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Garden Party: Petrified by PumpkinHipHop Garden Party: Petrified by PumpkinHipHop
This has nothing to do with my other pony comic, but I wanted to get this out.

It's spooky enough for October, I think.

At least Nightmare Night.

A different and/or deeper look into the Sculpture Garden.

The very first establishing shot IS an edited screenshot from the show, so Copyright Hasbro and all that jazz.
I also used some cloud cutouts from :iconboxdrink: in the third panel. (Of whom said they were free to use)
But the rest is completely mine.




Hey there. Wow, thank you all for the attention this has gotten!
I might have expected the views once it got posted to EqD, but all the comments and speculation has been such a pleasant surprise.

When I doodled out the thumbnail layout for this idea my main goal was to invoke a little bit of horror. (What better time than October?)
The kinds of scares I always loved were always the 'in broad daylight' scares. Not particularly the dramatically lit spooky dark ones.

I had everything inked before 'Lesson Zero' aired but added the second to last panel afterwards.
It was interesting to see how freaked out Twilight was over what she assumed 'Celestia would do to her' while I was adding the backgrounds to this.

This had always been planned as a oneshot. I had never planned on going any deeper. But the fandom/bronies seem to want to. So I think I'm going to let them take this how they please and write their own stories behind it. There were a lot of great ideas floating around in the comments across the internet. I was flattered and pleased that this could spark something creative within the fandom.

If I ever do go deeper into this it won't be for a long time, I still have another multi-part comic I'm working on in addition to other things.

So please, indulge yourselves. And thank you for enjoying!


2/10/12 edit: :iconcoolguy73: made a Cell comic reenactment of this comic!

You can see it here: [link]


5/28/12 EDIT: :iconvannamelon: has put together a terrific (and terrifying) video of this comic dubbed by Ogatamon! Take a look at the video here: [link]
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inflationdoom Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
i think i know why they all stole a bit or two from ceslestia
herostalker Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Well... I didn't need to sleep tonight any way.
Goldendoctor Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Me Gusta
MJKTheDarkRabbit Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
So i look back at this now and just kinda shake my head.

One line gave the idea for this comic and this comic gave me the idea for a fanfic.

I wrote a 4k word short story expanding it.

3 years. nearly 3 million words, 3 books, 4 spin offs, 3 one shots, and a small fan following later i'm still not finished yet.
nuke1007 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
my dear sir i salute you. fore i too have done this with comics
chevelleover4000 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student Artist
Where can I find this story? I need it.
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!!! Celestia is creepy...!!! :omg: :omg: :omg:
WlLDFlRE Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
rubynpt Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ehh.. could i do a swedish cover to this? I will credit you! :D
ElectricDragon64 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
why is that petrified pony yelling? What did she do?
lordelliott Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
That's what I want to know.  And I'm wondering, is she horrified at something she actually did or questioning her punishment - As in, "What have I done to deserve this?"
NLRfireblaze Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
My theory 
the stone ponies where Luna's advisers when she became nightmare moon (her generals diplomats exedra.) now that is a chilling thought you try to take Tia's power away and she goes all Gorgon and turns you to stone. 

Luna hold old me I am scared :(
WlLDFlRE Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
So the idea is that Celestia turned the advisors (including this one, who was behind Luna's full-on snapping albeit accidentally, with an offhand remark she made being taken far too seriously) to stone in her rage, after she banished Luna to the moon?
Yes. Good theory.
NLRfireblaze Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Thanks. :)
IComeFromTheFuture Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student General Artist
why is twilight crazy at the end it dosen't make sense
SilverStarApple Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that took a quick turn into the land of Disturbing.
thomas9173 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student
I have one question about this comic why is the statue alive? what did she do to celestia when she turned into stone? 
Arielmlp Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Elsa:get a hold of your self (slaps twilight)
omnimon11 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014 she's snapped...lovely.
Tunder2510 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In my opinion, all the ponies she seriously turned into stone are evil and ones who represent something good, are... well, good!
Hetalia-G8 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the statues are there for backup soldiers in case of a dire emergency. They've volunteered to be preserved so the could be un-frozen in the future if all else fails. 
boogerejean Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Um... o... kay...
lillywintersIV Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe! Well, that took a sobering turn Giggle 
jeoong94 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my favorite fan-made behind story..!!!
d715 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Only the NLR is this retarded to belief Discord
Ggb667 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I love how everyone here is so ready to judge Celestia.  You don't know the facts.  No prisons or crime worth mentioning, a stable and obviously well run principality that has lasted for a thousand years in what appears to be a very rough neighbrobood.  Who know what disasters were prevented, ended or punished?  Violent rebels, fanatics, perhaps even those with too much raw magic and no wisdom or dicipline to use it safely.  The "prison could be for everyponies protection, not just hers or equestrias.

I can see Tia and Luna telling Twilight to "Grow Up - what were we supposed to do - let them destroy the world?"when confronted.
d715 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Also the fact that Discord is a massive lair, and so self center he's more mad it was HIM

Falysyu123 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What the Hey Hey!!! Y are all these ponies encased with stone?
ZDForrest Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'm frightened. 
SFaccountant Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
What? Where else is she going to display her petrified malcontents?
zappo210 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
this is genuinely scary. seriously.
OPIEPIE04 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013

:iconcelestianotamusedplz::iconsaysplz:TWILIGHT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!

:icontwilightshyplz::iconsaysplz: Heh...heh...oops! I'll just eh...go get the Elements now! *teleports away*
Darth-Silas Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013   Artist
Would definitely make an interesting story if Twilight accidentally set a bunch of dangerous ponies free from their statue prisons.

*dangerous ponies rampage through the streets of Canterlot*

:iconcelestianotamusedplz::iconsaysplz:TWILIGHT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!

:icontwilightshyplz::iconsaysplz: Heh...heh...oops! I'll just eh...go get the Elements now! *teleports away*
JakeRulez17 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I haven't been this terrified since I learned the dark secret theory of the companion cubes in Portal

*goes to hide in corner*
Cartoonist-Girl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
summary, now
JakeRulez17 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Basically, the theory is that inside the cubes in portal are other dead or dying test subjects… This video explains more
S1kBo1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
celestia : You know too much!
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
... Start packing the guns. We got an alicorn to overthrow.
DoodleShine Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:icondragonmad2plz: NO.
CRAZY4LUV Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always wonder the story behind the other stone ponies? Did they commit a crime or are they one of celestia keep sakes?
dusknoir64 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.k. that's un-godly creepy...
Bubbubob Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Discord, would kindly overthrow Celestia and send her TO THE BUCKING MOON!
yemto Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Way to dark for me
JackFrost21 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
*sits in a corner with a gun*
demonicpegasus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im afraid to visit that garden now...
MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm, Celestia, could you come into the garden for a moment?
ElementOf-Loyalty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Whoa,Twilight is one screwed up Unicorn.
Wildshadow1 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
i don't think it's twi with the problem
she didn't turn those ponies to stone
ElementOf-Loyalty Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wildshadow1 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
makes you wonder what those ponies did to be turned to stone for all eternity like discord
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