As you could probably guess, there's a story behind this one.
A few days ago, my dear friend, Mica Kole, sent me two pieces of great news:
One was that her short story had won second place in the Sapiens Plurum contest.
The other was that her boyfriend had proposed to her, and she'd enthusiastically said "yes" - by throwing him in the lake and then jumping in after him.
As the icing on the cake, all this happened just in time for her birthday. And what better way to celebrate her birthday, her engagement, and her literary victory than with a piece of fan art that includes an in-joke from her proposal story?
To my delight, she enjoyed the picture, and gave me permission to share her birthday gift and her great news with my readers.
Here's a version without the dialogue, in case you prefer that:
If you want to get the context behind this picture, you can read the 3,000-word short story for free here: http://sapiensplurum.org/2018-2nd-place-winner.html
It's about a man whose inability to make basic day-to-day decisions wreaks havoc on his personal life, until he buys a flying robot named Tempest to make those decisions for him. The robot's good at her job, but even she can't do everything for him. Eventually, he's going to face choices that he has to make on his own.
How much of this picture is based on the story and how much is based on the proposal, I won't say right now, because SPOILERS. Just go read the story. Go do it. Shoo.
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More Handplates fan art, this time starring little Papyrus.
The foreshortening didn't go as planned, but meh, it's lazy late-Saturday side project and I really don't feel like tinkering with it further.
I'm starting to give myself permission to work on side projects until I lose interest, and then call them done, rather than daunting myself out of starting them by saying I have to bring every single artistic whim to my closest semblance of perfection or else not do it at all.
I'll save my perfectionism for Just Cause, haha.
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One of those lucky instances where even though this is fandom-specific, there are no spoilers, and the joke requires no context to be understood.
Be nice, Gaster. I know this isn’t the best thing you’ve ever come home to, but he’s trying so hard, and he did it for you.
This is based on the “Babyplates” version of Zarla's Handplates AU. They aren’t babies anymore, but they’re still young enough that “I made (insert life form here) pretty” is automatically bad news, haha.
I wasn't sure whose style to use for this one, so I ended up doing a hybrid of my style and Zarla's.
Since some of her readers will probably be wondering, this wasn’t inspired by the printer incident. I thought of it when one of my siblings told me about a parent who discovered that their child had painted the kitchen with butter. BUTTER, of all things. >_<
The animal suits, on the other hand, were totally based on this Handplates comic and this Handplates side comic.
I probably should’ve drawn this in time for Father’s Day, but I didn’t. :( Oh, well.
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Whew! When I first scripted this 42-panel beast of a page out, I thought Darn, my readers are going to be waiting all month for this next update!
But it went a lot faster than I expected, so here we are, just over 2.5 weeks later. :)
The brothers were supposed to be packing their stuff in preparation to evacuate Snowdin with the rest of the monsters, but there's always time for Papyrus to yell at Sans and Sans to antagonize Papyrus. :P
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I Blame This On a Crappy Star Wars Drawing, the Pregnant Pet Rat of Prophecy, and a Conversation About Poop
So, here I sit. As I write these first few words, it's 11:07 on a Monday evening, I've had next to no free time today, and it's looking like free time will not be a thing for me until tomorrow evening.
Hence me writing this now, even though it's going to be published on Tuesday, because otherwise my weekly blog post will be posted at stupid o'clock at night, and I try not to do that too often.
Gotta give the people what they want, at an hour when they might be awake to read it. And I'm just going to make the crazy assumption that a trip into the weird side of my subconscious is what you want, because why the heck else would you click on a blog post with this title?
This won't be the last blog post I need to write tonight, either. Heaven help me.
For the current state of my to-do list, and the fact that so much of it is not done at this time of night, I partly blame a semi-accurate replica of a Star Wars rebel pistol I drew, a conversation about poop, and an imaginary pet rat with a prophecy attached.
Welcome to my Sunday night.
It began like many other nights. It was stupidly late, and I hadn't slept a wink. Par for the course, for me.
Maybe I need to start a trend like Thinspiration, but instead of giving people self-destructive diet advice, it's sensible and healthy and aimed at knuckleheads like me who consistently stay up too late.
"Do you want an extra hour of art time tonight, or sixteen hours of not feeling like crap tomorrow?"
But that's a topic for another blog post. Back to the stupid night I had because of something I drew and a couple conversations I had.
Once upon a Monday night...
Yes, it was still Sunday night, and the entirety of Monday was still ahead of me. Not that I remembered that.
In the bizarre hellscape my mind had decided to create, it was Monday night, I hadn't slept a wink on Sunday night, and my ENTIRE Monday to-do list was still not done.
And now I couldn't sleep.
Great, I thought, now I'll have to do all of my Monday work on Tuesday, with TWO sleepless nights behind me.
Ha. As if that was the worst bullcrap my subconscious could come up with on that particular night.
Enter the perilous pregnant pet rat of prophecy.
Apparently, for the mind of an author who writes a lot of angst, the appropriate response to my brother saying he was thinking of getting pet rats was to add said brother into my dream, and have him tell me that he'd had a vision where I was killed by a rodent and/or something else.
I forget what the something else was. The something else wasn't what came into my imaginary dream bathroom while I was taking an imaginary dream crap, and have imaginary dream babies all over the floor by way of splitting open and just unceremoniously dumping them out.
Never mind the fact that my brother was planning to get male rats, and have no females involved specifically to avoid the possibility of babies.
If mpreg body horror is what it takes for my subconscious to fulfill its fictional prophecy, that is what it will stoop to.
Such terrible literary standards. Subconscious, I'm disappointed in you.
Now, as for the improbably birthed litter of death-babies on my floor, I should mention now that I'm not normally afraid of rats.
But when they're involved in a prophecy that ends in my death, and they just came spilling into the world chestburster alien-style, my irrational dream self has a hard time bringing herself to touch them, climb off the toilet while they're in the room, or otherwise risk drawing aggro.
So there I was, trapped on my toilet by a bunch of possibly diseased rat babies who were theoretically going to kill me because my brother had had a prophetic dream within a dream.
My version of Inception is so much less cool than the movie.
Now, not only was my to-do list not done, but I couldn't go to sleep until I'd somehow managed to get rid of every single rat, preferably without touching them.
At least the rats weren't werewolves, right? HA.
At this point, art took a break from imitating life long enough for life to imitate art by dragging me into wakefulness for a trip to the real bathroom.
At least I didn't dream I was peeing and act accordingly while still in bed, so I suppose I should count my blessings.
Admittedly, that kind of math is hard to do when you have a long to-do list for tomorrow, and you just woke up after four hours of sleep, with a low probability of getting back to sleep in time to avoid having several extra hours of work due to sleep-deprivation-induced slowness.
To my surprise, after I'd finished shambling to and from my prophecy rat-free bathroom, it only took a little over an hour of tossing and turning before I managed to re-enter the absurdity my subconsciousness had decided to weave for me.
Once again, there were furry animals and echoes of a real-life conversation involved. Only this time, as you probably guessed from the headline, the animals were werewolves, and the conversation was about poop.
Did you ever take a crap so big that your pants fit better? Apparently a friend of mine did, and he felt the need to tell me about it.
I also felt the need to show him a semi-accurate drawing I'd made of a Star Wars blaster pistol.
Both of these things are fine by me.
The fact that my mind decided to blend them into a werewolf infestation in my basement, when the only weapon I had was a crappy little blaster pistol that was designed to break up unflushable poop rather than giant carnivorous creatures of the night, was not.
And you know what?
As if that wasn't bullcrap enough, it was STILL Monday night in my dream, Monday's to-do list was still not done, and now I couldn't go to sleep until I dealt with the damn werewolves.
I wasn't even scared. I was just so annoyed that the werewolves wouldn't let me go to bed.
Kind of like that time when I dreamed that my paraplegic cat was going to take over the world, and my biggest fear was that, in the process of dragging himself across the globe, he would accidentally lose his diaper.
My dream self has some interesting priorities.
Eventually, my alarm clock rescued me from my nonsensical fantasy dreamscape.
By "rescued", I mean it dragged me into a real world where I had 20 minutes to haul my sleep-deprived self out of bed, visit my rat-free bathroom to take a dump that would hopefully not require a sci-fi weapon to get rid of it, and throw some leftovers in the toaster oven before it was time to get to work.
Almost 12 hours later, here I am, finishing up tomorrow's blog post, with another post still waiting to be written, because apparently I have strange priorities even when I'm awake.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because I needed content for my blog post, it's late at night, and I'm getting revenge on my subconscious by sharing its crappy flash fiction with the world.
Also, if I have to deal with my dream world's bad werewolf fic and poorly-implemented fictional prophecies, so do you.
Ah, that moment when you realize late Wednesday night that you forgot to schedule a blog post for Tuesday, and end up publishing it on Thursday instead. Sorry about that!
Out of all the many Undertale AUs out there, Zarla's Handplates is currently my favorite. It's deep, emotional and well-drawn, has great dialogue, and really makes the reader think about the different moral viewpoints the characters present. (Fair warning: If you're going to read it, prepare for pain, anger, and a potent urge to decapitate a fictional skeleton.)
It also has some goofy side comics, like the one where Gaster found a sexually explicit fanfiction Alphys had written, involving herself, him, and several other monsters.
This sparked a discussion about the logistics of Alphys dropping and possibly reattaching her tail, which resulted in me speculating about this interaction, which resulted in this picture.
Such a serious and poignant AU, and my first (but probably not last) fan art for it is a goofy one-panel about Alphys using a Finding Nemo reference while freaking out about Gaster (almost) touching her butt.
As a bonus for those of you who are familiar with this AU: Alphys is hiding in the same closet Gaster locked her in in this joke comic.
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I was having a conversation with a fellow artist about how Papyrus probably knows more than people give him credit for, and this came to mind.
Warning: it contains spoilers for the genocide route in Undertale.
Both Sans and Asgore spill their guts either during or after combat - in fact, that’s the ONLY time when Sans really opens up - so even though Papyrus’ advice sounds weird, it’s actually oddly sound.
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Well, someone's been a busy artist! It seems like art has kind of taken over my blog lately, and now I'm going to contribute to the infestation with three new pieces. :)
This first one was drawn during a computer crash, while I was waiting for my poor laptop to recover from a devastating collision with Alice: Madness Returns. Turns out, you're not supposed to have any other programs running when you start up the game - at least, not on my computer.
But at least I got a nice picture out of it.
I thought about drawing the hood and shoulders, but I decided I liked it better with the hood just framing her face instead of competing with it.
The next piece is a quick, goofy cross between Undertale fan art and me pointing out the problem with a musician's quote.
Mr. Marley, I'm afraid Blooky and I have to disagree with you. And I think a lot of headphone users will side with us on this one.
The third piece has some spoilers for Undertale, so proceed with caution.
I loved Undyne's story about how she met Asgore. Toby Fox did a great job of establishing the king's character, both his power and his gentle nature, long before the protagonist ever meets him.
This is less detailed than a lot of my other drawings; it's more of a quick impulse sketch that I knocked off in under an hour than a major project that I wanted to spend a lot of time on, but I liked this scene and I felt like drawing a happy Asgore. So here you go.
In this picture, he's wearing a casual training uniform instead of his usual armor and robes, because he doesn't want young Undyne to scuff up his robe or break her knuckles on his armor. You can tell from his hair that the little warrior is getting better at what she does, haha.
That's all the new artwork for now, but there will be more to come in the near future.
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Stephanie is the author of My Fugitive and several upcoming books. She enjoys connecting with her readers and building a community of fiction fans here on this blog.