I wonder how many of my online friends remember Makeda..
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.
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. (:
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".. /:
D'AWWW, SHE'S SO CUTE. C: <3 Good job, Shaylee. 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:
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!
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!
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..? " 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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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!
Bahaha, I remember hearing about Ocho Nipel and her additional bewbies. She had such a fitting name
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!
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.
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.