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Graphic novel will celebrate the life of Gary Gygax, father of D&D

From the author of Masters of Doom comes Rise of the Dungeon Master

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Rise of the Dungeon Master cover art David Kushner and Koren Shadmi/Nation Books
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Journalist and author David Kushner, best known for his book Masters of Doom, is adapting his 2008 profile of Gary Gygax into a graphic novel. Called Rise of the Dungeon Master and illustrated by Koren Shadmi, the 144-page book is scheduled for release on May 9.

Rise of the Dungeon Master cover art

Kushner was among the last journalists to interview Gygax before his death at the age of 68. His feature story was published in Wired magazine days after Gygax’s death in March of 2008. It remains one of the most comprehensive firsthand accounts of the birth of Dungeons & Dragons, and the life of Gygax himself.

Like the game itself,” writes publisher Nation Books on its official page, “the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story.”

While only the official cover is available as a preview, Shadmi did drop some teaser art on his Twitter account to coincide with the announcement.

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon.

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