Welcome to the Great Wizard's Exclusives Page. The artwork created by Fighting Fantasy artists has always been spectacular, and so are Wizard Books' new range of covers. These have no doubt inspired many of you to create your own images depicting your favourite monsters, characters and scenes from the series. Here we present our exclusive look at unseen artwork and sketches, as well as short interviews we've had with the cover artists themselves.
FIGHTING FANTASY #1: Warlock of Firetop Mountain EXCLUSIVE
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was the first of the re-launched Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks published by Wizard Books, and for the re-launch both Ian and Steve wanted an entirely new cover. Veteran Fighting Fantasy artist Martin McKenna was asked to design the new cover, which had originally been illustrated by Peter Andrew Jones. Martin's rendition is a re-working of the classic original, depicting the warlock Zagor and the Red Dragon that both lurk within Firetop Mountain itself. This new cover is a favourite of many fans and a while back Martin and I discussed his artwork.
FFG: Where did the design brief come from for The Warlock of Firetop Mountain? Were you happy to be approached to redesign the cover?
MM: Yes I was happy to have been approached. it was fun to rework something I remember from my childhood, but for the same reason it was a bit intimidating.
FFG: What was the brief and inspiration for the design?
MM: The inspiration was provided by the brief really -- to use the main elements from the original cover images, but make them appear a bit more 'modern' -- not entirely sure I succeeded, or did them justice, to be honest!
FFG: How do you feel about being involved with the re launch of the series and even better completing the first cover?
MM: It's good to be involved with the re launch -- working with Steve Jackson is a pleasure, and all the folk at Icon Books are great. It was very flattering to be asked to do the first cover.
FFG: Last but not least, can you tell us anything about the painting for the cover of the City of Thieves - which is published in September 2003. This has always been my favourite with fans. Will Zanbar Bone re-appear on the new front cover?
MM: City of Thieves, yes I'll be starting on that soon, and hope to do a better job than I did on Warlock. Alas Zanbar Bone won't be appearing, the brief is for a tavern scene depicting some menacing Thieves.
More sketches soon, and a thank you to Martin.
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