The Geekest Link plans to release a series of greetings cards entitled: Love at First Byte - to celebrate geek culture. Whether it's monsters, gaming, or classic movies, we plan to have a card for every occasion. Whether it's leveling up in your favourite online game, or something magical like having a birthday.. what's better than sending the geek in your life a Love at First Byte card for Valentine's Day (other than sending two cards, of course)?
The Cards 1 to 11:
There's nothing like these cards out there. There may be cards that promote geek culture but there's nothing like the Love at First Byte cards. These cards are individually tailored to countless elements of geek culture (like online gaming or sci-fi movies). And, best of all, they're not just cards you can give at Valentine's Day. Consider them an alternative V.D. card as they're unbranded with any particular holiday or celebration so you can give them for birthdays or for any special occasion. Or just to say "I love you".
Love at First Byte tells the story of Hadron and Nova, two sentient robots who were given life by Valnea, the star goddess. They are destined to wander the cosmos sharing their love and reveling in the wonders of the universe. We follow their adventures as they role play their way through a world of imagination!
There are 20 cards in Series 0 (21 including the limited edition Kickstarter Card), each measuring 5.5 inches square. Each printed on super high quality 400gsm card stock, with a gorgeous silk vinyl finish. These really are high-end cards and not the bargain basement sort of thing you might see in a pound store. Quality is absolutely everything here.
Each comes in a cellophane bag with a matching envelope.
The Cards 12 to 20 (plus the Kickstarter Exclusive)
It's not only cards we're working on. The Love at First Byte range has a series of (Geek Love) mini cards coming out in 2013, and some giant cards, along with a range of merchandise to create a proper brand. We've already got a series of "wordless" fabric pictures to adorn your walls (you can check them out in the rewards section). I also want to add a new set of critters, alien jelly monsters, which should be even cuter and more fun!
We're working hard and fast on our 2013 Releases. Here's some some of the list of things that will be possible with your help
Geek Love 2013 Preliminary Release Schedule
Summer: Alien Love at First Byte Cards (25)
Geek Love cards (25)
Geek Love Mini Cards (25)
Halloween Classic Horror (20) - Summer 2013
Project Creator Background
Stuart Renton: The director of UK e-commerce site, The Geekest Link, Stuart has worked as a journalist for twenty years writing for some of the UK's major in-print newspapers and magazines, and he published a series of books back in 2002 rewriting the vampire mythology (as he was tired of the new raft of vampires that seem to have come out of nowhere which are these half-human creatures that have the most bizarre "loving" relationships with humans). There's very little that's cuddly about vampires, but that's by the by-pass, so to speak.
R B White: R B White has worked in publishing for approximately three billion years (we can't be sure exactly how long as he won't let us remove a finger for carbon dating (spoilsport)). With countless illustrations across magazines, books and every other possible form of media, RB White's phenomenal skills bring this project to life in wonderful and often glorious ways. White has just released a fabulous art book - check it out at http://www.rbwhiteart.blogspot.ca/
THE BIRTH OF A PROJECT
The project was a long one with countless iterations of robots, as you can see below.
The First Sketch
The idea was to create a series of lovable robots. Thus began the concept art stage which saw a huge number of iterations in the search to get the correct level of detail combined with the cute appeal of the two robots. This was the first pencil sketch (note it had a key on its back - clockwork robots).
The coloured version saw a greater level of shading along with the first touch of colour. Still fairly basic, but there's definitely a cool character emerging here...
From Concept Art to Finished Design
Concept Art finished, I wanted to take it to the next step, which saw R B White's designs polish and bring the project to life.
White increased the proportions of the robots, gave them a colour make-over and really gave them characters of their own. The concept art designs seemed a little too organic, so he toned that element down, gave them lots of shading and a generous boost of character.
This is the finished result...
Risks and challenges
The most difficult challenge about creating a range of greetings cards is defining the characters and creating something that fits the target audience. They have to be cute enough for mass appeal, but not too cute to alienate the target audience.
We've got the first 25 cards completed, contracts signed with the printers, and several deals with distribution networks around the UK. We need to finalize the lettering on some of the cards, but that's it. We're just about done here.
The only thing we need is your comments on the lettering and the final art direction. You can get involved by giving your support to help us make the cards as strong and exciting as they can possibly be.
That said, the other thing we need is your support to bring this project to life. It's literally as simple as that.
We've got a further series of 25 cards scheduled for early 2013, along with a new horror series planned for summer 2013.
Wall Monster Pledge: Get any one super high quality 8 x 8 inch text-free print of any one card in the series on acid free paper. For multiple prints just increase the pledge (just remember to let us know which cards you want to receive).
The Ixitxachitl Pledge. Get one of each of the 20 x Series 0 cards (plus the limited edition Kickstarter Card - for a total of 21 cards), PLUS a Love at First Byte T Shirt, a limited edition Geek Love Print, and any one 12 x 12 canvas print from Series 0 (please state which one). And we'll even throw in a bunch of Geek Love Mini Cards as well. The monetary value of this set is incalculable (unless, of course, you happen to possess a calculator).
The Tarrasque Pledge: This is your chance to design your own card. Under our watchful eye, and with the expert assistance of R B White himself, we'll create your card and we'll even release it with the rest of the range (if you want us to) and give you a share of the proceeds of the sale of that card's first printing. We will also give you 50 copies of your card to play with.
This is an amazing opportunity to see your design in print and to have a personalized, super high quality card in production...
Note: we'll take this very seriously and we reserve the right to reject joke submissions or ones that don't fit into the feel of series.