Yes, someone did, friends. In this case that was James Whitbrook of io9. Who in an exclusive shared the news a Dungeons & Dragons art book is indeed coming out. In fact Penguin Random House will release the Dungeons & Dragons art book in October. As you can imagine, with the post on art of David Trampier, we at the Retroist sat up and took notice.
Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana is going to be a must have for any fan of the legendary RPG. Within its pages you will find the the likes of early concept art used in various modules of the day.
As well as a look at the original rules booklets released in 1974. From Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson of course!
In addition to the artwork that has graced all those glorious manuals over the years. I certainly hope that means that Jeff Easley is given a chapter for his exceptional art. In particular, my favorite has always been 1985’s Unearthed Arcana.
Judging by some of those pages shared on io9 it appears there will be race artwork. Showing how they have evolved over the years. For example, the dreaded and infamous Mind Flayer. For myself I prefer the 1977 as well as the 2000 versions of the Illithid.
This upcoming Dungeons & Dragons art book will also show the more kid friendly merchandise. Naturally some of it must show the merch based on the hit 1983 to 1985 animated series. Although in the sample pages we can see clearly see items based on the LJN toy line!
It also appears that there is some incredible collectibles in the Special Edition Boxed Book & Ephemera Set. While artwork that you can have framed and show off is nice. The fact they are including a reprint of the Tomb of Horrors manual is great. Oh! Did I forget to mention that this manual is the unpublished Gygax version from the Origins Game Fair in 1975?
The Dungeons & Dragons art book is written by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Sam Witwer.
By the way that is indeed Sam Witwer of Being Human, The Mist and numerous Star Wars projects fame!