Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The reviews are in!

Here's what the critics are saying about Classic Home Video Games 1972-1984:

"a labor of love...comprehensive..recommended"--Library Journal

"Brett Weiss knows his video games and this book is a must have for all fans"--Bart Bush (former editor of Larry Bieza's Pinball Price Guide)

"Quality writing...accessible reviews of every game released for popular and obscure game systems"--Retro Thing

"This is a GREAT book!" --Rick Kelsey (columnist for Toy Shop magazine)

"A great-looking new book"--classicgaming.gamespy.com

It's not too late to put in an order for the book in time for Christmas. Email me at brettw105 AT sbcglobal.net if you are interested in obtaining a signed copy (with free priority mail shipping).

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Recently published in...

Comics Buyer's Guide #1637, where I review the following:

Black Canary Wedding Planner #1
Captain America: The Chosen #1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #6
Justice League Wedding Special #1
The Tick's Comic Con Extravaganza #1
Zombie Proof #1
The Last Fantastic Four Story

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sights and sounds (actually, just sights) from Wizard World Texas.

Arthur Suydam, former Heavy Metal artist, signs autographs for admiring fans. Suydam is popular these days for his Marvel Zombies covers.

Adam Kubert signing at the Lone Star Comics booth.

Who are you? I'm Batman!

This married couple is obviously suited to one another.

Although DC didn't have a booth on the convention floor, they were represented at the show by their vice president of sales Bob Wayne (on the left) and executive editor Dan Didio (at the podium). See the Green Lanterns watching over the proceedings? They are the same couple that portrayed Wonder Woman and Batman (shown above).

Laura Vandervoort, who plays Supergirl in Smallville, was quite the attraction, drawing hundreds of people (mostly males, for some unknown reason) to her autographing.

Laura "Supergirl" Vandervoort. Sure, she's kinda cute and all, but I prefer brunette school teachers (especially those who specialize in English and journalism).

The great Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane in The Adventures of Superman, the classic TV show starring George Reeves.

Truly a big Wonder Woman fan.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Soon to be appearing at...

Wizard World Texas!

Since it's only 15 minutes or so from my house, I go to Wizard World Texas every year, and I always have a great time. This year, however, the event holds a special significance, at least to me. Part of the festivities is the 30th Anniversary of Lone Star Comics, an eight-store chain in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (I used to manage the Hurst location).

Lone Star will play host to a number of autographings, including the likes of J. Scott Campbell and Adam Kubert. Somehow I weaseled my way onto the list and will be appearing at the Lone Star booth on Friday from 12-1 and on Saturday from 10-11, copies of Classic Home Video Games 1972-1984 in hand. If any of you reading this happen to be going, feel free to drop by and say hello.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Now playing...

Wii Sports!

Though I'm a little late jumping on the bandwagon, I finally picked up a Nintendo Wii. What finalized my decision was playing the system over at my brother-in-law's house and being amazed at the way the controllers worked in manipulating the onscreen action (depending on the game, the motion-sensitive remote can be used as a wand, a tennis racket, a sword, etc.). I was skeptical at first, but won over by the interactive nature of the games. Anyone can play and enjoy the system, from the youngest of gamers to the oldest of fossils (even people older than me!).

As fans of the system know, it comes packaged with Wii Sports, which is one of the best, most versatile pack-in games in the history of consoles. Boxing, Golf, and Baseball are fun, but I especially enjoy Tennis and Bowling, which seem tailor-made for the system. My 11-year-old son recently got a perfect 300 in Bowling, something I haven't come close to. Luckily, I'm still the king of Tennis (no, not Billie Jean King), especially the cool target game in the training mode.