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    Mitch O’Connell (signing his work M.O’C) is an American illustrator and fine artist known for his bold, retro-styled pop art, often featuring risque-but-not-explicit designs. Inspired by pin-ups, hot-rods, comics, sideshows, and all things kitsch, cuddly and curvaceous, Mitch takes the vintage and makes it contemporary. His images have been published in major publications including Time, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and GQ. In addition, Mitch has published a variety of books collecting his art, two of which focus exclusively on tattoo designs. He grew up in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Mitch began his career in the early 1980s. He first enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) before transferring to Chicago’s American Academy of Art; Mitch dropped out after three semesters once he started making a steady living with illustration work. Lambiek Comiclopedia documents some of Mitch’s earliest work. Among his numerous freelance jobs over the years, in 1989 and 1990, Mitch illustrated three game boxes for Atari. Images of Mitch's Atari work can be seen on The Atari Lynx HandyCast.

    OVGA has included below Mitch O’Connell’s full known box art catalog:

    1. Ikari Warriors (Atari Corporation | Atari 2600, Atari 7800 | 1989)
    2. Basketbrawl (Atari Corporation | Atari 7800 | 1990)
    3. Todd’s Adventures in Slime World (Atari Corporation | Atari Lynx | 1990)

    Mitch is additionally credited as an external partner for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016), where he illustrated in-game icons and designs for Fate and Fortune cards.

    Mitchell O'Connell

    Mitch O'Connell (b. 1961)
    Born: March 26, 1961
    Nationality: American
    Location: Chicago, Illinois
    Education: School of the Art Institute of Chicago; American Academy of Art College
    Known For : Ikari Warriors (Atari 2600/7800)
    Years Active: 1989–2016

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    In 1989, Playboy Contributors page

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