About this project
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It is produced with their permission.
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In the twenty year history of Magic: The Gathering® there has never been a book devoted to the artists and their vision. The Gathering is that book!
Over thirty five of the original Magic artists have reunited to create new artwork, many of the pieces based on their favorite or most popular Magic cards.
Available in multiple formats - softcover, hardcover, and the numbered collector's edition - this limited release art book is a must-have for anyone that loved the early days of Magic art.
In June 1993, a fledgling company called Wizards of the Coast launched the world's first collectible card game called Magic: The Gathering®. It was an instant hit that within a year was a worldwide phenomenon.
The game's success was driven by its collectibility, a multitude of card powers, and endless possibilities for deck construction. And one more factor - the artwork. All of the cards featured new pieces of fantasy art created by a pool of wildly diverse talent. These artists defined the look of Magic: The Gathering® and are still fondly remembered by players and collectors alike.
All of the artists involved in The Gathering art book had complete creative freedom. Some chose to commemorate the 20th anniversary with a re-imagining of one of their early Magic cards, while others chose to focus on their artistic development in the intervening years. This has resulted in a rare collection of art demonstrating that same amazing, eclectic range of talents and styles that was the hallmark of early Magic sets.
Here's the latest roster of artists!
The Gathering is a lavish, full-color, perfect bound 112 page book measuring 9.5” by 8.25” and is printed in the U.S.A. The majority of the book’s print run will be available in softcover and hardcover.
The limited numbered collector’s edition features a special dust jacket and slipcase with a cover design and foil stamping that is unique to this edition. This edition is limited to 500 copies.
Each double page spread is dedicated to a single classic Magic artist. Here they'll share their thoughts and anecdotes, and showcase a painting, most created especially for The Gathering.
The book also features a foreword by the game's creator, Richard Garfield, and an afterword by the game's original art director (and designer of the famous Magic card-back), Jesper Myrfors.
$42,000 Unlocked! Spot Gloss for the cover of all editions!
$48,000 Unlocked! Foil Stamping for the hardcover and the numbered collector's edition!
$60,000 Unlocked! The Gathering grows to 96 pages and gains a Bonus section filled with sketches from the development of the book.
$72,000 Unlocked! 5 paintings from The Gathering will be released as phone and tablet wallpapers.
$85,000 Unlocked! 4 Standard Edition Sketch Cards now come with every pledge. Standard Edition cards are 4" by 6" reproductions of the original art from the Collector's Edition.
$100,000 Unlocked! The Gathering grows to 112 pages. The bonus section also expands to include additional color work as well as sketches!
$110,000 Unlocked! An additional 5 paintings from The Gathering will be released as phone and tablet wallpapers.
$120,000 Unlocked! Two different custom playmats (each 14" by 24") are now available as add-ons! Speaking of which...
For a complete explanation of what add-ons are and how to purchase them, check out Update 17.
* The Library Add-on is a special option where a softcover edition of The Gathering is mailed to a U.S. library of your choice. You will be asked for the library's address when you receive the survey. If the library's address isn't legit, your $25 will be refunded.
The playmats come in two designs, A & B below. You can order either or both, or multiples. They measure 14" by 24" and have a 1/16" thick rubber underside much like a mouse pad.
Some of the upper reward tiers feature the numbered collector's edition book accompanied by two Collector's Edition Sketch Cards, each featuring one-of-a-kind hand drawings from random The Gathering artists.
These beauties measure 6" by 9" and are suitable for framing. Here's a preview of the sketch cards!
Within the pages of The Gathering you'll find dragons, goblins, elves, angels, demons, and all manner of wonders and horrors. But why take our word for it? Check out the images below, and then check out the updates for even more paintings created for the book!
And check out our Facebook page for early sneak peeks at the art too!
We hope you're as excited as we are to own this little piece of... well... magic!
Shipping outside the U.S. is unfortunately costly. Please be sure to add the additional international shipping fee to your pledge.
Wizards of the Coast, Magic: The Gathering, the Magic: The Gathering logo, the mana and tap symbols, expansion names and symbols, trade dress or “look and feel”, and the pentagon of colors are trademarks owned by Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries and used with permission.
All Magic: The Gathering images are owned by Wizards of the Coast LLC and used with permission.
The Gathering is not affiliated with Wizards of the Coast LLC or its parent company, HASBRO, Inc.
Risks and challenges
Full Steam Press LLC is an effort driven by Jeff A. Menges, one of the original Magic artists. He's had over twenty-five years experience in book publishing and that valuable experience has already helped us avoid some significant pitfalls. However, he's very aware that this project is a big undertaking!
Gathering (no pun intended) all of the artists for this book has certainly been a challenge—but we have enough artists on board to make this book happen and there are more we are working with. No, we're not saying who. We don't wan't to disappoint the fans of the original artists, so we won't announce a name until that artist is confirmed.
This project began because the artists felt there should be a celebration of Magic's 20th anniversary. They've all taken a chance on this project—and asked for no upfront payment for their artwork. Hopefully the project does well enough that we can repay that leap of faith.
We're taking care to make this book worthy of the 20th anniversary and the talent collected here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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