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"The instruction booklet for The Legend of Zelda had these cel animation style drawings in it. We all assumed this game was based on an animated movie or something. We all created a different cartoon in our minds. There was no cartoon, the drawings in the instruction book were all there was. Your imagination works overtime to make sense of a world that was newly minted. Add to that the fact that it was from a country on the other side of the world. We were trying to parse a code that didn’t have a solution." -- Tom Scioli

Chapter Four:



Chapter Five:

Date: 2017-03-17 03:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] superboyprime
What is this? That's not some joke but a sincere question. I don't understand.

Date: 2017-03-17 11:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] qalchemist
I have no idea.

I can't comprehend anything this guy does. I don't know what audience it's for, but apparently it's not me.

Date: 2017-03-17 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
The rest of the series is available in earlier scans, though that may not clear it up.

Tom Scioli has a weird and utterly unique approach to comics, less concerned with plot and more concerned with a disconnected series of moments. This writing and art feels like Fauvism applied to comics. Still, some sections are more traditionally narrative than others.

As far as I can tell, this is a reimagining of Mario as a middle-class plumber thinking about finding a girl and settling down. Scioli shamelessly stacks the work with wordplay and picture-play that frequently references Donkey Kong and the Mario series ("I met a girl, mom." "You met a gorillaman?" "She's a sub-par barrio mother." "No, she's a superb barrio mother").

The end of the current segment is a bit of a surprise, as we might expect Mario's prospective girlfriend to resemble Princess Peach, but what we're getting instead looks more like a mushroom.

Date: 2017-03-17 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thezmage
Perhaps the metaphor is a failed relationship? "I'm sorry, but your princess is in another castle"

Date: 2017-03-18 06:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] superboyprime
Hm, I assumed Toad person was a diminutive 'he'.

Though what's up with the final word in his sentence being all rainbow blur? It's the little things like that keep me squarely in the "I don't get it" camp.

Date: 2017-03-18 06:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
That's the intention of it, yes.

Your imagination works overtime to make sense of a world that was newly minted. Add to that the fact that it was from a country on the other side of the world. We were trying to parse a code that didn’t have a solution.

Date: 2017-03-18 09:07 am (UTC)
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It's making the main character's status ambiguous. Mario's been alternately a carpenter and and a plumber, from what we've seen of this character he's presumably an architect, all his brothers are palette-swapped versions of him. "This must be your brother the [???]" blurs together his various occupations and identities. Looking at it, I think if you separated out the different colors you'd see multiple words layered on top of each other.

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