Our pal Neil over at Radiator Comics has started carrying Drop Target! This is cool for a couple of reasons: 1) Radiator Comics also carries a nice selection of Alec Longstreth minicomics and Jon Chad minicomics. So if you're a hardcore Drop Target reader, but have never checked out our other work, you can now order both of our work from one website! 2) Radiator also carries work by dozens of other great cartoonists and zinesters so you can find your new favorite minicomic or zine while you are picking up some back issues of Drop Target. Check it out!
Friday, December 26, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
I've had a number of friends recommend the podcast 99% Invisible before, but I hadn't listened to it until the other day. At the beginning of October, 99% Invisible did a podcast about the history of pinball, and I was immediately aware of it! A ton of people emailed me and were like, "you like pinball, right?! This is about pinball!! LISTEN!"
I didn't need any more encouragement than that! The episode was structured around the recent law passed in Oakland, CA to relegalize pinball. The episode explains how pinball came to be illegal in the first place, and how the ban was famously lifted in New York City. The argument that was being levied in pinball's defense was that it wasn't a game a chance, but instead a game of skill. The climax of the story is when pinball historian, Roger Sharpe comes in and plays a game of pinball and calls a couple of critical shots. (there's a great writeup about this famous shot HERE). For me, it's my favorite story about pinball. The hair's on the back of my neck are standing up just thinking about it.
In any case, the 99% Invisible episode about pinball is a great summary of pinball's illegal, and then legal, past. In the same spirit of this episode, I wanted to repost the image I drew of Roger Sharpe, and that famous shot.