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ONE SHOT: LAURA BIFANO’S HALF-REMEMBERED VAPOREON


11.27.2012

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My favorite illustration from one of my new favorite game/art sites is this Vaporeon, via Pokemon From Memory, a new undertaking from artist Laura Bifano, who by her own admission “hasn’t seen a Pokemon since [she was] 12″, and otherwise only relies on the descriptions sent in by request — basically, and awesomely, a 21st century version of 18th-19th century zoological illustrations from far-flung explorers.

In this particular case, the request came from Toronto indie dev Damian Sommer (he of the previously-featured Comics Vs Games submission The Yawhg), who supplied only that a Vaporeon has “a body sort of like a dog, except for its mermaid-like tail. It also has a short face, big black eyes and a raised spine. Its head has three fins on it, and around its collar is what I guess would best be described as a frill?” I’d say she basically nailed it.

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ONE SHOT: THE MARVELOUS IMPOSSIBILITY OF A POKEMON X MONSTER HUNTER CROSSOVER


11.2.2012

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It seems everyone (apart from its developers) is of the mind that an MMO is the logical next step for Nintendo’s most inflexible franchise, but I am totally completely eye-to-eye with this concept fan-art by ‘zenmai‘ (just one of actually a few similarly alluring drawings), that posits an ideal future where Pokemon is meshed with Monster Hunter’s humanistic, drawn-out battle mechanics. [via exp.]

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ONE SHOT: DON’T FEAR THE WOOPER


10.1.2012

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A Poke-pun tribute to Rian Johnson’s latest by Paul Robertson, creator of ‘Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006′ & ‘Kings of Power 4 Billion %’ as well as art-lead behind Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game & the recently-Kickstarted Mercenary Kings.

The poster’s posted here as a reminder to head to your local cinema this week, if you haven’t already, if you like being pleasantly surprised by subtle sci-fi that’s even smarter than you expect.

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ONE SHOT: OFF-MARKET KNOCK-OFF POKéMON


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8.7.2009

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Available at your local back-alley card table, between the two dumpsters, covering the steam vent, from a leathery skinned man you’re pretty damn sure is not Professor Oak despite the stick-on name tag on his moth-eaten lab coat. By Kim ‘Draike‘ Kamowski, available for the weekend as a T-shirt from teextile. [via Blog Agog]

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CHU ON THIS: SOMETHINGAWFUL’S MSPAINT-A-PIKA


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7.28.2009

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As usual, SomethingAwful’s latest Photoshop busywork — which asked readers to MSPaint-a-Pika — is equal parts forgettable, disturbing, surprising, and sublime.

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE BAPE X POKEMON T-SHIRTS


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7.17.2009

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News sprang up this morning that seemed custom-created for Offworld: a collaboration between Japanese hipster fashion legend Tomoaki “Nigo” Nagao’s A Bathing Ape label and The Pokemon Company for a line of Bape x Pokemon T-shirts (found via Pink Tentacle via Gus).

The images originate from a blog called World Famous Design Junkies, posted by a guy called Chris Burns, who said news of the project was sent to him via a blog called A Tiny City Printing Press, whose sole author seems to be, uh, a guy called Chris Burns.

Even more strangely: Burns says the images are “© 2009 A Tiny City Printing Press”, which is a bit odd, when you’d imagine they’d be © Bape or Nintendo, surely. So, without further clarification, I wouldn’t get your hopes up on spotting these in your local boutique any time soon, which honestly is no great loss when the designs don’t have anything on Polygraph’s previously / covered official own. Maybe I’m just fantastically under-informed.

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BULBA-SORE: JUSTIN WHITE’S BUSTED UP POKéMON


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6.16.2009

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Also spotted at Justin ‘jublin‘ White’s portfolio site via his ‘Game Over’ shirt: this series of ‘Busted Up Pokémon.’ Let’s face it, dress it however you’d like, but over the past decade our beloved pets have taken nothing short of a straight-up drubbing millions of times. White’s just showing the truth behind the mask. ‘Fainted’, indeed.

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