Custom - Celebrating Retro Gaming Art (Canceled)
Custom - Celebrating Retro Gaming Art (Canceled)
One of a kind art book to celebrate the best custom consoles and the artists behind them as well as the techniques they use.
One of a kind art book to celebrate the best custom consoles and the artists behind them as well as the techniques they use. Read more
As a video game collector for almost 20 years, I've been in the forefront of a mysterious yet amazing artistic practice, customized consoles. While it may seem barbaric to some people (please refer to our FAQ section for that), you can't deny the work behind each and every one of these unique, sometimes one-of-a-kind systems. The level of details the artists managed to achieve is simply astounding. Therefore I wanted to pay an homage to this art and the artists who bring us those incredible consoles and what better way to do that than with an art book?
Speaking of which, the book will be in landscape format which is the best way to make the photos pop out and shine! I'm aware that there are many pictures available on the web already and this is why I want to bring you exclusive shots and angles as much as possible at least. This time around, the book will only have a hardcover as any coffee table book should have.
Once more, as all of the projects I'm building from scratch, it comes from a place of love. Not only did I enjoy seeing those pictures and felt very humble, but I also tried (but failed) to paint two consoles myself and felt even more humble and respectful towards the work of these awesome and unique artists.
Like I did with my previous book, I don't only want to bring you amazingly high quality pictures but also the artists behind the creations you've seen so many times on the internet.
I'm very glad to announce that almost a couple of dozen of artists practicing from all over the world agreed to have their creations appear in the book including the following:
- Vadu Amka: A Belgian born and raised, Vadu Amka not only paints the consoles she customizes, she sculpts them almost bringing them to life (or death in some of her works) using various matters according to her final goal. She's mostly known for her Pokémon Game Boy, Crash Bandicoot PlayStation 2 or the incredible Castlevania Super NES.
- Zoki64: Coming all the way from Slovenia, Zoki64 is an incredibly talented artist who've been designing amazing consoles using the most iconic characters and franchises the video games has to offer. His most famous piece is the The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask Nintendo 64.
- Anark Grafik: Based in France, Anark Grafik has a very unique touch and has been customizing consoles for over 10 years.
- Muchunow: This two-man team is based in the Paris area in France and has been creating customs based on popular series like Super Mario, Dragon Ball or even Resident Evil.
- Toshio: Creator extraordinaire, Toshio operates from France as well and works tirelessly since 2012 to offer his customer real works of art.
- R Custom: Also know as Sam Custom, this artist places the fun above all else and creates custom from France.
- Marshall Clark: Performing from Texas, USA, Marshall is an accomplished artist who has been customizing console for almost 5 years.
- Kotomi: Another Frenchy, Kotomi is the one that started it all in France and it's through his work and blog (which is still online) that I discovered the art of custom. He's also one of the few that customized Nintendo DS consoles.
- Custom NES Guy: Hello Dark NES my old friend... if you have ever seen this meme around the internet, I'm very pleased to tell you that the black NES artist will also be part of the book operating from the United States of America.
- Robert Alan Wallington: Founder of R.A.W. Talent Art, Robert creates amazing custom console from Norwich, England since 2014.
- Mark A. Liptak: Creator of M.A.L. Customs, Mark is simply astounding and his creations are reflecting his passion fro video games and good design.
- Ultimate Customs: specialized in customizing consoles, this one man company is based in Medway, MA and has been around for more than 5 years.
- Retro Pimpz: operating from Leeds, UK, Andy Senior is now retired but is one of the pioneers of this practice as he started as early as 2001!
- Tanner Saltzman: Driven by his passion, Tanner has been customizing console as a hobby for more than 10 years and is from Iowa.
- Rose Colored Gaming: If you are on Instagram and a fan of retro gaming you must have come across the creations of this fine team based in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Extreme Consoles: Even though they worked with the likes of Ubisoft, Take Two and so on, this team from the UK also made incredible and unique custom consoles.
- Mad VGA: Originally from Québec-city, Mad VGA aims to go into designing custom consoles full time and he clearly has the skill to make it happen!
- Clifford Keddy: This preliminary list wouldn't be complete without another fellow Canadian artist. Based in Nova Scotia close to the Atlantic Ocean, Clifford Keddy or CK Signs has been customizing consoles since 2014.
I'm still waiting on some other replies so this list can only grow to give you the best of the best customs!
We've got amazing perks for you should you decide to support us:
- The book
- The book signed by the author
- An exclusive A3 poster by Anark Grafik
- 2 Game Boy and 2 Game Cube from the same artist
- A colourful custom Game Boy by Muchunow that is a tribute to both his passion which are video games and graffiti (only 5 available)
- 5 Custom PlayStation by Toshio Custom (design in progress, photo for reference only)
- An amazing custom Nintendo 64 with a woodgrain like glossy finish by Marshall Clark (only 10 available)
- A shiny Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Custom NES Guy (only ONE available)
- A custom Super Nintendo by Vadu Amka (design in progress, photo for reference only and only ONE available)
I'm a video game historian, video game history advocate and lover of all things retro gaming. I've been writing on the subject for the past 3 years. Whether it's on the web (co-founded the website retrogamer.ca), for printed magazines (Québec le Mag, Retro-Playing) or books (Coleco The Official Book, PlayStation Anthologie), writing is what I do!
Mathieu Alegre is a very talented graphic designer whom I worked with for quite a long time now. He's been designing card games, logos, art works for more than 10 years. You can check out his work on his website he launched when he arrived in Montreal in late 2014. I fully trust him for this project.
The budget will be used as follows:
- $15,000 for the printing
- $10,000 for the shipping
- $5,000 for the rewards
- $5,000 for the formatting
It's pretty straightforward and I now know what it takes to deliver a high quality book. The printer is already selected as well and we'll team up with Solisco a printing company from Sainte-Foy in Québec so we'll be able to monitor the quality of the book.
Thanks to the amazing retro gaming community around the world, we're getting some incredible support:
Lord Arse - Subversive and nostalgic, Lord Arse is a Twitter influencer that will have you reminisce on the best hits of the past but also the hidden gem you might have missed. Check him out on Twitter, you won't regret it!
Juicy Game Reviews/The Gebs 24 - Incredibly talented and dynamic YouTuber and blogger from the UK, Gemma is also a Twitter influencer posting both instructive and funny tweets about video game culture and history.
Retro Gaming Books - Website about video game history books with a starting YouTube channel and a Twitter account that aims to become the number one resource to help fellow video game historian write their book.Save
Risks and challenges
The main risk is that some artists decide not to be featured in the book anymore which would be annoying but we do have enough motivated people to make a book big enough for every backer to enjoy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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