Wednesday, 5 April 2017

In Praise of the Artists

I spent a lot of time at Gary Con talking to people who either enjoyed my writing, or were polite enough to say that they did. Of course, no adventure is just the writing. There is always the art. 

(In Dungeon Crawl Classics, that art might include the cartography, but that would be a different post.)

I have now worked with a number of publishers in this little community of ours. 

Regardless of who I am working with, one of the real joys of writing adventures is seeing how the artist(s) involved interpret my words. 

Sometimes, to be honest, the words are pale in comparison to the artistic vision of the people who bring these thoughts to visual life.

Seriously, there is satisfaction in finishing a project. There is certainly satisfaction in getting paid for it. But it is when I finally have the chance to see the words mesh with the art that everything falls into place for me.

Other authors may be different. I can't say. Nor do I think that there is a "right" way or a "wrong" way to enjoy this process of creation. I just wanted to post a big "Thank you!" to all of the artists who have helped make my work look good over the years.


Thank you!

I hope that it is clear that the art in this post is representational, but the inclusion (or lack thereof) of any given piece isn't meant to call out specific artists.

I am grateful to anyone who has ever tried to make images out of my words!

Now, here's the contest: Can you name the products that these images come from? There are images from 12 products. 

The first person to name them all, in the comments, will receive a POD coupon for Dispatches Vol IV from me as soon as the print version is available. All you need to do is pay postage!

(Well, and make sure I have your email address linked to Drive Thru!)


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    1. Indeed, sir, you win. As soon as the print version becomes available, I will send you a coupon for it!

      And thank you also for the kind words!

    2. I received the coupon today.

      Thank you so very much! I eagerly await its arrival.


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  3. I deleted the original reply to protect my email address from plaintext matching from the web.

    I am posting the original list here for future visitors who are curious (and need to know what to buy!)

    The Revelation of Mulmo
    Crawl! #9
    The Portsmouth Mermaid
    Three Nights in Portsmouth
    Angels, Daemons, and Beings Between
    The Weird Worm-Ways of Saturn
    D.A.M.N. #1
    Dread God of Al-Kazadar (DCC #90)
    Fire in the Mountain (AL 8)
    The Gong Farmer's Almanac (Vol 3, 2016)
    Campaign Elements - The Giggling Deep
    Campaign Elements - The Crimson Void