Well here is to the start of a new year and a Happy New Year to you!
The last few months of 2016 were pretty busy here at Fusion Retro Books - with the launch of The Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey during the Autumn, it just got busier and busier. The Little Book of ZX Spectrum Games was launched at the same time and has been popular with those looking for a stocking filler for Christmas.
Just before the Yuletide festivities, we launched The Story of the Oliver Twins. The book had taken over a year to complete with Philip and Andrew involved all of the way - reviewing, assuring and signing off each page. It was decided very early on that we would do a launch event for the book, but as Christmas was looming there was some concern that if we held one, nobody would come! We took a risk, and picked the National Video Arcade museum in Nottingham - an evening event on the 15th December. Around 75 fans of the Twins turned up and were entertained by Philip and Andrew over an hour and a half. The book went down a storm, with a queue of guests lining up to get their book signed.
There were a number of guests at the event from both the media and from the gaming world. Archer Maclean was one such gaming hero (IK+, Dropzone, Jimmy White's Snooker) and here he is with Andy Remic, who is in the throes of producing a documentary film on the ZX Spectrum.
The event also saw the launch of a new Kickstarter for a further unreleased game by the Oliver Twins. The game is called Dreamworld Pogie and was developed by Philip and Andrew some 25 years ago and was never released. The campaign will take the game and package it up just like a typical NES game would have looked in the early 90s. The campaign is here for anyone interested - KICKSTARER.
Here is a picture of Philip playing the game:
We are cracking on now with The story of the Commodore Amiga in pixels book and hope to have that launched in the spring. The idea then is do produce a book on Thalamus - the software house that gave us Sanxion and Delta!
I will look to update the blog on the site monthly going forwards to let you know how the books are progressing.
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