Sup Holmes gets slimy with Skullgirls’ Mariel Cartwright

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There was a time when my highest aspiration in life was to draw my own 2D fighting game. As I got older, I discovered that without the utmost talent, patience, and dedication, it was never going to happen (which is why it hasn’t happened for me… yet). 

That’s where we’re different from this week’s guest on Sup, Holmes?. Mariel Cartwright has made her own 2D fighting game (working as lead animator in collaboration with past Sup Holmes guest Mike Z and a variety of other artists and designers). That makes her an art god in my book. That her game features a nun who transforms into disgusting pile of violent intestines/arms/eyeballs and a cat girl with a detachable head is just the icing on god-flavored cake. 

Mariel’s worked on plenty of other games that I’ve loved, including Anna Anthropy‘s Lesbian Spider Queens from Mars, Scott Pilgrim, the Silent Hill series, and loads of others. She’s also a master of re-appropriating established brands in decidedly strange and sexy ways. Her re-imagining Generation 5 Pokemon into NSFW topless ladies (in collaboration with fellow Mechafetus artist Paul Robertson) is my definition of genius.  

We’ll be talking to Mariel about all that, how she got into game development, what games she’d like to work on next, how she feels about allegations that Skullgirls‘s sometimes sexually charged designs are harmful to women, and whatever she wants to rap about.


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Destructoid Contributor - Jonathan Holmes has been a media star since the Road Rules days, and spends his time covering oddities and indies for Destructoid, with over a decade of industry experience "Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes