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A deck of playing cards with a Halloween theme by award-winning Artist Stephen W. Brandt
A deck of playing cards with a Halloween theme by award-winning Artist Stephen W. Brandt
185 backers pledged $4,943 to help bring this project to life.

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"The Halloween Deck" is a poker-sized boxed deck of playing cards with 2 jokers created by award-winning Illustrator, Designer, and Animator Stephen W. Brandt of Richmond, Virginia, USA. This is a limited edition.

The artwork is inspired by imagery, printing practices and iconography from the 1930's through the 1970's. As I child I loved Halloween and waited all year for it to arrive, I see this artwork as a tribute to the way Halloween used to be. The clubs are of a blue tone and the royals are represented with skeletons. The hearts are of a purple tone and the royals are represented with the animals of Halloween - raven, bat, wolf, and owl. The spades are of an orange tone and the royals are represented with jack-o-lanterns. The diamonds are of a jade green and are represented with humanoids, ghost, witch, and vampire. All of the aces include a black cat. The Joker, of course, is the Easter Bunny.

Because these images are based on my memories of Halloween imagery and of the 'essence' of Halloween, all images for this project are drawn from memory, meaning I did not consult photographs for details nor anatomical correctness. I like to assume the "classic" Halloween image is usually created in the manner.  This has been created in reaction to many of the playing cards that are over-stylized and seem to use digital technology as a crutch - simple, clean illustration without the 'noise' and the 'las vegas' look that seems to prevail with playing cards today.

 - and yes, it is boxed!

Because this is a small, limited edition and my first time seeking to create a deck via Kickstarter, I will be using MPC as a printer using 600dpi images.  I have used them once before and not only was I very satisfied with the print quality but they produced a deck and delivered within a very short time.  I have set the delivery dates of the rewards for September but will most likely deliver sooner.

 I have a background as a graphic designer, so one of the 'joys' of creating my own deck is developing my own pips. I wanted them to be unique and to push the boundaries of what a 'club' or 'heart' might be while still making them immediately recognizable. If you don't like them, don't bother to comment about it, because I love them and won't be changing them ;-)

You can learn more about the works of the artist by visiting http://www.stephenwbrandt.com and purchase a previous deck at http://www.swabbeddecks.com

Risks and challenges

Of course the biggest risk and challenge will be making the goal being that this is the relaunch of a previous campaign. Many logistical changes have been made to hopefully make this project a reality. Please support this project! Thank You!

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    Uncut Sheet of Deck

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    Original Pen & Ink Artwork + 1 Deck

    Selected on a first-come-first-serve basis, you will receive one original pen-and-ink drawing used to create The Halloween Deck (aces, jacks, queens and kings) plus one Halloween Deck

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