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Paul Roman Martinez – The Flight Deck: The Dawn of Aviation Playing Cards

Paul, 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?
Growing up my family was very into playing cards. We had a card table, card room, casino chips, card shuffler, and the whole bit. When I was old enough to go to casinos I learned how to card count. But I found that even when I made more money than I lost, it just wasn’t that fun playing for money. I enjoyed just playing with friends for fun.

2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
This deck is a direct extension of the graphic novel series I create. It has some heavy vintage aviation themes so for the past few years I’ve been doing a lot of research into early aviation. Small card imagery kept creeping up in ephemera related to the book so it seemed like a natural direction to go. The more I learned about flight the more it inspired me.

3. Why Kickstarter?
I’m one person in my home office in southern California. Kickstarter is the only way someone like me could get an idea out to the masses. And I like the way Kickstarter works. If people want to see it, then it gets made. If they don’t, the project won’t happen. The people have spoken.

4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
The Flight Deck is a project that is very close to my heart but it hasn’t always been that way. I used to be terribly afraid of flying. Slowly over the years I became more comfortable with the idea until last year I had my first flying lesson. It was truly a life changing moment to be in the sky controlling that machine.

5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
Art. It’s what I do and who I am. There are a lot of things that are a close second, but right now, the answer is art.

6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given I didn’t follow. I was told over and over not to make comic books by reputable creators. Comic book making is a hard life, the art form requires a lot of hours for very little payback. It’s good advice that I would probably give to other creators but I just love comic books too much to give up on them.

7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
Work as hard as you can, and then work ten times harder than that. That’s the only way you’ll make it.

8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
I have a lot of places where I roam online, my main website is www.the19XX.com. You can follow along with my comic there.

9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks for your time and I hope this project gets more people thinking about vintage aviation!

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’m most exited about the flight logbook. I think when combined with the decks it will be truly special.


The aces are a chance to showcase different aircraft in addition to aviators.

My favorite ace I’ve chosen to do in  a large limited run poster.

Completed just for this campaign I’ve painted two original pieces. The first is “Enjoy the Ride”. The second will be revealed later!

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