The legendary writer and artist Bill Willingham is, of course, best known for the creation of the critically-lauded Fables title for Vertigo, as well as one of my favourite superhero comics from back in the day, The Elementals.
However, as a long-time friend of Jack Herman and Jeff Dee, creators of superhero roleplaying game Villains & Vigilantes (the new edition is currently being Kickstarted), he wrote - and illustrated - a duology of iconic V&V adventures: Death Duel With The Destroyers and The Island Of Dr Apocalypse.
The Destroyers from his V&V adventures went on to appear in The Elementals comic.
Bill has recently established a Patreon campaign to share his artistic creations with fans: including short stories; chapters from his current on-going novel; essays on writing; gaming material; right up to rare 'behind-the-scenes' material, sketches etc
Pledges range from $1 a month upwards, with new V&V material becoming available to those who support him at the "game room" level.
Explaining the $7.50 "game room" pledge tier, Bill says on Patreon:
"Some of you might know I was once involved in the gaming industry in a big way - before I started in the funnybook biz. First I was an artist at TSR, the original Dungeons & Dragons people. Then I aligned myself pretty steadfastly with the Villains and Vigilantes game, created by my long-time pals, Jeff Dee and Jack Herman.You can learn more about Bill's Patreon campaign, and pledge your financial support to him, here.
So, in this room I'll post game maps, adventure settings, and character designs, so you can use them in your ongoing campaigns.
I wouldn't be surprised if most of what we find here is for use in the V&V game: Lots of heroes and villains and their stats - and perhaps an illustration or two.
But also characters and settings from the stories you find here.
At first let's start with a guaranteed one gaming character per month (but, as always, possibly more), and add more once we really get rolling."
- UPDATE: Jeff Dee has clarified this evening that this new V&V material will be for Villains & Vigilantes 3.0: The Mighty Protectors.