What is this place?
Welcome to Rare Candy Treatment! A webcomic like all others except this one is locked to a specific subject: Pokémon. The way they act, how its universe turns, why its trainers behave as they do, and to put everything we know about these games into question. One strip at a time.
Who are you?
I am no one significant. Besides making the comic strips. And maintaining the site. And changing the images whenever you go to a different page. On second thought, I might be belittling myself. The name's Olle Johansson, going by the nick Bummer and Bumbazzle around the net. I'm a regular bloke living within swedish borders, where this site happens to be my hobby.
Why am I here?
Because you are familiar or unusually obsessed with Pokémon games! And you're in search for comic strips about said object to get a good laugh! Hopefully! Why am I yelling?!
No, I mean, why am I HERE? Specifically.
This is the general info and FAQ page, where I've gathered everything you need to know and might wonder about the site. Which isn't much. Seriously, it's a videogame comic. But if you are compelled by an irresistible thirst for knowledge, then go straight ahead.
I've read through the entire comic and yet I hunger for more. What can I do?
Worry not, there are plenty of other webcomics out there that can satisfy your every need. SOme of them even Pokémon related. Here are some of my recommendations:
Moképon - Follows the standard Pokémon plot where we follow a young man on his quest to build a strong team and defeat the gyms along the way. Except that he's largely uninterested in said mission and does not handle Pokémon all too well. It's different from my comic in several ways, but the auhor is a significantly better artist, and you can often find the main character point out unreasonable elements in the Pokéverse without ever making it look forced. This comic has for the longest time competed with mine for the top slot over at SmackJeeves, and for good reason. Do check it out.
JHall Comics - My one true nemesis and greatest ally when it comes to funny Pokémon comics. His work preceeded mine, and is still going strong. Some of his jokes are unconventional, and the strips can be bit of a hit-or-miss, which makes it close to identical to mine. If you like this webcomic, you will without doubt enjoy his work as well.
Awkward Zombie - The comic isn't awkward, and surprisingly, it also has a distinct lack of zombies, but the author is well versed in Pokémon and can often be seen making strips with that topic. Check it.
Manly Guys Doing Manly Things - This is every crossover enthusiast's wet dream, where one of the main figures happens to be a Pokémon trainer. Not an experienced one, but a trainer nonetheless. Thus, there are several Pokémon related strips to be found within its archive, although the rest of the comic is well worth a read as well. If you need a reason why, look no further than the title of the comic.
Nerd Rage - Another general videogame comic that one would normally brush off as a Penny Arcade duplicate, but this one has grown on me. Give it a try, I have an inkling you won't walk away disappointed.
Other comics unrelated to Pokémon that I still recommend reading: Nedroid, Sakana, Three Panel Soul, Boxer Hockey, and Cucumber Quest.
How often do you add new comics?
My updating habits changed form time to time, but at the time I'm writing this, the comic has ended. If you want some fresher content, you're better off looking elsewhere, but if this site is completely strange to you, then check out the archive.
Can I post some of your comics in my blog with the corresponding credit (Author, link to your comics)?
It is questions like this one that makes me believe that, at some point in time, one posted and credited someone's work where the author threw a grand fit because of the free advertising he/she just received without knowledge.
My comic is already out in the public where I have absolutely no control where it might wind up, which is the reason I label them with my url so that people may trace them back. So if I'm okay with that scenario, I'm even more comfortable with your request.
So yeah, go nuts.
What program do you use to make your strips?
A trusted and equally dusty edition of Photoshop CS2. I've tried out the newer versions, but since I wouldn't make any use of their new gadgets, I keep myself to my own backyard. If anyone feels like trying the software out, it can be downloaded from Adobe's homepage. Here's another link explaining how.
How long does it take you to make a strip?
Usually, my strip has to go through these phases: sketching on paper, outlining on computer, coloring, adding backgrounds and speech bubbles, and then lay out the shades and highlights. Most of my time is spent on the first two, but in total, each strip could be around 10 hours of work. There are some things which will naturally cut down on the production time, like the number of panels, the style I use, or if some panels use the same perspective or setting. But yeah, quality takes effort, and effort takes time.
Then there's also the fact that I have access to the internet and games during the entire production time, which is sure to hinder the progress. My attention is divided at best. :V
When and why did you become interested in making pokemon comics?
While I was practising the art of bear punching one day, the skies split with a thunderous noise and a tremendous light formed above my training grounds. From it, visions flowed forth and filled the air, while a voice with no sound informed me about the quest which had befallen me. My head got dizzy and the excitement made my spirit weary, and while animals began to dance and sing to celebrate the occasion, I headed quickly home to prepare for my divine mission. The game was afoot.
The actual and much less impressive explanation is that I was complementing unfinished essays to earn my CLS degree, and as I had no job, I had enough free time to begin feeding my webcomic fantasies with more than just optimism. Several hours of googling comic hosts and html templates later, I made a nest on Smack Jeeves.
Even though I knew and followed many webcomics at the time, I hardly knew how to make one of my own design. So to bet it safe, I decided to go the videogame route, where a potential failure or unability to follow through my project would be lost in the sea of other doomed webcomics of the same theme. At the same time, I wanted to avoid a comic which targetted ALL games, and instead focus on one game universe I had large knowledge about. And preferrably a game which wasn't already represented by a notable webcomic already. Pokémon fitted all those criterias.
Granted, that last criteria has become less and less valid as I've met and seen more comic artists who like Pokémon as well, and now that I DO have a job, I have sadly less time to fuel this enterprise with. But the short answer to your question; whenever I played these games, ideas and observations began to pile up, along with the urge to share them in visual form. This webcomic is the result of that.
Why do you like Pokémon?
In the beginning, I liked it because it was a cool game where you could control beasts and see them develop. It was also one of the first games I wanted to replay the soonest as new teammates and different rules made for a different experience. I also liked to collect things, be it bottle caps or cacti, so the phrase "Gotta Catch'em All" was a line which spoke directly to my heart.
Those reasons still applies to this date, but as I've grown older, I naturally wanted a higher difficulty, which the franchise has given me in generous amounts. Abilities, held-items, battle conditions and a plethora of species and moves to select from is what still keep me attached to the games. The sheer volume and complexity of it all intrigues me, along with the need for strategy and knowledge to make things work.
Still, you can only have 6 Pokémon with 4 moves each, so you need to make the best of what you've got and be prepared for anything. So to craft together a team of my own and see them duke it out on the field is something I still find to be fun. And if I still find it fun, then I see no reason to stop playing it.
Favorite Pokémon regardless of type?
Magcargo. Made me abandon my firestarter in a heartbeat. He's weak in many ways, but his interesting dual typing and jolly good looks simply sealed the deal for me.
What is your favorite Pokémon generation?
Gen II. I didn't even have to think about it. They polished up the Pokémon sprites, added more types, made gyms of all the unused types from the generation prior, threw in Kanto as a bonus, and above all, it contained many Pokémon which I still love and use to this date.
Who is your favorite starter Pokémon?
Been a fire user ever since I got sucked into the franchise, but Gen IV was the first time they managed to hatch a terrific grass starter who ruled in both appearance and class, so Torterra is definitely a starter I like a great deal.