122. The big payback
Posted on 4th Jun 2012, 6:55 AM in 5. Battle at Pokeyhead

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Morgenstern 4th Jun 2012, 6:55 AM edit delete
So I'm back from A-kon! I had a lot of fun, though I sadly didn't get to run into any fans. When I went last year, it was mostly for the heck of it (as I had never been to a convention before); this year, it was more for the learning experience. Hopefully, by this time next year I'll be able to do a panel or something, or at least set up shop in the artist alley. Buttons, shirts, prints and all that are definitely going to get looked into again.

Though, the more I think about it, the more I think I might try and head up northish if I try and make a big con appearance. I don't think too many readers of the comic live around Texas, and I'd kind of like to show up closer to a place people can actually meet me at. I don't know, I just think it'd be neat to actually talk to some of you guys. I'll mull it over, tell me what you think.

For those wondering, the stadium announcer is based on a combination of whatever the crap MC Ballyhoo is and the character of a certain Let's Play guy that I like.

By the way, when I said this was a vacation arc?

I might have lied
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 1:46 AM edit delete
Just a heads up, there might be some issues with the site while I upload the new layout.

Z3TSU91 4th Jun 2012, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
Onecanofsprite 4th Jun 2012, 8:24 AM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel 4th Jun 2012, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
Epic use of meme!
Headgamer 5th Jun 2012, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
smee 4th Jun 2012, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Cool, now we have confirmation on who the announcer sounds like (I guess I wasn't paying attention on the last page when he said "Hey everyone, this is Roko").
Cammiluna 4th Jun 2012, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Go to Anime Expo. I will fanatically follow you the whole weekend.

Or new york comic con.
Sman X 4th Jun 2012, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
Sman X
see, now im sad, im in texas but couldnt make akon due to work, my friend who reads was there one day and i guess couldnt find you...bummer :(
Owl 4th Jun 2012, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
Go somewhere near Iowa! XD
Guest 4th Jun 2012, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
I'm guessing Jack and Fungus but the good king back together? [Insert "All the kings men" joke]
the_unchosen_one 5th Jun 2012, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
Jack got down to fix the crown. (Jack and Jill)
Guest 4th Jun 2012, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
glad you are back safe and sound MM
Guybrush20X6 4th Jun 2012, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Well the fact the chapter is the battle of pokeyhead might've tipped us off.
Evdog 4th Jun 2012, 5:24 PM edit delete reply
I think we've all learnt by now that there will NEVER be a vacation story arc in Mushroom Go, no matter how much you try to tell us otherwise.
Morgenstern 4th Jun 2012, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
Oh god they're onto me

I secretly hate vacations
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 2:36 AM edit delete reply
I have to make one myself.
the_unchosen_one 5th Jun 2012, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Didn't you already have a plan in the works for that? I thought there was some sort of collab going on a few pages back you were gonna draw
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 4:50 AM edit delete reply
I think you're thinking of the infamous Burger King encounter that may or may not have happened somewhere in a time compressed futurenow

(my roommate is playing Final Fantasy VIII I'm so sorry)
the_unchosen_one 5th Jun 2012, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
No, I remember what it was. Cammiluna started off some idea, and a few of us pitched in. It ended up turning into she was supposed to draw a desert beach party with watermelon and Guy in a chain mail suit and red swim trunks
NotJoe 4th Jun 2012, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Morgenstern 4th Jun 2012, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
a;dkj;gj;ajd;fj GO TO AKON NEXT YEAR
Sman X 14th Jun 2012, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
Sman X
::Salutes:: Sir, yes SIR!, honestly would love to meet the man behind the legend.
Amaare 4th Jun 2012, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
Meesa likea dissen bombad turn of events!
Gonna be mucha biggen battle meessa tinken!
Grimlock13 6th Jun 2012, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
Jarjar would be proud of you.
theo 4th Jun 2012, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
(Hate me if you want)I think that the MC Ballyhoo thing/announcer is part shoop da whoop. But I did think that the announcer was that one weird thing from MP8.
Jonesy 5th Jun 2012, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
I missed A-Kon this year... Maybe next year. Couldn't take the vacation.
DancesWithChihuahuas 5th Jun 2012, 1:52 AM edit delete reply



Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 2:45 AM edit delete reply
Better late than never, man! Welcome to the party!
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 2:37 AM edit delete reply

I kept getting these two confused today.

Is AKon any good? Like, since going to San Diego Comic Con is now impossible until pigs fly, I need to pick out a new second con venue for the summer and I have friends in texas whose houses I could crash in.
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
It's... very dense.

It's not Comic Con or PAX big, but Brentalfloss, Team Fourstar and Yaya Han were all there so I guess it's kinda big. I think it's starting to outgrow the place they house it in, but I usually have alot of fun.

Also, they have escalators. I always place bets as to how long it'll take for those escalators to turn into stairs
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 3:14 AM edit delete reply
Oh nooo.... I need something smaller than comic con. I need a break from suffocating unwashed nerd stench of Hasbro and Twilight campers and being run over by motorized wheelchairs.

Otakon was really nice for the 8 years I've attended, but my friends have all outgrown it, and... Homestuck gatherings are much more massive/obnoxious in the East coast. New York Anime Fest just got lucky because NYC is so expensive and they only have one convention center with no hotels in walking distance (I like Homestuck but still).

For animes, I started going to Anime Expo. Much of my friends go there and it's nice and warm from E3's ass being parked at the convention center a few weeks prior. I just hate that all the cool cons are so distant from me. I'm going to AX this year but I have to collect $450 somehow for airfare from new york (and AX charges extra money for all their events). It's just enjoyable going to any convention where there's friends and it'll always be fun regardless of the con. I'll throw parties if I get a hotel room or just gather whatever group i could and we take over a corner of a nearby restaurant with sketchbooks and DSes.

I have a rather funny Otakon gathering story having to do with Cartoon network fart jokes and Mario Poker...
Evdog 5th Jun 2012, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
A smaller con you say... :P

Well there just so happens to be a... oh wait, no Hasbro...
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
A friend invited me to go to Bronycon with her, but it's on the same weekend as Anime Expo. XD
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
As much as the bronies used to drive me nuts, I think as of this year Homestuck is my fanbase-I'm-sick-of of choice. I don't even have anything against Homestuck, just... everywhere. They were everywhere

But yeah, A-kon's not even that big and I'm already kind of craving a smaller con. I can't imagine going to something big-big-big like Otakon.
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 4:27 AM edit delete reply
Anime Expo makes Otakon look like rabbit poop, but Otakon has better events, better (yet poorly staffed) art show, and most main events are included in the badge price.

I noticed the cosplayers are different between cons. If you can get past all the massive clusterfuck of Homestucks, Anime Expo has lots of buff men in scantily clad cosplay with fishnet stockings like Man Faye, the Pokemen, and even a super mario group with a man peach. I've never seen an east coast con with such cosplayers, but AX was full of them! Otakon used to have a lot of grown men in Sailor fukus, but that died down since the naruto craze of 2005-ish.
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 4:31 AM edit delete reply
A-kon had Homestuck, Panties & Stockings everywhere, OMG ALL THE ADVENTURE TIME (I think there was more cross play Adventure Time than there was regular Adventure Time), some League of Legends and alot of comic book cosplay (I blame Avengers on that one, as it was pretty scant last year). I saw some Marios and Peaches but not nearly as much as last year.
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 4:39 AM edit delete reply
Crossplay Adventure Time has been around since like, that Fiona fanfic episode. When I was meeting a friend of mine at NY comic con/Anime fest, she told me she was dressed as Fiona, so I tried looking for her, but the con had a billion fionas. And then they all gathered at the Cartoon Network panel like a massive plague!

Panty and Stocking, I assume is the new Naruto, but I can confirm that on AX weekend.

San Diego comic con back in 2009 had a zombie fad. Lots of people were dressed as generic zombies, but there was also a zombie batman, zombie joker, and Zombie Waldo with Zombie Carmen Sandiego. I thought it was pretty cool, but I find zombies too disturbingly gross.
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
I remember last year we had a big Silent Hill thing going on, too. There were a few nurses and one Pyramid Head running around this year but it wasn't nearly the bloody nursefest that it was last time.

Also saw quite a few Power Rangers (mostly Mighty Morphin, a couple of Dino Thunder and Samurai, one really good Gokaiger). I always wait until the last possible minute to even think of a cosplay idea, so I never actually get around to it, but I'm thinking next con I've got a pretty bad ass idea for a Phanto costume. Though, I did promise Brentalfloss that if I attend another con he's at, I'm going to do a little Flossplay. We sort of look alike? I've got a picture, I'll probably post it later.
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
Funny story, I went to Moccafest last month which is basically like a small artist alley for indie comics and I could have sworn I've seen at least three dozen Ramonas from Scott Pilgrim but they were all just generic hipsters.

I never cosplayed before. Half because I never had the funds for costumes, half because I smile weird in pictures, and then id have to ditch the hat everyone recognizes me by. Id love to cosplay a horrible vriska serket/edward elric bastard child with two fake arms. For one day I swear but I look like a jade harley without buck teeth. I just recently posted in the portrait thread in the cf forums.
whistle-tall 5th Jun 2012, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
The more I hear about the hugeness of Comic Con, the more imposing it's becoming.
I'm attending this years (San Diego) comic con.
It's my first ever attendance at a convention.
Any tips for an increasingly nervous fanboy? ^_^;
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 8:55 PM edit delete reply

The fact that you actually MANAGED to get SDCC tickets is a huge feat in itself. The site wouldn't even load for me when those tickets sold out in an hour!

If SDCC is going to be your first con, I'm warning you now that no other con in the country could ever closely compare. Wear your best sneakers because the exhibit hall alone is like a mile long or something. It's divided into several sections: The indies, the publishers, the toys, the TV companies, and the gaming companies. Basically, smaller businesses and toys are on one end, the flashy stuff is near the other. The center point is basically the Sails Pavillon up on the second floor. It's a huge sun room with sails all over.

Spend a good two hours walking around the place just to find specific landmarks:

The Warner Bros. Tower
The G4 loft
The Marvel/DC signs
The obnoxious orange white of Nickelodeon
Anything else that stands out (giant statues, or in Cartoon Network 2011's case, the 10-foot Jake balloon).

I use them as beacons in a sense. When I'm with friends and we lose each other, we use these landmarks to find each other. Do NOT use the Capcom booth as a meeting place. If you're a capcom fan, good luck getting in there.

Expect to be pushed, shoved, run over, and in occasional instances, unable to breathe. It is CROWDED. More crowded on Saturday, so godspeed if you decide to hit the exhibit hall on a Saturday. Also, Andrew Hussie of Homestuck fame will be at the indie area of the exhibit hall, so expect lots of Homestucks to crowd there. If you're at one side of the exhibit hall and want to jump to the other end, Leave the exhibit hall, go upstairs, walk to the other end of the convention center, and go back downstairs. All exits are on one side of the exhibit hall and the convention center as a whole is the about shape of an idle nunchuck, once you identify your landmarks, the hallways will be easy shortcuts.

Eats: GO OUTSIDE. Food is expensive inside convention centers and all restaurants around the building are super crowded. There is a deli by the trolley station where you can buy a day's worth of portable grub for about $10, or you can go to the outdoor mall several blocks from the convention. The mall is about a 20-minute walk, but since most attendees are too fanatic to leave SDCC for very long, their restaurants are less crowded and you can get a table no problem, and there's a hot topic, video arcade, and drugstore there as well. The pigeons will approach you shamelessly for scraps.

If you can stash food where you're crashing, there's a nice supermarket called Ralphs near the con. Sign up for a card and you can stock up on bagels and sale items.

Panels: Get the schedule as soon as it is out and mark your plans. If you're going to a panel of something popular, show up an hour early. If you're going to Cartoon Network's panels, show up four hours early if it means sitting in the room during panels that happen before it. CN panels have lines that zigzag around many halls and they have limited seating. If you're going to a twilight panel, or want any of Hasbro or Mattel's exclusive toys, you have to show up one day prior and camp out overnight by the convention center. I am dead serious.

Lastly, keep a bottle of water of you at all times. There's water fountains by all the restrooms if you want a free refill. Buy a battery-powered phone charger because the con has no standard electrical outlets for you to charge your phone. Since wifi/cellular service is being hogged by thousands of people, your phone will drain faster if you try to use the internet and you will likely have a bad connection anyway. Actual phone service works fine so make your facebook/twitter posts via text message until late night. And Nintendo might have a lounge again this year where you can play all their E3-presented stuff and get free swag. If Nintendo holds its lounge at a nearby hotel again, then anyone in the San Diego area can just walk right in and hang out, even without a comic con badge.

That's what I remember, basically. Good luck!
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 2:43 AM edit delete reply
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 2:44 AM edit delete reply
Lmao. Now if I can just get the site to work like it's supposed to

Everything seems to load just fine on the main main main site, but all of the subdivisions of the site are eating the images for some reason and I don't even
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 2:52 AM edit delete reply
The main content box just needs to be set a certain width to stay consistent- mainly for the archives. I should study the default version of this layout to figure out where that setting goes (I'm good with plain HTML, iffy with CSS).

The images are gone because you linked them wrong. The overall template has, the bg for example, "files/background.jpg". This works fine on the front page because it goes to mushroomgo.com/files/background.jpg, but in the subpages, like archive, it will link to mushroomgo.com/archive/files/background.jpg, but the images don't exist there.

Go to all the images in your html and put the full url for the image files, say, mushroomgo.com/files/background.jpg

That will fix them.
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Okay, I think I fixed it. I just needed another forward slash in front of the linked image (/files/background instead of files/background).

I'll... try to fix the archive in a minute. My brain is exhausted
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
I never knew about the forwardslash. I ought to remember that. I don't think I will right now with this caffiene rush.
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 4:27 AM edit delete reply
And then all the talk about slashes and niche fanbases made me think of this
Cammiluna 5th Jun 2012, 4:40 AM edit delete reply
dot dot dot dot dot com
CyberSkull 5th Jun 2012, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
Great work with the site layout! You may want to change the buttons to transparent PNGs for the buttons and headers so they will blend into any background you get on the site.
Morgenstern 5th Jun 2012, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm actually having to do that right now. I was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED by discoloration in lower quality JPEGs~

Teach me to try and save people some load times. Glad you like the layout, though!
Sheets 5th Jun 2012, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
The layout is SICK. I love it. It looks amazing. And as for my thoughts on the comic, it's great to see KBB return. Now where's Squishie when you need him... (Also, I would love to know what this band Boo Statue sounds like.
CyberSkull 5th Jun 2012, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
With PNG, you can use tools like optipng or pngcrush to cut the file size down. With the graphics you have, go with a PNG 8 file and you can probably get a way with a smaller than 256 palette as well.
Cammiluna 6th Jun 2012, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
Transparent gifs is an old technology that still does the job today. In photoshop, give the transparent areas of a graphic an obnoxious, unmatching color like magenta, convert color mode to "indexed", then on the file menu (should this exist in current versions idk), Select Export/GIF and the rest should be self explainitory.
CyberSkull 8th Jun 2012, 8:01 AM edit delete reply
I really recommend avoiding GIF unless you want to use animation. That's the only useful feature of the format.
Cammiluna 8th Jun 2012, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
GIFs are really also the best choice for sprites and icons that use very little colors. PNGs are too file-size-intensive for that kind of thing.
CyberSkull 9th Jun 2012, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
That is usually the result of misconfiguration, leaving metadata on and palette optimization off. ;)
Cammiluna 9th Jun 2012, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
Makes me want to learn by toying with png settings but photoshop 5.5 doesn't support transparent pngs. It crashes when I load one. XD

Thanks for sharing your technical wisdom!
Marcus 5th Jun 2012, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
Right so Go needs to get down the the center of the field, find where the kart krews keep their special items, and go Old arts.

If someone's packing an invincible star.

Wait didn't he say his Ex was a mechanic.....

OH SNAP! (put probably not)
A Gray Phantom 5th Jun 2012, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
The yellow! It's so... YELLOW!

Also: Oh snap! King Bob-omb! If this goes the same route as most shows, he'll go down really quick to show how much stronger the heroes have become, and quickly be replaced by a much more dangerous foe.

OR, he'll be even harder to fight, since they can't just blow him up. Interesting...

I was kinda hoping to see some racing.
Evdog 5th Jun 2012, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
So... much... Yellow...

I really hope they use the karts in some way to defeat KBB. Otherwise, the location will have no real relevance to the plot.
A Gray Phantom 7th Jun 2012, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
Or maybe he's gonna race, too! That would be rad! I mean, I hope that's what it is, because it's WAY too soon for a straight-up rematch with him.
FuzzyZergling 5th Jun 2012, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Yay new layout!
Is it just me or are the FAQ, Cast, etcetera not working?

And I wish I lived in Texas so I could go to the same stuff as a great webcomic-ist.
Oh well, I guess I'll just have to settle for Otafest...
NotJoe 5th Jun 2012, 10:52 PM edit delete reply
They aren't real things yet.
the_unchosen_one 5th Jun 2012, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
I just noticed this, but the new format seems very... big
Bonz0 6th Jun 2012, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
This huge block of website layout jargon and convention babble is hurting my brain.
Cammiluna 6th Jun 2012, 3:52 AM edit delete reply
I'm sorry. :(
Morgenstern 6th Jun 2012, 4:59 AM edit delete reply
If you would prefer a much smaller block of text, we could talk about all the good games at E3

(oh snap)
NotJoe 6th Jun 2012, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
Scribblnauts Unlimited.
Bonz0 6th Jun 2012, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
At least wait until the 3DS software showcase before arriving at such a verdict.
Bonz0 7th Jun 2012, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
Okay, 3DS software showcase sucked. Something about a non-specific action figure and some "Fire Emblem" game coming to USA. You may resume the snapping.

Now, I'm off to download those new trailers on the 3DS eshop...
NotJoe 7th Jun 2012, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Fire Emblem 3DS coming to America is a big deal.
Silverpraetorian 6th Jun 2012, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
I approve of everything I've seen thus far on my visit to the site.
nobodyimportant 6th Jun 2012, 7:29 AM edit delete reply
I personally enjoy the changing phrase under the sites title
Guest 6th Jun 2012, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Don't know whether I should thank you, or hate you, for the past five minutes of me mashing F5 to see what comes up.
Morgenstern 6th Jun 2012, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
Give it time. I made a whole bunch of those logos and haven't uploaded them all yet
Mihas 6th Jun 2012, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
Surprised this hasn't been noticed yet or maybe I missed the comment on it: There is a button on the side for a store. Does that mean we'll have the opportunity for some merch in the future? I can't wait to help support this comic, I really enjoy it, Morg.
Mutterscrawl 6th Jun 2012, 7:19 PM edit delete reply


I have to go next time @.@
FutureVGD 6th Jun 2012, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh...right ..no-one noticed......
the_unchosen_one 7th Jun 2012, 3:42 AM edit delete reply
From the future?
Link 12th Jun 2012, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
Aw. I was hoping it would be an interdimensional capsule.