20 posts tagged comics
Bill Mudron’s excellent-looking Nintendo History System #1, a comic detailing the history of Nintendo from 1889-1970 (from the start of the company through the beginning of Gunpei Yokoi’s tenure as chief toy designer), is now available online in severely limited quantities.
If you want to learn through pretty pictures about the company’s pre-video-game workings, you might want to get over there now, before some jerk on a website tells everyone ab— oh.
[Update from Eric: Great. The damn thing is already sold out! WAY TO GO, JC.]
[Image via Fort90, who already has a copy and could be reading it right now like it’s no big deal OH GOD THE JEALOUSY]
Letters To An Absent Father #8: Ash asks for advice on women (click for a larger image). When you’re a kid and all you could ever want in the world is for a particular girl to like you, to obsess over you as much as you do her, not having a dad around to answer these kinds of questions just makes growing up harder than it already is. What are you supposed to do ? Ask your mom? Settle for the awful suggestions offered by your dimwitted friends?
So, how do you tell if a girl likes you? If only Ash had ever bothered to watch Eddie Izzard’s stand-up act, he would know an easy way to figure it out while in a lake like this: splash water at her, and see if she splashes back. Everyone knows splashy splashy is code for sexy sexy!
Nintendo History System #1 chapbook (Prologue: 1889-1970). Artist Bill Mudron completed and printed the first issue of his Nintendo comic, and will start selling them tomorrow at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland. He says he’ll list the issue online for non-Portlanders to buy in the next week or two. I’ll let you know once it’s up!
If you examine the pages closely, you’ll notice it begins with a scene about Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, taking place right before his unexpected death. Also, one of the pages reveals that the next issue is dedicated to Yokoi and the birth of the Famicom.
[Via Bill Mudron]
"Dear Dad, I Lost Another Battle Today" (click for a larger image). Unlike his father, Ash never runs out on the people who believe in him when the going gets tough. :o(
In the last installment of Letters To An Absent Father, Maré Odomo’s series of notes sent from the young Pokemon trainer to his estranged papa, Ash asked his dad, “What’s Your Favorite Pokemon?” I meant to mention my favorite of the monsters: the inimitable Meowth.
Aggron is cool, too (NSFW, sorry for the language):
Nintendo History System #1 cover by Bill Mudron (click for larger image and back cover). Regular Tiny Cartridge readers will recognize this as part of Mudron’s graphic novel project on the early history of Nintendo and the company’s important figures.
The back cover, which shows a screenshot of what I think is Nintendo’s odd Round Game, has this riveting blurb:
Hiroshi Yamauchi Will Devour Your Soul!
Marvel at agitated Japanese businessmen hell-bent on dominating the high-stakes world of playing-card manufacturing.
This thrilling first chapter of The Nintendo History System allows you to witness the humble birth of “The Nintendo-Koppai” playing-card company in 19th century Japan and its subsequent growth into a toy and electronics manufacturer in the 1960s.
You’ll be startled by this comic book’s amazing graphics as the CEO of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, glares at his employees from across the factory floor! You’ll be amazed by the crisp sound as you turn the page and gasp as Nintendo becomes a publicly-traded company on the Nikkei Stock Exchange!
I hope these comics will turn out immensely successful, prompting Mudron to start work on a Gunpei Yokoi spin-off that examines the Game Boy creator’s career and mysterious death (possibly uncovering Groove Raider’s clandestine involvement in the latter?!).
[Via Infinite Lives]
The Nintendo 3DS bet by Nathan Birch (click for a larger version). This strip is one of many submitted to Cracked for a contest that challenged readers to create a comic, based on a template, about the 3D portable’s launch.
Of course, most of the submissions are crass and/or predictable, but I was surprised to see a couple funny strips in the mix, too! The winning entry, a harrowing tale of two friends filling their empty lives with electronic trinkets, is both depressing and hilarious — hilarious because it’s true, and depressing because it’s true.
See also: Nintendo 3DS mock-up/concept collection
At some point during the past three years — maybe it was the arbitrary marathons SyFy ran on weekday afternoons that my DVR was pre-programmed to record — Joan of Arcadia became one of my favorite TV shows. It’s a corny series, I know, and it probably even has its own entry at stuffwhitepeoplelike.com, but I love every episode of it.
Anyway, Nedroid, a webcomic I keep seeing in my Tumblr dashboard and don’t actually mind reading, gave a shout-out to the series with a short run of strips, which I’ve linked in full below. Who name checks Joan of Arcadia? Seriously, who does that?! The final strip even mentions video games, so there’s my excuse for posting it here.
- "I want to watch Joan of Arcadia."
- "Happy birthday, Reginald!"
- "Beartato, check out this game."
Also random, like many other gaming sites, a batch of multiplayer beta keys for arcade racer Blur (360) somehow came into our possession. It has nothing to do with handhelds, Nintendo, or other stuff we usually cover, but instead of letting them go to waste, I’ve included the codes below for those of you with an Xbox 360 to use. Enjoy!
[Hey! I’m Adam Robezzoli, the laziest of the three amigos asked to fill in while Eric is away. I run Attract Mode, and I’m the co-director of the upcoming LA Game Space. I promise my posts won’t be as long as Matt’s!]
Check out the page sketch with Maxi destroying Astaroth. It’s an actual combo from the game, complete with button presses!
It’s too bad the comic never came through. But if you are hungry for more reyyy creations, be sure to check out his weekly web comic Seedless, and his Flickr account for images of Terry Bogard, Chun-Li and other cool stuff.
[via Corey’s LiveJournal]
Guest post by Adam Robezzoli