June 26th, 2013, 6:21 am

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Sherbet Land from Mario Hoops 3-on-3 this time. You know, freakin' AWESOME music.
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I often fear that I may come off as not knowing what I'm talking about.

Zero Kirby June 26th, 2013, 6:30 am

If anything in this essay or dissertation or whatever makes me seem like a pretentious asshat, then please feel free to let me know because I really don't want to seem like that guy telling everyone how to do something he doesn't actually know how to do all that well.

... But I'd like to think I'm right. Think about it. Unless a sprite comic had good writing like Bob and George or Two Evil Scientists, you wouldn't want to read that stuff for very long since when you remove the text... you're left with Garfield panels. Literally. The composition and angle of the "camera" immediately bring to mind that cat. And it can get pretty boring when you just have two characters standing around, looking at each other or around, talking about things you don't care about. (Yet, is fascinating when you remove one of them and leave the other talking to themselves.)

It's very difficult to make an action scene exciting in a sprite comic, which is why, for the most part, Bob and George (and I think Two Evil Scientists to some extent - I need to reread it but I do recall a lot of talking even when Super Mega Hedgehog is on the screen) doesn't really try. Even when Robot Masters are literally piling up by the thousands, the focus isn't so much on the intensity and awesomeness of the battle but the interactions and reactions of the characters in the battle - because how can you make Mega Man sprites fight an exciting battle unless you animate them? It may seem like cop-outs to have unexciting climaxes to 90% of the fights in the sprite comic, but as long as the writing of the anti-climax is good (like a fantastic joke), you're doing it right, I feel.

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Lugbzurg June 28th, 2013, 6:41 pm

I sure wish I'd found some sort of guide like this when I was thirteen. I was just reading some of my older sprite comics and I couldn't quite stand to read the whole thing. I was a bit painful to look at. I'm starting to wonder why it even got so popular in the first place.