The kids, they like the videogames. And they like looking at the videogame-themed artwork.
I am 8-bit gives the kids what they want. Writer/editor Jon M. Gibson collects and packages a series of game-related paintings for a book that's oftentimes cute, sometimes clever, and mostly uneven. For every one brilliant piece -- say, Devin Crane’s “An Old Reflection” featuring a forelorn Mario reaching out to touch a mirror reflecting his original and blocky 8-bit self -- there’s an image of the cute dragon Bub from Bubble Bobble -- ahem, excreting -- his compadre Bob, or the lame “Duck Hunter S. Thompson.”