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The ABCs of Parallel Development

“Parallel Development” . . . it’s the term for when two people come up with the same idea at roughly the same time. It’s explains things like two studios releasing oddly similar movies within a few weeks of one another (like the year of Deep Impact and Armageddon or the year of Wyatt Earp and Tombstone), or two authors writing eerily similar novels, or eighteen different software developers release zombie apocalypse games (okay . . . Walking Dead is to blame for THAT).

As October came to a close and folks were assessing what various artists did for INKtober, I came across the work of Caleb Cleveland. Mr Cleveland decided to make his INKtober pictures an ABC based on D&D monsters. As it turns out, this is very close to a project I’ve been noodling around with for several years—an ABC book based on fantasy RPG tropes.

When I say “several years,” I really mean more than a decade. That’s how long I’ve had the text completed. And for the past 8 years, I’ve had half of the drawings done. In fact, I’ve used some of them in the coloring books I published a few years ago. (Y’know, since I wasn’t moving on the ABC book quickly, why not put the images to use . . . right?)

But now that I’ve seen what Caleb Cleveland’s done, and there’s a growing hunger for unusual coloring books, I think it’s time for me to finish my ABC book and get it out into the world. To that end, I’m going to start prepping my next Kickstarter campaign and hope to have it ready to launch around the end of the year. I just need to create the other thirteen drawings.

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