Friday, April 3, 2020

Kickstarter Roundup - Ellis

Today on the blog, I wanted to point out a current Kickstarter project by my friend Steve Ellis that I think you all might be interested in. Steve is an amazing artist spanning several styles and genres, and if you have not already checked him out, you should do so NOW!


Steve Ellis has a vast and varied resume, and he is currently building his own family and world of monsters because ALL the cool kids are doing this now! Steve is working on a new lavishly illustrated poker deck and art book featuring brand new members of The Thornclaw Manor Monster Family. You may remember his previously released deck form a couple years ago featuring the family, we those decks are sold out, and he has created a brand new deck. If you missed out on the first deck, FEAR NAUGHT! The original deck is getting reprinted and available as part of this Kickstarter. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect.

 The New Thornclaw Manor Monster Family Poker Deck!

What I am most excited about...
The Art Book! A hundred pages of character art, sketches and designs, and process pics!

And much more, including an enamel pin! Head over to the Kickstarter and check it all out. Steve is fully funded, has nine days to go, and is closing in on his first stretch goal! Now is the time to get on board and check it all out!

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

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Pensacon 2020 Recap - A Month Late

A month ago, I enjoyed an amazing Pensacon, one of the best yet. Then things got crazy. Now, a month later, things are still pretty crazy for a lot of reasons, but I now have time to share some thoughts and images from Pensacon 2020.

It was a tremendous show for so many reasons. Chief among them being that the Kickstarter for The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia launched during the show, and was funded in five hours. That is enough to make for an exciting weekend, but there was so much more. So many friends attend Pensacon that there is a familiar face wherever you turn, and that makes for a super fun convention. The guest list was top-notch, and there were several that I was eager to, and did, meet. I try to keep some semblance of a cool demeanor around celebrities, but in the presence of Wierd Al, I lost it. I am a strong human, but not fanboying out to Wierd Al strong. The panels that I was on were a ton of fun, and I really enjoyed the interaction with my fellow guests and those in attendance. I also had a really good show financially as well, and that does not hurt. Lastly, it was great to see so many in attendance having a lot of fun. A HUGE thanks go to Mike Ensley for continuing to have me back and for creating such an amazing and fun convention.

Here are some images from throughout the weekend.

Since we are only three hours from the convention, we head over the day before to get set up and to have some downtime leading up to the doors opening on Friday afternoon. I made sure to load the car up with everything I could since Pensacon will be the final show as I have done them. Here on out, The Grand Bazaar will take over my convention presence and will be what I am promoting. 

 The calm before the storm. Soon there will be a teaming throng eager to get in... oh! We can see the water this year.

 The vendors have begun load in as I prepare to get set up.

 And just like that, my table is ready to go. Lots of deals, sales, and bargains to be had at Pensacon 2020! Everything MUST go!

 They are getting the band back together.

 Now THAT is the Pensacon I am used to. It was SO busy this year. There was no way for photos to really depict how crowded it got at times.

 My view from for the monster makers panel.

 Oh, there were some monsters on the stage talking about monsters.

 I was a blathering fool.

 Now this was AWESOME. I had a lovely chat...

 ...and got this signed.

 I also got to meet Evil and Sark all at once. David Warner was a genuinely nice man, and I got to tell him how much his performance as Evil in Time Bandits really affected me in a good way.

 I am not packing up to leave, we just had an excellent weekend, and at the end, there was nothing for the wall. This was a first for me, and if there was going to be a weekend and a show for it to happen, I am so glad it was at Pensacon 2020.

 As we have for the past several years, we stay an extra day and head to the beach with Mike, Laura, and Paul Bielaczyc for a breather after the con. Silliness and fun were had, and it is the perfect way to end any convention.

I am already excited about Pensacon 2021 and I hope that we are all there, healthy, and ready for fun! 

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

Monday, March 30, 2020

THANK YOU!!!

Without your help, we couldn't have done it!

Twenty-two years and one month later, we are funded and on our way to the printers! My endless thanks to everyone that helped to make this day a reality. We could not have done it with you. MANY thanks to Achsa Nute, Steve Leacock, Jon Schindehette, Brian Stillman, and Jeff Solomon for all their work to get the books finished and the Kickstarter created. To all that recorded themselves reading sections of the book, Allen Panakal, Ralph Horsley, Kayla King, Daniel Hooker, Chris Seaman, Iris Compiet, Scott M Fischer, Jabari Weathers, and of course the great Todd Lockwood, THANK YOU for your time and energy to support the project. My personal thanks go to Jason Pedersen, Amy Jiao,  Kat G Birmelin, and last but certainly not least, Jacob Walker for their time and artistic talent in coloring my monsters. And lastly, thanks to each and every one of you that backed the Kickstarter, shared the links, shouted from the rooftops, and supported me along the way! We made it! It's done, and there will be books soon!

After a little rest, it will be time to double down on getting back to work on the next books in the series. I have many more stories to tell, monsters to create, and art to make.

I have a lot of non-Grand Bazaar blog posts to share with you. Stuff that has been sitting around and waiting for me to have the time to share it. Well, now that the Kickstarter is over and the Grand Bazaar is out of my hands, I will have that time.

That's all for another VERY exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

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

Friday, March 27, 2020

Coloring a Footman by Amy Jiao and New Selected Reading From the Grand Bazaar by Ralph Horsley and Allen Panakal!

A LOT to share with you today! We are in the last days, and things are coming fast and thick.
The amazing Achsa Nute (who is also my wife) reached out to several artists to see if they would like to color one of the monsters from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia Coloring Book. They, of course, said yes because they are awesome and cool. Next up, we have for you today the contribution of the amazing Amy Jiao, who brought color to the Ophiomornous Bureaucrat.

Ophiomornous Bureaucrat
Colored by Amy Jiao

The proud artist posing with her work!

Ophiomornous Bureaucrat coloring page art

The Grand Coloring Book of Ethra VanDalia measures 9x12 and is 84 pages. It features one-sided art with solid black on the reverse side to allow marker use and to limit bleeding. The book is available separately on my Kickstarter as well as being bundled with several of the other tiers so that you can receive the coloring book and the rest of the books offered in my campaign. Here is how the Footman will appear in the main book.



Ophiomornous Bureaucrat
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 2016 Christopher Burdett

There are some new selected readings available for your viewing pleasure. They are all up on my YouTube Channel, or you can enjoy the two latest videos here. Ralph Horsley and Allen Panakal once again lend their voices to breathe life into the Grand Bazaar.


Next in our series of selected readings from the Grand Bazaar, the outstanding Ralph Horsley shares some words by Barr Urt (Owner & operator of Urt’s House of Meats) regarding Grynk!

Next in our series of selected readings from the Grand Bazaar, the amazing Allen Panakal shares the words of Krnjak Cadiz Mah’h (Hoarder) regarding Quincaillerie.

That is all for another exciting week on the blog. See you back here on Monday and most likely after the Kickstarter has concluded. Until then...

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Coloring a Footman by Jason Pedersen, New Selected Reading From the Grand Bazaar by Daniel Hooker and Kayla King, and Longbox Guys Interview!

A LOT to share with you today! We are in the last days, and things are coming fast and thick.

The amazing Achsa Nute (who also my wife) reached out to several artists to see if they would like to color one of the monsters from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia Coloring Book. They, of course, said yes because they are awesome and cool. Next up, we have for you today the contribution of the amazing Jason Pedersen, who brought color to one of Shaper's living tools, a Footman.

Footman

Colored by Jason Pedersen

Gorgeous enough for a gallery this piece as Jason unleashed the magic of Copics

The proud artist posing with his work!

Footman coloring page art

The Grand Coloring Book of Ethra VanDalia measures 9x12 and is 84 pages. It features one-sided art with solid black on the reverse side to allow marker use and to limit bleeding. The book is available separately on my Kickstarter as well as being bundled with several of the other tiers so that you can receive the coloring book and the rest of the books offered in my campaign. Here is how the Footman will appear in the main book.



Footman11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 2016 Christopher Burdett

There are some new selected readings available for your viewing pleasure. They are all up on my YouTube Channel, or you can enjoy the two latest videos here. Daniel Hooker and Kayla King lend their voices to breathe life into the Grand Bazaar.


Next in our series of selected readings from the Grand Bazaar, the most excellent Daniel Hooker shares the words of Grufle Yurn Mez (Ore dealer for Red Sunset Mining) following the incident in Smokey Hollow regarding a Corrupted Knight.


Next in our series of selected readings from the Grand Bazaar, the talented Kayla King shares a children's rhyme about the Petrous Blacksmith.

LASTLY, I did a recent interview about the Grand Bazaar and making art with the Longbox Guys. You can listen to my interview HERE. Hopefully, I was a rambling idiot.

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

Monday, March 23, 2020

New Selected Reading From the Grand Bazaar by Allen Panakal and Chris Seaman

There are some new selected readings available for your viewing pleasure. They are all up on my YouTube Channel, or you can enjoy the two latest videos here. Allen Panakal and Chris Seaman lend their voices to breathe life into the Grand Bazaar.


Next in our series of selected readings from the Grand Bazaar, the amazing Allen Panakal shares the last recorded words before becoming slightly transparent of R’ndle Ye’Klue (Pilgrim of Ghu’st - seeker of mental purity).


Next in our series of selected readings from the Grand Bazaar, the uniquely creepy Chris Seaman shares the words of Handrox the IV (Owner & operator of Handrox Perfumes) regarding Footman.

We have entered the LAST WEEK of the Grand Bazaar Kickstarter and still need your help in spreading the word and getting more eyes on the campaign! The Collector's Editions of the books as a stand-alone tier are all gone! You can still get them as part of the art tiers. I have a lot more videos and coloring pages to share with you this week! Some for each day and some days, there will double posts! Let's end this campaign with a RAWR!

That's all for another exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

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

Friday, March 20, 2020

Gen Con Featured Artist Q&A

The Gen Con Blog has posted a Featured Artist Q&A that I did with them. I talk about art, monsters, and there is some info regarding that little Kickstarter that I have going on! If you have a chance, head on over to the Gen Con Blog and have a look.


We are approaching the final week on The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia Kickstarter! Things are still rocking and rolling, and I have so much more to share with you next week. We have a bunch of selected reading videos, coloring pages, and more! Keep getting the word out and sharing the links!

That's all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

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