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A 78 card Tarot deck & guide by Joanna Nelson - printed in the USA!  The Monstarot was created to reach the inner child inside us all.
A 78 card Tarot deck & guide by Joanna Nelson - printed in the USA! The Monstarot was created to reach the inner child inside us all.
174 backers pledged $12,161 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome to the world of the Monstarot! This is a world of kind micro-monsters, helpful bugs and fantastical, whimsical creatures such as bunny-flies and flynosaurs. It is a light hearted and compassionate world, not so very different from our own, but don’t be fooled by their cuteness….these are not naïve creatures to be ignored.

There are still harsh truths to be faced from time to time – the monsters manage to show us these with grace and empathy. They live their lives with hope as a constant, and the aim of the Monstarot is to bring a little of the same into all of our lives.

 

Hi! My name is Joanna Nelson and I am a full time illustrator living in beautiful Napa Valley, CA. I am known for my lighthearted art that often touches on deep emotional subjects. It has always been my dream to create a Tarot deck that would speak to your inner child, and reach the guide inside us all that will lead us in a playful way.  

I have spent the past year illustrating all 78 cards for this deck, and I am thrilled to say that all the artwork is complete. I have worked with a graphic designer to professionally lay out the deck, book and packaging - and have connected with the amazing Trish Sullivan to co-write the companion guide with me. I come to Kickstarter to ask for your help to bring The Monstarot to life.

The Monstarot Deck is 100% COMPLETED AND READY TO PRINT! WE JUST NEED YOUR HELP TO FUND IT!

 

The Monstarot
The Monstarot

The Monstarot is a 78 card fully illustrated deck and it comes with a 46 page guide that not only tells the meaning of each card by author Trish Sullivan, but also highlights my own interpretation of the art. I feel this gives the readers an even deeper insight into the cards. 

 Official Deck Specs

  •  Full Color Front & Back Cards (3.5 by 5.5 inches) 
  •  22 Major Arcana Cards (Fully Illustrated) 
  •  56 Minor Arcana Cards (Fully Illustrated) 
  • 46 pg companion booklet with card meaning & artists statement
  •  A Full Color 2-part hard cardboard box 
  •  Cards printed on 350gsm cardstock with a smooth finish. Each card contains a blue core center to reduce card transparency and produces very vibrant colors.

 

Little monsters are a glimpse into our inner child. They can be bold, playful, and shy. As we become adults, sometimes we lose track of that inner child and The Monstarot deck is here to help us reconnect.

I wanted to create a deck that was sweet, lighthearted, positive and energetic but also serious about connecting people to their inner child and forcing them to reach deep inside themselves. 

Tarot has been a passion of mine since I was a child, my family owned many collections. I have always been enchanted by the storytelling aspect of it, and it has been my dream to produce a deck of my own. It was important to me to create monsters that represented all different types of people and walks of life. We are all different but special. My monsters are a way of showing all aspects of the human race - all types of personalities. This is not a Tarot deck FOR children, rather than for your inner child. It seeks to reach that innocence and absolute truth we all have within us.

 The Making of Monstarot 

Preliminary Sketch
Preliminary Sketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kickstarter gives artists the opportunity to publish their art themselves and not have to pay a middle man. This allows us to have more control over the project as well as the funding. Kickstarter gives me the opportunity to immerse my backers in the entire process of publication from funding to delivery. 

 

Below you will find the pledge rewards, which is what you get for backing our project at a certain dollar amount. If you just want to help the project you can pledge for as little as $1.00 - any amount helps us reach our goal and we are grateful to every cent and every share you can manage. 

$35 - EARLY EARLY Bird Monstarot 1st Edition

- 1st Edition Monstarot deck signed & numbered - ***only 500 will be printed!*** ~ comes in two part box & includes a 46 pg companion booklet with Artists Statements as long as the card meaning.

**LIMITED TO 25**

$40 - EARLY Bird Monstarot 1st Edition 

- 1st Edition Monstarot deck signed & numbered - ***only 500 will be printed!*** ~ comes in two part box & includes a 46 pg companion booklet with Artists Statements as long as the card meaning.  

**LIMITED TO 50**

$45 - EARLY Bird Monstarot 1st Edition

- 1st Edition Monstarot deck signed & numbered - ***only 500 will be printed!*** ~ comes in two part box & includes a 46 pg companion booklet with Artists Statements as long as the card meaning.  

**LIMITED TO 50**

$50 - Monstarot Deck

- 1st Edition Monstarot deck signed & numbered - ***only 500 will be printed!*** ~ comes in two part box & includes a 46 pg companion booklet with Artists Statements as long as the card meaning.

**LESS THAN RETAIL** **LIMITED**

$80 - The Friendship Pack - 2 Decks

- 1st Edition Monstarot deck signed & numbered - ***only 500 will be printed!*** ~ comes in two part box & includes a 46 pg companion booklet with Artist's Statements as well as the Card Meanings.

**BUY 2 AND SAVE**  **LIMITED**

Little pocket booklet - 30 days of AFFIRMATIONS Add-ON is NOW AVAILABLE for $10

you can now add this adorably positive little monster pocket-size booklet of affirmations by increasing your pledge only $10 and messaging me to add the 30 days booklet to your package :)!

Original Monstarot Mini Art

We have a special surprise for you!!!! I have painted 30 original mini art paintings featuring the monsters from the Monstarot deck! Since I am not selling the Tarot deck originals at this time, this is the closest you will get to owning Little Monsters original art! They measure - 3.5 inches by 5 inches and are all signed by me, the artist. These are first come first serve, meaning whomever messages me their choice first is the one who gets it. They are $50.00 each or 3 for $120.00 To add them to your pledge go to Manage Pledge > Increase your total pledge amount by increments of how many you want, and then message us your choice so we can mark it reserved! ( If you are not getting a deck but would still like to purchase a mini painting select the $1 pledge and follow the same instructions ) 

 

 

 

 

 ALSO, we now have added LITTLE MONSTER MANTRA postcards! This is the first of others to come. you can add "Breath In Courage, Breath Out Love" SIGNED collectors postcard

 by adding $5 to your pledge and messaging me. <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printing: $7,400.00  

We are printing 500 decks only of the 1st Edition so we can print them in the USA. The cost is the bare minimum that we need to print the 2 part hard cardboard box, the 46 page companion guide, and 78 oversized cards measuring 3.5 by 5.5 inches. 

Shipping Decks to My House: $881.00

This is the cost of shipping the decks from the printer to my house. The cost is higher due to the fact I do not have a loading dock at my home, so the cost is higher since you need a truck with a lift.

Shipping the Decks to Backers: $2,250.00

This is the estimated cost of shipping to both domestic and international backers. 

Supplies: $250.00

This is the amount of money I will need for shipping and packaging supplies.

Fees: $1250

Between Kickstarter and Stripe fees these work out to be approximately 10% of a Kickstarter's funding. 
  

Buffer: $500

One thing I've learned from speaking to friends who have run Kickstarters is that there are always unforeseen costs, like sudden postage increases.  I'm including a buffer of approximately $500 for any unexpected fees or incidentals. 

 

Meet The Monstarot Team

Artist: Joanna Nelson: Artist in Napa Valley, gave up the past 365 days and existed on nothing but coffee and adrenaline to complete this 78 card Tarot deck. 

Author: Trish Sullivan: Author of the companion guide, this is Trish's 4th publication. She is also the author of the 78 Tarot decks - 78 Tarot First Edition, 78 Tarot Nautical, and 78 Tarot Carnival.

Graphic Designer: Kayti Welsh: Graphic Designer and Indie Publisher from Northern Virginia. She is in charge of the branding as well as templating and design of The Monstarot. She is also the founder of 78 Tarot and has independently published 3 Tarot decks. She also is helping Joanna learn the Kickstarter ropes having run 4 herself. 

 

Share the Love!

It would really help us if you would share this project with your friends! Please save the following image to your computer and cell phone and use it to help spread this project to the tarot and art community!

 You can also help spread the word and follow along with the project by following

Joanna on Facebook

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Thank you so much for your support! I can't wait to bring this deck to life!

With Love & Gratitude,

Joanna and the little Monsters

 

Risks and challenges

There is always risks with self publishing, but I feel since the entire deck, packaging, and layout is complete and all that is left is to raise the funds and send to our printer - there will be very little risk involved.

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    Love and Blessings

    You have my eternal thanks and appreciation for helping this project.

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    Digital Coloring Page

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    - A downloadable coloring page of a monster for you to print out and color on your home printer.

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    EARLY EARLY BIRD Monstarot Deck

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    - 1st Edition Monstarot deck signed & numbered - ***only 500 will be printed!***
    ~ Deck comes in two part box & includes a 46 pg companion booklet with Artist's Statements as well as the Card Meanings.

    **EARLY EARLY BIRD LIMITED TO 25**

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    - 1st Edition Monstarot deck signed & numbered - ***only 500 will be printed!***
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    - My eternal thanks and appreciation and
    - 1st Edition Monstarot deck signed & numbered - ***only 500 will be printed!***
    ~ comes in two part box & includes a 46 pg companion booklet with Artist's Statements as well as the Card Meanings.

    **EARLY BIRD LIMITED TO 50**

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    The Friendship Pack - 2 Decks

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