So, this is a thing, apparently.
It was posted to Cheezburger.com, followed by Reddit, then spread to Tumblr. My instinct, at first, was to just ignore it because it's obviously just a case of someone, I would guess a kid based on the grammar, not quite getting the joke or missing my text description on the original pic.
But now that I'm getting an inbox full of notices and “ER MER GERD” reactions about it I suppose I should point out what the original poster, Dadarin at Cheezburger.com and (the same person I think?) DayDaylicky on Reddit carefully removed from their crop of the image and my text. People are sending me the usual cavalcade of UNFOLLOW CHEATER!!!!ONECAPSLOCK along with a smattering of death threats, rape threats and a few heartfelt- and heart-breakingly sincere questions as to whether it's true or not.
So let's lay this out nice and tidy.
First, here's what I said about the comic in the description text
After watching this week's episode, I thought i would be amusing if Applejack shared my enthusiasm for giant subterranean insect eggs. I recreated several scenes from Rainbow Falls with the addition of...
Well, you know.
Here's a link to the original post for the Applejack Loves Chaurus Eggs comic here on Deviant Artand Tumblr
The humor, and I use that term very loosely when it comes to obscure jokes revolving around video game insect larvae, comes from the idea that these are the EXACT same scenes from Rainbow Falls. Except, instead of Apple Brown Bettys, Applejack spends the episode hocking, flinging, and force-feeding Chaurus eggs. Chaurus eggs are the unhatched larvae of underground giant insects in the video game Skyrim. I like them because they glow and roll around and are generally appealing in a slimy bug-egg-y kind of way.
SO, in order to get across the point that this is a skewed version of the episode where Applejack is as obsessed with the damn things as I seem to be, I made the scenes look exact. Well, truth be told, not even very exact. I'm lazy when it comes to a joke that I alone will likely find funny, so I left off leaves, gave up on clouds, screwed up Rainbow Dash's leg cast, used my own version of Bulk Biceps cutie mark which isn't quite show-accurate and pretty much herped- the-derp all over the place. Still, the point is I wanted to make the scene look pretty close. Again, I feel the need to point out THAT is the joke.
In order to achieve that- in order to convince the viewer that they're watching an off-kilter version of the episode (and, I might add, their familiarity WITH that scene, the viewer's ability to recognize that this is the same moment they just watched a couple days prior, is an important part of the set-up) I rebuilt the scene layer by layer. Did my dumb head come up with AJ's pose or the design of the cart or scenery around her or even the texture of the path? Nope. But you're supposed to know that. The idea, the joke is in the logical disconnect. If you can see it's the scene from Rainbow Falls but certain details, like said insect larvae, don't correlate then you “get it”.
That's the joke.
I've used that joke a few times in the past- most notably prior to Equestria Girls release where I made a series of images based on stills from the trailer.
In this case, what Dadarin/DayDaylicky did do dood was take that joke, remove the context around it, remove the other three images that create the entire cycle (all of which are equally parodying specific scenes from the most recent episode) AND remove my description which calls attention to the original source of the imagery and instead constructs a falsified breakdown of how the image is a cheat, complete with a long, angry rant and animated gifs. It sure looks damnable. Hell, I'd hoist that ass Pixelkitties up by her own petard too (whatever that is.)
Thing is- it's just not the case. The context is false and the only “cheat” is in implying the dumb joke is anything other than what It is- a decently constructed shot-by-shot parody of a specific scene from an episode we are all intimately familiar with right now.
If you look through my gallery, I have done a ridonkulous amount of work in recreating the style of the show. Some of the assets I've made and use come directly from the episodes. Most are things I've had to invent- facial expressions, body poses, props, clothing, mane-styles. Ipods, weapons, pastries, monster, bottles of beer, parachutes, all-night diners, sonic screwdrivers, corn-cob pipes, space suits, refrigerators, Hellraiser boxes, Mjolnir armor, cars, portal guns, flashlights, portable generators, sea mines, tacos, power loaders and Stargates. It's not great art, it's not rocket science, but it's not easy either, and THIS IS IMPORTANT; I take a significant amount of pride in the work I do- in recreating and re-imagining the MLP world with a slightly bizarre tweak here and there. I work hard on these things. I take pride in these things. I care about the effort I put into these things.
I'm not sure where this need to tear down our community is coming from. There's been a lot of it lately- anger and resentment and even jealousy because of- what? Deviant Art favs? Tumblr reblogs? Page views? “So-and-so artist or musician has unfairly benefited because I say so- and thus folks must invent conspiracies to tarnish their image.”
Unfortunately it happens to be MY image in this case.
I am here, I am a part of this fandom because of my love for this show, my respect for the people who bring it to us, and my joy at being a fan among many, many others. I am NOT here to play petty internet games, to start or prolong drama or wade through the muck and mire in order to best someone at the game of who has the most pointless internet cred. I'm here to chew bubblegum and draw ponies. And I don't particularly like bubblegum. Criticism doesn't offend me. Telling me I'm not funny, my art sucks and I stink like cheese doesn't' offend me. But pettiness, divisiveness, and outright lies offend me. Make no mistake, I am offended. And I am hurt. And I am desperately unhappy with this crap.
DaDarin/DayDaylicky/Whoever, I'm sorry you either didn't get the joke or, alternately I'm sorry I didn't do a proper job in making the structure of the comedy clear. I would like to believe your motivations were born out of ignorance and not malice. Then again, I would also like to believe the money fairy will leave me a stack of crisp Benjamins under my pillow in exchange for a tooth- my own or otherwise. I suspect this is really a matter of trying to make me look like an ass for one of the precious few reasons I'm not an actual ass.
The fact I have to defend my integrity against a goddamn word jumble on Cheezburger has me seriously questioning why I should even bother with this madness.
So...uh, TLDR- I'm not an ass, the point of the parody is the similarity to the source material, hallelujah, holy shit.