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"Where most video game webcomics focus on the joys and frustrations of gaming, Mystery Object feels more like something that would creep into your brain at 4 o'clock in the morning after one too many rounds against Bowser. It's hard to distill the moody comic into a central idea, but it places Mario in a mundane but surreal life, one where he can't simply jump on his obstacles and courting the girl he likes involves something sweeter, but also less climactic, than rescuing her from a giant lizard." -- Lauren Davis at io9

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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

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Previously, in SUPER POWERS...



"I'm a huge comics fan and it feels like the industry has been on auto-pilot for the past decade. All the interesting stuff is being done on the fringes. Trying to bring some of that to the center." -- Tom Scioli

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"I’ve spent so much time absorbed in those worlds, contemplating those empty characters, whether I knew it or not. Going back to Atari, you’d play these fun, but narratively hollow games and you’d start constructing a story for them, because there wasn’t one there. Nintendo gave you more to play with, but there were still these endless gaps for you to fill. This is a continuation of that impulse." -- Tom Scioli

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'"Mystery Object" is an idea I had for a novel. I’m not a novelist, I don’t have any interest in writing a novel, but if I ever decided to write a novel, this is what I have in my back pocket. On a drive home from a convention, I told Ed Piskor about the idea, and he said I should drop everything and do that as a comic. It was good advice. So in the translation from novel to comic, I ended up making a novelistic, Joycean comic strip.' -- Tom Scioli

The unshackled brain behind TRANSFORMERS VS G.I. JOE and DC's SUPER POWERS tries his hand at a very different kind of project...

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"'Plot' is overrated and generally accepted theories of story are outdated, having been made in a time of monarchy and aristocracy. There’s no place for it in our egalitarian global community." -- Tom Scioli

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"Final Crisis is something I have read a bunch of times and at first I was not sure about it but the last time I read it I realized how influential it was on what I was doing. FC tells a complete story but it is not the story of just one character, it is more like a relay race with different heroes taking up the baton. I’m not necessarily interested in a story where everyone is fighting the major villain at once. It is usually just a few quick panels and then it’s done." -- Tom Scioli

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'I like to describe Tom [Scioli]’s work as “unhinged”, free from the shackles of adulthood and defiant in the face of a world that sometimes encourages and rewards a mundane existence. He cares so deeply about super heroes, and the act of storytelling. He celebrates a long comics history while at the same time bringing the reader somewhere new. I was instantly re-hooked on his work years ago, when a Free Comic Book day offering appeared- Transformers VS GiJoe. I couldn’t believe the comic existed. It was so wildly different than anything out there. I thought it was one of the boldest moves in comics to put that work out into the world. I also want to mention John Barber as being half of the team that makes that wonderful book. They both do a brilliant job.

'So, when Tom messaged me on twitter with the words “Super Powers”, I knew we had to do it at Young Animal.'
-- Gerard Way

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Previously, in chapter one of "Super Powers":



"I'm ready to be part of the DCU." -- Tom Scioli

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"[It's] Tom Scioli going completely nuts on the DC Universe." - Gerard Way

"That's not how it was pitched to us." - Jim Lee

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"I’ll say it. It’s the greatest crossover of all time. This is the new standard by which all crossovers will be judged. What a rare privilege in comics to begin something and to end it exactly as you envisioned. To create a universe and then torch it in the most explosive way imaginable. In the end, the creative challenge is the only thing that matters. When you push the limits, the world gets bigger. We wanted to see just how much juice you can squeeze out of these concepts and out of the comics page itself. How much story can fit into a comic book before the staples pop out? I look forward to seeing how the next generation of cartoonists builds on these innovations, the way we built on the work of those who came before us. I look forward to seeing the inevitable movie adaptation of this comic." -- Tom Scioli

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"I wonder if there is an example of a really good mask reveal in fiction. Snake Eyes, post-surgery Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro in the old comic were all let-downs. Darth Vader under the mask was okay, I guess, but still a let-down. Boba Fett was lame. I thought Kylo Ren was a good way of approaching the problem and just saying, 'underneath all these masks is a face.' It can be argued that the best option is to just never show what's under the mask, like V for Vendetta. I don't agree.

"So here is the gauntlet thrown. I think this issue has the top three under-the-mask reveals of all time."
-- Tom Scioli

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"[Larry Hama] created a highly personal work with G.I.Joe and I'm graffiting a Psychedelic Bayeux Tapestry over it." -- Tom Scioli

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"Everything's a toy property now. Man vs. Machine in eternal conflict! Costumed scientists can't hold a candle to it." -- Tom Scioli

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Tom Scioli (Gødland, Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe) uses the comics medium to reminisce about one of the stranger things that grew out of the Star Wars fever of the 1980s...



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