As our journey nears its end, time to talk about another of the artists who will be working on the book : Dan Barker.
I’ve been a big fan of Dan Barker’s work since I came across him in the classic Tales of the Reaching Moon fanzine for the gaming world of Glorantha in the 90s. As a rather rabid fan of Glorantha at the time some of my favorite pieces were his full page illustrations which were intended to be cut out and pasted over the piss-poor illustrations in Avalon Hill’s Troll God box set.
Dan’s work then and the bits he’s done since show’s he’s got a firm grasp of the mythic storytelling that Monkey requires, as well as the strong technical talent that I want for the new version of Monkey. He’s also got a wicked sense of humour, that comes out in some of his pieces (which as my Grandfather who was a senior art lecturer said is essential for a working artist’s work).
This humour is in full evidence I feel in this ‘test’ piece that Dan sent me last year (if you are not getting it look at how Monkey is riding his cloud).
Dan is also a big fan of the game. Both he and his partner Gwen regularly run the game at conventions that they attend. Dan has been one of the voices that has been pushing me to get Monkey 2 done and he was the first people to run the new game.
So I’m more than happy that Dan is joining the merry band who will be Journeying West to produce the new Monkey the 2nd Incarnation!
Day 21 of 23 Days of Monkey, Kickstarter opens on 8th January 2017.