Bell (Christmassy, I guess -- not Mario-ish), Bob-omb Christmas tree decoration, Chain Chomp Christmas tree decoration... two spaces, then repeating.Needless to say, this paper ended up being used to distinguish Christmas presents for me from all others under the tree, so as to aid my enthusiastically helpful but functionally illiterate little kid in disbursing the gifts to the appropriate parties.
Starman, two spaces, Blooper squid, space
Wintry snowflake, Mushroom, Koopa shell, Triforce, a Christmassy wrapped gift (wrapped, perhaps, in this very paper?)
Christmas tree -- emerging from a Mario Bros.-style pipe!, Mario-faced snowman, Yoshi egg, Raccoon leaf, Smash Bros. logo
I did intend for this wrapping paper to be blogged before it was used, but while I have a lot to talk about (eg. this blog has 23 published posts, and 38 drafts in progress, to say nothing of all the lingering business -- 53 further drafts! -- from videogamecomicads which will eventually bear fruit here), my opportunities to actually do the talking are few and far between... I've been prioritizing hyping and explaining computer art from my surprisingly revived '90s computer art crew Mistigris, because few things are as sad as worthwhile creations that no one ever finds out about. But it has given me a backlog of somewhat tragicomical proportions here.
All right, the goodies! First up, a motorized Super Mario toothbrush that made my kid fall in love with oral hygiene all over again! (Seriously, she makes me talk to her in a Mario voice every night while we clean her teeth. "It's-a me, a-Mario! Open-a yo mouth-a, please!")
Throw in a few books (An N64 strategy guide grab bag, Press Start To Play -- a game-related SF anthology with its own promotional hyperfiction, and one of Jeff Rovin's envy-inducing trailblazing strategy guides, this one for the NES) and cap it off with a couple of boxed PC games (the Duke Nukem Plutonium Pak necessarily pales next to an unopened copy of Delphine Software's Out Of This World) and the coup de grace, a Baby Mario-shaped stylus for the 3DS. (I do not own a 3DS, also Yoshi's Story scarred me to the extent that I would rather not be reminded of Baby Mario... but there it is.) All that plus a Merlin device, a contemporary of Simon who hasn't quite enjoyed his peer's longevity.
Any way you slice it, that's enough gameinalia to choke a horse! Thank goodness Christmas comes but once a year or I'd assuredly be crowded out of my house by all this splendid and well-intentioned stuff in complete harmony with my interests and nostalgia and totally opposed to my leading any kind of sustainable family lifestyle.
OK, phew, we got Christmas out of the way. Now I believe I probably had several posts concerning textmode artwork to share with you?