So you probably know what Super Mario Bros. Z is.
If you don't, I'll give you a quick synopsis, but it might be in your best interest to Click This Link Right Here and discover it for yourself, even in lieu of the sad news about it...
Super Mario Bros. Z was probably the best possible fan-made crossover between the worlds of Sonic and Mario. As the Z may imply, it has a heavy Dragon Ball Z influence in it, and that's what made it so awesome.
The guy who was working on the series, Mark Haynes, but better know as Alvin Earthworm, had recently cancelled the series due to a lack of motivation. The two reasons that he sited for his lack of motivation were the impatient fans (that of which he said is the vocal minority, because I know most people are relatively patient with the series and have no problem waiting months/years on end before a new episode came out... I know I didn't) and his monotonous job. The job in question? A kitchen porter. So he washes dishes and cleans the kitchen and probably does a shitload of other bullshit tasks.
Just. Like. Me.
And this is what hurt me the most... reading that his job as a kitchen porter is a reason for his lack of motivation... because I know that pain first hand. I know what it's like to sit there and do such silly, underhanded work that deals not with my talents but instead totally ignores that fact that maybe I do, in fact, have talents of some sort. I know what it's like to have worked that long, hard day cleaning a bunch of shit you didn't make a mess of, and then when you get home, you don't wanna do shit. I know what it's like to come home from work, and simply have absolutely no energy to do anything you may ever wanted to do at all because your energy and your life and your soul has been zapped out of you by your employer because they need floors cleaned and dished washed and walls scrubbed and boxes carried and shit.
I know that pain all too well.
Combined with the pressure that he seems to feel from the impatient people that can't wait for these episodes to come out (because, you know, guy clearly put no dedication to his work and simply just tossed out random episodes, so therefore, they definitely should have come out faster), and boom... the answer is obvious. Super Mario Bros. Z is cancelled.
But this makes me wonder... exactly how many talented people are having their talents snuffed out by terrible jobs while people that are horrible at life (Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Snooki) are making insane amounts of money simply for existing and being horrible at life? My imagination is pretty insane, so to even try and think up a number would likely make me sick.
So this... yeah, this is very sad news. It's almost depressing...
But I can't let news like this stop me. If anything, I have to make this inspire me... make this inspire me to keep the spark... keep the blue fire burning.... keep the MMMMMMMM's going.... keep rising, keep fighting... keep working until I make it work.
Yea, my job zaps life and energy and soul from me. And yea, my job keeps me from doing as much as I'd like to do with Marko Man and other ideas and projects and hobbies and stuff that I'd like to get going. But you know what? Even if I keep it going with baby steps, I have to keep it going, period. I will not let my shitty job stop me from claiming my throne....
Even if it means getting that upgrade out the hyperbolic time chamber..... (okay, ignore that, that's a metaphor out the ass)
Regardless, it's sad to see the awesomeness that was Super Mario Bros. Z be no more.
Still, Marko Man won't die.
Here's the little bit of episode 9 that he worked on before he quit...