December 23, 2011

Sleigh of the Wicked

Sleigh of the Wicked

Hey, happy holidaze from the Inkwell Looter family to yours!

So, what does this card do? Is it an artifact that taps to give target vampire, werewolf and zombie haste and banding? Is it a creature that taps for "target player gains control of a permanent you control and takes 5 damage"? You probably can do better than that.

And here's the pun spoiler for those not in the know: Slayer of the Wicked.

December 09, 2011

Re-elect the Mayor

politics as usual

I wonder what daily life is like in these terrible, monster-packed places where Magic takes place. Is there anywhere to buy stuff on Grixis? Are you just immediately flayed on New Phyrexia or can you chill a bit first? Who elects a werewolf mayor? What's his platform? Where does he stand with regard to the inappropriate influence of glaziers?

November 26, 2011

Worlds 2011 brain dump

I’d intended to produce elaborate coverage of the Magic World Championship event in San Francisco last week but I feel the moment passing so will instead jumble together a bag of miscellaneous items from my sojourn in Magical Magic-land.

Out come the wolves
I had these aggressive token/business cards made right before Worlds and was pressing them upon everyone around me:
wolf cards
People seemed to like them. Some howled.

The Pro Tour
It’s weird to attend a world championship stocked with every big-name pro plus a healthy roster of hall-of-famers and have no frickin’ idea what is going on in the main event. Yet that was me and most of the civilians in attendance. The top 8 was shown on a big screen but the previous three days of competition took place behind barn-proof barriers and to spectate required a dangerous amount of neck-craning. By the middle of the day two I absorbed the vibe that Conley Woods had transformed into an invincible cyborg warrior. This surely had nothing to do with the freshly-available Conley in Bazaar of Baghdad token I drew for Channel Fireball:
Conley Woods token
... on the other hand, it didn't hurt! Otherwise, I chose to enjoy all of the main event coverage online back at the Grotto, pants off, drink in hand, as the Internet was meant to be appreciated.

For points and packs
The official side events I played were a big Innistrad sealed, a big Two-Headed Giant Innistrad sealed, and some Standard 8-player single-elimination quickies.

In the unlikely event that you find yourself in a big Innistrad sealed 2HG event I advise you to pack whatever answers you have for Invisible Stalker (Rolling Temblor, your own better Stalkers, etc). ‘Nuff said on that.

I almost never play Standard offline these days but at the eleventh hour I decided make a deck just in case. I shovelled together a $15 Standard goblins pile that was surprisingly well-suited to the 8-man metagame. Yep, this:

4 Goblin Arsonist
4 Goblin Fireslinger
4 Goblin Wardriver
4 Goblin Chieftain
4 Grim Lavamancer
4 Stormblood Berserker
3 Spikeshot Elder
4 Goblin Grenade
4 Brimstone Volley
4 Incinerate
2 Galvanic Blast
19 Mountain
Sideboard: uhhhh ...

I have no delusions that this is a “good” deck but for that weekend at least it feasted on slow, defenseless prey. It also delivered several priceless opponent expressions of surprise/disgust after “turn one, Fireslinger, go.”

For kicks
My casual gaming experience at Worlds was a steaming platter of fun with a side of logistical headache. I got plenty of duels but bigger games like casual drafts and multi-player Commander were hard to come by. It seemed like people trying to get casual group games together had to scrap to extract participants from lucrative planeswalker-point-earning events. Or maybe *sniff* I don’t have enough friends? Anyway ...

Adam Styborski ended up being my casual game guide for the weekend. Upon arrival at the event site I met up with Adam to give him his snappy new cards and ended up in his Serious Fun column. I subsequently got in on Adam’s Ravnica block star draft and the Community Cube draft. Dude knows how to have fun.

I feel like a wide-eyed freshman in the cold halls of Commander having played exactly once before (at the Commander product release event) but I’d had fun stripping and rebuilding my The Mimeoplasm pre-con and was ready to see what was what. I give myself an ‘incomplete’ on this task. I had some satisfying one-on-one games but never found the cool Commander table. I’m sure it was there somewhere. Wrong places, wrong times.

Get your filth on
As for Filth Casserole, I’m afraid I get another ‘incomplete.’ I should have organized this a little beyond “hey, make a deck and find me somewhere in Fort Mason.” Regardless, I did get a bunch of games in against my buddy and the good news is that they were awesome! Here’s the Naya aggro-loamish-sweeperiffic list I ran:

1 Path to Exile
1 Noxious Revival
1 Edge of Autumn
1 Explore
1 Life from the Loam
1 Sylvan Ranger
1 Lightning Helix
1 Naya Charm
1 Pilgrim's Eye
1 Firespout
1 Beast Within
1 Harrow
1 Tuktuk the Explorer
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Knight of the Reliquary
1 Countryside Crusher
1 Seismic Assault
1 Swans of Bryn Argoll
1 Ajani Vengeant
1 Garruk Wildspeaker
1 Stuffy Doll
1 Creeping Renaissance
1 Caldera Hellion
1 Worm Harvest
1 Wildfire
1 Predator Dragon
1 Blasphemous Act
1 Savage Twister
1 Arid Mesa
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Ghost Quarter
1 Jungle Shrine
1 Verdant Catacomb
1 Naya Panorama
1 Raging Ravine
1 Stomping Grounds
1 Stirring Wildwood
1 Tectonic Edge
1 Temple Garden
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Treetop Village
3 Forest
3 Mountain
2 Plains

I’m going to continue working on the format so don’t expect me to shut up about it anytime soon.

Ookubo
It was incredible to see long-time 3-D card alterer Seishiro Ookubo’s work in person. For most of Worlds Ookubo displayed hundreds of cards while sitting behind his table meticulously cutting and gluing new work. His table was a pleasant oasis in the grindy Magic tournament chaos and all weekend long passers-by would stop and gaze at his table with slack-jawed wonder. Whatever happens with high-level organized play next year I hope that Wizards finds a way to keep Ookubo (and other artists/craftsmen) in the mix. His presence elevated the Worlds experience.

Peops
While all that other stuff was superb, meeting people from up and down the Magic community is the best thing about a big event like this. Attendees have tremendous access to the full cross-section of our great, big Magic family. I mean, I got to stand outside at the food trucks chatting and shivering with Mark Rosewater! The only negative here was all of the people I had near misses with or nodded “hi” to intending to circle back later but for whatever reason didn’t see again. If I name-drop all the cool people I got to hang with here I’ll end up feeling stupid when I leave someone out so let me just say that rad times were had and I wish I’d had time for even more.

In conclusion, I rate Worlds 2011 ten bittersweet Looter smooches (out of ten). Bittersweet because from now on Pro Tour events will be closed to the public. I’m glad I got to see the last one. Hopefully the new Grand Prix plan and further undisclosed organized play changes will preserve the concept of a big inclusive event that attracts the entire community. Hopefully I’ll see you there.

November 14, 2011

All class

Some of the best to have ever turned 'em sideways:

Class of 2011

Click to see bigger version

I'm glad that our game has players like these.

Here's a PDF if you want to print and use as player cards/tokens.

November 13, 2011

Order of the Fiery Pen

They say that the pen is mightier than the sword. Yet others say, "How 'bout gimme BOTH!"

Adam Styborski, soldier

That there is a business card/token I did for Adam Styborski, writer of Serious Fun, Pauper Cube papa, new main man over at Gathering Magic (congrats, Adam!), and owner of one all-around sweet life. Adam will be flashing these cards around Worlds in San Francisco so be sure to seek him out. I'd yield my sword to him first if I were you.

November 08, 2011

Brass knuckles in an oven mitt

Filth Casserole Pot Luck

BE THERE!

November 03, 2011

Hey there, Little Red Riding Hood.

You smell that? Crisp night air heavy with the intoxicating aroma of fat, juicy, slow prey!

wolf token

Wolf tokens are here. Join my pack.

wolves!

Get the high-res PDF.

November 02, 2011

Get in the casserole, again.

I wrote up a much more complete introduction to the Filth Casserole format which has been published by the fine folks over at Gathering Magic. The article includes reasoning, deck lists, fashion tips and more, and I urge you to check it out.

I'll be ramping up the Filth Casserole activity and decided I didn't want it distracting from the art focus of this blog. Thanks to Trick Jarrett of Gathering Magic for providing the platform. I'll be talking more about the format on my Twitter as well as the Gathering Magic forums.

October 16, 2011

Get in the casserole.

Death Casserole
Recently I got a hankering down in my guts for a new Magic format. Something with the variety and freedom of Commander deck construction but, I dunno, easier to shuffle? Something unapologetically about the reduction of a single opponent's life total to zero. A juicy, non-rotating card pool that won't deck my bank account. Yeah, that's what I want. Now gimme!

At first I named it Impudent Goblin Highlander but the Looter marketing staff basically had a cow, so we changed it to something they felt would have more mainstream appeal: FILTH CASSEROLE.

Here's whatcha gotta do to get in the Casserole:

1. Decks are a minimum of fifty (50!) cards.

2. Decks can only have a single copy of a card other than basic lands.

3. Legal card sets and banned cards are the same as for the Modern format.

4. No sideboards.

5. All the other usual stuff applies. 20 life, mulligans, blah blah blah.

So, it's 50-card Modern singleton, yeah? I think a majority of the cards banned for Modern would be fine in Filth Casserole but I want to keep things simple. Version 2.0 might get some unbannings, but let's leave Jace in the cooler for now.

Filth Casserole FAQs

Where do I play this appetizing new format?

Anywhere you want, I suppose, but specifically at Worlds in San Francisco. I'll be there, stalking the hall with a Casserole in my oven mitts, looking for victims.

Additionally, I'm going to organize some MTGO sessions via Twitter. Stay tuned!

How will I recognize fellow Casserole chefs?

They will be clearly-labeled with the above insignia. Help yourself to this high-resolution PDF file, print and deploy. I'll post some examples of how to proudly display the Casserole insignia in the coming weeks.

OK, that's it for now, but expect more soon. Commence deck construction, and may all of your casseroles be filthy!

October 08, 2011

Civilized Nerd/Homicidal Jock

Civilized Scholar
See Michael C. Hayes' Civilized Scholar/Homicidal Brute here.

Once again, I impose the '80s teenage comedy logic. And we all know someone who transforms after a drink, right?

September 15, 2011

I like your shamble

In the near future some of us will need 13 zombie tokens. Yay, right? And what better way to enjoy your sudden army of rotting meat than with 13 different Inkwell Looter zombie tokens. Count 'em:












Exhume the printable PDF here.

August 31, 2011

Gideon's Posse

Gideon's Flunkies

It was immediately after I finished this comic when the phrase "Gid-a-long Gang" came to me. Oh well.

August 17, 2011

Juicy tidbits

Hey, no funny drawings today but wanted to comment on a few items:

LSV tokens
I drew illustrious professional magician Luis Scott-Vargas vacationing in an exotic locale (a land of our ancestors but I cannot recall its name) for Channel Fireball, who did it up bigtime by printing it on tokens. You can see a photo of them in this excellent column by LSV. The LSV cards debuted at Gencon and sat at real LSV's elbow while he casually made yet another Nationals top 8. And now they're available from Channel Fireball for free when you place an order. Sweet!

Card Kingdom visit
A Looter family trip had me chilling in Washington state this past week, including a couple days in Seattle. Now, listen to me people: if you are in Seattle do not fail to make your pilgrimage to Card Kingdom! That would be some intense failure on your part. Not only is it overpacked with every game you'd want, excellent displays, abundant play areas, private game rooms, Magic tournaments, etc. no, no, forget that dusty box of Skittles near the cash register, NO! Card Kingdom has a cafe right in the store with a fine menu of prepared food and adult beverages!

I showed up on Friday night as FNM was winding down and the place was a-rockin'. Dan Tharp of the Kingdom gave your humble shadowy internet personality some VIP treatment, showing me around and introducing me to locals. I got to see their impressive Magic singles backroom (they sell singles in-store and online) and beautiful fixtures hand-painted by CK's own Joe Vollan. There was plenty of Magic on the tables but the board games got a good workout too. I hung out with Magic community people I'd previously known online (shoutouts to Zaiem Beg, Marshall Sutcliffe and Ryan Spain), ogled uncut sheets of Guru lands, swapped war stories and generally floated on a cloud of awesome energy provided by the amazing venue. Seriously, check it out.

Sorry about the lack of images in this update. I suck at camera.

August 04, 2011

They also do windows

Spark House

Color pie lawyers: I know that blue is not really the color of chore matrices. But Jace just seems like that roommate, so please bear with a little bleed.

July 26, 2011

Looter Report: Magic at SDCC 2011


I've been home from the San Diego Comic-Con for almost 48 hours yet am still waiting for my new digestive implants to fully absorb the husk. So while I float in this vat of regenerative goo I will dictate a ground-level account of the Magic element at the big show.

My Comic-Con experience centered on a table in the small press area where I peddled my non-MTG art wares. As such, I spent a lot of time planted there in a growing hobo-nest of food wrappers and promotional freebie trash. I darted out into the show when I could, but this report is far from comprehensive.

Booth
The official Magic booth was a modest affair crammed with consoles demoing Duels of the Planeswalkers. If you hung around long enough you could score an M12 sample deck. There was also a gigantic Jace statue, looking way mind-sculpty and not at all banned. That was about it. I heard some grousing about the minimal nature of the booth but having been personally involved in exhibits of all sizes at SDCC I understand that the lavish, goodie-laden mega-booths are often hungry furnaces that consume only money and dispense only garbage and sorrow. The Wizards approach these past few years seems to be to establish a floor presence focused on their most accessible product without turning the whole thing into a gold-plated foie gras jacuzzi limo.


Dealers

Despite the recent influx of Hollywood glitz a good chunk of the show floor is still a flea-market hodge-podge of collectibles merchants. There was a smattering of tables selling singles, boosters and pre-cons but nothing remarkable. If you need fixins for some post-con gaming you'll find what you need. It's probably not the best place to find an elusive card or an awesome deal.

Artists
On the other hand if you're after original art, artist proofs, signed cards and close encounters with elite fantasy painters then Comic-Con is it for you. My herky-jerky aisle-scrambling revealed impressive set-ups from Steve "Slave of Bolas" Argyle, Todd "Sun Titan" Lockwood and Stephan "Dark Depths" Martiniere. Plus Magic's Senior Creative Art Director (and one helluva painter as well) Matt Cavotta was in the house. Plus I heard I missed rk post and Christopher Moeller. I did not interact with any of these artists purely out of dumbstruck aww-garsh-ness! They were all very accessible.

Panel
The jewel in the crown of Magic at Comic-Con was the Wizards-hosted Magic panel on Friday night. This year's panel featured Matt Cavotta, Aaron Forsythe, Scott Larabee, Mark Purvis and Mark Rosewater. I enjoyed last year's panel (write-up here) and had circled this year's with red Sharpie flames in the Comic-Con program. I even wrote "¡Caliente!" next to it. Not to be missed.

So I started sweating comical oversized droplets when I showed up what I thought was a safe hour early and there were already hundreds of people in line. Quite different than the previous year, but in line (ha) with the overall arc of Comic-Con. Each year I hear more woeful tales of people waiting in line for hours to see a panel only to be turned away when there isn't enough space/oxygen in the room. The True Blood line was adjacent to the Magic panel line and those poor bastards looked wilted and hopeless, like they'd been robbed of their vitality by vampires and left with no choice but to queue up until they died. Now, Comic-Con works quite well for such a sprawling, resource-taxing event. Some of the panels simply attract larger audiences than can be accommodated. Still, it seems bad for peoples' convention experiences to be waiting in line all day gnawing granola bars only to have their dream of glimpsing the top of Robert Pattinson's hair crushed when they don't get in. It's possible that those lines are a clever crowd-control mechanism designed to keep the show floor from locking up at any given time, but as an exhibitor I'd like to see the sad line people and their wallets unleashed. Maybe some Disneyland-style spot reservation system? Science?

Anyway, the Magic panel line got lively when Mark Rosewater started working it--signing cards, shaking hands, posing for photos and chatting. When MaRo approached I said hi and handed him a Phyrexian buck. He stopped and we talked for a few minutes and I don't think I drooled too hard, and sheesh, NICE GUY!

The doors opened and I made it in. Whatta relief! I'm not sure how many didn't. Rosewater took the podium and led the crowd through an ooh-and-aah-inducing slide presentation of the coming products including From the Vault: Legends, Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas, Innistrad and Dark Ascension. For the substance of the presentation (including lots of spoilers) check out this summary by Greg Haenig at GatheringMagic.com. Innistrad feels nostalgic for me because some of the early sets (Legends, The Dark) had lots of classic horror flavor. In the Q&A Forsythe revealed that they'd be moving forward with the smaller-than-Legacy but non-rotating format Modern, which seems smart. As with last year, passion for the game was obvious on both sides of the microphone, from the Wizards guys and from the fans. They juiced the Q&A by giving out crazy prizes including a Worlds invite, an Arabian Nights pack, the original painting of the art for a future card and a Beta pack. The pack recipients giddily succumbed to the crowd's call to, "Open it!" And then, before we knew it, the excitement ended and we were flushed back out into general convention flow.

Gaming
A ballroom in the hotel adjacent to the convention center hosted open Magic and organized play all day and late into the night. I made it over for a chill-out mini-master (start with 2 packs of M12, 25 card decks, single-elimination, add a pack and increase deck size each round) after the show floor closed on Friday night. I lost in round 3. It was a relaxing time and just what I needed after a long day of art hustle (plus, hey, a Grave Titan).

Throughout the convention--in the game room, the panel, the booth--it was clear that many of the players were new to the game. Sure, there were the hardened vets nodding "obv" to each other but the quantity of wide-eyed questions and comments gave the impression that this was indeed the Duels of the Planeswalkers generation taking up the real cards. Old-timers on notice!

Procession
Wizards gave out a bunch of mana symbol shirts in all five colors and on Saturday they rallied a horde of beshirted Magic fans to march through the convention center lobby. I joined in despite not usually being a fan of chanting mobs. It was fun and light and ended with some trivia questions and giveaways. I correctly answered the question: "Who here has been playing Magic forever and is now super-old?" Answer: "Me."

Personal
Meeting cool people is the best part of these conventions and this one was a doozy. After reading his column and watching his coverage for years it was surreal to hang out with Pro Tour Historian and Raconteur Brian David-Marshall. I gabbed with Mike, Elicia and John at the Wizards booth. And several determined Inkwell Looter fans found me at my table where I proceeded to talk their ears off like an attention-starved lunatic who maybe was suffering from a poor convention diet. Only one person brought a card template for me to draw on (see right) but I enjoyed doing that one. Next time, people! Free one-of-a-kind art! O.K.

And now I must turn up my vat's nutrient drip to hasten my emergence from post-convention recovery. Good thing I have the new Kate Beaton book to help pass the time, way before any of you all will get it, nyaaahh! Looter out.

July 13, 2011

Looter at San Diego Comic-Con

I'll be exhibiting at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-24. The items I'm selling are not Magic-related, but they're by me and also totally cool. You can read about what I'll have and how to find me at the show in this non-Magic post.

I'd love to meet some Looter fans, and if seeing my true, secret face is not enough incentive to get you to swing by, how about this: free, original drawings. That's right! In the land of six-dollar nachos I'm giving away one-of-a-kind artwork! Here's the deal:

1. Download (right-click, save) and print this PDF. This is my official convention sketch template.

2. Bring that paper to my table at the show. I will draw on it for you.

Restrictions: One drawing per fan. I will not draw proxies of actual cards. If I'm out getting coffee or whatever be nice to my tablemates. Whatever other restrictions I think of, blah blah blah.

That's it. Pretty crazy, huh? Nevertheless, I do not plan to wear a colander on my head. Meet me. Get art.

July 10, 2011

Standard Prison Blues

Free Jace

Could I resist? No, I could not. Stay strong, Mr. The Mind Sculptor!

More substantial posts are in the works (including much more of the Spark House gang) but I've been buckling down for a little thing called the San Diego Comic-Con. Stay tuned for more details!

June 22, 2011

Close quarters

Spark House

I've gotten steadily more excited about the 2012 core set since the Gather Your Allies video appeared. I have interpreted allies to mean: roommates. More Spark House comics to come.

June 15, 2011

At your command

I've kept my distance from EDH/Commander in the past. I'd regularly read articles about the format by writers I enjoy, but in general (har har) playing Commander did not fit into my personal Magic universe in any logical way. But I cannot escape the gravity of these Commander pre-cons from Wizards. Their hooks are in deep. So many cool cards. Must. So, I will cleanse my palate, remove my fancy hat and dive in.

Meanwhile, how about some Commander-oriented art items? Phelddagrif is a pretty popular general, or something, so I hear, huh? How 'bout a hippo token to lull your opponents into a cuteness coma:

hippo

You can print your own lil' green cuties with this handy high-resolution PDF.

hippos

Personally, I'm excited to try out Zedruu the Greathearted. But with permanents being donated willy-nilly, it seems like there should be a way to see which ones are gifts from the antelope. Some kind of marker to make the battlefield read well and hey, it wouldn't hurt to remind the other players who specifically is their daddy. Something like:

Zedruu

Print out some Zedruu gift markers from this high-resolution PDF. And if you see me at the launch party, be gentle!

zedruu coins
They don't call me 'the Greathearted' for nothin', boys!

NOTE: If the PDFs aren't working when you click on them you might want to try right-clicking and "Save Link As." For some reason that's working better when I try it. I'll investigate.

June 02, 2011

Use your illusion

illusion token
Here's a Meloku illusion token I did for the Third Power podcast. Anthony and Usman, the show's hosts, think more about MTG cube before breakfast than you've thought about breakfast in your entire life, or something. They live cube, OK? Give them a listen.

May 29, 2011

Praetor? I hardly know her!

praetor comic

May 06, 2011

New Chillaxia

beast within

Not sure a bro-speaking Beast Within is what this world needs but I guess I'm willing to check. I'll have more New Phyrexia goodies for you in the weeks to come. Here's a PDF if you're inclined to use the bro within for your beast tokens at the prerelease.

And to really celebrate the Phyrexian victory in style see:

April 21, 2011

32 Jaces

32 Jaces
32 Jaces
32 Jaces

So, places one through fourteen of Grand Prix Dallas all played four of the big blue planeswalker. This prompted Ted "the Pageview Sculptor" Knutson (who knows a pool of gasoline when he sees it and always carries matches) to publish this doozy calling for a ban. Then the internet turned inside-out, goats gave birth to cats and there were seven days of blood rain. Teeth were gnashed. Some good rebuttals were written during those days of pandemonium (see Alexander Shearer, Lauren Lee). I maintained sanity by scrawling out these thirty-two Jaces.

April 14, 2011

Everybody say "yeah" (a lot)

Hey, I had a great time talking with Justin Treadway on the most recent episode of his Super Friends podcast. I say "yeah" too much but I also say a bunch of other stuff and so does Justin and so, yeah, check it out! Yeah.

April 03, 2011

Wrap it before you tap it.

Check out my sexy, new card box:

sexy card box

sexy card box


Note: there are not actually any Looter sleeves. It is just a graphic.

Looter sleeve

March 30, 2011

We make the Great Work work!

United Monitors of Phyrexia, Local 143

For some background see this, this and this.

What are Phyrexian Monitors? I don't really know. To me it looks like they do the low-level tasks that are the backbone of any insatiable, virulent society. They keep the flesh flowing and the vats bubbling. And who values unity more than a Phyrexian? All will be one.

This got me thinking about how I consume the flavor and story of Magic. I'm a big fan of the material, of course, which I absorb through the cards as they cross my path. The resulting loose tapestry of characters, places and narrative makes a strong impression but is riddled with gaps. "Who's this guy?" "Who actually won this war?" "Why do Monitors have popsicle-stick teeth and no eyes? And do they have dental, vision, collective bargaining power, etc?" Yes, those are some sweet, juicy gaps.

Monitors, strip 1

The gaps offer me two paths:

  1. Research it further if I am sufficiently intrigued. Fun.

  2. Fill the gaps with my own imagination. Also fun.


It's a kick-ass way to be submerged in a fantasy world. I wouldn't be as thrilled by Magic's flavor if I had the full picture. What I get via the cards piques my interest and inspires me.

I appreciate that the flavor writers sweat the details backstage to make a consistent, coherent world and then judiciously distribute tantalizing nuggets of that work to the cards. I'm a big fan of Doug Beyer's weekly journeys to flavor country. And I hope that these creators would not be too appalled if they happened to see some dude from the internet tweaking and re-interpreting their creations for his own weird kicks.

Monitors strip 2

March 22, 2011

Not a morning(tide) person

faerie rogue with hangover
See Jim Nelson's original faerie rogue token here.

Like a lot of us, faerie rogues are not at full speed the second they fall out of their Bitterblossom. I sure have a touch of summoning sickness this morning. I was up late, partying with Oona.

But seriously, when your battlefield is laden with faerie rogue tokens it might help to have a special token for the new recruit with a hangover. Here's a high-resolution PDF. Keep the shades down and the coffee flowing.

Summoning sick faerie rogue token idea was proposed to me by two great Magic thinkers: Alexander Shearer and Arthur Halavais.

March 04, 2011

Bird is the word

cawblade

I think that this is the first time I've illustrated a specific deck's key interaction (also the first time I've used a dip pen in a while, if anyone out there is interested in how I make this sausage). That deck is of course the Stoneforge Mystic/Squadron Hawk/swords blend that propelled so many to the top in Paris including Ben Stark for the win then shortly thereafter helped Gerry Thompson nab the cup at SCG DC. Some call the deck "Caw-Blade," and I've also heard "Angry Birds." Whatever the name, this is one sublime pile of cardboard.

Back when M11 was new someone from Wizards (possibly Aaron Forsythe) asked the community via Twitter to name their favorite card from the set. Without hesitation I repsonded with Squadron Hawk. I therefore demand credit for all of the card's recent success. I kid, but there is truth in my love for the birds.

Squadron Hawks

This deck has great appeal beyond the usual pack of control freaks. Aside from just being good it makes great use of two lovable mechanics: tutoring and equipment. Who doesn't like flipping through the library to find just the right card for the job? Who doesn't like turning mice into monsters with reusable gadgets? Soulless monsters, that's who.

If you are a devotee of the Hawks then you should most definitely order up Justin Treadway's excellent S.H. team shirt.

March 03, 2011

Bag of miscellaneous items

I should have a post with some new art up for ya in roughly the next 24 hours, give or take, depending on the tides and the benevolence of the overlords. In the meantime, I have a bag of miscellaneous items that have been gathering on the edge of my drawing board.

1. Check out Magic Pro Tour historian Brian David-Marshall representing Inkwell Looter on Day 1 of the recent Paris Magic Weekend, while his coverage partner Rich Hagon looks on!

Hagon and David-Marshall

This was amazing for me since the passion and ability Rich and Brian bring to their work are what made me care about the Pro Tour in the first place. Plus it's like I got to be a part of the biggest match in Magic history, kind of! Paris! See more Paris coverage and the Unfinished Business player-of-the-year shirt.

2. Remember these Wurm tokens I did for the Yo! MTG Taps guys? They've been handing them out at events but now you can get them here (while supplies last).

3. I'm a guest judge of the Second Chance for a Prerelease contest over at Quiet Speculation and am kicking in one of the original pen/ink drawings from my site for the prize pool. Step right up!

February 24, 2011

Ugh, my voice

Robert and Chris from the Men of Magic podcast lured me from my grotto for an interview. If you want to hear me ramble about art and passion and blogs and stuff ... check it out.

February 21, 2011

Trade ya my Koth for your Brad?

Brad NelsonBrad Nelson

For a few years Wizards was putting pro player cards into tournament packs (or were they still called starter decks at the time? I don't remember) to promote the faces of the Magic Pro Tour. These went away after a few years but people use them as tokens, and I always kind of liked the idea of kids trading to get the "Jelger Wiegersma with the red-striped sweater" or whatever, so here's an Inkwell Looter pro player card for your 2010 Magic Player of the Year. Nicely done, Mr. Nelson.

If you're inclined to print 'n' play, here's a high-resolution PDF with the card front and back.

February 10, 2011

My life as a weapon

sad germ

The weaponized boogers of Mirrodin Besieged are depressing. These sad sacks have no choice in the matter--they exist only to wear the diabolical technology of Phyrexia. They do not go home to chill with their germ families and friends. They cannot decide to go back to school or become a paralegal. If only they'd been spawned with a single point of toughness! They could have the carefree life of a plant or a goat. But no, their role is to sit behind the controls of a low-level war toy, wiggling their fetal arms and hoping for the sweet release of oblivion.

flayer husk remorse

mortarpod

Download and print this high-resolution, printable PDF of the germ token to bring the bummer to your own battlefield.

Also, I still have some of the limited edition of myr pattern prints available, but they're going semi-fast. Don't miss out.

February 09, 2011

We got wurms!

The fellas behind the excellent YO! MTG Taps podcast wanted some special business cards. We got to talking and ba-da-boom here we have some Inkwell Looter-designed Wurmcoil Engine tokens featuring the hosts of YMTGT, Joey and Bighead Joe.

YMTGT wurm tokens

These are hot off the presses and in the hands of the Taps boys. More details will emerge soon about how they might be transferred to your very own hands.

February 06, 2011

Class up that game cave with some art.

myr print

My Twitter followers (@inkwell_looter) got a sneak peek of this a couple weeks ago: a small screen-print I made of my myr tile pattern. Now they're for sale.

These prints were each made by hand using the Gocco screenprinting system. They're 5"x6" on high-quality, textured art paper. The ink is bright red and each print is unique due to the mercurial (but awesome) printing process. This is a limited-edition print. I've signed and numbered 25, which is all that I will be selling.

SOLD OUT! Thanks everyone. I'll do another print sometime soon.

Here's the print in a not-quite-the-right-size frame I had laying around (not included with purchase, ha). I think it looks pretty nice:

myr print framed