Right, Down + Circle

By (author): Cole Nowicki

Sales and Market BulletsFUN YET DEEP: This book is fun and exuberant, following the lead of Tony Hawk himself, who loves a good meme and joke at his own expense. But Nowicki does not shy away from the dark side of skateboarding: lack of diversity, rigidity, and monetization.A LONG-TIME SUCCESS: The video game has sold over 1.4 billion units, and the remastered release of the first two games, released in 2020, sold one million units in the first 10 days. ECW’S POP CLASSIC SERIES: The twelfth installment in ECW’s popular and much-loved Pop Classics series. Short books that pack a big punch, Pop Classics offer intelligent and accessible arguments about why a particular pop phenomenon matters.

AUTHOR

Cole Nowicki

Cole Nowicki is a Vancouver-based writer, producer, publisher, and lifelong skateboarder. He was a columnist for King Skateboard Magazine, lead writer for the acclaimed skateboarding documentary series Post Radical, and writes the skateboarding and pop-culture newsletter Simple Magic. His freelance work has appeared in The Walrus, Vice, Maisonneuve, and more.


Reviews

“Cole Nowicki’s Right, Down + Circle is a lightning speed time machine held together with grip tape and wallet chains. It immediately transports to an era of CD collections, ripped band tees, and sibling video game rivalry. Nowicki recounts the cultural alchemy that launched Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater to global ubiquity and charts its influence right up to the present day. A wholesome joyride full of delightful trivia.” — Sarah Berman, author of Don’t Call It a Cult
“With incisive and heartfelt writing, Cole Nowicki unlocks the source code of the massively influential cultural phenomenon that is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and finds wonderful Easter-eggs of meaning within. Even non-skaters will be wowed by this examination of youth, community, risk, and authenticity and gain a new appreciation of skateboarding’s massive influence upon our larger culture. This is my new favorite book about skateboarding, which isn’t really about skateboarding — it’s about everything.” — Michael Christie, author of the novels Greenwood and If I Fall, If I Die
“As one of the people whose life changed forever the first time I picked up a PlayStation controller, Right, Down + Circle perfectly captures how it felt to witness a subculture becoming an inescapable phenomenon. Nowicki deftly follows the trails left by the urethane wheels of skateboarding and how it would change video games, music, and culture as we know it. Written with a familiar and vivid lived experience, Right, Down + Circle charts how Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater changed those of us who felt like outsiders as we tried to find ourselves on the digital and concrete pavements of the streets that raised us.” — Niko Stratis, culture writer
“Cole Nowicki nails the thrill and mystique of playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater — yes, the fun of playing, but also the absolutely serious stuff of providing refuge. This is a tender tribute to a fragile time, a frontside 360 ollie that feels like a hug.” — Elamin Abdelmahmoud, author of Son of Elsewhere
“By turns panoramic and personal, Right, Down + Circle is a sharp, lucid, and vital reminder that the value of any game is how it teaches us and gives us permission to play.” — Kyle Beachy, author of The Most Fun Thing

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“Right, Down + Circle is a lightning-speed time machine held together with grip tape and wallet chains. It immediately transports to an era of CD collections, ripped band tees, and sibling video game rivalry.” — Sarah Berman, author of Don’t Call It a Cult“A tender tribute to a fragile time, a frontside 360 ollie that feels like a hug.” — Elamin Abdelmahmoud, author of Son of Elsewhere“With incisive and heartfelt writing, Cole Nowicki unlocks the source code of the massively influential cultural phenomenon that is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and finds wonderful Easter eggs of meaning within. Even non-skaters will be wowed by this examination of youth, community, risk, and authenticity and gain a new appreciation of skateboarding’s massive influence upon our larger culture. This is my new favorite book about skateboarding, which isn’t really about skateboarding — it’s about everything.” — Michael Christie, author of the novels Greenwood and If I Fall, If I DieIn 1999, the bestselling video game Tony Hawk’sPro Skater was released, and a new generation was exposed to skateboarding culture and everything it embodied, including its tumultuous history with popularity, outsider status, and rebellion. Kids and adults alike could now spend hours in their own homes playing as actual skateboarders, learning the vernacular, listening to the music skateboarders loved, and having fun onscreen before trying to skate IRL in the driveway.Right, Down + Circle explores how a video game starring the most famous pro skater in the world brought skateboarding culture — and its ever-shifting markers of music, subversion, and coolness — to the masses and ultimately transformed the culture it borrowed from in the process.Sales and Market BulletsFUN YET DEEP: This book is fun and exuberant, following the lead of Tony Hawk himself, who loves a good meme and joke at his own expense. But Nowicki does not shy away from the dark side of skateboarding: lack of diversity, rigidity, and monetization.A LONG-TIME SUCCESS: The video game has sold over 1.4 billion units, and the remastered release of the first two games, released in 2020, sold one million units in the first 10 days. ECW’S POP CLASSIC SERIES: The twelfth installment in ECW’s popular and much-loved Pop Classics series. Short books that pack a big punch, Pop Classics offer intelligent and accessible arguments about why a particular pop phenomenon matters.

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Details

Dimensions:

90 Pages
7in * 4.75in

Published:

September 26, 2023

City of Publication:

Toronto

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

ECW Press

ISBN:

9781770417168

Book Subjects:

SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture

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Language:

eng

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