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MLP issue 12 Original presentation, unedited. by andypriceart MLP issue 12 Original presentation, unedited. by andypriceart
Thought some might like to see the original intentions for the layout on Issue 12. The artwork is the same, but the graphics of the cover were meant to parody the DC Comics romance books of the 1960's... right down to putting IDW's logo inside a heart.

 Originally, Shining Armor's word balloon read "a loser like me", and not "somepony like me". It was felt loser was too harsh, so that was changed. 

As for the graphics in the layout, the romance approach was believed to be a put-off to readers, that they might feel it was too... 'mushy". The checkerboard and 60's approach were dropped as well... so, the final cover was just the artwork and the MLP logo.

Original artwork- India ink, PITT pens, copic markers, watercolor dyes on 11x17 bristol board.
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:iconendplanets:
endplanets Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
I don't know what the dice are for since the Monstrous Manual (which complements the ROTC manual) obviously has official army specs on how to deal with very real monsters like demons, ursas and dragons (just yell at it).

That or the its a generic manual for something that is so boring that the cover designer decided to have fun with the title.
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MegaAniLinkFan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
I STILL NEED THIS COMIC.  I only have 11!  It's so hard to get...I can only find it online, but I'm afraid i'll get gypped like over spending or getting it damaged before or after delivery...
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:iconsfaccountant:
SFaccountant Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
NERRRRRRRRRD!!
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:iconlampwick-1940:
lampwick-1940 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Notice me senpai in reverse.
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:iconkiraneko4:
kiraneko4 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is my favorite mlp comic so far! I just love the story!
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:iconplaidsandstripes:
plaidsandstripes Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
I have my dad's old dice and figures - in that SAME BAG! (of course, it doesn't say "dice"...) Such a cute little detail!
"the romance approach was believed to be a put-off to readers, that they might feel it was too... 'mushy". The checkerboard and 60's approach were dropped as well... so, the final cover was just the artwork and the MLP logo."
Who's making these calls? How is a GIANT, PUFFY My Little Pony logo with HEART-cutouts, swirly letters, and a pink rainbow not mushy? Maybe they need to start revealing these idea versions as a sneak-peak - for people to vote on. Each comic purchased could give you a one-use voting code!
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AmyRose12xx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
MORNING IN PONYVILLE SHIMMERS...MORNING IN PONYVILLE SHINESS AND I KNOW FOR ABSOLUTE CERTAIN..THAT EVERYTHING IS CERTAINLY FI-*Twilight blows up, Shining doesn't fit in* Mhmm. Everything's fine. AWESOME STORY!!
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:iconmaran-zelde:
Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I really liked this story; it felt like it could've been a real episode.
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:icondisgruntlednuz:
DisgruntledNuz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the most corny thing I've ever seen and I frickin love it.

probably my favorite arc ever.
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SullivanStag Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That dice bag looks like a Crown Royal bag, which is what I kept all of my dice and stuff in when I played DnD.
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Draegwolf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
this cover/issue definitely changed my perception of Shining Armor and what sort of character he was, of course the fact that it had ponies playing DnD was enough reason for me to read it XD
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:icondisney-mlp-forever:
disney-mlp-forever Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one one of my faves:la: choir 
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:iconcreepyzelderp:
Creepyzelderp Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't doubt that, Shining Armor.
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:icongaybiez:
gaybiez Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FALL FORMAL GALA
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:iconjaquelindreamz:
JaquelinDreamz Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Don't worry, Shining.
Cadence-senpai will notice you.
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:icondadu79:
dadu79 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
who'd knew he was such a paladin dork XDD

it makes him EVEN more interesting now X3
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:iconjaquelindreamz:
JaquelinDreamz Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes, begin a kouhai to Cadence seems to work for him. u w u
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:icondadu79:
dadu79 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
senpai chan, notice me u wu 
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:icontwilightcloversuper8:
Twilightcloversuper8 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bryan: Au contraire, my colorful friend. It is shown, in the future, that you and Cadance will be together.:) (Smile)
(pauses)
Bryan:...and it apparently also shows me carving a Swastika on Buck withers's head.Stare 
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newmusicpics Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Atleast Senpai noticed you.
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:icondingosnivysprint12:
dingosnivysprint12 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I kind of want to read it now :) 
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:iconlunarrepublican:
LunarRepublican Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Don't ask me how, but I think I know how this ends.
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:iconkyoshyu:
Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually love this cover. :)
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SoulSilverIV Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I absolutely adored this comic arc.  It was fantastic to see Cadance and Shining Armor - two of my favourite characters - get some backstory.  The story was very entertaining, and funny and cute to boot!  This is one of my favourite arcs so far!  I love this cover too, I love the fact that Shining Armor is a D&D nerd!  xD

You, Katie and the team are doing an absolutely stellar job on these comics, keep up the good work!  I can't get enough of them!  :P
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MyrkSuki Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Its just a funny comparison reading this after folloing a High School Cadence tumblr thats more mirrored off japanese romance tropes, which meant for a geeky Cadence and sporty Shining Armor. Yay cultural differences. 
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ShimaFox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! XD


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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you did a great job! (though it's a little upsetting to realize that I've seen those DC comics fresh on the stand..... in that time frame....Goddess I'm old!)
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I love this cover! :heart:
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:iconnetbug009:
Netbug009 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Writer
It's a shame they didn't at least used this as a variant cover. 
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:iconj25thearcking:
J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this comic, it rocks
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rozasupreme Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Ooooh. I like the idea of a 60's vibe. Any chance you'll use that idea in a future cover?
I'd have really liked this one. Plus the 399c is a nice idea. Bit more than the usual 6c back then though XD
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:icondeadlockat:
DeadlockAt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
I always wanted to know how he got his mark.
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:iconcoffeblack:
CoffeBlack Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This is probably one of my favourite covers.
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:iconblueclaws85:
Blueclaws85 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
The Wild Stallion reminds me of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. :)
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fuzzyveevee Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Love that little thinking to try outside the box and really show care for it all, pity it never made it to final release, but definitely worth being able to see the intention here!
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:iconbico-kun:
bico-kun Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pff, "they" don't know their audience so well.
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:icontakewalker:
TakeWalker Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
This was such a great arc. Your artwork is impeccable as always. I love you guys doing the comics so much, never stop. :D
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jaygazer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I just love this cover.  It is one of my favorites.  Do you ever plan on selling it or putting it up for auction?  The Shining Armor series was one of my favorites that you did and I would be honored to own a piece of that in some sort of fashion.  Also, I love Oingo Boingo. :)
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:iconandypriceart:
andypriceart Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
it is available for sale, send me a private message if interested and I can tell you details.
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:iconastral-spectrum:
Astral-Spectrum Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
should have been the actual cover iirc.
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:iconwirlog:
Wirlog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
And they play Dungeons and Humans?
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:icontozetre:
Tozetre Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Dat Crown Royal bag, hnnng.
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:icontcpolecat7:
TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Crown Royal bags, the single most popular dice bag in the world...

- Polecat
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BlondeNobody Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too bad they don't sell those comics in my country and I really don't want to resource to download pirated versions. It feels like a lack of respect to the creators!
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:iconandypriceart:
andypriceart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Can you order from Amazon.com where you are? That might help!

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:iconblondenobody:
BlondeNobody Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will check that, thanks!
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ProphetEKA Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm diggin' the throwback stylings. It gives it an interesting feel. Though I understand their points, I think this would have made for a neat alt. cover.

Thanks for popping this up! It's always cool to see other ways comic covers could have gone. = )
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m2pt5 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Wait, they thought the romance approach would be a put-off? We're talking about the same show originally targeted at little girls that features miniature talking brightly colored horses that acquired an unexpected predominantly male teen/adult fanbase, right? I really don't think that would have put off many, if any, readers.
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maxwestart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work, Andy!
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FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I wish this version had stayed. I loved the homage to the older comics on the final cover, but the "True to Life Tales of Pony Romance!" bit and "Only 399" are just priceless!
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