BREAKING NEWS: Kickstarter Project Covers Wing Commander Paintingwe reported that Wing Commander veteran Michael Winterbauer had published a free ebook chock full of his fantastic game artwork and packed with details about his process and history in the industry. Now, he's aiming to release a print copy by running a Kickstarter to cover a full color print run of the book. He says:
The goal of this campaign is to raise $9,000 for a print run of my super cool, unique book "Classic Game Covers, Confessions of An Art Junkie" and get it to people who will enjoy it!
My name name is Mike Winterbauer and I have been a working artist for thirty years. I am most notably known for my work in illustration having done a string of classic computer game covers in the 1980's and 90's. You may have seen some of the covers I painted which included Might and Magic Clouds of Xeen and Darkside of Xeen and interior maps, Wing Commander, Solstice, WolfChild and Power Blade to name a few.
The book is very nice and beautifully printed by Blurb. It is a softcover book, 8 by 10 inches and is 122 pages printed on 80 lb semi-matte paper.
... but be quick, there's still just under $4k to raise in the next four days! Mr. Winterbauer is the talented artist who painted the cover of Mindscape's 1992 Super Nintendo port of Wing Commander (not to be confused with Denis Loubet, who created the cover of the original PC version.) The cover was used for advertising and for the US NTSC and PAL releases of the game (the Japanese version featured a different painting.) His book follows the creation of the painting and its use in the game's marketing. The physical version will even feature Wing Commander on the cover, making it a great keepsake for Wing Commander fans!
Reserve your copy for $40 USD here and please help get the word out to your gaming circles. $3,800 in four days seems like a big ask, but it means finding fewer than 100 people who will want a coffee table book loaded with beautiful game box artwork!
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