Editor's Note: I originally intended to publish an interview with Justin from ZOM-B-GIRLS but the interview was posted earlier than intended on The Discourse Playing Card Forum. Check it out here. Since it was published, I wanted to switch gears a bit and focus on the art behind the cards.
Last week on August 1st, Justin Hussain launched his first Kickstarter campaign called ZOM-B-GIRLS Playing Cards. Zombies have certainly made their way on to playing cards in recent years. In fact, USPCC/Bicycle has already released two zombie decks within the last year. However, Justin and the rest of Team Zombie have decided to do something different. Justin's zombie playing cards marries the trendy new zombie theme with the pin-up theme of the past that was popular on playing card decks in the 1950's through the 1970's.
The project combines a little bit of the old with a lot of the new as the entire deck is 100% drawn and illustrated in a comic book style of art by multiple artists. Team Zombie's creator and project lead, Justin Hussain discussed with us that it wasn't an easy process finding the best talent for his project. Justin went through a grueling 40 interviews in a process that goes back 6 months before settling in with the best artists for this project including renowned comic book artist, German Garcia.
Hailing from Spain, German Garcia is a highly talented illustrator, who can count working for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics among his career highlights. While an excellent penciller in his own right, German is lending his talents as the principal colorist of the project.
Here are some images of German's comic book art courtesy of Marvel and D.C. Comics:
Team Zombie shared with TuckCase.com multiple process sketches and color photos that have been worked on by German as well as the project's other artists, Robert Elsmore who works as an illustrator and Illias Dante who works as a second colorist.
The decks are not going to be printed by USPCC but the UK based project will be using high quality German Black Core playing card stock with an embossed linen finish. The stock is associated with a mainland Chinese company called Shenzhen Wangjing Printing Co., Ltd., which mainly prints playing cards for Asian casinos and promotional use.
Going with an overseas printing company is not new to the custom playing card industry, just recently Conjuring Arts Research Center launched The Expert Playing Card Company who printed their first release, Global Titans, overseas in Shanghai.
ZOM-B-GIRLS Playing Cards project will be in funding for another 27 days when it ceases on September, 5th.