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Buffy Tarot Deck Canceled By Dark Horse

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On June - 27 - 2008

Bad news, Buffy fans! It appears that the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tarot Deck that we previously reported on is a no-go. Reasons are unknown at this point, but we can sure speculate. Hit the jump for the full statement from Dark Horse.

From the Dark Horse website:

Please Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Dark Horse will not be producing the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Tarot Deck. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, but no existing orders will be filled. We appreciate your support of this program, and again apologize to those who placed advance orders and to fans alike.

Hey, guys, could you vague that up for me? I really want to know what these “circumstances beyond our control” could be. My first thought was that perhaps there wasn’t enough interest in the tarot cards, but that doesn’t seem right. Anyone who knows a Buffy fan knows that we are a fanatical bunch. More likely, there was some kind of problem with Twentieth Century Fox, but that’s only a guess.

Do you guys have any ideas? Anyone else disappointed by this? At least we’ve still got the Season Eight comic going strong…

7 Responses so far
  1. Jill a.k.a. The Nerdy Bird Said,

    Ugh, I just found out about this myself and I’m SO disappointed.

    Posted on June 28th, 2008 at 4:44 PM

  2. Dave Said,

    This is not meant as a put down of tarot fortune telling, but if the cancellation of that Buffy deck is related to any controversy about tarot cards, I think it’s time for tarot to be rebranded in the US.
    The fact that tarot cards are sold in the US only for fortune telling is limiting the ability of those cards to fully become a part of our culture. In Italy where people play real card games with tarot, they had dancers dressed as tarot cards as part of the Olympics ceremony. Try to do that in the USA and the fundamentalists will shoot it down.
    I have this thought that entertainment corporations could make more money with the gaming side of tarot than they would always stressing the fortune telling aspects. In France where tarot is recognized as a game there are all kinds of pop culture tarots. There’s even been a Disney tarot published for game playing in France. If American companies knew what the French know about tarot cards, that they could be used for card games, tarot could be like all the different versions of the Monopoly boardgame on the market. We could buy tarot decks based on Star Wars, Elvis, Betty Boop, Looney Tunes, the Simpsons, Scooby Doo and much more!

    Posted on June 28th, 2008 at 11:09 PM

  3. Luke Brown Said,

    While you make a great point about the acceptance of tarot in the US, I believe the cancellation issue had more to due with rising production costs. When originally solicited, the cards were advertised for $15, but recently were bumped up to $29.99. I’m guessing the cost to make them increased again, and instead of making the cards even more expensive (despite the fact Buffy fans would still pay for them since the quality looked amazing so far), DH just cancelled them. The real question is what happens to the 70+ original paintings?

    Posted on June 29th, 2008 at 7:49 AM

  4. Jill a.k.a. The Nerdy Bird Said,

    If nothing else, they could make a book out of them.

    Posted on June 30th, 2008 at 12:12 AM

  5. Buffy Tarot Deck! « The Tarot Sense Said,

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    Posted on August 7th, 2009 at 5:43 AM

  6. Nokomis Said,

    I didn’t even know about this until it was already cancelled–is there any news at all yet what’s become of all the art for the cards?

    Posted on December 25th, 2010 at 2:48 PM

  7. Luke Brown Said,

    No word as to what’s happened to the art. Most likely, it’s just been shelved, and will likely never see the light of day save for (perhaps) the blogs/deviant art pages of the original artists.

    Posted on December 29th, 2010 at 11:15 AM

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