Steve Jackson approached me at GenCon Indy and asked whether I’d be interested in illustrating a Munchkin deck. Oh, and if so, when I might have the time for it? My answer, paraphrased, was “yes,” and “I will make time.”
That was late August. I made a whole bunch of time I didn’t even know I had the materials for during September and October, and for contractual reasons I spent that entire time referring this very exciting gig as “super secret project.”
Today I can finally point you all at Munchkin® Starfinder and say “I helped make this.¹”
The cover art is a riff on the cover of the source material, Starfinder, the brand-new sci-fi+sorcery RPG from Paizo:
See what I did there?
The cover was one of the very first illustrations I did for the project². I can only take credit for the line art—the coloring and layout is someone else’s work, and they did a brilliant job of taking my riff and sticking the landing. It’s beautiful.
Steve Jackson Games³ is Kickstarting this project on October 23rd. Don’t tell me how you can’t wait. The 23rd is close enough that it might as well be now. I have been waiting since August 20th.
¹ My contributions, specifically, are the line-art. I don’t know who is doing the coloring, but they’re crushing it.
² A very clunky version of this cover was my “audition.” I’m quite pleased to tell you that my contract prevents me from showing it to anyone at this time.
³ Got questions about the game? You should take those questions to Steve Jackson Games, because I don’t know anything useful.
The Random Access Memorabilia Kickstarter closed at exactly $75,000 on Friday evening, all stretch goals met. Thank you!
We’ll be printing the book, the Bristlecone ship coin, and then, in February, we’ll do a shirt-specific Kickstarter using designs that this project paid for.
In coming weeks the project page will be updated with samples from the bonus story, which was written by Sandra Tayler and Bob Defendi, and illustrated by Michael Mayne. We’ll also post progress reports weekly, keeping backers and lurkers apprised of how things are coming along.
There may be yet opportunities for latecomers to pre-order the book. I’ll be sure to announce those here, complete with linky things you can click on.
I’m excited to put this book into people’s hands, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to tell stories and draw pictures for a living. Thank you!
The Random Access Memorabilia Kickstarter closes Friday at 8pm Eastern time. Today, with just 30 hours left, I finished the line art for the Bristlecone ship coin.
I’ve cleaned this up a bit in Photoshop, but most of what you see is ink on paper (and some white paint on ink.) The next step is to send this off to Travis Walton for coloring, and then it’s off to the coin design folks.
Yesterday I did some repair work on the cover, because the spacecraft streaking past in the background isn’t the right version of that ship.
Here’s the original (with blue lines)
And here, complete with paint smears, is the corrected version.
Travis gave me the colored version in time for me to re-lay the cover this morning, so as of this writing, this is what the front cover of the book looks like:
Every time we produce a new book we get a little bit better at it, so it doesn’t surprise me that this is our best book yet. The absence of surprise is not the absence of “wow,” though.
This book is going to be great.
The Kickstarter project for Random Access Memorabilia: Schlock Mercenary Book 13 closes this Friday. Today I finished the first real draft of the cover:
There are a bazillion tiny tweaks yet to make, including color nudging every element, and then re-laying the entire thing in InDesign, but as of right now, the image above is a very fair estimate of what the final cover will look like.
All the details about this book project can be found here.