Good day! I am Paul, the artist behind the Water Margin playing cards. I've looked through quite a few Asian or Chinese-themed playing cards and don't feel like I've found any with themes that are top-notch. This inspired me to work on this project - I am a Chinese history buff and I admire the classic Japanese art genre of Ukiyo-e, so I thought it is perfect to work on a follow-up to my previous successful project "Battle of Muscles".
I chose one of the four great Chinese classical novels, "Water Margin", also known as "Outlaws of the Marsh", as the main theme. You may have seen it as "Suikoden" in Japanese. The novel is about a band of outlaws rebelling against the corrupted government during the Song Dynasty.
Out of the 108 heroes in the novel, I chose 14 that readers are most familiar with due to their amazing stories. I borrowed some influence from Ukiyo-e where the Water Margin theme was popular. Not to mention early Chinese playing cards actually used the theme (see above image). I also incorporated a little taste of my sense of humor into the project as well. I hope to embellish the deck of playing cards with a little more "Chinese-ness".
I am working on getting this deck printed by the United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) since it has been pre-approved. The process by the USPCC may be taking 2 to 3 months after my art submission. I hope to see it in hand by November or December 2018. See the timeline at the bottom of this page.
(Roughly) Timeline (UPDATED as of Sept 7)
- August 2018 to September 2018 — launched Kickstarter campaign, tweaking playing cards and tuck box based on feedback from family, friends, and backers.
- October 2018 — submit art to USPCC, check proof, sign contract, and etc.
- November/December 2018 — decks shipping out to backers.
Risks and challenges
The art may be tweaked as I go along until the deadline of the project, following feedback from family, friends, and backers.
I will be using the best fulfillment service as I will be busy with a big personal thing in my life right now. I will be concerned how the service handle and deliver the rewards to the backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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