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Guilty Pleasures – The Wizard

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There were two things I loved in 1989, Nintendo and the Wonder Years. The movie The Wizard gave me the bizarre opportunity to combine both of them. My mom took my brother and I to the movies to let us experience this first hand. We left that theatre elated. I hadn’t seen the movie in the following 26 years until last weekend. I’ll proudly admit (if you couldn’t guess based on the title of this article), I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it still.

Now make no bones about it, this is not a good movie in a way shape or form. Sometimes though you can coast through something solely on nostalgia despite how bad it is. Other times though nostalgia just isn’t enough.

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Snack Time With The Evil Geeks

Lunchboxes were a rite of passage growing up and the Evil Geeks got together to discuss their most memorable. Many heated debates were spurred over these around the lunch table, so don’t forget to weigh in and tell us what yours was.

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I loved this fucking thing. It’s the only lunchbox I ever remember having. I’m still strangely proud of owning this. Shit, I’ll rep Super Mario 2 until the day I die. Not to mention, you already know my feelings on Zelda 2. So this was a gift from the heavens for me. What’s a little strange is that it’s actually promoting the Super Mario Brothers: Super Show, which I was a big fan of. You know, the one that had a Zelda cartoon on Fridays!? Yet, that’s what Mario and Luigi looked like on the show, but not Link and that insane Hyrulian knight he’s fighting. To top it off too it’s being presented by Nintendo Power in conjunction with some company called Aladdin? That’s all kinds of weird. It seems like they are trying to capitalize on the show without actually saying that that’s what it is. Good move Nintendo, I wouldn’t want to give Viacom and a company named DiC any more money either.

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Evil Geeks Art Gallery – Classic Rockman

I apologize for my absence from these hallowed halls of the Evil Geeks Art Gallery, I’ve been trotting the globe scouring for pieces from antiquity. Alas, no period in man’s history has produced works as astounding as these following examples, and I have as a result returned empty handed. I give you, the Art Gallery so far (in hyperlink form).

The Climatic Revelation Scene from The Empire Strikes Back

Hitler’s Comeuppance

A Boy Out of Time

Elektra’s Death at the Hands of Bullseye

The World’s Most Fearsome Fighting Team

A Force With Which To be Reckoned

Back on the Horse

Second Genesis

Dawn of Justice

I know what you’re thinking; “That about does it for art, civilization, you’ve gone and peaked”. Well think again, my friends. My appetite for beauty is positively insatiable and I have once more opened my billfold to commission a work of finest art from two modern masters. Truly, this generation has offered no purer talents than Biff Tannen and Arthur Harkness!

And SURELY their skills have never been put to a greater test than the awkward beauty of the Mega Man 2 cover art. One of the most playable videogames released for the NES (And that, sir, is saying something!), Mega Man 2 was an improvement in every way upon its predecessor. More bosses, longer gameplay, still challenging and yet not impossible. This game long stood as my favorite, and so this project was near and dear to my heart of hearts. And it was, indeed the first addition! Let me tell you the tale.

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Pulp Corner: Astor Alexander’s Nintendo Pulp Art

By combining two of my favorite things artist Astor Alexander’s work has zoomed to the top of my holiday wish list. I’m a big fan of the art of the Nintendo era, but I’m enamored with all things film noir and pulp especially the design specifics. So when I stumbled across these three prints it was a slam dunk for me. I really wish these were legitimate books…

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You can purchase these as prints here and if you’re interested in following Alexander’s work or seeing more of it, check it out.

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Evil Geeks Archaeology: The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks and the Relics of Hyrule

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Excavating relics is a tricky business. When I was a child, I wanted nothing more to be an archaeologist because of the Indiana Jones movies. It took me a long time to be convinced that it wasn’t all finding ancient artifacts and fighting Nazi’s. There’s a lot of research done in libraries and more often than not you were looking for pieces of pottery as opposed to mythic treasure.

I recently uncovered some documents in my house that I had thought were swept up by the sands of time. The documents in questions were photographs. I’m not sure when exactly they were taken, but my best carbon dating would place them around 1990. My father though he carried not a master sword was able to forge Link’s shield for me.

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The Art Of Super Mario World

Many would agree that the height of the 8 bit era gaming rests squarely on the shoulders of Mario 3. In fact, we thought so ourselves. It did what any truly good sequel does by building on what came before but taking it to the next level. Super Mario World for the SNES used the same strategy and is still fondly remembered today.

Recently, I stumbled across a plethora of official art related to the game that I hadn’t known about depicting each of the different worlds (plus the Sunken Ghost Ship, Star World and Special World).  It’s similar in tone and style to Mario 3’s strategy guide art but it’s a little more cartoony this time around. It further blurs the line between American cartoons and Japanese Manga art that would go on to be the staple of the series.

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