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Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2008

Dave!I've had a few comments, emails, tweets, and such asking me if the Blogography Playing Cards feature any material inappropriate for children. The answer is no. They originally featured some violence back when I was ordering 200 decks, but once I decided to order 1000+ decks, I needed to change my plans so that the playing cards had the broadest audience possible. This involved re-drawing fifteen cards, but I think the end result is worth the effort because now everybody can play with them.

As an example, in the Bad Monkey sci-fi story I've shown, the purple tentacle monster originally bites the head off the red-shirt monkey on the 7 of spades (isn't that what always happened in Star Trek?). But once I realized kids would be playing with the cards, I had to come up with something different. The "horror" story that runs on the clubs cards involved the most changes... it was kind of gory, so I had to start over from scratch to make it kid-friendly. Still a cute story though. The diamonds "adventure story" cards required no changes, and the hearts "romance story" cards only needed one change.

What I'll probably do is post the original vs. new illustrations on my blog once the decks have all been shipped (don't want to spoil the stories!). That way everybody can see how the playing card project changed from when I first designed it.

I am really excited to get my hands on these cards. Creating them has been the most fun I've had on a graphic design project in quite a while.

DAVETOON! Bad Monkey wearing a fedora and holding a whip, Indiana Jones style.

Right now I am clinging to the fun I had on the project, because I'm in the middle of paying my medical bills for the emergency room visit I had last month. I'm going to end up paying over $1,900 for something that could have been solved by renewing my $13 prescription for pain medication.

Oh well.

Who needs rent money or food when I have kidney stone memories?

They last forever!

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  1. Laci says:

    I ordered my shirts, buttons and cards today. I can’t wait to get my hands on them. 😀

    I practically live in my “A Little Geeky” shirt I bought last year.

  2. ETinNY says:

    Shoot! I guess there’ll be no Klingon penis salads on the cards, then, eh? BTW I love the Indiana Bad Monkey graphic. I laughed so loud that I know the peeps in the apartment next door must be wondering what going on.

  3. Göran says:

    One X-rated deck would have been fun though 🙂

    Sorry about the Medical bill, paying for pain just seems wrong.

  4. Winter says:

    My wallet’s to let also. I don’t sleep either. Hmmm. I sense a trend here. Do they have a club for people like us?

  5. Nat says:

    I’m going to go kiss my Health Card. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but why don’t you raise your prices a bit to cover it?

  6. whall says:

    So you’ve redrawn.

    And with the hospital visit maybe you’re overdrawn.

    I saw Eric Johnson High Landron’d.

    I’m droning awn and awn.

  7. kilax says:

    I can’t wait to get my deck! Maybe you can do a few fun versions in the future.

  8. Turnbaby says:

    These cards are the BOMB! Even though I know Fabby bought some I’m gonna dive in too as I think I have to share these with my card playing friends.

    Back later

  9. Stacey says:

    Sorry about the medical bills. Back when I didn’t have the luxury of health insurance I was brought to the ER only to be told I had the flu and there was nothing they could do for me. That visit cost some obscene amount of money I don’t remember now. I just recall telling my loved ones to let me die next time cause a funeral would probably be cheaper.

  10. Colin Brooks says:

    I’m going over to the store right now! Woo hoo!!!! Thanks for everything! You’ve done an incredible job!

  11. Poppy says:

    You’re tricking us into buying more stuff!!! 😉

    I will make sure Dawg has ordered. Can’t have him missing out on his stuff.

  12. ChillyWilly says:

    Can’t wait to see what was changed. Cool that you made them “all ages”, but they are playing cards… mostly used for Texas Hold’Em and 5 card stud.

    Will place my order sometime this next week.

  13. Kailey says:

    I just ordered a bunch of shirts and 4 decks of cards! I can’t wait for the awesomeness to arrive! You rock! (My dad is getting Dave cards for his birthday! I am keeping 2 sets for myself, and one set is for my brother!)

  14. kapgar says:

    I can imagine how much fun that would’ve been for you as a designer.

  15. I can hardly wait to receive the cards and check out the illustrated story lines, and I’m glad you had so much fun making them for all to enjoy!

    Sorry about the medical bills… I know what that’s like! 🙁

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