Tap Your Mana

With IDW listing Transformers, GI Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on their publishing roster, you might think that all my childhood loves were all already represented. Think again friends, because there was a time when I carried a deck box and happily led my Lord of The Pit into the Magic Card fray.

I think I still have my deck around here somewhere, actually…

Regardless, with the success of their Dungeons and Dragons comic, a move like this for IDW is pretty logical. Will it be good? Who knows. I have always been slightly confused by comics that are based on games or worlds where characters and settings exist largely in the imaginations of the game players themselves.

What distinguishes the Dungeons and Dragons (or Magic The Gathering or World of Warcraft) comic from any other fantasy epic? Are the comic creators using specific characters and mannerisms from within the game? Are there settings or items that exist only in that world that they can utilize? Or are they just creating quests and scenarios the way a Dungeon Master would? Granted, I’m not very knowledgeable in most of these games, but to me it always seemed like better marketing than storytelling.

At any rate, today’s page was brought to us by a man I’m told is not a professional skateboarder, Michael Valle:

A graduate of the Art Institute, Michael Valle is a professional comic book artist. Published under Tribunal Publications, Michael’s work can be seen in Valor: Myths and Legends and the Layla’s Grand Adventure series.

Incidentally folks, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book isfantastic. I highly recommend you pick up a copy if you can find one. It’s a Shell of a good time.

Yeah, I did that.

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