I like to think that no matter what happens in Simon and Marcy, it won’t be anywhere near as horrible as this.
Didn’t turn out as well as I’d like, but oh well~
Reverseworld AU sketchdump time!
- Reverse!Simon has had a deep fascination with the celestial activity that appears in the sky over the northern parts of Uuu (It’s pronounced the same way as Ooo) since he was very small. (Wanting to know how the pretty sky lights worked was basically the beginning of Simon’s endless thirst for knowledge, one of the main reasons he became an adventurer. The other one? well…)
-Flashback image. Simon’s supposed to be about 6 or so here. Long story short, Gunter’s shady past caused Simon to learn some very useful skills (lockpicking and pickpocketing) from some less than ethical people (as in, “people who would use a small child with quick fingers to break into houses for them”), and Simon doesn’t take it too well when he finds out he’s basically been used as a tool for burglary. The perpetrators get theirs in the end, and the whole incident actually ends up inspiring Simon to heroism. (He’s still got some major guilt issues about the whole thing, mind you…)
-Reverse!Simon’s nunchucks aren’t made of demon’s blood, although they are a family heirloom. He does have a deadly blade made from “The bones of the Drowned God” for a secondary weapon, though. (the Drowned God may or may not manifest in the Spirit Realm as The Dead One, and he will pursue every iteration of Simon in every realm of the multiverse until he gets his bones back! (Too bad all he can think to do is leave weird slime heads around to crawl all over him.). The blade is based partially on a ninja sword (because NINJAS) and partially on a Shashka. Oh, and it was a gift from…
-…OCEAN PRINCESS BETTY. (coffee-elemental did the top sketch!) She has a similar issue as Flame Princess in that when she gets excited about anything, the ocean will storm violently. Yes, that includes getting excited from smooching. She’s not evil by any means, although she almost gets Simon wanted for princess-kidnapping when she gets curious about the human with glasses who shows up in the ocean kingdom’s library when it’s supposed to be closed to the public (Because lockpicks are cheap, and water-breathing spells aren’t!) and follows him back to land. (There’s also the issue of Betty being unable to breathe out of water.)
…Yeah, I guess it was inevitable that dimensional shenanigans like this would happen in Reverseworld.
They become friends later, though.
(I’ll probably elaborate on how this exactly happens in another picture description.)
[EDIT]: Did a few fixes to Simon’s hair, since it was bugging me.
More Reverseworld AU stuff.
Reverse!Simon is pretty good at learning new skills by reading about them. And a good adventurer cannot be too skilled in his weapon of choice. (He’s probably really good at sleight-of-hand tricks like pickpocketing due to all his nunchuck practice, now I think about it.) That all said… he’s probably learned not to practice near breakable objects or windows. Just in case.
Meanwhile, Reverse!Gunter eats his sandwich, and probably works on getting Reverse!Simon to put down the book and nunchucks for five minutes so he can eat a sandwich too. (He’s probably been sitting there studying for quite a while now.)
In which coffee-elemental and I create an Reverse-world AU where a boy called Simon and his magic size-changing, self-cloning penguin sibling Gunter go on crazy adventures and help people and save royal dogs from the crazed Prince, Finn Ice. (which is what Ice Finn should REALLY be called, because COME ON HOW GOOD A PUN IS THAT).
Most of this is just redrawing concepts and scenes from different episodes, tbh. So far I’m pretty sure Simon would be a fairly different sort of hero from Finn - more creative problem solving and finding Weak Spots than outright fightyness, I think. Not that he isn’t rather adept with those nunchucks.
Not pictured: Professor Bonnibel, the mad scientist candy queen who Simon definitely crushes on for a good long while, or Princess Marceline, the frequently-away-on-tour rockstar vampire ruler of the Monster Kingdom. Simon ends up considering her as a mother/big sister figure. (He’s wearing the Sweater Of Caring For Someone Intensely In A Familial Sort Of Way she made him in one of these doodles.)
-Reverse!Simon rarely takes off his glasses, and when he does, HIS EYES ARE GLORIOUS AND SPARKLY. Also, he’s pretty fixated on the idea of growing a beard.
-He’s afraid of volcanoes, lava and large forest fires instead of the ocean. Betty the Ocean Princess will likely be a thing that happens.
-Gunter’s gender would never actually be confirmed to be anything. Although at the end of this universe’s equivalent of the Lady and Peebles plot, he lays five eggs, and probably offers no concrete explanation as to why they hatch out as psychic kittens.
-I based Gunter’s powers on the stuff he did most often in Reign of Gunters - Clone himself (and since the clones could change size, I gave him that as well). The clones can only take a few hits each before they puff out of existence, though.
There’s probably a lot more stuff and details that I’m forgetting. That said, I think I really like this AU, so I’ll probably get more chances to explain it later. :D
Have a songcomic set to Ayreon - Day 2: Isolation. HIGHLY recommend listening while reading it!
I have many, many ideas for follow-up comics set to songs from the same album. Whether or not I’ll do more depends on how motivated versus how lazy I am.
Hey you, out there in the cold
Getting lonely, getting old
Can you feel me?
Hey you, standing in the aisles
With itchy feet and fading smiles
Can you feel me?
Hey you, dont help them to bury the light
Don’t give in without a fight.
Oh hey, it’s another picture of Simon drawn to a song that reminds me of him. (I have a whole playlist of these. I should share it one day!)
I screwed up halfway through this by saving the file as a .bmp instead of a .sai file, but I managed to save it.
One day, I’ll work out how to make characters sit in their surroundings and have it make complete sense instead of just bullshitting it.
Why do we fall, Simon?
So we can learn to pick ourselves up.
Hi-res has better detail, fyi. >_>
Inspired by seeing the same freaking “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain” image macro over and over in the Ice King/Simon Petrikov tag. Let’s link different Batman quotes to characters for a while!
…I went into Sai with the intention of doing this in full AT style, but my brain and my hand went NO WE HAVE TO DRAW GNARLY OLD MAN HANDS/FEET LIKE IN THE LATEST GRAYBLES EPISODE and this happened.
Yes, I am painfully aware the background quality does not do the rest of the image justice. I may re-visit it somewhere down the line (lol no you won’t holly)
Freezin’, rests his head on a pillow made of concrete, again
Oh, Feelin’, maybe he’ll see a little better, set a days, ooh yeah
Oh, hand out, faces that he sees time again ain’t that familiar, oh yeah
Oh, dark grin, he can’t help, when he’s happy looks insane, oh yeah
Kneelin’, looking through the paper though he doesn’t know to read, ooh yeah
Oh, prayin’, now to something that has never showed him anything
Oh, feelin’, understands the weather of the winters on it’s way…
Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don’t know, so he chases them away
Someday yet, he’ll begin his life again
Life again, life again…
I was reminded of this song and realized it was a very good Simon/Ice King song. (I really, really like the look he sports in the flashback at the end of I Remember You.)
I have no idea where Marceline is, though. I have a sneaking, dreadful suspicion that this picture takes place after Simon forgets about her and leaves her to fend for herself in the ruins. D: (Somehow, that’s way sadder to me than him being a jerk and scaring her off.)