Hello tarot folk,
I know it's been a little while since I've sent out the last update, and some of you have been gently poking me for news on when the decks will ship out. There has been a lot to do, and I've been very busy getting things together, but I can now tell you with some certainty, when you will be getting your copies of the deck.
Here's a rundown of what's coming up in the next few months:
First off: the deck design had to go through a number of back-and-forth revisions with the printers, but we have finally got everything approved and on track. The first run of 1000 decks will be arriving here by by early November, and I'll begin shipping those out immediately, beginning with those that have been promised already to the kickstarter backers. I'll then proceed to ship out to anyone else who has pre-ordered a deck by that point.
Speaking of you wonderful kickstarter backers who have been with me all this way: you will be getting surveys sent out to you very shortly which will ask you for your current shipping details. Please watch your mailboxes: I can't send you a deck once they arrive without a confirmation of your current mailing address.
You will also get an opportunity at that time to update your reward package, and add additional decks, books, or prints. I'll be opening up a shop on my website just for the kickstarter backers at first, before I take any other pre-orders.
I've been assembling and laying out the guidebook to the deck over the past few weeks. It will contain full color images of all 78 cards, along with insights and interpretations about each card. Much of that text is adapted from these updates you've been receiving, but plenty of it is brand new, written specifically for the guide. And speaking of things written just for that guidebook, it will also contain a fantastic introductory story written by acclaimed author Marie Brennan.
The books should be printed and ready to ship out in early November, along with the decks.
Once the kickstarter backers have had a chance to add any additional items to their reward packages, I'll be opening the Urban Tarot Shop to everyone else. By pre-ordering a deck, you'll be able to make sure you receive one from of the first round of numbered sets before they're all gone, and you'll be helping me fund some of the events I'll be appearing at over the next few months. Every one of the first 1000 decks will also ship with an embroidered velvet bag to keep your deck in.
I'm planning to do a lot of travelling to promote and sell the Urban Tarot, and I've already put two appearances this year on my calendar. I will be at Con on the Cob in Brecksville, Ohio October 15-18, where I'll be premiering the deck. I'm having just 70 decks air-shipped directly out to the con for sale. So if you're in the area, come on out! It's absolutely one of my favorite conventions to visit.
From December 4-6 I'll be in Stamford, CT at AnonyCon, selling decks and prints, and readings for folk onsite. This will be my first time at AnonyCon, although I know the organizers well, and I've been looking forward to going for several years.
Most exciting, somewhere between those two dates, I'll be hosting an opening show here in NY, at a studio space in Brooklyn. You'll be getting more details about that show soon. I think it's going to be an exciting evening.
More stuff? How is that possible? That's right, The Urban Tarot is going to be a mobile app that you can download for your Android or Apple device. It's going to have all 78 cards, plus interpretations and descriptions by yours truly. The app is currently being developed by The Fool's Dog, a company that specializes in designing really beautiful, interactive Tarot apps. I've seen some of the early graphics at this point, and I'm really thrilled. You'll have more information on the App's release soon.
Finally, because I hate to send out an update without including some fresh art, I wanted to give you all a glimpse of some other work I've doing for a totally different project. Lovecraftesque is a horror roleplaying game designed by Josh Fox and Becky Annison, and if the soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter project succeeds, I'll be doing lots more art for the book. One of the two pieces I've created for the upcoming campaign is below, you can see some details about the other in this blog post.
Whew! It's going to be an exciting few months. Thank you for being a part of it, I couldn't do all this without your support.