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Monki has the winners of the 8-bit Art Contest!!

Greetings humans, Monki here with the winners of the 8 Bit Art contest that coincided with the showing of 8 BIT at the Alamo Drafthouse. Have you bought your ticket for the screening this upcoming Tuesday? You should!

I was unsure as to how this contest was going to turn out. I hadn't received a terrible lot of entries until the final few days of the contest...and then there was a flood of incredible work.

I gave myself an out...five winners...all the same prize. I figured there would be one or two really awesome pieces and a few others that were decent. I got a ton of incredible work making it even difficult to wean it down to the final five, but some choices were made and here are your final winners in no particular order.

The first one up came from Blain Hefner along with a great email explaining the piece:

Ms. Pac-Man is the first video game I can remember playing about the time I was 4. I would beg my mom for a quarter everytime we went to the grocery store to play it. I never did make it past the third level so most of the time I stood on my toes watching an older kid kick ass at the game.

What always intrigued me though, more so than the pixilated version of Pac-Man's counterpart, was the graphic images of her on the sides of the arcade game and also the merchandise.

I thought she was hot. Like, a Betty Rubble hot. In a polaroid taken at Pepperment Palace (a Chuck-E-Cheez-esque place that was Wichita Falls, TX looong ago), I can even be seen affectionately leaning up against the Misses, with her hubby none-the wiser next to me.

Not only did Ms. Pac-Man kick ass munchin' on ghosts, she did it all wearing nothing but red shoes, gloves,a bow and a smile. Long before Lara Croft, Ms. Pac-Man was THE original video game sex goddess.

That is what inspired my piece "One Call Does It All." I decided to depict the softer, sexy side of her -- as a classic pin-up girl in the style of classic pin-up artists like George Petty, Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren.

Excellent job Blain...Betty Rubble hot, very nice.

On the theme of hotties next I present to you a work by Terrence Molnar called simply enough, "Pauline Accepts Her Fate."

I love the simple laid back pose from Pauline as she has come to realize that her Mario isn't going to make it to the top of the scaffolding. Glorious.

Next up are actually a couple of pieces I received from an artist by the name of Matt Smith. Matt has done cover art for the Minibosses, a video game cover band I've featured before in one of my weekly-wrap ups. Enjoy the two images I've chosen to feature from a collection he sent in. Breath-taking.

A long long time a Hyrule far far away. Very awesome.

Up next is a piece that brings everything back to the start of things. The NES controller. Jordan Linde submitted this graffiti-like work paying homage to the device we all grew to love...the NES controller.

Last but certainly not least comes a classic image from Max Haig of Ryu about to throw a classic fireball. Do you remember the first time you threw a fireball? The gentle thrust of down, down-forward, forward - punch and that glorious blue orb moving towards your opponent. What magic.

Congratulations to all of the winners. I will be contacting you all shortly to get your information as to where to send off your prize package gracefully donated by the band Treewave and I Am 8-Bit.

So, I couldn't just leave some of these other pieces sitting in my mailbox, so I'm going to show off a few more works that I thought were awesome but just barely didn't make the cut. The first is actually a movie that was sent to me by Matthew Jeanes. Him and a buddy put together this animation called "Refuse." Music and animation by Larvae.

On the subject of music, Scott Kinnebrew sent in some photos of "8-bit Axe," a guitar that he has modified to honor his childhood obsession. Awesome.

Mike Groves sent in a piece that was actually done on a piece of scrap metal. Dustman from Mega Man 4 is faithfully represented here. Excellent work. Hard to frame.

Up next is another semi-movie-inspired piece. It is called "Bomberman's Retirement Plan" done by Drew Wilson.

And the last piece is done by the elusive Red Penguin, this piece is inspired by a painting by Vasquez of Pope Innocent XII. This is the video game world's pope.

So that does it for my first official contest here with AICN Games. I'm currently setting up the next one to be launching within a matter of days. It is another artsy type contest, so stay tuned for it!

Again, thank you all who entered, your work was fantastic. Until next time, back up the tree I go!


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  • March 25, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by underscore_only


  • March 25, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by George Newman

    good lookin' stuff

  • March 25, 2007, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by crazykrug72


  • March 25, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Good work all round

    by Allfather Starr

    Some nice pieces there. And good for you Monki, you take a lot of shit about your games column, most of it deserved I'm sorry to say, but at least you got your shit together and completed a competition as promised, unlike the rest of the lazy fuckers round here. Good work, mate.

  • March 25, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    the donkey kong girl accepting her fate

    by BadMrWonka

    far and away the best. hilarious, and well drawn. her look is priceless...I wish I could draw.

  • March 25, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    RYU and KEN were lame!!!!!

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    hadooken my ass. Only dorks played them. All the art above is great, though.

  • March 25, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Red Penguin's "Pope"

    by woxel1

    Congrats on getting some AICN recognition, bro. You'll always be a winner to me! Love you, etc.

  • March 25, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    what is this you say about ryu

    by PotSmokinAlien

    ken the blonde american sure was lame but the slightly faster, more honorable ryu was not in it for the fame as his californian airhead of an opponant was. he was in it for the honor. ryu lame-- i do not think so

  • March 26, 2007, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Ken was the Scott Wolf to Ryu's Mark Decostas

    by Boondock Devil

    Oh yes. That's right. A Double Dragon movie reference.

  • March 26, 2007, 1:02 a.m. CST

    "a painting by Vasquez"

    by JackieJokeman


  • March 26, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Why is Zelda carrying a bucket of chicken?

    by Boondock Devil

    I'm guessing it's a reference to the whole "chicken whacking" from A Link to the Past?

  • March 26, 2007, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Terrance's "Accepting her Fate."

    by Nodwick

    Looks like Terrance is a fan of Frank Cho, monkeys and all.

  • March 26, 2007, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun

    Although I never grew to love the NES controller, 'cause I never had one. I was an Atari 2600 baby. Now could you help me open this jar of mayonnaise, sonny?

  • March 26, 2007, 4:35 a.m. CST

    To those who didn't win...

    by BannedOnTheRun

    You're all losers and will soon be receiving "Funny Money" DVDs in the mail.

  • March 26, 2007, 5:50 a.m. CST


    by Sit and Watch

    Realy love the controller and DK! All the others are great too.

  • March 26, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I LOVE the DK and the Zelda one

    by 0007

    I just wish Zelda didn't have those anachronisms in her hands. That'd be the best piece of Zelda art ever if not for that. I'd love to buy the original of the DK drawing.

  • March 26, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    They're all pretty interesting...

    by FilmFanatik

    In particular, the shameless KFC plug in the Zelda picture has led me to the conclusion that once again, corporations control everything, even the thought of an artist looking to get ahead by drawing in a corporate logo in an original creation that did not need any advertising, whatsoever. What a mindtrap that is. Then again, it could just be me.

  • March 26, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Wow thats some good stuff

    by godzillasushi

    Im practically shocked!

  • March 26, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Chicken Bucket

    by klawful

    I'd like to say the chicken bucket is in reference to an earlier piece for the Minibosses (an excellent VG cover band)--As the Zelda art was used for a flyer for them. It was about a fat Megaman stuffing his face with chicken while Samus (Metroid) and Alucard (CV) dueled it out on the ol' NES. I aint no coporate shill! You can see that earlier piece if yer interested at

  • March 26, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by klawful There's the one.

  • March 26, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    the wizard

    by Lord Thislewick

    does fred savage masterbate to these photos?

  • March 26, 2007, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    Love the Frank Cho channeled Donkey Kong piece. Nice work.

  • March 26, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by HeWhoCannotBeNamed

    Should have read all posts i.e. Nodwick's comment before posting.

  • March 26, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Thanks Klawful

    by Boondock Devil

    I completely understand now. Can't blame Zelda either... it's hard to resist a bucket of golden fried chicken-y goodness.

  • March 26, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by Crimean

    Congratulations to all the other people who got picked. I did the Donkey Kong drawing and tried to stay as far from Frank Cho as I could while doing a pen and ink illustration of a lady with an ape(not as cartoonish, not as good) but he does have a real lock on the subject. Super quick results for an art contest.

  • March 26, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    it's a damn fine drawing of

    by klawful

    it's a damn fine drawing of an ape and a girl. Nice work, man.

  • March 26, 2007, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Ms. Pac Man

    by Deeez Nuuuts

    Gotta Eat. I bet she gives great head too.

  • March 26, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by Bunch-backdToad

    It's a painting by Diego Velasquez (or Velazquez, depending on how you want to spell it.)

  • March 27, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by skinnebrew

    Really nice stuff. I love the megaman stuff

  • March 30, 2007, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by Dwarves

    This is a good example of why people who review movies shouldn't be allowed to critique art. While the contest was admirable to offer, it was a testament to basic high school critical analysis that comes from little or no understanding beyond aesthetic qualities in art. No context or subject matter in any or all of these works, they might work better as a tattoo on some fat chick’s ankle than in a gallery of any sort. And no, I didn't submit to the contest, it isn't my focus. Keep up the contests I just hope there is better examples of art in the future.

  • March 31, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by Crimean

    Of course art is subjective, so I'll respect the opinion, but you do realize that most of the above work is technically illustration not fine art. Either way, I think it's a good group.

  • March 31, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Your completly right art is subjective.

    by Dwarves

    It's a dick move to bitch at something someone put the effort into, espc when it's a contest I support. Some of the work is pretty good, the Donkey Kong is sharp and tank is smooth...others a good as well. I have to admit having the Mrs. PacMan up first got my goat.

  • April 17, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Would've loved to see Elevator Action interpreted...

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    As some Mike Zeck/Punisher action, that would've been cool. Particularly if the artist could incorporate crushing the baddie with the elevator thing.

  • April 26, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    a new fetish is born...

    by zombieslayer

    now I want all my women painted yellow and wearing red bows.

  • May 13, 2007, 12:17 a.m. CST

    James Jean 8-Bit Art

    by Hellpop