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Continuing to play around with the form, and I will continue to do so in the future. Let me know what you think of the thicker outline, but I'm pretty sold on it myself. I'm also trying a few new tricks in my process to speed things up and increase the line quality. Overall, things are only getting better!

I think this is developing into a sort of "Hope vs Resignation" duo. Hopefully the butt of the spear to the face is funny and not tooo startling!

I'm also thinking about cutting back on dialogue and letting more of the gags speak for themselves. I'll continue to tool away with this, thanks to everyone for the overwhelming support!

Enjoy the 13th installment everyone! ^_^

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Yankee1147 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
talk about desavu. Now lets see what happens next
Sharktooth987 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
BondageWarrior2025 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
*Koopa puts on shades while an MLG air horn blares out*
Ganonchan Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MaidenPaladin Featured By Owner Edited Feb 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm beginning to have serious doubts that that cage's door was ever actually Also; OUCH! Burned alive TWICE!
Nevertheless, I've been enjoying this story so much I'm going to share with you a Super Mario Bros. "Let It Go" parody; it covers the whole trilogy but was written with SoE in mind:

Lava burns bright in the dungeon tonight, just outside my private cell.
All those in the Mushroom Kingdom are now under Bowzer's spell.
The Koopa mocks me as his breath and words hiss fire;
That my kingdom's now part of his empire.

Heroes, please listen to this verse,
If there are any in the universe!
Wait; there's a plumber and his twin
Beneath Brooklyn!

Mario! Mario! Come find your inner power;
Just consume a mushroom, followed by a fire flower!
No, they're not metaphors for drugs!
Just obey the rules and rescue me from Bowzer and his thugs.

It seems serendipity gave us all a new start;
For I've become playable 'cause the sequel was too hard!

It's time to see what I can do,
Here is Super Mario 2!
Take flight, throw bombs, and blocks, and keys;
Save bees!

Mario! Mario! I can aid you in your quest!
I can hover and float; quite frankly I'm the best!
I don't care that it's just a dream;
I'm now by your side....


My power is ambiguous to say the least;
I'm cool now, but before I could magically bring world peace!
And now I realize, despite active success,
I still prefer to be the damsel in distress!

Mario! Mario!
What do you say? Come rescue me!
Get new things, meet the kings of my weird principality!
I won't let you die, squish or flay!
I can keep you safe...because this time it is all just a play!

(NEXT WEEK: A Samus-focused original literary composition!)
YumaMan9 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Oh man her bonds will be even tougher to escape now! Great work yet again! :)
Sharktooth987 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
LLOLOLOOL she not being smart
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Ironically, Peach KNEW the rules, and knew how to PLAY them. 
striderxxx Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
haha,very cool.
bobbart99 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
When the sentry poked her her eyes are hilarious
SW0LF Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
the sentry could have also said "Bi*ch Please"
SyXx-PaC99 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
i thought she would die in lava
AyaRingo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loving this series more and more with each new installment!
SailorDiana Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
LOL! what a moment poor Samus can't catch a break here can she?
shadowsexful Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
owned by a turtle with a spear. yeah samus is a great bounty hunter that kills riley
Sneadsferry Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Koopa has spear yet he uses other side of spear... What a legend.
bonnie2 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
wow! another one for the faves. Thankyou very much keep up the fantastic art.
BluTiger07 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
killadogg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's just hilarious.
Nuclearo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahah denied!
kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just the mindless face of the koopa saying "see ya soon" just made me lol!
Trollface24 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Ztunner Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist
wolvington Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
:iconwhysoseriousplz: what that koopa did.. was just cold...
nice work =D
JumpSpark Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I wonder when Samus will find out that Peach could fly.

Also, love your stuff. Your effort to keeping a reliable schedule (and experimenting as you go) is inspiring to me.

oh, and GO SAMUS! YOU CAN DO IT! (maybe she can swing the cage back and forth, since it it hanging off of a chain)
kalistina Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The thick lines give your art a more "cartoonish" style. I personally like it :)
Also, ouch. That has to hurt.
experimentnumber628 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that Koopa XD
Impatchedohulihan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I'm so hyped for the next page!
IamNoOnebutIanMoone Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student
Try jumping a bit higher! Then if she can hit his head he's defensless.
coredumperror Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I'm really enjoying this! Can't wait to see more "improvements" to Princess Samus' gown!
0Mav0 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
That face on samus pretty much says "You ****er......"
guruna Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I want to be friends with that troopa
TMason Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Oh wow! I love this comic! And that Koopa is my new hero. As much as i love Samus, i can't help but feel like i like watching her fail to escape more...

Awesome work!
sigel4ever Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
and again...
tallguy86 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
how many times will this joke be used in this comic? can there be some development already?
HeartGear Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What kind of development are you referring to.
BondageFr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
More tied up close-up, yay
CornerWriter Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
This is a great series. It also helps that we're all dying of laughter.
Ani-Eimi Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LMAO! :lmao: I love the look on Samus' face when she gets hit with the butt of the spear! :XD:
It's like... Tap, tap, tap-- *Sproing* ... *Pok* X_X ~Doh! ... *Sploosh!*
SuicideDiDArt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Don't let gag necessity cut back on the story. Really enjoying hearing how the "Systems" work! Makes the DiD more enjoyable when there's cohesive plot surrounding it's existence. Great work on this! This Koopa Troopa is awesomely competent. LOL
dawnriku Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
step 1: escape whatever upgrade.
step 2: open the cage
step 3: kill the guard, painfully and without hesitation
once you can do these three things, shall you be able to escape... this area.
BrokenLogic159 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I like the thicker outlines. It looks like it's been said before but the character do really pop off the page with it.

I feel bad that I'm about to pick on the dialogue again but I feel like something is missing from panel one. Samus's line itself is good. It's a display of confidence, it fits with her character, and it looks like if not for some unfriendly interference, she would have made the jump. I think what's bugging me is that it doesn't quite flow from the last page. I think the panel could use a line before her comment that either acknowledges or dismisses the guards unhelpfulness. For example:

Koopa: "Nah, I'm done with exposition. I'm not interested in any more of your improvising."
Samus: "That's fine. Even with a handicap I can make it."

Does that make sense? I hope I'm not overstepping a boundary suggesting dialogue changes.
Matoacan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
What a beautiful anticlimax. And there's something I want to comment one that I feel will be overlooked: timing.
Timing is one of the most important narrative device there is, and it's especially difficult to manipulate in a comic. On this page, Samus is quickly built up to be the determined badass she truly is. But she is immediately (and easily) denied by a foe far weaker than she. Right after she jumps- DENIED. Right after she flounders- WISECRACK. It's snappy, humorous, and hurries along a repetitive process. Had she more of the page been taken to build up Samus's awesomeness and her denial saved her next weeks page, it would have felt like grinding in a video game - slow and unnecessary.

I know this SEEMS like a lot of credit to give for such a tiny detail but, really, the tiniest things have some of the greatest impact. I know at least 10 other artists who would have screwed up on this page. Good job, Heartgear.
Valdulan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012

Hah! I have to admit, this was a fun thing, to see a normal Koopa schooling Samus Aran. She has a LOT to learn about the limitations of that world.
KnightWolfPro Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
That just cracks me up!!
Beltgag Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
another life down...
this means new extra-restraints incomiiiiiiiing!
Rextimina Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I cant see this ending well for the koopa
TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Obviously this Koopa has more training than the status quo... or at least more common sense. Still, that was a mean move... of course this means I get to look forward to "Princess" Aran coming back with even more bondage. ^_^

- Polecat
BnGJessie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
My thoughts exactly on both counts. :D
I think this Koopa will play a much bigger role as the story goes on.
I'm hoping for a hogtie or some nice elbow bondage. Add a nice big ballgag, I think it will be complete. I will be ready to see her finally escape for real after that. ;D
TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the hogtie is being saved for the next attempt (and that being the final "failure" before she gets her head in the game). But yes, some good armbinder-like bondage would be very nice on her... wrists and elbows rope tied together... or maybe the materials will upgrade too. Wouldn't that suck to end up in a leather armbinder and legbinder? Well, for her, me, I'd cheer. :)

- Polecat
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