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16 January
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DEMONOLOGIE Playing Cards. It’s evil! … but it’s good

Inspired by ancient civilizations, old manuscripts and ancestral paintings, Emmanuel Valtierra has always offered us a very personal vision of millenary cultures. After five successful campaigns in which he has created a total of six decks, Emmanuel launches his new creation: DEMONOLOGIE.     Each of the court cards in the deck is dedicated to a character linked to evil. Demons, fallen angels or malignant creatures decorate the faces with an old book style and that well-known colorful touch of…

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15 January
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Artist Playing Cards. Let’s drink some tea or, better, let’s enjoy it in these amazing portraits

Carne Griffiths is a renowned artist based in UK who worked for years in the embroidery design. He decided, in 2010, to follow his dream and dedicate himself to his great passion: painting and drawing. That decision has led him to the success with exhibitions in galleries around the world. He uses an interesting technique with calligraphic inks, graphite and liquids (such as tea and alcohol). This technique and his talent produce captivating portraits that combine the abstract and the figurative…

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03 November
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Bicycle ANGELARIUM TRILOGY Playing Cards. The fantasy and the enlightened beauty of a mysterious world

In March 2015 I spoke of two impressive decks inspired by a fantasy emanated from the imagination of Peter Mohrbacher. Now, Erik Dahlman (Albino Dragon) has just launched a new and stimulating edition: the ANGELARIUM TRILOGY. Following the style of the previous ones, the court cards of these new decks show us different creatures in beautiful and detailed illustrations. Observing carefully each of these pieces of art is a real pleasure full of details and emotions. Thus, Albino Dragon adds to…

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16 August
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Golden Age Playing Cards. A fantasy world with amazing illustrations

Playing cards design has allowed talented artists to find new forms of expression. One of the best artists I have had the opportunity to meet is the Ukrainian Sviatoslav Pashchuk (Agitcom) who, although he has not yet had much luck in his foray into the playing cards world, still has much to say and to offer because his illustrations are extremely beautiful and full of quality and realism. Now, he has just released his latest proposal: GOLDEN AGE.     Taking inspiration from Neil…

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05 July
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HEROES OF THE NATIONS LUXURY EDITION. A beautiful deck inside a beautiful and exclusive tuck case

Inspirado en un mundo de fantasía, Heroes of the Nations was one of the nicest illustrated playing cards I talked about last year. The project is being fulfilled and April GS has decided to launch a special edition of this deck: Heroes of the Nation Luxury Edition.     In this “express” campaign that will last only 10 days, April GS offers the original deck, printed by the USPCC, inside a very special tuck case, created with matte black velvety…

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28 June
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VIZAĜO Playing Cards relaunch. A new opportunity for happiness and color

After an undeservedly underfunded attempt, Annette Abolins has relaunched her deck VIZAĜO with some interesting changes that bring down the funding goal and move the project closer to the success. These changes include: Standard LPCC tuck box (with its semi-matte finish) Minimum print run of 900 decks Limited 1st Edition (shown on tuck box) Lower stretch goal for Lumino (blue deck), which will be unlocked at $18,500 AUD Vizaĝo is the Esperanto word for “face” and that’s exactly the inspiration for the…

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31 May
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GAIA Playing cards. The most natural beauty

Mother Earth, Nature and the ability to self-regulate and remain immutable (despite our constant attempts to destroy it) is the inspiration for this beautiful deck: GAIA.     The idea of life on our planet as something that co-evolves with the environment to maintain the balance was interpreted by James Lovelock in 1969 through his GAIA hypothesis. This connection between the elements of nature is the source of inspiration for a talented young English artist, Ben Sinclair, who has made, with…

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30 May
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VIZAĜO Playing Cards. Fill your face with joy and color

A few months ago I had the opportunity to talk to Annette Abolins. It was a pleasant discovery not only artistic but personal, since I found some of those human beings that really worth knowing. At that time I talked about her creations and her projects. The latest one has just been launched: VIZAĜO. Vizaĝo is the Esperanto word for “face” and that’s exactly the inspiration for the designs. Annette is fascinated by faces and she have drawn them almost…

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26 April
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DONDORF “HUNDERTJAHKARTE” Playing Cards. The most beautiful restoration of a centenary deck

This is not the first time we have seen a modern restoration of an old deck but I think this is the most beautiful restoration I have seen lately: DONDORF HUNDERTJAHKARTE. Bernhard Dondorf was a long-lived German card maker born and based in Frankfurt who created a lithograph company and who always worked with innovative techniques. The most notable of these techniques was the chromolithography, patented in the mid-nineteenth century and which Dondorf elevated to the category of graphic art…

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06 March
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INFERNO Playing Cards. A “divine” deck with the beauty of a poem

A political activist and defender of Italian unity, Dante Alighieri, known as “il Sommo Poeta” (“the supreme poet”) has gone down in history as the author of the masterpiece of universal literature: The Divine Comedy. This key work in the transition from the Medieval thought to the Renaissance, has inspired artists such as Boticelli, Doré and Dalí in their drawings and illustrations. Contemporary artists have also been inspired by this beautiful epic verse. One of them, Stefano Protino, has done…