Lemmy; Ghostbusters chatter

Lemmy

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.

Super Mario

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I’ve been chipping away at this 24×24″ collage for months, maybe since February or so. I used a ton of shitty, old comics that would otherwise serve no purpose in this world. Comics like Wild Thing from Marvel UK, and Clive Barker’s Hyperkind, from Marvel’s Razorline imprint. Basically, a lot of forgettable early 90s comics. There’s also some Comic Shop News bits in here, as well as the cover to a brochure for Stony Brook University, which I’m not entirely sure why I own in the first place.

I’m not sure what my next collage will be, but I’ve got a short list of cereal mascots – Lucky, the Trix Rabbit and Sonny (from Cocoa Puffs) – and other Mario characters –Luigi, Dry Bones, Toad, Bowser, the Koopa Kids – I’d like to explore.

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.

Badass New Jersey: Day #14

I’ma Luigi! Numba one!

This guy would fit in ANYWHERE in Essex, Bergen or Passaic counties.LuigiHere’s his brother, Mario, created in Week 1, who was the badass of the day for either #5, 6 or 7, the three days I didn’t post here. (I did have creations for each of those days:

MarioHere’s one of the other three badasses I created but never chronicled here last week. (I’ve been more diligent on Tumblr and Facebook.)

Indiana Jones

Nintendo Controller #3 (14×11)

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This was supposed to be a commission for someone, but as of this writing, I haven’t heard anything from the prospective buyer, so who knows the dilly-oh is with this. Personally, of the three Nintendo controllers I painted, this is my favorite. For one, it’s just got a real kinetic motion to it that the other two lack, and its just plain fun. So… maybe this is sold, maybe not.