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YUKON CORNELIUS AND THE MISFITS - Flip-Book Animated Playing Cards (Kickstarter)

A flip-book animated poker-sized deck of playing cards for the 2021 holiday season.

Cost: ~US$12 per deck
Current funding level: already funded
Kickstarter ends: Tuesday November 30, 2021


Designer and animator Stephen W. Brandt is known for his many custom decks of playing cards that feature striking flip-book animation. He is the man behind the fig. 23 brand, and has a diverse range of skills ideal for producing animated playing cards: he's an animator, broadcast designer, art director, illustrator, and graphic designer.

Stephen's releases in the past year have been prolific and well-received, and as a result of this he has been nominated for the Artist of the Year award by 52 Plus Joker, the world's largst club for playing card collectors.


His Yukon Cornelius and the Misfits deck is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, and is one of many custom decks with flip-book animation that he has produced successfully with the help of crowdfunding. I love all kinds of custom decks, but I have a soft spot for innovation and novelty, and custom decks with flip-book animation most certainly qualify among my favourites.

The concept of these creative decks is that if you quickly flip through the deck with your thumb, the individual pictures combine to produce an animated image. Playing cards are ideal for this purpose, because a deck typically has around 52 cards of the ideal size and thickness for flipping through with your thumb in this way. For obvious reasons, this is sometimes called "taking a deck to the movies".


As you can probably guess, this particular deck is based upon "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", a popular TV classic from 1964. The characters from the show accidentally ended up in the public domain (read the Kickstarter project to find out how this happened), and are featured on the court cards.

The opposite corners of the faces feature a small visual animation on opposite corners. But the real treat here is the full-sized character animation on the card backs, which includes a changing background of falling snowflakes. See this animated gif for the full experience of what the cards offer when animated.

The pips are fully custom, and have been borrowed from one of Stephen's previous designs. Printing is by MPC, to ensure a quick turnaround, so that backers will get these on time for the holidays.


Kickstarter link

NB: Other decks of playing cards with flip-book animation that have been created by Stephen W. Brandt are available at his website Clockwork Empire City, Clockwork La Ville Lumiere, Clockwork Quackington, Praha Celestial Clock, Montana Mustache Manufacturing Co, Wizard of Oz.

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