The Stiff: Chapter 5: Page 199
November 26th, 2014

The Stiff: Chapter 5: Page 199

I recently read the “Overlook Film Encyclopedia of Science Fiction” (folks in the UK will know it as the Aurum Film Encyclopedia of Science Fiction) and was re-struck by how incredible that whole series of books is. (Well, I mean the horror and science fiction books… I’ve never been passionate enough about gangsters or Westerns to read the others in the series.) It’s a shame they never did the complete planned series of all genres, and even sadder that Phil Hardy, the series editor, died earlier this year. I wonder if, were the series remade in 2014 (in some hypothetical internet-free world where there is more of a demand for encyclopedia books, that is), fantasy films would justify a separate category from science fiction, or is the line between the two too blurry?


Dungeons & Dragons Walkthrough Maps Now Available!

Some of the most enjoyable artwork I’ve done over the past year and a half has been the Dungeons & Dragons classic module Walkthrough Maps for Wizards of the Coast. I’ve really loved making these: drawing and ‘plotting out’ each one gives me the vicarious experience of both DMing and playing the adventures, and it’s incredibly fun to flesh out all those two-dimensional, graph paper maps into little worlds in pseudo-isometric color.

After many months of people asking about them, I’m proud to announce… the D&D Walkthrough Maps are finally available as full-size art prints!! Each map depicts a different classic adventure from the ’70s and early ’80s, namely:

* S1: Tomb of Horrors by Gary Gygax (13″x18″ print)
* S2: White Plume Mountain by Lawrence Schick (16″x18″ print)
* S3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks by Gary Gygax (11″x22″ print)
* S4: The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth by Gary Gygax (18″x27″ print)
* A1: Slave Pits of the Undercity by David Cook (18″x24″ print)
* X1: The Isle of Dread by David Cook & Tom Moldvay (18″x24″ print)
* I6: Ravenloft by Tracy & Laury Hickman (18″x36″ print) (!!)

Every inch of bloodsoaked battle and every copper coin of treasure is thrillingly depicted in ultra-detailed style with mock men in the role of the human (and demi-human) characters. I hope you love looking at these maps as much as I loved drawing them. And I’m still drawing more of them on the Wizards of the Coast site, so please stay tuned for future announcements!