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Play it again: Abandonware

On the Popular Memory Archive this week guest Thomas Huthwaite discusses the concept of “abandonware” – titles that are ‘out of print’ or ‘no longer commercially available’.  Titles that are effectively ‘abandoned’, even when the author or publisher is known.  Should the legal system recognise these titles and, if not, what copyright implications may this

Freya Robertson: Sunstone and diversity

Freya Robertson: Sunstone and diversity

A guest blog by Freya Robertson My epic fantasy, Sunstone, is the second in The Elemental Wars series. Like book one, Heartwood, it covers themes of the cycle of life, birth, death and rebirth, as well as resurrection and sacrifice. Sunstone is set over three timelines that interweave through the story and come together in

Bruce Mutard: upcoming comics symposium

Hello all you inkers and thinkers, By now you may have heard something on the grapevine about an interdisciplinary academic comics symposium called Inkers and Thinkers – the Evolution of Comics. Apologies if you have and don’t care, but for those who are curious, read on. It’s the spawn of an affair between the University of

Play it again: Microcomputers in the 1980s

Play it again: Microcomputers in the 1980s

Last year Play it again: the Popular Memory Archive was launched as a joint effort by a number of universities to collect and record Australian and New Zealand computer and computer games history, focusing on the 1980s. Their latest project is microcomputers and writing your own game. If you had access to microcomputers in the 1980s

Lord of the Rings fanac (fan activity)

Lord of the Rings fanac (fan activity)

In this guest post, Henry Herz interviews Emil Johansson about his fansite LOTRproject and their recent collaboration on Six Degrees of Sauron. Emil maintains the LotR project through which he shares creative projects related to Tolkien’s works. Henry and his young sons write fantasy and science fiction books for kids. Their blog is henryherz.com. Henry: It is no exaggeration to characterize

Play it again: Local Scenes and Themes on both sides of the Tasman

Play it again: Local Scenes and Themes on both sides of the Tasman

Digital games make up a significant but little known chapter in the history of the moving image in Australia and New Zealand.  The Popular Memory Archive site aims to exhibit some of the significant local games of the 1980s era, and collect documentation in order to remember early games through popular memory. In December, Play

Bruce Mutard on Comicpalooza, a comic book launch in Melbourne

Bruce Mutard on Comicpalooza, a comic book launch in Melbourne

Oh my god it’s another Brucey spam… Well, it’s better than the usual rubbish. In this case, I want to introduce you to another multi-book comic launch Comicpalooza, being held on Saturday December 14 from 1-5pm at the Bendigo Hotel – 125 Johnston St. Collingwood.  There’s 7 books being flung atcha, the key one being

Comics Symposium Adelaide 2014: call for papers

Bruce Mutard, keynote speaker for the Comics Symposium, writes: Hello you Inkers and Thinkers, Rare is the chance to talk about comics in a refined, invigorating and intelligent manner. Just such an opportunity has arrived in the form of a one day comics symposium being held jointly by the University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Media

Bruce Mutard on Cordite: Pumpkin, the poetry comics issue

Bruce Mutard on Cordite: Pumpkin, the poetry comics issue

G’day comics lovers around the world I’d like to draw your attention to the only poetry anthology, Cordite: Pumpkin, the poetry comics issue. It contains 8 adaptations of poems by myself, Mirranda Burton, Bernard Caleo, Mandy Ord, Gregory Mackay, Queenie Chan, Marijka Gooding and Frank Candiloro. It was compiled and edited by Kent MacCarter. The