Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cards cards

You may remember that I mooted a set of Scary Go Round playing cards about a year and a half ago, a project that I abandoned due to cost. I can't remember if I ever showed the artwork (which was 95% done when I gave up - great use of time!) If I didn't and you'd like to see it, make some effusive noises in the comments. It was the last concerted Adobe Illustrator project I did and came out really nice.

34 comments:

Reuss said...

I for one would dearly love to see them! Shame it wasn't a feasible project.

Ryan said...

I too would love to see them! And also obtain them in a physical form of some sort. But I'll settle for seeing them!

Sarah said...

These are so full of win.

Mark said...

95% done? Just bloody finish it.

Oliver Brackenbury said...

Oh yeah, please do post the rest!

Leah said...

How unfeasible is unfeasible? I mean, if a pack of cards cost $50USD I wouldn't buy them - but $10-20 could be ok. They'd be one of a kind! Well, in my town anyway. There's someone in a village an hour away who recognizes my Scary-Go-Round t-shirts but none of the locals do (that's what happens when a person moves to rural Nova Scotia with only dial-up, surrounded by the elderly...)

Roman said...

I imagine prohibitive printing costs would be the problem to producing these cards. I do love the artwork, though - even more than my bad alliteration a sentence ago.

Nick said...

Yes, please show the artwork!

I'll say that I'd pay ~US$20 (which I'm sure is about enough for a cup of coffee when converted into real currency) for a deck of the cards. Yes, I know it would probably take hundreds of people willing to pay that much for the cards to make them work economically. Sigh.

Anna said...

Jennie Breeden of the webcomic The Devil's Panties has produced her own set of playing cards. She has quite the variety of merchandise though (http://devilspanties.keenspot.com/t-shirts.htm). I don't know how she pulls it off. Maybe she does have a deal with the dark lord from providing him with undergarments.

Gene Ha said...

Those are really beautiful. You know we wanna see them all!

scuffy said...

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.

Please.

John A said...

Leah: It wasn't the unit cost so much as that I would have had to print an awful lot of them. The printer I had lined up weren't terribly responsive, and in the end I needed the thousands of pounds at issue for something else.

When I make things in large numbers (upwards of a few hundred) they take a lot of time to pay the money back. Scary Go Round readers have common sense in their minds and most, like me, aren't often swayed by trinkets.

It's certainly a project I'd think about mounting again if I had time (I don't).

I'll stick a couple of the cards on my blog each day - something to look at!

John A said...

If the comic was called "Space Swords EX+" I think things would be different.

Michael said...

Brilliant! I hope you'll show us the rest.

Laura said...

aww they are really cool, I do remember when you were hoping they would become real! Its such a shame that you'd have to do so many at one time as I would def buy them!
p.s The ebay auction is already out of my price reach :(

Leah said...

Ah. Rats. But thank you for something to look at!

Johnny said...

Maybe it was for the best . . . this might have rekindled my interest in games of chance/skill which would eventually result in a disastrous loss at the table against a mysterious Englishman . . . A loss great enough to have financed a short run of novelty playing cards, with enough left over for a new hat.

but sure, it'd be great to see in greater detail the one that didn't get me.

Sparkles F said...

Yes, prease! I always liked the idea of SGR playing cards. One more way for me to force people to stare at your handiwork. Hmm... Let me guess, Amy is queen of hearts?

Sarah said...

payloadz.com

Post the full set of cards as a downloadable pdf at a lowish price, say £3, then people can print it themselves or take it to a printer to do it. Payloadz takes a cut of the proceeds hence no initial outlay on your part apart from the work you have mostly already done!

Hermit Guy said...

Sarah, that's just what I was going to suggest... though John seems to have two aces of clubs for some reason. Are you meant to hide one up your sleeve when playing poker?

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Ragaduffin said...

Man, these are pretty much awesome. A set would stand out and be awesome to have. Put one on the helmet for good luck.

Poor Yorick said...

Consider this my contribution to effusive noise! Am very excited about seeing these.

Niveau said...

Please, please, please!

matt said...

Thee mun show yon cards, John. Also, what Sarah said about the PeeDeeEff.

I dearly love SGR you know. Hummina!

John A said...

I'm a bit sniffy about people printing my stuff out and doing their own thing with it if it isn't something I created specifically for that purpose. I don't want to let any hi-res artwork out because it ends up being repurposed in a thousand cringe-worthy ways.

Some of you may remember the tale of the orange corduroy Scary Go Round pants-suits that were stalking Brooklyn a few years back. That sounds like a joke but unfortunately it isn't. And those things were EXPENSIVE. Where's my cut?

.M. said...

Consider this noise! Please post the rest.

comanfullard said...

How about a Top Trumps version ... some possible metrics:
Gratuitous use of tracksuits
Number of times dead
Percentage of body covered in tatoos
Number of non-human friends
Likelihood to suffer from "phossy jaw"
Etc

Sleepery said...

I love these, and the Amy card you posted long ago. I am hopeful you resurrect the project some day.

Paul said...

Ever thought of using fundable.org as a way both of judging interest plus getting the cash in advance to remove the risk from your side? Set a target of x hundred people prepared to pay $20 a time or whatever, with all paying when the target is reached - sufficient to cover the print run for them then some excess stock for you to sell on. Appreciate that it wouldn't integrate with your ordering and shipping system though

Mizufae said...

I've come late to the party but if every card has different art on it I would pay upwards of three chickens or perhaps a goose for an actual set of these.

giles said...

I'm effusing even as I type.

What happened to the new tea towel anyway?

John A said...

Paul: the main commitment of things I produce is not money but time. But you also answered your own question.

Giles: the new teatowel design wound up being the "most haunted" tshirt.

Ewen said...

You might be interested in this then:
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=364780

A small game company called Guild of Blades is planning to offer small-scale Print On Demand services for custom cards.