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Some Super Mario fan art that's long overdue. Listen, and I know this is pretty blasphemous: I have always been way more into the Super Mario games than I have Sonic.
Now before you throw produce at me, I really am a huge Sonic fan. Really! I have been since I was a kid - I am pretty sure there are pictures of me in the first grade wearing Sonic t-shirts! But I came to Sonic through the cartoons and comics. I had a Sega Genesis growing up, but Sonic games were always too hard for me. I didn't understand the mechanics of memorizing pathways to build up momentum. I never got to "go fast," so I mostly stuck with Mario games - while I filled up notebooks with sketches of Sonic, Tails, Sally and the Freedom Fighters.
Pencils and inks on 11x14 inch Bristol board. Colored in Photoshop 7. Patreon subscribers got a sneak peek at this art!
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But Nintendo didn't want to take the plunge, and it's a shame. Maybe it's because of how polarising the Archie Sonic comics can be, but who knows.
This drawing makes me want an Archie Comics adaptation now. And who knows? Now that Nintendo are broadening their horizons by partnering up with Universal Studios, they might go back on their decision not to have comic adaptations of their games.
And this piece? It's-a great! Yahoo! Matt number one!
Mario has always been Mario and in most games is still "Mario" in some manner. It's comforting, easy to play and deserves the popularity it has. Plus the characters are all simple and cute.