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The Great Duel in the Sky - Part 50!

December 14th, 2018, 4:53 pm

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Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

Wow...

Okay, here we go, EIGHT years... And 1050 pages! Wew.

This is crazy, really crazy. And you know what's crazier?

...This may be the last anniversary of the comic where it's still running.

Well, as of right now, I'm not too sure, but it's possible that next year, 2019, will be when this comic finally ends. But this may not be the case, maybe early 2020. Regardless, as you can probably tell, this comic is really close to its ending, but I'm not here to talk about said ending, because of course that would be spoilers. Instead, I'm here more to talk about my year with this comic and everything else.

But before, of course, let's talk about this page for a bit.

So first of all this is the first anniversary page ever where I did everything on my computer. I had no drawing tablet until earlier this year, so in the past I used to do the lineart on paper, scan it and do the rest on Photoshop. This time, however, I used SAI for pretty much drawing related, with my tablet obviously. To be honest, I'm still learning to use SAI, so maybe the first drawings look worse than the last ones.

This page was huge, and I honestly don't think I'd have made it as fast if I had no tablet to use this time. I only started it last weekend, so I did it all in one week, and I keep in mind that I still work, so now on Monday to Friday I didn't have all day to work on it (not to mention I got Smash Ultimate Monday, and really there's no way I would not play it lol). But yeah, it's here. Due to the short time I made this, I decided not to shade the drawings, but instead I decided not to reuse any drawings: every panel you see is unique, even the simple ones. Obviously, the only thing I reused was the background.

I don't have much else to say, other than I hope that the drawing in the last panel looks good. It's simple, but at the same time it's not. And if you're thinking it looks familiar... Well, I think that's obvious, but yes, it's based of THAT, and the implications of said design... Good question! But I'm not here to answer that. :P

Anyway, now that you know more about the stuff behind this page, let's look back at this year.

Luz continued her exposition, Miracle Matter finally showed up, Keeby was revealed to be working with the villains, along with his memory powers, and then Kirsy's stamina ones, then Lindroganti battled Xiaolin, Meta Knight battled Galacta Knight, Kiggy, Kelmy and Kanby battled Marx, all XXIs (including Panee) battled Miracle Matter, later with Kirby's help and everyone being powered up thanks to Dedoo linking them with their alternates, then everyone was beaten, Miracle Matter became these shards that many tried to get, Xiaolin got them and assembled the Magical Icosahedron, only for Kirby to panic and inhale it to get... Some Copy Ability.

*breathe*

So much happened! Mainly if you compare to last year. Anyway, as you can see this is shaping the ending, and I hope you're looking forward to the events of the near future.

Like I said, I don't want to comment too much about what has been happening, as I'd rather talk more when the comic actually ends and I look back to everything, but there are some things I want to point out.

I still haven't analyzed it enough, but I hope Luz's exposition wasn't that out of place, and that she didn't feel like some random character that suddenly showed and was key to everything. I am already aware that the execution of her role in the comic wasn't done that well, but I hope it wasn't the worst thing in the world.

If you're wondering, I had the idea of making Miracle Matter the "final boss" of this comic in around 2013, after I had realized my original idea made no sense (I'll talk about it eventually, just not in this comment). Funnily enough, the fact that I had called four objects related to the four elements "The Miraculous Treasures" came with no Miracle Matter in mind, however when I realized MM would be the perfect final battle for this comic and I saw that I just went "YEP NOW EVEN MORE PERFECT". Miracle Matter's seven forms were also what inspired the whole Seven Bases thing; the four elements fitted nicely, then I just had to figure out what to do for Spark, Bomb and Needle, and the whole idea of Light, Energy and Matter came and... Yeah. Moreover, seven times three is twenty one... Hmm. And you know what? An icosahedron has 20 faces! See, Miracle Matter was pretty much made to the final boss of this comic! ...But really, one of the reasons I chose Miracle Matter is actually because it's one of my favorite bosses of the series, honestly, its battle music is sooo good.

I'd talk about Keeby, but I already did a bit when he was revealed to actually be tricking Xiaolin, and the rest I'd want to talk about him would be really long. So all I'll say here is that I hope you all at least understand for most part what he did. Not everything is clear right now, but most should, and I hope it is.

So BATTLE SCENES that almost killed me because I still had to make them long and boy there were lots of them! Honestly, I'm still surprised I managed to make them, and I guess the time most had to be posted helped, otherwise I don't think I'd have made it. I hope they were creative too; I tried my hardest to make the mix Copy Abilities interesting but some combinations just didn't help.

Lastly, as this chapter is ending, here's the origin of its name. I originally wanted to name it "The Great Gig in the Sky", but "gig" didn't really fit the chapter, so I changed it to "duel" and so "The Great Duel in the Sky" was born. If you're wondering what is "The Great Gig in the Sky"... Google it. It's an amazing song by Pink Floyd, and for various reasons I figured out it would fit the chapter. Yeah, sorry lol, I go that far sometimes.

Anyway, that's it about the comic... But I do want to talk a bit about myself in this comment, because a lot has happened this year.

Probably the most important thing that happened to me this year was that I finally started therapy. Although I've been less vocal about my problems in the author comments lately, if you go back you can see me even mentioning suicide thoughts... I have anxiety that can sometimes lead to depression, and working on this comic has both helped and worsened these things. I've been worse, but lately stress had made me so down that I just told myself I had to accept the problem and try to heal my mental health. I started in September, and ever since it has already helped me a bit; of course, it's a long road, but I need to take it for my own sake. So, if you're wondering, yeah I still have problems, but I'm finally working on fixing them for good. Let's see how it will lead me in the future.

Apart from that, I also managed to make myself busier! ...Okay but really, I just hoped to find new experiences and I managed to get in two more: in August I joined an Ace Attorney Brazilian Portuguese fan translation team as a translator, and in November I became a moderator of the Kirby subreddit. Like I said, yes I'm busier, but I'd rather do different things other than just work on this comic for all this time... As much as I love it!

Now why am I telling you all this? Well, first because lately I've been less vocal about my life in this comic, because most people didn't seem interested in it, which is fine! However I still think I should give some information so that I look more like a real person to you all, not just the mysterious author of 20 Times Kirby. Secondly, "new" has been on my mind for most of this year, and I'm kinda wondering if and how I'll be able to remake this comic in the future. I started smaller things earlier this year, but I pretty much stopped because I started to wonder if maybe I was being too ambitious. But rest assured, I still have plans to rewrite this comic, I just really want to figure out my life after college first and I'll see better about that. In fact, another thing, I'm almost graduating college! ...And I'll change jobs in the beginning of next year. So, again, so much happening!

Regardless of changes or whatever, this comic is still here, and I need to continue working on it, as I have for over eight years now. I hope you're looking forward to the next chapter, that will probably be the second to last chapter of the whole comic. As I always say, because I always mean it, thank you so much for reading and supporting the comic, you all mean a lot to me. I mentioned depression, and there are times that just reading your comments makes me feel so much better about myself, so really, you all are important, and I probably wouldn't be this far today if it wasn't for the comic and you, the readers. I love you all! <3 Now if you'll excuse me, I'll update again only on the 23rd, as I usually do I want to take a short break after the anniversary. Thanks for reading, and see you then!

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 4:06 pm

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Readers' Comments:

littlekirby61524
Posted by littlekirby61524

That was quite a lot to read over.

Also, is it a bad thing that the first thing I thought of when seeing "void" was the Color Power from Sonic Colors (DS)?

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 5:12 pm

JovanW
Posted by JovanW

The crazy 8

Congrats Gigi once again on your 8th year of this comic! The day has came! I don’t really have much to say about it, but I’m impressed once again as well!

Gee, Kirby had to make a hard decision on who to give that artifact away, so he had to gulp and gain the... void ability. Huh, that’s a new one. Wonder how powerful it is. Hopefully not too dangerous.

I have read some of your author comment and I have to admit, life indeed always gets in the way sometimes and I see that. You have been really busy with your life as you struggled with your emotions and things that got in your way. I just have to admit, I am feeling empathetic to you.

Well, we are just about close to the end. Yeah. This comic really prompted me to start joining this website. But I’ll tell you more about it later on.

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 5:28 pm

Warpstar
Posted by Warpstar

I hope it's not permanent... the pinkness of Kirby is his staple!

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 5:33 pm

Ultizeta
Posted by Ultizeta

Not sure how I feel about using something so spoiler-riffic a mere few weeks after it was introduced in a Kirby game.

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 5:40 pm

PhoenixFurno
Posted by PhoenixFurno

Oh crap.

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 5:43 pm

Chunck.co
Posted by Chunck.co

Great Work, Much Like KA. I appreciate this comic and hope best on continuing and "finishing" I may be way behind on mine but I got tons stuff I want to do.

I plan on filling that void these comics close to finishing and Finished need to be filled and this minorly got me motivated.

Have A good Day, gigi. Happy Anniversary.

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 6:04 pm

Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

@Ultizeta:

You consider something so vague a spoiler...?

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 6:13 pm

Redkirby
Posted by Redkirby

Congrats on 8 years! Hard to believe it's been this long. I look forward to seeing what's in store in the future of this comic.

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 8:11 pm

Sudux
Posted by Sudux

Unassociated Thoughts

Kirby became the very thing he sought to destroy?


...oh no!
Amazingly well made page! The true final boss has been revealed! O:
Looking back, I'm just glad Keeby turned un-evil! :D
I'll be praying for your mental health and life after college.
Looking forward to more incredibly well made updates! Thank you, once again, for taking so much time out of your busy life to share this with us! :)

Posted at December 14th, 2018, 9:48 pm

WiispNightmare
Posted by WiispNightmare

W e l l.

Can't say I saw that coming.

On another note, I'm glad you've been able to find a way to treat your problems. I was getting a little worried.

Posted at December 15th, 2018, 5:59 am

Keitoded
Posted by Keitoded

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!


Kinda thought he would get Hypernova for some reason but I like this better. So hyped for the next comic.

Posted at December 15th, 2018, 6:16 pm

Keitoded
Posted by Keitoded

Also Lindos like I got a soda what's happening in the middle of the biggest conflict in the comic. I love that

Posted at December 15th, 2018, 6:19 pm

Posted by Nature (Guest)

ack. haven't been here in a while, but HOLY FRICK YOU HAD MENTIONED SUICIDE THOUGHTS?! if you actually kermited sewer slide then i would've killed you again because this comic is a true epic gamer moment. AND I KNOW MOST OF MY COMMENTS ARE OFF TOPIC but i'm really too lazy to think of anything. Anyway, congrats on literally everything cool you've done (Like, almost graduate college. I haven't graduated elementary school...yet!) So, uh, yeah. long comment.







and i just made it longer ^(^w^)^

Posted at December 16th, 2018, 9:20 am

Posted by Croconaw (Guest)

So that's how Void Kirby in Star Allies existed!

Posted at December 16th, 2018, 12:13 pm

@Gigi19972010: But seriously, this has been one of the most perfect comics that I have ever read. You have an eye for imagination and I love that. Can't wait until next time.

Posted at December 16th, 2018, 12:19 pm

Darkblane257
Posted by Darkblane257

My god, what have you done... O_O

Posted at December 16th, 2018, 3:02 pm

Posted by Fighter Dee

@Ultizeta: Wouldn't know it was spoilers if you hadn't mentioned it...

Posted at December 16th, 2018, 6:37 pm

NegitiveZero
Posted by NegitiveZero

Congrats on the 8th anniversary/year/whatever! I honestly love your comic, and its inspired me a ton! So thank you for all of this!

Posted at December 19th, 2018, 11:02 am

GalactaKnightRoolz
Posted by GalactaKnightRoolz

OH MEH GOOOOSH! VOID TERMINA!

Posted at December 19th, 2018, 2:57 pm

Extremmefan
Posted by Extremmefan

Everyone is being so serious about it but Drogan is just like "I went to get a soda what's going on?". XD

Posted at December 20th, 2018, 4:03 am

Gigi19972010
Posted by Gigi19972010

@JovanW:

Thanks for your words, you may not realize but small comments like that mean a lot to me. :)

@Chunck.co:

Thanks!

@Redkirby:

Thanks! This is all so crazy, and I'm glad you're looking forward to the future.

@Sudux:

Thank you so much! And yeah, here's hoping everything goes fine, let's see!

@WiispNightmare:

I've been postponing this for too long indeed, hopefully I can finally treat myself.

@Keitoded:

Funny that you mention it, very early ideas of this finale had Kirby with Hypernova! A lot changed since then however, and so did the Hypernova thing. And Drogan has got priorities, lol

@Nature:

Honestly, as much as I had (and still sometimes have, but rarely) suicide thoughts, they are never strong enough to actually make me act upon them, so don't worry really! However, at the same time, if they do exist, something is wrong, which is what I'm trying to fix. Regardless, I'm happy to know you really like the comic, thanks!

@Croconaw:

Thank you so much for your kind words! I try to make this comic the best I can and reading comments like yours make me realize that the effort I put into it isn't in vain.

@Fighter Dee:

There's a reason why I kept it very vague (and will keep doing that, in fact), but either way sorry about that. If that makes you feel better, what is shown here is not a direct spoiler at all.

@NegitiveZero:

Thanks, and I'm happy to hear that my comic has inspired you!

Posted at December 25th, 2018, 8:21 pm

Posted by Fighter Dee

@Gigi19972010: It's okay, I would never have guessed that it was a spoiler if nobody mentioned it.

Posted at December 26th, 2018, 1:59 pm

Gamenwatch
Posted by Gamenwatch

GALEEM KIRBY!

Posted at January 18th, 2019, 1:59 am

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