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2:02pm on Monday, 26th January, 2009:



As some of you may know, I'm a long-term reader of Knights of the Dinner Table, a comic about members of a Dungeons & Dragons gaming group. I contributed some cartoons to the series in its formative days, which I have (among others) on my web site. I name-checked them in my book. I collect issue 4s. I have every issue from #1 onwards.

Hmm, I guess you could say I'm a fan, then.

Anyway, one of the things about KoDT is that it's very rare for any artwork to become available for sale. Indeed, in the whole time since it has been in print, there's only been one sale of a panel, and that was to raise money for some kind of army veterans' charity. The reason for this is that the panels are all constructed digitally from templates (which is how come I got to do some myself — I can't draw at all) (actually, neither can the artist, Jolly Blackburn).

However, this month KenzerCo, the publishers of KoDT, have started selling off the original artwork from which the digital versions were made. Amazingly, I won one of the first two to hit eBay: it features Brian, who's the best character in the whole of the series. Today, the envelope arrived through the post, and this is what it contained:

It's actually US Letter size, not 400 pixels wide; I shrank it...

These are indeed pictures of Brian that appear in the strip. I'm quite chuffed about winning them. The paper has a few creases round the edges, so I can't really get it framed (well, not without obscuring the signature), but still, it's of Brian and it's mine...

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