all the same.
What are your opinions on alicorn or snowflake(Non-pony) OCs in the fandom?
What do you think is the social status of non-pony characters living in Equestria?

By the way, love the gallery.
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MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My OC would be a snowflake since he's only half-pony. :)

I'm of the firm belief that a character that is constructed with care and an understanding of its personality will stand out in a positive way. That includes alicorn OC's though the stigma against them is significant and the reasons for their existence are hard to support. Yes, they are powerful. But isn't a story more interesting when a weaker character has to rise against a greater force? Alicorns seem like the top tier of pony, so it's hard to imagine a story where the role wouldn't better suit one of the other races.

As for other races in Equestria, they seem to be treated with greater suspicion. Ponies seem to live such a harmonious life that it can backfire. Something new and unknown comes along and they freak out. I actually think they need a little more adversity so they can learn to adapt to the unexpected. The only being who hasn't been treated this way was Gilda, and she spurned the ponies' good will.
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WillChilton Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
I just saw your Garo video the other day, and now I'm kinda interested in checking it out. Where can I find it? 
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MLP-Silver-Quill Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do a Google search for "TV Nihon". They're the folks who subtitled the clips I used. :)
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Dawnaandcake Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  New member
Xan you please visit my page?
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Jasmineicenfire Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Buck Rogers
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