As a follow up to the small fanzine I did (Game Icons: Luigi) I thought it would be great to follow up with Mario now that we are approaching the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. I think the book will not only celebrate the legend himself, but show how he has provided creative inspiration to others.
This is an open invite to everybody. The Luigi book was mainly a test run with my local printer before doing the big yellow EDIP book. It came out great and we had a lot of fun doing it, but it was based on restrictions (time, cost, postage etc.) - it was a closed invite of 32 artists to make sure it all fit in a small enough envelope to post out at reasonable costs.
With this being based on Mario, and after getting a lot of disappointed emails from gamers/artists who didn't get chance to take part I've decided to make this one open to all. No page restriction, no 'famous artists only'—everything will be considered and the outcome could be a lot bigger in depth/weight than the first book. This is a good thing! Where Luigi was tall and slim, this will be short, wide and big boned.
If you have fun ideas and would like to take part, please do!
Rough deadline is end of September.
Full Submission guide detailing the full process, artwork specification and more is available here:
Luigi and Mario:
Some shots showing the general vibe of the Luigi Book:
The book will hopefully be produced by fangamer.net (they are handling all GP stuff atm). Failing that I'll either fund the project myself or if the scale is too large, will Kickstart it to help cover production costs. Ultimately, on top of exposure for artists, I'd like every one to receive a free copy of the book—but can't confirm that right now. There is also an opportunity for a range of designs featured in the book to be made into other products (t-shirts, posters, badges etc.) with fangamer. They would at that point open direct communication with artists and organise a deal for $ per product sold (that would be nothing to do with me at that point).
Looking for fun ideas, visuals that tell a specific story or memory from peoples enjoyment of the Mario series, and generally great art styles. I mentioned at the start that it's open to everybody—do share if possible!
Would be great to have some mukkers onboard.