Signed Art and Awesome Miscellany

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Today we’ve got kind of a mixed bag of cool things, a lot of it is art-related. Some of it’s comic-related. It’s really kind of a big batch of cool hodgelany.

No big preamble today. Let’s just get right to the goods.

  • A copy of the Penny Arcade Kvothe strip, signed by Gabe and Tycho.

I got a ridiculous amount of geeky joy when Penny Arcade did a strip about The Wise Man’s Fear. I count it as one of my proudest geeky achievements so far in life.

This 12″ x 18″ print is on heavy cardstock, signed by both Gabe and Tycho. I can sign it too, if you like….

If you want to celebrate Kvothe having sex with two ninjas, you can bid on this lovely item here.

  • Original Name of the Wind cover art giclee, number 22 of 1000.  Signed by Donato.

For those of you who have never seen a first edition of Name of the Wind, you might have never seen the original cover art, done by the Hugo Award winning artist Donato.

Donato was nice enough to donate some smaller giclees for to us to sell in the Tinker’s Packs. But we also have one of the numbered, full size copies as well.

It’s a beautiful print in a plastic case. This isn’t just a poster, the paper and printing are much higher quality than that.

It’s signed by Donato, and if you want, I’ll happily sign it too. But only if you win the auction over here.

This is a really cool comic concept.  Here’s what Paul had to say on his website:

“The book is an experiment in visual storytelling that attempts to use comicbook visual language in a free-form way; a kind of ‘visual poem’ on the theme of the human search for knowledge and other life, inspired by SETI, and Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos.”

So yeah.  Pretty cool.

3 of these are going into the lottery, but one will be an auction.

  • 2 sets of Zed Vol. 1, Insanely Twisted Rabbits, Parables: An Anthology.  All signed by Michel Gagné.

(Click to embiggen)

The art here is really like nothing I’ve ever seen. It’s some crazy stuff.

One set will be put into the lottery, and one set is an auction over here.

  • 4 copies of the Looking for Group Omnibus.  Signed by Ryan Sohmer.

Fuck yeah you want this.  Just look at it. Can’t you hear the 2001 music playing in the background?

3 of these are going into the lottery, but one will be an auction right here.

This book is so cool.  It was a Kickstarter that turned into an awesome project.  It’s about a first time parent’s relationship with their child, and it depicts it though some truly beautiful paintings.

As a dad myself, it makes me all misty. But then again, I get weepy at the drop of a hat these days.

24 of these are going into the lottery, but we thought we’d auction one off over here.

  • Auction: Bloom County Complete Vol 4.  Signed by Berke Breathed, #441 of 500

Bloom County was one of the top comics through the ’80s. It was crazy, topical and filled with social and political commentary. At this point, this book is almost a time capsule that reflects the me-decade. The brilliant part is that Breathed’s characters and humor are timeless, keeping most of the humor accessible. 

This numbered, limited edition is signed by Breathed himself. To bid click here.

  • Auction: The Art of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice & Fire 2005 Fantasy Flight edition.

This is the first edition of The Art of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire from Fantasy Flight Publishing. It came out *ages* before the HBO show back before Martin was more famous than the Beatles, so this edition is pretty rare.

This volume includes all kinds of illustrations from sketches to full paintings, all depicting your favorite characters and scenes from Martin’s epic series.

If you’re a Martin fan, you should go bid on this over here.

Priscilla and Jim have been great to us this year.  Jim was in the 2013 calendar with Priscilla as his model, and they’ve both been extremely supportive of the cause.

They both signed this awesome, heavy-duty map and sent it along for us. To bid on it, go to the e-bay listing here.

  • Auction: A poster for Legend of Neil.  Signed by the cast.  Includes the DVD.

Legend of Neil was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on the net. Written and Directed by Sandeep Parikh, it also features Felicia Day in the memorable role of a psychotic faerie. If you haven’t seen it, you’re really missing out.

The DVD came out just this year and is packed with extra awesome. Bid now.

  • Auction: A collector’s edition of Faeries.  Signed by Brian Froud. Comes with 8 prints and a pullout poster.

Originally published in 1978, this collection of world famous fantasy illustrator Brian Froud’s faerie art has become something of a benchmark by which all other faerie art is measured.  It also features 8 frameable prints of some of the more popular images in the book, as well as a pull-out poster. We don’t know what the poster is, because we didn’t pull it out. That’s for you, if you want.

If you want to see the secret poster, click here to bid on it.

  • Auction: Dreamquests: the Art of Don Maitz.  Signed and doodled by Don Maitz.

If you’re not sure if you’ve ever seen Don’s work, assume you have. He’s been doing commercial art for years, running the gamut from book covers to commercial art. If you’ve ever poured a glass of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, you’ve seen Don’s art.

He’s everywhere. Don’t even try to escape.

Click here to bid on the awesome.

  • Auction: A copy of Tell Me a Dragon.  Signed and doodled by Jackie Morris.

This book is about dragons. Specifically, the details that set one person’s dragon apart from the dragons of others: some are big, some are small, some breathe fire, some know the music of the wind… which sounds like a cool thing to know if you ask me.

The art is really beautiful, truly above and beyond. And the artist has done more than merely sign the book, she’s drawn a dragon on the title page.

Click here to bid.

  • Auction: A hardcover copy of the French edition of La Royaume Enchanté.  Signed by Paul Kidby with a bookmark and signed promo card.

This is a gorgeous hardcover edition of the French printing of Paul Kidby’s Le Royaume Enchanté, a collection of his non-Discworld art.  It’s gorgeous, even if it’s in French so I have no idea what it says.

To bid, head over to the auction here.

Last and sure as hell not least is this shiny print of Mal and Serenity.  Jason Palmer donated it, and signed it, but even cooler is that he got Nathan Fillion to sign it too.

Bid on it. Buy it, and hang it up in your living room. Brag about it.  Show it off.

Go on. Live the dream.

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It’s crunch time, folks.  If you want to be in the lottery, go donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page. For every $10 you pitch in, you get another chance to win thousands of books and DVD’s.

There were tons of auctions in this blog, and we have even more running. You can view all of our current auctions over here.

If you want to see the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or learn more about the fundraiser itself, you can head over to our main page.

This entry was posted in hodgelany, Worldbuilders 2012By Pat12 Responses


  1. Mossy Toes
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 5:10 AM | Permalink

    Michel Gagne is an incredible artist. His Rex stories, his work on Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet…

    Yet another name I’m happy to see in Worldbuilders.

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 5:25 AM | Permalink

      Yeah. It’s some crazy-cool stuff. I’ve never seen anything like it before….

  2. Knightrous
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 6:02 AM | Permalink

    Just dropped my $30 into the pot and, this year, I made sure I did it on the right page, too!

  3. Dulcet
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 6:08 AM | Permalink

    Omg I own that GRRM fanart book. The art in there is incredible. It just dawned on me that it might be rare. It came out in like 2005. For those of you complaining about HBO’s minor miscasts and non-Qarth wardrobe, this will be eye candy.

    • Posted January 13, 2013 at 6:18 AM | Permalink

      Yeah. It’s pretty rare. And the art *is* gorgeous….

  4. Posted January 13, 2013 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    I’ve had an epiphany while supping my morning coffee and perusing all of this geeky goodness. In three years I’ve never won anything from the auction – and that is absolutely okay; magnificent, really. (Although I REALLY wanted that Thor tome last year!)

    Vicariously I’ve been able to experience an inordinate amount of joy knowing that thousands of smiles have broken out all over the globe because of Worldbuilders: childish grins from those who have reaped the ultimate in Geek booty – and priceless smiles of contentment on the faces of those who won’t go to bed hungry tonight because of this magical effort.

    May it always be so.

  5. kwilder
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been curious and am wondering if anyone knows the answer. It’s about the little red fundraising bar/”thermometer” bar that appears on the right of the blog (and on the team worldbuilders page on Heifer International) – does that bar just include the donations through the worldbuilders team page, or does this also have the proceeds from the eBay auctions and Tinker Pack store?

    I used to think it was all of the fundraising, but then when I looked at the Heifer International page, which showed the exact same amount of money generated, that made less sense. So I was wondering if Team Heifer is updated with the other sources of fundraising (Tinker Packs and eBay), or if the site doesn’t include those in the thermometer bar (or doesn’t include them yet).

    If anyone knows, you would greatly satisfy my curiosity.

    • Knightrous
      Posted January 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM | Permalink

      I can’t be sure, as I’m currently stuck as a team member of Worldbuilders 2011 (I’ve e-mailed Heifer about this, no option to change teams), but looking at Patrick’s total contribution ($264,626.72) last year, I’m guessing that he adds in the funds on his own profile as soon as possible after auctions end.

      Just realised, that raises another question: do ebay/Paypal still take a cut when the proceeds of an auction go to charity, if so, does just the remainder go into the pot or does Patrick make up the full amount the item sold for?

      • Andrew
        Posted January 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM | Permalink

        If I remember my PayPal right, I think they do still take a percentage, but it’s less than their usual take if it’s for a charity. No idea how Patrick plays the game after that, though.
        In an ideal world, eBay and PayPal would just leave well enough alone, but you can’t have everything. They are a business, after all.

  6. Posted January 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

    I was just wondering whether there’s any news on Brandon Sanderson’s book (see here). ‘Cause I would _love_ to get my hands on one of those. Great work, btw – Great charity and the books are just the cherries on top.

  7. landlouper
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:26 AM | Permalink

    Just passed $300k, with 5 days to go. Last year’s record is going to be exceeded, but by how much? This is exciting!

  8. heisindc
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:22 AM | Permalink

    That Penny Arcade comic is how I found Pat’s books! <3 them and owe them a lot, like my favorite books!

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