June 29, 2011 • Cookbook: Baking, Fiction, Field Guide Series, Handbooks, Humor, Kits, Should Know Series
It's true, we do!
We created this charming little video for a meeting with our BFFs Random House back in the Spring. Lots of the Quirk Books staff got on camera and talked about their favorite titles. Figured hey, why not share it with you too?
Do you have a favorite Quirk backlist title that didn't pop up in the video? Let us know in the comments!
June 28, 2011 • Cats, Video Games
Bonus: You can download this as a desktop wallpaper, here!
The little cat wedged inside a Pop Tart has inspired a number of things, from video games (Nyan Cat iOS) to a custom YouTube slider bar. But perhaps most importantly, its driven a wealth of crafters to create his/her likeness, from scarves to necklaces, plushies to totebags. Below, you'll find my top ten Etsy creations, sparked by the Nyan Cat phenomenon.
June 27, 2011 • American History
Joseph D'Agnese and Denise Kiernan are embarking on their annual drive up the East Coast, visiting sites that are associated with the Signers of the Declaration of Independence to promote Signing Their Lives Away.
In any of these cities? Check out the schedule below.
June 30th: National Archives, Washington D.C.
July 1st: Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA (right next door to Quirk!)
July 2nd: Independence Hall Visitor Center, Philadelphia, PA
July 3rd: Old State House, Boston, MA
July 4th: Old State House, Boston, MA
Swing by, say hello and get a book signed. For more information, visit Joseph's BookTour page.
June 23, 2011 • Video Games
I grew up on Sonic (the blue hedgehog, not the fast food restaurant), and today SEGA's beloved blue blur turns twenty.
And while the spiny little erinaceidae has seen better days in terms of modern games (see Sonic & the Black Knight, set in the world of King Arthur, and Sonic Unleashed, where he turns into a werehog), I choose to remember the better times.
Forget about the modern platformers and Sonic racing games. I'm talking about the early to mid-90's era of Sonic. There was the original, its two subsequent 16-bit sequels, and Sonic & Knuckles with its crazy lock-on cartridge. Those were good days. Life was simple and side-scrolling.
June 22, 2011 • Parenting: Dad
If you've ever doubted whether Star Wars, parenting, and roughhousing could intersect... doubt no more!
In this video clip we see one of the classic ways parents connect with their kids - by asking them what something or someone says; Johnny, what does the dog say? Lucy, what does the cat say? Here, Dad starts off with some slow pitches but then ramps up to his grand finale... asking his son, "What does Admiral Ackbar say?"
His son responds with a joyful "It's a trap (or a "fap" in kid language)." Then he runs over to his dad with open arms and bowls him over in utter happiness.
June 21, 2011 • Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Photos by Sam Garret and Donald David
It was a convocation of tribes akin— in passion, if not in scale—to Woodstock, Burning Man or the Gathering of the Juggalos. More than 100 hardcore William Shatner fans assembled at The Bell House in South Brooklyn last Thursday night for Shat Ball 3, a multimedia celebration of the legendary actor, musician, and horseman.
As DJ Brian Blackout spun “hot space jams” from the likes of David Bowie, Gorillaz, and, of course, Shatner himself, costumed Trekkies partied furiously over frothing glasses of “Romulan Ale,” “Klingon Blood Wine,” and other Star Trek-inspired drinks. It was like a scene out of Night of the Living Trekkies come to life on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.