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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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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
AANNND she's officially cracked.
PacificGreen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, creepy creeps.
jrglass Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
her speech seems to indicate something unknown happened to her. She doesn't mention princess Celestia at all. And taking the unreformed Discord at his word seems naive at best.
gameangel147 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, pretty creepy take on it.  And Twilight breaking down is one way to go.
Bloodyninja88 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
You know Twilight might of freed her if she didn't start screaming at the top of her lungs for help, that said i can fully understand why she would start screaming, especially if she didn't realize that Twilight was freeing her.
JojoDaggerback Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
patrick gasp  Wow, that was ....scaring
cupcakes22222 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Student Artist
damn, twilight is insane 
xXSpiritXx3 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
I'm pretty sure if this actually happened in the show Twilight would set the ponies all free but this is some horrific shit I saw on youtube damn. xDD
asmith14 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Soo... What happens with the innards? What happens to the veins, blood, and muscles?
Half petrification would surely kill you since the heart can't pump solid rock through your body.
Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nottakenaway Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I had never thought too deeply about the other garden statues before...
...I wonder who those ponies were?
SilverYuno1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015

Celestia can have cakeTwilight Sparkle HI, GIRLS. animated icon 
tomhur Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
.......I don't get it....
kirbymaster8 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
They cant be criminals since that pony who got freed was screaming "WHAT HAVE I DONE!!!" and freaking out... o.o so that means!!! O.O
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.
PumpkinHipHop Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The most flattering thing ever is finding out I've inspired someone else to be creative. Thank you for that.
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 General Artist
Where can I find this story? I need it.
MJKTheDarkRabbit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016…

Here you go. That's the start of it any way.
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG!!! Celestia is creepy...!!! :omg: :omg: :omg:
luxidoptera 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
PumpkinHipHop Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
YOu mean a translation? Sure!
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 :(
luxidoptera 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  Professional 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.
Bloodyninja88 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
I know this comment is old but i do find it funny that this would of happened right before Lesson Zero
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And thus Twilight's descent into madness began.
Bloodyninja88 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016
Yep EVIL Laughter! 
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  Professional
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

FalysyuB Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What the Hey Hey!!! Y are all these ponies encased with stone?
ZDForrest Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm frightened. 
SFaccountant Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
What? Where else is she going to display her petrified malcontents?
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