Back in 2015, Bitmap Books UK teamed up with arcade enthusiast Tim Nicholls to publish the first edition of Artcade, a labour of love that was borne out of Nicholls’ quest to restore his massive archive of original arcade game artwork comprised of titles from the last four decades.
Within this Extended Edition, we are able to build on the amazing foundation laid down by Nicholls, which comes massively expanded with new restored artwork and exclusive written content. Nicholls’ efforts to bring the artwork of classic coin-ops back to life remains at the core of this revised version, but it is accompanied by a wealth of additional art which has been kindly contributed to by other collectors, restorers and fans. As well as adding a larger selection of memorable marquee artwork, we’ve also included a lot more side panel and cabinet art this time around, giving you a better overall picture of the complete machine, and what it would have looked like in its full glory. Artcade Extended also has a new format to the book, which is a direct response to feedback on the first edition regarding images running across the spine. Now, the design has one image per page to address this feedback.
While the art naturally remains the main focus of Artcade, there’s a lot more written content to digest this time around, including a brand-new exclusive interview with the legendary Larry Day, who worked on seminal titles such as Moon Patrol and the pinball machine Catacomb. Day’s insights into the history of the amusement arcade industry help bring these bold illustrations to life, while an in-depth ‘how-to’ chapter – contributed to by Escape Pod, one of the world’s leading creators of high-quality restored arcade artwork – serves as a great taster for those of you who are entertaining the idea of picking up a battered coin-op classic and bringing it back to life.
Artcade comes housed within a Glow-in-the-Dark slipcase, this is made from heavy-board board and offers great protection to the book.
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