I enjoy collecting maps of the places I’ve been (when I can). In terms of illustrated maps, Probably some of the best maps I’ve seen where from Florida, like SeaWorld. The very worst map I have in my collection, but it is not illustrated, is from Sharm El Sheikh, in the Sinai Peninsula. The map was pixelated to death, but that would have been forgiven if it were not for the fact that it was hugely outdated, probably by almost a decade, yet it was the only map I could find in any tourism shop. Streets were renamed, businesses had faded away; you get the picture.
Then you had the genetic mutations like the Giant frog in the Justice card and the Mutant lovers (the alternative ersion). The King of Cups with his mutated feet, even the Knight of Wands with the gigantic bee (or depending what way you look at it, a minature little rider on its back). I envisioned that group coming from a scientific lab with the nuclear power plant not too far away.
Above: The map as it currently stands, without the "area" markers and the "card" markers. Can you spot the nuclear spill area and also the spills along the coastline?
Sometimes they work, sometimes they get snatched up by other people before you have it finally complete (always a danger of that when showing works in progress) and other ideas don't seem fully fleshed out at that current point in time, but might work at a later date.
I started to think that having a “map edition” of the deck would probably seem a bit pointless to most people. That being said, it is a novelty deck so it may work. One positive, I suppose, would be that it could become somewhat like a Jigsaw puzzle. With being about 70-80 percent complete, I will probably do exactly what I set out to do, at some point, possibly, on some distant Halloween.
James is the artist behind the illustrations on this site, maintains the website, writes the blogs and puts together the newsletter.