71. Or perhaps not
Posted on 17th Apr 2011, 2:21 AM in 3. At Twisters Borough

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Morgenstern 17th Apr 2011, 2:21 AM edit delete
Sorry about it being short/late/crappy.

Uuuuaaaaagghhhhhh sick.

Therazan 17th Apr 2011, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
1st (comment! Yay!), i'd like to tell you it's ok, we like your comic that way...

2nd... EEEEEEEEEEWWWW! She did it! I'm not sure if i'm hoping that it means Go will be back to normal...
Krimzon_Hammer 17th Apr 2011, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
I was hoping Birdo wouldn't do that.
S.O.U.P.ern00b 17th Apr 2011, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
Birdo be shootin' eggs out her face hole!
.... not sure I want to think about it any deeper than that.
Aeoles 17th Apr 2011, 4:41 AM edit delete reply
...You know...Honestly, I don't wanna do this, but Birdo is a dude...Sorry, had to be said, and I can back this up with evidence as well.

Birdo, as described in the original first edition manual:

"He thinks he is a girl and he spits eggs from his mouth. He'd rather be called 'Birdetta.'"
Bonz0 17th Apr 2011, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm sure the manual for Paper Mario: TTYD refers to Vivian as a girl, too. Doesn't mean it's true.
Spinnerlink 17th Apr 2011, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
ok is this one a girl or boy?
GupyF 17th Apr 2011, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Well, I'd really hate to say this as well but gender is an abstract concept derived from humanities need to put things in boxes. Dunno if you've ever met a Trans-gender person before but the appropriate response to call them by is their psychological gender and not their Physical sex. So even if Birdo is physically a "He", "she" would still be the proper term for describing her.

So there, Did I successfully force enough PA know-how to stop this debate before it gets out of hand? haha XD

I gotta say...That looks like it hurt...Poor Go. XO
Secret Agent 000 17th Apr 2011, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
As I said before, ONLY IN JAPAN.
Birdo is a guy in the Japan versions.
Vivian is a guy in the Japan versions.
This was changed in the US versions.
...and I hope this doesn't turn into a mini-war.
That can happen with Birdo gender arguments.
Antihero 17th Apr 2011, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
Yeah... going by the japanese game manual, it says 'HE thinks HE is a girl.' or something along those lines.

I know what you both mean, Gupy and Secret Agent, and you're both right. Please don't start a birdo war here. :\
Indie Poser 17th Apr 2011, 8:20 AM edit delete reply
"Time for a pose break perhaps?"
S.O.U.P.ern00b 17th Apr 2011, 8:41 AM edit delete reply
@ Aeoles and everyone else, okay, so I'll start by saying, as with most video game disputes, that both sides have ample reason for their interpretations (in this case on Birdo's gender),and everyone is entitled to their own personal thoughts on the matter. Whether some trivial thing has an official status or not, it is what the individual player gets out of a story or plot point that matters, so we should all just get over this, "I'm right, you're wrong," mentality that creates such rifts in gamer culture.
RADDman 17th Apr 2011, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
nicktheslayer 17th Apr 2011, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
While HE was a GUY in the original, but only in Japan. Shes a girl in the US, to avoid confusion, and probably controversy. Captain Rainbow, the wii game, hes still a guy. But birdo is a girl now.
Aikidoka 17th Apr 2011, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
Pics or in didn't happen.
Look guys, the original Japanese version of the game Birdo first appeared in was called Doki Doki Panic. The game was reskinned with Mario Characters for the US. What does that mean? The Original "Mario game" that Birdo appeared in WAS the the US version. In the instruction booklet that came with the game it says that Birdo is a BOY. All the characters in Mushroom Go are based off the original Mario game that they appeared in. There for Birdo is a Guy, or more appropriate, a Transvestite. Want proof? Links are below:


Knoppe 17th Apr 2011, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
Ewwwwwww...... imagine someone in real life doing that...... bleh
Sangheili 01 17th Apr 2011, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
You know i may think by the proofs that birdo is a boy with some sexual identity issues, thing that actually I don't care . . . . but the thing that concern me now its about YOSHI I mean in a lot of multiplayer games he appear like somehow related with Birdo and sometimes as a couple or so... All the time I thought that he was . . . well... HE, =P

Even with the egg throwing/hatching stuff . . . .

I think it is better to not think about some sexual terms with all of this characters hehehehe

May there are more than one Birdo's race out there like yoshi, and we simple don't get it XDD

Anyway Great comic and hoping you getting better ^^
Spinnerlink 17th Apr 2011, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Wow i should never have asked this question.
Dialgagroudon 17th Apr 2011, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Most people these days just think that Yoshi and Birdo have no gender, but prefer to be referred to as Yoshi is a he, and Birdo is a she. however, this doesn't always prove to be true, as some Yoshi's have been referred to as girls. so I don't know.
movethearmchair 17th Apr 2011, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
maybe next Birdo will turn red and shoot fire at you...
Owl 17th Apr 2011, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
@Spinnerlink: That's how I felt on the last page! XD
Bonz0 17th Apr 2011, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
At the end of the day any Birdo or any Yoshi can be of any gender, sexuality, orientation, etc.
Because it's an entire species and each one in each game is probably an entirely different person.
MeowMixIsForCats339 17th Apr 2011, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
Morganstern said that this Birdo is a girl. Thats all we need to know.
HotRodBunnies 17th Apr 2011, 3:03 PM edit delete reply
Aah Birdo... the Snooki of all Mario Parties.
Aikidoka 17th Apr 2011, 3:59 PM edit delete reply

When did he say that? I didn't remember him saying that, so I back tracked. Couldn't find it anywhere.
Cassiopia 17th Apr 2011, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
Actually, I think he left it ambiguous on purpose, in a reference to the debate.
Kyte 17th Apr 2011, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Well, there is the proof that he is a boy. I think we should all be happy for this. It would all be worse if he was a girl. Since hes a boy eggs fly out his MOUTH at people. If he were a girl, they'd be coming from much more controversial areas.
Sangheili 01 17th Apr 2011, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Well the only reference that we have from the author about this birdo's gender comes from Sasha Martello saying to Go "keep HER busy" in the last comic but I'm not sure if that counts for this purpose hahahaha XDD
Sangheili 01 17th Apr 2011, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
But who knows . . . the character has a very manly structure XDDD

I vote for enjoying the comic for the sake of our sanity XDD
Grimlock13 17th Apr 2011, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
I know I said I wanted to see this happen, but now I regret it. Still a good comic.
Bonz0 17th Apr 2011, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
Maybe Birdo is intersex? Has that possibility been thrown out there in the debate yet?
Xander 17th Apr 2011, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
First off, I SEE GOLD! *Jumps into the box of gold and plays around in it*

Secondly, I personally don't care for Birdo's sex. I always pegged the dino as a drag queen anyway. I do, however, find it disturbing how the real sound of choking up and shooting an egg seemed to sound off in my mind.....*Shivers*
MeowMixIsForCats339 17th Apr 2011, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
@every body If Martello didn't know what gender birdo was, she would have called her an "it".

@Sangheili If I am correct, Birdo is kind of a reptile. And reptiles don't nurse their young. Q E D, even if her body is based on a human, she still wouldn't have breasts, Also, LOTS of body building could explain her thick torso. (I guess that could also explain being flat chested....)

derp :p
ExarArcian 17th Apr 2011, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
I'd just like to agree with Bonzo that REGARDLESS of what the Nintendo Birdo is or is not, there is most likely a SPECIES of them, and assuming they follow the standard male/female thing that we're all familiar with, this one is EITHER a dude or a guy. At any rate, it goes by a "she" pronoun, so call a spade a spade and BE FREE.

Likewise, Meowmix I hadn't even though of that as so many images still show reptilian humanoids as endowed... so I say A+ to you.
4page 18th Apr 2011, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
I believe that Birdo is an unknown species that moves beyond the realm of genders and is replaced by something else. Who knows? Maybe there are three different genders of birdo? Or FOUR!!!!!!! Sure looks like a dude to me, though.
Mr. Vareel 18th Apr 2011, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
Well...the egg shooting definitely wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Regarding the Birdo gender debate, I just thought of another explanation. Perhaps Birdos (species) can CHΛNGE their gender. There are definitely fish that do this today in the real world (probably other things too, but I'm absolutely sure some fish do it). Why, at times, Birdo seems to be one gender and actually is the other could be because of the time it takes to change genders (it may be possible in the real world, but I doubt it happens over night). (For those of you who want to know, I think it was some kind of parrot fish that can change its gender.)

Λnd……cue the sheriff!
3 18th Apr 2011, 4:41 AM edit delete reply
Reader comments sure have been creepy since Birdo was introduced! You guys sure do care about this gender matter A LOT.
Chat Lag Ate My Message 18th Apr 2011, 7:06 AM edit delete reply
Chat Lag Ate My Message
I want to say one thing: epic expression on Birdo there. Was always wondering if those were eggs or loogies he was hacking up.
Infamous Nefarious 18th Apr 2011, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
Infamous Nefarious
If he needed a pause, then he should've grabbed a Twix. :D

Can we hope that Go rebounds off the wall back at Birdo and flattens him for the KO?
Therazan 18th Apr 2011, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
According to canon Birdo is either a female or a transvestite. Idk for you, but for me, both are supposed to be called SHE. The reason why there is so much controversy is probably because no one ever volunteered to check and ascertain which one it was.
CSSLZT13 18th Apr 2011, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
Just wanted to comment on how this comic oozes ten layers of F*****' HOSTILE AWESOME, even just seventy-one posts in. An extra ten Internets to you for originality (as far as I know), managing a serious comic based on the Mushroom Kingdom -- I tend to read a bunch of webcomics lately, and I've yet to see any of them treat them with this same sense of maturity and development, as well as a great art style to compliment the plot.

All I can say is, keep it the hell up, yo, this comic is more promising than any first time run through of any first party Nintendo game.
Yoshi 18th Apr 2011, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
She takes testosterone tablets =\
red shy guy 18th Apr 2011, 2:39 PM edit delete reply
just to change the subject (shudder) Morgenstern has stated that Go is wearing a bandana but I hace always seen it as more of a ski cap.
Becker 18th Apr 2011, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
The first thing I saw this comic, was not Fat Go, but rather the enormous amount of gold in that box. Honestly, has anyone in Mario ever heard of a safe? Maybe Birdo and his/her/it's transgendered crew wouldn't need to kill Martello for the cash if they stored their money away from where anyone could get it...
BlueMario 18th Apr 2011, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Yes, as a matter of fact, the manual DOES state that Birdo's a guy, but it ALSO interchanges the names of Birdo and Ostro, calling Birdo (the pink thing) Ostro, and calling Ostro (the ridable osterige) Birdo.

So it can actually be interperated either way, HOWEVER in later games, Birdo's gender is either never mentioning, or is called female (I don't remember which), and is also paired up with Yoshi, who is know to be male.

So the count is:
.5 to Male
1.5 to female
Mr. Vareel 18th Apr 2011, 6:10 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
I wonder how many people don't really care what Birdo's gender is and are just debating for the sake of having a debate. I know at least one person does (YΛY ME!).

@Becker: While safes do exist (Bowser has one in his treasure room in MARIO & LUIGI™ Bowser’s Inside Story), there are many reasons why the Birdo gang wouldn’t have one. I can’t tell you them without going on a rant though.
Snerky 18th Apr 2011, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
Of all the things you could have the ability to fire at somebody
An egg doesn't seem the most dangerous
I mean maybe if it was knives or grenades or something
But nope, just eggs
Whistle-tall 18th Apr 2011, 7:18 PM edit delete reply
Oh... please excuse me (again). *gagging noises*
...Okay, Note to self #2 Don't read web-comics after eating anything and for at least 10 minutes after that. It was still funny enough for me to be okay after a snack, but possibly not a full meal. Though I don't think I want to test that.
Whistle-tall 18th Apr 2011, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
@Mr.Vareel: Same here! Argumentation is always good! Or Is it? No it isn't. Yes it is! Maybe? Never? Always? GAHH!!!
Therazan 18th Apr 2011, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
For argumentation too, otherwise my comments would be more abundant, or page long...
Spinnerlink 18th Apr 2011, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
i am glad the birdo gender comments are starting to clear up but if anyone wants to say what they think just go and check on it. i am not looking there.
Grimlock13 18th Apr 2011, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Now lets talk about flag!
Owl 18th Apr 2011, 8:35 PM edit delete reply
On a completely different note, this site works surprisingly well on my iPod! The comic size is a bit small, but zooming in easily fixes that problem. Now I can read this comic even at my grandma's house! Yay!
KZ 18th Apr 2011, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Don't worry, fat armor shall save the day!
MeowMixIsForCats339 19th Apr 2011, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
@ Mr.Vareel I don't really give a crap. I just want to be included.....

Also, you know how I said that even though Birdo's body was based on a human she still wouldn't have breasts? Yeah, if that were the case, then Martello wouldn't have them either. (Thrive called her a reptile)
DasJabberwocky 19th Apr 2011, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
@Meowmix Seems to me that you're just trying to start shit now. Everyone has moved onto a different topic but you keep dredging that one up. Drop it.
Chat Lag Ate My Message 19th Apr 2011, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
Chat Lag Ate My Message
Myself, I don't care for the debate. Birdo (or as I prefer to call him, Ostro) will always be male for me. I grew up with the original NES games, and in the SMB 2 manual, it calls Ostro male. But guess what? Times change and so do characters. Peach was originally Princess Toadstool in the American port, but now she's Peach across the globe. Get over it people, and let's move onto something more important to debate.
Snerky 19th Apr 2011, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
This is an Ostro: http://tinyurl.com/thisisostro
The mix-up with names was down to a less-than-perfect translation job, and Ostros were also called Birdo.
It was corrected Super Mario All-Stars.
Snerky 19th Apr 2011, 5:45 AM edit delete reply
Corrected in*
3 19th Apr 2011, 6:07 AM edit delete reply
Anyone who has ever beaten SMB2 would know that. But I guess anyone who hasn't wouldn't...

It's my favorite Mario game, incidentally.
BlueMario 19th Apr 2011, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
@Chat Lag
I propose we debate on the subject of debating.
Any comments?
(lol, just kidding; however, that's a good impression of lots of Chat Room-ers)
BlueMario 19th Apr 2011, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
You are aware that I just stated that?
Oh well, I repeat both myself and others. And others
MeowMixIsForCats339 19th Apr 2011, 7:43 PM edit delete reply
@DasJabberwocky are you proposing that I'm like Steve? Believe me, I don't want to bring those comments back. I just figured that if everybody was debating on a topic, I would put my two cents in. The reason that I posted that other comment was because I like to correct myself so that others don't have to. Again, I didn't want to bring back the disgussion about which gender a pink dinosaur is.
? 19th Apr 2011, 8:00 PM edit delete reply
I hope i can help put this debate to rest.
1. Let the author answer it in future comics
2. Leave it up to yourself, like an abstract painting.... of a weird pink dinosaur thingy
MeowMixIsForCats339 19th Apr 2011, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
@? Amen.
Tom 20th Apr 2011, 1:24 AM edit delete reply
Why are the comics so short? you need to wait a month to get through one fight and some of the comics aren't even that good.
Whistle-tall 20th Apr 2011, 1:38 AM edit delete reply
@Tom: Shut your hating trap.
I don't think critiquing is a bad thing necessarily, but people who just complain only make the world a little more sad.
And to all other haters may you too shut your hating collective trap!
Morgenstern 20th Apr 2011, 1:40 AM edit delete reply
Aside from this one (and a few other particular strips where I had off days, but they're few and far between), I didn't really think my pages contained less content than... well, any standard webcomic page.

Actually, I can dig up a few critiques from people a few months ago telling me I had too much text/too many panels/comics were too long. I dunno, man.

Edit: I think the "shut up" approach might be a bit harsh, lol. It's just one of those things where the subjectiveness of it makes it hard to please everybody (see also: sketchy vs inked). I just do what works best for me--it's hard to consistently pump out five or six panels twice a week, but three to four panels is alright. I still throw out the occassional five-to-six paneler--today's, in fact, is looking to be bigger than normal.
Mr. Vareel 20th Apr 2011, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
@Tom: I suppose you have a flawless webcomic that's updated 5 times a week. (sarcasm)

@Morgenstern: Will the next comic be late? Last I heard you were sick as a dog, so...
Morgenstern 20th Apr 2011, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
I don't really think we need to tear the guy apart, though. I can see where he's coming from, as this chapter was a little less on the ball about slipping the plot in between the sections of the fight (compared to the first chapter, where things were more integrated).

Like I said, this page in particular was practically filler, as I was sick at the time and rushing just to not miss an update.

Edit: And nah, page 72 will be up on time. It'll be a good four or five hours, assuming I don't get distracted (which is very likely)--in which case, I'll be posting it sometime after noon. It will DEFINITELY be up today, though.
GigsVigilance 20th Apr 2011, 2:22 AM edit delete reply
I read your post in excitement that your that the next page will be up in a few only to realize that the post was made over 7 hours from now. stupid time paradox.
Whistle-tall 20th Apr 2011, 2:22 AM edit delete reply
@Morgenstern: Sorry.
@Tom: Also sorry, but slightly less (just messing with you!)
Snerky 20th Apr 2011, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
My last comment on this damn argument, honest

Yes, I know. I was going to say 'as _____ already said' but I couldn't spot your post when I was writing that. There was no kind of malicious intent or whatever.
Morgenstern 20th Apr 2011, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Alright, we're probably looking at somewhere in the five-to-six in the afternoon department, central time. Maybe later, maybe earlier. I did alot of experimenting with crazy angles (most of which didn't really pan out), so the actual drawing part took me longer than expected. Coloring won't be a big deal, I just plan on getting some sleep first.

Pretty close to the end of this chapter, and getting to the really heavy stuff.
Grimlock13 20th Apr 2011, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
Go is already pretty heavy right now(I know, it's lame) but if you say you have heavier thing in reserve, I believe you.
Guest 20th Apr 2011, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
I don't care what some of you who can't ponder what I'm about to say, so...

How about the possibility of the Birdo being a species, with males and females, and (possibly) some trans-gender ones? I hope this ends the stupid Birdo controversy. Anyway...

Love the comic, as I love all of Morgenstern's comics. I wonder how much longer we will have pudgy Go annoy Birdo.
Waluigi beats Luigi 20th Apr 2011, 1:30 PM edit delete reply
@Tom: I'm fine with critiquing things (it's how I pick games), but "some of the comics aren't even that good is veeeery vague. If you're gonna complain about the comic, at least specify a bit more so Morgenstern here can attend to the matter.
BlueMario 20th Apr 2011, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for apologizing; even when I'm nice about it almost all I ever get is rudeness in return

You get an internet cookie
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(lol, suck)
Mr. Saturn 20th Apr 2011, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Mushroom Go really needs a forum page. I'm tired of watching people duke it out via text on the page where I read the comics.

Oh, and btw, the one who brought up the most recent one to bring up the Birdo debate AGAIN is my brother.
Owl 20th Apr 2011, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
@Morgenstern: Is it safe to assume you got side-tracked and/or fell asleep? XD
Morgenstern 20th Apr 2011, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Working on the text right now, which is the last step. Certain parts took waaay longer to color/shade than I thought they would.
Delta Pangaea 21st Apr 2011, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Hokay then, time to weigh in my OBVIOUSLY considerable intellect.

Birdo's name may not even BE Birdo. At least not originally.

In the credits of Super Mario Brothers 2, when all the enemies are named, Birdo is actually the name of the pink flamingos. I forget what 'birdo' was named, but yeah.

Check it if you don't believe me.