I am Inkwell Looter

So, for the past two years I’ve been updating a blog of my Magic: The Gathering fan art called Inkwell Looter. The drawings and comics I post there require a certain level of Magic literacy to totally “get” but they are still funny drawings. Here’s the first page of a comic I put there recently:

Here’s the rest of it, if you’re interested. The blog has gotten me some Magic-related freelance work too. Here’s a card I drew recently for Channel Fireball portraying one of their pro players, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa:

Inkwell Looter is fun times. I get to layer my art on a game I’ve played for almost 20 years. I’ve met many cool people through the project. I think about all the interlocking aspects of the Magic brand in ways I hadn’t before.

I started Inkwell Looter at a time when I was realizing just how many Josh Frankels there are out there. It’s actually a frustratingly common name. The internet is littered with all these other Josh Frankels, many of whom are artists, and I wanted to minimize JF confusion. So I figured, hey, boom, I’ll take on a project-specific pseudonym. Fifteen minutes later a larval Inkwell Looter hatched. I’ve always been interested in artists with pen names and here was my chance to try it out. At first I wanted to maintain an aura of mystery and really work the alter ego bit, but I ended up breaking character before long. I could maintain the persona for a blog post but when it came to interacting with other people in the community I dropped it.

So that’s the state of things. I am Inkwell Looter.

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