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Tim Lapetino

Tim Lapetino

Tim Lapetino is a writer and award-winning creative director/graphic designer. His design and branding work has been published in more than a dozen books and magazines, and for nearly 20 years he has helped organizations and companies tell compelling stories through design and writing. 

He is the author of the design history book, Art of Atari, and Editor of Undisputed Street Fighter, a retrospective on the popular video game franchise. He also co-authored the design inspiration book Damn Good: Top Designers Discuss Their All-Time Favorite Projects. He has written for HOW, Geek Monthly, RETRO, and other publications, and is dedicated to writing and working at the intersection of design and pop culture. He resides in Chicago with his wife and two kids.

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We are the Mutants

We Are The Mutants

We Are the Mutants is a weekly updated magazine focusing on the history and analysis of Cold War-era popular and outsider culture, with a strong emphasis on speculative (sci-fi, fantasy, horror), genre, pulp, cult, occult, subculture, and anti-establishment media. We cover everything from underground comics and post-apocalyptic fictions to ufology tropes and space disco.

Although our area of concentration is the late 1960s through the early 1980s, any compelling artifact produced between V-E Day and the fall of the Berlin Wall is fair game. We will also explore contemporary material on occasion, especially works that creatively subvert the status quo.

The title of the magazine is taken from graffiti seen at the University of California at Berkeley in the late 1960s: “The bomb has already dropped, and we are the mutants.”

 

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The 8-Bit Guy

The 8-Bit Guy

"Here’s a little history of how my channel came to be.  Back around 2007 I came across a huge lot of Apple iBook Clamshells and impulsively decided to buy them.  I learned how to work on them and fixed up as many as I could using parts from broken iBooks to repair other ones.  While I had them apart, I upgraded the hard drives and memory.   I re-sold them to a few friends, and on craigslist, and even on ebay.  I ended up making a decent profit on it, so I started to seek out more such lots and buy them.  As clamshells became harder to find, I eventually moved to the white iBook G3 and G4 systems, and then eventually to the MacBooks.  I called myself “The iBookGuy”

My side business was very successful.  By limiting myself to just 2 or 3 different computers, I saved a lot of time because I could always stock the parts needed for those 2 or 3 models, plus I knew how to tear those units down and put them back together very quickly because I worked on them all of the time.  And when one unit was not repairable, I could strip it for spare parts to use on other machines.  Also selling the units was easy because they were essentially all the same.  So my business was very streamlined and efficient.  On a good month I could sell several hundred laptops.

Of course, I was looking for ways to reduce the fees I had to pay to places like ebay.  If I could sell computers directly from my website, I could sell them cheaper to the end customer and actually end up making more profit.   I just needed a way to get people on the website. So I decided to create some how-to videos related to the machines I sold and put them on youtube.

The irony is, the videos became very popular but had almost no effect on my computer sales.  So I didn’t spend any more time making them.   Eventually, around 2011, business started to slow down.  My profit margins were shrinking.  The prices of used MacBooks were falling so fast that I could no longer buy them and sell them at a profit.  So I eventually decided to close down the business and sold out all of my remaining inventory.

Once my time was freed up from having to work on laptops all day, I noticed that my youtube channel was still growing in popularity.  So I decided to monetize it and start making some new videos.  After a year or so, I was making enough money to invest in some better video equipment and convert an unused bedroom in my house to a studio.  Over time I started to run out of ideas for videos related to iBooks and MacBooks, so I started thinking of more mainstream concepts.  This actually caused my channel to move from about 20,000 subscribers to well over 100,000 in just a few months.  I was blown away at how many people liked my show."

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Dreadphile Cinema

Dreadphile Cinema

We've kept them under wraps until now, but NEON would not be possible without Dreadphile Cinema, Providence's very own movie night for lovers of cult classic screen trash. Every month or two, Dreadphile takes over a local venue to showcase glorious garbage, and NEON is honored to have such esteemed experts curating our film festival!

The movie lineup has yet to be revealed, but it will run throughout the entire weekend and include some kid-friendly daytime screenings as well, because obviously the younger you start 'em, the more refined their palettes will be.

Find out more at http://www.dreadphile.com or on Facebook at Dreadphile Cinema!

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Cornshaq

Cornshaq

We're thrilled to welcome the infamous Cornshaq to NEON!

For over 10 years, he's been a fixture in the game streaming community, covering a vast selection of both retro and modern games.

From incredible speedruns, reviews, to retrospectives on games of yesteryear, Cornshaq has made quite a name for himself, and we can see why!

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cornshaq

Twitch.tv http://www.twitch.tv/cornshaq

Twitter https://twitter.com/cornshaq

Instagram http://instagram.com/cornshaq

Steam Group http://steamcommunity.com/groups/cornshaq

 

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