56. Nerves worth striking
Posted on 25th Feb 2011, 9:05 PM in 3. At Twisters Borough

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Morgenstern 25th Feb 2011, 9:05 PM edit delete
Hoh wow. I did not expect to see such a massive spike in readership over the past few days--to the extent that I'm having to catch up on all the comments I've received. I want to give a massive thanks for the outpouring of support I've been getting--it's incredible to wake up, stumble over to my computer and see more posts complimenting my comic than I can honestly keep up with.

THINGS OF NOTE. The comic is OFFICIALLY~ back on a Wednesday and Saturday update schedule. I'll be changing my descriptions/site header/everything else to say it pretty soon.

I AM LOOKING INTO MERCHANDISE. It'll be rough going at first, because I'm not going to use CafePress or anything--I'm going to use a local print shop and distribute the items myself. There's alot of reasons for doing it this way, not the least of which is product quality. I want these to be good shirts. What I need to figure out is what the first shirt will actually be.

Candidates right now include: a Timed Hits shirt, the exclamation block shirt, possibly a shirt based on Guy's outfit (it'd be a red shirt with the small Shyguy mask in the corner, like on his robe). I've thought up some pretty crazy designs, but to start things off, I'll need to work a fairly simple design--I am wide open for ideas on this, as well. Opinions much sought, because I want the first shirt to be something that... well, will actually sell.

For the record, it's not too late to subscribe, either. Just... y'know, throwin' that out there.

I feel like I'm forgetting something? I dunno. I'm sure I'll remember it later. I probably had a question to answer or something. Argh.

DSW 25th Feb 2011, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
25 subscribers in one day.

Holy crap.
MatthewJA 25th Feb 2011, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

Morgenstern 25th Feb 2011, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
Project Wonderful and alot of luck.

Also, readers that make other people into readers. Like some sort of sexy virus.
blackmageap 25th Feb 2011, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
That is certainly one nice virus to have. Been lovin the story and artwork friend, and it's a bit of an understatement to say that I can't wait until Wednesday ^_^
tutter 25th Feb 2011, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Short but that's ok... I'm too tired right now to look at a long one. I first saw this advertised on BiTF wednesday. I can;t think of much else to say other then good luck on your future comics and your future merchandise. I gotta say though, Go seems to have a lot of "wait what?" moments.
Arrakis 26th Feb 2011, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
I found this place the same way as Tutter.

Anyone else think of the fortune teller from Futurama during this one?

(I'd be in for an exclamation block shirt)
double-b 26th Feb 2011, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
"say word one about my father"

Is that supposed to be "one word"?
Shuuichi 26th Feb 2011, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
Heh, new reader here, drawn in by BtiF as well. Already read through the last two chapters, and I have to say, you have yourself a reader. :P

I'm loving the art style and Guy. Especially Guy.
MegaManShadow 26th Feb 2011, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
Either that Shaman is pretty well-informed... or is a real fortune-teller.
Been reading for quite a while, finally decided to register and subscribe. Gotta say that this is one of the best Mario comics I've seen so far. Keep up the good work.
Percon 26th Feb 2011, 4:05 AM edit delete reply
I, too, have only been a reader since, like, Thursday. Originally I was just only gonna send feedback over email occasionally, but you and your silver tongue have gotten me to sign up and subscribe... blast!
RADDman 26th Feb 2011, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
I have officially become a fan. Might even get a T-shirt! I'd go for one with an exclamation block.
Hethos 26th Feb 2011, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
Like many others, I saw this first advirtised on BiTF,and I was hooked.
Martello ismyfavoritecharacter, no contest.
Hethos 26th Feb 2011, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
Argh! It won't let me edit my last comment!
I just noticed that you, the guy who writes Bitf, and I all have the same name.
Kindof creepy, don't you think?
model S 26th Feb 2011, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
ok well even I predicted roxette's "complicated love" with Go. that was far too obvious. if you look back when thrive was "killed" look at the last panel, there's still a peice of thrive's core, it went underground or used the fireflower vim, or something to survive. and finally... MARTELLO'S FIRSY NAME IS SASHA!? that's a cute name for her, i was expecting something like grandis or valery or something.
model S 26th Feb 2011, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
also i want a ! block shirt. i've been looking for one forever but all the ones i find are crap. or have "nintendo" printed in huge letters on it, i'd like to get a normal ! block shirt. color isn't so important, but i really like the purple in the last comic, yellow would be nice (most common) and black would be cool (are there any black blocks? i can't remember)
Triskelli 26th Feb 2011, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
Don't want to spoil this for everyone else, but I've had a strong suspicion on who Martello's father was for a long time... But since it hasn't been said in the comic yet, I'll keep it to myself.

OH! I added a Wild Mass Guessing page to the comic's TVTropes page, go and click it! CLICK IT NAO!


This is a great comic and can't wait to see how it develops... Are we going to run into any canon characters in the future? Do you guys think Haze and the Chuckette will be joining the crew? Will Waluigi ever get a starring role in ANYTHING? Only time will tell...
Triskelli 26th Feb 2011, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Oh, and one last thing:

Is Martello's first name taken from Sasha Fierce? Old stage name for Beyonce. That's just a random guess, but it'd maintain the naming conventions alongside Wendy Williams and Iggy Pop
Futurevgd 26th Feb 2011, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
EKA 26th Feb 2011, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
Ohh, I got an idea for a shirt! How about the luma snack intermission from comic 19?
Cassiopia 26th Feb 2011, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Sasha, huh?
My guesses:
Thrive's alive, but he'll have a new form, probably bipedal
Go was framed for some sort of crime by or because of a beautiful woman.
Martello's Koopa royalty.
Consult me on merch! i always loved design stuff.
Weazle17 26th Feb 2011, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
I have been a reader since last tuesday and i'm here to stay.
Weazle17 26th Feb 2011, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
If you do make guy's shirt, it would look awesome as a hoodie... I would buy one.
Indie Poser 26th Feb 2011, 5:10 PM edit delete reply
Shirt Ideas:
1.Propaganda poster from #48
2.the tapestry behind Martellos chair
3."Smell the Dignity"
model S 26th Feb 2011, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
yes indie, YES i want #2. and weazle, i would buy a guy hoodie if it came with a shyguy mask. seriously. i would have no end of fun with that. i'd even walk around silently and all that and weild scalples as throwing knives.
Hobojoe007 26th Feb 2011, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
I would like a shirt of the whole crew. That says something like "a
A Pirates Life for Me" or something. Or just the crew and no caption, or just Palma :3

Hey, maybe you can make individual character shirts, that'd be cool, could happen eventually. Maybe in the future you could also sell a knit cap/ beanie hat like Go's mushroom hat.
Hobojoe007 26th Feb 2011, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Also that yoshi egg shirt that Go is currently wearing
Hobojoe007 26th Feb 2011, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
@model S he should make a guy mask! Itwould be the first shy guy mask that ive seen available for purchase
wilsonds888 26th Feb 2011, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
I have an awesome idea for an outfit! You can make Guy's maid outfit!
BladeDragon 26th Feb 2011, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
I, like many others, found this marvelous webcomic from BitF and have now registered and subcribed. I would LOVE a Guy hoodie, especially with a mask!
Raptor Jesus 26th Feb 2011, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
I would totally be down with a simple red tee with a shyguy mask in the upper corner.
movethearmchair 27th Feb 2011, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
i would love to see a toad beanie hat just like the one Go wears.

continuing to love the comics, keep up the great work!
model S 27th Feb 2011, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
GUY MASK FOR THE WIN!and martello shells! i think your products first run is unanimous.
guy hoodie (with mask)
! block shirt in various colors
guy shirt
character shirts
Go "do rag"/beanie/whatever it's called

and on the guy hoodie you can't forget the discolored part on his arm, from when he fixed it.
Blackmagebrad 27th Feb 2011, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
I'm suggesting asking him where the next Star Spirit is.
zackTHEwizerd 27th Feb 2011, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
would love to see the "he cant do it alone" poster from comic 48 on a shirt.
just sayin.
Aikidoka 27th Feb 2011, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
Miyamoto and I would also love a block shirt, make it so!
TheDarkPlumber2.0 27th Feb 2011, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
I would pay good money for Guy holding the chainsaw.
Indie Poser 28th Feb 2011, 4:06 AM edit delete reply
Someday Martello's belt buckle needs to be made available for purchase
Chivoyayo 28th Feb 2011, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
Wow, for dome reason I missed the wednesday update, and saw this puppy today... Not getting it, so I browsed back to see what was going on :P

Glad it is on a two day update schedule now, I love this stuff!
Infamous Nefarious 28th Feb 2011, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
Infamous Nefarious
Lookin good man. I totally second the 'Guy/Chainsaw' T-shirt idea.

Btw..... Where's McCoy?? You can't leave him unsupervised.
Indie Poser 28th Feb 2011, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
@Infamous: Dont worry about McCoy, Guy is with him.......
Indie Poser 28th Feb 2011, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
Another cool shirt idea would be the sprites for everyone in the crew
Hobojoe007 28th Feb 2011, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
If you end up making individual character tees, the Guy tee should have the chainsaw.
Owl 28th Feb 2011, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Blargh, the website keeps logging me out. I give up.

Anywho,I love Go's face in the second panel! XD I would totally buy a Guy shirt if I had money.
Weazle17 28th Feb 2011, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
I love how Martello has different colored shell-armor
Weazle17 28th Feb 2011, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
a shy guy mask MUST have the battle marks, they look so epic
model S 28th Feb 2011, 2:37 PM edit delete reply
well duh weaz. a guy hoodie with some noob shyguy's mask? it just wouldn't make sense! i thought it was pretty clear that we wanted guy's mask with guy's hoodie.
model S 28th Feb 2011, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
sorry for the double post but i wanted to make this known. i was looking through the archive and looking at #52 (those left to fight) and #18 (swords and needles) look at guy's chest for some reason, i don't think guy is a guy... if you get my drift. silent but emotional, not violent unless needed, the medic... all those poing to guy being a girl!
Triskelli 28th Feb 2011, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
^ Well, that's a wild mass guess if I ever heard one. I'll add it to the list on TVtropes.

Also, I think a Guy-styled hoodie would be the best first option for merch: All you need is the small mask on the upper chest and there you go! Actual masks and what-else should come only after we see how many of those hoodies get ordered.
Morgenstern 28th Feb 2011, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
Man, I turn around for like thirty seconds and there's fifty billion comments. Psh, you people. I... think I'm just going to start from the bottom and work my way up. Hope I don't miss anything.

I can't remember who (or where... might've been here, might've been on DrunkDuck), but I've actually heard the "Guy is not a guy" theory before. I think last time the evidence was this page. It's probably my tendency to draw pecs as looking like boobs. Probably.

I won't say one way or another, because I'm a TOTAL JACKASS~

The ! block shirts are totally on their way, and (as far as I know right now) they'll be available in green, blue, yellow, or red. I've gotta get a few things lined out, but at this point nothing is stopping me except time.

If those shirts hit it off pretty well, we're probably looking at the Shyguy corner emblem shirts next (just because they're likewise simple in design and thus not all that risky to make). I sadly won't be able to do hoodies--yet. Give it time, I totally want to jump on hoodies/beanies/buttons, as well as more complex designs (like the Koopa propaganda posters/shirts, the crew shirts, the Chainless chomp logo).

And masks.

I'd like to say that Triskelli is right--that I totally planned for Martello's name to be a pop culture reference as part of a deeper Koopa kids insinuation. I'd like to say it, but I can't. You have totally got me there. I did not even mean to do the Beyonce reference at all. That's a pretty awesome catch, though.

Actually, I did originally plan to have Martello named Sandra instead of Sasha--and that WAS going to be a reference to Sandra Nasic, one of several people that I think I subconsciously based the captain on (another being Michelle Rodriguez, big shocker there). After drawing Martello without her helmet alot, though--and thinking about the character more--I dunno... she just kinda feels like a Sasha.

Maybe I'm craaazy.

Similar to the "Guy is a girl" thing, there's actually more evidence that Martello is a Koopaling that nobody's mentioned yet... but I'd feel like a total troll if I posted on my own WMG page. XD I just like to see the fires fueled, I ain't admittin' nothin'.

"Word one" was not originally a typo, but I realized later I might be the only person ever to see that statement in casual conversation. Like, "He wasn't saying word one about any of it." I might change it later if it throws that many people off, but I totally meant it that way when I typed it.

And yeah, "Wait--" is quickly becoming Go's catchphrase.

This turned into a bit of a rant.
tutter 28th Feb 2011, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
That felt more like a PSA then a rant.... When you're rady for your more complex shirt ideas, you could have a mosaic of all the times Go says his cathcphrase. BTW your current post picture is reminding me of Asa's Take on Me music vid.
model S 1st Mar 2011, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
DUDE! you need to make purple too! the one in the comic was purple. you CAN'T miss that!!
Morgenstern 1st Mar 2011, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, purple was what I meant by blue. Sort of an indigo color.
Snerky 1st Mar 2011, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Oh geez. If you offer a Guy hoodie/mask combo, how will I decide between that and a HS Godhood? Why do you make your poor readers face these impossible questions!


Loving the comic as always, went back for a re-read and realised we still (to my knowledge) never found out who McCoy was talking about in strip 18. *Mysteries!*
Therazan 1st Mar 2011, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
this is why it is called "Mysteries"
model S 1st Mar 2011, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
YEA! i'm getting a purple, an yellow and a green! (comic, nuetral, metal cap)

if you do offer a guy hoodie/mask combo make it cheap. seriously i know a few people that would kill for them. and they're tight on cash... so they are likely to actually kill for them....
Ninjeff 1st Mar 2011, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
I'd love to see a belt buckle like Martello's and a bandana (or something) like Go's new hat.
model S 1st Mar 2011, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
i've seen a chomp belt buckle at hot topic. or was it spencers... it was very flat... but it looked cool. i want a Go do-rag (i think that's what it's called.)
Misingno.24 3rd Mar 2011, 1:45 PM edit delete reply
you know, I once stole a koopa's shell.
The it kicked it into my back, couldent tie my shoes for a week.
MeowMixIsForCats339 3rd Apr 2011, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
I wonder who Palma will get into a complicated relationship with....Go?
King Kenan 8th Jul 2012, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
their is a grammar fail martello should have said "say one more word" not say word one"