Mel Croucher

Mel Croucher is a British writer and video games pioneer. Originally an architect, he moved into multi-media and in 1977 set up Automata as the first computer games company in England, broadcasting his video game software over FM radio. During the early boom years of home computers, he published several Number One titles before turning his back on the video gaming industry he helped create, to concentrate on writing books and comedy. Behind the scenes, Croucher has masterminded online campaigns for some of the biggest names in music, cinema and publishing. Today he is a popular journalist and magazine columnist, and in recent years has returned to creating his beloved non-violent video games for a new generation of players.

The billion dollar video games industry had to start somewhere, and this is the hilarious, heart-breaking, inside story of how it all began and where it’s all headed. And in the middle of it all there was a game hailed as the best ever written. It was called Deus Ex Machina. It was a creative triumph and it was a commercial disaster. Meet the pirates, the nerds, the innovators, the charlatans, the superstars, the winners, the sinners, the good, the bad and the downright ugly. A remarkable story revealed by the founder of the industry himself, with gut-wrenching honesty and merciless humour. If you ever wondered how computer gaming turned us all into willing slaves, you’re about to find out in glorious style.

The world’s largest building collapses as terrorists launch weapons of mass destruction against the civilian population. Except this time the target is His Majesty’s Royal Dockyard. The superpower is England. The terrorists are American. And it’s 1776. Shock and awe, as a media war sows the seeds of fear, and panic sweeps the nation. The conspirators behind the atrocities are revealed to include a transvestite aristocrat, a crippled media baron and an alcoholic child, all holed up in the navy’s favourite brothel. Welcome to Devil’s Acre.

Mel Croucher & Robin Evans

The unexpurgated, hilarious and unflinching history of computers, of the lunatics who create them, and of the idiots who use them, retold in cartoon strips by Mel Croucher and Robin Evans. Great Moments In Computing is the longest-running, most widely read and best loved computer cartoon strip in the world, and this unique collection contains every single episode … along with unpublished and previously censored versions, and the behind-the-scenes secrets of how it all really happened.

This is the complete collection of all the artwork dreamed up by Mel Croucher and Robin Evans for the legendary games company Automata and their cult cartoon mascot The PiMan. It spans forty years of video games, book illustrations, fanzines, rock albums, and magazine artwork. Pibolar Disorder includes the entire archive of the weekly Back Page cartoon strips published throughout the golden years of UK video gaming, it is a genuine slice of home computer history, and is absolutely unique.

This collection of artwork and words is a unique record of the life-long partnership of Mel Croucher and Robin Evans, and their bonkers mission to disrupt and corrupt an entire generation. The cartoons, the illustrations, the graphic novels, the book covers, the anti-heroes and the femmes fatales – they’re all here. The work of Croucher and Evans achieved cult status in the pre-digital world, and is now published in its entirety for the first time, along with the scabrous truth on what was going on behind the scenes.