Train2Game News Sinclair ZX Spectrum art book

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Bitmap Books is very proud to announce the third instalment in their visual compendium series of retro gaming pixel art books.

Over the past 12 months, the publisher has released books on the  Commodore 64 and the  Commodore  Amiga. These books have  received universal praise and this latest book in the  compendium series aims to continue this impressive legacy. The book recently launched on Kickstarter and reached its funding goal in a matter of hours.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum: a visual compendium will focus on the visual side of the computer; from in-game pixel art to game maps to box artwork, the book will be crammed full of beautiful high-resolution, full-colour pixel art and photography. The ZX Spectrum is a true British icon and at the time boasted cutting-edge product design. This unique and iconic image is something that will be captured; the ultimate aim is to produce a book which proudly pays homage to this classic home computer.

Each spread in the book will focus on a different game, each represented with a striking visual, along with short reviews, developer quotes, and behind-the-scenes trivia. Contributors to the book include Ste Pickford (Binary Designs), Bob Pape (R-Type/Rampage), John Heap (Denton Designs), Julian Gollop (Laser Squad), Matthew Smith (Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy), Steve Turner (Graftgold), David Darling (Codemasters) along with many other developers and journalists.

The text will be edited and overseen by industry legend Steve Jarratt, a veteran computer games journalist who has edited countless best-selling publications including Crash, Commodore Format, Amiga Format, Total!, and EDGE. The foreword will be written by ex-Binary Design graphic artist Ste Pickford, one half of the legendary duo The Pickford Bros., who made their name creating the artwork and designing classic games such as Zub, Glider Rider, Amaurote, 180 and Feud.

As with the C64 book, Sinclair ZX Spectrum: a visual compendium will showcase the awesome and iconic artwork by Oliver Frey. His legendary covers for Crash magazine will be printed in all their full-colour glory!

Additional features within the book will include professional product photography, artist interviews, developer profiles, classic magazine showcases and also a visual look at the Russian Spectrum homebrew scene.

There are also some great stretch goals including an Allister Brimble remix CD which will be exclusive to backers only and some funky polystyrene 48K-style packaging for the book.

For more information on the Kickstarter campaign, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2146199819/zx-spectrum-a-visual-compendium-by-bitmap-books

Train2Game News Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium

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Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination, Funstock.co.uk, announce the release of Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium by Bitmap Books.

The book celebrates the visual side of the glorious Amiga computer and Amiga games. Each spread features a beautiful image and insight from prominent Amiga developers, artists and journalists; ranging from a mini review from an ex-journalist such as Gary Penn or Steve Jarratt, to illustrations from renowned artists such as Roger Dean (Psygnosis) and Bob Wakelin (Ocean) printed in all their full-colour glory. The book also feature game maps, loading screens and stunning artwork.

The book is over 420 pages long, printed lithographically in magnificent quality with an elegant design and layout.

Industry legends such as David Perry (Supremacy), Dino Dini (Kick Off, Goal!), Jon Hare (Sensible Software), Ron Gilbert (LucasArts) and many, many more contributed to the writing of the book.

This is the second book by high-end computer game artwork specialists Bitmap Books – their first, Commodore 64: A Visual Commpendium, is currently available to purchase.

The foreword has been written by ex-Sensible Software graphic artist Stoo Cambridge, who made his name creating the artwork for classic games such as Cannon Fodder and Sensible Soccer.

The book, titled “Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium” by Bitmap Books is available to buy now, exclusively at www.funstock.co.uk