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Escape From New York “Lifeclock” Kickstarter!

In 1981 when Escape from New York was originally released I think it took audiences by surprise. At least it certainly did for those at the 62 Drive-In where I first caught the film in my youth.

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I’m not joking when I say that at nine I was paying attention when I saw John Carpenter’s name. In 1978 the Director helped start the slasher craze with Halloween. One year later and also at the 62 Drive-In I was able to see The Fog. The same in 1981 when Carpenter really delivered a welcome dose of awesomeness with Escape from New York. Not only did the action/sci-fi film make me a lifelong Kurt Russell fan but it also gave my first taste of apocalyptic movies. Not to mention that I learned what an antihero was after watching the badass that is the core of Snake Plissken.

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Now in the movie – in case if you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing it, a Lifeclock helps to keep Plissken motivated. Because when the counter reaches zero it means the end of Snake’s mission to deliver the President back safely. As a matter of fact it means the time to safely administer an antidote to the poison he was injected with has run out too. As has been made clear to Snake from near the beginning of the film.
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So please do try to imagine my surprise when I was contacted by e-mail the other day. To let me know about a new Kickstarter that was started up from the Ridgewood Watch Company. Furthermore it is a campaign to deliver an authentic and official replica of the Lifeclock as seen in Escape from New York!
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Unlike the model used by Snake Plissken, The Lifeclock One sports a few extra features. Since our society tends to value be connected to each other course. Moreso than a loner like Snake that is. Obviously.

[Via] Lifeclock One

So if you purchase a Lifeclock One for yourself you can look forward to:

  • Countdown timer (Hartford Summit configuration only 22:59’:59”)
  • Time (standard time / military time)
  • Up to 8 world clocks
  • Date (five formats)
  • Stopwatch (1/100th second)
  • 18 display animations, 8 character animations
  • Smartphone camera control
  • Push notifications for incoming & missed calls, voicemails and messages (SMS & iMessage)
  • App notification support: Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn with more to come
  • Weather
  • Compass
  • Step counting

To Say Nothing of the fact you’ll like you stepped off the set of Escape from New York!

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Escape from New York - Lifeclock One

So now that you want to know more about the Lifeclock One – hop on over to the Official Kickstarter Page! When they ask who sent you…tell ’em it was the Retroist – or Snake!
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Easy To Learn, Hard To Master – The Fate Of Atari Documentary

A couple of days ago, fellow Retroist Author Justin M. Salvato sent me this link to a Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds to complete a documentary about the history of Atari. Something that I bet if your a visitor to this site you have more than a passing fondness for, right?

I can say in all honesty that Atari is a name that still means something to not just me but for the Arkadia Retrocade, why else would Shea Mathis set up that little section of the arcade for Players to experience the magic that is the Atari 2600?
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The documentary is being created by 8-Bit Generation, it is their second retro documentary in fact. To say they have managed to interview some true legends of the gaming industry is something of an understatement. You have Ralph H. Baer – the Father of Video Games who helped create the Magnavox Odyssey as well as Milton Bradley’s Simon.

Image courtesy of 8-Bit Generation.

Image courtesy of 8-Bit Generation.


Nolan Bushnell who besides founding Atari itself helped to usher in the Golden Age of the Arcade Games to name just a few of his many accomplishments.
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Al Alcorn who designed a little game known as PONG and had input on the Atari 2600’s development.
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But also in the documentary you have the likes of David Crane (Pitfall, Activision), Minoru Arakawa (Nintendo of America), Walter Day (Twin Galaxies), Manny Gerard (Co-Chief Operating Officer of Atari), Eugen Jarvis (Defender, Robotron: 2084), Raymond Kassar (CEO of Atari), Joe DeCuir (Video Olympics), Howard Scott Warshaw (Yar’s Revenge), Steve “Woz” Wozniak (Apple) and many more!

So if you are a fan of not just Atari but the Golden Age of Video Games, why not jump on over to Easy to Learn, Hard to Master – The Fate of Atari Kickstarter page and see what you get for your pledge!
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Sega Fans Should Check Out Mega Visions Magazine!

You might have heard the big news that Sega’s iconic mascot for the Genesis, Sonic the Hedgehog, turned a whopping 25-years-old today! That is correct, it was 25 years ago on June 23, 1991 that everyone’s favorite high-speed hedgehog made his debut with…well…Sonic the Hedgehog!

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That is some exciting news and plenty of reason to celebrate to say the least but there is another SEGA related bit of news to rejoice. A group of members from the SEGA Nerds have started a Kickstarter campaign to help them bring an interactive digital magazine to life with Mega Visions!

As you can see from that video there are quite a few nifty features planned for Mega Visions. From the Kickstarter Page:
“We’re still finalizing our sections and features we’ll have in Mega Visions. In fact, much of that will depend on the feedback we receive from you, but here are some of the great features you can expect to see:
Cover story: Every issue will feature an incredibly well-researched cover story that can range from a particular SEGA game, series or industry icon.
Retrospective: Along with our cover story, you’ll see a retrospective that delves deep into the history of a particular SEGA game or series.
Reviews and Previews: No magazine is complete without reviewing the latest and greatest games, and we plan to review each and every new release from SEGA and Atlus, as well as bringing you early previews of your most anticipated games!
Retro Reviews: We love the classics, and we’ll feature a special section specifically devoted to reviews of classic SEGA titles from the SG-1000 all the way to the Dreamcast and beyond!
The Water Cooler: This section is where we’ll deliver all the news, rumors and other interesting tidbits that you might have missed elsewhere.
Mega Visions Spotlight: We love featuring all the great talent in the SEGA community, and this feature allows us to showcase a different person each issue. You can expect to see awesome collectors, cosplayers, musicians, artists and more in this section.
Mailbag and Art Section: We want to ensure you have a voice in each issue, so we’ll devote several pages to answering your questions about just about anything, and we’ll also showcase some of the great SEGA art produced by the SEGA community.
Face-Off: There are times when the Mega Visions staff doesn’t agree, and the Face-Off is where we debate about a particular SEGA, Atlus or general gaming issue.
In the Arcades: SEGA’s history is rooted deep in the arcades, and we plan to take a trip back in time to showcase our favorite arcade games from the past.”

Being a digital magazine obviously means Mega Visions will also be digitally delivered by way of a custom app that readers can find on iOS, Android, and Kindle app stores. Hop on over to the Mega Visions Kickstarter page to not just Meet the Team behind the magazine but see what types of rewards you can obtain for becoming a supporter.

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Just remember when you visit the page to…Say it…Say it…SEGA!

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Scott Serkland – Young and the Dead: No Zombies Allowed

I don’t think I have to say that the vision of a zombie apocalypse that George A. Romero started back in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead has been pretty much embraced by everyone thanks to not just Romero’s films but their shambling and decaying appearances in popular culture like Resident Evil, the Book of the Dead anthology novels, and of course The Walking Dead comic book which spun off into AMC’s highly popular television series.

But there is almost a fear for we fans of the living dead and that is thanks to a superabundant offering of zombie films and TV shows that a point has been reached where the genre is going to collapse in upon itself like an axe to the chest from the redundant stories being told over and over again.

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Which is why it is so nice that artist and writer Scott Serkland of Serkworks Art Labs has started a small Kickstarter to help bring his vision to fans by way of a series of comic books, a unique one where a group of neighborhood kids must band together in an attempt to survive an unexpected zombie uprising. To add an additional spin on his story, Serkland has set this comic series fully in past. The 80s!

All images courtesy of Scott Serkland.

All images courtesy of Scott Serkland.

I will let Scott Serkland go into more detail himself with his Kickstarter video.

While Serkland’s story certainly has elements of The Goonies and The Monster Squad in the end it’s still a story about zombies causing destruction and loss of life so there are some very real horror elements to it to be sure. Like when our main protagonist Sam Young awakes to find that the not exactly stellar home life for himself and his little brother has gotten far worse…thankfully he and Tad can count on some friends like Mitch Thompson to lend a hand.

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The support for Scott’s Kickstarter project is set painfully low from a single dollar for just wanting to lend some help but if you give a little more…
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The levels of support grow from there and include one of a kind items like a zombie sketch, signed physical copies of the books plus of course the digital versions and more. So what are you waiting for? Jump on over to Scott’s Kickstarter and take a stand against the ravenous hordes of zombies threatening the heroes of Young and the Dead: No Zombies Allowed!
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Look To The Skies! It’s The War Of The Rocketmen!

The other day Retro Art Blog sent me a link that he was more than a little sure would get my attention. Honestly. That is an understatement. I flipped out when the link took me to an IndieGoGo campaign by John Semper Jr. (The Smurfs, Bionic Six, Fraggle Rock, and Spider-Man to name a few of the animated series he has worked on!) trying to raise funds to at least create an animatic for a pilot episode of the animated War of the Rocketmen.

All images courtesy of Secret Media Empire.

All images courtesy of Secret Media Empire.

A project that is totally inspired by the “Rocket Man” characters in the absolutely classic Republic Serials of the early ’50s. By the way at the 44 second mark, wave to the thug in the dark hat…because that is none other than TV’s The Lone Ranger, Clayton Moore.

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Not only would this animatic that Semper Jr. intends to create be fully scored but feature the voice talent of the cast of Fox’s hit Spider-Man series including:
CHRISTOPHER DANIEL BARNES (“Peter Parker/Spider-Man”)
SARATOGA BALLANTINE (“Mary Jane Watson”)
JENNIFER HALE (“Felicia Hardy/The Black Cat”)
GARY IMHOFF (“Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin”)
PATRICK LABYORTEAUX (“Flash Thompson”)
RODNEY SAULSBERRY (“Robbie Robertson”)
GREGG BERGER (“Mysterio” and “Kraven The Hunter”)
ED ASNER (“J. Jonah Jameson”)

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As someone who writes about his love of the Rocketeer I think it’s more than simple to see why I felt I should share this particular kickstarter with you. Also on board are three talented artists to help shape the look of the pilot episode like Dell Barras, Frank Grau, and an artist we’ve shared artwork once or twice before…Des Taylor!
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So enough of my excitement about the project – why not let John Semper Jr. explain it himself?

So go ahead and hop on over to the War of the Rocketmen IndieGoGo page and make sure to check out the official Secret Media Empire and Facebook Page for further information.

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TMNT: Shadows of The Past Board Game (Kickstarter)

I’ve talked on the site before how I was lucky enough to really get in through the door of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom a few years before Turtle Power had a chance to properly sweep the nation, ensuring that our Heroes In A Half Shell were literally everywhere from our bed sheets to our Chef Boyardee pasta!

My introduction to the Ninja Turtles was all thanks to a great clerk at my local comic book store who one day firmly suggested I pick up the color reprints of Eastman and Laird’s groundbreaking series.

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While I of course enjoyed the animated series and the legion of toys and video games for the Turtles that would follow, my heart always yearned for a return to that gritty, so serious it was a farce early TMNT comic books. Well, imagine my delight when I dropped by my comic book store last weekend and the owner, yeah, who was once just that clerk in the shop, asked if I had heard about the Kickstarter for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game. When I got to work I did a little checking and to say I was blown away was an understatement.

Apparently I am not the only person excited about this upcoming board game, as of this writing there are still 17 days to go and they’ve already amassed $100,000 more than was needed to include many of the stretch goals. Such as the Eastman variant miniatures!

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If you watched the video you already know that Kevin Wilson is the designer of TMNT: Shadows of the Past, if you are a board game aficionado you will know his work on the excellent Arkham Horror as well as Descent: Journey in the Dark, A Game of Thrones, and Sid Meier’s Civilization board game.

From the Press Release:
“Cowabunga!
It’s here! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game you’ve been waiting for! Play as one of the four turtle brothers (and some of their trusted allies), and defend New York City from thugs, ninjas, and of course the Shredder!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a story-driven adventure game for two to five players who will duel it out street by street and mission by mission to save (or conquer) New York. The game is based off of IDW’s ongoing comic book universe and features missions taken straight from some of the series’ biggest moments. Designed by the legendary Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror) with input from Kevin Eastman and IDW’s entire TMNT creative team, this highly thematic adventure features incredible mechanics and gameplay. You’ve seen dice-chucking combat, but this is dice-nunchucking at its finest!”

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So if you have a desire to help the Turtles free the city from the likes of street punks, Mousers and even the Shredder then you should hop on over to the Kickstarter page for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past!

UPDATE This game play video just went live. You can see what is in store for you when you get your copy!

[Via] IDW Games

“We strike hard and fade away into the night.”

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Betty and Veronica through the decades

Archie Comics artist & writer Dan Parent made six variant covers for the “Betty and Veronica” 625th issue. The covers show off their styles through several decades from the 1950s to present day. The 1980s variant is quite fun as Archie Andrews is break-dancing on the floor. Dan does a great job of capturing each decade’s look all the way down to the changing hairstyles. To learn more about Dan’s artwork please visit DanParent.com

Also check out a Kickstarter project that Dan Parent and fellow Archie Comics artist Fernando Ruiz are working on. It’s for a comic book series called Die Kitty Die!