What…the heck…IS this?
I’m glad you asked.  Brawl in the Family is a comic strip centering on Kirby and by extension, many famous Nintendo characters that have appeared in the Smash Bros games.  There are cameos from other titles as well.

How did this horrific monstrosity ever come into existence?

Great question!  The strip began as a series of doodles during one of my many art history classes in college.  Eventually, they sort of merged with my notes in my disorganization.  To this day, I still think King Dedede built the Baldacchino.

Yick.  So why’d you have to slap it on the internet and subject the rest of the world to it?
I was bored one night and doodled up six comics, then put them online on a message board on IGN.  From there, people seemed to enjoy them, so I put them up at a few other locations, such as GameFAQs.  It was there that I found a host, and Chris was able to design the site for me, so here it is.

So there are several people to blame for this ordeal.
It began as a comic about the Kirby characters, but once I added the Smash Bros cast (and Kirby’s interaction with them), the scope of the strip expanded significantly.

How did you manage to mangle these classic designs to such an intense degree?
Brawl in the Family is drawn in Adobe Photoshop (99% of the time) on a Wacom Cintiq drawing tablet.

Have you no shame?  These aren’t even your characters!
That’s a good point.  Here is the needed legal mumbo-jumbo for this strip:

Most of the characters in Brawl in the Family are parodies of characters that are the property of their respective copyright owners (mostly Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Masahiro Sakurai–keep up the great work, guys!).  This is a parody strip.  I did not create the original characters, merely these bizarre interpretations of them.

OK, enough.  Please bore me with some technical stuff.
Brawl in the Family is best viewed on a computer, specifically one that can display 1024×768 resolution or higher.  You can use pretty much any browser you want and that should work just fine.  This site was made using WordPress and Comicpress.


Brawl in the Family is:

Matthew Taranto (TriforceBun) – Comic Artist/Writer, Site Graphics
Chris Seward (fiftyeighthens) – Creative Consultant, Store/Tech/Legal Guy

Feel free to contact us regarding just about anything at the following email addresses.  While we try to reply to every email we receive, please understand that we don’t take suggestions for comic ideas.

staff (at) brawlinthefamily (dot) com

orders (at) brawlinthefamily (dot) com (For emails specifically regarding our online store.)


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Thanks for all your support, and thanks for reading.


In February 2010, Brawl in the Family raised $607 in charitable donations for those suffering in Haiti! Thanks to all who contributed!