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The Last Brony by jflaxman
The Last Brony

No conflict fought in cyberspace has been as extensive and destructive as the Pony War. What began as an innocent children’s show inflamed the hearts and minds of some with a crazed fanaticism, and like many zealots before them, they thought only their ideals could unite a divided world. These bronies, as they called themselves, made impressive early gains. The first efforts to oppose them were hasty and disorganised and many online enclaves surrendered without a fight. In the face of the Equestrian onslaught, internet users all over the world went to bed in fear each night and often logged on the next day to find their favourite web sites ponified. It seemed no franchises were safe; even such great bastions as Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Warhammer 40K sank beneath a rising tide of rainbows, love and tolerance. Yet like many past imperialists, the bronies grew too confident. Most felt their victories had been pre-ordained, and as champions of all that was right, they had no need to consolidate gains or improve their strategies.

When the non-bronies counterattacked the bronies’ overconfidence gave way to grimmer realisations: their rapid advances had covered more ground than they were able to control, and their most celebrated legions were deep in unknown territory and outnumbered by enemies. Their battles grew more desperate and their empire unsustainable. Bronies far removed from the front felt the war was going on too long, but drew comfort from their propagandists, even when each “victory” was “won” closer to their homes.

As the bronies suffered worse defeats their Empress Celestia fell into a deep depression, but some of her closest aides clung to their dreams of world domination. Equestria was crumbling, but they thought its fiercest loyalists could be repositioned globally to start a very different kind of war.

These plans sent three famous bronies to a small Pacific island. Duane Morris was meant to assess its resources; Henry Gish was meant to convert any natives or new arrivals who they found; and Weyland Oates (who preferred to be called Damodar because he thought it sounded more threatening) was tasked with defending the others, teaching new recruits to fight, and exterminating infidels. After three days in the jungle without Skittles or Mountain Dew, Morris and Gish gave up and went home, but Damodar swore to fight on alone. He lost all contact with the outside world when his smartphone batteries ran out just before Equestria surrendered. Damodar stayed in his jungle hideout, occasionally emerging to declare his loyalty and chase visitors away with a ferocious Banzai charge. Attempts to reason with him failed; he thought every claim the war had ended was anti-brony propaganda. Damodar continued his guerrilla war for thirty years, achieving nothing of strategic worth, but growing the longest neckbeard in history. He became a kind of tourist attraction and as more trolls and white knights arrived business on the island boomed. Eventually his ex-commander grew tired of his infamy. She travelled to the island, personally confronted him, and very publicly revealed a list of his most embarrassing secrets before convincing him to quit.

 A lot has changed in the last month and it’s mostly positive. I’d been looking for a new home since my Hobart lease expired, but I never expected to find one in Sydney. For those who haven’t visited it can be a schizoid place. The Sydney seen on postcards looks like a utopian dream – all blue skies, sweeping harbour views, and daring modern architecture – but the Sydney I endured for years was a sweltering mess of suburban sprawl. After four more years of travelling not much would have made me move back, but when one of my oldest friends offered me a place to stay (and a free ticket to Ministry!) I packed my bags and headed north. I’m glad I made the effort. My thoughts on Sydney haven’t changed, but sharing a large and comfortable home with a woman I have loved for years has been unbelievable.

I haven’t been online a lot, and I’m all too aware of how distant I’ve been while interest in my work has increased. I honestly appreciate this and I’m sorry I haven’t replied to so many of your comments or have posted my replies so late. I could have handled this much better when I had limited net access (0930-1800 at a couple of public venues in Hobart, shorter hours on weekends) and have no excuses now that I have it 24/7 at home.

I also haven’t drawn much lately – I’ve been busy catching up with friends – but withdrawals have increased the urge so I should be back in business soon. The life I’ve been leading since my move – which seems so familiar, yet so new – has done great things for my mood and with a little discipline it should do the same for my work.

Thanks for your time as always,


  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Lethian Dreams
  • Reading: Online comments
  • Watching: Lots of movies
  • Playing: Not much
  • Eating: Very well
  • Drinking: As above


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James Flaxman
Current Residence: Hobart, Australia
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L
Print preference: Varies
Favourite genre of music: Metal, classical, dark ambient
Favourite photographer: Archival
Favourite style of art: Surreal, imaginative, visionary
Operating System: Crappy old PC
MP3 player of choice: Loud
Shell of choice: Armed and mechanised
Wallpaper of choice: Skin
Skin of choice: Metal
Favourite cartoon character: Too many to name
Personal Quote: "So much work, so little time."


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octobermermaid Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You have such a great gallery! I greatly enjoyed perusing your work!
JimmyAlonzo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015   General Artist
the-legendary-sword9 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you do great art, my good sir!

whats up?
jflaxman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Sorry I've been so distant lately. I had a busy long weekend - these days when I'm not drawing I'm trying to be the best boyfriend I've ever been! Some say art's a jealous mistress but my partner's been wonderful and she's given me some helpful hints she picked up while working in graphic design.

I'm very keen to do more work in the Morning Walk/Relic style and have a lot of promising concepts roughed out. There's been some renewed interest in the Scorched Earth series, possibly due to the excellent Mad Max: Fury Road film, but I'd rather focus on more surreal imagery. I haven't forgotten your requests and should have some concept drawings soon!
the-legendary-sword9 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
oh, no problem! i was just a bit worried that i did something wrong.
its good to know that you're well, man! :)

also its great to have a girlfriend/life partner that is supportive of your artwork/creations.

and lets be honest, you create INCREDIBLE drawings. im always in awe.
does she like your creepiest works? (extremis, mohr bahru, cybernetics)
they are good drawings

yes, indeed, ''morning walk'' has a very interesting style and some cool monster designs going on...
while the lost relic is a nice post-apocalyptic adventure, so i bet that it will have an interesting story about the downfall (and oblivion) of the human civilisation.

ohhh, mad max! i haven't seen it, but it sounds cool.
is it better/the same/worse than the originals?

yes, i also prefer your more surrealistic drawings, i do like the bizzare+the unique in paintings/art.

as for my request, thanks alot man, its OK, take your time!

anyway, thanks for replying back, i am very happy to hear news from you!
have a nice day!
GeneralMax Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Awesome work
jflaxman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
dorenna Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
I truly enjoy the 15 minutes I spent in your art. Thank-you.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
No problem at all!
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