Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why this level of fandom for Mewtwo? What got you so interested in him?
A: This is most likely the most important question - and the one with the longest answer. There are three separate things in my life that occurred that cemented my place in the fandom.
As with most Pokemon fans, I picked up the Trading Card Game fairly early. However, I was notoriously bad at it at first. I tried making my own random decks, that fell flat on its face. I tried copying some decklists from the internet; problem is those decks were as bad as my own. I was about to give up being good at the TCG, but then I saw one more decklist...one centered around the Movie Promo Mewtwo that was given away when seeing Mewtwo Strikes Back in theaters. That, combined with Wigglytuff, Mewtwo covering Wiggly's weaknesses...the massive amount of Trainers. Everything suddenly clicked in my head. I understood proper advantage theory as far as the TCG. I started wrecking my local Pokemon League. After about a year of this, and a few tournaments here and there, they shut down our Pokemon League, in favor of Yu-Gi-Oh. I was pissed, but I still took the job when they offered to pay me to help run the YGO League, given my involvement in the Pokemon one. As luck would have it, they heavily over-ordered the promotional kits that would be used to give kids free cards for showing up to the League. Me and the other guy running it split the excess. I asked the Pokemon TCG friends of mine about what worked in Yu-Gi-Oh, and used my free promos to trade for needed cards. I had a $400 deck without spending a dime a few weeks later. I ended up going to my first official tournament after that and demolished everyone. Tournament wins ended up giving me a good number of cards, to where I had about 7,000 commons laying around I didn't need.
As a broke college student, I listed those on eBay, seeing they went for 3 cents each at the time; someone bought them right away and offered to buy more cards, and gave me a price list. The next week, at my local tournament, someone was looking to dump their collection, and offered it to me for a penny a card. That light bulb went off in my head again; if people were willing to dump collections to me en masse for cash or in trade, for a third of their bulk value...eight years and roughly $150,000 later, I became one of the most well-known bulk traders online. If you've ever bought a bulk batch of Yu-Gi-Oh TCG cards from eBay from 2004 onwards, I probably had something to do with it.
The card reselling business doesn't come about unless I end up proficient at Yu-Gi-Oh; that doesn't happen unless I get the cards for free, as I had no interest in it at the time otherwise, that doesn't happen if they don't pay me to run the League, and that doesn't happen unless I end up running ripshaw over the League for several months...which doesn't happen unless I learn the ins and outs of that Movie Promo Mewtwo deck.
In late high school and early college, I had a lot of free time. Given I had no social life, I ended up screwing around online to kill time, and stumbled onto a volunteer website, AllExperts.com. They had sections where you could volunteer advice in various categories, and Pokemon was listed. It was pretty basic at the time - Smogon wasn't even a thought in anyone's head yet - and through a year of basic team advice (BEFORE everyone started outlawing ubers, thankfully) and gameplay help, I was their leading guy for a while. I get an e-mail in my inbox entitled "POKEMON MAGAZINE ARTICLES". It came from the Editorial Director of Beckett Publications. They were looking for a writer and wanted to know if I was interested. I thought it was more volunteer work, but called anyway; then I found out they were willing to pay up to $350 an article...shit, where do I sign?
I knew a print-based job wouldn't be around forever given the internet as a news source, but I'm quite happy with the ten years I got to spend writing for Beckett. That opportunity doesn't come knocking unless I end up on AllExperts, and that doesn't happen if I'm not so Mewtwo-obsessed to still keep playing the game - given how prominently featured Mewtwo was at the time, as an end boss in Stadium and whatnot, he was the focus of every team I suggested to everyone (again, pre-uberhate.)
During my first year of college, after looking up various Mewtwo stuff online, I decided that I NEEDED to have a Mewtwo costume. Long story short, a scaled-up official pattern, a rush job by a local seamstress pre-halloween, and $400 later, I had a costume. It wasn't great, but it was the best that could have been done at the time. I wore it out for Halloween, I wore it to a costume contest at my college...though I did one other thing, and if I only knew that it would most likely be the most important thing I ever did in my life... I had the person who referred me to that seamstress take pictures of me, and I uploaded them to a cosplay website. (Those pictures have long since vanished from the internet.) A week or so later, I get an e-mail from someone in the UK, who was a fellow Mewtwo fanatic. He was working on his own costume, and had questions about mine. We started talking about our Mewtwo fanatacisms...and soon enough, more than that.
He and I have been together for several years now, with him having been over here each year for four years, his Mewtwo costume (first of many) completed, and plans for the two of us to live together in a few years once our situations allow for it.
Clearly, none of this happens unless Mewtwo comes into both his life and my own.
Q: Did you use Mewtwo competitively in the video game back when you played? What did you think of his ban from competitive events?
A: I did use him, though I never got to play in any official tournaments. I think everyone did the "six Mewtwo team" at least once, that is if they had a Game Genie or Action Replay back then. I'm a bit disappointed, if not a bit angry, that no one's able to use Mewtwo competitively now - I would love for someone to end up being endeared to Mewtwo by having him strike the final blow for them on their way to a World Championship. A good friend of mine won a National Championship with Mewtwo leading the way - I want more Trainers to experience that!
Q: Who did the art for this website?
A: Vaporeon249, Myuutsufan, Ishmam, Empa, Dragga, The-Speed-Demon, Haychel, Hibbary, NinjaJamal, Sparky the Chu, MMMAJ, konveekou, and eldrige! As it stands, I believe all sections of this site that need artwork have those needs filled, but if you have an idea for something you'd like to do and have featured, by all means, let me know!
Q: What do you want to accomplish with this website?
A: A few things. Mainly, I want the Mewtwo fandom to grow - I want more people to get to know him as a character, the deep version of him that emerged in Mewtwo Returns, not the cold, heartless villain that was the US version of Mewtwo Strikes Back. I want there to be enough fan buzz about Mewtwo that those in power at Nintendo, Game Freak, and the like take notice and continue to put him in prominent roles in games and movies, so that a new generation of fans will come in and take the place of the old-timers who have left for other hobbies.
...and as of October 23rd, 2014, Mewtwo has been confirmed as playable as downloadable content in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and WiiU. My wish has come true. This site will remain as a testament to my Mewtwo collection and the fandom as a whole, but the goal it needed to accomplish has been achieved!
I want people to be able to explore their Mewtwo fanatacism in ANY way they see fit, so long as Mewtwo's being portrayed POSITIVELY. (The more stuff of Mewtwo being a badass there is out there, the more likely that trend will continue and the fandom will thrive!)
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