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JC: Barcade x WORD Co-Present Jonathan Hennessey and Jack McGowan authors of The Comic Book Story of Video Games

    10/17/2017 - 7:30pm

    This event takes place at Barcade Jersey City 163 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ 07302.

    With a few glowing pixels, an electronic display, and a joystick, a “d-pad,” or even just the touch screen of your smartphone, you can immerse yourself in other worlds and make all the right moves to level up or blunder into a death trap where it’s instantly “Game Over.” How did we get from primitive yet compelling games like Pong to the reality-hijacking Pokémon Go app, which sent people all over the globe stumbling around their neighborhoods in pursuit of pint-sized creatures?

    This complete, illustrated history of video games reveals gaming’s arcane origins among flamboyant, cultish scientists; buttoned-up egghead academics; revolution-minded hippie hackers; and striving Japanese businessmen. The book tracks video games from secret World War II labs—out of which emerged computer legend Alan Turing, writer of the first computer game program—to the rise of classic 1980s arcade machines, the game-changing development of home consoles (courtesy of iconic companies like Atari and Nintendo), and modern times when addictive interactive entertainment is in our pockets and even worn on our wrists. Along the way, it spotlights groundbreaking games, including Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Super Mario Brothers, Mortal Kombat, Doom, Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy VII, Grand Theft Auto, Angry Birds, Minecraft, and many more, as well as the brash, bold, and brilliant game-makers who brought them to life. This book presents the ultimate cheat code for understanding an incredible phenomenon that continues to transform the world.

    JONATHAN HENNESSEY is the author of four nonfiction graphic novels, The U.S. Constitution, The Gettysburg Address, The Comic Book Story of Beer, and Alexander Hamilton, as well as the history-focused time-travel series Epochalypse. Based in Los Angeles, he works in film and television. Visit

    After receiving a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University, JACK MCGOWAN worked in-house for the Buffalo design firm Wynne Creative Group. Now freelance, McGowan focuses on drawing pictures, collaborative projects, and bringing a human story back into marketing and branding. Visit

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    The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution Cover Image
    By Jonathan Hennessey, Jack McGowan (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780399578908
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Ten Speed Press - October 3rd, 2017

    A complete, illustrated history of video games--highlighting the machines, games, and people who have made gaming a worldwide, billion-dollar industry/artform--told in a graphic novel format.