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An amazing collection of kid’s cat art from The Small Art Teacher Blog

Posted by: Brittany on July 16th, 2011 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (0)

Posted by: Brittany on February 17th, 2011 | Tagged with: , | Comments (0)

Found here. Disappearing from the Jersey shore in the 1960′s, Storyland Village is nearly forgotten. I did manage to find this gallery (a few images from which are below) and this man’s memories online about the seaside amusement park.

Posted by: Brittany on June 10th, 2010 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (1)

While going through storage I found this tiny Cyndi Lauper tee that I wore as a tot. She was a huge influence and I am amazed that I have managed to hold onto this tattered old tee for so long – and very glad I have!

Posted by: Brittany on June 2nd, 2010 | Tagged with: | Comments (2)

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This makes me super jealous of little British kids. Wish we had these growing up. Seen about a year ago at the wonderful V&A Museum of Childhood in London. A slew of photos I took are here.

Posted by: Brittany on November 10th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , , | Comments (0)

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This illustration by Stephen Gammell from the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark frightened the living piss out of me when I was in third grade. I liked the book a lot until I turned the page to find that thing [not] staring at me… the book and I were not friends for many years afterward.

Posted by: Ashleigh on May 14th, 2009 | Tagged with: , | Comments (5)

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Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay

One of my favorite Little Nemo comics. The fish creature can’t live outside of water and, since there is no water on Mars, a monkey hypnotizes it to think it’s living in water.

Posted by: Ashleigh on May 11th, 2009 | Tagged with: , | Comments (2)

my first video game

And a nerd is born!

Posted by: Brittany on April 30th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , , , | Comments (2)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

My friend Kyle once told me that when he was in 7th grade his best friend was Link. Link from Hyrule. Link from the Legend of Zelda. He’d race home from school, fire up his N64 and lose himself in the Ocarina of Time for hours upon hours. While this might sound like the lament of a lost nerd and imply some kind of sad, lonely childhood, the truth is that Kyle was a perfectly content, fairly well adjusted kid who dived in to an incredibly immersive, thoroughly imaginative fantasy world flawlessly created by some the greatest video game designers ever; a world far richer and more involving than anything happening off the screen of his bedroom television set.

Okay, now that I’ve thought about it, I guess there is something a little bit sad in choosing to live in the land of Link, but I can’t say that I’ve never had a similar experience. The summer before I entered 7th grade I played and, ultimately won, Phantasy Star II, a task that took months to complete — but I can’t say I regret it. Honestly, there wasn’t all that much going on outside of my bedroom any more intriguing than acquiring the key cards to all four dams.

Growing up on an NES and then a Genesis, images from those games conjure up emotions in me that I’d never have assumed such a low pixel count could generate. For me, the Video Game Atlas is a phenomenal resource, its archives are seemingly limitless and while not every level of every game is there, the odds are pretty high that you’ll find at least one screenshot that will transport you back to the halcyon days when quality afternoons were spent absorbed in two-player Double Dragon.

As I was browsing through this week, one particular game demanded my attention. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. I don’t know if you’ve ever played this side scrolling pseudo RPG full of towns plagued by an epidemic of uncovered wells and populated by cryptic weirdoes, but it’s always held a special place in my heart. It was the first video game that provoked a sense of dread; decades before the stomp of a too-close Devilsaur in Un’Goro, the forests of Transylvania, which changed colors psychedelically after the sun set, inspired the kind of tense, fear-based reactive gaming I’ve always liked best.

While these images, taken from maps assiduously compiled by Rick N. Bruns and Wileee, convey the experience of the game pretty thoroughly, The Advantage covered one of my favorite pieces on their album Elf Titled, listening will doubtlessly enhance your viewing experience.

Click to listen to Castlevania II: Woods performed by The Advantage.

Click here to see the rest of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Posted by: Jim on April 24th, 2009 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (0)

The Tripods Book One: The White Mountains by John Christopher, Illustrated by

The only books I ever seriously considered stealing from my elementary school library, the cover art is by the late Roger Hane. Here’s a gallery on Flickr showcasing more of his work.

The Tripods Book One: The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher, Illustrated by

Click here to see the rest of The Tripod Series

Posted by: Jim on April 23rd, 2009 | Tagged with: , , | Comments (4)