124. Emptiness of a different chord
Posted on 14th Jun 2012, 11:15 AM in 5. Battle at Pokeyhead

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Morgenstern 14th Jun 2012, 11:15 AM edit delete
Come on I'll give you romance
Come on I'll give you paradise
Liberate the "you" that you keep insiiide

So, now that the actual premise of this chapter is out on the table I can commence drawing the sequence I've been waiting over a year to hate myself for trying to draw unleash on you fine folks.

Everything Sort of Implodes on Itself, Pt. II

I feel like I had something important to say, but I forgot what it was. Lollipop Chainsaw is alot like No More Heroes? That's not really important though

Oh, yeah. If you're a new reader, you should definitely consider signing up for ComicFury and, subsequently, subscribing to the comic. That first thing will make it easier for you to browse ComicFury's menagerie of delightful webcomics and post on their forums, among other things. That other thing I mentioned will make me happy. For free! And that's the best kind of happiness.

Cammiluna 14th Jun 2012, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Those are some sweet moves! I'm envious of you draw actions! so much!
Morgenstern 14th Jun 2012, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
Trust me, there's some throw enough darts and one of them has to stick action going on here

I've got a big ol' stack of, uh, blooper pages for all three of those panels

And I don't mean like bloopers I mean like quick burn this art before the anatomy police get here
Anatomy Police 14th Jun 2012, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
We have arrived I'm afraid you are under Arrest sir. If you'll please come quietly.
Morgenstern 14th Jun 2012, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Oh certainly officer just one moment

Amaare 14th Jun 2012, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
No idea where that gif is from, but we genuinely used to do that in school!
Lukkai 15th Jun 2012, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
That's from Angel Beats, if I'm not mistaken.

Nice series, that one. Though I will admit to having been fighting back the tears end of the last episode.
Cammiluna 14th Jun 2012, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
I go through the same thing. This is why I can never have a buffer.
Silverpraetorian 15th Jun 2012, 12:48 AM edit delete reply
That gif is the most amazing thing I have seen today.
A Gray Phantom 25th Jun 2012, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
What's a buffer?
Cammiluna 26th Jun 2012, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
A buffer is a stack of comic pages that are already completed, but you still upload them on a normal schedule. Like, if you run a webcomic and draw up five pages right on this day, but you only upload one of those pages each week and you use your newfound free time to work on later pages, that's a buffer. It's really convenient because all your pages are posted on time and if you can't draw for a while, that week will still update.

If you draw each page near the day that it's due, like I do, I don't know what that's called!
Owl 27th Jun 2012, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Procrastination! :D
Grammar Nazi's 14th Jun 2012, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
... And we will need to arrest you for poor use of punctuation.
Morgenstern 14th Jun 2012, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
Using it poorly? Pffft, I barely use it at all

Edit: I didn't realize until afterwards the humor in Grammar Nazi's
Cammiluna 14th Jun 2012, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
All we need now is the fun patrol but I should keep my mouth shut before the character design ranger comes after me for making everyone look the same.
Amaare 14th Jun 2012, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Nooooo, the Character Design Ranger is a superhero! He helps struggling artists when they can't make characters' joints bend the right way.
Tallestnull 14th Jun 2012, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
oh god i wish he would help me i'm crap at action scenes and anatomy T^T or it could be an artist being overcritical
Noah 14th Jun 2012, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Nice Martello Wanted poster in da background there. Nice touch.
I love your webcomic, thanks for being back from Hiatus.
the_unchosen_one 14th Jun 2012, 10:32 PM edit delete reply
Reward negotiable? That hardly makes it seem worth it. You just know you're getting squat diddly with that kinda wording
nathan400 14th Jun 2012, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
Have you read this comic: http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_672.php
Cant wait to see what happens next in Mushroom Go.
Super Mariachi Bros. 14th Jun 2012, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
McCoy doesn't count as a furry, does he? Maybe a feathery? That actually sounds worse.
Evdog 14th Jun 2012, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
inb4 Cammiluna draws McCoy in a Falco costume :P
Cammiluna 14th Jun 2012, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
Is that a challenge?

ok but if anybody asks me why wasn't Immortal Fool updated, I can just say it was because I was fooling around at Mushroom Go.


I also just love McCoy so much. One of these days I'm just going to draw him fangirlishly smothered by Immortal Fool's only OC.
Silverpraetorian 15th Jun 2012, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
That picture is awesome, but it doesn't seem to wanna show up in your comment... for me anyway.
the_unchosen_one 15th Jun 2012, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
I mean no disrespect, but I don't think McCoy looks quite as bada** in that picture
Cammiluna 15th Jun 2012, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
I concur with the completely valid excuse being that I never knew how to draw Falco in the first place, and therefore, never earned my license in drawing badass. :)
Cammiluna 15th Jun 2012, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
If more people reply, we can tell if the problem is just you or a thing. I have no say since the picture was in my cache before I posted it.
Evdog 15th Jun 2012, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
:D Love it!
Cammiluna 15th Jun 2012, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
Amaare 16th Jun 2012, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
"Immortal fooling" around? ;)
I would say McCoy looks at least equally badass.
Owl 16th Jun 2012, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Brilliant! XD
Guest 28th Jan 2013, 8:22 PM edit delete reply
I really like it, myself!
Owl 14th Jun 2012, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
I forgot Guy was wearing blue. XD
Guybrush20X6 14th Jun 2012, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
MCoy and Guy. Such BBFs.
Amaare 14th Jun 2012, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
"I am McCoy, and this... is my Hat"
All your arguments are invalid.
Jninja 14th Jun 2012, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
That bird in the first panel... Is she a tech priest of the mechanicus?!
Grimlock13 15th Jun 2012, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Mechanicus? As in Adeptus Mechanicus from 40k?
Lukkai 15th Jun 2012, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
The robe would match. But of course any Magos would instantly incinerate any such mutant, especially in their own ranks.

Hereteks on the other hand...
(Currently playing one in a Black Crusade campaign. And just mutated into a man-coyote-hybrid. IT-character comment (after the pain subsided): "Fascinating. I'll have to run a few tests on that!")
Raiser 24th Jun 2012, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
A belated thought: the pattern on the robe, plus the bird's appearance, gives me reason to think it's that one bird-on-a-carpet enemy from SMB2. (I forgot the name.)
Morgenstern 24th Jun 2012, 2:37 AM edit delete reply
Pidgits and yes
Fortis 15th Jun 2012, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
Fungus is in way over his head.
Bonz0 15th Jun 2012, 1:40 AM edit delete reply
It's possible he hasn't even begun to take this fight seriously, though. He may be holding back quite a bit because he doesn't want to hurt any member of the Chainless. We don't know what his true intentions are, after all. He may just be assessing their skills and abilities.
Bonz0 15th Jun 2012, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
Hmm. I wonder why Fungus isn't stuttering anymore. Maybe he's more comfortable when fighting?
the_unchosen_one 15th Jun 2012, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
Possibly. Although I have a couple theories theories as well:
Before, he was mainly addressing Jack, or was in his presence. Jack may just be a superior officer to him, so he gets nervous.
Going along the same lines as that, in my mind, Fungus looks a bit like a criminal himself, possibly because of the mask, so he may be forced to work for Jack, and is concerned of messing up and getting some sort of negative reinforcement
Bonz0 15th Jun 2012, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Maybe Fungus has a crush on Jack?
Morgenstern 18th Jun 2012, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Oh no, it really is the shipping arc
Cammiluna 15th Jun 2012, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
It could just be Guy. How can you have social anxiety around a wimp that doesn't talk?
ninja 15th Jun 2012, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
Egg Heads in trouble now
Maltor Drey 15th Jun 2012, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
I finally signed up to subscribe! Because how can you say no to a crying shyguy? (Well, that and I wanted to start my own webcomic).
Also, this comic is the best one I've found on the Internet. It appeals to both my fun-loving (Mario) and extremely dark sides. And my obsession with taking things to logical extremes. (ie the comments section.)
Maltor Drey 15th Jun 2012, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Alright, now that I'm finally caught up with this, time to give my impressions on it.

Best. Webcomic. Ever.

I liked both the 'old art' and the new art. The old art felt like it had its own unique, original style, which did really suit the comic. The new art is awesome for other reasons, though, and for me story takes priority anyway. And the story here is awesome. I think maybe because it's a subversion of a lot of cliches? *cough troper cough* I do quite like the way you play around with stuff.
The other awesome thing is the amount of detail put into the background. I don't get a lot of the Mario references, but they still make it feel like you've really put a lot of work into this.
Finally, the comments! I don't often like forums, and it's rare to find a group so hilarious, insightful, kind and troll-free as this. Doubly hard to find an author that cares enough to read through and respond to several of the comments. If the comics are a cake, this forum is the icing.

Now I want cake.
Maltor Drey 15th Jun 2012, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
For the record, I meant I was a Troper, not Morg. Also, three posts in a row!
Morgenstern 18th Jun 2012, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Thank you!

It's kinda odd, but I always like finding out that one of the comic's fans might not necessarily get all the Mario stuff. I'd like the comic to be accessable, so that anyone can pick it up and enjoy the story without having to play every single Mario game ever. But at the same time, I want to reward those people that have played all those games and will get all the silly references, I just don't want to wreck the narrative in the process with obscure in-jokes.

And I'm actually surprised as well at how good my comments section is! Even during the sudden art shift, the most venomous criticisms still weren't as bad as I expected--I think the only time I've ever had to delete posts was when somebody stretched the page or something. I don't see too many really bad comments around here, and I'm thankful for that. My readers are pretty cool (and not afraid to let me know when I goofed up).
Super Mariachi Bros. 26th Jun 2012, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
Would you like to have this one?
All you need to do is complete some simple tests, and it's yours.
Anonymous Toad 16th Jun 2012, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
This is the part when McCoy rips off fungi's mask to reveal...
It's actually old man withers all along!
the_unchosen_one 17th Jun 2012, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
I thought it was gonna be Morg...
DeadApple 16th Jun 2012, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Ok, my computer breaks down in April, and then suddenly everything becomes awesome.

I must be a curse 0_0

(of course he did go on hiatus basically like 3 days after my computer broke down)
That guy 16th Jun 2012, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
I hereby name the red and white guy....Shoomy.
Bonz0 17th Jun 2012, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
Or we could just keep calling him Fungus. Because that's his name.
Evdog 17th Jun 2012, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Calling people by the names they already have? *puts on monacle* hohoho. Clearly, you jest. We must make new names for everything.

I call the comments box, the "Blomments"
Super Mariachi Bros. 18th Jun 2012, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
Really? I just refer to everything as "your mom."
the_unchosen_one 18th Jun 2012, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
I must know you in real life then Mariachi, as half of my friends do that
Super Mariachi Bros. 18th Jun 2012, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of your mom.

...I think it's a sort of linguistic epidemic, right up there with our taking words that mean horrible things and making them stand for that which is awesome. I fully expect to one day hear my children whine at me, "But Dad, it's not gonna be just any party... this thing is gonna be a murderous tsunami! Please, please, please can I go?!"
Marcus 16th Jun 2012, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
hey! it's the golden rabbit from 64! the one you'd have ta chase all over.
Morgenstern 18th Jun 2012, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
Thank god somebody caught it. Originally I was thinking "and the hat will look like MIPS from Mario 64," but afterward realized "and someone will probably mistake it as the Bunny Hood from Zelda"
Starcat5 20th Jun 2012, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
To be fair, said Bunny Hood is ALSO in Smash Bros.

...and now I'm wondering what those Space Bunnies from Galaxy would look like.

...actually, I'll settle for finding out what they are CALLED.
Morgenstern 20th Jun 2012, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
I believe they're called Star Bunnies. I managed to find a tiny figurine of one at A-kon, he's sitting on my desk right now.
A Gray Phantom 25th Jun 2012, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
Pics? ^_^
MeowMixIsorCats339 18th Jun 2012, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
BOAT bada boom bada Boat bada boom ba AN ADVENTURE ON THE BOAT pitcha ahh!

Owl 18th Jun 2012, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
So, I see the cast page is up and fantastic. Is there a rough estimate as to when the rest of the bonus material will become available?
Morgenstern 18th Jun 2012, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
Well, the Extras section is mostly just going to be an archive of fanart, joke comics (my MSPaint one, for example, and Obfuscobble's manga page) and whatnot, so that'll be up whenever I get off my lazy toosh and actually work on it.

I'll probably be adding more to the Cast page next chapter, as there's a few... things I'd like to see ironed out on panel before I go slapping spoilers around.

The FAQ I'm still torn on. I considered doing a video FAQ type-of-thing on maybe YouTube or something in commemoration of doing this comic for like two years, but I'm still on the fence as to whether I want to do that or just type up a normal FAQ like a regular human being.
MapleMan 19th Jun 2012, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
I countinously get the feeling you watch anime. Is that just my obsession finding refrences in EVRYTHING.... or is there a grain of truth to that statement.
Morgenstern 20th Jun 2012, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
In short, yeees

Though any perceived references to said animes are completely unintentional
FuzzyZergling 20th Jun 2012, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
This comic needs more Gurren Lagann.
Because EVERY comic needs more Gurren Lagann.
Flipz 20th Jun 2012, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
Correction: All other comics need more Morgenstern. Because Morg is awesome. :D
Super Mariachi Bros. 21st Jun 2012, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
Incidentally, Morgenstern, do you mind if I create a Facebook page for this site? I enjoy this, and... well, classes, you know.
Super Mariachi Bros. 21st Jun 2012, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
Also, did you just transform into an Obama-reindeer and back again?
Owl 21st Jun 2012, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
the_unchosen_one 21st Jun 2012, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
It was a star bunny poster
Evdog 21st Jun 2012, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
Link it and I will like it immediately
Super Mariachi Bros. 22nd Jun 2012, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
Haha, thanks. ^_^ First I gotta get the OK and create it, though.

@Unchosen: Maybe Obama stole it from the star bunny, then? Sucker better be payin' royalties....
NotJoe 22nd Jun 2012, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'll be liking immediately as well
Amaare 23rd Jun 2012, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
Build it, and we will come...
Morgenstern 24th Jun 2012, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
In response to Facebook thing: I don't see why not, sure. I actually started to make one myself some time ago, but I have a short attention span and, due to a gypsy curse, I vomit every time I try to use Facebook.

I would have replied sooner, but Pokemon Conquest and I woke up in a gutter
Cammiluna 25th Jun 2012, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
Some of the more popular comics have other people managing their facebook pages. The page owners will stalk your every move and post it so you won't have to.
Super Mariachi Bros. 25th Jun 2012, 11:22 AM edit delete reply

@Cammiluna: Haha, thanks for the lack of pressure. :)
the_unchosen_one 21st Jun 2012, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
I just figured this out. Is the guy in the second panel one of the Koopa Brothers from the first Paper Mario? I can't remember if they had an actual name to their group
BlueMario 22nd Jun 2012, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
They had a name, and each had their own names...sorta.
They were just named the Koopa Bros, and if that is one, then his name would just be Purple
BlueMario 22nd Jun 2012, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
I'm just going to shorten Fungus' name to Gus.

Hi Gus!
the_unchosen_one 23rd Jun 2012, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
Sounds fun, Gus
BlueMario 24th Jun 2012, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
I feel as if that's a reference to something, but I can't think what.
A Gray Phantom 25th Jun 2012, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
Okay, time for Recess!
BlueMario 26th Jun 2012, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
Oh, ok.

It's been forever since I've seen that.
I miss Disney XD
Evdog 25th Jun 2012, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
...but that takes all the fun out of it.
Owl 25th Jun 2012, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
Super Mariachi Bros. 26th Jun 2012, 4:31 AM edit delete reply
Okay, well, the page is in its infancy, but it IS up. Whether you wait for it to mature or not is up to you.

BlueMario 26th Jun 2012, 5:13 PM edit delete reply
Mariachi, didn't you used to have an avatar?
Bonz0 27th Jun 2012, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
I don't think he's logged in.
Super Mariachi Bros. 27th Jun 2012, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
I'm not. I tried that game, and the website made me Spermariachi Bros.
For reasons that need no elaboration, I didn't take to it, and stuck to this.
Ahkeem94 26th Jun 2012, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Morgenstern, I absolutely LOVE your comic! And how do you all like this? http://ahkeem94.deviantart.com/art/MushroomGo-Future-310893690 Any suggestions you have are appreciated! ^_^
Mr. Vareel 20th Jul 2012, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
I just noticed that the koopa is dressed like Popple. (Talk about a late reaction.)