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The wicked pack of cards meets the wonderful land of Oz in this gorgeous full-color deck. Art from today's top comic talents. And Ben.
The wicked pack of cards meets the wonderful land of Oz in this gorgeous full-color deck. Art from today's top comic talents.
The wicked pack of cards meets the wonderful land of Oz in this gorgeous full-color deck. Art from today's top comic talents.
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The Shadow of Oz - A Tarot Deck

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A full-color 78-card tarot deck based on the world of Oz, illustrated by some of the most talented comic book artists of our time. All of your old friends are here, from Dorothy and the Lion to the Nome King and Kiki Aru. Discover how these primal American fairy tale characters give us insight to the archetypal forces of the imagination. Discover also how your own stories, whether in fiction or "real life", can grow and improve when examined in the dark light of these titanic symbols.

Click for full view - card design by Olympia Maxenchs for Illogical Associates
Click for full view - card design by Olympia Maxenchs for Illogical Associates

Mark Anthony Masterson, author of the modern Oz comic Dorothy,  writes the accompanying text and tarot interpretations.

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You can engage with the tarot, explore the world created by L. Frank Baum in his 14 original Oz books, or, heck, play a psychedelic hand of Cribbage with this gorgeous deck. It's all up to your imagination.

We're Anna and Mark. A while back, we published a unique comic, based on the Wizard of Oz, called Dorothy. It successfully ran for 7 issues, and was collected into a trade paperback.  It received critical praise from both comic book and Oz aficionados.

As Illogical Associates, we love bringing art and stories to the world. While contemplating our next series of Oz comics we got to talking about the iconic imagery of Oz and how it fits so well with the traditional symbols of the Tarot. The four lands of Oz, the four suits of the tarot; The Magician card, The Wizard... the parallels kept coming. Within hours we realized we could use our friends in the comic book world to show everyone else these remarkable connections.

We could create an entire tarot deck illustrated with Baum's characters. Everything from The Fool to the King of Coins and from the Emerald City to Mount Munch: a celebration of imagination, and an exploration of the human psyche, through Oz, Tarot, and Comics.

Initial card designs from Emonic and Kori Thompson
Initial card designs from Emonic and Kori Thompson

From a certain angle, a Tarot deck is a 78 panel comic that you can arrange in any order, to tell any story in the world. The signs and meanings on the cards can unlock your understanding of your past, future, or fictional situations. And how cool would it be to see primordial images represented by classic characters drawn by contemporary comic book people?

So we contacted popular comics professionals whom Anna has met through signings at her shop (Illusive Comics & Games), old friends of ours in the industry, and other artists we have long admired. To our utter delight, most of them replied that they were available and would love to be part of the project.

Along with our collaborators - whose styles range from clean, dynamic action heroes to apocalyptic grunge oil squids - we've put together an anthology of amazing art, in the form of a Wizard of Oz tarot deck, created by some of the keenest comic book artists and graphic designers extant.

(To see a small sample of art we've generated in pre-production, check out our Shadow Gallery.)

Ben Templesmith
Ben Templesmith
                                              
Chandra Free
Chandra Free

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Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
Darick Robertson
Darick Robertson
Drew Johnson
Drew Johnson
Emonic
Emonic
Eric Shanower
Eric Shanower
Gaz Gretsky
Gaz Gretsky
Giles Crawford
Giles Crawford
Greg Espinoza
Greg Espinoza
Jay Fabares
Jay Fabares
Jimmie Robinson
Jimmie Robinson
Kori Thompson
Kori Thompson
Olympia Maxenchs
Olympia Maxenchs
Paul Gulacy
Paul Gulacy
Ray Snyder
Ray Snyder
Rob Wilson
Rob Wilson
Steve Leialoha
Steve Leialoha
Trina Robbins
Trina Robbins

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Want more goodies with your pledge? Add the following dollar amounts to your total. We'll confirm what you've selected when we send out a survey at the end of the Kickstarter.

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Add $10 to your total if you'd like for this 6 inch by 9 inch Velvet bag to house your Tarot Deck

 And/or you can add--

The bulk of the funds that we raise will be to compensate our artists for their work. Many are being incredibly generous with their time, but it's The Rule: Artists Get Paid.

Our next expense is physical. We plan to use Customized Playing Cards to print our deck.  The cards will be 3.5 x 5" in size on Casino Quality 300 gsm paper with a tuck box. We think this is a good balance between quality and affordability. We can offer stretch goals to aim for black core paper, a lidded box, and other nice (but more expensive) options.

Finally, we need to cover the costs to ship these decks to you!

But what if we succeed beyond our ambitious goals? Let's imagine what we might do with that...

BETTER PAPER AND BOX: Stunning black core paper and a snazzy tuck box for every deck. It's the upgrade we most want to see!

MORE WAYS TO HOLD YOU: Every deck will come with a satin-lined velvet bag, just adding to the elegance of the deck. Also, we will be able to offer more of the engraved wood boxes from the Dorothy's Delight level.

A shout-out to the wonderful folks whose time, effort, and inspiration have gotten The Shadow of Oz this far: Olympia Maxenchs, Allison Liles, Erik Cebrian, Chaunacey Dunklee, Maryanne Snell, Marisol Gold, Rhiannon Laakso, Kryslin Franks, and Darren Miguez. We absolutely could not have done it without you.

Risks and challenges

Having worked in and around the comic book industry for more than a decade, we understand the risk of slipped shipping dates and phantom projects. Our experience publishing comics means we know how to work closely with artists and keep them focused on the deadlines. All 18 of our professional artists are already under contract.

We have a quote from our printing company for the initial print run, and for a larger run should the campaign exceed expectations. We even arranged a back up printing company, should disaster strike at the first one.

We feel confident in our ability to deliver a quality storytelling package in a timely manner.

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    YELLOW BRICK ROAD:
    And thank *you* for backing us, Gorgeous. You've earned yourself a Kiss from the Good Witch (immortalized with a Thank You in the Permanent Thank You Hall of Fame on our website) *and* a Digital Copy of "Dorothy" #1, written by M.A. Masterson. See how our Oz journey began!

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    BALLOON LAUNCHING: You've just earned the Yellow Brick Road Level plus 3 random cards from the deck, mailed with a strip of green silk.

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    BEHIND THE CURTAIN: This includes the Yellow Brick Road Level and a digital PDF of all 78 cards.

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    STRENGTH AND COURAGE: This includes the Yellow Brick Road Level, plus a digital PDF of all 78 cards, and One (1) 8" x 10" limited edition print, available only through this Kickstarter, from The Shadow of Oz Tarot Deck (upon funding you will be given an option to choose the Artist or Card of your preference).

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    THE BRAINS: Early Backer gets the worm! Our timeliest supporters receive one copy of The Shadow of Oz Tarot Deck, the Yellow Brick Road Level, and a PDF of all 78 cards. You clearly know what you're doing.

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    THE HEART: This is it! This is the thing! Receive one copy of The Shadow of Oz Tarot Deck, the Yellow Brick Road Level, and a PDF of all 78 cards.

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    DOROTHY'S DELIGHT: Receive one copy of The Shadow of Oz Tarot Deck in a hinged Cherry Wood Box engraved with the design of the back of our deck, as well as the Yellow Brick Road Level and a PDF of all 78 cards.

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    EMERALD CITY: A 2-pack of Shadow of Oz, plus the Strength and Courage Level. One for you, and one for a friend!

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    *New* RETURN TO OZ: Receive The Heart Level and spend the day at Disneyland with publishers M.A. Masterson and Anna Cebrian. We'll even buy you a churro. You can ask us anything about creating this deck, Small Publishing or owning a comic book store. (Disneyland pass and travel not included). Date TBD.

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    THE MARVELOUS RETAILER OF OZ: Own a store and want to sell these amazing Oz Tarot Decks? As long as we can confirm you own/manage a store, you can receive 3 copies of our Oz Deck at this level. If you would like to order more than 3 copies, please message us! We will also post your shop's name on our site as a place where people can buy a deck!

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    ROYAL ARTIST OF OZ - ONE: Receive the original art for one of Kori Thompson's cards, plus The Heart Level.

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    ROYAL ARTIST OF OZ- TWO: Receive the original art for one of Giles Crawford's cards, plus The Heart Level.

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    *New* DAINTY CHINA COUNTRY: Receive The Heart Level, 6 lucky people will get to attend this intimate dinner with M.A. Masterson and Anna Cebrian in Santa Clara, California. You can ask us anything about creating this deck, Small Publishing or owning a comic book store. Dinner is included. (Travel is not included). Date TBD.

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    OZMA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY: Receive Dorothy's Delight Level, plus Strength and Courage Level, and be invited to the Exclusive Release Party to be held at Illusive Comics & Games in Santa Clara, California, where you will receive one uncut sheet of all the tarot cards and can have your tarot read by a practiced tarot reader. You will also meet the Illogical Associates and many of the Bay Area Artists who worked on this deck, along with getting your deck autographed. (You are responsible for your own travel.) Actual date of Release Party TBD.

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    GLINDA'S PARTY: Receive Dorothy's Delight Level, plus Strength and Courage Level, and be invited to the Exclusive Celebration to be held at a comic book store in the Los Angeles area, where you will receive one uncut sheet of all the tarot cards, signed by many Bay Area Shadow of Oz artists. You can have your tarot read by a practiced tarot reader. You will also meet the Illogical Associates and meet at least one of the artists who worked on this deck, along with getting your deck autographed. (You are responsible for your own travel.) Actual date of Release Party TBD.

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    *New* THE OTHER MARVELOUS RETAILER OF OZ: Confirm you are a Shop Owner and, you can receive 8 copies of our Oz Deck at this level. We will also post your shop's name on our site as a place where people can buy a deck!

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    ROYAL ARTIST OF OZ- THREE: Receive the original art for one of Eric Shanower's cards, plus The Heart Level.

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    *New* PATRONS OF OZCOT: Receive one copy of The Shadow of Oz Tarot Deck in a hinged Cherry Wood Box engraved with the design of the back of our deck, as well as the Yellow Brick Road Level, and a PDF of all 78 cards and an uncut sheet of the deck. Also, receive 8"x10" Limited Edition color prints of all 78 cards. You can choose to attend either or both Release Parties. You will get to see the artwork as it comes in drafts to us. Best of all, you'll have your name listed as a Producer in the Shadow of Oz Accompanying Booklet. (You are responsible for your own travel).

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