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I didn't want to talk about this here at all because of the holiday season and all the stuff going on, but I had a rough time recently and had been considering disbanding the group due to thinking I wasn't able to put enough in it to make it fun for most everyone.  It made me really disheartened and I lost sleep over it; PMD-e is a gigantic part of my life, and running it was super fun until I got the idea that it wasn't fun for others anymore.  Well, I ended up going through my Japan trip trying not to think about it, and somewhat planning out some more stuff I had in mind.  Then I got back from my convention this weekend to find.. well, to find something really great from a good number of you guys.
Operation: Chameleon Sundae by Dragon-Paragon

At risk of sounding like a baby, this made me tear up.  I am mostly happy that I can still keep running a group that lets people be creative with others in such a great community, and I hope that I can keep it up.  It requires a lot of work, but it hardly ever feels like work - I have a bunch of wonderful people who help me with all sorts of things I just would not have time for otherwise, and for that I am appreciative.  But I am also really appreciative of everyone who is interested in what we do, what the story is about, and in helping create a fantastic community for making art and stories together.  

I got to meet someone this weekend at the convention again, who had given me a gift last time I was here at this con - and I just about cried over it! It was so beautifully crafted and completely out of the blue, I was speechless. I convinced them to join the group, and when they came back this weekend, they talked with me the whole time they could stay about the group and how much they loved participating in it and chatting with people from it - and I didn't express it adequately enough, but it made me so incredibly overjoyed to hear it.  I probably babbled way too much about stuff I had planned (haha!), but, it made me so very happy to hear from someone personally how much it meant to them that the group existed.  And that was echoed in seeing this little submission from a number of you.  I didn't even know about it until Mike linked it to me after I got back from the con tonight, and I was just speechless for a bit. I always feel kind of weird typing up these things at the risk of sounding insincere or something - it is so hard to express my gratitude to everyone, so I apologize if this is a little clumsy or goes off on too many tangents.

In any case, thank you all, and I hope the stuff we have planned in the next few months is as exciting to you all as it is to us working on it.  I can't get this stuff outta my head! So you guys are stuck with more Missions, Events, and Tasks for as long as I can keep making them fun for everyone! ;)
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Yakalentos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Sorry if my comment was too long! I could write books about this group but I don't want to kill everyone with boredom. Hahaha.
Yakalentos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
My comment is super late but I still want to say something! D:

PMD-e has been such a giant part of my life. I used to do a personal PMD comic, but being in a group beat that by far. It's been so much fun reading about what you guys and what other apprentices came up with, whenever I think back I just smile. When you started giving feedback to the entries, I just felt like my work was really appreciated and I think that's what was most important altogether.

I considered re-joining so many times, but in the end it was just too time consuming and I didn't want to cut down on the effort I put into it (hahaha, sigh)! You deserve every appreciation possible. You've been working really hard for like almost two years (but you know that, of course) and that is just.. words fail to describe that awesomeness. xD

I permanently quit because of personal reasons, but everyday I see people motivated for this group or people making an app to join, and that's one of the biggest accomplishments I've ever seen. All of you are awesome. Thanks tons. uvu <3
SorbetBerry Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist
awww! thank you PK for making and maintaining this group. we <3 you!
SymmetrysNightmare Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
If I don't love you Pk, then I certainly dream about meeting you in person...!
lozfoe444 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been having a lot of fun in this group, and I've grown as both an artist and a writer because of it.
I'm not very good at these, so I'll just say thank you!
Thanks so much!
meggiemaccat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
I'm just watching and I'm having fun. You've made a great group here, all of you. ^^
DJ-Ghetto-Headphones Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This group is really awesome; it's just a lot of effort to make fun stuff for it.

But when I do finish something, DAMN am I proud of it.
Dusklightning Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I'm ashamed to say, I'm not a very active member, but I am a very active watcher and I love to see all the characters and stories that you and all the artists here come up with! You all are an inspiration even to a little ol' doodler like me.

Thank you. :iconsweethugplz: :iconsupertighthugplz: :icondragonhugplz:
XxMysticEeveexX Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you I'm a part of this group, it just seems like a giant family in a way. It inspired me to actually work towards making better comics~
I still have much more to learn, but I've learned a lot from all of this already.

I hope to become a bigger part of this group this year~!
Thanks PK!!
You inspire me and a lot of others with all of this (:
Looking forward to more~!
Uruboros Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks for all you do!
Cometwing Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, what a wonderful gift! This group is one of the best I've seen on this entire website, and is definitely my favorite! I really appreciate all the work and effort you put into it and am looking forward to seeing more. Thank you, PK!
Pikazxyz101 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I feel bad... I joined the group because I LOVE your artwork and the story, and how the characters are so unique and they stand out in my memory. You are truly amazing, and even though there are millions of people like me who say this and you probably won't see this comment, BUT, I just want to say I'm glad I found this group.

I haven't been able to do any missions for the past year, I believe and I'm not sure what to do now.... but I'm going to stick on this ride a little more. I'm a bit of an outsider right now but I hear the community is good and Haychel, who is an amazing artist, seems like he likes it here..

Keep up the good work PK!
Pikachu-And-Umbreon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just our little way of saying thank you, and we appreciate you! :)
Studio-MutaMoon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww! I'm so glad you're feeling better! Also, when are you going to be in Japan?
TheBestNameUEverSeen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, the story alone is enough to make the group fun for me!
I've shown a number of friends, all of whom afterward start making their own characters, just for fun (they say they can't draw, so they can't make a team, despiute my arguments. those silly people.) but some even talk about their own stories they thought up with their characters.
plus, this is a community that, agh, it's indescribable, it breaches beyond just deviantart.
don't ever feel like you're not doing a great job >w<
Croweology Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Man It's always been fun for me! I've loved writing my own story and it's really good to do something out of my boundaries once in awhile. I really love all the work everyone puts into it, and I really like the writing and art that gets put into it. It's a great story line, and I bother my friends all the time to read this stuff, it's great! And to even join.
I don't know what I'd do if you, and others, didn't start this group.
UltimateSassMaster Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
i may not have done well in getting people to join the group, but a substantial number of my friends have read the story under my incessant begging and not a single one of them has anything even remotely bad to say about your work <3 your art style is incredible, the amount of effort and detail you put into your work is insane, and your storytelling is just exquisite <33 my artwork and storytelling has improved significantly ever since i joined this group, and i really just want to thank not only you pk, but all of the admins of this group for doing such a wonderful job organizing everything and writing such fun and creative and realistic stories <3 you all are amazing, and an incredible inspiration to me, so please never stop doing what you do <3

its unfortunate when people have complaints about the group and the way that it's run occasionally, even I have had quite the stick in my ass about some things and i apologize, but really, you all handle it so well and so maturely, you shouldnt have to feel like you're doing your job wrong and nobody is enjoying the group because of them. we all love this group, and we all love participating in it <3 ive met some wonderful people and amazing artists through this group, and i just cannot thank you enough <3

tl;dr: i love you all and thank you for doing an amazing job with this fantastic group <3
AbandonedAmbition Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You really thought that?

Man, PK, actually all of you guys, this group has got me writing and my imagination going. I have so many stories and characters that I just want to write.
So I guess what I'm really trying to say is, thanks for the inspiration. This is a phenomenal group, and everyone should be proud.
Cosmic-Gemini Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
If it weren't for this group, I wouldn't be half the writer I am today. I don't know of any (major) OCT-like entities that tried the novel idea of NOT kicking people out for taking a small break prior to PMD-E, and only a few exist today that borrow this lovely concept. I suppose that it might seem like I'm a bit overly critical of a few plot elements, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy the overall story. In fact, I do a lot. I suppose that I need express my immense gratitude more. It's the least I could. For what it's worth, the recent epilogue was very good overall and made me incredibly excited for the future.

And please don't feel like you need to do everything by yourself. Many people, both staff and general members, would gladly help if you ever need it. So thanks again, PK, for all everything you've done for the few thousand people in this lovely group of yours. :)
blaZe9v Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
damn... I've centered my entire being on trying to become an active member of this group. I'm just gonna say thank you for deciding not to let it stop and leave it at that.

On another note, I need to finish my app.
ChibiJirachi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm pretty new here so I can't say much, but I would be sad to see this wonderful group die. The concept and the ideals you have for the group is a great creative idea initiating machine (for lack of better words). I was introduced to this group by my little sister, and thought I would join in having the fun she was having in this community on DA. And while I haven't done much yet, I would really like to rekindle my story making abilities again.

Thank you PK! And as a community, we should do our part to help to keep this group running as well. You shouldn't have to carry such a burden on your shoulders! Groups are like families. :D
pickles-4-nickles Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm not too great with words and I didn't know about the collab, but I would like to say, Thanks PK! If it wasn't for PMD-E, I wouldn't have been able to experiment with different comic styles and read so many great stories! The time limits also taught me how to work with deadlines, preparing me for a day when I have to meet deadlines for an art-related job. Although I'm not the most social in the group and I really just lurk around, I've talked to lots of new people who I would have never met if I didn't join the group. Again, thank you!
NightmareHybrid Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I may not have drawn anything, but that was because I wasn't aware anything was going on. I really like this group though! I've actually been drawing more things than I used to because people are actually a lot nicer, and I already have an idea for another team. Don't close the group!
Novern Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't imagine my life without this group! I love the beautiful artwork everyone creates, especially yours PK, and I read the stories from PMD-E almost every day!

I enjoy seeing how the plot turns out and how the different characters history. You even made some of the characters that I disliked once, likable and now I love all of them! Thank you so much PK for all the work you put into this group! I simply can't express how much I love this group and I'm sure that every other member agrees. :)
IHMH1464 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not just glad to be a part of this group; I'm honoured to be one. Thanks, merci, danke, and grazie.

On another note...keep this group going like this, and we could get famous! And not just on the Internet, either!
MissFluffyKitty Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
big girls kecs don't cry
Narunar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad that we helped! <3 Like many others said before me: every time you get negative feelings about this group just look back at that picture and remember how grateful we are to you for creating this group.
Winggal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
Im glad you are feeling better now. Though one thing that confuses me is why you would need to disband this group just because you didnt have the time to run it? With a group this popular im sure there are dozens of people willing to help out in order it keep going smoothly. And then maybe a few who could take over if you ever decided to leave. But to kill a whole group like this just because you personally couldn't run it seems so wrong.

Well good thing you didnt anyhow.
glitchedpuppet Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I put in the most time overall into managing it. I also direct all of it. If I stopped doing that... there would be no one doing art, no one directing it, and so no direction... it would not be able to continue that way!
Winggal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
Well yes, if you up and stopped with no communication there wouldn't be anyone doing that. But if you just said that you needed help, or that you were leaving, Im sure plenty of people would answer your SoS. Then you could designate roles for the people who took your place afterwords, even if it was only temporary leave. You are the only one doing that by choice, you aren't the only one with the skill set or ability. You dont have to be alone =)
sevvicat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Yeah I'm glad you like it, and that you got it! You totally deserve it PK!!
I am going to do a tribute picture too when I have time! c:
JoyJababaNoid Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad you liked it!! We all appreciate you very much PK and think you're awesome. You're one of my art-idols. Sorry you've been feeling down about PMD, but just so you know, we all still think it's fun. :D I can't wait to see what you have planned for us in the future. :heart:
Balisk Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
I'm glad you are happy. PMD-E has helped inspire me to work on character development and plot elements, as well as improving in digital artwork. I plan to do more for the group when I am not busy with schoolwork. Thank you so much PK, Mike, Marl, and everyone else managing the group.
Zerokii Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Oi! What!? PK! Don't you be closing this group anytime soon now. I've got a new team to make and it's going to be a blast... quite literally. ;3

In all seriousness though, you thinking this group isn't fun is like you believing you're a pichu rank. You're cutting yourself IMMENSELY short. In all honesty, this group is the most massive, fun, and organized group I've been too. So much, I feel it plays like an something official Pokemon would make... uh.... aside from the drugs and violence and cannibalism from time to time. ^^' There's two other DA groups I've been to and they were a wreck with organization and lack of participation.

And yeah, this group has forced me to be more competitive and work on my art, instead of drawing only when I feel like it. I don't think my art has really improved so much as I've just learned how to draw for the OCT field. I've gone out of my way to try new techniques and styles, and find the ones I feel most comfortable with. Oh... yeah, and I realized color theory and contrast were actual things. XD So yeah, thanks for continuing the run this group.
ArtOfTheGame Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I have a bad habit of being a lurker in this group (not to mention the rest of dA), so I might be something of an invisible member of this group. In a small effort to break that habit (I've probably said that a few times now), I feel I should stop and say the following:

This group has been an incredible motivator for getting me to sit down and get the creative juices flowing. Before PMD-E, drawing and sketching was only a summertime hobby. I had never tried drawing anything before a few years back, and it was fun to try something new before I had to return to a busy schedule. Sure I still had some free time to practice sketching something or another, but it was hard to get motivated without some sort of agenda. Then I discovered this group and I was instantly swept away! There was now an easily accessible world filled with colorful and interesting characters that encouraged creative art pieces and great story telling! Not only that, but the group is filled with fantastic artists who seem to be having as much fun as I am. I hope I'm not alone when saying this, but everyone here is always very friendly and appreciative of each others work. For what social interaction I've managed to contribute, it's always been great chatting it up with the other members. I'm currently collabing with another artist for the first time because of this group! Ever since joining, it's been hard not to go past a day without thinking about the artwork that's been posted here.

So yea, I may not have contributed to piece that was put together here (I think I missed that memo somehow >_>), but I still want to express my thanks for putting this group together. I still plan to participate for as long as I can, so I think myself and a good many other artists would be happy to see it continue! :)
Seagullpendragon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you PK. You are amazing. I couldn't imagine running a group this big but you did it and you, as well as the other admins, made it awesome! Had it not been for PMD I wouldn't have gotten into drawing comics and I want to thank you for that. Through your perseverance you have helped nurture budding artistic minds!
SketchingBulbasaur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't help make the thank you illustration, but I would also like to say thank you for all the work you put into PMD-E! It was a tough decision for me to go to nursing school instead of art school, but PMD-E has helped me to keep expressing myself and to experiment with new techniques and ideas! Thank you so much (and to all the guild leaders and assistants, for keeping me straight and answering my questions)!
roryrrules123 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just going to say Thank you PK! I've been nearing two years in this group and it's been so much fun and it has shaped who I am as an artist! I look forward to what the future holds! Thanks PK!
VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daw, that's so sweet :D

I love watching this group, it's super-fun to pay attention to the story and see everybody's contributions. If I had enough time to commit to it I'd probably join too, but sadly time is something I don't have much of. Still, it's great fun to watch, so thanks for making it entertaining for lurkers as well :)

AikoAkaNeko Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
PK, I didn't even know that that was being made. But if I did, I'd have drawn you a thank-you as well!
Pokemon has always had a place in my heart, and this group... well, it's taught me many things, from time management, to comic styles, and coloring!
I am in love with this group, head to toes!
Thank you PK, from the bottom of my heart!!! -Turkey
ColoredTalesStudios Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I woulda drawn something too, but life, school, you know . . . I've actually feared the day that this group would actually end. The community has been such an inspiration and I have an absolute blast being a part of it. I've met a lot of awesome people and artists and it was a great decision I made all those months ago to join once I was part of the dA community. So . . . Thanks, PK.
lilowoof Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Just gonna drop by and say: Thanks PK! PMD-E became a huge part of my life! It made my try out different comic formats and I've met so many cool friends here and just ugh. THANK YOU!
Seoul-Dew Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't get the chance to draw you a thank you but I have to say PMD-E is a huge part of my life. It has helped me and my art improve. Plus I've met amazing friends here. Thank you for continuing it!
Dustomega Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I hope to make my team so i cna join this great group some day.
Grrrovyle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Writer
To be honest, I've always been afraid of participating in the group (or writing in general) because I just can't appreciate my own work. I read what I've written a day later and cringe over in pain because it feels horrible. I just have so much difficulty with it, and mostly because of that I haven't done anything at all. (I also don't want to be annoying by requesting criticism.)

But I'll tell you what; there isn't one second in my day where I'm not thinking about PMD-E. There isn't one second in my day where I'm trying to think up a story, and how my characters would react to certain situations, and how some super-cool showdowns would happen. Hell, PMD-E is the only reason I'm actually considering learning how to draw/paint, which I feel even worse about at the moment. PMD-E is currently my inspiration to be creative, and it's been a long while since creativity has even whispered in my head; maybe about 4 years ago.

So, thank you for giving me and everyone else the opportunity to be creative. Because of this, I'm just gunna ignore how I feel about my own work (unless I find something positive about it), and write, write, write. PMD-E truly is fun, and I doubt that'll change for a long, long time. Again, thank you so much.
Tonko Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Join in!! Your work might still make you cringe a day later (trust me, I understand that feeling, boy do I) but the more you do it the better you'll get. This group is for all levels of skill and most of all is for FUN.

You gotta give in to the urge!! You'll learn more by doing! And the feedback for written mission entries is quite handy.
CSticco Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
PK, you do so much for the entire Pokemon community. Like, it isn't just here, I feel like anybody invested in Pokemon who owns a computer has seen or heard of your work. You deserve all the success and admiration you can get.

Not to mention the detail and depth in the PMD-e group is simply AMAZING.
Tonko Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This group is what keeps me drawing more than anything, here on dA! My skills have improved a lot, I always, always look forward to the next mission or event... Drama happens sometimes with a group as large as this, but I think the size and activity level kinda speak for themselves as to the inclusiveness and the way the vibrant setting draws all kinds of people in.

Thank you, PK :) your efforts (and the whole modly team's) have given us someplace awesome to play.
NHLoveDani Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow PK I'm so glad your happy. This group is inspiring in many aspects. I feel absolutely horrible that I tend to lose track of all these wonderful events and don't get the chance to really tie myself into the community. I'm sure you feel quite blessed with all these wonderful people, and you and your friends are absolutely fantastic with making this all work. Great job <333 truly.
Hawkeye-Ryuu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PK, I've been meaning to say this sooner or later...but here goes.

To be honest, back when I first joined dA (and PMD-E, in general) I didn't know what to expect from the other people because at that time I hated my art SO much, and I knew that people would agree with me and call my art childish/rubbish because I NEVER did sketching or shading and my backgrounds were kind of bland my whole life (I suppose that's what I get for being a self-taught artist). But then I collected some tips while looking at other people's works and my art started to develop over time.

It wasn't until Mission 5 came rolling along that people had come and praised my work. It was so made me tear up a little on the inside. Not only that, PMD-E has also helped me improve and develop in the shortest amount of time as well as create my own art style that I know people will enjoy from me today. It has also proven to be quite a benefit when I went to the canvas collab last November when I delved even further into my art style in terms of traditional media.

Enough chattering from me. To wrap this up on a sweeter note, the only thing I want to say is... Thank you, PK. Because of you and the wonderful admins, PMD-E has made me grow out of my seed and develop into the artist I am today. :heart:
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