A forbidden graphic of Comedy Central’s mock conservative pundit Stephen Colbert - costumed as a heroic, torch-clutching, chest-armored World of Warcraft character, Stefen Colbear - escaped its shackles and buzzed the Internet over the weekend.
Colbert is said to have a passion for gaming and World of Warcraft in particular.
Upper Deck Entertainment commissioned the hush-hush image from award-winning fantasy artist Todd Lockwood and used it to develop a Stephen Colbert card they hoped to include in their upcoming World of Warcraft TCG (trading card game) deck.
(Blizzard Entertainment owns WoW and licenses to Upper Deck.)
But, according to Lockwood, Upper Deck was forced to shelve the card after Colbert’s reps rejected the idea. And Lockwood’s art never saw the light of day – until an unknown someone distributed it on the Internet.
CLICK HERE TO SEE of the Colbert World of Warcraft trading card. (Thanks to Upper Deck for giving Multichannel an exclusive, first look.)