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art of atari
by Tim Lapetino

The Art of Atari Lapetino

The Art of Atari is a hefty coffee table book that brings the art of Atari game boxes back in all their full-color, over-the-top glory. This is a must have for gamers, designers and fans of 80s pop culture.

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the prodigal rogerson
by J. Hunter Bennett

The Circle Jerks were one of the more popular SoCal hardcore bands in the 1980s. This book from Microcosm is an interesting side note—not just to the Circle Jerks story, but to the greater L.A. punk rock history as well.

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Out of the Basment by David Ensminger

Big Diamond by Liam Ira Christian

Every Thug is a Lady by Julia Eff

I Don't Care I'm Still Free by Sarah May

Nesting: Self-Care Tips for Autumn and Winter by Katie Johnson

Hot Damn and Hell Yeah by Ryan Splints

Brew It Yourself by Erik Spellmeyer

Dwelling Portably by Bert & Holly Davis

Slip of the Tongue by Katie Haegele

This Ain't No Picnic by Joshua Ploeg

Everyday Cheesemaking by K. Ruby Blume

The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook by Dan Abbott & Corbett Redford

Railroad Semantics #2 by Aaron Dactyl

Bill Daniel's Mostly True by Bill Daniel

Under the Radar by Olivier Matthon

Read 'em all in the review archives.

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interviews & articles

The Essential Zach Boddicker

Zach Boddicker's debut novel, The Essential Carl Mahogany, was published earlier this year by Last Chance Press. Full of great dialogue, humorous observations and dry wit, it's a strong debut. I recently asked Zach a few questions about the book and the process of completing it. 

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Jake Austen (Roctober zine/Chic-a-go-go)

David Gill (sci-fi writer/Phillip K. Dick scholar)

Casseen Gaines (author, Inside Pee-Wee's Playhouse)

Matt Champagne (actor, comedian)

More interviews and comics reviews in the Reglar Wiglar Archives. Coming soon.


Quickies

Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline [Crown Publishers]

Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest ClineWhen the billionaire inventor of the most popular virtual reality game dies with no heir, he leaves his fortune to the gamer who can find the easter egg he has hidden in his vast virtual universe. Set in a future dystopian America ('cause that's what's coming, folks), this sci-fi thriller is manna from heaven for all gamer geeks, D&D dorks, and 80s pop culture weirdos. It's nerd porn, plain and simple.

Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan [Portfolio/Penguin]

Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff RyanIf you enjoy history and/or gaming, I highly recommend this book. Ryan tells the story of Nintendo's rise from a late 19th century playing card company to a dominating force in coin-op and then home console video and then portable handheld games. When the fledgling Nintendo of America subsidiary revamped its warehouse full of unsold shooter games and turned them into the revolutionary game Donkey Kong, the gaming world and pop culture would never be the same. 

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