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The ultimate retrospective of the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis. A documentary art book by Read-Only Memory.
The ultimate retrospective of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, featuring development and concept illustrations for Sega’s best-loved game franchises, original developer interviews and previously unseen hardware production plans.
The ultimate retrospective of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, featuring development and concept illustrations for Sega’s best-loved game franchises, original developer interviews and previously unseen hardware production plans.
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Won't You Take Me To... Funkotron

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It seems there is unanimous agreement on how best to spend our extra coinage, and that's to soup up the book itself! Of all the ideas suggested, I thought that improved cover finishes, gatefold pages and most of all... more pages were the most effective way to invest our excess cash. I'm speaking to a selection of reputable printers to see how we can make best use of the money, so please do bear with me while I assess where I can get the biggest bang for our collective buck. Once I've weighed up the options and spent a good few hours agonising over paper choices I'll be right back with you for the full, mouth-watering lowdown on your upgraded SEGA book.

Meanwhile, I'm pleased to announce that we've introduced a couple of fantastic new interviewees into the fold: Rich Karpp (Developer of Vectorman and Vectorman 2) and Michael Latham (Producer of Eternal Champions) will be chatting with us about their Genesis experiences. In the last update I mentioned that Greg Johnson (co-creator of ToeJam & Earl) was on board and I'm excited to say he has sent us a big ol' .zip file full of early development artwork. I hope you will all find the below image just as exciting as I did...

Finally, I have a request! We've been trying – with partial success – to get in touch with Ed Annunziata (creator of Ecco the Dolphin). I consider him an essential part of the book and we'd love to add him to our interview directory. I know there are plenty of ex-SEGA-alumni amongst our backers and I'd love if somebody could assist us in getting in touch with him directly. Please message me if you think you might be able to help!

So, it's back to editing interviews and going over our new print quotes for me. If you'd like to get in touch, I'm always available at darren@readonlymemory.vg, or you can follow Read-Only Memory on Twitter at @romalerts.

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    1. David West on November 22, 2013

      I don't know if you know but the guys that created booger man and I think earthworm Jim just tried to do a kickstarter but failed. you should interview them I'm sure they would love to help.
      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/boogerman20th/boogerman-20th-anniversary-the-video-game

    2. Shane Smith on November 22, 2013

      Not sure if you knew, but Ed actually ran his own (sadly unsuccessful) kickstarter earlier this year, so it might be possible to get in touch with him via the contact links on the project page - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/annunziata/the-next-ecco-the-dolphin-adventure-game

      And that TJ&E sketch is great, can't wait to see more 16 bit concept art!

    3. Darren Wall 4-time creator on November 22, 2013

      Neil: Actually, I'm pleased to say that we are covering those subjects in our hardware guide section. The photographs of the Mega CD units are looking particularly handsome. We had also selected some 32X games for inclusion in our game art chapter.

      Mindchamber: Yes, and I believe it got quite far before being canned... which is intriguing. We'd certainly have access to that material but Matt is correct, we'd probably hold it back for a Saturn book so it didn't seem out of place. I'll speak to Michael Latham - our Eternal Champion contact - and see if he has some stuff in his archives. Sorry I can't provide a more helpful answer!

    4. Matt Bennion on November 22, 2013

      @Neil Johnson the 32X and Mega CD could be separate books, I think the book is covering the hardware anyway.... have to wait and see!

      @MindChamber that's not really Mega Drive related as such... I imagine Darren will potentially end up doing a Saturn book given the response to this one ;)

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      Neil Johnson on November 22, 2013

      With the extra pledged funds, how about extend the book to include the 32X, Mega CD and other peripherals? I know they aren't universally loved but a complete Sega Genesis/Mega Drive book would be fantastic.

    6. MindChamber on November 22, 2013

      There was supposed to be a third Eternal Champions for the Saturn, would be great to find out more about that and possibly see some concept art for it.

    7. Sebbe on November 22, 2013

      Sounds like an awesome addition, more pages and overall higher quality paper etc.