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Nostalgic Cartoon Mash-Ups

Mark A. Fionda Jr. Fuses TV Characters in Children's Illustrations

— August 30, 2011 — Pop Culture
Mark A. Fionda Jr.'s name may be a mouthful, but perhaps that's fitting since it's going to take quite a few words to describe his artwork. To be more concise, Fionda Jr. specializes in watercolor illustrations depicting nostalgic television shows mashed up with other popular franchises. From Ghostbusters to Star Trek, this unique collection of images references everyone's favorite pop culture phenomenons from the 90s.

My favorite Mark A. Fionda Jr. illustration has got to be the one with Pikachu taking on Nappa from DragonBall Z. Its as though he took two epic anime franchises and upped their insanity by putting flagship characters from each franchise right beside each other.

Implications - Consumers are appreciative of children's illustrations because they evoke a sense of calm and whimsy, which alleviates consumer stress. Corporations may consider using children's illustrations in promotional campaigns to similarly invoke relaxation and garner consumer attention.
Trend Themes
1. Nostalgic Cartoon Mash-ups - The trend of fusing TV characters in children's illustrations offers opportunities for disruptive innovation in the art and entertainment industry.
2. Watercolor Illustrations - The trend of using watercolor illustrations in artwork presents opportunities for disruptive innovation in the visual arts and design industry.
3. Pop Culture Mash-ups - The trend of combining popular franchises in artworks opens up opportunities for disruptive innovation in the licensing and merchandise industry.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Entertainment - The art and entertainment industry can leverage the trend of nostalgic cartoon mash-ups to create unique and engaging content.
2. Visual Arts and Design - The visual arts and design industry can explore the trend of watercolor illustrations to create innovative and visually appealing artworks.
3. Licensing and Merchandise - The licensing and merchandise industry can capitalize on the trend of pop culture mash-ups to create exciting and collectible products.
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