26. Military intelligence
Posted on 13th Aug 2010, 5:06 PM in 2. Piranha Plant Laboratory

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Morgenstern 13th Aug 2010, 5:06 PM edit delete
Yeah, that's right. I finally put a canon Mario character on panel, visibly drawn, and it's freakin' PETEY PIRANHA of all people. I'm a monster.

Oh, and there's some other guy in the picture but it's just a silhouette so it doesn't count. Shut up.

Anyway, it's yet another page where I may or may not have gotten carried away in the coloring process. I get excited, man. When I don't absolutely hate Photoshop, I totally love Photoshop. This strip was actually a big relief to get over with, though--I must have redone the look of the Fire Bro some six odd times before settling on what I did. I figure Fire Bros might show up later in the comic, though--probably doing something besides flashbacks next time--so I'd better be satisfied with the design. The outfit's sort of a weird combination of a firefighter, a nazi and the Shocker from Spider-man. And an actual Fire Bro from the Mario series, of course.

For those of you that don't keep up with this stuff (I know some people reading the comic don't actually play all that much Mario), Fire Bros are special Koopas that can throw fireballs. They're pretty rare, actually, and have only shown up in a few games. I represented the fire power with some sort of gadgetry--like a hand-mounted flamethrower system that the soldier straps to themselves. Fire Bros don't show up all that often because a weapon that INSANELY dangerous takes a great deal of training.

I think originally Fire Bros are supposed to be spitting the fireballs, but man, I'm not even gonna try to explain how that works. I used to think Mario spat his fireballs too, though--it's just how the graphics looked. That, and I used to think he broke blocks with just his head, like he's got some sort of crazy flying headbutt attack.

I miss being a kid sometimes.

Morgenstern 13th Aug 2010, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Oh, and I'm gonna post something inked pretty soon for comparison purposes. I've just been CRAZY BUSY the last few days.
Steve the Mew hunter 13th Aug 2010, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
Steve the Mew hunter
oh crap, GO'S GOING TO DIE!!!!
Linden 13th Aug 2010, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
Who's a cute little Piranha plant. Petey is. Yes he is. *scratches belly*
Jason 14th Aug 2010, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
Very good composition of all the panels, and the work on the coloring really shows too!

I'd imagine that the gadgetry for fire bros is pretty volatile (just like the koopas that are big enough pyromaniacs to wanna strap it to themselves) They'd probably fall into two categories? Meticulously evil that like to fry things up, or the insane ones that revel in the destruction :/ either way, a fire bro seems interesting to cross paths with.

also, very eager to see inked pics (but don't rush, or put too much work into it) want to see something natural that would be as if you're making one each update. personally my favorite pic to see inked up and colored would be Guy's "maid-janitor-medic" picture. Maybe you could sell the original if it's nice :3
Timiryazev 14th Aug 2010, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Dude! Fire Bro is AWESOME. Definitely gotta see more of that.
Marcus 14th Aug 2010, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
just like any horror movie.

Obviously Go will SEE the creature, but it's likely to take McCoy. Leaving Guy and Go to flee and explain to the Captain.

Hmmm.... If we qualify the crew as Horror movie 'archtypes'

The Cap: The Jock
Palma: The blond
Guy: The Nerd
McCoy: The Comedian
Go: The Virgin.
Infamous Nefarious 15th Aug 2010, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
Props for the Fire Brother. Now watch the plant be 3 ft tall and speak the most profane things you've ever heard
Matanui3 15th Sep 2010, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
Well, Mario still breaks BRICKS with his FIST while JUMPING... not really much better than breaking them with his head...
Mythus 16th Jan 2011, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
He...doesn't spit fireballs or break blocks with his head?

This situation reminds me a little of the story of how my older sister found out there wasn't a Santa Clause...or a tooth fairy...
"No, listen sweetie! It's just like how the Easter Bunny doesn't exist!!!"
Melkor 22nd Feb 2011, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Is that Caped Mario in the Petey Pirhana panel? Awesome!
Knoppe 4th Mar 2011, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Heeeeeeeeyyyy finally the Petey piranha is gonna come through. I was hoping to get some of the big enemies in this comic. And when you mix boss with plant, you get the pete
Snownuki 17th Mar 2011, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, if you look at the old 8bit sprites Mario has his fist raised up when he jump to hit the bricks/?Boxes. Also the fire shooting sprite has his hand up in a sorta cupped way, which I always took as he's throwing them.
MeowMixIsForCats339 30th Mar 2011, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
I just thought he was throwing up meat ball.
Spinnerlink 13th Apr 2011, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
wait why is a toad in a koopa facility?
MeowMixIsForCats339 18th Apr 2011, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
@ Spinnerlink Why is Go with a group of sand pirates?