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Makeda Revisited. by Meerkat-Gal Makeda Revisited. by Meerkat-Gal

I wonder how many of my online friends remember Makeda.. :meow:


Makeda is my meerkat character, made up waaayy back in like.. 2007. I wrote an 80 page story about her and printed it off, but never sent it to a publisher (I was only 13, I had much to learn ;3). The next year, I joined YouTube and used her for roleplay. Back then, "RP" was the BOMB in the meerkat community.. My little Makeda became a dominant of a group dubbed 'The Scorchers'. Little squabbles occured during those times, and I made some pretty bad decisions at some points. Also, the meerkat editors were turning away from making Meerkat Manor tributes and used 'kats from the show (Flower in particular) to depict their characters. Some (not all) failed to credit who the REAL meerkat 'actor' was, which I found a bit disrespectful. Thus, because of that.. and other reasons, I gave up on roleplay.

However...

I've kept Makeda. I still hold up the hopes of publishing a novel about her. She's gone through some serious character developement and has taken on a whole new role in a story I've been planning for a long time. I've been practing my writing skills (by writing an Invader Zim fan-fiction on my backup account) and have been making the most of the feedback I've been recieving. I'm currently working on the third re-write of her tale.. It will take years, maybe many, but someday, I really hope my little childhood story can be published. c:

A Bit About Makeda...


Species: Suricata Suricatta Majoriae (meerkat species found in western Namibia, specifically the Namib Desert)
Appearence: Mainly orange coat, tuft of fur on head, mostly pale face. (Lacks the scar found on the old 'roleplay' Makeda)
Personality: Sarcastic, curious, often unfocused (busy daydreaming), a bit narcissistic but, on a positive note, very determined, competitive and loyal to her closest friend and blood-relatives.

There's still a lot of work needed to complete this new version of Makeda.. Some of this information is subject to change, depending on how my story progresses.. But I'll get there finish this all someday. (:

..Shit, I wrote enough, didn't I? ^^;

Copyright MeerkatGal's Art.
All Rights Reserved.
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Stlbluesgirl101 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Well isn't little Makeda just adorable?? C: Lol
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Hehehe, thanks. C: <3
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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Double comment but... Hey, I know it's a bit late, but I was wondering if I could do fanart of Makeda? She's pretty and awesome! ^^
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Wow, really?? :3 I'd definately LOVE to see some fanart, that'd be so awesome! :D
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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, cool! I'll try to get it done soon. ^.^ But beware, I've lost motivation lately... I'll sketch something but never finish it... So it might not happen immediately...
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Awesome, I can't wait to see it! :la: n__n
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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember you adding her on Linklu... That's about it. ^^'

I love her! X3

...Are you saying that making a tribute to a character using meerkat manor clips is a bad thing? O.o
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Aahh, I'm glad to hear that!! :meow:

Hehe, thankyou!!

It's not a bad thing. (:
It's just that.. at one point, roleplay videos on YouTube out-weighed origional Meerkat Manor tributes.
People didn't give any credit to the real meerkats and made insane amounts of videos about their characters..
And when meerkat roleplay died, so many editors simply left - as if they never cared about the real meerkats,
like all that mattered was proving that their roleplay mob/character was "the best" or the "Queen of this/that".. /:
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BulletsxButterflies Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
D'AWWW, SHE'S SO CUTE. C: <3 Good job, Shaylee. :D Although I can agree with Jax that her head looks a bit big, but that's just about it. Otherwise she looks amazing!

YouTube role-play is something I'm glad I'm out of... it got really out of hand, and really began to overpower the real "Meerkat Manor" videos- and I'm not going to say I wasn't guilty of the same thing at one point, because I know I contributed too at a point I eventually left. It really seems that after RP videos exploded until role-play there stopped, the MM editors vanished... it seems like only you, me, Jax, Connie and just a very few others are all that's left. D:
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
:333 Thankyouu Brittany<33

Yeah, that came to my attention as well, AFTER I finished colouring it in.. ^^; XDD
Thankyou for your honesty! I'll have to watch that head or hers in the future, bahah.

Yeah.. I remember when it seemed as though only roleplay videos were being made..
You did make a lot of roleplay videos, but you made origional Meerkat Manor tributes too!
You kept a nice balance between the two, unlike some users who's accounts seemed totally invovled around their roleplay mobs.
I remember quite a few of us (including myself XD) started complaining about the lack of MM videos..

I was glad that roleplay videos were dropped.. But it's a shame so many of the editors dropped with them.
It kind of makes it feel like they weren't really Meerkat Manor fans at all - just attention-hungry roleplayers.. |:

You're right about that; there's only a handful of us left now! :noes:

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BulletsxButterflies Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
No problem at all. ^^ And no big worry, we all do stuff like that. I'm a massive proportional-issue criminal. xD I always tend to make heads to small usually. D<

That's true, at least unlike many others I still stuck to actual meerkats too. It was really upsetting to me when I saw some of the great editors suddenly become devoured by RP, making it seem like the REAL meerkats didn't even matter anymore... and really, a big handful of the editors who still handle meerkats still do it. :/ I won't point fingers, but... there are some people on YouTube that are very aggravating when communicating with because they're so addicting to finding new members for their mobs and such, then they completely ignore the actual meerkats that started the love of them in the first place!
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Bahaha - ah well, practice makes progress. c:

Yeah.. It seemed like there was a competition about who could
become the most popular meerkat roleplayer on YouTube and whatnot. /:
They seemed to lose ALL respect for the real meerkats.. It was those
'kats that brought everyone together, yet, some editors treated them
like they were just nominal beings for their fake characters..

So true. >.< I remember the first comment on my channel (even their username hasn't left my mind),
it was "hi. want to join my mob?" Back then I had NO idea what roleplay was so I was like.. "uuhhh..? :slow:"
As soon as you say no to joining their group, they never speak to you again. It's just like.. AHDSGSKLAKDJLSG;
SCREW YOU TOO. XD
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BulletsxButterflies Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It seriously did! THAT got annoying... hence why I'm glad for the most part, it's over there.

THEY DOOOOOOO! D: It's so aggravating. >_< It so obviously makes them appear incredibly greedy...
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Ajdgkjgahkjg, ssstoopid greedy people. Dx

Ah well, at least they're all pretty much gone now. (:
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AnimeMeerkat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
memories. she reminds me of them. i miss those days, i meant where there was a REAL abundance of meerkat related youtube vidoes. :)

anyways, great art. :3
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Yeah, those days were great.. D:
So many meerkat videos.. Pity everyone seemed to leave after roleplay died down. ):

Thankyou<33
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AnimeMeerkat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i kinda hated that part of my Youtube Experience. -.-

no problemo. ;)
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
It was a terrible part D;
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AnimeMeerkat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes. there were barely any meerkat videos when people just dropped out of Youtube.
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Even now, there still aren't many meerkat videos going around.. D:
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AnimeMeerkat Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i believe there should be another Meerkat documentary on TV again, it could be an animation or whatever, but like seriously. something needs to happen to bring the meerkat shiz back onto Youtube. :/
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
There's been quite a few meerkat documentaries released since the Manor ended.. o:
The Meerkats, Meerkats 3D, Clan of the Meerkat.. They've even made quite a few cameos
in movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 and Arthur Christmas.. But it seems that's
not enough. Nothing will ever be like Meerkat Manor. /: The only meerkat people seem
to know of now is from Compare the Meerkat.. It's honestly starting to get a bit annoying. >.<

Same; I wish they'd make an animated meerkat film.. I'd like to see a meerkat version of Legend of the Guardians. :meow:
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
*Raises hand* I remember. :3

and she's becoming quite the lovely 'kat. Color and all. Look forward to seeing more! Though I do suggest to shrink the head size just a tad as she does look a little top heavy for her style. Is she still with her old gang or are mainly new characters to be introduced along with her?

And for the same reasons is why I never joined Meerkat Role-play on Youtube. Not only did member counts become ridiculous but I also found use of other meerkats you get to know from the KMP used as a role-play meerkat to be disrespectful. And there was a bit of a trend that either the leader was exactly like Flower, or exactly like "Nikita" , with the scar.
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
WOOO. :la:

Ah, thankyou! <3
I noticed that after I had finished colouring and shading, aha.. I might fix that up someday, when I'm feeling a little less lazy.
Nah, no ol' gang anymore.. A lot of the members belonged to other roleplayers, and I don't want to take credit for their characters.
Makeda will be a part of an entirely new group with brand new characters~

I remember that; people would make their meerkats give birth to impossiblely large litters.. I didn't like seeing members using
KMP pictures to depict their characters, (for a time, I was guilty of doing that myself..) especially when they failed to credit who the real meerkat was.
Yeah.. Most of the main 'kats from the show, with notable trends like Shakespeare's heroism and Mozart's kindness, were used repeatedly..
I saw a lot of characters with deformed legs like Squiggy, large heads like Zaphod and scarred faces like Nikita/Youssarian (including myself for the latter).
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
That's usually when I notice my mistakes too XD AFTER I finish. It's always "This is turning out pretty good-- what the hell happened there...?" And then you are too far along to really want to go back and fix it.

And making new characters and mobs is fun! Plus it's more freedom when you can control the majority of the meerkats. Easier to manage too.

And I think the birth factor was one thing that got me the most because 8 was rare enough as it is, still possible but extremely rare. When it started hitting 20 and 30 pups a set that, for a meerkat is like biologically impossible. I mean when Flower was pregnant with only 5 pups, she looked like a football and was having trouble moving. Large number like that could easily kill a female by organ damage and other complications.

And of coarse the picture and trait fix. I did it a few times when I first started meerkat roleplay. Though I never took a KMP picture because I knew of the meerkats. But I did use pictures of other sources which really isn't to much difference anyway. Just lacks a name. But when it started getting to be too much and I realized the issue I was keen on making my own pictures rather then using others. Like most of us are now. So that's good!

As far as traits though, when you get everyone using them it becomes a 'Cliche'. Funny enough Zorilla and Youssarian had nearly identical looking scars, but when the characters rolled out with the same markings it became to much even in the world of fake meerkats. I think for some people it was just a mark they can easily grab to say "hey, that's my meerkat." In order to make fun of the situation, I did end up giving one of my best characters a 'Cliche' eye scar. But while most people put a dramatic fight-worthy storey behind such a mark, his is meant to be embarrassing and anything but fierce.

And looking at yours and Britney's comment, I'd like to say it's pretty sad when you can count how many meerkat editors are actually left XD Truthfully a lot of those who just dropped the meerkat deal probably weren't true meerkat fans at all. It was just a bit of fun and attention they could soak up, and when everyone started leaving because of drama there was no interest. Not even meerkats themselves would suffice.
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
It's a pain in the rear when that happens! D:

Exactly why I'm starting anew, aha. n__n

The largest meerkat litter I've ever heard of was 7, hearing births of
10-30 was just absolutely ridiculous.. There's no way that many pups could
fit into one female meerkat.. She'd explode!

I understand that some people weren't confident in drawing their own characters,
so used other people's pictures instead.. Still, it wasn't right. It's good to
know some roleplayers are finally taking the time to draw their characters.. c:

I think you're exactly right about that.. So many people seemed to "claim" meerkats
to depict their characters, or even names of meerkats and mobs. It was ridiculous!

It's frustrating to know that some editors had no appreciation towards the real meerkats..
Using them just for attention is.. jgfjkldghjkl, AAAHHH! I'm not surprised that most(all?)
of the reminaing meerkat editors are non-Youtube-roleplayers. o:
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I think I once read of a female having 8. It was either that or she had an extra set of bewbs. Like the one meerkat, Ocho Nipel XD. But yeah, defiantly should stop at 7... It's just torture to an animal to bag her full of kids. Fake or not. D:

Though meerkat birth wise, I think the most ridiculous thing I read had to deal with meerkat twins. The litter had three total, but two of them were twins because the mother birthed them at exactly the same time. Not one before the other -- EXACTLY the same time.

As for confidence, I can understand that, but most still didn't give viewable credit and it's also what practice is for. I mean looking at your meerkats now and your meerkats when I first met you, there is a viewable difference in how your art has developed. And Makeda herself seems to have undergone some character development. Which is a great to see!

And I feel a lot of meerkat fans didn't really show much appreciation for meerkats. Both on and off Youtube. Youtube was full of fan drama and every forum I went too was full of Fan Drama. And everyone wanted so badly to be in charge of their own forum and meerkat role-play site that there is still handfuls of abandoned sites out there (Mine included, though I tried to make mine a drama free place. Didn't happen and it didn't last long anyway.)So Very few of us actually stuck with meerkats long after the show had stopped. And I think that's what makes us meerkat fans and not Meerkat Manor fans. We didn't need a TV show to keep loving the animals. :]

And yes, I still role play privately with friends and not on forums! =D
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Bahaha, I remember hearing about Ocho Nipel and her additional bewbies.
She had such a fitting name =P

HUUUUUHHH?? That makes no sense. And a meerkat giving birth to pups at the EXACT same time?!
It seems some roleplayers should to a bit of anatomy research before poppin' out stuff like that.

True, that was a real pity. /:
Aha, thankyou! Makeda is almost a completely different 'kat, but I have no regrets. I've learnt
a lot about developing stories/characters over the years, mostly thanks to the people of deviantART.

I don't recall seeing any fan drama on your website.. D:
You're right though; so many meerkat roleplay sites seemed thwarted with senseless drama.
Haha yeah! There's a difference between a Meerkat Manor fan and a Meerkat fan. ^^

I haven't roleplayed for a while, but that's because I'm too busy/lazy, bahaha!
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
One of the best names, next to Sexy Scurry XD

Most of them are covered up now but I recall a few meerkat roleplay "horror" stories like that. It was over all a gigantic role play fail.

And development is something that really comes with years of experiencing it. And slowly you find your characters are normally not the same as when they began!

As for meerkat Drama 0n the site, there was some but luckily it was resided on the chat box and snuffed out quickly. However I had a forum before that were drama did take place and before that I managed to become one of the admin's of a larger meerkat forum (One of the first ones actually, called Meerkat Crew) were there was TONS of drama and forum wars. Then little sites here and there were other drama broke out. I have a long history of forum drama. D: But I don't want to drown you out with it. XD All the same my site died like the others.
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
HELL YEAH. CB

I re-call some major roleplay fights that occured on Youtube a few years back,
but I have no idea exactly what it was over... Sheeesh, people..

True! Getting the "right" personality/appearence of a character doesn't happen insantly. :nod:

Thank goodness for that! I know that site, Meerkat Crew. I think I joined in years after everyone
pretty much went inactive, baha. Aahh, forums.. Best stick to dA and YouTube I say.. :3

I liked your site.. It was neatly set-up and supportive of quite a few meerkat organisations, unlike
other meerkat forums I've seen which revolve entirely around role play. D:
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Aniju-Aura Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
I am in a meerkat role play just now. I believe we told you about it eh? I plan on drawing my characters some time. I am working on a book series for my meerkats groups.
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
You mean the Fanon Wiki roleplay? :)
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Aniju-Aura Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
No not Meerkat Fanon Wiki, that's just for fan-fictions and fake mobs. I mean Meerkat Role Play Wiki. We needed two so not to get confused by which mobs are for role playing and whichs ones are not. :D
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Ohh, okay! That makes sense. (:
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Aniju-Aura Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Yeah, we already used the Whiskers, Commandos, Lazuli and Zappa meerkats to form out fan-fiction mobs. So we needed a new site for just the role play mobs. Most of the pictures can be found on Meerkat Wiki, but I remember who I used for my meerkat and so I picture meerkats with similar personalities for my role play meerkats. If anyone ask, I tell them who's picture I used.
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