Demo Videos, F(r)iction Update, Last Four Cards!
8 days ago
– Sat, Jan 15, 2022 at 01:46:20 AM
Morning our dear backers!
We hope you all had the loveliest of holidays! We’re just jumping in with a baby update about demos. We got them last month, the day before dearest Helen got Covid (which, in a cruel stroke of fate, happened two days before her booster shot). Then I got sick. Then Christmas.
So it’s been…ah…dubious!
But hey, look at this video of pretty cards and boxes!
The video of all the various things (including the pins and the Oracle’s Atlas’s rad cover) is too big for this platform, but feel free to take a gander on Twitter or (for a slightly longer video) on my Instagram here.
Because you all were so incredibly supportive and amazing about us really taking our time to make sure we rock this, we are taking your advice (thank you!). There were a handful of issues in the demos (the brightness of the CYMK printing, precision of the gold foiling on the cards, texture of the vegan leather, ribbon choice, exact fit of the mini guidebook inside the book box, etc.) that our printer says he’ll take care of in final product. But, to be frank, we’d all just feel better if we can 100% make sure these are perfect before we greenlight thousands of decks.
As such, we’re getting a new round of demos printed.
We were thinking of doing an unboxing Zoom with Helen, Edge, and me when this new round comes in. Is that something you all would be interested in coming along to? I know it’s gonna be hella technical, but we 100% believe in uber transparency, so if that’s something you’d like us to set up for you all, please drop us a line in the comments and we can get that done! Also, it’ll be fun! We LOVE talking about all these cool printing techniques and cooing over the gorgeous art.
For the few thousand of you lovely, lovely folks who also picked up our ARCANA issue of F(r)iction, we wanted to give you a preview of that beaut as well. If you don’t care about this AT ALL, please just skip to the next section about the final card art!
But for all you who stayed with us, here’s some cool stuff about ARCANA!
Like the Literary Tarot, all the proceeds from Friction go directly to our nonprofit mission. But F(r)iction is extra special! Not only is it picked up at bookstores by people just like you, it’s also the primary teaching tool in all our educational courses. From high school and uni classrooms to max-security women’s prisons, this baby is specifically curated to help us think differently about ourselves and the world around us!
The ENTIRE book is full of amazing stories exploring magic in all its forms, from tarot readings to haunted houses to whale prophesies. Like every issue of F(r)iction, it includes custom illustrations for every single piece published, bringing every single literary offering to life in full color.
You’ll recognize four tarot artists in the mix, including Bradley, Hailey, Isabel, and Sam!
There are some rad celebrities in this issue who were ALSO in the Literary Tarot, including a quiz from Holly Black (to discover if your wife is a changeling—or just free spirited), a gorgeous literary fiction short story by K-Ming Chang (about a young woman searching for answers about her past), and an original comic by Rebecca Roanhorse (exploring how the darkness between the stars came to life).
I’m a huge sucker for this comic (and not just because I edited it!), but because it’s so silly beautiful. Our Suit of Quills artists, Isabel, took up this mantle as her very first professional comic gig ever! Here’s a fun preview of that beauty:
For anyone who hasn’t picked up a copy and would like to add Arcana or a subscription (Arcana + two other books) to their order, we haven’t locked out the final orders since we are waiting on our demos, so you have a few more days to sneak it into your order on BackerKit!
LAST TAROT CARDS
But, of course, you guys are here for tarot. So let’s show you the last four cards that we wrapped up!
Thank you all again for your support and incredibly kind words about taking our time with the demos (and remembering to sleep). We are so grateful for what amazing badasses you all are!
Now, we’re off to go refresh the Fed-Ex page a billion times to get updates on our demo shipments. COME ON, Fed-EX! No more delays, PLEEEEASSSSE. We NEEEEED this new demo!
Dani, Helen, and the Brinkeroos
Charging Credit Cards, Card Art, and Artist Portraits!
about 2 months ago
– Thu, Dec 02, 2021 at 01:09:02 PM
Dear lovely backers!
As you know, today is the final day for completing your BackerKit survey if you don’t want to risk your shipment being delayed.
Please note that we will charge cards for any add-on items you purchased or any additional funds you may owe through BackerKit tomorrow so please make sure that you have the correct card information on file. If any issues arise with your payment, you’ll receive an email letting you know to correct your payment information.
If you need to review payment information, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://literarytarot.backerkit.com/.
NOW TO THE FUN STUFF!
Again, dear backers, please forgive us for being short, as we are rushing into our last 30 something hours before we send this baby to the printer! But we wanted to share some fun updates with you, nonetheless!
CARD ART PREVIEW
First off, card art! Five more cards are in (and one of them includes Dani’s favorite short story, so teenage Dani is hella excited), leaving us 4 cards to finalize (though they are all close and BEAUTIFUL). Only two more cards in the Parchment suit and two more in Ink, and this deck is DONE!
ORACLE GUIDEBOOK ARIST LOOK
As I’m sure you can tell from 20 updates of us bragging on our art team: we just think they are the cat’s meow. I really can’t say how much their dedication to this project has meant to us, and how much I’ve personally loved art directing each of their cards, designs, and fun enamel pins! As you can see from the art above, even in this mass crunch time, no one is cutting corners or speeding through their work.
Their passion and dedication moves the hell out of me, and I’ll always be grateful for this year we got to bring stories to life together.
BUT ENOUGH SAPPY STUFF! To show off their talent—and so you can get to know them a wee bit better—we added in a page for each artist in the Oracle’s Atlas (big guidebook) with a fun portrait that captures their rad personalities!
Isabel was even kind enough to make one for me too (and include Captain Whiskers, my “pet” squirrel—read “pet” as: squirrel who tolerates reading next to me in exchange for walnuts). Oh, and all that yellow will be metallic gold print in the physical book!
Speaking of the big guidebook and overwhelming gratefulness, we also wanted to show you all the programs you are impacting by supporting this deck. But of course, we all know art makes stories better, so Isabel drew us a fancy double pager. Here’s a look at that bad boy!
NOTE ON PRODUCTION
As you all know, we’ve been driving hard for this deadline on December 1st, and—fingers crossed—it looks like we’re going to make it. Though we want to be upfront with you all that we haven’t received our demos yet—shipping, even air shipping, out of China is apparently getting much worse—so our printer would like us to skip the last demo of the final, final copies of everything in order to stay on time.
Helen and I are both really uncomfortable with this. We want to make sure we hold every single card, box, pin, postcard, tarot cloth, etc. in our hands, so we can test, shuffle, spill tea on them…all so we can guarantee it’s perfect before we greenlight thousands of units!
Of course, we are working around the clock to come up with a solution to get our hands on anything that isn’t included in the first demo before the production cutoff, but we wanted to give you all a heads up that if we can’t find a solution, we’ll have to push back to ensure the integrity of the product we have so painstakingly and lovingly created.
Again, we will be working our arses off to prevent that from happening, but I always want to be honest with you all!
Right, back to work for us, but thank you all again! We can’t wait for you to hold these in your hands.
Dani, Helen, and the Brinkeroos
BackerKit Survey deadline fast approaching!
2 months ago
– Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 04:00:13 AM
Dear lovely backers!
Hot on the heels of our last update, we’re back with some more card art, a peek inside the big guidebook, and a wee reminder about the upcoming survey deadline.
Let’s get the housekeeping out of the way first: the last day to fill in your survey is next Tuesday, 30th November. After this date, we will lock your reward selections and charge cards for any add-on item purchases made during the survey process. Note that while you can’t amend your order after this date, you will be able to update your shipping address up until we lock addresses to begin fulfilment next spring.
If you haven’t filled in your BackerKit survey and do so after November 30th, we’ll still receive your information, but your shipment may be delayed.
If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your original survey email from BackerKit or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://literarytarot.backerkit.com/.
And THANK YOU! Though it may not seem like much as an individual backer, you have no idea how tremendously helpful this has been for us when trying to keep track of all 11,000+ of you!
Big Guidebook Sneak Peek
Thank you all for your VERY kind comments about our big book cover. Edge created a really rad 3D model so you could all see what it looks like with the foil…as it moves! It’s too big a file for Kickstarter to let us upload it directly into this update, but you can take a peek at it here. Also, if you’re a Twitter user, we’d love it if you might help us promote this beauty!
But what’s inside the book?
Well, there were a few stretch goals we had kicking around for the big guidebook that we didn’t reach during the campaign—like the vegan leather and two metallic foils on the cover, interior foiling inside the book, and adding an art appendix. So, technically, we shouldn’t do them….but…well…
We just added them anyway!
I know, I know, but we can’t seem to make anything that doesn’t max out its awesome stats!
As you’ll see below, we created custom illustrations for each suit (nice work, Isabel!), so each card meaning section has its own unique feel. This will not only make everyone’s digital issues cooler, in the physical book, these details will be printed in metallic gold. So, alongside the gold sections of the card art sparkling, all the design elements will also shimmer right off the page!
Here’s a mock-up of what that will look like for the Major Arcana:
And here’s a peek at how it will look in your digital issues (for print, all the stuff below in gold/yellow will be printed with the metallic gold).
For the print version, that same metallic foil will be used in all the cool designs, from the table of contents, intro essays, and how-to guides all the way to each suit info section! It’s even in our art appendix!
Speaking of the appendix, here’s a page to look at, for fun!:
The moment we remember how to sleep, we’ll do a full rundown on the content in the book, but for now, I hope you enjoy all the pretty designs! We’re having a blast making sure this book and the deck are just the prettiest damn things.
And last but not least, we have been cooking through more and more card art. Check out these beauties!
That means we’ve finished 68 cards with 10 in progress left to wrap up (in a week!). Wish us all the luck and caffeine!
Helen, Dani, and the Brinkeroos
Big Guidebook Cover Art Reveal!
2 months ago
– Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 11:14:49 PM
Morning lovely backers!
Thanks for your patience with us as we sprint toward this mad deadline! We’re making really good progress! Pending a few renegade authors needing to turn in their card meanings, the last handful of card artwork, and endless, endless proofing, we’re still very hopeful we’ll be able to make it! WEEEE!
(Though we are all very, very grateful for all your kind words in the comments of our last update. We are trying to take good care of ourselves, and we’ve all set alarms on our phones to remember to eat and sleep and stretch! Thanks for being so lovely!)
We’ll keep it short so we can get back to editing and drawing, but we’ve had some very pretty art come in that we simply couldn’t keep to ourselves.
COVER OF THE BIG GUIDEBOOK
First off, the cover art for our Big Guidebook (final title pending) is nearly finished! Longtime F(r)iction artist, Hailey Brown, came to our rescue to design this special cover and make sure we could make our accelerated deadline. We’re printing this baby on vegan faux leather with TWO different foils (a gold and silver—that’s what the yellow and white show below), with gilded edges AND gold metallic print on the inside of the pages (which knocks out three of my big Art Director dreams, so I couldn’t be happier).
Here's a work-in-progress shot of how the cover is coming along…
Hailey snuck so many hidden treasures into the design, I just can’t stop staring at it. From the rabbit’s pocket watch to the Monkey King’s intricate outfit, I just can’t wait to see this baby in foil!
Remember, everyone gets the pdf of this big book for free, but if anyone wants to add this swanky gem to their shelves, it’s available in the preorder store until Nov 30 (that’s the survey deadline, for those of you yet to fill yours in!).
DEMOS OUT THE DOOR
We just submitted test files to the printer to see how everything will fit together, testing endless foils and vegan leather samples and tarot cloth printing. We’ll shower you with photos and videos when the demo copies arrive at our end!
NEW CARD ART
And, of course, the art team is drawing up a storm to finish this project. Here’s the cards we’ve finalized since our last preview. We’ll have many more for you soon!
OTHER TAROT-ESQUE PROJECT
Creators supporting other creators is our jam, so please forgive us a wee plug. Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting NYT bestselling author, Geoff Gray, who was in the process of launching his own tarot-esque project: Nine Arches. To say it’s ambitious is an understatement, for it’s not just a game of pulling cards that inspire you to evaluate your life…but it also strives to make you do something about it. Think choose-your-own-adventure meets tarot.
It’s also very, very pretty and immaculately designed. If any of this strives your fancy, take a gander. It’s their last day today!
Right, that’s it! Back to InDesign and Photoshop for us! Have a great day all and thank you again for being so amazing!
Dani, Helen, and all the Brinkeroos!
Literary Tarot BackerKit surveys coming soon!
3 months ago
– Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 04:47:44 AM
Dear lovely backers!
We have news! After much liaising between our five international warehouses, shipping platform, and VAT advisor, we have been able to build out the pre-order store and prep the information needed for you to fill out your shipping surveys and add any extra items to your order that take your fancy. <Wipes sweat from brow> Woot!
As such, you will all be receiving your BackerKit surveys in the next few days. This email will contain a lot of information about the process, so to make it easier to navigate, we’ve divided it up into the “short and sweet” version and then a series of FAQs at the end of the update for all the nitty gritty detail.
BUT A TOUCH OF CAUTION TO THIS TALE…
As you may be aware from the news, the banner on Kickstarter’s website, or many an online shop, the whole world is currently experiencing mega global supply chain disruptions.
As a result, we’ve been advised that our onlychance to deliver on time is to get these lovely decks (and all the accompanying swag) to the printer significantly earlier than we anticipated due to a shocking lack of boats, regulated electricity to factories, and new shipping/customs delays. So, instead of turning it in at the end of the year and spending January tweaking and proofing, we need everything FINALIZED and ready to print by December 1. Which is, you know, only six weeks away…
[Insert group panic attack]
Although it makes infinitely more sense to just delay our timeline—like most other companies and campaigns—we’ve talked with our authors and our artists and rejigged our pipeline, and we’re gonna try to hit this escalated deadline. It’s gonna be hard and make for a lot of all-nighters from the team, but we owe it to all of you to give it our all. So that’s exactly what we’re gonna do.
In order to put every ounce of our time toward this crazy plan, we might be a little light on updates until we get all the files handed over. So please bear with us!
Right, with that said, the rest of this email is written based on us working like mad people and hitting this deadline. GO TEAM GO!
The Fulfilment Process
1. Shipping Survey: In the next few days, you will each receive an email from BackerKit with a link to your individual shipping survey. You don’t need to create a BackerKit account or submit a separate pre-order to access your survey. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and (if you like) purchase add-on items by the deadline of November 30th.
2. Order Payment: Once the survey deadline has passed, we will lock all orders and charge cards for any additional items. Please note that you will not be able to make any changes to your order after this and BackerKit does not allow us to offer refunds.
- Approximately 6–8 weeks before we start fulfilment in spring next year, we will lock addresses. Up until this point, you have access to your shipping details so that you can update your shipping information if you move residence.
- Approximately 4–6 weeks before fulfilment begins, we will then lock your shipping information again. You will receive an email from Easyship with an invoice for the shipping of your tarot items.
4. Shipping Out: Currently our fulfilment partner is estimating that it will take 4–6 weeks to send out all orders from the date that fulfilment starts.
To make this process as smooth and cost efficient as possible, please note that you will receive emails from multiple partners over the next few months: Kickstarter, BackerKit, and Easyship.
Shipping & Taxes
We have created this Shipping Estimates page to give you guidance regarding the estimated shipping and handling costs. It is important to note that the figures on this page are only estimates and will be subject to change depending on fluctuations in the cost of worldwide shipping and courier services. We have been advised that charging you as close to the time of fulfilment as possible will give you the best shipping rates as well as ensuring you get as smooth a process as possible.
Shipping Out F(r)iction
Remember the terror of those global supply chain disruptions? Yeah, they have taken out F(r)iction too—with printers and shippers experiencing a backlog of several months, this means our only choice is to get the F(r)iction issues on the ship we’ve already booked for tarot, which means Arcana won’t make it to our warehouses until the same time as all our tarot products in Spring 2022. We are extremely sorry about this. For those of you out there dying to get your hands on some issues, we’ve wrangled the budget to give you all a discount code to use in our F(r)iction store to purchase any back issues you like with a 30% discount. Orders through this store are dispatched within 2–3 working days as this back stock is already sitting in our warehouses just waiting to be bought by new readers. Just use this discount code at checkout by December 12th, 2021: FrictionGift30
Wooo, that was a lot of information! We’re super excited to get this phase rolling and thank you so much for all your support!
Helen, Dani, and the Brinkeroos
I am a Kickstarter newbie, can you please detail the BackerKit survey process a bit more?
Soon, you’ll receive an email from us with a special link to your BackerKit survey. You don’t need to create a BackerKit account or submit a separate pre-order to access your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like. You don’t have access to this survey link just yet, but it will be available soon via email.
Note that if you used your Facebook credentials to log into your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey will be sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. If you elected to hide your email address using an Apple device, you will need to provide an alternate email address to ensure you receive your BackerKit survey and Easyship payment survey. If you have another email address that you prefer to use, please contact support at literarytarot.backerkit.com/faq#contact-us.
What if I want to change my order before the survey deadline?
After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before the deadline on November 30th.
If you need to review your information or pledge status at any time before then, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at literarytarot.backerkit.com.
When will I receive my digital products?
Very soon after the survey deadline!:
- Digital F(r)iction Items: These digital products will be sent to you via a download link in an email from BackerKit in December, after the survey deadline has passed and all orders are locked.
- Digital Tarot: Digital tarot items will be sent your way in January, again via a BackerKit email, once we have handed over the files to our printer and received confirmation that printing has begun.
Will I have to pay tax and duties on my order?
For backers outside the US, UK, Canada, and Hong Kong, you may be required to pay tax and duties on your order. As import tax and duty will be due upon the shipment's arrival to your country, closer to the time of shipping we will reach out with a clear outline of exactly what tax and duties are due to be paid. We will also provide a quick and easy way for you to pay for this.
I am a retailer. How do I add to my order?
If you were verified as a retailer during the campaign and therefore pledged at the Retailer’s Tier, you will be given access via your survey link to a Retailers’ section of our pre-order store. You will be able to add any tarot items to your order in multiples of 5 with our wholesale 40% discount.
How do I roughly get a sense of how much shipping I may be charged?
Never fear, we have created this Shipping Estimatespage to give you guidance regarding the estimated shipping and handling costs. It is important to note that the figures on this page are only estimates and will be subject to change depending on fluctuations in the cost of worldwide shipping and courier services. We have been advised that charging you as close to the time of fulfilment as possible will give you the best shipping rates as well as ensuring you get as smooth a process as possible.
You mention multiple partners that you’ll be working with, can you give us more detail?
Of course! To make this process as smooth and cost-efficient as possible, you will receive emails from multiple partners over the next few months:
- Kickstarter: Whenever we send out an update, you’ll receive an alert email in your inbox from Kickstarter.
- BackerKit: Your shipping surveys will be sent to you in an email from BackerKit. Additionally, you will also receive all digital items via an email from BackerKit that will contain a download link, after the survey deadline has passed and credit cards have been charged for any extra items purchased.
- Easyship: The shipping platform Easyship will be handling the payment process for all shipping, handling, and taxes. As such, you will receive a separate invoice email from Easyship for shipping shortly before fulfilment commences.
Where is my hat?
We’re not sure. Have you checked under the couch? Or on the cat?