Thursday, February 27, 2014
Donkey Kong - Behind the Scenes - J.D. Coughlan
Panel 1: On the "set" of the first Donkey Kong game in 1981. Kong and Mario sit in those fold-up chairs you always see on film sets. Mario has a mug of coffee, Kong reads a newspaper. Various crew go about their business. Mario is bragging but Kong just keeps reading his paper.
MARIO: Yeah, I've been looking to break into this video game thing for a while now. Makes a change from the plumbing, y'know?
Panel 2: Close-up of Mario. He is super-smug.
MARIO: Keep it under your hat, but I'm already in talks with Nintendo for more of these. Heh. My brother keeps pestering me to get him in on the action too. Life of a celeb, huh?
Panel 3: Close-up of Donkey Kong. His face mostly hidden from Mario with the paper, he rolls his eyes.
MARIO (O.P.): Hey though, don't worry, I'll see if I can squeeze you in somewhere too. We always need good villains.
SFX: BEEP BEEP BEEP
Panel 4: Kong answers his phone. It is a big 80s style mobile phone.
KONG: You're on with Donkey Kong.
KONG: Thanks for letting me know. Ciao!
Panel 5: Kong puts away the phone, a little grin on his face. Mario looks on in sympathy.
KONG: That was my agent.
MARIO: Oh dear. Bad news?
KONG: You could say that.
MARIO: Never mind, eh? Something will come up. Now, pardon me, I need to get into character...
Panel 6: Close-up of Kong. He puts his paper back up in front of his face, covering his bigger grin.
KONG: (small) Bad news for someone anyway.
MARIO (O.P.): IT'SA-- Hrmm! IT'SA ME-- Hrmm! IT'SA ME, MARIO!
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