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Rescanned and remastered, the D&D&D hardcover will be the bookshelf companion to the popular D&D&D tumblr.
Rescanned and remastered, the D&D&D hardcover will be the bookshelf companion to the popular D&D&D tumblr.
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THE PROJECT

D&D&D: THE TABLETOP FANTASY ART OF TOM FOWLER will be a high quality, professionally designed 9”x9” hard cover art book with at least 125 pages of D&D&D entries (covering about the first year of D&D&D's life). Each entry has been rescanned at a high resolution and colour corrected to capture as much of the quality of the original drawings as possible and present them to you as though you were right there at the table with me!

We're offering this book to Kickstarter backers at an exclusive rate of $15 per book. When published D&D&D will retail for a minimum of $25!

NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT D&D&D (and me!):

“Tom Fowler’s incredible monster illustrations leap from his tabletop gaming campaigns and directly into your imagination. In a genre built from cribbed-together elements of time-worn fantasy and mythology, Tom’s creatures stand apart as truly original and endlessly inspiring.” -- Erik Mona, Publisher, Paizo Inc.

“Tom Fowler’s art evokes powerful memories of the weird and wonderful fantasy stories of my youth; the kind of earthy sword & sorcery worlds we’d build around the gaming table filled to the brim with wondrous places, dangerous beasts, and questionable morals.” – Jim Zub (Conan Red Sonja, Legends of Baldur’s Gate)

“If I were a big-time producer, I would run to Tom Fowler's door like my ass was on fire, to beg him to design my movie. The rest of us will just have to go to [D&D&D] and slobber like starving dogs.” -- Clint McElroy (Merle Highchurch of THE ADVENTURE ZONE)

“Tom’s imagination and creativity on his D&D&D work is so good I’m mad at him whenever he draws things that aren’t D&D&D.” -- Skottie Young (I HATE FAIRYLAND, FORTUNATELY, THE MILK)

“This book lets all the beautiful monsters out of Tom Fowler's head. How lucky for us.” -- Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, NERD POKER)

"Monsters. They're at the heart of fantasy, at the heart of the RPG. We've been exposed to them so many times, it's easy to become familiar, to forget their alien flesh of wonder. Let Tom remind you." -- Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + the Divine, Phonogram, Star Wars: Darth Vader)

"Tom is one of the best illustrators of his generation, not hyperbole, just fact. With influences clear from fantasy master Frazetta, to lush monsters like Ploog, to stunning brush work like Jack Davis all I've ever wanted from him is a book of D&D monsters and fun, and now the planets have aligned to give mankind that which is deserves from his mighty wrist. Buy anything with the man's name on it." --Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE, TOKYO GHOST)

A BRIEF HISTORY OF D&D&D

A number of years ago I found I’d started to hate to draw. I’d been doing it professionally at that point probably for 10-15 years and before that since I could remember. Suffice it to say that when the thing you do that you feel defines you, the thing that comforted you when you were bullied or when girls wouldn’t talk to you, when that thing becomes the bully in your life... well, it’s not great. I got very low for a long time. Eventually my wife suggested (largely in an attempt to get me out of the house) that I join a group of our friends who played D&D every week.

So off I marched with a note book, dice, and a bottle of wine and spent the next few weeks mashing orcs into a fine paste on graph paper.

I noticed something almost immediately. In the margins of my notebook I’d started doodling. With every game those doodles got more and more elaborate until, ultimately, they started to spill out of the margins. What’s more, I felt no pressure; I was having fun. I was having fun drawing for the first time in years.

In the following weeks I substituted my lined, yellow legal pads for the empty last pages of various old, abandoned sketchbooks. When I’d exhausted them new sketchbooks were consumed.

What I eventually realized was that, in taking myself out of my office, out of my home, away from my work, I’d started carving out the time and space to draw for me. Just like I had when I was a kid. There were no clients, no notes, no expectations, just the giddy excitement of spilling out what was inside my head onto the page without any plan or forward thought of what it might be. The revelation was enormous to me. I started bringing this new-found excitement back to my professional work. I started to love it again.

By this time I’d started the blog. Because I wanted to share that feeling with others. I wanted to share the idea that you could come back, that you could lose it and find it again, and that all it took was pushing a pencil (or a pen, or a brush...) around on a piece of paper and not caring particularly where it took you.

... and also that monsters probably don’t wear pants.

check it out for yourselves here: http://tomfowlerddd.tumblr.com/

Reward Images:

Reward #5: Custom hand-painted bookplate by Tom Fowler

Reward #9: ORIGINAL ART: "THAT PAINTING YOU PAINTED IN YOUR VIDEO!"

Reward #10: ORIGINAL ART "gru'up".  One of a kind inked version. 

Reward #11: ORIGINAL ART "Junk". One of a kind inked version.

Reward #12: ORIGINAL ART "knekbeerd". One of a kind inked version.

 Reward #13: ORIGINAL ART "plik". One of a kind inked version.

 Reward #14: ORIGINAL ART "tyg". One of a kind inked version. (CLAIMED)

Reward #17: ORIGINAL ART "humming dragon" 

Reward #18: ORIGINAL ART "solfeig" (CLAIMED)

Reward #19: ORIGINAL ART "garnut dreams of cake" 

Reward #20: ORIGINAL ART "the grismunds' aviary caravan"  (CLAIMED)

ADD-ONS:

CAMPAIGN EXCLUSIVE PRINTS

For this campaign I chose five of my favourite images from the site and turned them into fully painted pieces. Each original is painted in gouache on paper at 13”x20” (and for sale through the campaign). We’ve also decided to make each of the images available as limited edition prints, at three different sizes each, again, exclusively through this campaign.

Each image will be printed to order on archival paper at 8”x10”, 11”x14”, and 12”x18”.

STRETCH GOALS:

UPDATE: We've eliminated the original stretch goal to make the book larger and just gone ahead and made it bigger, at no extra cost to our backers!

and so...

UPDATE: $20,000 - If we raise $20,000 I will record an audio commentary for the book. Basically the “book on tape” version, where I’ll talk about what each of the entries are about or what they’ve come to mean. As well as a bit of my history with the game and various stories about my work both on the site and off.

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Special thanks to:

Dungeons & Dragons and D&D are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the USA and other countries.  Used with permission. 

Risks and challenges

Any crowdfunding project is subject to risk. However, in our case, we’re lucky to have most of the work already completed. The art is complete and has been rescanned. The book’s interior is already designed with the help of Donald Mock’s MOCK, the Agency. Fulfillment will all be handled by my art rep and partner in this endeavor, Paolo Belfiore, who’s Cadence Comic Art and Cadence Select have more that decade of experience in getting art to people safely in a timely manner.

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