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November 2022

Hello, Fediverse!

If you're on the decentralized, open-source social-media platform Mastodon, you can find me at mastodon.art/@jmechner. I joined two weeks ago (along with about a million other people in the wake of Twitter's recent upheavals) and am really enjoying the vibe. I feel like I've stepped out of a packed, noisy nightclub to continue chatting with friends in a quiet café next door.

Templar Desktop Trilogy

For inner-circle subscribers, here's a free set of desktop wallpapers featuring LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland's delightful cover art from our 2013 graphic novel Templar. Take your pick.

If you're a French graphic-novel fan, you can get the just-reissued Akileos hardcover edition of Templiers from your local bookstore. (Both the French and English editions can be found on the official Templar page, along with a free downloadable 86-page "Making of Templar" e-book.) 

Sketchbook #38

The sketchbook I've been carrying everywhere with me for the past year took longer than usual to fill, but it's finally joined the others on my souvenir shelf. Here's a glimpse of the first page of the new one.


 

Upcoming Events

I'll be at Toulouse Game Show November 26-27. (The sketch above is from my last TGS in 2017, as reprinted in the facsimile edition of my sketchbook journal Year 2 in France.) On Saturday and Sunday, I'll be sitting down for a chat about old-school game development and related topics, a roundtable with Frédérick "Alone in the Dark" Raynal, and signing books at the Third Editions booth--including the hardcover French edition of my 1980s journal The Making of Prince of Persia, my graphic novels Templar and Monte Cristo, and the aforementioned sketchbook journals. If you're at the show, come say bonjour!

A bit of good news for English readers too, especially those outside the US: the Stripe Press edition of The Making of Prince of Persia is now available on Bookshop.org and Barnesandnoble.com, in addition to the US Amazon store. Details are at jordanmechner.com/books.

Armistice

This month marks the 104th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, and started Europe on the path that led to World War II just twenty years later. The fateful document was signed in a Wagons-Lits restaurant car serving as mobile headquarters for the French military command. (The car was the exact model used in the 1914 Orient Express, as players of The Last Express may recognize.) I did this drawing for a personal project; Armistice Day seemed an appropriate occasion to share it.
 
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