It might not be much of a conversation starter, and is only somewhat well-known. But the Dillon's Rolling Western Series is among one of my favorite new franchises, period. I like the games, love the characters and just had to make some fan art of it eventually.
The first game was great, but the sequel improved on it in every way! If a third one does come about and/or if Dillon somehow rolls his way onto Smash Bros... That would be freaking wonderful.
In the Back from left to right: Gallo, Boone and Nomad
Front from left to right: Dillon and Russ.