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On Kickstarter is Video Games: The People, Games, and Companies in a Detailed Multi-Volume Look Back!

28 Nov

Video Games author Andrea ContatoNow on Kickstarter is Video Games: The People, Games, and Companies, and according to Andrea Contato, he wants to deliver the most comprehensive work to date regarding the history of video games. While the Italian five-book project is a go, the financial assistance through crowdfunding is needed to help translate this book to an English reading audience. The first chapter has been translated, annotated and can be read here.

In this book, there will be a lot of personal accounts detailing more than just the motivation and creation behind a lot of what today considers the retro scene. This author believes his book will cover a whole lot more than what we normally learn in documentaries offered so far. And I have huge respect for those who want to delve deep into the subject. In this work, we have a look at what really started it all, and I had a chance to interview him about what that is.

For people who haven’t read your last work, the comprehensive Through the Moongate about the classic Ultima RPG series, can you please introduce yourself?

I am a history, computer, and video game enthusiast from Italy. In 2015, I ventured into researching the history of Richard Garriott and his company Origin Systems Inc and after three years of hard work, I launched two crowdfunding campaigns to translate my draft into English. My book, Through the Moongate, (as pictured) was well received, and the enthusiasm with which my project was supported encouraged me to continue.

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[Victoria, BC] Cherry Bomb Toys Needs Your Help

1 Oct

Cherry Bomb Toys

Say it isn’t so, but another fixture in Victoria, BC’s Nerd Row is required to relocate. Cherry Bomb Toys and The National Toy Museum of Canada can’t stay in the building they called home for 13 years.

According to Candice Woodward, co-owner of the two operations, the new landlords have other plans. It’s tough to say what 1410 Broad Street will become, but since they’re not going to challenge CTV Vancouver Island (formerly known as A Channel before broadcasting giants took over), what that bit of street will become is unlikely going to be media related. All any long time residents of this city can hope for is that the Victoria Event Centre isn’t the next target.

What lays along Broad and Johnson are many shops catering to comic book, gamers, home video enthusiasts, and toy collectors. A few years ago, Yellowjacket Comics had to move because the building needed upgrades. It’s safe to say developers don’t have the interests of geeks in mind and Nerd Row will eventually get demolished. It’s safe to say Legends Comics and Books is next.

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From Storyboard Art to Film with Richard Bennett. Godzilla vs Kong Art on Kickstarter!

12 Apr
Book Cover

Final art subject to change.

Clover Press is ready to rumble with Godzilla & Kong: The Cinematic Storyboard Art of Richard Bennett. This book puts together a selection of the best sequences from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ blockbuster trio of hits Godzilla vs. Kong, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Kong: Skull Island, along with some never-before-seen deleted scenes. It’s sure to be a must-have for movie buffs, film students, industry professionals and, of course, all Kaiju aficionados!

All of these images are by Richard Bennett, one of the most respected storyboard artists working today. He’s collaborated with directors David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Brad Bird, and JJ Abrams, among others. Now, Bennett and Clover Press are launching a Kickstarter campaign for a stunning hardcover coffee table book which showcases Bennett’s storyboard storytelling and two of the biggest stars in the history of cinema with.

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The Details on Zoop, A New Crowdfunding Platform for Comic Book Creators!

6 Jun

Zoop LogoBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Visit the website here.

There’s a new crowdfunding platform called Zoop which is specifically tailored for comic book creators to get their works published in a timely manner. This alternative is now live and one of the first books to be featured is Slow City Blues, an Indiana Jones-style action adventure with Who Framed Roger Rabbit-esque insanity to boot! This series will run for five issues and features the talents of Samuel Haine (creator), Shawn Moll (Black Panther), John Livesay (The Flash) and David Baron (JLA) with many cover artists contributing. This title has been years in the making and many fans, myself included, is excited to see this hit the stretch!

The people behind this platform plan to start with a curated site featuring notable creators with “original” ideas they want to get published. Sometimes the big names aren’t interested for one reason or another. I’m glad the independent scene have options. It used to be with the big two–Kickstarter and Indiegogo–but sometimes these entities don’t step in when problems arise and the fans are mad. They also take a considerable cut and the creators don’t earn the money they deserve. I’m more hesitant these days because of this fact and most have delivered despite personal health or other issues preventing delivery. Tech goods are a different beast altogether as sometimes these ideas and those people disappear, taking away the money of those supporters and there’s little recourse.

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Kickstarting a New TStand for Tablet Users

21 May

549628dae5ccfe878c5f5b214b5a7571 original.png?ixlib=rb 4.0By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Kickstart this Accessory Here! 

If tablet users are like me, are laying down on a futon to surf the web, watch a YouTube video or two before bedtime (even though sleep doctors advise against it), then the tstand is the perfect accessory. Instead of an adjustable metal arm mounted on a table by the bed with the device held to it (you have to adjust the whole thing for the ideal distance), this one simply sits on your chest and is ready to go.

Version two is being crowdfunded and has already hit eight times its goal! This product is designed to be fully adjustable, fit all tablets, be light and portable and even more ergonomic. In the case of users, the most important is to rest comfortably on mid-chest and not feel like a brick. Larger tablets, especially when in a case, can feel like a brick. In this design, it can go from the lay down use to resting on a desk for regular usage.

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