Crazy crossovers of Brawl in the Family characters with foreign game worlds was the theme this month, and we received more great entries than we know what to do with! With endless possibilities at their fingertips, our artists have smashed together fictional universes to create the following works of art. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Mario's habit of stomping on turtles wouldn't serve him well in the world of Animal Crossing. His expression seems to suggest that he's realized his error a moment too late, with poor Tortimer experiencing first-hand the largely anti-turtle bias of the Mushroom Kingdom. I guess he's actually a tortoise, but I think Mario's instincts just have him jumping at anything with a shell at this point. Clandy's charming art captures the world of Animal Crossing quite well - thanks to the great-looking text bubble, it almost looks like a screenshot from the game!
Adeleine's confronted by the dark enemies of Epic Mickey, and with her trusty paintbrush in hand, she's definitely up to the task! The situation looks a bit grim, but I wouldn't underestimate her artistic abilities. The great art provides a tense atmosphere, which makes me want to see the whole scene in action.
How'd the Master Sword get into Animal Crossing, anyway? Whoever took it from the Temple of Time would need the three Spiritual Stones scattered across the world that would be generally kinda hard to obtain for someone who isn't the Hero of Time. The detail in this image is very impressive, with each panel featuring stunning backgrounds and fantastic color work. I wonder how Link will react when he realizes that the Triforce is in Animal Crossing, too.
If Link had to fight a Kraken at sea, let's just say that he'd have the fight of his life on his hands! Don't let that smug grin fool you: those guys are pretty tough customers in Earthbound. Link seems to recognize the danger of his predicament, as illustrated by his uncertain expression. The art evokes the spirit of The Wind Waker, and the Kraken is drawn perfectly to match the style of Earthbound with the style of this piece.
When deciding who to fight first, I'd probably look at Bomb Man first, mainly because I never found those bomb-throwing dudes to be too difficult in Kirby's Adventure. This piece appropriately combines Kirby's abilities with the bosses from the first Mega Man game. Kirby's in the role of the bad guy, so... what, I guess the player plays as Dedede? We really liked the coloring job and the creative application of Kirby's abilities.
The gorgeous line art here shows a veritable pantheon of game heroes teaming up to take on enemies from their respective worlds. A team of Mario, Sonic, Mega Man, and Bomberman would surely be a force to reckon with. We love the expressive art style and the clean inking job that was done here!
The land of Termina has Mr. Sun to thank for their apocalyptic ordeal with Majora's Mask and the ominous moon it manipulates. Mr. Sun had the best of intentions, but the sun from Super Mario Bros. 3 will apparently never be happy - especially if he fails to succeed as a moon, too! We especially liked the creative connections between games that this entry makes.
In a shocking turn of events, Spazboy225 completely resists the urge to have Snake flaunt his rear end all over the place! Instead, he's given everyone else sculpted buttocks and shoved them into the audience's eyes, and we couldn't be happier. Spazboy225's style is as characteristic as ever, with some great expressions that give each character a wonderful silliness.
If Super Mario Galaxy had been made by Bioware, maybe we could have expected something like this - and that would have been pretty awesome! Mario's got a Koopa friend (which suggests he's gotten past his aforementioned anti-turtle prejudices) and Peach is standing to fight at his side, which is something that I think would be pretty cool to see (Super Mario RPG notwithstanding). The depth and balance of the coloring in this image is beautiful and the translation of the Mass Effect box art into Mario imagery is brilliantly done.
The Engineer from Team Fortress 2 finds himself managing the work of a certain aspiring young scientist named Jeff, who'd take a bottle rocket over a bazooka any day. I can imagine his confused frustration when the fruits of Jeff's labor amount to a giant, explosive pencil. The lighthearted art makes the crayon coloring medium a great choice, and we found the predicament that the Engineer is facing to be quite charming.
Adeleine comes face-to-face with the entity that's been messing with her, only to find that it's made of robotic versions of her best friends! I can barely even imagine what a Kirby/Dedede/Meta Knight-minded GlaDOS would sound like, but it would certainly be hilarious. I just feel sorry for KirbDOS! The apparently dim lighting conditions suggest they've just come face-to-face leading into their final encounter. We loved the design of the characters in this piece.
Wade Wilson's entry
This entry is just funny as heck to us: Kirby interprets the Pokemon catch-phrase "Gotta catch 'em all!" in a way that only he knows how, resulting in a bizarre pink blob of weird shapes and horns and tails. The idea and its execution are clever and we have to wonder whether a Pokemon trainer would try to capture Kirby after this eating binge.
And the winner is...
This entry has it all: great art, great composition, and a great idea behind it. The lighting is soft and glowing, the colors are rich and detailed, and the art takes just enough inspiration from its source material fused with the artistry of the creator to make a wonderful and winning entry.
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