Lessons in Pokemon anatomy in the fantastic style of vintage kaiju illustration by artist Ryan ‘Rye-Bread‘ Mauskopf, currently employed by BustedTees, where — not coincidentally — you can find wearable versions of this + Charmander + Squirtle, plus a bonus Pikachu coming in the near future. [via Technabob]
Belly up to the bar to get an earful of the hard life of a Pokemon trainer whose glory days are now behind him, from Cartoon Network & DC illustrator and Warner Bros art director Dan ‘Mr Hipp‘ Hipp, who’s selling the original piece here, if you act fast.
And then, without warning, the wonderful news I have been waiting for quite literally since the launch of the PlayStation Vita itself: Sony’s stateside blog has just announced that Frobisher Says, the minigame collection from Hohokum & Passing Time developers Honeyslug will finally be released in U.S. as a free download on October 23rd.
Though often compared to games like WarioWare for its fast-paced & fractured play, Frobisher‘s less a frenetic exercise in reaction time and more a petulant and self-aware tour through the Vita hardware itself, guided by the titular narrator, played — pitch perfectly — by Kevin Eldon, who you almost certainly know, even if you don’t know you know (or, at least, you should know), from appearances in British comedies like Spaced, Black Books, Brass Eye, Jam & I’m Alan Partridge.
The game also contains a laundry list of amazing illustrators & fellow indie artists, from co-creator Dick Hogg (the same as behind the Venus Patrol Training Facility logo) to Johnny Ryan, David ‘Swatpaz‘ Ferguson, Greg Wohlwend & Pixeljam.
Long story short, it’s an essential download and the best reason to get re-acquainted with your Vita since Sound Shapes — expect to hear more here on it closer to its release.
I’ll spare the ‘arrow-to-the-knee’ joke to say simply that if you were as taken as I was by the visual treatment Melbourne-based illustrators & developers Pachinko Pictures gave this year’s Freeplay festival (previously featured on the site here), you’ll be also as happy as I was to learn that the duo have put many of the pieces up for sale via Society6.
Above is Winter’s End, my favorite of the bunch (and dig, as an aside, that amazing Opa Opa adorning the top of their store) — Pachinko’s also said that if you order via this particular URL, you’ll get free shipping on all orders.
Oh, the places we’ve gone — part one of two luggage-side pieces by previously-featured illustrator A.J. Hateley that’s been put together, it seems, for some manner of secret event coming along to this year’s GameCity 7, starting this coming Saturday.
Think you’ve got what it takes? A Monday reminder that this Saturday will see the opening of the Venus Patrol Training Facility at the GameCity7 festival in Nottingham, featuring two trampoline games by Bennett Foddy, Doug Wilson, Ed Key & George Buckenham, as well as Honeyslug’s Passing Time and all the games of the Sportsfriends Quadrathalon.
As a bonus, the first 200 plus-ish attendees to run the gamut will come away with these smart Dick Hogg-designed commemorative badges. People called up for duty elsewhere might even receive an additional memento of their own…
The whole felt family of characters assembled from Simogo‘s hat-trick of iPhone game excellence — including all the stars of Kosmo Spin, Bumpy Road, and Beat Sneak Bandit — by stitch-wizard & superfan Emma Lindberg.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d love to see these offered up for sale, though it remains to be seen whether any of the lineup from Simogo’s upcoming fairy tale horror Year Walk would be as adorable & displayable or better suited for stuffing out of sight/mind beneath the bed. [via Simogo]
Iced tea & assorted refreshments, check; a replacement controller for the one he got a little ahead of himself and smashed through the coffee table last weekend, check — another quick shot of Adam Ferrando, who’s ready for the Nintendo 64 sleepover and promises he’ll keep it together this time. [via Pencil Mode]
Concept artist Adam ‘editmo.de‘ Ferrando turns the tables and lets the final bosses have their day in this faux Famicom cover art created for this year’s Famicase exhibit, an oft-covered perennial favorite.
Skyrim‘s otherwise fearsome tree spirit Spriggan bids his forest good morning before being wiped out by a lone marauder, a piece by Toronto illustrator Andreas Schuster for Skueruem, a site full of similarly wicked Skyrim fan art that appears to unfortunately have fallen into some disuse. [also via .tiff]