Remember those moments of your childhood when you grabbed the remote control and wriggled impatiently when the credits of your favorite cartoon started. Remember the first music notes, remember the sound of lasers when they shoot on spaceships. And these pictures, these pictures of interstellar cruisers crossing your screen to make you travel light-years away from here, in unknown worlds populated by improbable mysteries and extraterrestrial races. An era of heroes and vigilantes, a time of which you are the heirs.
I was like you, too. I dreamed with my eyes wide open in search of the destiny that awaited me in the stars. And today we are here, the head filled with memories and nostalgia of this time when we were sailing in the constellations with our heroes.
In honor of this golden age and to perpetuate it, I created THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS project :
What is that ?
THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS is a project that brings together for the first time all the badass heroes of the Japanese animated series of the 80s. Imagine : Harlock, Cobra, Ulysses, Grendizer, Lion-o, Jayce and many others, all back for our greatest pleasure in a new adventure !
THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS is a real tarot game, fully illustrated by me and intended for collectors, geeks and of course tarot enthusiasts. Each of the cards is illustrated on the theme of cult heroes from the 70s to the 80s, in a graphic style halfway between Art Nouveau and pop culture. Composed of 78 illustrated cards, including 22 assets, the tarot deck THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS started in 2015 is a huge work of research and illustration to offer fans a true collector’s item of quality.
But above all, THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS is especially a tribute to the creators, writers, character designers and producers of all these characters who rocked our childhood and became cults today.
The Cast :
IV – THE EMPEROR
V – THE POPE
IX – THE HERMIT
All the characters have been selected according to very specific criteria: They must be of the same generation (1970-1980), travel in space and be produced entirely or partially in Japan, so that they can potentially meet in a universe coherent. Once selected, a lot of research work is done in anime, but also in manga (eg Space Cobra), original novels (eg Captain Future) or documentaries (eg UFO Grendizer) in order to raise all the major details that define each universe and that will be all around the character.
The drawing part begins with a series of researches that aim to update the aesthetics of these characters. Without trying to distort the original creation of the authors, it is mainly to avoid the stereotypes of clothing related to the time of their creation (eg underwear on clothes to Superman way).
The composition of the illustration is inspired by the paintings of the artist Alfons Mucha (ex: Precious stones, The seasons, …). We find the rosette, the frame and the pastel colors while maintaining the sleek and colorful style animated series of the 80s. All illustrations have the same structure on which are inserted around the subject various elements or characters from of his universe. A banner located at the bottom right comes to number, name and sign the illustration.
The choice of the dedicated arcane is in direct or indirect relation with the history, the universe, the appearance or the name of the character.
In these famous animated cartoons there were the charismatic characters, but also their incredible machines or intergalactic ships! THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS is also an opportunity for us to finally see these great machines fighting together their terrible enemies. For that I made a series of additional illustrations that represent some of these great battles that any fan would dream to see:
Δ – OVERLORD is an out-of-serie illustration of THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS project representing the famous giant robot UFO Grendizer assembled to the ship of the most famous pirate space Captain Harlock’s Arcadia, crossing with the Double Spacer a cloud of flying saucers of the Vega’s forces.
Φ – BEYONDERS is an out-of-serie illustration of THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS project with Positronic Brain Android Métro from « Once upon a time space » ridden by Nono, the little robot from « Ulysses 31″ in front of the impressive Odysseus spaceship and a patrol of terribles Nautilus.
Ω – THE STORM (ARMADA) is an out-of-serie illustration of THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS project symbolizing the sacred union of all these characters by the representation of the most emblematic ships of the Japanese animated series from the 70s-80s (The Odysseus of Ulysses, the OVT of Kōji Kabuto, the Captain Future’s Comet, the Phoenix from Gatchaman, the Albator’s Atlantis, The Queen Emeraldas of Emeraldas, the bride of the skies II from Jayce, the Space Cobra’s Turtle, the UFO Grendizer to Duke Fleed, the Admiral ship of King Vega and Astro boy.)
In order to publicize the THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS project and collect the first impressions from the fans and the public, several exhibitions have been organized in different cultural social circles. From the artistic collective VITRINE FRAICHE to the specialized fair MADE IN ASIA, several worlds met and shared their common nostalgia around these illustrations.
The complete tarot deck is the culmination of THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS project. It will consist of 78 playable illustrated cards, including 56 suites and 22 assets, presented with some bonus in a collector box. The tarot game is currently in progress (80%) and looking for funding.
The 22 assets are embodied by famous cartoon characters from the 80s, while the 56 suites are represented by an armada of allied or enemy ships, depending on the color. For example one of the four colors will be represented by the Vega’s forces (UFO Grendizer) with his flying saucers and his figures, namely: Blaki, Zouril, Lady Gandal and Gandal.
The choice of a game of tarot compared to a traditional card game has obviously imposed itself by the size and the number of cards, but also by the peculiarity of the rules of the game of tarot. For example, the Call to the King lets imagine wild parties where unlikely associations could emerge with the twists that imagine if the players are roling the game. (A notice with the complete rules of the tarot game will be included in The box)
The goal is to make a beautiful object. A collector’s item that will delight both tarot enthusiasts (divinatory or classic card game), collectors or fans of these characters or emblematic universes. The quality of the support, the finish of the product, the really good colors are essential elements in the success of this project. For this, a crowdfunding campaign is planned to finalize the game of tarot in good conditions and who knows, to go further if the community allows me: In addition to the 78 playable cards, the tarot THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS could contain up to 10 additional illustrated cards (non-playable), an autographed & numbered mini-poster (Letter) and many more surprises, all presented in a beautiful metal box.
What’s next ?
We are not there yet, far from it. The realization of such a project requires a maximum of effort and attention. My main goal is to bring it to fruition in the best possible conditions.
However, we must admit that the tarot game is only the affordable part of the project, that’s why I decided to undertake it alone. But THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS is indeed a much larger and more ambitious project. The demand is there, the fans are always present, they have not forgotten those heroes that made us dream during our childhood, some even today have responsibilities that could make all this possible. So let’s dream together …
THE SHÕNEN AVENGERS is an ambitious project that requires a lot of time, but also money. By supporting the project you can greatly contribute to the realization of the prototype of the tarot game. For this purpose a SHOP has been created on which you can order posters, t-shirts and other goodies from your favorite heroes.
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