Monday, February 13, 2012

MAKING A MARK: Dave Rapoza - Re-igniting Franchises One Samurai Pizza Cat At A Time

Twice a week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to Dave Rapoza, a 24 year old American artist whose series of portfolio portraits featuring faces of franchises past, make old heroes and villians seam so real, only your mother can comfort you they are not...

With his realistic series of prints on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a sold-out success, Dave has turned his attention to Eternia - and for the time being specifically Snake Mountain. He even Livestream's some of his process work, so you can see how all his artworks come together!

Not exactly a forgotten franchise at the moment, this Thunderstrike-ish take on Thor was done in tribute to the end of the sensational blog Thor Thursday. Once almost as frequent, Speedy Cerviche, the Samurai Pizza Cat to the Thunder God's right proves while some franchises fade from sight, their theme tunes will never be forgotten!

Mer-Man's not so laughable now is he? Just look at those gills! 

 What do you think?  Comment below or for more great Making a Markists, click here. To keep track on Dave's next addition, Beast-Man, visit him at his own personal website, right after the jump.


  1. Wow! Outstanding stuff!

  2. Hey John - welcome to IADW! Yip, Dave's a dude headed for the big time alright. Will be great to see where he goes from here!

  3. I like so much many different games and cartoons. This is so nice information for me, it really very informative for me. Thank you!

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  4. No worries Randyor - thanks for stopping by!

  5. Skeletor & Mer-Man look especially awesome.

  6. Dont they just Dave - especially Skeletor - that fabric detail on his hood looks almost photo like!