Headsup: The Art of Magic the Gathering – Amonkhet

Even if you aren’t a gamer, you’ve probably at least heard of Magic: The Gathering, the very first fantasy trading card game which was created by Wizards of the Coast back in 1993.  Over the past two decades, the game has grown to include over seventy-five expansion sets and even has an organized international tournament system (including professional players who can win tens of thousands of dollars from a single tournament).  It has also won multiple awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, and is available in eleven different languages.

If you are one of the twenty million Magic fans (in more than seventy countries),  you’ll be happy to know that The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet, the fourth volume in a series of coffee table books featuring the award-winning artwork in the beloved game, is now available.  In this volume, readers meet the inhabitants of the desert oasis of Amonkhet, whose lives revolve around a series of trials completed in preparation for the return of the God-Pharaoh.  This 240-page hardcover book features full-color illustrations from a variety of artists, including Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette, among others.  In addition to the beautiful artwork, Senior Game Designer James Wyatt also provides some insight into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Amonkhet.

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Amonkhet is currently available on Amazon for $27.17; not bad considering how hefty a book this is (it weighs around four pounds and measures almost two feet wide when open)…a nice gifting choice for anyone in love with the art of the game (for some sneak peeks of the illustrations, see below).


AlexCF Makes the Babbage Engine Portable

Portable Babbage Engine by AlexCF

How often have you been chained to the difference engine at your desk and looked outside and thought, “Man, what a pretty day. If only I could take my work out there with me.”

Well, look no further. Thanks to steampunk artist AlexCF, very soon you too can have a portable Babbage Engine. Take it anywhere you like. It comes with both a touch screen and a quill pen and inkwell. It’s only a prototype* but for the full information and a better picture, you can check out his website.

*–It’s actually a prop for a Nosferatu movie. This footnote void in VT and OK, where vampires are considered endangered.


Everything Alice (Excepting Sir John Tenniel)

Alice in Wonderland by Salvador Dali

Sir John Tenniel is the best known illustrator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. However, literally scads of artist have taken a crack at Lewis Carroll’s story and characters. And over at Hugo Strikes Back, they’ve got Alice Illustrations Other Than Tenniel, with those aforementioned scads.

I don’t know why the story of Alice appeals to me so much. Probably because it’s an absolute head trip happening with a practical young person in the middle of it trying to make sense of things enough to get to where she’s trying to go. Which is really a lot like life. Maybe that’s it. I also have a huge love of the work of Salvador Dali.

Now I find out, via this resource, that there’s an entire book of Alice accompanied by Dali art. Ho-ly crap. It’s a limited edition. That’s going on eBay for $7500. Now I must weep into my morning cola.

Found via I’m Learning to Share!

And BTW/FYI/YMMV, we did post a cinematic round-up of Alice stuff here.