My name is Steven K. Smith (aka SKS Props), and fans know me for the highly detailed costumes and props that I have created over the years. I am shifting gears and going back to my illustration and concept roots to bring to life a post-apocalyptic narrative that has been ever-evolving in my head Wasteland Alice.
Wasteland Alice was originally created as a one-off character, but her story, and the world she was part of, started to take hold of my imagination. While toiling away on builds and traveling to conventions over the past two years, the post apocalyptic world of Alice, The Red Queen, and Wonderland were always with me, continuing to grow and develop.
We all know the classic story of Alice, the little blonde girl who fell down a rabbit hole and embarked on a fantasy filled adventure. This, is not that story. This, is not that world. This world is savage, brutal, and barren. But, there is a place among the ruin that people have come to fear and respect. A monstrous place built on cunning, cooperation, and strength. A place where you can find anything you desire for the right price. It is the grotesque spectacle known only as “Wonderland”.
In this Playing Card Kickstarter, I introduce the ruthless minions who swear loyalty to The Red Queen. Each member of her army is vicious, cunning, and brutal in their own way. By showcasing these villains and their deeds upfront, we see the uphill battle Alice must fight on her quest for revenge.
Here is where I need your help. This Kickstarter is a launching pad for the development of Alice's world (comics, miniatures, etc.). Any additional funds raised above the printing and shipping costs for the playing cards and coloring book will go right back into the project to bring the illustrated story of Wasteland Alice to life. Which means, the more money raised in this campaign, the more I am able to devote to future Wonderland projects!
This campaign is unique in that there are several products being offered.
The first is a highly detailed, hand drawn playing card deck featuring all of The Red Queen's top warriors and generals, as well as the Kickstarter exclusive deck “Down the Rabbit Hole”.
The second offer is a detailed coloring book filled with intricate line art, backstories, and bios that showcase the individual roles of all of the face-cards in Wonderland.
The deck consists of 54 beautifully illustrated cards printed by MPC on their 330gsm superior smooth black core card stock Which means that the playing cards look cool and feel great.
Every detailed face-card illustration represents a member of The Red Queen's army. By developing the Wasteland Alice story before the cards were fully illustrated, I was able to layout the characters to match their suit and rank within the narrative realm of Wonderland.
For example, the Ace of Hearts (aka The Jabberwocky) is a high ranking Heart within the illustrated deck. This corresponds to The Red Queen's army where he is labeled as one of her fiercest warriors and personal bodyguard. (For more detailed information on each character, check out the "Wasteland Alice Adult Coloring Book" for bios and backstories)
The back of the cards feature The Red Queen's standard, which is a hand drawn representation of the flags that hang throughout the Crimson Citadel and various outposts around Wonderland. The patchwork texture of the flags’ cloth brings a rustic look to the overall design of the deck and a feel for the gritty world in which they are flown.
Numbered cards have a ghost image of The Red Queen behind the hand drawn suits and numbers.
I wanted to have an additional custom deck to offer on this campaign as a Kickstarter Exclusive, but it had to fit into the world of Wonderland. So, I present...
The story behind this trippy Kickstarter Exclusive playing card deck -
During Alice's time within the Duchess' education center, she was subjected to numerous brainwashing sessions with The Caterpillar. This disgusting individual smokes a custom concoction of herbs and mushrooms from a hookah stationed on the back of his motorized cart. The intoxicating smoke from this mixture fills the air making the children more susceptible to suggestion. A side effect from this experience is that the world bends, colors intensify, and everything gets a little trippy.
I wanted to create a fun way of introducing everyone to the main characters (face-cards) that make up The Red Queen's army. I know that my kids absolutely love coloring books and I spent so much time coloring these characters for the Wasteland Alice playing card deck, that I was sure others would enjoy it too. I am extremely excited to offer the "Wasteland Alice Coloring Book" as part of this Kickstarter. The coloring book is full of many detailed character illustrations and descriptions. All of the pages are printed on 8.5"x11", high quality text smooth paper so you are free to use crayons or colored pencils.
Each character featured in the Wasteland Alice coloring book has a full page of detailed line art to color as well as a corresponding bio that describes his or her specific role within Wonderland.
Collector Sets will include a hand sculpted resin cast cosplay mask; the Regular and Kickstarter Exclusive versions of the Red Queen's Deck; and the Wasteland Alice Coloring Book. Collector Sets are priced at $220 each.
Want to be part of the Red Queen's army? Here is you chance! SKS Props will illustrate a custom Red Queen's Card Guard character in your likeness, just for you! Throughout the creative process you will work with Steven to choose the clothing, weapons, suit, and unique style of your specific card guard. Once complete, you will receive a full color, hand signed print of your immortalized Wonderland character.
This tier will receive the Custom Card Guard Illustration, both the Regular Red Queen and Kickstarter Exclusive Playing Card Decks, and the Wasteland Alice Coloring Book for $500.
Stretch Goals for all backers at the $12 and up pledge tiers-
$5,000 - UNLOCKED - All Red Queen Decks will receive a 1"X1" custom Red Queen Wax seal sticker. The regular deck will get a blue sticker, and the KS exclusive deck will get a red sticker.
$10,000 - UNLOCKED - All qualifying backers will receive 4"X6" Print Postcards featuring The Red Queen and Alice (one of each)
$15,000 - All qualifying backers will receive a custom Red Queen clay poker chip.
$20,000 - All qualifying backers will receive a heart shaped skeleton key attached to micro fiber suede thread, replicating Alice's heart necklace.
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Wasteland Alice and Accompanying Characters are Copyright by Steven K. Smith (aka SKS Props) 2016
Wasteland Alice Coloring Book Copyright 2018
Wasteland Alice: The Red Queen's Deck Copyright 2018
Risks and challenges
I do not envision any problems with production or distribution, however it is possible that unforeseen issues can occur. Be aware that the colors on the screen may not perfectly match with the colors on printed paper. Graphics may change slightly in the final printed version. Please note that SKS Props can not be held responsible for any damaged, lost, unclaimed or destroyed parcels.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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