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February 10, 2011
25 Years Of Dying by =TheBourgyman

The suggester said: "A hilarious and yet tragic idea to commemorate the 25th birthday of our most beloved plumber hero. I just couldn't stop laughing at each square. The style of the artist is lovely, not only on this piece but his entire gallery. It's full of humor and a feast for everyone who loves games."

Remember when dying in video games always made you go into a rage and throw a fit? That would be me, and this reminded me of those times! Totally hilarious and a wonderful talent! I think Mario has a world record on the amount of Purple Heart awards received!
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This deviation got featured on Kotaku, Reddit, GraphJam as well as a few other dozens websites! Thanks!


Because, admit it, "25 Years of Dying" is a lot catchier than just "Cause of Death" as a title. :D


Mario celebrated his 25th year among us sometime in late 2010 (more like "25 years of Independence" since he existed since the Donkey Kong arcade game, making him 29 by 2010). I wanted to do something big for the occasion, even though I technically missed the boat by a few months (not practicallysince Mario didn't turn 26 just yet). :D


So this poster-like illustration is my official tribute to him for the occasion. I didn't cover everything of course, but the most important is there. Just watch out, there's a BIT of blood here and there (hard to spot though since I painted it black). There's some seriously violent deaths in these games, when you think of it...


Sorry for the ugly watermark by the way. I've had people steal some of my artwork before, you would figure this one would be a perfect pick for unscrupulous people wanting to gain easy money in video game shops and Anime conventions. Ugh.


40+ hours in Paint Tool SAI, Adobe Photoshop CS4 + Wacom Cintiq 21UX.


Enjoy! All characters belong to Nintendo. Also check:


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This picture reminds me of the days when I was an obsessed video gamer ― before I outgrew that medium upon realizing it was negatively affecting my attention span and sociability. Mario was my childhood idol, and through his countless adventures and sporting competitions, he taught me that there are lots of unfortunate ways to die, but you can avoid them if you stay strong in the midst of the biggest struggles and tests.
This tribute to the character is very clever, creative, attractive, and innovative. In fact, though this was created to commemorate his 25th, now over 30 years have passed since the game that defined Mario and made him a household name. Imagine the kinds of awards Mario would receive if there were to be a special ceremony celebrating his services to the Mushroom Kingdom! In addition to the Medal of Honor and commander membership in the Legion of Merit, he'd receive a LOT of Purple Hearts given all the lives he's lost for the sake of defending the land. And the first of these Purple Hearts would be a big one if given for all the hammer barrages and fire breath shots he's had to take from Bowser alone!
This picture is full of the glorious hilarity and beautiful artistry that typifies a lot of your "Mario"-related work, including the comic series you've based on the franchise. And it does an extraordinarily good job of celebrating all the kinds of unfortunate deaths the gaming world's most famous hero has had to suffer.
If the Guinness Book of World Records' gaming edition had a record for "widest variety of deaths in a video game franchise," Mario would certainly take the cake. And you see here... this picture is definitely one worth looking (and laughing) at! Great work, Bourgy! You deserve 25 stars from me!