Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia NOW LIVE & Updates!

It has been a crazy five days, to say the least. The Kickstarter for The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia went live on Saturday and funded in five hours. I spent a fantastic weekend at Pensacon talking to people about the book, the Kickstarter, and I sold out of a lot of older stock - which is super important with the Grand Bazaar on the horizon. If you missed it, I shared the rough printer proofs live on Facebook at the launch of the Kickstarter. These proofs arrived on Friday morning before the first day of Pensacon began. They are not final, the covers will be replaced with red leather with gold embossed text and graphics. Paper and printing quality will also be improved in the finals. That said, the books are already beautiful. I am so happy with how they look, and I can't wait to share them with you all. Here are some images of the main book.

As I have said, this cover will be red leather with gold embossed text and graphics. These proofs were made by hand, which is pretty cool.

The Shaper Cleaner, or as it is commonly known, the Gullet.

Near the center of the book, the map folds out so that you can see the image in its entirety.

On the reverse side are a legend and smaller line art of the map so that you can see where key locations are.

For the Kickstarter, we had a video made by the amazing Zdenko Basic. He did a tremendous job on the video and really brought the Grand Bazaar to life. I could not be happier with it!



As previously mentioned, I have created not one book but three books. The second being a coloring book. This one is the closest to what I imagine the final will look like, though it will be better quality.

The cover is obscured with paper samples. We will determine which takes marker and pencil the best.

Each spread has a rhyming description that gives you an idea of what each monster is about. Every page of art has a black backing to limit bleed and so that each image will be as pristine as possible to work on.

I absolutely LOVE how the environment pieces printed. I love lines!

As part of the campaign, we have had artists and creatives that we know do a short reading from the book. First up is the legendary Todd Lockwood!



The last book available in the Kickstarter is a Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition compatible stats book for the monsters in my book. This book is set in the world of the Grand Bazaar and is written by a pair of psychometricians. As with the main book, the cover will be red leather with gold embossed text and graphics. The note I am holding up states that the image on the cover will be centered in the final book.

Get all the stats for your favorite citizens of the Grand Bazaar and learn about what psychological issues they might have.

I advise against it, but your players could take on even Ethra VanDalia.

And our first update regarding the campaign - In celebration of funding, we have incorporated "add-ons" into the Kickstarter! We will be partnering with BackerKit so you can either add to your pledge amount now or add-on additional items during the survey process. If there happen to be any additional shipping costs due to the number of add-ons you get, BackerKit will automatically figure that cost out for you in the survey process.
  • Crest of Ethra Pin: $10
  • Grand Bazaar Coloring Book: $10
  • Stats Book: $15
  • Grand Bazaar Book: $40
We have more planned, so keep an eye on the campaign, this blog, and my Facebook page. We are not done yet!

That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here on Friday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

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