Hello backers! Hope your summer (or winter for our AUS/NZ friends) is off to a great start. I wanted to update you all on our progress so far, and introduce you to the eight amazing artists who are providing some incredible art for HeroBook GM. On to the good stuff!
I’m happy to report that production is on schedule! Our amazing art team has completed their pieces (scroll down for some previews!), I have completed about 90% of the writing for the book, and have begun laying out pages. I’m aiming to have the book over to our printers for proofing by the end of June. I’ll also be sharing another backer update later this month with some more previews and a summary of the results from the Design Questionnaire. Here’s a look at how things should be proceeding over the next few months:
JUNE: Finishing writing and layout.
JULY: Send files to printer and complete proofing.
AUGUST-FEBRUARY: Manufacturing, packaging, procuring add-on items, and shipping everything to distribution centers.
MARCH 2020: Shipping HeroBook GM to you!
For a quick update on backer surveys, we are up to about 92% completed – if you are one of those last 8%, please remember that you need to fill out your backer survey to receive your rewards. If you haven’t received your backer survey or need help with your pledge, please message me by clicking my Kickstarter profile at the top of the campaign page.
Meet the Art Team
I’m so incredibly stoked about the art in HeroBook GM, you guys! Although there is less art overall in this book compared to the first, I’ve brought four new artists onto the team to complement our original four. The result is fewer higher-quality pieces in a variety of different styles that highlight various aspects of the life of a dungeon master. I think they’ve done an absolutely incredible job and can’t wait for you to see the final product. Some of the artists may have even shared previews or full versions of their HeroBook pieces on their portfolios or Instagram – you’ll just have to take a look for yourself (and throw them a follow while you’re at it)!
Braden Hallett (Portfolio)
Braden is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist based in Kamloops, BC. His comic Cato’s Apprenticeship has run since 2014. With a talent for creating lively, vivid characters, he is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Jacob Kosh (Instagram)
Jacob is a self-taught multidisciplinary queer artist working primarily as an illustrator, sculpture, and painter. Jacob is inspired by the human form, identity, myth, and science fiction. In his most recent show HALLOWED FORMS, Jacob challenges what it means for a body to be “sacred”, exploring body politics through the lens of learned self-acceptance. Jacob works and creates as an uninvited guest on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen, Saanich, and Esquimalt Nations.
Haley is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer from Vancouver who specializes in wonderfully cute and whimsical illustrations of botanicals, animals and people. Keen tabletop Kickstarter backers will remember her incredible work in Faerie Fire, the 80s and 90s-inspired 5E supplement that raised over $65,000 on Kickstarter in 2018.
Valeriya Kim (Instagram)
Valeriya is an illustrator and graphic designer from Kazakhstan, currently completing her bachelor’s degree in communication design from the IDEA School of Design at Capilano University.
Phoebe Nezil (Instagram)
Phoebe is an educator, animator and illustrator based out of Vancouver, BC. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is a part-time drow bard and a full-time high school art teacher.
Logan David (Instagram)
Logan is a part-time illustrator, part-time florist and a part-time aarakocra warlock. She will be entering her 3rd year in the IDEA School of Design at Capilano University this fall, where she specializes in illustration and design. When she’s not swamped by her homework and other projects, you can find her replaying her favourite JRPGs and consuming excessive amounts of caffeine.
Alex was born and raised in Barbados, and moved to Canada at the age of eighteen. He has a Bachelor of Media Arts with a major in animation from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and works in painting, drawing, and animation. His work explores queer themes and sentiment in relation to his Caribbean background. Alex currently lives and works in Vancouver as an uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Skwxwu7mesh First Nations.
John Pachkowsky (Instagram)
John is an illustrator currently attending the IDEA School of Design at Capilano University. He is heavily influenced by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque artwork, and is also passionate about the culinary arts.