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Don't Be Sad, Merizan! - A Print for Jessica by koobismo Don't Be Sad, Merizan! - A Print for Jessica by koobismo
A print created for Jessica Merizan to thank her for all the support she has shown to myself and our lil' series. :)

It is based on the #SadMerizan twitter mini-meme created by Natalie Loftus (our Miranda and Jack, amongst others), which basically followed the adventures of a sad, tired and malnourished Jessica trying to reach out to the Mass Effect community while getting her energy from jelly beans and similar products...

...and then Marauder Shields came, bringing a delish pizza. ;)

A photo of Jessica receiving her print on San Diego Comic-Con 2012: [link]

All my scraps and additional stuff!
Be sure to check out my other scraps and unpublished stuff as well, including some funnies and my favorite shots from the comics (without speech bubbles), everything in this here scrapbook: [link]

A new poll about your favorite episodes!
If you haven't done so yet, tell me which of the listed episodes (starting with 24 and ending with 33) is your favorite (and why), in this poll: [link]

P.S. If you're trying to guess why Jessica is a Cerberus Nemesis... It's because we have a background character named "Merizzan" in episode 25, who will be returning soon. ;)
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LukeMCFC141 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Writer
Merizan's sorta attractive.
BreakAtmo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Ironic costume choice - what's a Nemesis better at than killing your Shields? :D
jacenleonhart Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A little SOS: Can someone please link me to ANY piece of news concerning Jessica actually dealing with the ME fandom on the endings? Sorry, all I saw were some of the Twitter posts and her interview with the BW higher-ups on the EC DLC endings, but I can guess where this is all going.

She really does deserve sympathy. It hard to deal with that kind of backlash, explaining BioWare's side and at the same time, getting to know just how pissed the fans are and relating that to the BioWare guys. I would know, since I had to help with some PR boo-boo's myself in my time.

JM did everything she could given the situation she had to work with, and it's not fair for some people to start flaming her because the ME3 endings sucked. Sadly, that's not the case. Something goes wrong in your company, people start blaming the company's workers as well, since in their mind: Company's work = company's people since they made it.

Not fair. So let me just say this to the flamers:

"The Alliance owes them medals, and the Council owes them more... and so do you." - Cmdr. Shepard

Besides koobs, at least she introduced you to the BioWare guys and they know you're doing a good thing here. That, in my book, is an indication that BW isn't as dick-headed as some people say they are. The fact that your work is being praised by the BW guys themselves means a lot.

Anyway, since she's a Cerberus Nemesis here... is she gonna get a part in the audiobooks as well if she has time? :-)
nytell Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I love this, actually i will use this for a wallpaper, and her face.. i love it too xD
LtKaidanAlenko Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Very generous of Shields, given the fact that she's been a part of horrible PR after the initial endings uproar, and has stated, among other things, that the Normandy was stranded on Mars (!). It seems Mr Shields knows how to forgive and forget! :D
koobismo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Horrible PR? Quite the opposite - Jessica is both an amazing person and an amazing community manager, seeing what she was given to work with and how we were all fed up with the endings.

Listen, this may sound like ass-kissin' (and if you do think so, just refer to my previous posts about EC and the Leviathan DLC to see that I don't really wear white gloves when giving out my opinions ;)), but I do know how this works from the other side... I've never been a community manager, but I've worked for companies that actually had a few, and there's a big, big, big difference between "what a community manager wants to do and tell" and what he or she is issued to work with, the constraints and bullet-points that the company sends from the top.

If there is one thing that I cannot agree on when it comes to Retake is that a percentage of the people involved want to flame individuals from BioWare for, well, doing their jobs. As if it was common knowledge that it was their personal choice or fault that the ending turned out to be what it turned out to be. Allow me to give ya' a hint: not Jessica's fault. ;) And as far as I know, contrary to the popular belief, not anyone's precise fault. Blame the process, hate the endings, don't hate the people.

Now, as far as Mr. Shields forgiving anything - yes, we (as in: the MS team and myself) *do* forgive her for the utter crimes of supporting us immensely, talking to us as one of the first people from BioWare, helping us out with her knowledge, being in constant contact, promoting us on twitter and other channels, being excited to see where the comic will go and - last but not least - getting us drinks and introducing us to BioWareians on Comic-Con. ;) Yes, we do forgive that. ;)
LtKaidanAlenko Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I have drifted pretty far away from JM and onto more general rant about BioWare PR as a whole, so another example, this time involving her more directly. Remember, it's before the EC was even announced, every ME fan out there is running around the internet like a chicken with its head chopped off, trying to sort out what is up with the abysmal endings, the IT emerges suddenly and is yet to become the next best hope for something better, and teleporting squadmates and the Normandy getting stranded are the main issues at hand. And, all of a sudden, Jessica Merizan tweets that the Normandy is stranded on MARS. I mean, the planet in the game scene is green and has two freakin' moons. But yeah, Mars. And this is just the crown jewel, there were more Twitter diamonds like this. It was just bloody annoying :D . The sole fact that Twitter was used to tell parts of the story by a mainstream game developer (killing Emily Wong via Twitter - WTF, BioWare?) was awfully annoying... I guess I don't like Twitter very much (Sorry Koobs :P )
nytell Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
the incident you mention, its just another proof, that she was under incredible pressure. And nothing more.
LtKaidanAlenko Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Sure, no doubt about that. I wouldn't even call that an "incident", more of a mishap, and it was just a small dot on the whole bigger picture, which was a bad one. (Look below at my previous post). Heck, just the fact that she, as the community manager, had to explain parts of the game story to the audience shows how bad the situation had been.
redsteven Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Your passion is appreciated, but this isn't the place : \
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