Gamelife: A Memoir by Michael W. Clune
God in the Machine: Video Games as Spiritual Pursuit by Liel Leibovitz
Building Stories by Chris Ware
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
The ACME Novelty Library #19 by Chris Ware
The ACME Novelty Library #20 by Chris Ware
Quimby the Mouse or, Comic Strips, 1990–1991 by Chris Ware
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl a video game by GSC Game World
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky a video game by GSC Game World
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat a video game by GSC Game World
The wonder about late Russian filmmaker Alexei German’s Hard to Be a God is not that it took so long to make, it’s that it got made at all.
Jacques Tardi’s It Was the War of the Trenches is one of the most passionately bleak works in the history of comics.
“I draw a lot of weird doodles on scraps of paper,” says the Canadian cartoonist Jesse Jacobs—true of most cartoonists, no doubt. But few cartoonists’ work is as suffused with the spirit of the doodle as Jacobs’s.
One of the joys of Mere, the new book by the cartoonist C.F., is how thoroughly it resists categorization, or even basic explanation.
While we have some idea of what is going on in Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, we have no idea how we’re supposed to feel about it.
Zona, Geoff Dyer’s recent book about Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Stalker, has been much discussed for its almost comically thorough dissection of the celebrated 1979 art film. And yet, after reading it, I was left feeling that something was missing. In both the book and the deluge of Stalker coverage its release has occasioned, perhaps the most crucial, and most popular, part of the film’s afterlife has gone entirely unremarked: the video game version. Between 2007 and 2010, a Ukrainian video game developer named GSC Game World to create a series of first-person shooter game adaptations of the film. And while they all have the elements of a standard action game—guns, monsters, missions, traps, loot—much of the player’s activity is oddly in keeping with Stalker’s spirit, sometimes even managing to expand upon it.
A festival of independent games with a quirky array of workshops, lectures, contests, and parties.