The Gathering: Early Magic Artist Art Book Kickstarter

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Wow. That title was a mouthful.

Pete Venters has been talking this up in his thread, but I figured it deserved a discussion up here, too, since I know not everyone checks the art boards regularly, or his thread.

A bunch of Magic's early artists are putting together a big art book to celebrate Magic's 20th anniversary. And they're doing it, as so many folks are these days, in the form of a Kickstarter. Some of the art is already previewed, and it definitely has that cool Alpha feel to it. Oh, and the higher tiers get sketches as well, which uh... if you can get your hands on a Pete Venters sketch, my advice is to do so. They look incredibly badass in person, and he's a master of stark black and white design.

Anyway, here it is, check it out, see if you find it to your liking With just a few hours in, the project is already nearly funded, so clearly the books are already selling like hotcakes. 
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You had my attention at "Magic Artist Art Book," and blew me away at "Kickstarter."

Here's a thoughtful question, though: Has this thing been in the works for a long while, or do you think that the breakthrough success of the Homestuck Kickstarter has had an effect (namely, do you think that recent Kickstarter successes convinced them to use it?)?

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KeeperofManyNames wrote:

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I think it's a really  cool idea, but I won't back it. I'm willing to give them something like $30 (which around €25 or so), which is a good deal for such a nice book, but the shipping to the EU would bring it over the amount of cash I have spare on such things. 


As much as I like living in Europe (except for the weather), for things like this, I'd want to live in the US. 


And I don't get it. Shipping a wig from China takes a week and costs me nothing. Getting a MLP t-shirt from the US takes 14 days and cost $30, which is the price of a freaking t-shirt. 


I'm going to convince my girlfriend for moving to the US. One of the warmer states.

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I think it's a really  cool idea, but I won't back it. I'm willing to give them something like $30 (which around €25 or so), which is a good deal for such a nice book, but the shipping to the EU would bring it over the amount of cash I have spare on such things.



I'm kind of with you on this. Except for me, it's because I'm a cheap b@$$turd. It's inherited. I may back it for the softcover version of the book before it's over, but at the moment I'm having a hard time getting over the thought "$30 for a single book?"


As I have mentioned before, I shop at Half-Price Books, so I typically get 5-10 books for $30, depending on whether I'm buying hardback or paperback.


I'm going to convince my girlfriend for moving to the US. One of the warmer states.


0_0 Over buying stuff off the internet? Is it that much of your life?

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KeeperofManyNames wrote:

Alright, new theory: these forums are an experiment in ultraminimalism. By Monday everything--yes everything--will be the color white, and typing any character will simply produce a solid rectangle of variable height and width.

I think $30 for an art-book is a fair price. I think the Banksy-book I own was something similar. And my girlfriends treasured Harry Potter concept art book costs a ridiculous amount of money. Art books are a luxury product, more so than other books.



I'm going to convince my girlfriend for moving to the US. One of the warmer states.


0_0 Over buying stuff off the internet? Is it that much of your life?



It's something we joke about But it comes up suprisingly often. It's been a while since I bought a book in an actual bookshop. It would also give me access to The Secretist. And most of my t-shirts come from the internet, making my wardrobe needlessly expensive. It's just really hard to find geeky t-shirts over here. Sometimes you get lucky and find a cool Star Wars shirt, but other than such random occurrences, I have to wait for the one convention in Belgium to stock up on t-shirts.


And there are other reasons I'd want to live in the US :-) Despite what you might read on the internet, the US is still seen as a pretty cool place in Europe.

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I think it's a really  cool idea, but I won't back it. I'm willing to give them something like $30 (which around €25 or so), which is a good deal for such a nice book, but the shipping to the EU would bring it over the amount of cash I have spare on such things. 


As much as I like living in Europe (except for the weather), for things like this, I'd want to live in the US. 


And I don't get it. Shipping a wig from China takes a week and costs me nothing. Getting a MLP t-shirt from the US takes 14 days and cost $30, which is the price of a freaking t-shirt. 


I'm going to convince my girlfriend for moving to the US. One of the warmer states.



Texas is awesome, and probably has one of the cheaper costs of living.
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I'm going to convince my girlfriend for moving to the US. One of the warmer states.



Texas is awesome, and probably has one of the cheaper costs of living.


If you get him to move to Texas the three of us need to hang out some time. Wishful thinking.

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KeeperofManyNames wrote:

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Yxoque, I need to warn you, strictly speaking there is no such thing as a 'warm' state.
Even as south as Florida, winters are still stupidly cold and weather in the south is fickle as a mofo.

I live in the geographic center of Georgia.
Last winter it went from a high of 90 to a low of twenty IN THE SPAN OF A WEEK.

Two week ago, we had a day where it was 80 degrees and hurricane-level thunderstorms, to 30 degrees and not a cloud in the sky the next.
I'm convinced the South is where God goes when he gets blotto.       
In the same boat as Yxo as far as the kickstarter goes, unfortunately. Not the US though, I'd only go there if work takes me.
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I think it's a really  cool idea, but I won't back it. I'm willing to give them something like $30 (which around €25 or so), which is a good deal for such a nice book, but the shipping to the EU would bring it over the amount of cash I have spare on such things. 


As much as I like living in Europe (except for the weather), for things like this, I'd want to live in the US. 


And I don't get it. Shipping a wig from China takes a week and costs me nothing. Getting a MLP t-shirt from the US takes 14 days and cost $30, which is the price of a freaking t-shirt. 


I'm going to convince my girlfriend for moving to the US. One of the warmer states.


Man you have had enough conversations with me about this country to know that it's not worth it for cheaper t-shirts.

Also, for god's sake stay away from Pennsylvania. This winter seemed like it would never get started, and now it seems like it'll never end. T_T



I can confirm that $30 is VERY reasonable for an art book. It's part of why I'm so damn poor, actually--if you want access to good art reproductions, you've gotta pay for it. Right now I'm gazing longingly at the Amazon page for the facimile copy of Jung's Red Book, and it's $150 at the cheapest. So. $30. Very reasonable.

Art books are in the same category as a lot of collectable books: they are priced for the fact that they are objects in and of themselves rather than just carrier media for the content within, if that makes sense.
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My girlfriend slapped down money for this not seconds after I sent her the link.  Apparently she's a big fan of some of the artist for their work outside of Magic.

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@mikemearls I think Perkins would throat punch me if I ever tried that. And I'd give him a glowing quarterly review for it.

Thought I'd pop in and mention a few things...

Yeah, international shipping from the U.S. sucks. The deep cuts in the funding for the post office is one of the many reasons that prices are high. Still, given that, some of the price increases in interntaional shipping that occurred with the last price hike at the end of January are frikkin ridiculous.

Secondly, $30 for an art book (including domestic shipping) is actually a pretty average price, but when you realize it's filled with brand new paintings made especially for the book, then that's a really damn good price.

Finally, our stretch goals are trying to make the whole deal better. The current one is going to add 16 pages to the book which will include a bonus section of sketches.

And thanks to those of you that have thrown some money down! The artists really appreciate the support.
 

If you're interested in acquiring some prints, artist proofs or original paintings, contact Pete at peteventers (at) gmail (dot) com Pete also occasionally appears on Twitter: http://twitter.com/PeteVenters

Yxoque - you should get this book, and I will tell you why.

Pete did both the art for Cabal Trainee and the art for Clutch of the Undercity. Tentacles.

Plus the best Borderpost! And all sorts of other cool stuff! Sanity Gnawers, too. And I really like those Ice Age Circles, Peter! Can't autocard them, but those are legit!

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Oh, I'll get the book if I can find it in a store or get it from an European store without too much shipping.

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I feel kind of embarassed now.

I'm still leaning toward backing this thing; and I probably will before it's finished, but I've been spending more than I should have on personal non-essentials lately and I'm trying not to go overboard.

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KeeperofManyNames wrote:

Alright, new theory: these forums are an experiment in ultraminimalism. By Monday everything--yes everything--will be the color white, and typing any character will simply produce a solid rectangle of variable height and width.

I'd pay for a pdf option, although that makes it more prone for torrent abuse.

Edit: That is, I wouldn't pay money to fund the option to distribute it through pdf, but if that option was there, I'd back it.

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This forum can't even ****ing self-destruct properly.

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