This month saw the release of a one-shot comic book called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis?, a comic book published by Devil’s Due Comics. It’s about the freshman congresswoman AOC and her colleagues “vs. the establishment,” which is spectacularly vague. I know half of our readers are already* racing to the comments section to tell us how much they don’t care about AOC and that they don’t want politics on Nintendo Enthusiast — and I know that! So I’m just here to say: Yo, this comic has the EarthBound / Mother 3 art style thrown in it.
AOC and Mother 3 make strange bedfellows
I was at my local comic book store today when I randomly discovered the AOC comic. I didn’t buy it, but it piqued my interest enough to flip through its pages. That’s when I stumbled upon it: a page of very Mother 3 art. And it’s, uh, abrasive.
[Warning: The following image contains crude content and strong language.]
The “PK Zero F****” solidifies the EarthBound / Mother angle pretty clearly. So I did some googling, and it turns out the artist of this particular page is actually on record talking about the games’ influence. Author and illustrator Marguerite Dabaie said this to Forbes:
I caught wind somewhere that Ocasio-Cortez is into video games, as am I, so I wanted to create something that was as video-gamey as possible. Specifically, my contribution is based on one particular game that I was playing a lot of at the time, ‘Mother 3’ for the Game Boy Advance.
Art is… subjective
So there you have it. That’s the weird little story of how the apolitical Mother art style ended up in a very political AOC comic book. Let us know what you think of it. Personally, I’m ambivalent. I love Mother, but I’d rather its art style stay in the domain of the cutesy and lovable.
This isn’t the first time we’ve shared art inspired by Mother 3 around here. We’ve shared some spectacular fan art of Persona 5 drawn with that same flavor.
*“Already” was a joke. Most of the people furious at this article’s existence have already unfollowed and/or blocked us on social media without ever clicking the article. You do you, bruh. I just hope for a happy and peaceful nation.
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