58. Stories to drink for
Posted on 4th Mar 2011, 7:54 PM in 3. At Twisters Borough

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Morgenstern 4th Mar 2011, 7:54 PM edit delete
Man... if you think I second guess myself too much normally, you don't want to be in my head right now.

Long story short, this whole chapter--even some of the little stuff--sets up for some massive stuff down the road, so I'm sweating over details most people will never be aware of.

I have a timeline written up, for God's sake. I have a timeline for a Mario comic.

Also, more thanks for everyone's support! I've been getting alot of hits/praise/subscriptions over the past few days, and it's really helping to ease the blow over how totally freaking insecure I am about everything, ever. Much love.

bushidoanime 4th Mar 2011, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
i've been reading your comic since page 6 and honestly, you have improved both in story and art.
your story intrigues me mainly for the types of characters you've chosen and how you have got them to progress personality wise.
keep up the good work.
Bonz0 4th Mar 2011, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Well, there goes the "Martello is a koopaling" theory....probably...?

What's wrong with having a timeline for a Mario comic anyway? I didn't even know there were that many serious Mario comics out there. This is one is by far the best, therefore, since I have nothing to compare it to. :D

Hmm... I wonder if the plumbers might have slaughtered Sasha's father and "uncle"...

model S 4th Mar 2011, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
gee ya think bonz0? i bet it's something less "heroic" like falling down a pit or even lamer PIRANAH PLANT ATE 'EM!

woo for drunk sasha! -totally hits on her after the story- -is killed by go-
Bonz0 4th Mar 2011, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Nah, Piranha Plants don't eat koopas. They're too tough.

Anyone else check out those screenshots of the new 3DS Mario game?
model S 4th Mar 2011, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
yea. you're right.

you mean paper mario 3ds? not yet, but i want one.
KronoKoopa 4th Mar 2011, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
You have a timeline for a mario comic with almost no mario in it. I think it works and so far your stuff has been kick ass and I feel like you could make a MMORPG outa this and have it be great.
Alt 4th Mar 2011, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
I like the idea that Koopas can switch their shell colors at will.
Guy with no name 4th Mar 2011, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
I wonder if any major characters, like mario of bowser, are gonna appear. Also, i've been reading these comics for months and the storyline a characters have progressed a lot. Great job!
model S 4th Mar 2011, 11:29 PM edit delete reply
honestly no name, i hope not, in flashbacks ect fine but not as main story points, i think the real draw of the comic is the lack of "main characters" (unless we get to see peach in diffrent sexy outfits, maybe something goth?) but anyways, i think it should remain as is, a story about a toad that becomes a badass... and a sand pirate.
Alt 4th Mar 2011, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I agree with model S. It would be more fun to just have the goons and stuff. Also, I wanna see a Ukiki girl in the party...
model S 4th Mar 2011, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
ukiki? isn't that the hat stealing monkey in 64? i thought ukiki WAS a girl? was i mistaken? but an ukiki girl at the party... yea... i could see mccoy pulling that. some how.
Kbman 4th Mar 2011, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Great one as usual. And a timeline would be awesome.
Is the big character popularity thing popular among the Comic Fury community? Might explain the sudden boost, what with McCoy's presence.
Nolim 5th Mar 2011, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
One day, we will see her eyes.
And those will be puppy dog eyes.
Alt 5th Mar 2011, 4:09 AM edit delete reply
I had imagined that her eyes would be more... sexy, I guess.

Yeah, Model S, that's a Ukiki, although I'm not sure about the gender of it.
Gideon G. Graves 5th Mar 2011, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
Gideon G. Graves
cool... no shell
Bonz0 5th Mar 2011, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
No, I wasn't talking about Paper Mario 3DS. That's old news. I am pretty excited for it, though.

I was actually talking about a recent conference, like a few days ago, announcing the new 3D Mario game (the fifth in the series) called "Super Mario" being made by the same guys who did the Galaxy games. It looks like a mixture of Galaxy style platforming with NSMB colors and Super Mario 64 style gameplay (no gimmicks like the F.L.U.D.D or the Galaxy spin attack).
AJ 5th Mar 2011, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
Flashback montage!!! DOO IT!!!!

timelines too?!?! the plot has a direction!? I thought you were just throwing darts at a revolving dartboard. :P I kid.

Keep up the good work!!!
Infamous Nefarious 5th Mar 2011, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Infamous Nefarious
Oh.... wow. This... is not going to have a happy ending. I'll take a shot of what they're having.
DSW 5th Mar 2011, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
so much work and detail for a MARIO COMIC. You could've phoned it in and just done a shit-tastic sprite comic but you actually decided to try.

I've gone on long enough, I'm gonna have to subscribe now.
Cassiopia 5th Mar 2011, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
ooh. this is going to hurt, isn't it?
One entry under Dark And Troubled Past, coming up!
basmith0 5th Mar 2011, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
The last panel makes me want to go watch Million Dollar Baby again
Mr. Doorman 5th Mar 2011, 4:10 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Doorman
Anyone who can make a videogame into an independant story line is pretty cool in my eyes.

(Almost what like I'm trying to do)
Owl 5th Mar 2011, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Baby Martello! XD
Timothy 5th Mar 2011, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
Having a timeline just means that your comic is awesome. ;)

And well, honestly? The original idea behind things like this doesn't actually matter as much as the execution, so this being a mario comic is actually irrelevant to the quality, as it is an AWESOME mario comic.
Wit 5th Mar 2011, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
I've passed by the link to this comic on occasion, but I've never stopped to browse through till recently. I gotta say, wish I'd done it sooner. Mario RPG was one of my favorite games because it brought the Mario world to life. I've never been big on fan fiction, but you've succeeded in the same way that made me enjoy Mario RPG so much. You've given that world life again, which is grounds for both congratulations and gratitude. Keep up the good work.
Aikidoka 6th Mar 2011, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
After reading the first part of Martello's story, what could happen next played in my head like an NCIS episode.... It didn't turn out to well for the "Uncle".
arkcine 6th Mar 2011, 5:10 AM edit delete reply
well, a time-line might have been a good idea, as this is the best Mario world comic i have seen by far and that's saying a lot
Anon 6th Mar 2011, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Anyone else think we should stop calling it a Mario Comic? It's more of a "Mushroom kingdom" comic. It's independent of Mario, that's what makes it a quality comic.
Bonz0 6th Mar 2011, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
But the comic isn't based off of games like "Super Mushroom Kingdom Bros." or "Mushroom Kingdom Kart" or "Mushroom Kingdom is Missing". It's based off of Mario games. Would you insist that a comic placed in the world of Legend of Zelda but with independent characters be called a "Hyrule comic" rather than a "LoZ" comic? No, because that's needlessly inconvenient.

Besides, are we even sure that this comic is taking place within the Mushroom Kingdom? The Mushroom King, after all, is just one part of the Mushroom World.
Joefixit 6th Mar 2011, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
Can we even call this a Mario comic?
It takes place in the Mario universe sure, but the lack of the titular Mario gives this comic something amazing.
I won't call this a Mario comic. I'm gonna call it an action adventure comic that just so happens to take place in the Mario universe.
Bonz0 6th Mar 2011, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Yeah. "Action Adventure comic that just so happens to take place in the Mario universe" rolls of the tongue much better than "Mario comic".
Therazan 6th Mar 2011, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
Hammer Bro? well, on top of being the most dangerous of all the Koopa troops, I guess it explains why her last name is Martello.

By the way, they are, from my point of view, more important than Mario... What does he do again? Yep: repairing pipes, and rescuing a princess... and ONCE, cleaning an island... in order to rescue the princess. What the Chainless crew do, other than raiding desert settlement? They kick the a$$ of mutant Piranha Plant experiment to prevent it to control all vegetal life in the world and destroy all the other life forms.
Bonz0 6th Mar 2011, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
I like how you decided to ignore the multiple times Mario has saved the entire universe. By himself. Not with the help of a magician, martial artist, ninja, soldier and a genius with super strength.

Also ignoring the time he and his brother defended his planet from aliens when THEY WERE LIKE FIVE YEARS OLD.

And seeing as everything else in this comic has taken a few levels in badass, it means that Mario, if he exists in this comic, has probably even more crazy awesome feats under his belt. That means a lot since he's already a guy who kills the sun and drop kicks castles.
3 6th Mar 2011, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
Of course Mario exists, he's been shown in silhouette once or twice and referred to as well. Just not by name, because he'd come flying out of nowhere and steal the spotlight immediately.

Maybe Martello became disillusioned about the Koopa military machine. She might be a defector... all those empty glasses suggest regrets. And would someone explain the supposed significance of the name Martello relating to Hammer Bros.? I don't get the reference.
Bonz0 6th Mar 2011, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Dude, I friggin know about the silhouette with Petey. That is NOT evidence that he exists though. For all we know this comic could be set in the future and Mario and Luigi have long been deceased.

A Martello Tower is a type of defensive fort WITH TWO FLOORS.

Therazan 6th Mar 2011, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
LOL nice try Bonz0 but i was thinking to the italian word martello=hammer

what made me guess is the word marteau, hammer in french, and the verb marteler, meaning to hit with a hammer
Bonz0 6th Mar 2011, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Oh? Is it just a coincidence that it also means a fort with two floors, just like the ones the Hammer Bros. use?
Therazan 6th Mar 2011, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
oh, i see your point; well it might be a coincidence, but i'm inclined to believe your theory as well; martello is probably name like that because of it, Matt can always confirm if he likes, now the question is: is it a coincidence if they use a 2 floor fort in the game? i didn't understant your argument the 1st time, i must admit i'm not familiar with many Mario game...
DSW 6th Mar 2011, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
AngryRob 6th Mar 2011, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
That PW ad up top there looks cool.

(quietly leaves)
Marcus O thataway 6th Mar 2011, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
I love Go's line. It's like. DAMN FREE BOOZE and stories! Lucky day!
model S 6th Mar 2011, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
indeed a lucky day, dinner AND a show. only dinner is free booze, and the show is a story.
jack! 7th Mar 2011, 4:08 PM edit delete reply
I just read your comic from the beginning, I was recommended from a friend, and I'm impressed! :D I'll definitely be checking back every wednesdays and saturdays to read the updates!
Morgenstern 7th Mar 2011, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Deleted the last two comments. I'm willing to tolerate alot of things (especially toward myself), but there's a certain degree of unwarranted obscenity I'm not going to let be hurled at any one of my readers. At least, not in my comments box. If you have a problem with RedAuthar, you can take it up with him somewhere else.

And apologies to FUTUREVGD for deleting your comment as well--but since you referred to the other post and I can't really edit, only delete, I did what I thought I needed to to keep you from being taken out of context. You can repost or whatnot if you like, I was just cleaning up after the other guy's comment.
Morgenstern 7th Mar 2011, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
While I'm at it!

I did originally name Martello after the fort style, with no idea about the hammer thing. That is totally awesome, though, and thanks for pointing it out.

Really, I don't know how I keep blindly waddling into stuff like that. I didn't realize that "Go" was Japanese for "five" until like ten comics in (keeping in mind that Go is the fifth member of the current Chainless crew, etc).

I won't say much, since it'll get addressed soon--but yeah, Mario's a bad ass. He's basically the Mushroom Kingdom army by himself.

The second half of the ComicFury character tournament thing has started, if people would like to support me and/or McCoy in this endeavor. The big hit boost as of late is partly from that, and partly from me advertising my buns off. New job = Mo' money = Mo' ads.
Sails 7th Mar 2011, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
Stumbled on to this comic through PW on another site, and I'm glad I did. It very much shows that you don't need to have incredibly detailed art to convey charm and compelling storyline. I was sucked in almost immediately. I hope to see this through to the end, don't ever give up!
Bonz0 8th Mar 2011, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
I know what you mean, but it's almost insulting to compare Mario to the league of failures that is the Mushroom Army. In the entirety of the Mario series I can only recall about five truly badass toads:
Wolley (NSMB Wii)
Yvan (NSMB Wii)
SMB2 Toad (even if it was just a dream)
The Master (Paper Mario)
Prince Mush (PM:TTYD, though his abilities were only implied)

I suppose the Toad from Wario's Woods was pretty capable, but I never played that game.
Basically, Toads are the hobbits of the Mushroom Kingdom. A few of them are exceptionally brave while the vast majority of their species strive to live in comfort and safety. That's why they view Princess Peach as such a great leader. She is great at creating and maintaining a peaceful, comfortable environment due to her "Wish" powers. Unless you were saying that he is THE Mushroom Kingdom Army by himself, as in they don't need to hire anyone else. In which case I wholeheartedly agree.

So, yeah, voted for McCoy. Hope he beats Inspector Whatever. As for the other polls...well, I basically just voted for whoever had a cooler name since this is the only comic on this website I read.
Morgenstern 8th Mar 2011, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
That second part is what I meant. Like, the actual army of the Mushroom Kingdom is more for appearances than anything else--they have one man that can take down airship fleets and liberate countries by himself. If the Mushroom Kingdom goes to war, they're not sending their army--they're sending Mario.

Which could be an unhealthy way to exist, actually--part of the reason their army sucks may in fact be that dependence on Mario. Do we train competent soldiers, stepping out of our comfort zone to sweat and bleed over expectations of warfare? Or do we kick back, relax, and let Mario handle whatever goes wrong...?

But that's another subject for another day.
Grimlock13 8th Mar 2011, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
In TYD, one of the hero that sealed the shadow queen a thousand year ago was also a toad, so we can say he was also a badass.
Bonz0 8th Mar 2011, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
Ah, yes, I forgot about him. I haven't actually finished TTYD, though. I'm stuck on that black dragon--gloomtail, was it?
Therazan 8th Mar 2011, 4:07 PM edit delete reply
Yeah but that's a thousand years ago, Mario wasn't around then. he's badass... but he's besides the point XD
Wit 8th Mar 2011, 8:04 PM edit delete reply
Makes you wonder what the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond was like before the Mario Brothers made an appearance. Mario's familiar power-up items had to have been developed by someone, and the Mushroom Kingdom itself couldn't have formed without some manner of history. Wonder how mushroom people look in tanooki or frog suits? Though maybe the cape feather from Super Mario World was part of a Koopa super soldier project...
3 8th Mar 2011, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
@bonzo: Mario and Luigi have been adventuring within Palma's lifetime. She's a teenager now, so it's reasonable to assume that Super Mario Sunshine occurred within the last decade or so. I doubt he's dead.

Middle-aged, maybe, but I doubt that would stop Mario.
3 8th Mar 2011, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
whoops update lol
MeowMixIsForCats339 3rd Apr 2011, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Aw, man! There goes my theory that her dad is Bowser.
King Kenan 8th Jul 2012, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
Martello ever mario 2d game their is always a team of two hammer bro martello dad must be using the bottom and 2nd floor