Book Report: Ready Player One By Ernest Cline

You wouldn’t know it to look at the blog here, but I’ve been reading a LOT lately. I’m working on a few posts that will cover my experiences reading Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter books while I also watched the series Hannibal and then the films, but they’re not ready yet. However, after finishing the book Hannibal, I found myself not wanting to get into Hannibal Rising, but still needed something to read. A buddy had just recommended Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One from 2011 and I figured why not? I really enjoyed the book, but a few things stuck with me in different ways. Continue reading Book Report: Ready Player One By Ernest Cline

Ad It Up: Popeye For The Atari

I have no recollection of this Popeye game for the Atari 2600 partly because I was less than a year old when it came out and partly because I had very limited experience with Atari. My neighbor down the street–the same one who gave me my first pile of comic books–had one, but we didn’t hang out much because he was a bit older. Anyway, I love this ad because it’s got that classic Popeye art, it implies that Popeye gets his strength from playing video games and especially for that art at the bottom of Bluto throwing the bottles at our hero. It’s so crazy and random and violent, but in true Popeye fashion, it’s no big deal. I scanned this ad from 1984’s Jack O Hearts #1, a miniseries that got increasingly over the top and ridiculous as it went on. If you’re curious about how the Popeye game played, check out this video:

If I’m reading this video right, Olive Oil shoots out hearts that Popeye tries to collect while Bluto’s trying to mess him up. That might sound strange, but it’s no weirder than the plots to Mario Bros. or Donkey Kong.