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Mare Genius: Agatha by SynCallio Mare Genius: Agatha by SynCallio
So there's this webcomic called Girl Genius. I like it for several reasons, among which is that the characters and their motivations are realistic and complex enough that there are maybe two unsympathetic people in a wide and varied cast; it's hilarious; and the main character is a an intelligent, talented, ever-so-slightly-crazy woman. Who wears glasses. And nobody cares about the glasses.

Also, it's about mad science. Lots and lots of mad science. Which contributes to the hilariousness, let me tell you. Ponifying the cast is not only fun, it's (probably) within the realm of Girl Genius's possibilities.

So here is our heroine, Agatha, ponified.

I got a whole series of these I want to post, so feel free to suggest characters. (Note: Not all sparks will be unicorns. I'm suspicious of the implications, and some people are meant to be pegasi. Or earth ponies.)

Others in the series:
Gil and Tarvek
Violetta and Zeetha
Baron Wulfenbach
Othar Tryggvassen
Bangladesh duPree
Da Boyz

Done in ArtRage, using chalk and ink.
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human-groveback Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Shouldn't she be an Alicorn? I mean she IS part-deity & all.
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Nyerguds Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Well, looks like it's about time to analyse the specifics of unicorn magic...
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SuperRainbowSakura Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely!
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HalfFullMoon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I love her golden mane.
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Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
YAY! I am not the only one who thought of this, and thankfully it was someone with art skills!
And you are so right, not all should be unicorns. In my concept, the more powerful ones were usually unicorns. (and jagers were half griffon, the more mutant looking, the more griffon-like)
you are really making me want to try my hand at drawing these guys ponified again!
I cannot wait for more!
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Tikatu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How's about Da Boyz? (Dimo, Ognian, and Maxim?)
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Workin' on 'em! (Oggie's my favorite.)
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Portmeirion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
I've heard of that comic, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. It sounds like a lot of fun. Lovely work!
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Though I don't know your feelings on the subject, I feel obligated to mention that the artist tends to draw women with... huge tracts of land. (To be fair, they also find many excuses to get the male characters' shirts off.)

(It's interesting, really: Agatha is mortified to be seen in her "underwear" - as modest as a t-shirt and shorts - consistent with 18th or 19th century modesty. The story has innuendo, but nothing dirtier than you'd find in Animaniacs.)
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Portmeirion Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Writer
Ah, I see. I think I feel the same way you do about that, but I'll give it a read anyhow. Thanks for the heads up!
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Portmeirion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
Whoops, sorry. Ignore this, my computer was lagging.
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Portmeirion Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
I've heard of that comic, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. It sounds like a lot of fun. Lovely work!
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Nobodyspatzy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very lovely picture! I am a sucker for artist who use chalk, so bravo to you!
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Chalk has become my favorite medium in ArtRage. All of the advantages and none of the mess.
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Nobodyspatzy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I am tempted to try myself... the local places here don't have much selection though.. we shall see!
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Digital or traditional? (Out of curiosity)
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Nobodyspatzy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I figure I would try traditional first (as I am also ordering some specialize water colors, and more colored pencils). But then again, I have a few "line art piece" (i.e. things I sketched and scanned very lightly with pencil, and am planning on building up from there digitally)

I'll answer traditional though. Most of my work is that! ;p
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, sure! :-)

Digital's new for me. I was doing pretty much just colored pencils or ink until last year, when I got my first tablet. ArtRage's attraction is that it's trying to mimic traditional media, so it's intuitive if that's what you're used to.

But sometimes you just can't beat physical pigments and physical paper!
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Nobodyspatzy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh indeed! I am hoping to one day blend the two together. I like the idea, and honestly, want to enjoy both types of art!
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ElfGift Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ALL of my yes!

I challenge you to ponyfie the (dun dun dunn) the CASTLE HETERODYNE!!
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my. I suspect it would turn out to be a draconequus.
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ElfGift Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol probably.:)
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Hypothesis: a Spark is one who has a talent that might be seen geared more towards a DIFFERENT breed - e.g. a unicorn with a cutie mark related to flight - and then MAKES IT WORK, DAMNIT!
One way that could be set up:
Trilobite: a fossil, associated with earth, from a family of pegasi. Winged castle: the symbol of the earth pony family with zepplins and flying machines. And the Sturmvoraus family focus primarily on lightning and weather manipulation, despite being unicorns.
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your theory! Not sure if I'll revise the ones I've got to match it, but someone should give that a shot.
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Well, it's always possible to reinterpret the talent-meaning and pony type to suit. I do think the three leads being one of each breed seems apt, though. (If Agatha is an earth pony naturally, then the trilobite is "Time", if the Wulfenbachs are pegasi then their emblem is symbolic of large scale magic, and if Tarvek is a pegasus then the meaning is... I don't know, politics or something.)
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Ooh - Othar Trygvassen (possibly isn't a pony at all, he's either a bear or a griffin)
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm afraid I'm going with a pony for Othar. (Mainly for the lulz.)
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Saphroneth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Yeah, that's perfectly fine. Especially if he's not a pegasus but still survives long falls for no readily apparent reason... (though given how loopy Sparks are, they could just not notice the wings under the jumper, if you make him a pegasus)
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BroMcBrostein Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Writer
I'LL TURN YOUR HORSE INTO GLUE~
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