A Brief History of Magic Cards

A Brief History of Magic Cards

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"CML taught me everything I didn't know I needed to know about Magic. He traces the game’s history with veteran wit and a true cynic’s insight."
—Austin Powell, Editor-in-Chief, Daily Dot


When Magic: the Gathering was introduced in 1993, it revolutionized the gaming industry by redefining what it meant to be a gamer—inventing the genre of the “trading card game,” turning nerds into avid collectors and competitors, and making its owners millions. Over two decades later, Magic is still going strong, with a bigger following than ever before, and a competitive circuit that travels the globe to battle for five-figure cash prizes. How did Magic become what it is today—and what will it be like tomorrow?

In A Brief History of Magic Cards, author CML—journalist, critic, Magic player—reveals the secret history of the world’s greatest game, as well as his own history of growing up a gamer in Seattle, Magic's hometown. A tale replete with libertine wizards, high-stakes Magic duels, and higher-stakes corporate takeovers, A Brief History of Magic Cards digs beyond the fable of Magic’s commercial and critical success to expose the real-life human story behind its rise, decline, and renaissance.

Beautifully illustrated by Cassie Murphy (Etsy's KittyCassandra) and rich in design and detail, A Brief History of Magic Cards is more than just a chapbook; it's a beautiful, physical, collectible object, much like Magic cards themselves. In addition to the central text and illustrations, the book includes numerous glossaries, sidebars, and ephemerata, including an interview with Christopher Rush, the artist who painted 'Lightning Bolt' and 'Black Lotus.' A perfect book or gift for any gamer, reader, or artist—both Magic lovers and muggles alike—A Brief History of Magic Cards is the Magic tome you never knew you needed.


“Love him or hate him, CML will make you feel. An excellent read for any gamer or voyeur.”
—Travis “Wizard” Woo, Magic coach

“An earthy, crunchy intellectual.”
—Donnie Wahlberg on CML


4.5" x 6.5" inches
98 pages, perfect bound
2 color illustrations, 3 b&w illustrations, plus small illustrations and accents throughout
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