I'm not sure what to make of this. It's of that strange post-modern reference-dizzying cyclical ilk of which the members of Old School Renaissance might champion - which is exactly what I'm doing now, by celebrating the old line art art Jeff Dee, whilst encouraging modern redraws of the same art. It's new! It's old! It's old-new!
I like the work of Jeff Dee from the early D&D rulebooks and to see him reworking old art, whilst retaining some of the original style, is very compelling. I mean, this is an aesthetic niche within a niche. The bit that's confusing me is the money pledges, but hey, signed prints from celebrity artists go for a lot more on Ebay and Etsy than for what Mr Dee is asking, so that's fine, I guess (at the lower end of the pledges).
... will take you to an explanatory video which also tells us that early TSR art may have ended up in a dumpster! :o
A "before and after" sample on Deviant Art;
Then and Now by ~JeffDee on deviantART
(Sourced in part from RPG Table Top Game Systems on Facebook )
I'm half "yay!" and half "curiouser and curiouser", if you know what I mean.
Watch that space.