The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday Link Roundup

Books:
A timely craft project that lets you make your favorite book cover into protest protection gear (link via BookPatrol); Tolkien fandom historian Sumner Gary Hunnewell has compiled a series of thorough, year-by-year bibliographies of Tolkien material in fanzines up through 1968; Some reflections on the passion and mania of collecting from Comic Book Daily); the EXCEPTIONALLY NOT WORK SAFE blog of photographer Paul Johnson who worked in the golden age of the porn magazine, pioneering the glossy "one-story" format and "Point-of-View" mags with such legends as Juliet Anderson, Annette Haven and Nina Hartley

Film:
Artist Ed Harrington's Ikea instructions for assembling your favorite horror icons (link via AV Club); Retro VHS packaging for modern horror films (link via AV Club)

Music:
The rise and fall of "Cocktail Nation"--the 1990s swing/lounge revival--and the Squirrel Nut Zippers (whose Tom Maxwell has written a memoir about the band) (via AV Club)

Comics:
Diversions of the Groovy Kind offers up scans of the early issues of Astonishing tales featuring Wally Wood's take on my favorite Marvel character Dr. Doom! (earlier installments are here 1, 2, 3)

Video Games:
US Gamer gives a look into the tangled hardware, software and rights issues that get in the way of classic games being properly curated and offered up for play; A Do You Know Gaming video on the rich mythological, fictional and historical references in the Castlevania series (it starts off basic but goes deep)

Random:
Cool Tools recommends Hugo's Amazing Tape, a versatile material that's reusable, sticks only to itself and doesn't leave residue. Board and card game collectors love this stuff apparently and it seems promising for delicate books and ephemera; Jot101 presents a history of Pemmican, an early tinned, concentrated food that helped fuel 19th Century exploration; A beautiful selection of vintage poker / casino chips available from Dice702.com

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