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Archive for November 18th, 2012


Multiplex: the Card Game art by Wes Molebash

Here’s another piece of art from the Multiplex-inspired card game I’m working on for my Game Design class.

This card illustration is by Wes Molebash, whom many of you will know as being a former collective mate of mine from Boxcar Comics with his strip You’ll Have That. He’s now doing an equally beautiful comic called Insert Image. Please check it out and support the artists who have very generously helped me out with this massive undertaking! Two Movie cards down, 48 to go.

Wes’s “assignment” was to create a still for the (fake) Romantic Comedy, Everything Is Copy. The temporary synopsis simply read: “Humor columnist Nora never had time for love, until she met Nick.” The characters are not, in fact, named after Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,but Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi. The idea was that it would be a Nora Ephron-style movie actually about Nora Ephron. Wes seems to have cast Amy Adams as Nora, and he describes the scene thus: “Nick and Nora are walking through Central Park. Nick is reading Nora’s humor column and critiquing it as he reads it out loud. Nora — who is not charmed by his silly critiques — defends her writing and her sense of humor.”

Once again, if you’d like to contribute a film still to the Multiplex card game, please e-mail me some LINKS to your samples (no attachments!) — gordon at, of course — and also let me know some genres of film you might be interested in doing. I need the art by the end of the month — so it’s a quick turn-around! Please do not volunteer if you cannot meet OR BEAT this deadline or follow directions, because I won’t be able to use your art and you will have wasted your time, and I will feel badly about it, but that’s just how it is. (If you’re interested in doing more than one, that would be awesome, too, but we’ll take it one at a time.)

Now, the shitty part is, because this is a student project, there is a zero dollar budget. However, there’s a chance that if playtesting goes well, I’ll be publishing this as a proper game next year (or so), in which case all of the artists will be paid to license their work. And, of course, you/they would keep their copyright. As a graduate student, though, there is a minimum level of drawing ability that I need to require for this — it has to be professional looking. And there are only so many of each genre of movie to go around, so I can’t use everyone — you might be a terrific, but just not suitable. If I don’t contact you with a movie (or some options), please don’t take it personally. I really appreciate your interest and support whether I can use your art or not!

EDIT: Below is a (non-final) image of the illustration in context, titles and copyright lines and all. It’s a little hard to explain the mechanics at this point, but you get the idea.