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95: PIRATES, THIEVES AND A LICENSE TO HAVE FUN

June 20th, 2023
95: PIRATES, THIEVES AND A LICENSE TO HAVE FUN

Look what the tide brought in! In episode 95, we discuss “The Snoopy Show”, season 3, episode 1. This episode features sandy beaches, a bit of thievery, and a license to print joy and laughter. Not a bad way to kill an hour or so. We’ve also got some news and feedback and a “Random Strip of the Month” provided by Luca Debus, illustrator of the forthcoming “Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charlies M. Schulz”.  Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Mining by Moonlight”, “Bass Walker”... Read More

94 – CHARACTER STUDY: SHERMY

June 10th, 2023
94 - CHARACTER STUDY: SHERMY

When you think of Peanuts, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Wrong! Obviously, the answer is Shermy! The OG Peanuts superstar! Peanuts wouldn’t exist without him. If that October 2, 1950 strip was just a boy and girl silently watch a round-headed kid walk by, also silently, it’s unlikely Peanuts would have become the cultural icon it is today. I mean, at least Shermy thinks so probably. In this episode, we take a few minutes to break down who Shermy Plepler was and his impact (Or lack thereof. Let’s be honest.) on the strip. We also look at This Month in Peanuts... Read More

93: CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE…IN MAY?!?!

May 20th, 2023
93: CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE...IN MAY?!?!

Put away the root beer and pizza. It’s time for egg nog and fruit cake enjoyed under the warm glow of the festively decorated kite-eating tree. It’s CHRISTMAS! In MAY! In episode 93, we check out “The Snoopy Show”, season 2, episode 13. It’s a Christmas-themed episode. The Peanuts kids at Christmas is always magical. We also have a “Random Strip of the Month” courtesy of author Franesco Matteuzzi of “Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz”. Plus,news and feedback and whatever other stocking stuffers we can find. Cheers! Thanks... Read More

92: LUCA DEBUS & FRANCESCO MATTEUZZI tell us "Funny Things"

May 10th, 2023
92: LUCA DEBUS & FRANCESCO MATTEUZZI tell us "Funny Things"

Think you’ve read the Charles M. Schulz story already? Well, maybe you have, but not in the way my guests in episode 92 have crafted it. In “Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz”, Luca Debus and Francesco Matteuzzi tell Sparky’s story in full-on comic strip form – complete with full-color Sunday strips! Hear my chat with Luca and Francesco about how – and why – they did it.  We’ve also got a “Peanuts by Schulz” episode called “The Little Red-Haired Girl”, “This Month in Peanuts History” and... Read More

91: HUG YOUR GOLDFISH, FRIENDS ("The Snoopy Show", S2, Ep. 12)

April 20th, 2023
91: HUG YOUR GOLDFISH, FRIENDS ("The Snoopy Show", S2, Ep. 12)

In episode 91 of the podcast, Snoopy breaks prized possessions and steals a cherished pet. So, really, season 2, episode 12 of “The Snoopy Show” is just a portrait of the disintegration of a beagle. But then everyone dances in the end. So it’s all good. We also catch up on feedback and news in and around the Peanuts universe and enjoy a “Random Strip of the Month”.  Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Mining by Moonlight”, “Bass Walker”, and “Hidden Agenda”. Thanks to Sean Courtney for... Read More

330: 'CAUSE I'M THE TAX AVOIDER, MAN (Tax Avoiders for the 2600)

April 16th, 2023
330: 'CAUSE I'M THE TAX AVOIDER, MAN (Tax Avoiders for the 2600)

We’re getting down to the last few days of tax time in America as this episode goes out. Why not relieve some of that mathematical stress with a podcast! In 330, we’re playing the 1982 game TAX AVOIDERS, the intense adventure of tax sheltered investments.  Then once you’ve listened to this episode…go back and listen to some of the other 329 – for the first time! Or again! – because ATARI BYTES is taking a little hiatus. But keep is in your feed and hearts. We’ll be back! Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs Reformat,... Read More

90: NO PROBLEM! SNOOPY IS BUILT TO LAST!

April 10th, 2023
90: NO PROBLEM! SNOOPY IS BUILT TO LAST!

It was no problem at all getting episode 90 ready, even if we did watch a “Peanuts by Schulz” called “Problems”.  We also watched “The Snoopy Show”, S2, episode 11 and talk about “This Month in Peanuts History”.  Good grief, get your Snoopy fix here! Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Mining by Moonlight”, “Bass Walker” and “Hidden Agenda”.  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the “This Month in Peanuts History” theme. Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song... Read More

329: ME WANT COOKIE! ER…EPISODE. NO, DEFINITELY COOKIE! (Cookie Monster Munch for the 2600)

April 2nd, 2023
329: ME WANT COOKIE! ER...EPISODE. NO, DEFINITELY COOKIE! (Cookie Monster Munch for the 2600)

Peanut butter and jelly. Laverne and Shirley. And now Atari and Muppets. All great things that belong together. In episode 329, we’re playing COOKIE MONSTER MUNCH for the 2600. This 1983 joint effort by Atari and The Children’s Computer Workshop is a showcase for Cookie Monster. (I was more of a Grover man, myself. But Cookie is pretty cool.) But is it a tasty confection or a stale day old paper weight? Bad Poetry Corner: Don’t Let the Cookie Crumble Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Reformat”,... Read More

89: DON'T FLIP YOUR WIG, SNOOPY!

March 20th, 2023
89: DON'T FLIP YOUR WIG, SNOOPY!

In episode 89, you get an ear-peek at season 2, episode 10 of “The Snoopy Snow” in which Snoopy, as always, knows who he is…but no one else does? Except they do? Sort of? Very strange. Check it out. We also check out a Random Strip of the Month, catch up on news and feedback and whatever else we find in the hidden corners of the doghouse.  Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Hidden Agenda”, “Bass Walker” and “Mining by Moonlight”. Thanks to Henry Pope for the use of his “Linus & Lucy”... Read More

328: MASTER OF NONE (Master Builder for the 2600)

March 19th, 2023
328: MASTER OF NONE (Master Builder for the 2600)

In 328, we build on the massive tower of gaming experiences we’ve had on this show with MASTER BUILDER from Spectravision, 1983. Does it stand tall and proud or all come tumbling down? Listen and find out! ORIGINAL SHORT STORY: Building Up Expectations Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Hidden Agenda”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball Spring”.  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the “Storytime” theme. carnivalofgleecreations.com  Support the show at patreon.com here. Jim Beard and... Read More