Garbage Time Pros are a set of trading cards that parody your favorite pro athletes with a twisted sense of humor. The motto is simple; Big Name. Big Shame. Fair Game.
The written portion below is divided into three sections: 1) Inspiration (where this idea came from) 2) Explanation (project details and backing breakdown) 3) Aspiration (stretch goal hopes and dreams)
Inspiration: One Part Baby, Two Parts Crazy
So where did this adorably awful and amazingly athletic concept come from?
From a literal standpoint, Garbage Time Pros came to me shortly after my 4-month-old daughter decided to decimate her diaper during "Daddy's turn to watch football on TV" time. After swapping it for a new one, I looked down at her smiling face. "You're pretty proud of yourself aren't you?" The faint sound of a television three rooms removed was the only response, and short of "dada" it was all I needed. My brain instantly fused the innocence of a child, the gratification in defecation, and my obsession with sports, into one. The Garbage Time Pros were born.
Digging a bit deeper, the concept also stems from my childhood. I'm a product of the 80s, and though that meant growing up without internet, high def TV, polygon based video games, and pocket-sized computer phones, I wouldn't have it any other way. My time was spent drawing from inspiration and imagination, trading cards and comics, timing 8 bit platform jumps, and trying to descramble Cinemax with my eyes. Garbage Time Pros are a nod to the past and smirk at the present.
Each player illustration takes roughly 20 hours to create from initial sketch to final detailed rendering. The end result is collectible not only as a card but can be printed as large as 22x28 with excellent results.
Explanation: What and How, Defined Right Now
The hope for this Kickstarter is to hit the goal required to illustrate, print, and ship a set of at least 32 cards to everyone that backs it with at least $40 before September 2014.
The fundraising amount listed here is the minimum needed for me to dedicate the estimated 620 hours of illustration required between now and September to complete the 32 card set. It also includes the printing, packaging, and shipping of the sets themselves, and the time/materials needed to create and distribute the various rewards.
If it takes me less than the 620 hours estimated for illustration the difference will all be applied towards improving the set.
Aspiration: Every Good Stretch Starts with a Sketch
I’m really excited about the potential for stretch goals with Garbage Time Pros. So much so that I've already started to work on a few stretch goal bonus card concepts I'd like to share.
The first stretch goal I've been thinking about is to create alternate cards for each Garbage Time Pro that shows a more flattering yet still humorous side. For example, check out Tuck-Rule-Tommy below.
Other stretch goal bonus cards I'd like to include are more object based, like the All Fun League Soupy Bowl Trophy. A savory symbol of one team's dominance.
Another stretch goal bonus I'd like to shoot for is a series of parody advertisement bonus cards that poke fun at endorsements and the athletes the fuel them. The Denver Breakdowns Paid-a-Ton Manning is the undisputed king of sling in Garbage Town, but there's plenty of other pros nipping at is pepperoni covered loafers.
Regardless of whether barely hit our minimum goal or breeze by it en route to stretch goal grander, this project will give every backer a chance to share feedback and help shape the Garbage Time Pros universe with input on player and team names, inside jokes worthy of final card inclusion, and more.
Here are a few of the parody team names I've already started to think up.
My style when working is very open and feedback intensive. If you're looking for an example of this, you need not look any further than our Garbage Time Pros Facebook Page.
I'm really excited about the potential for this project and the following Garbage Time Pros has earned on Facebook in the short time the page has been live.
If this project gets the green light I promise draw like a mad man at my desk and when that becomes too tiring I'll move to the coach and continue the effort until the Mountain Dew wears off and exhaustion sets in.
Here's to hoping this Kickstarter becomes a reality. If it does (and I really hope it does) I look forward to working for all of you to make your favorite players come to life in a set you'll be proud to own.
Thank you so much for your support.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk for this project lies in the subject matter itself however based on my research regarding parody and the specifics of this Kickstarter I believe that the case for parody is clear and that no confusion will be made regarding this as the real thing.