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I'm making decks of playing cards using Nina Paley's copyheart artwork from her short animated film "This Land Is Mine"

About this project

I'm inspired to create playing cards with the artwork in Nina Paley's short film, "This Land is Mine," which chronicles the age-old - and ongoing - warfare of the Middle East. Being a lover of playing cards - I thought immediately that the figures in the film would be especially apt for a deck of cards for playing War.

Here's Nina's film:  http://www.vimeo.com/50531435

EVERY CARD IS DIFFERENT. Each card from 2 to King in all four suits have figures from the film in pairs of alive and smited. The four suits are also custom-designed, using plants and flowers from the film. There are two different Jokers. The back of the deck has the Angel of Death.

Nina makes all of her work freely available to anyone and everyone to copy and make new things with - so this is my project using them, but a portion of the proceeds will go to the artist.

I want to make a run of a minimum of 100 decks with the highest quality stock, casino-grade, in full color with Nina's fabulous artwork. I can get a small order like this manufactured in China by MakePlayingCards.com. 

If I raise a bit more more than the basic goal, I would like to include custom tuck-boxes with more of Nina's fabulous artwork to the existing rewards.

My stretch goal is $6000: I could switch to having the United States Playing Card Company manufacture them - they make Bicycle cards, the gold standard for playing cards - but their minimum run is much larger.

Risks and challenges

I have already designed the cards and sent the prepared the digital files to MakePlayingCards.com. I have made a couple of prototypes of the deck to make sure they are what I really want to make a quantity of. (See the video!)

At the end of the 30-day KickStarter campaign, if successful, I will place the order for the decks. If the manufacturer is MakePlayingCards.com, the turn-around and shipping takes only a couple of weeks and they would go out in August sometime. I'm saying October, however, because if I were to raise that seemingly impossible stretch amount, USPC's manufacturing time is more like 7-8 weeks, and maybe a little more if there are technical issues to address before they are put into production.

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    1 deck of cards + 1 uncut sheet of the whole deck (suitable for framing!)

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    2 decks of cards + 1 uncut sheet of the entire deck (suitable for framing!)

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