Two of my favorite things in the world when I was a kid were video games and the illustrator Edward Gorey. Gorey’s surrealistic and gothic illustrations and books combined humor and dark subjects. If you’re not familiar with his published works, but you’re of a certain age, you may remember the opening animation he made for PBS’s “Mystery” series.
One of Gorey’s most famous works is the Gashlycrumb Tinies, an alphabet book that tells the story of how 26 children met their untimely end, in couplets. It’s ghoulish and hilarious. (“A is for Amy, who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil, assaulted by bears.”)
It’s also the inspiration for a series of illustrations created by Brentalfloss, Dan Roth and Andrew Dobson called “The Game Over Tinies.” It’s equally hilarious, but instead of children, it’s characters from video games ranging from Super Mario Bros. to Street Fighter. The entire set is available for pre-order as a poster, too.
(Special thanks to my favorite person in the world, my wife Bonnie, for finding this.)