Excerpts from Sword & Backpack: The Young Adventurer’s Almanac, 5th Edition, plus sundry supplementary material and related ephemera. Originally presented as large broadsheet advertisements, readers are invited to download the linked PDF files and have them printed in their intended poster-sized format.
Mr. Pablo Clark (aka In the Dark Arcade) and I are working on a Sword & Backpack-inspired picture book for adventurous kids, a tome meant to evoke the mood (and the smell and texture!) of some of our favorite books from our childhoods. You can see the first two illustrations from the book above, and we hope that it will appeal to the children and adults of toda. The vibe is a bit of Sendak, a dash of Silverstein, a measure of Tolkien and a pinch of LeGuin. Wish us luck, people! And bear with us if we ask you to Kickstart something.
Friend of Sword & Backpack Rachel Kahn ( here on Tumblr as Portable City; you might recognize her named from her awesome By Crom journal comic or her other illustration work) is an awesome artist and all around swell person. She also has excellent musical taste and has made the mixtape Wizards of Self-Destruction for your fantasy gaming/chilling out in front the hearth/getting magical with that special someone pleasure. You should rock it, oh yes you should.
D&D Viewmastery. Love the combination of the AD&D action figures and the characters from the television show, and it makes us think: Why has there never been a mid-budget official D&D live-action television show along the lines of The Legend of the Seeker, etc.? Base it in, say, a place like Shadowdale in the Forgotten Realms, and then explore the wider world and so on. Seems like a no-brainer to us armchair programming executives over here at Rothbard & Gazpus. (Video found on Boing Boing, by the way.)
This person didn’t like (and kind of didn’t understand the intention of) our Dungeonpunk Manifesto, but their dislike of it actually led to some interesting original thoughts of their own. Give it a read!
Bitchinville wrote the newest issue of Batman ‘66 and it’s out today, which also happens to be Batman Day, Batman’s official 75th Anniversary! If you are so Bat-inclined, head on down to your local comic book store and grab a copy!
Sword & Backpack’s alter-ego wrote the new issue of Batman ‘66, and if that’s the sort of thing that floats your Bat-Boat, go grab a copy. We’d appreciate it!