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Almost there

I knew we'd been neglecting this blog, but hadn't realized we hadn't posted since APRIL! My bad.

We are just ending a very productive weekend of Illogical work, so this seems a very appropriate time to fill you in on where we are. Are we "almost there"? Yes, yes we are.

Back in April, we assigned the tarot card descriptions to our artists. Back then, there were 19 different artists we were working with, not including their colorists. That, by the way, is quite a lot of creators to work with at once. Especially since it was all done remotely and not everyone is entirely computer savvy or had the availability they led us to believe they had.  The quick and dirty summary is-- we ended up with 18 artists on the project, having lost Christopher Jones and Ben Templesmith along the way to other commitments, but we picked up KC Johnson, who is the Re-take Director for The Simpsons.

We received many drafts of the pieces over the next two months. There was a Rough Draft deadline in Mid-May, and a Final Draft Deadline for June 11th.  These stopping points helped us (Mark Masterson, mainly) point out corrections that needed to be made, and made sure the card art was on target, to be consistent with what Mark was picturing it should all look like.

Three colorists joined our journey, and they were nothing short of brilliant-- Diego Rodriguez, Lizzie John and Moose Baumann.

Dozens of emails back and forth between me and the artists, with drafts and questions and corrections, and we finally received the final versions of all of the works of art, in the middle of last week.

In the meantime, Mark was busy writing the accompanying Booklet. Mind you, we weren't even sure this deck would have a booklet just a few months ago. Even with a family trip to Tahiti, he wrote and wrote and wrote.

Think it's easy to write a poetic, humorous, thoughtful, spiritual booklet about 78 works of tarot art, most of which you haven't seen yet, and sometimes have last minute artistic changes that affect the card description? Well, having spent the weekend Proofing and editing every single card, with Mark, I can tell you that this work is genius and clearly it was extremely challenging to create. But it now matches the Tarot Card artwork  just as it should. I think you all will be highly entertained and bowed over by the beauty of it all.

Now, we send it all to the printer. If everything goes without a hitch, we will have the decks in our hands by mid-August, if not before.

You can pre-order copies of the deck here.

We'll have images of all of the artwork up in a few weeks (if not sooner), so you can buy prints, and the carved wood box for your tarot deck. And more cool stuff, too!

It's taken hundreds of hours to put this project together over the last 8 months. We look at each other and are struck by the magnitude of this project and realize how illogical we are in our company decision making and creative process.  Just editing and final touches took about 30 hours over the last 3 days.

But we did it. From Idea, to Kickstarter to Creation, this got made.

And now, here is an early sketch of one of my favorite pieces:

Uncle Henry in Kansas, Art by Emonic.

Uncle Henry in Kansas, Art by Emonic.

I know you all will really enjoy this deck. We look forward to premiering it at the Winkie Con in San Diego, in August, at the the BATS Tarot Convention in San Jose, later in August. If you're intending on attending either event, one or both of us will be speaking at these events, and we'll be selling this deck, the prints and our comic Dorothy, as well.

We'll be posting details about the Release Parties happening in Santa Clara, California and the Los Angeles Area, soon.

Ok, who has a question? You in the back? What's your question?



Luckiest Fan

Who is? *I* am. Why?  'Cause one of my favorite writers is this fellow named Mark Anthony Masterson. And I get to read through all 78 of his Card Descriptions for our artists, as I send them each their assignments (the list of which we should post for you, soon) and it's So Much Deliciousness! 35,000 words. It's a novel. Baum would be impressed.

Wanna peak? Maybe we should let one lucky fan see some of these here bits.

Oh, and our EmCity podcast was ready, but then I remembered to add a sign off. So that had to be re-edited. Should be available for your earholes in a day or two, now.

Ok, back to sending the artists their assignments.



T-Minus 40 Hours

From our latest Kickstarter Update:

This is it.

As we write this, there are 40 hours left in the Kickstarter. 40 hours until the curtain comes down and they make us get off the stage and back to work deck-building. We've done a lot of drum banging, cheerleading, and jazz handing. At this point, in these final hours, you, our lovely Backers, are the best hope for this project. You can help us get Funded by Sharing, Facebooking, Tweeting and Emailing everyone and anyone.

Especially to that one friend. You know who we mean. You've been wanting to tell them about the Shadow of Oz for weeks, but you kept forgetting. Now's the time. They're ready to hear about it.

There's over 330 of you and you have amazing Group Power. Here's a shortlink to share, if you're into the whole brevity thing:

This just in: You can now add this lovely Velvet Bag to hold your deck and booklet, for only $10.

This Tarot Bag measures 6" wide and 9" tall and will perfectly hold The Shadow of Oz: A Tarot Deck

This Tarot Bag measures 6" wide and 9" tall and will perfectly hold The Shadow of Oz: A Tarot Deck

Wondering how else to help? You could consider increasing your Level or including an Add-On, like the lovely bag, above. You can pledge for more than one thing by raising your pledge amount to the sum of the rewards you would like via the "Manage My Pledge" button. Then tally up the total for what you want and change your Backer Amount to that Total. In a few days, when the Kickstarter is complete, we'll send out a Survey where you can let us know what you want, or you can message us now, in case you're worried you'll forget.

Here's some of our other Add-ons:

  • $5 for an .mp3 of the "Dorothy" song that was written as a fan piece to our comic Dorothy, by Hugo Award winner Seanan McGuire
  • For $10, you can hear how imbibed Mark and Anna can get while commentarying the Wizard of Oz movie.
  • Most importantly, for $15, you can add on a Limited Edition 8x10" Color Print of one of our cards. (When the cards are all created, we'll send you a link to choose your piece from, unless you have the level where you receive the .pdf of all 78 cards).

This is the day. This is the hour. The fate of this project is in your hands, you beauties.

Early Concept notes from Mark

Early Concept notes from Mark

Thank you so much for being part of this journey.

~Anna & Mark



How Big Is Your Deck?

Happy Pi Day!

In case you haven’t heard, Anna Warren Cebrian and Mark Anthony Masterson publish comic books from time to time, most famously a modern Wizard of Oz adaptation titled “Dorothy.”

Thing is, along the way to our next comic, we made an observation. And that observation turned into an idea. And that idea became a project. And that project is seeking funding from the crowd on Kickstarter.

It’s like the Kingdom that was lost for want of a nail, except in reverse and it’s totally an Oz-themed Tarot Deck

Check it out: we got 19 of our graphic novel colleagues to agree to illustrate a full color 78-card tarot deck with scenes and characters from all the Oz books. We take our love of art and storytelling, wed it with the symbolism and wisdom of the tarot, and Boom: the Ultimate Choose-Your-Own-Adventure.

Like I said, we’ve chosen to crowd-fund this project, and we’re nearly there. In the final days of the fund-raising, though, we wanted to be sure to reach out to everyone and get you hep to the chance to help out. There’s even a gorgeous deck of cards in it for you if pledge at a certain level.

Speaking of the levels, there’s one or two that might interest people living in the L.A. area. We’re having a Deck Party over a comic book store, and also a Day with the Creators at Disneyland. Just look for the “GLINDA’S PARTY” and “RETURN TO OZ” levels. Those also come with decks and some other cool stuff.

There's levels for people in the Bay Area, too. Dinner with us, a party at Illusive Comics & Games with a lot of the artists. Those also come with decks and cool stuff. Look up "DAINTY CHINA COUNTRY" AND "OZMA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY" levels.

Oh and hey, there’s also add-ons. Tack an extra $3- $15 onto your pledge to get things like stickers or our commentary on the Wizard of Oz film, while we're well as imbibing.

I do hope you’ll give our project a look, or at least pass it along to anyone you think might be interested: comic book fans, Oz groupies, card collectors, passing wizards, sentient frogs, whomever. We don’t judge who your friends are, and we think the deck has a lot of appeal.

It’s called “The Shadow of Oz.”



Dainty China Country

Yesterday, we passed the $17,000 mark!! So exciting! Please keep sharing!

Here is your Level of the Day:

Pledge $150 or more

1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)

DAINTY CHINA COUNTRY: Receive The Heart Level, 6 lucky people will get to attend this intimate dinner with M.A. Masterson and Anna Cebrian in Santa Clara, California. You can ask us anything about creating this deck, Small Publishing or owning a comic book store. Dinner is included. (Travel is not included). Date TBD.

So you'll receive

  • A Thank You on our website
  • A digital copy of Dorothy #1
  • A digital .pdf of all 78 cards
  • A deck of The Shadow of Oz: A Tarot Deck
  • Dinner with us, where you can ask us anything. At a really nice restaurant. And we're treating! No catch!