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Nat Iwata – Steampunk Cthulhu Resurrection Playing Cards

Nat, thank you for your time and wishing you the best with your project! (Project link at end of interview)

Here are the 10:

1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
I had just finished illustrating my book, The Steampunk Alphabet, and I was noticing a lot of card decks starting to crop up on Kickstarter. After seeing a few of them I realized that they would be the perfect vehicle for my illustrations. Each card deck is like a mini art book, and decks are cards are actually easier to make than a book, with higher returns overall.

2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
Well after doing a Steampunk book I was thinking of the audience I’d built, and for some reason Cthulhu seems to appeal to us Steampunk fans, so it seemed like a natural mashup and I was actually surprised no one had done it yet!

3. Why Kickstarter?
These decks, especially the Bicycle ones, cost several thousand dollars for a print run, way more than I could afford on my own. Kickstarter provides a way to get them printed and sell thousands of decks at the same time. Plus, after my book was funded I was encouraged to try something else.

4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
I feel very fortunate that my hobby and lifelong interest is also how I make a living. Outside of card decks, I also do art for video games, animate, and play a few instruments. My wife and I love to travel, with our 3 little boys, and since I can work from anywhere, we’ve taken advantage of that to travel the world a bit.

5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?

6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
“People will only take advantage of you as much as you’ll let them.” (Given to me by a client that tried to do so on various occasions)

7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
First off, do quality work, and celebrate your personal style. I’ve done decks that work better than others, and I’ve found the ones people respond to the best are my favorite as well and more “me.”

Build a community before you launch. Get involved with other deck projects, back them, reach out the creators, and get to know other card enthusiasts.

Research printers, pricing, format, and really get a solid budget and understanding of what it will take to make a deck, get it to press and deliver it to potentially a lot of people.

8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
I have both a website: www.natiwata.com and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NatIwatasOutlandishCreations

9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Hmmm…I have no further comments at this time.

10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
I’ve attached a few images of the deck, they’re pretty self explanatory

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One Comment

  1. Michael Ryan Norton
    Mar 06, 2014 @ 00:12:36

    Ha! Nat, I see we have both cards and coffee in common. Next time you’re in Seattle give me a ring and we’ll talk cards and drink coffee. My treat!


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