Photo 16 Jun 20 notes sharkman-land:

Thanks, Dad!

Some of the dads in our comic! Happy (belated, at this point) Father’s Day!

sharkman-land:

Thanks, Dad!

Some of the dads in our comic! Happy (belated, at this point) Father’s Day!

Photo 9 Jun 78 notes sharkman-land:

CONGRATS you big dorks!!

A little bit of Grim Fandango fanart! The announcement that the game is being remastered for the PS4 and Vita finally got me to draw something after playing it a couple years ago.
It’s a very fine game and one of my boyfriend’s very favorites. He was so excited!! (It was really cute.)

sharkman-land:

CONGRATS you big dorks!!

A little bit of Grim Fandango fanart! The announcement that the game is being remastered for the PS4 and Vita finally got me to draw something after playing it a couple years ago.

It’s a very fine game and one of my boyfriend’s very favorites. He was so excited!! (It was really cute.)

Text 7 Jun 21 notes

dokutamama said: OH because Mario Kart 8 just came out, your favorite Koopaling?

sharkman-land:

Larry’s the youngest, he’s just bright-eyed and adorable and is that perfect mix of cute and mischievous.

Ludwig, the oldest, I see as being the most serious and mature. He had to grow up fast with so many younger siblings to take care of, not even to mention that (working with the idea that the Koopalings are some kind of royal branch family) he would have become king if something had happened to Bowser. The Koopalings really vary in their opinions towards Jr., but Ludwig was secretly relieved when he was born. I see him as being the creative, introverted type (a composer, after all) who would rather do his own thing than be totally in charge.

I think I got the idea of him being sort of a hipster and always listening to music from Cammi. http://cammiluna.tumblr.com/

As for actually karting, I can’t handle heavyweights, so you’ll see me being Larry most of he time, or sometimes Lemmy or Toadette.

Text 2 Jun 26 notes

duckmuffin said: Mario & Luigi!

sharkman-land:

Runners up:

Is it just me (and nostalgia) or did this series peak in its first game?

Part of an ask game to draw your favorite characters from a given series. These guys are all from the original Mario & Luigi game (Superstar Saga) on the Game Boy Advance. The artists managed to squeeze so much personality into the sprites in that game! It’s astounding!

Photo 23 May 44 notes sharkman-land:

Link’s got a new scarf.

Hyrule Warriors!

sharkman-land:

Link’s got a new scarf.

Hyrule Warriors!

Photo 22 May 46 notes sharkman-land:

Took a break from packing and decided it was about time I finally got around to drawing the hubs. Not entirely sure I’m happy with it, but it was good practice!

sharkman-land:

Took a break from packing and decided it was about time I finally got around to drawing the hubs. Not entirely sure I’m happy with it, but it was good practice!

Photo 5 May 48 notes papermariobossartcollab:

THE FERAL NUCLEAR REACTOR
submitted by: http://sharkman-land.tumblr.com/

Oops! Hadn’t reblogged this here yet. One of my favorite video game characters to draw, Rawk Hawk from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. I did it for a collab this time.

papermariobossartcollab:

THE FERAL NUCLEAR REACTOR

submitted by: http://sharkman-land.tumblr.com/

Oops! Hadn’t reblogged this here yet. One of my favorite video game characters to draw, Rawk Hawk from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. I did it for a collab this time.

Photo 20 Apr 797 notes I don’t normally draw anime fanart, but I really just couldn’t let this idea pass.

I don’t normally draw anime fanart, but I really just couldn’t let this idea pass.

Photo 10 Apr 165 notes star-snomad:

Happy anniversary, Super Paper Mario! Here’s to the dorks who would undo the universe.

Just a little something for one of my favorite games! I’ve been doing off-and-on fanart of it for seven years now.

star-snomad:

Happy anniversary, Super Paper Mario! Here’s to the dorks who would undo the universe.

Just a little something for one of my favorite games! I’ve been doing off-and-on fanart of it for seven years now.

Text 2 Apr 10 notes Webcomic Review: Blasphemous Saga Fantasy

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Courtney’s webcomic reviews! (Also known as “Courtney’s extensive recommendations!”)

In my first review, I stretched my rusty writing muscles by highlighting one of the most popular and beloved webcomics I know of, Gunnerkrigg Court. This time, on the other hand, I’ll be talking about a comic that you probably haven’t heard of, but that personally makes me very happy:

Blasphemous Saga Fantasy by Zack Corcoran

I don’t remember how I first found my way to this comic, but it caught my attention for a few reasons: it had an interesting name, it happened to be on a page with some awesome-looking dudes, and it seemed similar to my own comic: a light-hearted look at the fantasy-adventure genre, that of video games in particular. Last year I read through the whole thing, enjoyed it, then got busy and only caught up with a full re-read about a week ago. I can say this comic is getting better and better all the time and that I won’t let it go by the wayside again! And so, with the story fresh in my mind, I’m poised to do a review of those reasons it kept me reading.

Story/Characters

As mentioned above, BSF is one of those affectionate genre parodies/deconstructions. It has your standard young hero (Seb Fuller, a boy of 12), the healer/mage (Lina Motscoud, a girl around Seb’s age), the more experienced mentors who nonetheless must leave the adventure up to the youth, a mystical sword and a menacing villain.

But two things must be said here: the first is that these archetypal roles are filled out with characters that seem real and that you just can’t help but love (even when they’re being annoying). Seb in particular really feels like a stubborn, immature, and somewhat clueless kid. If you’re tired of running across people in adventure stories who seem to have it all together and are capable of flawlessly completing their destiny at an age when you were just kind of floundering around, Seb will resonate with you. He’s earnest and has a good heart, but his stubbornness and desire to live up to his heroic role and be the center of attention, doing and seeing things that are “so cool,” often get him (and his friends) into trouble.

He also really acts and talks like a 12 year old. Trust me.

Seb is just one example; all of the characters feel real, despite the colorful video-gamey setting. But the second point: In addition to these archetypal characters are some really outstanding original creations. If there’s one character who sells this comic, it’s the Slime King. This adorable blob of wannabe-villainy has a simple but effective design, and strikes that perfect balance of trying to be tough and coming out adorable. His interactions with Seb (which I can’t fully expound upon, because I would ruin a great surprise in the story) provide some of the cutest, funniest and most realistic dialogue in the comic. (He also has a cat that lives on his head. It’s fantastic.) That’s not to say the King isn’t without his shining moments of badass!

(Bowser’s Inside Story reference? Just another reason this comic is great.)

But the interesting characters are certainly not exclusively on the side of heroism. The main villain has created and employs a number of Golems who burst with personality. In general, they work as pairs, with clever and complementary names (Brick & Mortar, Hookline & Sinker, and so on). Plenty of time is spent with the Golems themselves, getting to know their personalities via the way they interact with the heroes and with each other.

As for the story itself, at first it may seem to be the standard tale of a villain (re)appearing and heroes questing to various locales to make things right. However, deeper mysteries underlie the story and have only been hinted at. To give one relatively spoiler-free example, the comic’s title is more than just a cool-sounding name. It appears that some “blasphemy” is indeed integral to the plot, but it has only been given the vaguest of nods so far.

Overall, while I feel there are a lot of comics or stories out there that treat this kind of fantasy-adventure stereotype (with a greater or lesser degree of self-aware parody), BSF still feels fresh, interesting and original because of the memorable characters. They, as well as the questions underlying the story, keep me eagerly wanting more.

(…Man, I didn’t even mention that this comic is funny. It really is.)

Art

Blasphemous Saga Fantasy is another comic where you can really see (and be encouraged by!) the improvement in art. The comic started out extremely simple, with each chapter reflecting a certain color scheme. However, in mid-2011 (relatively early on), the comic moved to full-color and has been getting more and more appealing to the eye ever since.

The first (non-intro) page to the most recent, at the time of this writing:

(By the way, the above page is part of a play, so it’s not extreme spoilers or anything!)

In particular, Zack has done some really cool things with color and lighting to set the mood of a certain area. The magic and glow effects really add force to the pages without being obnoxious or imposing. In addition, he’s quite good at comedic timing, expressions and visual gags. One thing I can be sure of is that BSF’s art will continue to surprise us, and I’m excited to see it evolve just as much as the story.

Conclusion

If you already enjoy the types of tropes parodied by this comic, I encourage you to give BSF a try, and not only that, but give it a chance to really get going. It doesn’t start out bad or anything, but it gets so much better. I think it was after Chapter VIII (the first full-color chapter) that I knew this story had captured my heart.

So yeah, every Tuesday and Thursday! Get over there!


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