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Episode 16: Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown

August 16th, 2017

In episode 16, we ride the rails in the 2/10/89 edu-tainment THIS IS AMERICA CHARLIE BROWN: BUILDING THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD. Want to know the saga of one of American history’s biggest construction projects, a story about literally uniting a post-Civil war country? Then hop aboard! As the train pulls away from the station, we jump on to run away with Snoopy as he joins the circus in the 10/24/80 LIFE IS A CIRCUS, CHARLIE BROWN. Forbidden passion! The lure of fame! Popcorn wantonly mingling with cotton candy! It’s all here! This month’s “Peanuts by Schulz” short... Read More

Atari Bytes: DIG DUG

August 13th, 2017

In episode 81, we DIG deep into yet another game and leave no stone, worm, or dog turd unturned until we’ve DUG up the truth about the 1982 Namco classic DIG DUG. If we hit the center of the Earth, we’ll tell Jules Verne you said “hi”. Grab a motor-powered shovel and join us! Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball Spring”. Atari Bytes show notes and more here. It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey, that’s my other show! Find it here! Support... Read More

Episode 15: She’s A Good Skate, Charlie Brown

July 16th, 2017

Please support the show financially at our Patreon page here. This month in episode 15 of the podcast we wade into the Peanuts neighborhood kiddie pool to take on the burning question: If a Peanuts character says “Rats” alone in the woods, does it make a sound? Also, we explore the mysteries of why Peppermint Patty is sneaking out in the early morning hours, why is crime so rampant in Peanuts Town, and where did Marcie get an automatic duck plucker? The episodes this month are: She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, originally aired 2/25/80; episode 5 of “The Charlie Brown... Read More

Episode 14: You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown & This is America, Charlie Brown: The Great Inventors

June 16th, 2017

MAKE THIS PODCAST “GREAT” AGAIN The painstaking production and scrutinizing the schedule that went into developing this theme for this month’s episode, #14 for those of you keeping score at home, is staggering. Both episodes have “great” in their titles. From 1979, we’ve got “You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown” and from 1989, “This is America: The Great Inventors”. That’s what you call synchronicity.* *No, it’s not.** **It’s just a random coincidence.*** ***This is the last footnote. This month’s “Peanuts... Read More

Atari Bytes: CANYON BOMBER

May 22nd, 2017

Support the show at our Patreon page here. What’s in a name? Exactly what you’d expect when the name is a title like the 1979 Atari game CANYON BOMBER. What’s that about? Well, there’s these canyons….and you bomb them. Truth in advertising! Find some sandbags to hide behind, then join us. It’ll be a blast! Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Pinball Spring”, “Take a Chance” and “Reformat”. Atari Bytes show notes and more. It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – a show for all... Read More

Atari Bytes: SUPER BREAKOUT

May 17th, 2017

One day at the Atari Labs in the 1970s, they looked at Breakout and said, “Yeah, this is pretty good. But we can make it better. We have the technology. We can make the paddle smaller. The balls bouncier. The colors colorier. And we can make ‘colorier’ a word too. We’re Atari and there is zero chance we’ll implode in a video game crash just a few years hence.” The result of this bravado was 1980(?)’s Atari game SUPER BREAKOUT. Is the game indeed super? Well, no. No, it’s not. Spoilers hurt sometimes. But this episode definitely is SUPER. I’m... Read More

Episode 13: Good Grief! It’s my chat with Peanuts Historian Nat Gertler!

May 16th, 2017

Good grief! Another month has gone by already? We’ve got a first for the podcast on this lucky episode 13…a guest! Nat Gertler is a respected author (The Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World’s Most Beloved Comic Strip; The Snoopy Treasures), publisher and Peanuts historian. And he was nice enough to give a bit of his time, wit and wisdom to the podcast. Thanks, Nat! This month, we also watch and discuss two of the 2008 Warner Premiere Motion Comics, animations of 1964 Peanuts strips. The episodes we watched this month were “Crabby Little Girl” and “Mother’s... Read More

Atari Bytes: SWORDQUEST: EARTHWORLD

May 15th, 2017

We’re back! After an unplanned week off at the exotic locale of my local hospital, ATARI BYTES is back. And we promise you, this episode is worth the wait! First, we talk about the 1982 Atari legend SWORDQUEST: EARTHWORLD, the first in a famously unfinished series of games and pack-in comics at the center of a contest that also went unfinished, courtesy of the video game crash. Then, after the game stuff, you can hear my conversation with Chad Bowers and Chris Sims. (Thanks again, guys!) They are well-known comics writers on a lot of big things – Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy,... Read More

Atari Bytes: BREAKOUT

May 12th, 2017

On episode 66 of ATARI BYTES, we’re gonna BREAK…OUT. Mighty mighty. Gonna let it all hang out… And by IT, we mean the 1978 Atari original BREAKOUT. It’s a game about smashing bricks and…well, smashing more bricks. And providing the ying to our gaming yang, we also have a Lego correspondent in the studio giving a play-by-play of his assembly of a stack of Lego bricks into…well, you’ll just have to listen to find out. Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Pinball Spring” and... Read More

Episode 12: It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!

April 17th, 2017

In the 1974 special IT’S THE EASTER BEAGLE, CHARLIE BROWN, the gang is obsessed with the looming specter of Easter and living in existential fear they won’t be buried alive in an avalanche of eggs. Everyone, that is, except Linus who takes a break from obsessing about the Great Pumpkin to obsess about a thing called “the Easter Beagle”. (And Sally calls him on it.) Meanwhile, Marcie, apparently an Easter neophyte, cluelessly lays waste to scores of defenseless eggs. And as if THAT wasn’t enough, we’ve also got our fourth episode of THE CHARLIE BROWN &... Read More

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