My book “Commodore VIC 20: A Visual History”

Commodore VIC 20: A Visual History

This book was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that I run in mid 2016. Printed in January 2017, it received enthusiastic reviews from the backers of the project.

Commodore VIC 20: A Visual History is a book about the computer that made Commodore enter the home market, with all its early peripherals. The VIC 20 was the first colour home computer to cost less than $300, the first to sell one million units, the first to have a modem for under $100, and the first approach to personal computing for a whole generation.

The book, with a foreword by “VIC Czar” Michael Tomczyk, features a few contributions by Tomczyk and other people that contributed to the launch of the VIC 20: the VIC Commandos Andy Finkel, Neil Harris, Eric Cotton and Sue Mittnacht, and Andrew Colin – the author of the successful “An introduction to BASIC” series.

The first half of the book shows all the VIC models and revisions, from the Japanese VIC 1001 to the cost-reduced VIC 20 sold worldwide; there are pictures of all the peripherals that Commodore released for this computer such as drives, printers, the VICmodem, expansions, joysticks and paddles.

The second half of the book presents all the Commodore games on cartridge, with cover scans, descriptions and screenshots. A few games feature a double page image, with all the text patiently removed in Photoshop to reveal the beauty of the original illustration. The scans have been professionally color corrected to remove the ink fading and the yellowing of the cardboard (all the games are more than 30 years old); every scratch has been removed to present the covers in their original splendour.

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The older contents of this article are shown below (all the links have been removed since they’re now obsolete).

March 27 2016

After planning this project for months, I launched the Kickstarter campaign to fund my book on the Commodore VIC 20.

The campaign goal of €20,000 is needed to print about 500 copies of the book counting the English and Italian versions. During this first day of the campaign, the first backers supported my book, I got questions and comments from Kickstarter and from the social networks – I’m really thrilled!

This is the introduction I published on Kickstarter, if you’re interested in the book please read the full description on the site.

Commodore VIC 20: a visual history is a book about the computer that made Commodore enter the home market, with all its early peripherals. The VIC 20 was the first colour home computer to cost less than $300, the first to sell one million units, the first to have a modem for under $100, and the first approach to personal computing for a whole generation.

Many books celebrate the even more successful Commodore 64, but I felt that its little brother deserved some attention too.

“A visual history” doesn’t mean that there won’t be any text: every chapter will have an introduction, and many pictures will be described with a caption. “Visual” just means that the pictures are what makes this book special.

Please spread the word!

April 26 update

This campaign didn’t reach its goal. I will start a new campaign by the end of May, offering the book in English only.

May 24 update

The new campaign will start next Monday! I have made a teaser video for the campaign… or should I call it the iTeaser?

May 30 update

The new campaign is live. Back it and share it!

May 31 update

The campaign reached its €10,000 goal in one day, thanks to the support from the backers of the previous campaign.

June 29 update

The campaign is over and the book is funded. If you arrived late, I’ve set up a page on this site to preorder the book. You can pay with PayPal (you don’t need an account, you can use your credit card).

7 thoughts on “My book “Commodore VIC 20: A Visual History”

  1. ckns

    I saw the first kickstarter, but skipped it for some reason (maybe because I did not own a VIC-20 at that time). But I just bumbed ito this site and saw all the great photo’s you’ve made of all the systems I just decided to pre-order the book. Really look forward to it now.!

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    1. Giacomo Post author

      Thanks! I’ve spent all my vacations on the book… it’s taking shape, and I think I should post a Kickstarter update before people think I flew away with the money ;-)

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      1. Damiaan van Vliet

        @giacomo, I believe you are a trustworthy person so I am as a kickstarter member not afraid :-) But indeed, an update is always good. I see a lot of projects which don’t get any update and people loose their faith.

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