The best thing about Kickstarter, as far as I’m concerned, is that is has allowed great artists that might have otherwise not have had a good opportunity get their work out into the world. One such artist is Christopher Stoll, whose current project A Natural History of the Fantastic is on Kickstarter now (go ahead and click; the link will open in a new window). The Kickstarter is for a book that collects Stoll’s amazing paintings of fantasy creatures along with paintings of their anatomical structure. I’ve always enjoyed the blend of fantasy and science and Stoll’s work does that combo beautifully. This book is not only full of amazing paintings, but the art is accompanied by prose and poetry that fleshes out the world and lives of his creature (think an Audubon Field Guide that fell through a mysterious portal into our world). Check out the examples of the work below. Then, if you like what you see, get yourself over to the Kickstarter page and show Mr. Stoll some love. While you guys do that, I’m going to contact Mr. Stoll and see how much a print of the Spore Cultist (see below) will cost me. I’m thinking it will go great next to my Michael Whelan Cthulhu prints.