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Tom duBois - My Life in Gaming
« on: February 11, 2019, 12:13:38 AM »
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I don't think this has been posted here yet. A few weeks ago, MLIG put out an excellent video with duBois, who drew that great Konami box art for Contra III and Castlevania IV and the like.

https://youtu.be/dw-SPY4n0s8

There's even an interview in which he said he had a deeper design role with the original Rocket Knight Adventures where he did the character design for Sparkster. It would explain why Sparkster has that cartoony American style, and also why the design of the character is more Japanese in later games.

DuBois is probably my favorite box art illustrator so I'm happy he's finally getting the recognition he deserves. Shame he doesn't own any of his original video game art to sell to collectors. Hopefully the pieces still exist somewhere.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2019, 03:25:16 AM by Abnormal Freak »
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Re: Tom duBois - My Life in Gaming
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 10:07:11 AM »
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Shame too. His art for those early games was boss. The late 80's, early 90's gaming scene rocked because of his contributions. I found his work to be generally better then the official japanese art from the famicom and super famicom games. Conra III is the most noticeable when you compare his work over the japanese original.

Tom duBois' art.


The original japanese art. This one looks too much like Billy & Jimmy Lee (Double Dragon) and nothing like Bill & Lance.
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Re: Tom duBois - My Life in Gaming
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 06:07:41 PM »
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The Japanese box art for CVIV also has a bland, stiff quality, while duBois' is full of action and amazing perspective. I like that his work is simultaneously cartoonish yet intricately detailed and "realistic." I'm glad I know the name of the artist now.
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