Tag: Tarot Q&A

Q&A 5th September 2018

It’s been just over a month since the last Q&A, so time for a new one.

When will the Theda Bara deck be on kickstarter?

The deck will definitely be on kickstarter some time in September. I’m aiming at the moment for the middle of September, maybe around Sunday 15th, but this is not set in stone and several things need to be finalised before this can happen. I need to finalise some quotes with suppliers, and check on the quality of some items from different suppliers.

I am confident it will definitely be on kickstarter before the end of September. This will allow for a 30 day campaign running to some time in October, and then, if successful, four-five weeks to get everything printed and distributed to backers by the first week in December.

Can you let me know when it is released?

Yes, of course. Either:

  • Follow me on Facebook and send me a message there. The link is in the column to the right of this Q&A, or
  • Email me at steve@jooktarot.com

Either way, I will add your name to the list of people who have already asked and will let you know when the deck is on kickstarter.

How much will the deck cost?

So, the costs still haven’t been finalised. All I can say is that the deck will be at the lower end of the usual kickstarter price per deck, without sacrificing any quality.

After the kickstarter, the deck will be sold, probably from this website, or etsy or ebay…..not sure which. However, I can guarantee that the deck sale price will be higher than the kickstarter price. The kickstarter price will be at a discount to the full price.

Aren’t the images you are using copyrighted?

No, the images are covered by US copyright laws (they were all taken in the USA). The majority of images used were taken by staff photographers from Fox studios in the 1910s. In the majority of cases, the identity of the photographer is unknown.

These photographs were stills taken on the film sets mostly in New York, California and Florida. They were taken to promote the films and to feed the growing newspaper interest in ‘photoplays’ and the emerging film magazines.

Under US copyright law, the copyright for an image expires 90 years after it is first published. All of the photographs I am using were first published on or before 1928, and are therefore over 90 years so copyright has expired and the images are free for all use.

The same principle applies to the Ouspensky text that was published in 1913, and the Boiardo poems written in the 15th century and published in the 16th century.

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Q&A 3rd August 2018

I said I would do a regular Q&A and the last one was about a month ago, so time for another.

‘When will the deck be finished?’

The Jook wet plate collodion deck is going to take a long time. It really is a labour of love, and also quite expensive to produce the individual images. It is definitely going to be a full 78 card deck. Realistically, I don’t think I can create more than one card a week, so at that rate it will take more than a year to finish it. So probably looking at late 2019.

For the Theda Bara deck, this is a side project that I want to complete by the end of this month. This will be finalising the cards, choosing a printer and selecting card stock and packaging. I hope then to get it onto kickstarter or indiegogo or some other crowdfunding to raise the money to get a print run done. So, I’m going to set a target for everything to be ready for print by the end of August, crowdfunding in September. Then if enough money raised, printing in October, so decks ready for sending in November.

‘How much will the deck cost?’

At this stage I really don’t know. It will depend on the printer selected and the printing cost per deck plus taxes and shipping. I am not doing this to make money; I really just want to get my art out. So I wan’t to keep the purchase cost reasonable, but at the same time don’t want to compromise on quality. Small print runs work out quite expensive per deck, and this will be a major factor in determining the price.

‘We can help with marketing/social media/influencing blah blah blah’

No thank you.

What is your favourite tarot deck?

Now this is a tough question. Like what is your favourite film/song, there can never be just one answer. It depends on the mood and reason. So I am going to choose more than one:

1JJ Swiss will always have a special place in my heart as it was the first deck I got as a present from my close friend, Michael, back in 1984/85 when I was about 18. It was this deck that started my interest in the tarot, despite confusing me as it was in French and had Jupiter and Junon instead of the Pope (Hierophant) and Papess (High Priestess). I try to avoid using it now, as it is showing signs of age and a bit dog-eared.

Visconti Sforza. This is simultaneously one of the most beautiful and historically significant tarot decks around. It really is a wonderful piece of art from literally the golden age of tarot.

Rider Waite. I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but without this deck I probably would not be creating my own right now. And for a less than confident reader, it is the go to deck for readings.

Mucha Tarot. I just love the art of Alphonse Mucha and the art nouveau movement. I remember as a teenager, a friend’s parents had Much advertising posters on their walls, and being attracted to the images. So I love this deck and the clever way the makers have updated and changed Mucha’s images to fit the RWS style.

I could probably name many more decks, but will leave it as these four as a good overall representation of my favourites.

That’s all the questions for this session, please email or comment if you want to ask anything. Please subscribe below to receive email notifications of future posts.

 

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