The 1952 Scrooge McDuck story “Only A Poor Old Man,” by the comic-book Duck auteur Carl Barks, was the first time that Scrooge uttered his most famous line. “I love to dive around in it like a porpoise,” he said of the cash in his vast money bin, “and burrow through it like a gopher, and toss it up and let it hit me on the head!” It’s a nice fantasy, but the end of the story points out that this feat is impossible for mere mortals: Scrooge’s nemeses, the Beagle Boys, crack their skulls on the cash pile when they try to duplicate Scrooge’s trick.
Tomorrow, the L.A.-based commercial-art outfit iam8bit will give the public a concussion-free simulation of our collective money-bin-diving dream. In conjunction with the upcoming remake of Capcom’s DuckTales game, iam8bit have loaded up an ersatz money bin with oversized plush cash and other baubles for diving and/or burrowing purposes. Here’s what it’s going to look like:
This is all part of the art collective’s new gallery show, iam8bit Entertainment System, which opens on June 7 (tomorrow!) and runs through the end of the month at iam8bit’s Sunset Boulevard gallery. I always dig iam8bit’s stuff, so I think it will be worth a trip if you’re in the Los Angeles area. The gallery was nice enough to pass along this piece as an exclusive preview for Gameological readers. Inspired by the arcade space shooter Zaxxon, it’s entitled False Perspectives, and it was created by Roberto Cecchi, an Italian visual designer. (Click to see a larger image.)
Roberto says this about the work:
Zaxxon was beautiful, and I loved it because, already as a child, I was a nerd, and I adored spacecrafts (and therefore also video games). Moreover, Zaxxon was three-dimensional (well, almost), and this made it very different from Galaga or R-Type, even if this feature made it, at the same time, very difficult. Zaxxon was, indeed, in isometric graphics (a false perspective) and it was really complicated to understand the spacecraft’s position in relation to space. But hey…it was a three-dimensional spaceship, anyway!