The Tarot Goblinko will be a luxuriously illustrated tarot deck with accompanying written guide book by Sean Äaberg. The Tarot Goblinko will synthesize the history of tarot into a new syncretic system which will include the 78 cards of the Major & Minor Arcana & then grow with as many new cards as we are able to conjure together. The Tarot Goblinko will dip you into a fantastic world that is familiar & mythological - pulsating with street-level culture illuminated in eye-melting colors that will expand exponentially as you explore it.
"Reminds me of John Blanche's old work - a bit weird!" - Rick Priestly
“Sean Äaberg follows in the lowbrow tradition of the late great Ed Roth with his own brand of uncanny psyched-out caricatures. Äaberg's cast of characters are equal parts grotesque & goofy, which he renders with meticulous detail - warts, ooze, rotten teeth & all.” - Juxtapoz magazine
“Sean's work is too damned cool. A nice psychedelic mix of shapes & colour. Every picture has me staring at it like some magic eye picture, trying to see all the great little details going on.” - Good Vs. Evil magazine
"Sean's art is unpredictable & eclectic by design so perhaps a defining aspect is the shape-shifting "trickster" element that informs his approach. He's not afraid to pull his viewer's pants down for laughs, hit below the cultural belt or call the dreaded tickle police to the scene of the crime. For many years he employed the pseudonym "Goblin" & I think this nickname embodied both the playful & sinister aspects of his work. Imagine the Norse god Loki resurrected as a bubble gum chewing Frankenstein's monster with an army of gremlins that have been fed after midnight at his command. That's Sean's defining aspect." - Dennis Dread
"Sean Äaberg’s heavy inks ooze a stark menace that the text descriptions never amount to." -Pookie UK
Tarot Goblinko will be a luxuriously illustrated tarot deck with accompanying written guide book by Sean Äaberg. I have been studying the tarot ever since accidentally reading Aleister Crowley’s Book of Thoth in my early 20s which cracked open my mind in the correct manner & brought the tarot screaming to life in a way that could not be reversed. I have followed the cosmic winds my entire life & view many of my daily interactions in the way one would read a tarot card. My art inhabits an exaggerated low-fantasy world of a very 70s mentality drawing from this milieu: record covers, underground comix, blacklight posters, gig posters, seedy magazines, role playing games, fanzines, the drug culture, midnight movies, Rock&Roll & their ancestors.
By backing the Tarot Goblinko Kickstarter, you will help bring this deck into existence! Backing our Kickstarter also allows you to get as many decks as you want at the special Kickstarter price - just $33! (After the Kickstarter, the suggested retail price of the deck will be $43.)
The creation of the Tarot Goblinko begins with my wife Katie Äaberg aligning herself with the universe & pulling a card from our Rider-Waite tarot deck & handing it to me. I empty my mind, examine the card & begin to think about what it represents. I consult my extensive occult & art library to see how other people interpret the card, giving particular attention to Crowley’s Book of Thoth & Jodorowsky’s the Way of Tarot. I study other tarot decks with the card in mind & note what similarities & differences & stand-out elements there are in varying depictions of the card. Through clouds of various kinds & colors of smoke - I let this sit in my head until it begins to take form. I then discuss the card with Katie & see what she thinks about where I’m headed & from that discussion I create the first pencil sketch on 11” x 17” paper. I show Katie this sketch & we discuss my interpretation of the card & then I make any changes we come up with from this discussion in pencil. I then ink the drawing, first starting with thin black lines, then going in & adding the thick, syrupy blacks which bring the piece together & then going in with stippling & cross-hatching to give the piece contour & texture & it is in this stage that the drawing, having been labored over with tedious but enjoyable inking, comes to life. We then scan the drawing into the computer & color it in photoshop using the blacklight poster & 70s Marvel comics palette I’ve developed over the years.The art is then placed into our Tarot Goblinko card frame & it’s ready for the printers! The cards themselves are standard tarot deck size at 2.75” x 4.75”.
The Early Bird catches the worm & you will too for backing the Tarot Goblinko Kickstarter on the first day! Everyone who backs the Kickstarter on the first day will receive the Kickstarter Exclusive Early Bird card - unique to the Tarot Goblinko. The Early Bird makes note of things that might happen & plans in order to take advantage of them. Stalking the world at night, she has created a list of ways to get a jump on her prize so that when it pokes its head out - she can grab the worm before everyone else! We are very serious about the exclusivity of our Kickstarter Exclusive Early Bird Card! We still have Dungeon Degenerates fans trying to get the Kickstarter Exclusive characters from us - but we will not budge - so be like the Early Bird & take advantage of this worm. This card will not be for sale anywhere else & IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
But what if I want more than just the Tarot Goblinko deck?
Great! You can also choose a backer level that includes our Tarot Goblinko deck bag, or tarot cloths, or really get into it by having Sean read the Tarot Goblinko for you (in person or via screen), get original Goblinko Tarot card art, or have your likeness drawn into the deck!
Add-on items are additional items you can add to your pledge! Simply increase the amount of your pledge by the dollar value of the add-ons you want, & after the Kickstarter is over you will be able to select the exact add-ons you would like to receive in our pledge manager, Backerkit. Check back often, as we unlock stretch goals we will be adding more items to this section!
Not enough Tarot Goblinko decks at your pledge level? Add-on as many as you like for the special Kickstarter price of $33 each. After the Kickstarter, they will be available at the suggested retail price of $43 each.
The Tarot Goblinko Deck Bag with Ouroboros & Demon Typhon screen printed on a luxurious velvet bag which fits the deck like a glove. 5” x 7” size.
The Tarot Goblinko printed tarot cloth with Ouroboros & Demon Typhon is the perfect backdrop for reading the tarot. Discharge printed on a durable cotton 22” square. Use it to cover your table before laying your cards out, or hang it on your wall!
Shibori dyed tarot cloth. 28” cotton square hand dyed using traditional shibori binding techniques and natural dyes. Made by Katie Äaberg. This extra large cloth creates the perfect space to lay out your deck and see what the cards hold! Each cloth is one of a kind!
Hand dyed, patchwork, quilted, shibori indigo space mat by Katie Äaberg. This space mat is used to mindfully control a place. It is a perfect space to place statues, incense, jewelry, crystals, knives, bones, watches & the like on the top of your dresser, bookshelf, altar or can be the ultimate base for reading your Tarot Goblinko card spread!
Katie makes these quilted mats from white cotton, which she binds & stitches in the traditional Japanese shibori style & then hand dyes with indigo. She then cuts the dyed fabric into aesthetically pleasing pieces, rearranges, recombines & then stitches them together to create the quilt top. She pairs this with organic cotton batting & another piece of hand dyed shibori fabric for the quilt back which she then machine & hand quilts in a geometric pattern & finishes with a hand stitched binding to form these meditative mats. 21" x 21" - 100% cotton - each mat is one of a kind!
Limited edition card artwork prints! Full color print on high quality 12" x 18" art paper, each design limited to only 13 prints. Signed and numbered by the artist. Please note which card you are selecting when we send out surveys after the Kickstarter.
Have your cards read by Sean! Sean will read the Tarot Goblinko for you - in person or via screen. A handy add-on for people who want to back at a different level than "Conversation With the Goblin" but still want their cards read by the artist/author!
Own a piece of history! This add-on allows you to purchase one of the original drawings from the Tarot Goblinko deck. 11" x 17" marker drawing on cardstock. First come first served, please message us your top three card choices if you choose this add-on!
The Tarot Goblinko was funded on the Second Day! Thanks to everyone who has believed in this project thus far! Now - we've got a selection of Stretch Goals we're working towards! Next Stretch Goal is the Dungeon Degenerates Tarot Adventure Expansion Pack! Tell your friends about the Tarot Goblinko Kickstarter! Add funds for additional items! Let's STRETCH!
Holy Moly! We're almost at the end of this thing. Definitely looks like we're not hitting those stretch goals - which is OK. BUT - what I'm going to do is - when we hit
$30,000 - we'll put the new card of The Goblin into the Tarot Goblinko. $32,500 - we'll put the new card of The Barbarian into the Tarot Goblinko. $35,000 - we'll put the new card of The Dragon into the Tarot Goblinko.
Summon forth the mysteries of the Tarot Goblinko into the rotting realm of the Würstreich! This new expansion for DUNGEON DEGENERATES: HAND OF DOOM will bring the themes & characters of the Tarot Goblinko into the adventure with new playable characters, new Monsters & Epic Monsters, new Loot & Epic Loot & an assortment of new Skills, Weaknesses, Encounters & Doom cards to expand your DUNGEON DEGENERATES experience! Play as the Hanged Man or the Fool & his dog! Destroy strange new monsters with brand new Monster Abilities! Boost your attributes up to 11 with an assortment of new counters. Survive the Riven Tower, drink from the Chalice of Life & Death, spin the Wheel of Fortune, or dance with the Devil himself!
The Tarot Goblinko book is a full color, hardback edition featuring Sean Äaberg’s thoughts about each card in the Tarot Goblinko deck in order to give you more insight & depth in your studying & reading of the cards. The writing will expand on the fantasy world Sean is creating here & in the Dungeon Degenerates series as well. Estimated size is 6” x 9”, 100 pages.
Have your good name immortalized in the first printing of the Tarot Goblinko book for all eternity! Backers who pledge over $100 to our Kickstarter will be named in the Tarot Goblinko book! The bigger your pledge, the bigger your name, the higher your level - do you dare enter the Witch’s Circle? Or join the Left Hand of the Necromancer? Perhaps the Goblin’s Grotto is more your speed.
- $2,000+ The Left Hand of the Necromancer
- $1,000 - $1,999 The Wizard’s Court
- $666 - $999 The Witch’s Circle
- $100 - $665 The Goblin’s Grotto
Unlock the Tarot Goblinko Mission Book for DUNGEON DEGENERATES: HAND OF DOOM; an all new full-color hardback tome full of tarot-themed tasks! Consult the Soothsayer & discover your destiny as each card drawn from the Tarot Goblinko pulls you deeper into your quest to protect the Gütter people of the Witchwood from the relentlessly encroaching forces of Law & Chaos. This wildly varied mega-mission utilizes both the Tarot Goblinko deck & the DUNGEON DEGENERATES Tarot Adventure Expansion set for the ultimate Tarot Goblinko experience! Featuring tons of full color artwork & a dynamic new way to play DUNGEON DEGENERATES guided by the symbolism of the tarot. Estimated size is 6” x 9”, 50 pages.
Once we pass the $100,000 funding goal, each additional $25,000 raised in the Kickstarter will add a new card to everyone’s deck! The first 10 cards to add are:
$125,000 - The Goblin - The Goblin is nasty, wicked, mean & cruel & he loves it! The Goblin is a bad influence & is blamed for humanity’s many problems even though he didn’t do anything! The Goblin knows how to have more fun than anyone else & does not comprehend the apparent negativity of their life.
$150,000 - The Barbarian - The Barbarian is savage, primitive & uncivilized, rippling with muscles & violent energy. To the Barbarian, civilization is conformity, weakness, bureaucracy & mediocrity. The Barbarian is strong & free outside of civilization.
$175,000 - The Dragon - The Dragon is an ancient reptilian monster clinging bitterly to its golden hoard. When it was young it was able to roam the countryside, burning down villages, consuming the innocent & taking their riches - but as the Dragon has aged it has become too lazy to leave the safety of its cavernous lair.
At our $200,000 stretch goal, the entire Tarot Goblinko deck will be printed with blacklight reactive fluorescent ink AND we will add The Mushroom card to everyone’s deck!
$200,000 - The Mushroom - The Mushroom grows in poop & connects the trees that it grows around & the animals that eat it with the world. The Mushroom is a psychedelic gateway into altered states that have been linked to spiritual experiences, art & mental healing.
$225,000 - The Alien - The Alien is the unknown, causing fear & anxiety in the viewer. Does the Alien come from outer space, another dimension or the future? Not knowing is why it causes fear.
$250,000 - The Wizard - He was the wizard of a thousand kings & I chanced to meet him one night wandering. He told me tales & he drank my wine, me & my magic man kinda feelin' fine. He had a cloak of gold & eyes of fire, & as he spoke, I felt a deep desire. To free the world from it's fear & pain, & help the people to feel free again.
$275,000 - The Balloon - The Balloon must be inflated with gas in order to ascend from its earthly bonds, but what goes up, must come down.
$300,000 - The Puppet - The Puppet looks just like a person & aren’t they so entertaining!? Watch as they do terrible things, but it’s okay because they are just a puppet. But who controls the puppet & who is actually a puppet also?
$325,000 - The Grinder - The Grinder takes the cheapest meat & grinds it all together, breaking it down & uniting it into a new, superior whole.
$350,000 - The Bomb - The Bomb is a weapon so terrible that it can’t be used, so destructive that it creates peace, as long as everyone has one. Does the bomb even exist? Is peace worth it to live under the threat of the mushroom cloud?
Other cards waiting in the wings are Medusa, the Pirate, Chinatown, the Stone Circle, the Dump, the Pyramid & more...
Shipping & handling costs will be calculated at the end of the campaign. It will vary depending on the number of stretch goals unlocked, their size and weight, as well as the numbers of backers from different regions. Shipping will be fulfilled by USPS, UPS or DHL. Here are the current estimates:
International fulfillment will be handled directly from Goblinko HQ in Portland, Oregon. We attempted to use an international fulfillment company with our last Kickstarter, & it created problems & delays. This time we will be fulfilling directly to our international backers. No need to worry about import taxes though, as this is not a presale of goods - backing our Kickstarter makes you an investor in our company, & your backer rewards are product samples for investors, & will be marked that way for customs. This should insure that everyone gets their backer rewards on the same timeline (accounting for international shipping times) & no one is charged tax.
Sean & Katie Äaberg created Goblinko in 1999 because we were approaching the year 2000 & there wasn’t a public vision of the Future, the Country or Anything! Almost 20 years have passed & there still isn’t a public vision of anything! Things have gotten worse! Sorry World - That’s a Mandate. Born in the fertile, messy, smelly land between Oakland’s Punk & Art scenes - Goblinko had to put one foot in the funk & soul of Old Oakland & the other foot into the Future! We have established our American, street-level, trash-culture roots of hot dogs, comic books, bubblegum & blue jeans & we will expand until you cannot think of America without thinking of Goblinko! Every one of our products is created using a Frankenstein’s Monster approach - We dig up the forgotten cadavers of America’s past, cut out the good bits & then stitch them together - Apply forgotten secrets & shock them to life! Every Goblinko product is a seed of a better world. Better because it is built to last - built for relevance - built for survival - built for buttermilk - built for speed - built for living the chaos - built for you! Everything else sucks! Go Goblinko!
Risks and challenges
Goblinko is a full service art & design studio. We have all the skills necessary to produce a project of this scale. Our team is detail oriented & deadline focused. Our first Kickstarter, for DUNGEON DEGENERATES: HAND OF DOOM, brought the finished product to our backers slightly behind schedule, but within what we consider an acceptable margin of delay. Lessons learned on that project & more conservative production time estimates this time around all but guarantee we will deliver on time. We understand the complexities of taking on a project of this scale & have budgeted enough time into our project timeline to complete all necessary tasks & our conservative estimates allow for errors to be caught & corrected without causing project delays. Our estimated date of delivery is March 2019.
Of course, with any project of this scale, sometimes things go wrong. We believe in project transparency, & keeping our backers updated with the project no matter what. If something does happen that causes a delay with the project, we will notify backers immediately. Possible delays could include:
- A problem at the factory could delay printing
- We could face unforeseen shipping issues
Also, due to shipping logistics, backers from different parts of the world may receive their packages at different dates than others.
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