Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 5, 2012.

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Each box of Cthulhu Greeting Cards contains 25 cards (5 of each design) that provide a whimsical Holiday Greeting by Kenneth Hite.

What are Cthulhu Claus Greeting Cards?

Have you ever wanted to share your love of weird and eldritch horror during the Holiday season?  If you answered yes to this question, then Cthulhu Claus Greeting Cards are just for you.

Each box of Cthulhu Claus Greeting Cards will contain 25 cards and feature 5 different illustrations by cartoonist Jody Lindke.  They will also feature a Lovecraftian greeting written by Cthulhu scribe Kenneth Hite.  These items will be shipped as soon as possible after the project is funded and should be ready to ship this Holiday season.

Who is Working on the Project?

About Jody Lindke --  When her kindergarten bookmark design beat out first and second graders--earning her a hardbound Complete Winnie The Pooh--Jody was hooked on drawing. She began freelancing in junior high school and supported herself while attending University of Nevada with single and multi panel comics and illustrations for many local publications. Jody became the first female artist ever to receive the Charles M. Schulz Award from Scripps Howard--presented to her delight by Snoopy himself. After her first novel earned her a Masters degree, Jody left teaching at the university to enter the production program at USC’s School of Cinema.

About Kenneth Hite -- Kenneth Hite is a writer and role-playing game designer. He holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's degree in Cartography from East Central University. He has been writing games since 1981 and full-time since 1995. In addition to his writing for role playing games, Kenneth Hite has been the author of a number of Lovecraft related fiction and non-fiction titles.  These include Tour De Lovecraft: The Tales, Cthulhu 101, Where the Deep Ones Are, The Antarctic Express, and Cliffourd the Big Red God.

Why $4,800?

This will allow Twin Suns Entertainment to meet the break even costs for a 200 box print run of the card set and allow us to begin to announce stretch goals for the project.  We want to be able to make stickers and post cards available to supporters, but that will require a certain level of support.  The most expensive part of publishing these cards is the set up cost with the printer and this level of funding will allow us to clear that hurdle.


Limited Rewards:

The Real Cthulhu Claus -- The person who backs at this level will receive the original black and white line art base version of the the illustration below. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.  As the project continues, more illustrations will be made available.

"and eight tiny dark young...it sang, 'dash away, dash away, dash away all!'"

Tenticular Cookie Devourer from Beyond Time -- The person who backs at this level will receive the original black and white line art base version of the the illustration below. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.  As the project continues, more illustrations will be made available.

Turnabout is Fair Play -- At this level, you get the original black and white line art base illustration used in making the Cthulhu Claus Cookie with a Bite Taken card design. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.

Yith-mas Tree Decorator -- At this level, you get the original black and white line art base illustration used in making the Yith-mas Tree card design. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.


"Slay" Ride -- At this level, you get the original black and white line art base illustration used in making the "Slay" Ride card design. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.

Will There be Stretch Goals?

Yes.  As we approach our initial goal, we will be announcing a number of stretch goals to this project.  One that I am particularly excited about involves a certain trilogy by Matt Forbeck which involves monsters and education.  Some of the stretch goals will be added to existing awards, and others will be available as add-ons.  All of them will be available as separate rewards when they are announced.

$5,200 -- Stretch Goal

If we reach $5,200 with this project.  We will be emailing all supporters at the $30 level and higher 10 "Coloring Pages" that can be printed out and handed to your favorite little monster to draw on.  The first five of those illustrations will be based on the illustrations used in the Cthulhu Claus Holiday Card set.  The second five illustrations will be based on characters from Matt Forbeck's upcoming Monster Academy trilogy.  The artwork will also be given to Matt to be used in his project as illustrations in his books.  If all goes well, we might even be able to get more illustrations for Matt to use!


What are Other Saying About Cthulhu Holiday Cards?

Christian Lindke's a font of energy and ideas. He also has an awesome wife (artist Jody Lindke) and great friends (Cthulhu scribe Ken Hite). Put them all together, and you have a recipe for the kind of holiday treat that's bound to give you either nightmares or laughs — or both! -- Matt Forbeck

FAQ

  • Yes. The cards will be in full color when printed. The black and white line art will be used for the cards, some black and white coloring pages, and will also be shipped to those who want the original black and white line art drawings and who back the project at those levels.

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  • At current, I do not know what exact text will be in the cards. I can only say that the greetings will be written by Kenneth Hite who has written scary things and humorous things. His work includes CTHULHU 101, WHERE THE DEEP ONES ARE, NIGHTS BLACK AGENTS, TRAIL OF CTHULHU, and DAY AFTER RAGNAROK.

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  • I will contact Erik at Gaming Paper to see if we can get a discounted rate on additional paper. If so, I will add a level that includes the paper and shipping in the cost.

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  • I will be adding more examples of the art in the next few days. Of course we have other ideas we would love to pursue, but are keeping this initial project simple and focused. If you would like to volunteer any ideas, we'd love to hear them and hope you will support our future products and expansion too.

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  • By customizations, I mean that Jody will work with you to make drawings based upon your ideas and recommendations that fit within the secular holiday theme. These drawings will be in the style of the other cards in the series, and will thus be compatible with the original set which you will also receive at this level. Customization may include a favorite Cthulhu-esque creature or monster, a favorite or particular activity like singing carols or opening presents, a different occasion including secular holidays and birthdays. If you want her to hand write a personalized interior message, that would also be possible. Other than the card stock, these are entirely hand crafted.

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  • As for the wrapping paper, when I hit my first stretch goal I will be adding a wrapping paper "add-on," but the price will be based on the cost to acquire the Gaming Paper wrapping paper and to ship it. Erik was kind enough to donate some rolls to the project, and we included those for early backers at a discounted rate. I will have more information on this when we reach our first stretch goal.

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    The Real Cthulhu Claus -- At this level, you get the original black and white line art base illustration used in making the Cthulhu Claus card design. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.

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    Tenticular Cookie Devourer from Beyond Time -- At this level, you get the original black and white line art base illustration used in making the Cthulhu Eats a Gingerbread Cookie card design. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.

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    Turnabout is Fair Play -- At this level, you get the original black and white line art base illustration used in making the Cthulhu Claus Cookie with a Bite Taken card design. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.

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    Yith-mas Tree Decorator -- At this level, you get the original black and white line art base illustration used in making the Yith-mas Tree card design. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.

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    "Slay" Ride -- At this level, you get the original black and white line art base illustration used in making the "Slay" Ride card design. This illustration will be signed by the artist and personalized if you desire. In addition, you will receive one box of Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards.

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    Professor of Eldritch Studies -- As a Professor of Eldritch Studies, you will receive 5 unique Cthulhu Claus Holiday cards hand drawn by Jody Lindke. These cards will be customized for each Professor level backer. Backers at this level will also receive one box of our regular Cthulhu Claus Holiday Cards and a set of five postcards like all $60 and higher level backers.

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