So my original idea was to do the vinyl image, and I decided to do 9:16 images because phone/tablet wallpapers are nice. But of course, people also like computer wallpapers, so I’m closing out the series with a combined image in the classic 16:9.
A huge thank you again to all of you for following the Canterlot Academy of Music, and to everyone who takes the time to view my work. If you are just now finding this comic, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for following this celebratory series, and I hope you stay tuned for what I have in store. I do believe I will be able to make a few more announcements before the end of the month, mostly good I believe, so I will not divulge everything just yet.
Esuka, Dean of Undergraduates, CAoM
Lyra has been an absolute treat to work with for this story. I think suffers more than many other characters, getting viewed as a hollow meme-device, but she’s really grown on me.
This is the final entry in the Musicians series, but I have one more for you guys. Please look forward to it.
This month, the Academy turns two years old. It has been quite a ride, getting to this point, and not all of it… in fact almost none of it has gone as originally intended. I honestly believe, however, that it is better for this. It has been a pleasure making this comic for you, and I am always happy to see people enjoying and sharing the lives of our favorite equine musicians.
Originally, I was going to do a single image, but two things occurred. First, I botched the exact date, so I felt I had to make up for that. Second, I tried thinking of an image that could capture all three characters fully, and nothing really worthwhile was coming to mind. So, please look forward to the remaining 2(3 technically) entries in the “Musicians” series. There is more I would say, but I need to save something for the other announcement that will hopefully be this month.
Thank you everyone who enjoys the Canterlot Academy of Music, and thank you everyone who has been so supportive of this endeavor. I have a lot more planned for this comic, so please stay tuned.
A lump formed in Celestia’s throat whenever she gazed upon the suit. The curved, golden plate had been crafted by an expert more centuries past than she could recall. Such a work of art did not belong on a battlefield, she felt, but it was not her place to say. Whatever her ponies needed her to be, be it leader, warrior, or idol, she could and would be.
A thin smile graced her lips as she examined the coat of dust that had come to cover the plate from top to bottom. It was rude to the suit, of course, and rude to its creator, but she left it all the same. It was, to her, a sign of her success, of all the decades that her leadership had forestalled war and strife reaching Equestria. For as long as she could, Celestia would shine like the sun, and keep the lands and ponies she had worked so hard for safe.
In general, I try to keep this tumblr concentrated on the comic and the comic alone. If any of the art I do is related to CAoM, then I will post it here. However, in this instance, I will make an exception. If you would like to see a bit more work not related to CAoM posted (in all likelihood still restricted to ponies), feel free to shoot me a note. Or shoot me one if you want to see the content stay focused.
So here we are again. Another half journey around the sun, our moody but unyielding anchor in the cosmos. This year, we had the opportunity to watch the reincarnation of Cosmos, which did a fantastic job of capturing the wonder not only of the scope and possibility of the known and unknown universe, but told our maturation to our current day as a tale of mighty accomplishment, with a still more glorious accomplishment to go. In the words of the show’s original creator, I believe “it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Why do I bring this up? Well for starters, I followed Summer Sun Celebration customs and stayed up until sunrise, so I’m working on about 4 hours of sleep. But more importantly, I believe we, as whatever group we might identify as, have come to some understanding that kindness, imagination, and wonder are not the misgivings of children, but the driving powers of our people. So today, on this longest of days, and hopefully all days, give someone a smile, or do something kind for another. And give our sun, the closest we have to a cosmic parent, a nod of thanks for carrying us through the cold and the dark.
Dean of Undergraduates, CAoM