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Greetings Newgrounders.

Some of my designs have just been accepted for voting at Threadless, so if you are interested, check them out on the links below.

The general idea was to take famous cartoon characters and cram them into a circular frame. 

Will I make more of these? You bet. Have a suggestion what should be the next character drawn in this style? Leave a comment below. 

Enjoy the designs and be sure to check my artwork at Blueprint Predator

Design 1 - Cow

Design 2 - Samurai Jack

Design 3 - Mojo Jojo

Design 4 - Johnny Bravo



Everybody saw the trailer for the new Avengers movie, multiple times. So how about we put a pixelated spin on it.

A sequel to successful 8-bit Avengers Trailer is in the works. Already half done, actually. It is coming very, very soon.

Hope you guys will enjoy watching  it as much as I'm enjoying making it.

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And while we are on the subject, go and watch the original trailer one more time. It is awesome!

 



It took longer than expected but it is finally here, a sequel to 8-bit Avengers Trailer. Enjoy :)
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/625665

8-bit Iron Man 3 Trailer is here!!


Say Waaa! Comics are here!

2013-02-07 06:39:02 by Matija27
Updated

So you might think to yourself "What the hell are Say Waaa!" comics?.
Say Waaa! is a comic series and each comic short is made of three panels which I am now posting on Newgrounds for everybody to see.
The plan is to have a new comic short every single day! Yeah, you read that right. They are fairly easy to make, so if you don't see a new comic one day, that is probably because I didn't come up with a joke for the comic for that day.

I hope you will like it. You can see all Say Waaa! shorts here: http://matija27.newgrounds.com/art/


Avengers 8-bit Trailer

2012-10-28 09:25:36 by Matija27

8-bit Avengers made it to the portal. Enjoy :D
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/605082

Avengers 8-bit Trailer



Well, this news made my day. Time to save some princesses :D



I know these movies came a while ago, but hey, here are the reviews anyway.

Snowhite and The Huntsman
I was looking forward to see this movie. Any tale that goes that gritty and dark route makes me hyped. But unfortunately, after seeing Snowhite and The Huntsman I want movie studios to stop making does gritty fairy tales bullshit. They tried, it failed, move on for pete's sake. But apparently this one is going to get a sequel. Well, maybe, just maybe sequel could be better. I mean, after this borefest of a movie, the sequel has nowhere to go but up. And this one is a really, REALLY, boring movie. It is not a good sing when you can't wait for the movie to finish, and it is not because you need to go to the toilet. This movie tries to be epic, serious, making us invested with all sorts of different twists to the old fairy tale... but no. Let me be clear, it is not a bad movie. Visually it is pretty impressive. But that is all it is. Eyecandy. The story is boring, acting is mediocre, characters are bland, no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and pretty visuals are not worth it. Oh and one more thing. People say that Kirsten Stewart shouldn't been cast as Snowhite since she can't possibly be prettier than Charlize Theron. I agree, but maybe they could cast somebody...less pretty as the Queen. Just sayin.

Lockout
Now here is an awesome movie that you will either love or hate. I love it. It is a movie you've seen a million times. An ex soldier/cop/something (who cares really) need to save presidents daughter from a prison run my prison inmates... IN SPACE! Yeah, the premise is silly but this movie knows it and it doesn't try to be anything more than what it is, a silly action packed movie with great one-liners, one hot female lead, and a badass motherfu**** as a main protagonist with some plot twists here and there. Turn your brain off and enjoy the movie. You won't regret it.

Prometheus
Is it an alien prequel? As long as it is a good movie by itself, who cares? Now this is also one of those that you've already seen a million times. Group of people find out about a planet where could possibly be our creators. They decide to find out the answers of our existence and shit happens. Shit happens and we are left without answer at the end. Yeah, it sucks. It is really nothing special, not bad but not good either. You won't miss much by not seeing it but I got to tell you, and it might sound a bit morbid, but it has the best abortion scene ever put on the film. Come to think of it, maybe this is the only abortion scene on the film... but it rocks. And with this last sentence let me segwey to last review...

Rock of Ages
What is with all the bad reviews? It is a freakin rock musical! Did people really expected some deep storyline and tearjerking scenes? Come on! Whatever happened to enjoying the movies? I understand if you don't like rock, fine, but don't go watch it and then complain it sucks. But it is a job of those snobby movie critics, so... yeah. Anyway, this one is definitely going on my top 10 movie list. It has awesome songs, funny and silly characters, simple storyline that works, and a monkey! What more do you want? Rock on!

Ted
Live action Family Guy. Nuff said.


The Dark Knight Rises Review

2012-07-26 22:29:58 by Matija27

I've been waiting for this movie since I finished seeing The Dark Knight. The hype was big, the trailers were awesome and knowing that this will be the movie that will end Dark Knight story, no one can blame you for expecting something better than Avengers and The Dark Knight combined. So, did we get that? Not quite. I will not compare it to Avengers, since those are two completely different movies. However I will compare it to Batman Begins and TDK. Of course, I will try to not spoil too much.

So, let's just get out of the way the bad stuff. It is to damn long. And no, this is really not a problem when you watch it for the first time. In fact, you don't want it to end. But I can already imagine seeing it for the second or third time and being bored by some parts of the movie, especially the first half an hour. The story takes way too long to pick up, but once it does, oh boy, you are in for some intense shit.

Catwoman is the best Catwoman you will see on the big screen. You will not see Anne Hathway playing Catwoman, you will see an actual Catwoman. Yeah, she is that good. On the other hand, Bane. He is really good, and Tom Hardy looks like a menace. Dare I say, he is scarier then the Joker. But there is this plot twist I won't spoil, somewhere near the end, where I don't see Bane as a calculating mastermind anymore. Don't get me wrong, he has brains and brawn, but at the end he fells expandable, really. You will know what I mean when you see it.

I feel Gary Oldman was underused, Michael Cain is in the movie for like 15 minutes (although he has a good reason), Lucius Fox... I don't even remember what he did in the movie, and there are some minor characters that movie is trying to make important, to make us feel something about them, but they are either not explored at all or you just don't care about them. It is a character crowded movie, and it really don't have a reason for it.
However the character of John Blake is pretty interesting and you are really invested in his story. Some would say that he is more interesting than the Batman himself in this movie.

And that is another thing, there is not enough Batman in it. I am nitpicking now, but for a movie about Batman, there is not much Batman. But we do get a lot of Bruce Wayne, and in the end that is the most important part since this whole trilogy was telling us the story of Bruce Wayne first and then Batman later, and I'm game for that, but the geek inside me wants more Batman. Moving on...

Now the thing that some people will nitpick the hell out of, and for a good reason, is that there is not a single mention of the Joker. He killed Rachel, he indirectly turned Harvey Dent into Two-Face, he broke Bruce Wayne's spirit and he made tons of crazy stuff in Gotham... and not even a single mention. Really? I understand Nolan didn't want to mess with Heath Ledger's legacy since he died, but not even a mention doesn't really make the second movie that important in the trilogy. All you need to know from TDK is that Harvey is dead, Rachel is dead and Batman took the blame for Harvey's murders. Lame. If the actor is dead, why "kill" the character. However there is a mention of the Joker in the novel spinoff, but that is not enough. Google it up.

And I've read that there are many plotholes in the movie. Why I didn't notice that many plotholes or just didn't care and went with it, there is one HUGE plothole, and skip this part because there will be MILD SPOILERS. Bane is threatening Gotham that he will activate the bomb that will destroy the city if somebody tries to get out of the city or get in it. Bruce Wayne is in the prison at that time in some Indian country, I think, and he escapes it. Couple of scenes later he is in Gotham. Now I didn't really notice why is that weird until a friend of mine said "How did he get in Gotham?" And really, how? How the hell did he get in unnoticed? The bridges were destroyed, he couldn't jump from the plane, villains would see that, and even if he did jump out of the plane, at least show us that. But no, it is never explained, he is just there, ready to kick Bane's ass. Stuff like this really pulls you out of the movie. SPOILER END.

But, as much bad and nonsensical stuff there is, there is even more good stuff.

The action is just amazing, and you got to see it in IMAX. Seeing The Bat, the new Batman plane like vehicle, is jaw dropping. And the greatest improvement over the other two movies is fighting. Fights between Bane and Batman are brutal, and a bit on the short side, but while it lasts, wow. Batman really has met his match, although I think Bane is easily beaten by Batman the second time around. What? Come on, that is not a spoiler, you knew he will beat him... the second time... barely.

The acting is top notch. While I don't see anyone getting an Oscar for their performance, every actor did a really, really, good job. Michael Cain's performance almost made me cry like a little bitch.

And I got to say, the last 20 minutes of the movie... HOLY SHIT! It is so emotional, it will get you on the edge of your seat, it will make your heart beat faster and faster, it will make you puke rainbows. Saying anything more would be a spoiler, and there is no way I will spoil the ending for you.

I know this review is more bashing the movie than praising it, but with such a good movie, bad stuff is easy to notice. Nevertheless, I did not regret seeing it and I will see it plenty more times. It is a satisfying conclusion of the franchise but don't be surprised if Warner Brothers decides to continue the series without Nolan, and not in a way you expect. I give this movie 4/5 stars.


Indie Game: The Movie Review

2012-06-16 16:21:27 by Matija27

Indie Game: The Movie Review

The movie that follows a couple of game designers and programmers in their "quest" to finish the video game. Sounds like a great premise, and it turned out to be a good movie. Pretty good actually. The story of what game developers have to go through to make the game is surprisingly emotional. So let's see the pros and some minor cons of the movie. This one is spoiler heavy, so...

SPOILER ALERT!!

Watching Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes trying to release their Super Meat Boy game was the best part of the movie. You know that it sold great and all that, but as you are watching the movie you can't help yourself but to think that maybe their game won't be a success. It is hard to explain but I think you can understand what I'm talking about. They went through hell and back to finish this game on time and had some problems when it was finally finished. But it all paid of. They did not expect such huge sales. And there is this great moment in the movie, Tommy, who was so frustrated and tired by the whole thing, didn't seem so happy when the game finally started to sell. He just wanted to get some sleep. You really feel kinda sorry for the guy. But then Edmund tells him to check the playthroughs of the game on youtube. Tommy watches playthroughs and he finally smiles. It made me smile too. I was so happy for them. It really shows that with hard work there come great things.

Jonathan Blow, the creator of highly successful game Braid, had a small but important role in this movie. He went through all the things that Edmund, Tommy and Phil (more about him later) were currently going through. He gives us some insights on how the game was developed and what inspired him to make it. I was also surprised to hear what happened after the success of the game. It was important to see that side of development, when you finish the game and to see what happens next and if there is any motivation to continue with making games. All in all, Jonathan gave a great contribution to the movie.

And finally, Phil Fish. My God, this guy annoys the hell out of me. Let me explain why. He is the designer of the game Fez which was released couple of weeks ago. Haven't played it yet but I'm looking forward to it. In the movie, Phil is in deep shit. He had problems with the programmer who was working on the game and now he wants some credit for the game even though he left the project early in production. His game is constantly breaking at the Penny Arcade Expo. He delayed the game three times in a period of five years. You think I would feel sorry for the guy, but there is one sentence spoken by him that shocked me.
He was asked what would he do if for one reason or another he would not be able to finish or release the game, and his response was "I would kill myself". And no, he was not kidding, he really meant it. Seriously, just look at that part of the movie and tell me he didn't mean it. I understand you sacrificed your social life and spent five years on one game. If it doesn't succeed, well, let's take a deep breath and start the "new quest". Let's see what were the mistakes that you made with this game and try better next time. Let's give it another shot. Don't stop trying. Follow the dream. You wanted to be a game maker for your whole life. This should not stop you. But, fuck that shit. It is easier just to kill yourself, isn't it.
Again, I was really shocked by that and even without that sentence he seemed to me like a kind of douchebag. Not saying that he is, I don't know the guy personally, but from what I saw in the movie...yeah. I just don't like the guy. Sorry Phil.
And again, that "I would kill myself" sentence... I really, really hope you were just trying to be dramatic.

The one theme that was constantly going through this movie is that all the game developers sacrifice a great chunk of their social life just so that they can make awesome video games for us to enjoy, and for that, Edumund McMillen, Tommy Refenes, Jonathan Blow and Phil Fish, a great respect. Thank you for making such wonderful games.

P.S. Again sorry for bashing Phil Fish, but again, as I said, I am making judgements just by the things I saw in the movie.


THE AVENGERS Review

2012-05-03 17:13:25 by Matija27
Updated

Before I start with the review I have to do some self promotion. My cartoon for NATA tournament: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/594781

Ok, now with that out of the way, let's start the review of

THE AVENGERS

It is, in my opinion, the most entertaining super hero movie yet. Yeah, Dark Knight is awesome and X-Men First Class is pretty good, but the Avengers... wow. Just...WOW.
So we have Iron Man, Thor and Captain America trying to save the world. Oh, yeah, there is Hulk too.

Now, have you noticed that whenever you read about the Avengers they usually mention Iron Man, Thor and Captain leaving out the Hulk, especially when the movie was still in pre-production. That was bullshit.
And even Kevin Feige saying that there are no plans for Hulk sequels, that is bullshit too. But now, Avengers came to theaters, and guess what, EVERYBODY is talking about the Hulk, and rightfully so. It was just a matter of time when there will be a sequel to Incredible Hulk announced. Seriously, best character in the movie.

But other characters are great too. Tony Stark still has that charm, Captain America has proven to be a true leader of the team and Thor is...well...badass. However, I think Captain America and Thor are a bit underused, which is weird since Cap is the leader and Thor has bigger motivation to stop Loki then any of the other heroes do.

Speaking of Loki, he is the one you will probably enjoy the most. He has best scenes in this movie. Seriously, every scene with him is nothing short of awesome.

Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Mariah Hill and Agent Coulson, although pretty much just supporting characters, are great too. I was surprised how developed Black Widow character was. They did a great job with her, something Iron Man 2 failed at. And seeing Hawkeye in action was amazing, especially his action scenes in the final battle.

And let's talk about the final battle. So far Marvel movies have been criticized for having very anticlimactic final battles (except Incredible Hulk, although I liked Iron Man's final battle too), but what they did here is, without exegerating, the best action scene ever put on film. Expect some nerdgasams.

Now, I've heard that this movie is pretty funny and have some great dialog, actually scenes where they just talk are one of the best, but I wasn't expecting so many laugh out loud moments. Even Loki who is menacing and ready to kill anyone have some funny moments. I don't want to spoil anything, but the fight between Loki and the Hulk is to awesome to describe.

Should you see prequels to the Avengers? Well, yeah, that would help. You will care more about the characters if you see the prequels and there is one heavy scene that won't have the same impact on you if you haven't seen the other Marvel movies.

I could go on and on about this movie, but all you should know is that it is awesome, full of action sequences and superb acting. Comic or non-comic fan, you will enjoy it. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5. Why 4.5? Because it ends and I wanted for this movie to last forever :P