Category Archives: Muskrat Ramblings

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Kobolds Ate My Baby Update 2 – ALL HAIL KING TORG!


All together now… ALL HAIL KING TORG! Believe it or not, I think this is only the second time I’ve drawn King Torg, that lovable, berserk bundle of orange brutality who leads the Kobolds through a cunning combination of violence, violence and more violence. Here’s the first drawing I did of him, from the Kobolds […]

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Kobolds Ate My Baby Update 1: The First New Art.


NEW KOBOLDS ATE MY BABY ART? Why yes. Yes, please! Here’s a sample from the new game. I’m hoping this (with better colors) can be a full-page illo. (Click on the image to see the full-size version!) – John

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Lions and Aardvarks and Kobolds and Woody – oh my!


It’s been my extraordinarily good fortune to work with some extraordinarily talented folks from time to time. Example: Last year, I was asked by Robin D. Laws to submit a contribution to The Lion and the Aardvark, a delightful little book from Stone Skin Press, collecting contemporary Aesopian fables. Working with Robin is always a […]

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Daddy-Daughter Monster Drawing Day, plus MUNCHKIN: The Book!


Apparently, I missed “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” this year. That’s OK, though.When your job is essentially a glorified version of Goofing Off, every day can be “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” Still, “Can I be a cartoonist when I grow up?” Daughter, Age 4, will sometimes ask. Making me wonder where I […]

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The Path to a Munchkin Pathfinder Cover


I should be in Hannover, right now, getting ready for the big 20th anniversary party of Hannover Spielt. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. Most of yesterday afternoon was spent at Dane County Regional Airport, watching the weather reports from Minneapolis and Detroit. It made for fine television, really. Much better than watching cable news […]

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Condescending Doctors and 2013′s Con Schedule


  First off: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful Mother, who really is quite remarkable. (Her only real fault is having a birthday that falls on Tax Day here in the United States, but I blame that on the US government, which switched the day several decades ago.) Secondly: despite the danger of this blog turn […]

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Silurian Homesick Blues


  OK. If there’s a “Doctor Who Fans”/”Classic Bob Dylan Fans”  Venn diagram, then at midnight, last night, it finally intersected – Population: me. I glanced at Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde album, I got a stupid, stupid idea, and the above happened. At best – best – there are two things to take away […]

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In his Lovely Pink Nursery…Great Cthulhu Waits Dreaming


Best. Nursery. Ever? Last year, Dork Tower reader and Munchkin player Jason Cline commissioned a very large drawing of Chibithulhu from me, for his daughter’s nursery. (On occasion, I have free time (I KNOW, right?) and take some commissions. I don’t, right now. Please don’t ask, or I may start to whimper. I promise to […]

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Heck of a Job, Brownie!


Daughter, Age 4, adores her daycare. It’s a very spiffy place, and wifey and I likewise love it enormously. It’s also just over a mile away from my studio, and fifteen minutes out of downtown Madison. So while technically it’s on the other side of town from our house, Madison is not a very big […]

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Muskrat Ramblings: Rest in Peace, Phyllis; Orphanage Funds update

  Tremendously sad news for the Gaming industry: Phyllis Opolko, a wonderful woman and possibly the first person I knew in the games industry, passed away a few days ago. I first met her in the late 80s or early 90s, when she was working for Avalon Hill, and I was trying to sneak games […]

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