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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia Stretch Goal Announced!

The Construct Guild has arrived!

WOOHOO!! We rolled past 200 backers, and as a secret surprise (there are lots of those in the Grand Bazaar!), we are adding a new pin to the line-up. This pin features the Construct Guild emblem! This soft enamel pin will be a 2-inch tall with raised black metal, metallic gold fill, and bright inlaid colors.

The pin will be automatically added to the Ethra VanDalia Collection ($75) reward tiers and above. It will also be available as an add-on for ONLY $10.

Get your Construct Guild pin today by pledging at the $75 tier or higher or by simply adding $10 to your current campaign pledge, and you be prompted to select your desired add-on after the campaign concludes.

We are nearing the finish line on our campaign. Please share this Kickstarter with all of your friends and family so we can hit the finish with a roar! Also, please note: the art tiers are disappearing fast. If you want to add to your art collection, this may be your last chance to snatch up a piece of original art!

The Construct Guild has a prominent presence in the Grand Bazaar and will continue to in future books.

That's all for another exciting Thursday on the blog, see you back here tomorrow! 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 18, 2020

Coloring Ethra VanDalia by Kat G Birmelin!

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 outstanding Kat G Birmelin, who brought color to the book's name's sake, Ethra VanDalia.

Ethra VanDalia
Colored by Kat G Birmelin

Gorgeous enough for a gallery this piece is equally at home on the refrigerator

The proud artist posing with her work!

Ethra VanDalia 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 Ethra VanDalia will appear in the main book.


Ethra VanDalia
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper


© 2016 Christopher Burdett

A HUGE thanks to Kat G Birmelin for the time and effort in coloring this for us! It turned out great, and I would look to see this hanging on our refrigerator!

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 16, 2020

New Selected Reading From the Grand Bazaar by Scott M Fischer and Iris Compiet

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. Scott M Fischer and Iris Compiet lend their voices to breathe life into the Grand Bazaar.


Next in our series of selected readings from the Grand Bazaar, the multi-talented Scott M Fischer shares some words by Harrii Smepp’k (Unemployed) regarding Kiplorbs.


Next in our series of selected readings from the Grand Bazaar, the outstanding Iris Compiet shares the last recorded words before vanishing of Tryculic Frems (Pilgrim of Ghu’st - seeker of mental purity).

We are over the halfway point with the Grand Bazaar Kickstarter and still need your help in spreading the word and getting more eyes on the campaign! We are down to only three remaining collector's editions of the books as a stand-alone tier. You can get them as part of the art tiers as well.

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 13, 2020

One Fantastic Week Interview

If you missed it earlier this week, I returned to the One Fantastic Week Podcast and had a great time. I talked about the Grand Bazaar Kickstarter, making art, balancing time, and what I have been up to in the past six years since I was on episode 6 of the podcast 6 years ago. Yes, I am sharing this again, but I don't think it got the attention it deserved on Wednesday. I had a ton of fun, and I think I may have passed along some helpful information. 



So far 49 people have given it a thumbs up while one has given it a thumbs down. Not sure what I did to offend that person's delicate sensibilities, but I hope they reach out to me so that I can address their needs. Go have a watch for yourself and figure out what I may have done to make someone unhappy.

That's 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, March 11, 2020

Coloring the Eau-de-nil Elder by Jacob Walker!

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. First up, we have for you today the contribution of the fantastic Jacob Walker, who brought color to the Eau-de-nil Elder.

Eau-de-nil Elder
Colored by Jacob Walker

Jacob went above and beyond and brought paint and pencil to the task of coloring the Eau-de-nil Elder

The proud artist posing with his work!




Eau-de-nil Elder 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 Eau-de-nil Elder will appear in the main book.

Eau-de-nil Elder 
11 x 14 - Pencil on paper
© 2016 Christopher Burdett


A HUGE thanks to Jacob Walker for the time and effort in coloring this for us! It turned out great, and I would look to see this hanging on our refrigerator!

If you missed it yesterday, I was on the One Fantastic Week Podcast yesterday and had a great time. I talked about the Grand Bazaar Kickstarter, making art, balancing time, and what I have been up to in the past six years since I was on episode 6 of the podcast 6 years ago. I had a ton of fun, and I think I may have passed along some helpful information.



If you have a chance, by all means, have a watch. You might learn a thing or two about something!

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 9, 2020

One Fantastic Week Podcast Tomorrow & KS Updates, Art, Videos, and More!

Six years ago, I was the very first guest on the One Fantastic Week podcast, and tomorrow I will be returning to the talk about the past six years, The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia, and the Kickstarter. I am very much looking forward to returning to chat with Sam and Pete and to talk about the wild journey that has led me to right now. I hope you have a chance to watch it live @ 10 am CST. If you miss it, I will be sharing the link later in the week. 


The Kickstarter is rolling right along! As of today, we have 21 days remaining, and we passed the 200% funded mark this past Friday. Exciting times! Please, keep spreading the word, sharing the links, and in general, sharing the love. It is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!! 

If you wanted some of the art from the Grand Bazaar and you did not see anything on the campaign that caught your eye or was in your price range, fear naught! All of the remaining available art from the book is on my store and ready for immediate purchase.


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 Jabari Weathers lend their voices to breathe life into the Grand Bazaar.





I hope to have some other announcements regarding the Grand Bazaar to share with you soon! Keep an eye on this blog, the Kickstarter, or my Facebook feed to get all other latest details!

That is 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 6, 2020

Gen Con Featured Artists!

 

Yesterday it was announced that I am one of the three featured artists at this year's Gen Con, July 30-August 2! This will be my tenth Gen Con appearing as an artist, and it is truly an honor to be recognized this way and to share the title with two other amazing artists that I am lucky enough to call friends.

This is something I have had to keep quiet since the beginning of January, while at the same time arranging things like crazy behind the scenes. While I had planned since last year to have the Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia printed and in hand for Gen Con, this annoucement meant they HAD to be at Gen Con. I have put all my attention and work towards my book, and without it, my presence at Gen Con would be somewhat diminished. So while this was and continues to be exciting news and a great honor, there has been a little bit os stress getting everything arranged and moving to make sure Gen Con and the Grand Bazaar all happen when they need to and how they need to. Exciting times, to say the least! 


As both Nen and Steve have already agreed on Facebook, we aim to misbehave at Gen Con! We all have a lot of fun at conventions and Gen Con, in particular, so we hope to take part in some shenanigans and try to be somewhat professional...


There is a bio up on the Gen Con site featuring my exploits and samples of my work. THere will be a more involved interview coming to the Gen Con blog later in the month. I will be sure to share it here when it posts.

And lest you forget, The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia Kickstarter is nearly done with its first week, and it has been an exciting week, to say the least! Head on over to check out all that is going on!

That is 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

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