Color Pie is the term used to describe the limitations of the five colors of magic, both for game balance and flavor reasons. If every aspect of magic is baked into a pie, each color gets only a slice of that pie.
A color can’t do everything well. For example, Green, the color of plants, can easily erode an unnatural artifact, but has problems killing creatures outside of head-to-head combat. On the other side, Black, the color of death, can effortlessly snuff out the life force of most living things, but struggles to deal with artifacts.
A balance has to be struck between using more colors to cover up their individual limitations, and using less colors to make it more likely to have the right lands for your spells.
Official art by Chase Stone
I immediately snapped up 4 copies of Yisan, the Wanderer Bard when M15 came out. I built a deck where Yisan’s function is to search out a Satyr Wayfinder and fill the graveyard with creatures for Nemesis of Mortals and Undergrowth Scavenger. The other creatures in the deck are those that sacrifice themselves, like Renowned Weaver and Wall of Mulch.
The deck turned out not to be as strong as my current Standard deck, which is a G/W Aggro list with 4x Voice of Resurgence. In the death-filled world of today’s Standard I don’t think Yisan can be counted on to search out one creature, let alone two. This means Yisan isn’t getting to Verse 15, like, ever. Even in my imagination.
The current king of Magic The Gathering fan comics is Cardboard Crack. I don’t think any other Magic fan comic has three books published. A new strip is posted every day, and what it lacks in fancy drawing it makes up for with smart writing. (Whoever is drawing the comic actually does know how to draw – he/she just holds back most of the time, to save time.)
Will Lotus Cobra is Evil ever reach similar levels of success? It’s slower to update, isn’t as well written, and its humor is highly reliant on the audience getting obscure references.
So I’ll have to take things one step at a time. The first step is getting a book printed. That, at least, I’m sure I can do.
Anyway, these are the cobras of the week.
Oh hey, guess who’s back.
In addition to making all-new Lotus Cobra is Evil strips, I will also be revamping old strips at the rate of one per week to make them more printer friendly. The changes are:
1) Screentones. No longer merely solid black and white.
2) No official art. Any official Magic art will be redrawn by me.
3) Hand-lettering. All text is written by hand instead of using fonts.
4) High definition. The files posted on this site may be the same resolution as before, but the originals have 250% greater dimensions for sharp printing.
So check them out every Wednesday, starting now!
Sometimes it’s hard to find the Toho equivalent of a given Magic character. And sometimes there’s Karametra, God of Harvests.
Motomachitencho, who has been kind enough to translate my Toho comics into Japanese, asked me to write a message for all of my Japanese readers.
If you have followed me on pixiv, or bookmarked, rated, linked to, or commented on any of my works on pixiv, thank you. I am honored to receive your feedback.
Often I visit the pixiv page of a person who bookmarks me, to see what interests they have that line up with my work. Once, my book Autumn Children, starring Lunasa and Shizuha, was bookmarked by an artist named Harusame. When I visited his page, I saw that he had drawn over 300 pictures of Lunasa. It was easy to conclude that he had bookmarked Autumn Children because of his love for Lunasa. I am proud to be bookmarked by a super-fan like him.
Sometimes I know the name of someone who follows me. For example, I once saw that I had been followed by Gensoukoumuten, who Western Toho fans consider one of Gensokyo’s master storytellers. I am flattered that he would find something to like in my stories. I am proud to be followed by a highly regarded creator like him.
Most of the Twitter tweets that link to my work on pixiv are in Japanese, and I can’t read them. But I am proud even of tweets that I can’t understand. It means that my work made a strong enough impression on someone that they want to share that work with their friends.
On the English forums where I’ve shown my work, many of my mistakes have been pointed out. The flow of the dialogue is weak, and the characters don’t differentiate themselves by their way of speaking. I’m not good at drawing character expressions, and often the faces of different characters look the same. My line art is sloppy, and I seldom use screen tones. Whenever I get a low rating on pixiv, I wonder if it’s because of one of my known weaknesses, or of some other fault I’m not yet aware of. But even a low rating is an honor to me. It shows that a user cared enough to tell me to do better next time.
Again, thank you for everything. Thank you for the comments, the bookmarks, the follows, the links, and the ratings, high and low.
I put a lot of effort into my works. I try to make each new work better than the previous one, by overcoming my weaknesses as an artist and a writer. And I do this because people like you are waiting to see what my next work will be.
Adrian Ferrer (Sixten)
Seattle, Washington, USA
PS. Once again, thanks to Motomachitencho, who translated Fairy Ring, Autumn Children, and Use Your Illusion into Japanese. I wouldn’t be getting all this feedback from Japanese readers on pixiv if he hadn’t made it possible for them to read my work.
“Love didn’t just happen to us. We built it slowly over the years, stone by stone, for you, for your brothers and sisters, for all of us. It’s not as exciting as secret passion in the woods, but it is stronger. It lasts longer.”
- Lady Stark, Game of Thrones season 2, ep. 10