In the Madman tradition of having a twisted valentines art competition, this year we wanted to see what happens when bonds are broken and a partnership is split – be it a teammate, or a romantic partner.
What happens next – who do they partner with? Time for a partner swap!
This month’s artwork had to show us characters on the rebound or taking that necessary step to matchup with someone when they have split with their regular partner.
Is it a successful new team? Is it a powerful new romance? Or is it a recipe for disaster, fated to teach them they should have stuck with what they had?
Read on for our winners and honorable mentions!
We loved this piece for showing us exactly what happened when out-of-the-spotlight video-game brother, Luigi, strikes out on his on, here with the help of Naruto’s Lee, while while their respective older brother and sensei look on – jealously! The new team sure looks like they’re having fun, roasted toad mushrooms and all.
The Jin wins 1st prize of a $150 Madman store voucher!
A little bit saucy and a lot of awesome character design and colouring. The pink theme of valentines is used to great effect, as is the work in visualising two characters who usually wear face masking helmets and keeping them recognisable.
AJChan wins 2nd prize of a $100 Madman store voucher!
Beauty The Beast by PinkFoxx
It’s a spooky night on the town for these two cute but ghoulish anime nocturnals. Very impressive work using the mouse, these are clean, open lines and striking colour. The pair look sharp and accurate to the anime and really pop out.
PinkFoxx wins 3rd prize of a $75 Madman store voucher!
NappaxHinata by Aleeta
Hilarious and cute, this scene of a possibly mismatched blind date won us over with its romantic pastel overtones, despite the presence of a usually brutish Nappa and a usually disquieting Hinata! They both look extremely nervous, can they make it work?
Aleeta wins 4th prize of a $50 Madman store voucher!
There were again so many good pieces out of the many wonderful entries that we wanted to highlight some more strong pieces. All of these honorable mentions will receive a surprise DVD! This month it’s BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL VOL 1 & LIMITED COLLECTOR’S BOX
The title says it all as these two dangerous heroes prepare for more strife with some drunken idiocy. The fun and lunacy of their Chibi selves really jumps out!
Big Unit’s many inventive pieces continue to give us a chuckle, including this very appropriate swap of partner by Ed to the Tin Man of Oz.
Cuhan’s amazingly bold and colourful character stylings serve him well again here, as Sora recruits two fishy friends to his team.
Amazingly effective cross-play, making us think Naruto’s Sasuke was made to wear a Sailor Scout uniform!
We loved the look of delight on this unlikely pair as they head to a sugary wonderland. The soft colours and sakura petals really add to the fun.
An extremely funny image, while a photograph, the scene is set up with design and purpose – very cheeky, Motoko and Goku get their plastic selves together. The cheesy grin from Goku, the tilt of Motoko’s head, and the story concept worked for us!
A great tribute to the She: Ultimate Weapon cover, as Hideki of Chobits exchanges one tragic robot girl for another in this beautifully coloured piece.
It’s great to see a scene depicting this new team in action, giving us a hint to what the partnership of these deadly surgeons would do!
A very clever and funny concept, Midori gets a “hand” on the speed dating service, but poor rejected Seji has to stick around as the third wheel.
Another appropriate new team-up, with the two powerful sand manipulators of Naruto and One-Piece!
Thanks to all who entered!
Of course there were many more great entries – all worthy of your time, comments and encouragement so Click here to Check them all out!
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