84. Lining up to join the gang
Posted on 25th Jun 2011, 6:47 AM in 4. Bob-omb Battlefield

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Morgenstern 25th Jun 2011, 6:47 AM edit delete
I like to sneak stupid little hidden messages into things--the harder to catch, the funnier it is to me.

Like, my comment on last week's page was a line from Mack the Knife. You'd kind of have to be a music nerd AND have played Mario RPG to really get it, though.

Like many pages before it, this one was written at a weird hour and is subject to change when I wake up and realize how silly something sounds

red shy guy 25th Jun 2011, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
this is great. the smithy invasion!
red shy guy 25th Jun 2011, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
did smithy AKA evil robot santa have shiffets? I am really interested in how you (and Obfuscobble) will interprete them.
Haya 25th Jun 2011, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
Red hat 25th Jun 2011, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
Morgenstern 25th Jun 2011, 7:31 AM edit delete reply
It originally seemed obvious to me to try and connect Smithy's Shysters with Snifits, but after long deliberation, I hit a different sort of conclusion.

Snifits will definitely be addressed someday, but they'll be hitting home closer to plots about Subcon and other Super Mario Bros 2-related material. They'll also be really effin' scary.
red shy guy 25th Jun 2011, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

also a just went back the the filler about guy and one of the options was a ...


what does that say!!
Pinstripe 25th Jun 2011, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Can't wait to see you two's take on snifits - I love their character design (why can't Nintendo use them for something?). Also this page is pretty terrifying. Nice job!
Pinstripe 25th Jun 2011, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Also... young McCoy wouldn't happen to be a reference to Obfuscobble's first fan art, would he?
Haya 25th Jun 2011, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
I just realised, and I think that it should be noted that the evil mecha-possessed shyguys are 'talking' here.
Fortis 25th Jun 2011, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
Damn, those mechanized shyguys look freaky. No wonder Guy's freaked out about robots. Excellent comic.
sleepless 25th Jun 2011, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
I.. I don't get it? What is this? Is this how McCoy meets Guy, or something?

What is up with the "Bounce" thingie? Is that a methaphore for fighting or something?
Lukkai 25th Jun 2011, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Young, combat eager McCoy... I like it! :D
Really pulling the look and pose off well in that last panel.

And it would seem now that McCoy is older than I originally thought. And Guy probably about the same age as Palma?
Not Important 25th Jun 2011, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
Grimlock13 25th Jun 2011, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
The bounce reference come from Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Star. The first official Smithy minions that we see in the game are the Shyster, a group of Shyguy look-alike creature bouncing on boosted pogo stick. In the game, they where acting like spoiled child that liked to bounce on their pogo stick all day long and no one could tell them to stop without risking a fight. That is, until Mario appeared to give them a good spanking. Here they seem to act more like a Star Trek borg that can talk, and its far more scarier.
Sleepless 25th Jun 2011, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Thanks a lot, Grimlock! Now it starts to make sense :)

I never played Legend of the Seven Star, so that reference got lost on me...
Futurevgd 25th Jun 2011, 10:34 AM edit delete reply
GAH!!!! the suspense is killing me!! now if you will excuse me i need to play legend of seven stars so i can understand the references.
Fuzzyzergling 25th Jun 2011, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
Oh McCoy, you're just so badass aren't you?
Loving the details, like the broken masks on the ground.
infinity6 25th Jun 2011, 11:13 AM edit delete reply
AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! ROBOT ZOMBIE SHYGUYS!!!!! impressive twist, I thought that there would be a big robot monster thingy just killing stuff. I must say, mccoy is growing on me. still like the rectangular eyebrows though. cool, cool.
The_Hermit 25th Jun 2011, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
Are those mecha shyguys wearing the thwomp stomper boots from the super mario movie?
Kat 25th Jun 2011, 1:14 PM edit delete reply
I guess we have our answer to "Can McCoy get any hotter?".
KZ 25th Jun 2011, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
@Sleepless: "Bounce" is a reference to one of the bosses (and his minions) in Super Mario RPG. This particular boss and his minions rode pogo sticks, and attacked the Mushroom Kingdom. The creepiest part of this? I can totally see this as being what happens to those captured by Smithy's minions. One of Smithy's lines in Super Mario RPG takes on a terrifying new meaning: "Why not get rid of this world of wishes, and create a world of WEAPONS!!!" *shivers*
Dry Guy 25th Jun 2011, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
Oh, wow, I didn't expect a Smithy appearance, even if it's just the name right now. Shysters being captured Shy Guys makes a lot a sense, too, and goes a long way in explaining Guy's behavior. I imagine a lot of Super Mario RPG references are going, and that's pretty awesome.
Bonz0 25th Jun 2011, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Unwilling Robotification all troped up.
Blood Takanaka 25th Jun 2011, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Oh HELL yeah! Super Mario RPG (and the other Mario rpgs, like Paper Mario) are the only Mario games I really like (however I love this comic, and I don't consider games like Yoshi's Island "mario" games)
Chat Lag Ate My Message 25th Jun 2011, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Chat Lag Ate My Message
OMG. A reference to one of the greatest Mario games ever. <3 Yanno, if I were the sole survivor of an automaton invasion and assimilation, I'd be pretty freaked out about them too. o.o
Owl 25th Jun 2011, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
I forgot today was Saturday. XD Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I came here and saw a new comic. XD
Hobojoe007 25th Jun 2011, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
Okay, I'm enjoying this plot, and 4 panel updates are better than 3. I really cant come to grasp with how awkward Obfuscobble draws pants... First Go and now McCoy? I mean McCoy has always worn loose pants, It's just a bit strange seeing him with tight crotchy pants. I might be able to get used to Go's pants being that way, but not McCoy
Ranter 25th Jun 2011, 5:56 PM edit delete reply

Although I concur with hobojoe in that want this comic to stay canon with both Morgenstern's original idea and the mario games, I think it'd be odd if in the very next comic, McCoy suddenly had somehow changed pants. Also, he looks BA as he is now.
ranter 25th Jun 2011, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
Nice McCoy eyes, by the way!
ExarArcian 25th Jun 2011, 6:21 PM edit delete reply
I like how Obfuscobble solved the "issue" with showing details on McCoy. I think it's clear he's still a black raven, but now he's not, well... black. Well done.

Also, really like the idea of the Smithy Invasion being almost Borg-like and what not. I like this version of the Mario Universe more and more.
Xorglord 25th Jun 2011, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
So glad you're going to start referencing SMRPG, it's my favourite game. I'm hoping that there's going to be a sword fight between McCoy and a Robot Smithy (wielding Exor).
tutter 25th Jun 2011, 6:56 PM edit delete reply
Never even considered anything from Seven Stars. Thinking of the art style, I can only imagine the nightmarish hell-fiends the sniffets will be....

And I got to say, this update looked really nice. There's just something really aesthetically pleasing about this one.
JACK 25th Jun 2011, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
steve 25th Jun 2011, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
Mr Pibbleton 25th Jun 2011, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
Mr Pibbleton
Well that managed to be pretty disturbing. I like it!
Aikidoka 25th Jun 2011, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
And when you're down here... You'll bounce to!
Captain Cupcake 25th Jun 2011, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

I think you might be interested in knowing that one of my best friends has a bumper sticker he made with Mack the Knife on the back and the quote, "Oh the shark bites with it's teeth dear". =P
That Guy 26th Jun 2011, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
That Guy

They bounce .... they all bounce down here.
Evdog 26th Jun 2011, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
Woah! I remember that part in Seven Stars! You have done to the Shyster's bouncing what The Shining did to "Red Rum" and "Heeeere's Johnny!". Now I really want to hear them say “Look at him...can't even bounce...maybe we could bounce ON HIS HEAD!!!”.
Just hope that there's a freak thunderstorm at the time.

Also, McCoy says: "I was young..." but he still looks 50.

I'm giving this 5 stars and hoping that this is the start of a great, well-planned story arc that is going to blow us all away.
...or do you make it up as you go along?
red shy guy 26th Jun 2011, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
I it just me or does the omonus monster from comic 83 look just like Mack?
Haya 26th Jun 2011, 10:17 AM edit delete reply
@ red shy guy
Seems you solved that mystery.
Cassiopia 26th Jun 2011, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
well I'm hooked.
Guest 26th Jun 2011, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Mccoy doesnt have a scratch on the beak... does he get it in this fight?
Catling 26th Jun 2011, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
You promised that you'd reference Mario RPG and now you have and I kid you not I squealed like a little girl, Tokostern. I have a witness, even. And this is why we love you.

(Actually I love you because of the whole "actually I'm Morgenstern" thing you pulled. Details.)

(Also Scobble this comic looks great, you're magnificent.)
Snerky 27th Jun 2011, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
I don't want to be scared of Shy Guys!
Xander 27th Jun 2011, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

How you incorporated Mario RPG : 7 Star is purely genius, Morgenstern. Like Catling, once i realized the reference, I squealed like a fangirl (no witnesses)
Kurbasus 27th Jun 2011, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
This will start a shitstrom, but... I rather liked the old art style.
Bunker 27th Jun 2011, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
I liked the Old style too. But he's sticking with this now and I for one, may not welcome this change, but it will not stop me from reading it.
Link 27th Jun 2011, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
...I recently realised that I no longer look forward to coming here. Mushroom Go, you're not cool anymore =/
DemonBlood 27th Jun 2011, 9:00 AM edit delete reply

I am so sick of you people going "Oh, Mushroom Go changed, now it sucks" over and over again!
There are two very effective ways NOT to do that:
1: You deal with it. Morgenstern won't go back, so suck it up!
2: You go away. You won't be able to enjoy Mushroom Go any more, but you also wont annoy those who do.
Pick one.
Rage-Nakasa 27th Jun 2011, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
I agree with Demonblood.

Serosely gettin old people..

btw, I like the cybordshyguys. XD
drakvl 27th Jun 2011, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
I gotta say, I'm not liking this. Why'd you have to go and remind me they made a Mario RPG? Ruining my fond platformer memories! A travesty.

Oh, who am I kidding? This is made of awesome -- and I would so go find and play SMRPG if I had the time. (Weep!)
Starcat5 27th Jun 2011, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
Drakvl: Seriously? Aside from the above SquareSoft Masterpiece, there were the three Mario & Luigi games on the handhelds, and the three Paper Mario games on the consoles. That is a grand total of SEVEN RPGs staring Toad Prime. And don't even get me started on all the OTHER non-platformers he was in. -_^
Koolerkid 27th Jun 2011, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
I am happy. Obs finally came out with a page with which I cannot complain about anything. This makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

ANYHOW! Young!McCoy, looking awesome. Shysters, looking freakin' creepy. Story, sounding awesome - I wanna see Axem Rangers! Also - guessing that the child is Guy, yeah?

...Never gonna look at Shyguys or the word "bounce" the same ever again.
Grimlock13 27th Jun 2011, 8:11 PM edit delete reply
The one in black, is he Deathguy, the famous invincible shyguy warrior?
drakvl 27th Jun 2011, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
Starcat -- I was kidding. I was trying to lampoon the ongoing art wars, but I kinda fell victim to how hard it is to convey sarcasm online.
drakvl 27th Jun 2011, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Heh. And now that I look at Raven, I see something sort of Aeon Flux-ish about him. Is he gonna start shooting out magical geometric figures from his hands soon?
Starcat5 27th Jun 2011, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Drakvl: I meant my comment in half jest as well. Note the wink at the end of my post. -_^

And on the subject of your second post, I'm not sure about Aeon Flux (My sister got me the boxed set a few years back, but it was too random and snuff-based for my liking), but I think the Geometric Magic(tm) is being saved for when a Magikoopa (or someone trained BY a Magikoopa) shows up.
Link 22nd Jul 2011, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
@Starcat5: That is not a wink. That's a raised eyebrow. I use that smiley as such quite often.
Morgenstern 28th Jun 2011, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
Aikidoka 28th Jun 2011, 1:05 AM edit delete reply

Do you think that bird has emFLYsema?!

Wow, that was more terrible that I thought it was gonna be... But it had to be done.
DancesWithChihuahuas 28th Jun 2011, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
As expected, I'm getting used to the way McCoy is drawn. I LOVE the way young McCoy looks.
Tokoyoto 28th Jun 2011, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Asher 28th Jun 2011, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
The black one is anti guy
EKA 28th Jun 2011, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Huh, looks like I'm a little late to the party... Oh well.

Well, I'm pretty sure that "Dudes in masks", "Pogo Sticks", and "Bouncy Robots" can be added to the list of thing this comic has made me afraid of.

Morgenstern 28th Jun 2011, 3:18 PM edit delete reply
I'm still not real sure why someone would post under my other screenname
Futurevgd 28th Jun 2011, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
@EKA what is there to be scared of besides that? well you know, other than bombs, gender bender creatures like birdo, and shy guys with chainsaws.
Evdog 28th Jun 2011, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
TheZombieShana 29th Jun 2011, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
That picture of the crow with the cigarette made my day. O_o
Seriously, that is awesomesauce.

Great comic aswell. I think everyone has gotten used to this new style.
Bonz0 29th Jun 2011, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
No, we stopped complaining. We stopped the moment Morgenstern made it clear that he had made up his mind.
Sman X 29th Jun 2011, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
Sman X
Down here we ALL bou... *cough* sorry, had a IT moment. I for one would have never thought to cross the borg with Smithy...but I likes! I likes alot (and explains even more!) Also I want to start a campaign to get young McCoy as a playable character in Uncharted 3, Tomb Raider, Smash Bros, his own game! Don't care just wanna kick it McCoy style!
red shy guy 29th Jun 2011, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Is it just me or does young McCoy remind anyone of the pokemon Blazikin?
Mr. Vareel 29th Jun 2011, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
@red shy guy: If McCoy starts breathing fire, I'm leaving. (Not really.)
Futurevgd 29th Jun 2011, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Oh, i actually forgot about the plants.

You know what, the Mario universe is scary as hell...
GupyF 29th Jun 2011, 5:43 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel 29th Jun 2011, 6:18 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
@Futurevgd: Yeah, what Evdog said! Plants! …with teeth! ...and spider plants! … (Spider Plant! Spider Plant! Does whatever a Spider Plant does!) …oh, and that one daisy in Twister’s Borough. That one is by far the scariest (tongue-in-cheek).

@Sman X: Λ (fan made) McCoy game sounds possible. Morgenstern would have to be writing (or a least supervising) the story of it to be canon. (Does the term “canon” even apply here? I mean, it’s a webcomic about a warped interpretation of the Marioverse. Oh, umm…no offense, Morgenstern.) I don’t know enough about copyrights and trademarks and such to know if it would be legally possible. Maybe permission can be obtained? I don’t really know, I’m just spouting ideas. (That applies to this whole paragraph.)

Would it be too much to hope for a Dimentio appearance?

One more thing. Will somebody tell me how to put images in comments?
Therazan 29th Jun 2011, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
Dimentio wuld be great... Count Bleck with Morgenstern's drawing style would be fun... loved that guy.
Bonz0 29th Jun 2011, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
I'd like to say I would rather see Fawful than Dimentio but I think he has enough comics here at ComicFury already.
Evdog 29th Jun 2011, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Only two: My Immortal Fool, and All There Was.

But yeah, there have been many Mario RPG references, but little from the three Paper Mario games.
Count Bleck needs to have a cameo in this comic! ...said Count Bleck.

Furthermore, there have not yet been any Boos present in this comic (except Therazan's avatar). I really hope they can be part of Chapter 5. And the way Morgenstern warps everything Mario into a serious thing, it gonna be creepy.
Bonz0 29th Jun 2011, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
King Boo was already creepy enough. The dude traps his foes in paintings for all eternity just FOR DECORATIONS.
tutter 30th Jun 2011, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
@ Vareel: there's probably a help section some where on comic fury. It seems to be html code. My suggestion is to go on a site like photobucket, find or upload the picture, then copy the automatic html code they have and paste it in. I don't know if it'll work... but I haven't spent any time trying really.
drakvl 30th Jun 2011, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel: I am not a copyright lawyer, but I know that in U.S. copyright law, there is a fair use exemption; if there were grounds to do such a fanwork legally, I figure this would be it.
SecretAgent000 1st Jul 2011, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
...to be fair, E.Gadd did the same thing...
Bonz0 1st Jul 2011, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
....For Science!
Evdog 2nd Jul 2011, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
...you monster.

@Mr. Vareel: Do this, but without the spaces in the square brackets.

[ i m g ](web address where image is located)[ / i m g].

I just realised: Now I have done this, there will probably be twice as many pictures in the comments as before.
Random Person 2nd Jul 2011, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
*whimpers* The Shypers... Dear sweet Lord, the Shypers...