Annotations for “Untitled (Fluffbumble could be anywhere)” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #15
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Nahuel Lopez
Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.
- This image reference the original Donkey Kong arcade game (1981) and its direct spinoffs, which featured a large ape at the top of the screen which constantly hurled barrels down at the player. The player would have to ascend towards the top while dodging these barrels. The neon arrows allude to the constant, alternating directions the barrels travel in. The spikes on the barrels are a Modded addition, not part of the original game. Similarly, while bananas often are featured in Donkey Kong games, they have never before been part of Kong’s actual body.
- Left to right are Tanky Andov, Junior Ultramyocyte, and Fringe.
- One modded on the right appears to have Edward Scissorhands hands with a praying mantis body.
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- Left to right are: Fluffbumble, Mister Boom, and Bloody Susan.
- Fluffbumble creates flowers, as seen in CP#1 page 1.
- The fourth man – the rat king – the old man who left – suggest??
- This character represents a stereotypical power-gamer who has no interest in the plot, just in the rewards he will get for completing each “quest” (see also issue #11, P5p3 and note).
- Impatient gamers like to skip past backstory. (Cutscenes that can’t be skipped are generally viewed as an abomination by such gamers. See issue #13, P6p3.)
- This can be taken two ways. Game quests usually reward both “gold” (currency that can be exchanged for goods or services) and “experience” (a resource which makes the player’s character inherently more powerful); a quest that only gave one of these rewards would be unattractive to a power-gamer (contrast issue #9 P5p3 “Xperience is the pointzzzz!”). On the other hand, it’s a commentary on how many abusive “employers” (in all sorts of industries, definitely including videogames and comic books) get people to work for them in return for “experience” or “exposure”, without actually paying the “employee”.
- “The enemy of my enemy [is my friend]” is an ancient proverb.
- Below the proverb is some kind of coin – suggest??
- Left to right are Tommy Zero, Gory Balls, and xxx (unnamed gamer?).
- The two mini-modded are referencing game characters Mario and Luigi, who each wear hats similar to these, displaying their initials (almost the only visual difference between them, apart from color scheme). The “F” may be a reference to “Fuck You, Luigi“.
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