Sinclair ZX Spectrum Book: a Visual Compendium

Sinclair ZX Spectrum Book: a Visual Compendium

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Accompanying the iconic imagery is a wealth of anecdotes and reminiscences from the artists and developers that made the games, with quotes from the Stamper Brothers, Dave Perry, Bo Jangeborg, The Oliver Twins, Matthew Smith, Dawn Drake, Andrew Hewson and many more. 

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Why We LOVE 'Sinclair ZX Spectrum: a visual compendium'!

"It really is a thing of beauty. The ZX Spectrum has some of the most iconic imagery in video gaming history and this book brings that together masterfully. From the sheer volume of images and pages (304!) to the variety, it's a fascinating read and something anyone with even the slightest interest in either the ZX Spectrum, or retro gaming in general would be thrilled to own. I can't recommend this enough"

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A book that celebrates the beauty of one of the greatest home computers ever made; the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Accompanying the iconic imagery is a wealth of anecdotes and reminiscences from the artists and developers that made the games, with quotes from the Stamper Brothers, Dave Perry, Bo Jangeborg, The Oliver Twins, Matthew Smith, Dawn Drake, Andrew Hewson and many more. 
Unlike other books about the ZX Spectrum, it celebrates the visual side of the computer. Each spread in the book will focus on a different game, each represented with a striking visual, along with short reviews, developer quotes, and behind-the-scenes trivia. This ranges from a mini review from an ex journalist such as Audun Sorlie or Steve Jarratt to illustrations from renowned artists such as Roger Dean (Psygnosis) and Craig Stevenson, printed in all their full-colour glory! The book also feature game maps, loading screens and stunning artwork. The foreword has been written by ex-Binary Design graphic artist Ste Pickford, who made his name creating the artwork for classic games such as Cannon Fodder and Sensible Golf.
ZX Spectrum's life does not end there: the book will also take a look at the Russian development scene from the mid-'90s to the present day. Outstanding games such as Metalman Reloaded and Castlevania: A Spectral Interlude push the Spectrum to the limit thanks to the continued efforts of the lively and vibrant Russian homebrew scene. As with the C64 book, Sinclair ZX Spectrum: a visual compendium will showcase the awesome and iconic artwork by Oliver Frey. His legendary covers for Crash magazine will be printed in all their full-colour glory!
The different games and utilities featured throughout the book will flow in chronological order, starting in 1982 right through until the early '90s. Interviews with five leading ZX Spectrum artists are also included, each interview showcases their pixel work and include a 1000 word interview.

Quality / Pages
Spanning over 300+ pages and printed lithographically to the highest possible print standards. To achieve the Spectrum's unique colours in print, it will be using a coated silk paper for the pages that will extract the maximum brightness and accuracy to the screen colours.

Top of the range thread sewn perfect binding for added durability. This special type of binding also allows the book to be opened perfectly flat.

The finished size is 230mm x 170mm.


Contributor List

Neil Adamson, Jas Austin, Jim Bagley, Gregg Barnett, Brian Beuken, Matt Bielby, Steve Brown, Nick Bruty, Simon Butler, Robin Candy, Tim Closs, Andy Craven, Mel Croucher, Jonathan Davies, Rick Dickinson, Tony Dillon, Mevlut Dinc, Dawn Drake, Mark Eyles, Jason Falcus, Oliver Frey, Alberto J. González, Chris Graham, Bill Harbison, Peter Harrap, John Heap, Andrew Hewson, Chris Hinsley, Robin Hogg, Teoman Irmak, Bo Jangeborg, Steve Jarratt, Chris Jenkins , Colin Jones, David Jones, Mark R. Jones, Roger Kean, James Leach, Richard Leinfellner, Adrian Ludley, Steinar Lund, Veronika Megler, Shaun G. McClure, Ray Owen,Bob Pape, David Perry, Ste Pickford. Mike Richardson, Andy Roberts, Nick Roberts, David Rowe, Phil South, Bill Scolding, Matthew Smith, Craig Stevenson, The Oliver Twins, The Stamper Brothers, Kevin Toms, Steve Turner, Clive Townsend, Keith Warringtonm Steve Wetherill, Robert White and Pete Williamson

About the Author

Sam has over 10 years experience as an award winning professional Graphic Designer, working for agencies in London and also in the South West of England. His passion for design and also the Commodore 64Amiga and Sinclair ZX Spectrum, mean that he is ideally placed to create this book to the highest possible standard.


About Bitmap Books

A new publisher specialising in beautifully designed and produced books all about video games. Commodore 64: a visual commpendium was the first book by Bitmap Books, followed by Commodore Amiga: a visual commpendium.


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