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A death themed deck of playing cards, a descent to the Underworld - and a unique ANIMATED Limited Edition deck!
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EDIT: "BLACK MASS"  SOLD OUT!

A collector's dream becomes reality: The first deck ever with metallic inks printed on black stock with air-pocket embossing!

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Welcome to my new KS project!

Grotesk Macabre is the evolution of "Grotesque", which was the UC2014 annual deck. Taking this deck as a starting point, I tried to create my own vision of the Underworld. Although a joyful and positive person myself, I had always been attracted to dark themed artwork. I find fascinating how artists throughout the centuries have imagined the world of the dead and how they dealt with the greatest fear of mankind. In Grotesk Macabre I tried to combine the darkest of all themes with the heavy elegance of baroque and the pointy, flamboyant Gothic art.

  • Printed by EPCC
  • 54 cards
  • Master finish
  • 2 Editions: Original and Limited
  • Tuck cases will be printed by me in Greece, all hand numbered and signed.
  • Original edition tuck case printed with special inks on a matte black stock, foiled and embossed.
  • Animated Edition tuck case  will be printed on a gold stock, foiled and embossed .
  • Both editions' print run will be determined by the demand during KS campaign but the Animated Edition will be NEVER printed again. The Original Edition may be reprinted but the tuck case of any future reprints will be basic and less elaborate in production compared to the KS Original Edition

>>>>>>>> THE REWARDS WILL BE SENT FROM THE USA <<<<<<<<


UPDATE!

All KS backers will get their decks hand numbered and signed (upon request) on the tuck case! The decks sold during KS will be the only ones numbered and signed. The rest of the decks will just have the total number produced written on the tuck case.

Rendering of the tuck cases
Rendering of the tuck cases

 The picture above can hardly give an idea of the finished product as it cannot capture the shine of the gold stock combined with the foil or the surprising contrast between the matte and somewhat textured black stock and the shiny foil.

 From a black background emerges a bizarre world of  spooky creatures that dwell in the darkness...

Animated edition QoS
Animated edition QoS
Queen of Diamonds
Queen of Diamonds
Jack of Diamonds
Jack of Diamonds
Ace of Diamonds - Original Edition
Ace of Diamonds - Original Edition
King of Hearts- Original Edition
King of Hearts- Original Edition
Ace of Heatrs - Original Edition
Ace of Heatrs - Original Edition

Animated (Limited) edition deck will have the courts and figures framed in a marble-like intricate border. This border when you see the deck as a flip book, will be animated:

Preview of the animated border
Preview of the animated border
Figure cards
Figure cards

The back design is mostly influenced by the Gothic architecture of Middle Ages, with a few touches of baroque.

Original edition
Original edition
Limited Edition
Limited Edition

ORIGINAL EDITION UNCUT TUCK CASE

Rendering of the tuck case uncut
Rendering of the tuck case uncut


Numbered and signed, a rare piece of beauty thanks to the printing technique (Special ink and foil on black stock instead of the usual black ink on white stock).


STRETCH GOALS:

  • $16K: Tuck case inside printing in gold metallic ink for the Original Edition and Black ink for the Animated Edition - UNLOCKED!
  • $17K: "BLACK MASS"  -- UNLOCKED! --
  • $29K: "BLACK MASS" edition is printed in Gold & Silver versions. -- UNLOCKED! ---

As with all my previous projects, the full set of courts will be released gradually during the campaign.Let's have some fun in the darkness of the Underworld!

Thank you ,

Lotrek

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Risks and challenges

World War III as always is the main risk, along with a sudden mental illness. If we skip these, then we have the usual delays for which -to the extend I can control things from a few thousand miles distance- I will do everything to avoid.

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