Years of Covers (PDF)
This 364 page PDF chronicles a journey that began a little over twenty
years ago in a place that now seems far, far away — the bedroom of a
small apartment doubling as a home office. Someone once said that
unexpected journeys are the sweetest of all, and I suppose that’s true.
For I had few expectations that the poorly drawn characters I committed
to paper on that homemade desk (cobbled together from a chalk board
perched atop stacked milk crates) would lead anywhere, let alone drag
me with them.
After spending four years gaining popularity in the back of the monthly
gaming magazine SHADIS, I yielded to the growing pressure from the
fans, and Knights of the Dinner Table was spun off into its own comic
book in July of 1994. Initially, the comics were supposed to be a “now
and then” thing but by issue four, having a mind of its own, the comic
turned into a monthly. Long story short, it’s been going strong ever
since, becoming one of the longest running comic books featuring the
same artist/writer(s). Who would’ve thunk…?
As of this writing over two hundred and twenty-five issues of Knights
of the Dinner Table have been released along with a dozen special
issues and over fifty trade paperbacks. Not a brag, mind you, for
although KODT began as one man’s effort, over the years, it’s turned
into anything but.
Over the past two decades, I have had the honor of meeting and working
with hundreds of individuals. From my wife, Barbara (who has been there
through it all), to my partners, Dave Kenzer, Steve Johansson and Brian
Jelke to a veritable army of talented freelance writers and artists who
have provided back-up content (as well as strip-ideas) the journey has
not been a solitary one.
What excites me about this book is that it celebrates some of the great
unsung heroes of the journey — the artists whose work has graced the
covers of Knights of the Dinner table. Month after month, year after
year it has been their work that has been the first thing to greet
readers each month, be it on the newsstand at their FLGS or in the
Although I have done a handful of covers myself over the years, I have
always enjoyed how the various KODT cover artists have portrayed the
characters and interpreted them.
This book is dedicated to them all. In its pages, you will find every
cover gracing issues 1 through 200 of Knights of the Dinner table. We
wanted this book to be more than a simple gallery of the cover art,
however. We wanted it to also serve as a useful reference work. Toward
that end you will find detailed strip synopses of every strip appearing
in these issues (which was no small task to generate, many thanks to my
wife, Barbara Blackburn for working on this tedious task for many
Jolly R. Blackburn