As a person who couldn’t even draw a passable stick figure to save my life, I deeply admire those who can create stunning, detailed imagery using just their hands and a set of colors. What is even more remarkable is that some of these artists are capable of creating what many would consider a masterpiece having never really had any formal education, i.e. having learned it all on their own.

One such artist is Marcelo Ventura, a 36-year-old drawing hobbyist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who reimagines TV, movie, and video game as well as other pop culture characters all the way from the ‘80s and ‘90s in a darker, unglamorous, and sinister comic book style. Bored Panda invites you to get acquainted with Marcelo’s art thus far and with the artist himself through an interview with us.

[Interview originally conducted in Portuguese and translated into English]

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#1

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

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broken butterfly
Community Member
5 months ago

I love this one so much, I think it really shows how pollution is affecting underwater life, it's really sad but I love the artist's art style

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#2

Scooby & Shaggy & Into The Wild

Scooby & Shaggy & Into The Wild

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
Community Member
5 months ago

ok this is just sad...

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“I am a nostalgic of the ‘80s and ‘90s. I love to resurrect characters from this era in a comic book style. In a style that is strongly influenced by legendary artists such as J. Scott Campbell and a duo that inspired me a lot in my teens (and continue to do so), Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo,” Marcelo explained the inspiration behind his art.

#3

Princess Merida

Princess Merida

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
Community Member
5 months ago

this is cute

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#4

Baby Yoda

Baby Yoda

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JazzyRuns12
Community Member
5 months ago

What happened to him?!? Lol I really like this piece though!

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We asked Marcelo how he decides what pop culture characters to reimagine in his unique comic book style, to which he responded: ”I like to connect and associate different universes. I usually choose a character and try to insert it into a certain context, whether it is from a movie, series, or a book. For example, mashing up Buzz Lightyear with Alien, Scooby & Shaggy with Into The Wild, Mario Bros with The Walking Dead, and so on.”

#5

Alice The Madness Returns

Alice The Madness Returns

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starhunter64
Community Member
5 months ago

dat cat thuogh

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#6

Rick & Morty, Beavis And Butthead, South Park, & Others

Rick & Morty, Beavis And Butthead, South Park, & Others

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Jovita A
Community Member
5 months ago

I need this as a poster on a wall :D

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Now, Marcelo has an interesting way of introducing himself: the Frustrated Artist, a hostage to a secular Freudian materialist education of a Cartesian Newtonian paradigm. We asked him why he considers himself the Frustrated Artist: “Like many artists, I would love to live only on my art. However, the lack of opportunities and a little bit of self-esteem, too, hinders me from taking bigger steps forward in this career.”

#7

The Strange Things Kids

The Strange Things Kids

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Loki Laufeyson
Community Member
5 months ago

eleven's up there being all fabulous and will's just like 0.0

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#8

Harley Quinn & The Jokers

Harley Quinn & The Jokers

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Loki Laufeyson
Community Member
5 months ago

that lego goy tho :3

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Lastly, we asked Marcelo if he is willing to spill some beans for us and to reveal what other characters he’s thinking of drawing in the near future: “I have many drafts and ideas that will soon materialize on a piece of paper. It’s things like Hellboy, ThunderCats, and, most definitely, Rick and Morty, who are currently the two characters I like to draw the most.”

#9

Po (Teletubbies) & Sadako (The Ring)

Po (Teletubbies) & Sadako (The Ring)

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

That "scary girl" is Sadako. A classic.

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#10

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

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PANDAS
Community Member
5 months ago

I love this!!

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#11

Captain Planet

Captain Planet

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Water Bottle
Community Member
5 months ago

The newspaper

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#12

Buzz Lightyear vs. Alien

Buzz Lightyear vs. Alien

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COHEN SURBAUGH
Community Member
5 months ago

More like buff light year

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#13

Vanellope & Wreck It Ralph

Vanellope & Wreck It Ralph

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Chloe Drury
Community Member
5 months ago

THE PIC AT THE BOTTOM RUINS IT

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#14

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

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Lydia Interiano Dalton
Community Member
5 months ago

frank!

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#15

Princess Jasmine & The Genie

Princess Jasmine & The Genie

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Baron Simone Von Bianco
Community Member
5 months ago

This is more a technicality than a weird way to represent Disney's Genie: Djinns like also Eefrets in many saharian cultures are demonlike spawns.

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#16

Dumbo Joker

Dumbo Joker

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Carolee Kolmer
Community Member
5 months ago

......what nightmares are made of......

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#17

Princess Peach & Zombie Mario & Luigi

Princess Peach & Zombie Mario & Luigi

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Myrtille rat
Community Member
5 months ago

aww poor guys after all that time spent saving her

Dawn Murphy
Community Member
5 months ago

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Typical woman...lol

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The Alchemist
Community Member
5 months ago

Nice walking dead reference

Johnny Quan
Community Member
5 months ago

Michonne!

Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
5 months ago

Peachonne

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James Wilson
Community Member
5 months ago

Even in death they still serve.

Jackson Bowen
Community Member
5 months ago

This is a the walking dead reference. Michonne did this

Shae Marae
Community Member
4 months ago

Peaches lookin' sweet

Jimbo Bird
Community Member
5 months ago

omg too funny

🐺MoonShadow 😍😘😈
Community Member
5 months ago

that is a cute peach lol

Hayden Thompson
Community Member
5 months ago

That from The Walking Dead

Caleigh Moffett
Community Member
5 months ago

I DON'T NEED SAVING Y'ALL

🐺MoonShadow 😍😘😈
Community Member
5 months ago

jeez peach chill

Emma Pham
Community Member
5 months ago

i <3 yoshi tattoo

Emma Pham
Community Member
5 months ago

i <3 yoshi on her leg *mario would be so jealous*

Hunter Showers
Community Member
5 months ago

her shirt tho😅

Russian Otaku
Community Member
5 months ago

Kinda reminds me of lollipop chainsaw

Craig Lee
Community Member
5 months ago

It's a walking dead reference.

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#18

Pucca

Pucca

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago

Ehehhe.... But really, it's the other way around. Pucca is the one chasing after him. I think the author probably knows this, it's just for the sake of information for those who might not know. Gives it a new meaning.

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#19

Bananas In Pyjamas

Bananas In Pyjamas

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Hunter Bradley
Community Member
5 months ago

me when i dont have coffee

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#20

Pennywise & Coraline

Pennywise & Coraline

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Chloe Drury
Community Member
5 months ago

and a cat

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#21

Him, Jessie, Cruella De Vil, & Others

Him, Jessie, Cruella De Vil, & Others

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago

That's not Misty, it's Jessie from Team Rocket.

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#22

Bojack, Rick, Bender, & Others

Bojack, Rick, Bender, & Others

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SashaAlexandra
Community Member
5 months ago

What happens in Vegas.. Love that The Hangover reference

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#23

Scooby & Shaggy

Scooby & Shaggy

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George Digamma
Community Member
5 months ago

What time is it? 4.20

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#24

Rick, Morty, & Summer

Rick, Morty, & Summer

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Hunter Bradley
Community Member
5 months ago

fallout new Vegas meme edition

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#25

Princess Peach & Yoshi

Princess Peach & Yoshi

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Rachel Sidney Gibson
Community Member
5 months ago

love her tattoos

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#26

Naruto & Hinata

Naruto & Hinata

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Hunter Bradley
Community Member
5 months ago

amazing

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#27

Captain Planet

Captain Planet

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Lydia Interiano Dalton
Community Member
5 months ago

me too!

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#28

Finn, Marceline, & Jake

Finn, Marceline, & Jake

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🛸 🌠⭐Lucita 🌌🌙 👽
Community Member
5 months ago

Marceline will always be awesome

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#29

Masha & The Bear

Masha & The Bear

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COHEN SURBAUGH
Community Member
5 months ago

Well hello bear

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#30

Sorceress Of Castle Grayskull

Sorceress Of Castle Grayskull

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George Digamma
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks like a gogo dancer

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