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Whoo.
It's finally done. You're very own iSTVAN (going by his real name, Ivan) has released his brand spanking new website for the superhero black comedy 'Black Hole.' You may have seen some images for the 'Black Hole: The Game That Sucks.' This is where it all began...

You can read the first episode, view non pixel related art, read about me and the other co-creator and lots of other neat stuff.

Check it out!

Special thanks to Jonathon Smeby for designing the site.
Posted by iSTVAN @ 1/10/2005 02:17  |    8
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The worlds largest listener music poll commenced on Australia Day, Wednesday January 26th. The annual poll allowed Australians to vote for their favourite songs of 2004.

The top ten were as follows:
1) franz ferdinand - take me out
2) missy higgins - scar
3) eskimo joe - from the sea
4) the killers - somebody told me
5) spiderbait - black betty
6) missy higgins - ten days
7) john butler trio - something's gotta give
8) little birdy - beautiful to me
9) powderfinger - bless my soul
10) the white stripes - jolene (live)

You can check out the rest of the list here, and check out pics of this years Big Day Out. I'd also recommend checking out the main page of the website if you're into this sort of music.
Posted by iSTVAN @ 1/30/2005 22:05  |    7
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Yep, it took a while, but for anyone who cares I've completed the third episode in my Black Hole series -featuring a new style of art! Although I havent figured out how to update the old flash website, so bare with me.

Click here

And for previous episodes and stuff the old BH site has a new address here

Posted by iSTVAN @ 11/6/2005 19:45  |    2
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Thats right! The perfect christmas treat. Sort of. This is the second part of the 'Black Comedy' story and fourth episode in the series.
READ/LOOK AT IT!

Also check out the official website, if you havent already, here!

In other Black Hole news, I've updated the gallery with some more BH graphics for the still yet to be coded Black Hole Game. Do contact me if you think you can help me here, I'm happy to make it a community project!

/End Self Promotion

Posted by iSTVAN @ 12/27/2005 18:24  |    6
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Old news perhaps, but this little website is a delight for anyone who's a fan of the comedy of Ricky Gervais aka David Brent from award winning British comedy The Office.

Read all about Gervais' 80's new romantic band 'Seona Dancing' and listen to a couple of sample tunes. It's great just to see the photo comparison. Ricky looks more like David Bowie than David Brent! 

Posted by iSTVAN @ 1/3/2006 19:42  |    5
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A new indy game from the creator of 'A Game with a Kitty' . This time Bernie brings us the oddball adventures of 'Cedric and the Revolution.' It features nicely pixelled character sprites and a really brilliant story- check it out!
Posted by iSTVAN @ 1/8/2006 16:56  |    2
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Check out these interesting creations by artist David Chatt. They're three dimensional sculptures of everyday objects and figures made entirely from tiny glass beads, interestingly enought they sort of resemble pixel art (if you squint and cover your eyes). My personal favourite is number 9 of 12.

Thanks goes to my girlfriend Justine for spotting these.

Posted by iSTVAN @ 3/9/2006 04:31  |    4
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What a brilliant contest. Sci Fi Channel is looking for people to dress up as their own original super hero characters for a new TV show. The winner gets fame and glory as well as getting to have their own comic book produced by Marvel Comics under Stan Lee.

"Finalists will leave their former lives behind and live as their brainchild heroes 24/7, all under Stan Lee’s watchful eye.  Each week, our aspiring heroes will be challenged with competitions designed to test their true Superhero abilities. "

If only I lived in America. I'd be able to dress up as my own hero Black Hole (plug intended).

Posted by iSTVAN @ 3/9/2006 04:37  |    5
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John K, creator and genious behind Ren and Stimpy, is running free, thats right, FREE drawing lessons! His blog, an infinite source of cartooning wisdom and wackiness, is now home to John K's very own drawing class. Read his instructions, pick up a pencil, and DRAW. It's an awesome opportunity to sharpen your skills and knowledge of one of the most engaging art forms known to man.

Click here to learn to draw!

Posted by iSTVAN @ 5/11/2006 21:37  |    2
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Indie game maker Bernie, responsible for 'Cedric and the Revolution,' 'A Game with a Kitty' and its recent sequel, has just released his a new game entitled 'Reactor 09.' It's an adventure game that revolves around a convicted murderer in a high security futuristic prison and the anal prison guard employed to reform him.

It deals with slightly more adult themes than Bernie's previous games, but there are still plenty of delicious pixel graphics to appease all your pixel needs. The game makes use of an innovative ‘trust’ system that determines the outcome of play. 

Download the game here and support the indie gaming industry!

Posted by iSTVAN @ 12/11/2006 17:02  |    12
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Sydney is a bum. And he's a bum with a problem. A new policy set in place by a joint venture between the political parties, churches and big businesses to rid the streets of homelessness and unemployment sparks the catalyst for this adventure game.
Part comedy and partially a message to the public about the problems on the streets, SFE is a highly entertaining and visually appealing adventure in a style long forgotten by modern gaming.
With story, coding and graphics by Ivan Dixon (aka iSTVAN aka me) and music by Steve Larabie (aka PB aka Pixel Blink), this is an all out pixel joint admin showcase! Not to mention it features 100% pixel graphics.

Download it here!
Posted by iSTVAN @ 12/29/2006 01:37  |    15
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Are you looking to waste a few hours running around a pixel fantasy land?

Well indie game maker Nifflas might have just what you're after. He makes addictive adventure games that are largely based around exploration. The majority of the artwork is rendered in very simple pixel art. Nifflas' latest release, Knytt Stories, is a compilation of several smaller games.

Well worth the download.

Posted by iSTVAN @ 8/30/2007 07:31  |    15 | Source
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The Pixel Textiles pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

Turban by leel
Ring Wraith [Major robe update] by Opacus
Tapestry by jalonso


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Pixel Textiles forum thread for more information.
Read the full post...

Posted by iSTVAN @ 1/14/2008 00:07  |    5
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: 3D Mock Up.

VOTE NOW!
Posted by iSTVAN @ 1/14/2008 00:08  |    3
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A contest by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where the artists were limited to using a single sheet of paper, has sparked some impressive results. Not quite pixel art, but certainly minimalist.

Check out the entries here.
Posted by iSTVAN @ 2/15/2008 18:52  |    9
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Last weekend Ivan Dixon (aka iSTVAN) competed in the Global Game Jam 2011,  a 48 hour game making competion themed "extinction." Ivan and programmer Conor O'kane produced an insect themed shoot 'em up called "The Last Flight of the Bumblebee" full of pixel arty goodness.

You can download it for PC and Mac here and watch the Youtube trailer here.

The game won "Best Graphics" and "Participants Favourite" at the Melbourne Game Jam.

Posted by iSTVAN @ 2/1/2011 23:23  |    10

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