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SEEDLESS by Corey Lewis

New from Image Comics, Corey Lewis’ SEEDLESS takes you into a colorful wild world where the grapes have minds of their own!

Seedless Volume 1 by Corey Lewis

Harmony Treblecleff, daughter of an eccentric inventor, finds herself teaming up with a band of seedless grape warriors and thrust into an epic mission to defend the galaxy from an army of rogue grapes gone bad! Join Harmony and the S-Grapes as they encounter wild animals, giant robots, and more on their quest to save the universe.

After starting out as a weekly web comic sponsored and hosted by Pink Gorilla Games, Image Comics picked up on the Seedless story and compiled it into one manga-sized book. With 128 full-color pages, the printed edition is packed with style and imagination, and chock full of supplemental material and bonus artwork by special guest artists (including CrunchyCo’s own Gabe Hayward!).

SEEDLESS Volume 1 debuts in comic book stores today, August 18, so go pick up your copy right now! The book is also available online at places like amazon.com (with free super saver shipping, ooh!).

For more work by Corey Lewis, check out his website: reyyy.com

The Chipophone!

Stumbled across this interesting piece of chip-news today! The Chipophone, developed by Swedish software engineer Linus Ã…kesson, is actually an old electronic organ that has been converted into a chiptune synthesizer via a set of microcontrollers that transform the original organ tones into MIDI signals… fancy! Check out the video below, and read more on the chipophone’s creation at Linus’ personal website. With innovations such as this, I wonder if we’ll start seeing some chiptune artists give their game boys a rest and start pumping out their live tunes in real time! Wouldn’t that be something!

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Speaking of cool things from the wonderful land of Sweden, don’t forget to keep an eye on Project PAL!

8-Bit Soundwaves Panel Update – PAX Prime

For those of you going to PAX Prime, the schedule of events has been posted!

Don’t miss CrunchyCo’s 8-Bit Soundwaves panel on Friday September 3rd, 11am in the Wolfman Theatre. We’ve made some additions to the line-up of panelists, including the knowledgeable local Infradead, and some of the Anamanaguchi boys! Below is the event as listed in the official PAX schedule:

Friday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Wolfman Theatre
8-Bit Soundwaves: A Look into the World of Chiptune Music

The chiptune phenomenon has exploded throughout the gamer scene! Chiptune (or 8-Bit) music has been rising in popularity since it first took shape in video games and computer programs of decades past. But chiptune isn’t just background music! More and more artists today are creating intricate and original musical compositions using retro gaming consoles as instruments. Find out where the method came from, where it’s going, and how artists such as Anamanaguchi, KGHB, and Fighter X are utilizing it to create unique 8-bit hits. Presented by CrunchyCo.com

Panelists include: Celene Ramadan [Musician, Leeni], Jack Waterman [Musician, Fighter X], Aaron Campion [Co-Owner/Musician, CrunchyCo/KGHB], Peter Berkman [Musician, Anamanaguchi], Gabe Hayward [Co-Owner/Musician, CrunchyCo/KGHB], Chris Lehfeldt [Musician, Infradead]

And after you see our panel on Friday, don’t you dare miss this on Saturday…

Saturday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Jamspace
PAX Prime Chiptune Music Showcase!

For many years, chiptune musicians from lands far and wide have gathered at the gates outside of PAX. Using portable gaming consoles, these lo-tek street buskers would blast their hand-crafted 8-bit tunes onto the streets of Seattle year after year. Slowly but surely, these humble 8-bit minstrels won the hearts of PAX attendees, who danced and cheered as bleeps and bloops filled the Autumn air. Now, charmed by their talent and persistence, the beneficent rulers of PAX have opened their doors to these plucky lo-fi performers, and granted them a special chiptune music showcase to take place this year inside the PAX JamSpace! Come indulge your ear drums and pump your fists to the sounds of Fighter X, Spamtron, Seanbad, Knife City and Zen Albatross at the first-ever PAX Prime Chiptune Music Showcase!

More Project PAL details revealed!

Kreese has released footage from the long awaited (by me at least) Project PAL cartridges! They have the old “reggae” style sticker artwork, and will be available as a very limited run of PAL-B NES album carts. A total of 32 exclusive carts will be made, however 7 have already been given away! I hope I will be able to get one! :) Project PAL will eventually be released as a free ROM/NSF/MP3 digital download. Below is some information from Kreese himself: Read more…

Happy Birthday Aaron!

Fun fact: The stick-figure in the corner is my depiction of Aaron from our old comics!

That’s right, CrunchyCo’s very own Aaron Campion has turned 23 today! I found this awesome Polaroid of him while digging through my mess of computer files. I have no clue who took it, or where it came from (and he will probably think it’s embarrassing), but I think it’s pretty sweet!

Aaron and I have been good friends since we met in first grade. Ever since then, we’ve been doing imaginative projects together, from comic books, to board games, to movies, to music. Our combined minds have come up with some strange things things over the years, and we’ve always sort of lived in our own weird world together. You can probably tell just by looking at photos of us performing as KGHB, for example. For some reason, dressing up in tight shiny outfits and flailing around on a stage in front of people just makes a lot of sense to us. Or going back even further in our wacky musical endeavors, wearing Japanese masks and spewing out chunks of bloody banana to grindcore Mega Man remixes; now that made perfect sense! But probably just to us…

Anyway, the point is that no matter how old we’ve become, we’ve always been and will always be one unique duo who will continue creating things to share with the world together. I owe it to Aaron for kicking me back into gear when I procrastinate, and for always being so happy to perform the tedious tasks that I would never have the patience to do in my life.

So happy birthday to Aaron! Without him, this website of ours probably wouldn’t exist.

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