Apr 20, 2010

D&D Comics News - The Old and the New

There's been some recent news regarding D&D Comics that not everyone may have seen.

Recently, there was a post on the blog Das-Ubernerd. The post included scans of some very early TSR (those were the folks who made D&D a lot time ago, go ask your parents or the old heavy set guy at your local game store) ads. The ads were for the Dungeons and Dragons game and appeared in the form of a full single page comic.

Subsequent pages would continue the story of a band of adventurers in a dungeon. The artwork is awful, as is the dialog and plot, but I think these are the earliest D&D "comics", not to mention a great look into what the hobby was like back then--each ad includes a little order form to be sent through the mail to receive a full-color catalog; a far cry from the flash-movie, order-now and get next-day delivery world we currently live in.

The other bit of comic news is much more recent. It seems as though IDW, a leading comic book publisher, has the rights to do new D&D comics. They plan to do a Forgotten Realms book, a core world book (whatever THAT means), and a Dark Sun book. Additionally, there's rumor that the comics may also be made available for the recently released Apple iPad, giving me one more reason to break my resolve and get a Pad before a 2.0 version of the product.

I'm excited for the new comics, especially Dark Sun, which is the new campaign setting that will be released later this year, but I'm also a bit sad that they won't be picking up where the Devil's Due Publishing left off--they were in the middle of the Legends trilogy, as well as adapting various story stories for the Worlds of D&D comic.

Hopefully IDW will have better success, and (more importantly) a better run company, allowing Dragonlance comics to return to print in the near future.

For the old-school ads/comics, check them out for yourself on the Das-Ubernerd blog.