Monday, September 19, 2016

Attention Fleet


Art Of Atari Ad
 Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3, #1
Centerfold-right
August 2016

This Art Of Atari ad appears in the right-hand side of the the centerfold page of the Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3, #1 comic book, which was published in August 2016. The cover of the Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3, #1 comic book appears below: 

Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3, #1
Front Cover
August 2016

This ad, with a cool aged and worn look to it, features the cover of the book Art Of Atari as well as a sampling of the art work, artist profiles and history covered within. The ad also features an Atari Video Computer System with two Atari CX40 Joysticks, a pair of Atari CX30 Paddle Controllers and Atari TV/Game Switch-box and a Combat cartridge.

While this ad doesn't cover any of the Atari 8-Bit Home Computers, It does cover the early history of Atari, the Atari Video Computer System, and Atari art work. In fact, this book offers the most complete collection of Atari artwork ever published. In a brief email exchange with author Tim Lapetino, he confirmed that the book primarily focuses on Atari Video Computer System art. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am looking forward to the release of this new book.  

Art Of Atari
Standard Edition

Art Of Atari is a 352 page, full color tome published by Dynamite Entertainment. As mentioned, it is written by Tim Lapetino, and features an afterword by Robert V. Conte and a foreword by Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, one of my favorite books. A film adaption of Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg, Incorporated, is scheduled to be released in March 2018.

Art Of Atari will be released on October 25, 2016. It will be published in a standard edition and in a deluxe edition, which has an early Atari Video Computer System Game Cartridge cover design.


Art Of Atari
Limited Deluxe Edition

Battlestar Galactica was a late 1970s weekly television series. I can remember sitting in class in the 5th grade drawing pictures of Colonial Vipers with a number 2 pencil! The main protagonists in Battlestar Galactica were the Cylons, a race of robots. Around the same time as the original TV series was being broadcast, Atari released  the iconic game Star Raiders for the Atari 400/800 home computers. The main protagonists in Star Raiders were the Zylons. Cylons and Zylons.  Coincidental?  I think not!

A re-imaged weekly television series of Battlestar Galactica was broadcast in the mid 2000s.  I have not seen the updated series, an oversight that I intend to correct.

Look for the upcoming Art Of Atari book at your favorite brick-and-mortar or online book retailer in October 2016.

And while you are at it, support your local comic shop! When I am in South Florida, my go-to comic shop is Tate's in Lauderhill. When I'm in New Jersey, I frequent Comic Fortress in Somerville, Steve's Comic Relief in Toms River and occasionally Jay And Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Red Bank.

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