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A Long Time Ago 20 by Hammelherd A Long Time Ago 20 by Hammelherd
Sweet Truffula, I've drawn twenty pages of this! o.O

So, first off, yes. This is a comic about the Once-ler and Norma's relationship. If it wasn't evident up to this point that that's where I was going with this, then I'll just put it out there. I ship NormaXOnce-ler. (Norm-ler?) I think that there is a large gap in the Lorax universe just begging to be filled with cute goodness, and as long as it keeps popping in my head, I'm going to keep drawing it.

That being said, I also want to explain those last two panels. They shared a very long, potentially deep talk while walking, and he read the signals a little wrong. (Hence the journal saying "I feel like I'd made a friend" while he's going in for the goodnight kiss ;)) She honestly did not realize that he tried to make an advance. Also, since I'm pegging her at eighteen or so in my comic, he's a few years older, and she likely doesn't think that the Once-ler would be interested in her. She also is a little scared of getting hurt, because her parents have a somewhat rocky relationship. Therefore, she tries to avoid developing those kind of feelings in the first place.
For now.
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:iconshusakamakitheloner:
ShuSakamakiTheLoner Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
awwww poor Oncie :( He just wanted a kiss
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:iconsampea:
sampea Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Aaaw, shoot!
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:iconignitionfive0:
IgnitionFive0 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, DENIED, Oncie! XD
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:iconartfan-afr0canasura:
ArtFan-Afr0canAsura Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Aww!
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:icongeri-fillot:
Geri-Fillot Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Very cute pannels!
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:iconhelgaarnold4ever:
HelgaArnold4ever Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
looooooooove it :DD is Oncie willing to KISS here or what? :D
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:iconcutebluecherri:
CuteBlueCherri Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
You draw the Once-ler sooo adorably! ^_^ ♥
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:iconwwoof:
wwoof Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
awwwWWWwW look at his little cutie face in the second panel omg i'm cry
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:iconamielthegreat:
AmielTheGreat Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think it's cute how Once-ler wanted a good night kiss. X)
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:iconanimejesusfreak:
animeJesusFREAK Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FRIENDZONE!!!?? D:
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:iconcocoru:
Cocoru Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NOOOO, poor Oncie's been friendzoned!
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:iconthneed-ler:
Thneed-Ler Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg degected oncie in the last panel
i love you omg
<3
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:iconnumbuh35:
numbuh35 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
I'd say more then a friend Once-Ler :)
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:iconthesassylorax:
thesassylorax Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
Aaahhh his face when she says he can walk her home is so adorable. He's never offered to walk someone home and the fact she accepts must be the start of a crush for him immediately since like I said in a previous comment, I doubt he's had much good interaction with girls before.

And the last two panels break my heart. Norma's looking inside and Once-ler's leaning up, hoping he can kiss her goodnight be it on the cheek or maybe even on the lips but instead he gets the window shut in his face; and his expression there. Oh my gosh, my heart goes out to the poor guy. Like you said they just had a long meaningful talk together (something I'm glad you kept secret from us readers, it makes it all the more special between the two characters in the story, something nobody else could have eavesdropped on) so he feels he's made a real connection to this person who isn't just a person, but a young woman.

Being the inexperienced guy he is of course Once-ler will feel something towards her almost immediately; an attraction be it to who she is as a person, but also her looks because let's face it Norma is very pretty in that 'plain girl' kind of way. She isn't overly curvaceous, she isn't drop dead gorgeous; she's the girl next door who's probably been over-looked by a lot of guys.

But to him she's already something special for having been kind to him, spoken with him, and spent time with him.

I loooooove this comic!
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:iconcarolinahiratsuka:
CarolinaHiratsuka Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
continue :3
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:icondrawingistherapy:
drawingistherapy Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
I love this comic soo much :3
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:icontook-baggins:
Took-Baggins Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought that was what he was doing. ^_^ I like how quickly he's developed an interest in her. I ship these two pretty hard anyway. I figured things would be going in this direction.
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:iconstarlit-kaulitz:
starlit-kaulitz Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Ahhh so cute. I love how realistic you made their interactions. Can't wait to see more!!!
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:icondippythesquid:
dippythesquid Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
DENIED!
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:iconpinksoda12:
PinkSoda12 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Oh man, his expression in the second panel... :laughing: I love this comic, SO PSYCHED for the next chapter!!!!!!!! :excited::iconwoohooplz::woohoo:
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:iconmadjesters1:
MadJesters1 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
Panel 5- FAIL!! XD LoL
Lovely page :D
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:icontheanimangagirl:
TheAnimangaGirl Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
"For now" you put hope in my soul again ;)
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:iconkakashisgirlfighter:
kakashisgirlfighter Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
almost kiss got diss
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:iconsashagami12:
Sashagami12 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I loved the second to last panel
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:iconmoonstone27:
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012   General Artist
I love this:XD::lmao:, but awww looks like Once-Ler wanted a good night kiss:flirty:;). Hope he'll get from her... someday:XD:
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:iconjennykrakowski:
jennykrakowski Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
me too
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:iconmoonstone27:
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012   General Artist
:)
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:iconpekina:
Pekina Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I love his facial expression on the second slide!
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:iconhammelherd:
Hammelherd Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
That's my favorite too! Don't get me wrong, to see his kiss face is really cute too, but the one where he's trying to explain himself is my favorite. It was actually drawn with a screenshot for reference.
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:iconpekina:
Pekina Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Haha, I do that a lot. All your drawings are great, but that one is for sure perfect!
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:iconlilmissfangal:
LilMissFanGal Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I love Norm-ler Shippings!!!!
:iconmonkeyloveplz:
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:iconhammelherd:
Hammelherd Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I'm so glad. Forget the haters, let's fill the internet with Norm-ler! :D
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:iconlilmissfangal:
LilMissFanGal Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
START THE REVOLUTION!!!!!
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:icontomatoboylover:
tomatoboylover Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this :) His face when she didn't kiss him XD
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:iconshadamy20:
shadamy20 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Nice
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:icon9yellowdragon9:
9YellowDragon9 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
You apparently have a very nice story. =)
But you wrote that Norma is about 18 years old here and she is older than Oncie. Is Oncie so young here? In my opinion he was 21-25 years old in the movie.
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:iconjennykrakowski:
jennykrakowski Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
some reason i thought they were around the same age
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:iconhammelherd:
Hammelherd Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
No, I meant that she is about eighteen and he is a few years older than her. That would put him somewhere in his early twenties :) Sorry about that confusion!
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9YellowDragon9 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Oh, I probably read this wrong. Sorry. :blushes:
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:iconhammelherd:
Hammelherd Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
It's okay. :) It's good to know that you have my back, from a technical standpoint.
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:icon9yellowdragon9:
9YellowDragon9 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
:aww:
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:iconblucille:
blucille Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't help but laugh at Oncie at the last two panels. then again, he does live alone in the woods, a guy can get lonely :XD:
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:iconhammelherd:
Hammelherd Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
He's so cute when his charm doesn't work how he anticipates, isn't he? XD
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:iconzara2148:
zara2148 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
Oh, Oncie. Only you would walk a girl back in your pjs.
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:iconhammelherd:
Hammelherd Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
He's got class :icondealwithitplz:
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:iconzara2148:
zara2148 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Writer
Indeed. :iconswagplz:
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:iconmonininicka:
Monininicka Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awwww, he want kiss her ^^
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:iconambygs123:
Ambygs123 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's sad that Oncie didn't get the kiss, but hopefully she will catch on.
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:iconmanulola:
Manulola Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet >w<
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:iconemi7890:
emi7890 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Aww, ONe-ler wanted a kiss.

Why did you not give her a kiss Norma? why? /OTP frustrations
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