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Comic Book on Gary Gygax and the Rise of D&D


From Hachette Book Group —


Since its creation in the 1970s Dungeons & Dragons has provided a creative outlet to millions of people across the world. Its foundation in storytelling has influenced scores of game developers, writers, film-makers, and artists. Now hit TV shows like Stranger Things and celebrities are making D&D a mainstream pop culture hit again. David Kushner was one of the last journalists to interview D&D co-creator Gary Gygax prior to his death. He has now teamed up with award-winning illustrator Koren Shadmi on a nonfiction comic book chronicling Gary Gygax’s life and the creation of D&D: RISE OF THE DUNGEON MASTER: GARY GYGAX AND THE CREATION OF D&D (Nation Books). 

The most comprehensive firsthand account of the birth of Dungeons & Dragons and the life of Gygax himself RISE OF THE DUNGEON MASTER is already highly anticipated, with rave reviews from Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and Lev Grossman (see below), and more. Like D&D itself, the book casts the reader into the adventure from a first-person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story, to reveal the larger narrative of Gygax’s life and career and the growth of this monumental phenomenon.



“The remarkable story of one of the most influential games in the world comes to life in this graphic novel. D&D had a huge impact not only on my life, but also how I thought about engaging people and building community.” —Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit


“The funny, touching, and altogether incredible origin story of one of the most important figures in twentieth-century fantasy. Gary Gygax opened a portal that will never close.”

Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians Trilogy


“Role-playing its way to the truth, shrinking the history of gaming to the tabletop, [this book] is a perfectly unclassifiable tribute to Gary Gygax, D&D, and the countless adventurers they inspired.”—Hilary Chute, author of Disaster Drawn

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