Ok, it took me almost six months but I finaly found a possible connection between Marathon and Homestarrunner.com. For those of you who aren't in the know, Homestarrunner.com is an online cartoon show featureing a variety of colorful characters including the lovable ignoramus Homestar Runner, his hippie/vegan girlfriend Marzipan, and of course Strong Bad, a bad ass in a mexican Wrestler's mask.
Anyway, on one of the sites most popular features, "Strong Bad E-mail," Strong Bad is asked to make a "Crazee Cartoon", the result is "Sweet Cuppin Cake". I'll let you find out for yourself, but one of the characters in said cartoon definitely resembles a "Tick" from M2 and ?. It is definitly possible that the makers of H*R have played marathon, since we can easily see that SB's side kick "The Cheat" has an iMac.
Wejam the Carter