I’ma Luigi, Numbah One!

My Super Mario collage was feeling lonely, especially since I sold Bowser, so I gave him a brother. Here is Luigi, 24×24″ made of a bunch of random comic books, Wizard magazine, and some other random papery things, like a box of Goobers from the movie theatre from November when I took the family to see Trolls.

MINI-MOVIE REVIEW: Bright, colorful and fun. Literally and figuratively. Terrific story and soundtrack adults will appreciate. I would gladly add this to our home rotation, which currently consists of Frozen, Tangled, and Barbie Spy Squad.

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Lemmy; Ghostbusters chatter

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Lemmy Koopa is named after the iconic frontman of metal rockers Motörhead. Apparently, most of the Koopalings are named after famous musicians, from Beethoven to Roy Orbison. The more the you know…

Also, in my research for this 24×24″ collage (comics, magazines, a movie ticket to the new Ghostbusters movie*), I learned that the seven Koopalings (Lemmy, Larry, Iggy, Roy, Wendy, Ludwig and Morton), who originally debuted in the NES’s Super Mario Bros 3, are no longer classified as Bowser/King Koopa’s children!

I am shocked and appalled.

*TANGENT: I had time to kill, and Ghostbusters was the best option from a thin pool of viewing options. I have to say, as a silent hater every step of the way in the development of this remake, I was pleasantly surprised. The remake was good, and I laughed more than a few times. Not guffaws, mind you, but I consider a smile, or a “Heh,” a laugh.

The main villain is a guy by the name of Neil Casey, who I remember from my time studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. So in a weird, vicarious way, i was a thrill for me to think it was a thrill for this guy I didn’t even actually know to be the primary antagonist in a Ghostbusters. I WOULD DO IT. And so would you.

I do think Ghostbusters ’16 should have expanded on the mythos and universe built in the first two movies, rather than reimagine it, and I’m still furious that Paul Feig so linearly gender-swapped his characters (three white scientists, one street smart black, Johnny-come-lately).

In my Ghostbusters sequel, Egon’s ghost would have been their spiritual advisor. Venkman likely would have had a daughter (probably illegitimate) involved either as a teammate, or better yet, an antagonist as the mayor’s disbelieving lackey. The cast wouldn’t have to all be the children of the original team, but SOME connection would have been a nice homage. (All members of the original cast, minus Rick Mornais, do make cameo appearances as new characters in Ghostbusters ’16.)

Anyway, good movie.

Bowser

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In response to my Super Mario collage from a few months back, here’s Bowser, made from a bunch of reaaaaaaaaaaaaally shitty comics, old Wizard magazines and Comic Shop News.

Yesterday morning, my almost-three-year-old asked me if she could help. “Daddy, can I glooooooo it, too?”

So I had her tie up some loose ends on the right arm.

I think I may go with Toad or Luigi next, or jump back over to cereal mascots.

Rampage Royal Court

The Punch-Out paintings were never intended to remain as-is, but after I published the midpoint images last month, I had the horrible problem of people asking to buy them. So I left them to be, not quite as creative as I intended, and moved onto the next thing… the next thing being this interpretation of classic arcade and Nintendo game, Rampage.

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In the game, you could select George (a King Kong copycat), Lizzie (Godzilla analog) or Ralph (a massive freaking werewolf) and proceed to do the most cathartic thing ever: destroy everything. After a while, Rampage could get a little boring, because it was so repetitive. Scale building. Punch building. Jump off building before it collapses. This lather, rinse, repeat gameplay is what was so addictive to me as a kid, though. Especially in the arcade, where I seemingly plugged in quarters just to see the GAME OVER screen in fairly short order. I couldn’t help but go back for more.

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So I’ve re-imagined the cast as playing cards here.

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Phase I: Punch-Out Project

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The first portion of my Punch-Out project is completed, and you can see the finished watercolors (including the Tyson you see above) of all 11 characters from the original 1987 NES game here.

So much more to say, and even more to do until these are ready to go, but this is a good, sharable stopping point for now.

Bodacious XBox Controller (9×12)

XBOXI tripped into painting these video game controllers. I loved Nintendo and Genesis, so I painted those remotes last year. They were really well received, so I thought I’d revisit the idea of painting more, and here we are.

I’m not even going to pretend like I know what the hell was a good game for XBox. Call of Duty? Halo? I feel like those are educated guesses, but I never played either. Once N64 moved on, so did I when it came to gaming. I can think of about four games that I played with any sort of fervor since Mario Kart 64 became obsolete:

Simpsons Road Rage (PS2): My brother got this for Christmas one year and I probably spent a solid week glued to the TV playing because back in the 90s, the Simpsons was my shteez.

Some wrestling game (some advanced video game system): I don’t remember the name of the game (WWF All Stars, maybe?) or the system, but you could be the Ultimate Warrior, and that’s all that mattered.

Mario Galaxy (Wii): My roommate from the UK, Sam, were on a tear, dominating this game, but then something happened. Someone broke into our East Village apartment and stole my Wii, a system I bought one month earlier, because it was touted as being easy to play (it was). Galaxy was in the system at the time. I still have the case. Alas, I was not meant to enjoy video games. God must have had other plans for me.

Punch-Out (Wii): See above.

Street Fighter II Poll

I’ve been wrestling with ideas on how to convey my love for Street Fighter II, the 8th greatest Genesis game of all-time. I finally found the right idea, and it involves all twelve characters from the Champion edition, plus the four new characters: Dee Jay, Fei Long, Cammi and T-Hawk. I loved T-Hawk. Native Americans are always my favorite. I’m even marrying one. The lady kind.

Where you come in is directly inspired by Hard Ticket to Home Video‘s Mirth Madness, an epic NCAA-style bracket of comedy. But don’t get hung up on the inspiration; there is nothing funny about Street Fighter. Unless we’re talking about how I used to beat my brother with Chun-Li (a girl!) by bouncing off the walls and stepping on his head over and over and over and over and over and huuuuuuuwahhhhhh*. (“THAT’S CHEAP!”)

*That’s the written equivalent of the dying sound every character makes when you defeat them.

Anyway, I just want you to vote (Polls open for a week) on who would win these mostly-arbitrary match-ups, and then I’ll make my masterpiece from there.I don’t want to give too much away.

Ryu vs Zangief

Bison vs Dhalsim

Blanka va Dee Jay

Chun-Li vs T-Hawk

Guile vs Fei Long

Ken vs Balrog

Sagat vs E. Honda

Vega vs Cammi