When I contacted the designer, Elizabeth Alice Crum, to get a closer look at her creations, she explained that they were inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick: more specifically, the theme of chance, how the narrative is woven and broken, how tension is created, and where fate takes you.
Tell him he’s invited to MDMNYC 2013!
There’s reading & loving Moby-Dick, and then there’s CREATING A CARD GAME OUT OF LOVE for the words and richness of exploration and adventure and awe and wow, this is just incredible.
Moby Dick, or, The Card Game is on Kickstarter right now. In their own words:
In Moby Dick, or, The Card Game players live out the voyage of the legendary Pequod, the whaling ship from Melville’s novel. The name of the game is whaling, but who can say what other mysteries the sea holds? Hunt whales to earn oil and work to assemble a personal crew of sailors; they will be needed as the journey unfolds. Cooperate with your shipmates; the dangers of the sea are less daunting to the sailor with true bosom friends. Oil is the currency of the game and it will prove dear, but what is material worth in the face of the white phantom? When the time comes for the final chase, only one player will earn the right to say “Call me Ishmael”.
Great stuff. And looks beautiful, thanks to art from Havarah Zawoluk.
Photos from a live painting event I performed at Northern Kentucky University on Tuesday April 16th. The audience chose one quote from the three listed on the paper in the second image. The second quote was the one chosen. For the next hour, I created an original illustration exactly as it would have happened during my 18 month Moby-Dick illustration project. The final piece was then donated to the university’s archives.
Special thanks to Northern Kentucky University, Dr. Robert Wallace, Dr. Belle Zembrodt, Dr. Gail Wells, Dr. Kevin Kirby, Joe Wendeln of the Digitorium, Dr. Pat Brennan, Dr. Jonathan Cullick, the Steely Library, and the Friends of the Steely Library for giving me this opportunity and treating me so kindly.
This is The Coolest, officially.
If you’ve never heard of a whale before, you probably have and just don’t know it. Remember Willy, that giant fish from Free Willy? He was a whale. And that character from Moby Dick? Not the sea captain and not the guy with all the tattoos, but the one that lived in the water and was being hunted? He was a whale.
Get a behind-the-scenes peek at our whale collection.
Pictured: the skull of a killer whale
Can’t wait to check out the new whale exhibit at AMNH!
Some gamesome wights will tell you that they have to plant weeds there, they don’t grow naturally; that they import Canada thistles; … that people there plant toadstools before their houses, to get under the shade in summer time; that one blade of grass makes an oasis, three blades in a day’s walk a prairie; that they wear quicksand shoes, something like Laplander snow-shoes; that they are so shut up belted about, every way enclosed surrounded and made an utter island of by the ocean, that to their very chairs and tables small clams will sometimes be found adhering, as to the backs of sea turtles.
—Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 14 (“Nantucket”)
Chris Routledge hopes to raise £7,100 (approximately $11,100) on Kickstarter to publish a beautiful annotated edition of Herman Melville’s classic novel, Moby Dick. (via Herman Melville’s Moby Dick Annotated on Kickstarter - GalleyCat)