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The Academy Record by DaringDashie The Academy Record by DaringDashie
Soooo, there's no joke. This is kind of a product of my mind wandering on the question of why Spitfire is so familiar with the academy records. Of course it could be cause she's the boss, or maybe she set them?

I really like pictures that hint at a story, so maybe this is more like a series of pictures that suggest a story than a comic as such... I hope that different people will see different things in this comic.

(Just in case anyone doesn't know, the pink pony is Firefly, the G1 pony that was Lauren Faust's inspiration/basis for Rainbow Dash.)

Resources used: The lead/wing pony badge from [link] by ~KyssS90 and the statue on Spitfire's desk from [link] by ~BaumkuchenPony.

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Let's see, where to start ...

Originality: I've seen quite alot of Wonderbolt Academy art, but most of it has been centric on Lightning Dust (may contain shipping with RD) or Spitfire being the hot tempered drill sergeant. There have been favorable exceptions, though. This is one of them, being a flashback of Spitfire with somepony other than Soarin'. Firefly was a surprise when I eyed this.

Vision: The title lets us know where it would lead, but it's still ambiguous. Who set the records? What was the broken record? Is this why the captain is so savvy with every record in the book?

Technique: Scrapbook of precious photos? heart-warming flashbacks? Tear stemming from nostalgia? Check, check, and check.

Impact: Positive.

Overall, nice comic. It would have made more sense had there been an additonal panel with a physical something stating what record was broken. Then again, I may be overthinking this and all it could be is a best time for a 3 lap race. Either way, the tear at the end makes it a keeper.
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Critique by LieutenantShinyPants Jan 3, 2013, 5:17:33 PM
Alright, so I guess this isn't the most original comic ever, but though it isn't funny, it's one of the best I have ever seen.

With Firefly being one of my favorite ponies of all time and the amount of Bronies hating on the older gens, I love this.

I have noticed that in the third frame, however, the pupils do look a little bit off, but I don't expect you to draw it to look exactly how it looks in the show. I actually do kinda like it. They're pretty rounded and look cute. I'd like it better if they were a bit bigger, though.

Excellent comic. I hope you make more like this. Maybe one about Surprise meeting Pinkie or something with G3 Minty? (She's a derp)
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nilaycan Apr 5, 2014  Student
oh my that was really awesome firefly(r.d's mom) was a wonderbolt cool
MLPLOVER2020 Feb 21, 2014  New member Student Interface Designer
Rainbows mom!!!!!!!!!!!
MLPLOVER2020 Feb 21, 2014  New member Student Interface Designer
Rainbows mom!!!!!!!!!!!
Moonstar-SilverClan Dec 24, 2013  Student General Artist
For me this give me a hint of why Spitfire didn't made Rainbow Dash lead pony. That it is only because she wawsn't lead pony either when she entered.
i love this story, and i love the emotional charge you put on it... truly fantastic
dipdyeddbz Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Happy, and sad...
General Thunderwing?
Considering the original design of Twi which was a gen one pony was used for her mom I like the original idea for Dash being Firefly being her mom and to avoid Joss Whedon getting butt hurt call her fireflies he doesn't own copyright of the plural form of firefly
CaptainPrower Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Those aren't pictures, and Spit's a lot younger than she looks in those photos. Firefly was second in command of the Wonderbolts when Spitfire was in training.(she's wearing a recruit uniform in the photos because her real one's in the wash or something) She was a prodigy, and was on the fast track to becoming the new commander. However, at their last airshow of the year, Wind Shear (their commander) instructed the team to perform an extremely dangerous maneuver. Firefly tried to talk him out of it, and when he refused to listen, she turned in her badge. The team performed without her, and sure enough, two flyers collided in mid-air and plunged to their deaths.
Fast forward ten years. Spitfire is perusing the list of new Wonderbolt recruits and discovers that Firefly's daughter Rainbow Dash has signed up. She hoped that history wouldn't repeat itself, but Lightning Dust apparently had other plans.
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