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Applied Materials: Bright Futures Card Game [Jun. 27th, 2008|04:03 pm]
Rivkah רִבְקָה


Hurray! I can finally announce the news! Applied Materials, the world's leading manufacture in semiconductors and a multi-billion dollar NASDAQ 100 company, commissioned me to illustrate a children's card game designed to spread environmental awareness. It will be distributed to classrooms in the US, China, India, Israel, Germany, and Japan.

The cards themselves can be downloaded for free from the website in both black and white and color artwork versions: http://brightfuture.appliedmaterials.com/game/

If you are a teacher in the US, follow the link at the bottom of the page, "How to Order", to find out how to become a part of the Bright Futures program and have decks of cards sent to you in time for the August 2008/2009 school year: http://brightfuture.appliedmaterials.com/game/order.php

And apparently there's even a testimonial video as well! Kid's saying they'd rather play cards than go outside and play. Awesome. XD


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Bright Future Card Game © Applied Materials, Inc. 2008.
Illustrations by Rivkah
Colors by Rivkah and Faye Yong

Thank you Faye for doing such a wonderful job on the colors! You're stellar! :)
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[User Picture]From: angrylogic
2008-06-27 10:17 pm (UTC)
Finally! I'm glad all of that hard work has come to the public's attention at last!

A hard job well done!
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[User Picture]From: otakubarcode
2008-06-27 10:23 pm (UTC)
Wooow! That's SO exciting! Great job on it, looks GREAT!
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[User Picture]From: bitpig
2008-06-27 10:32 pm (UTC)
I prefer the future on the left of your drawing.
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[User Picture]From: paradox0220
2008-06-27 10:43 pm (UTC)
Awesome, congrats!

I know you were told what to create but I always thought of nuclear power as one of the most efficient/cheap/low pollution methods available to create energy. They should be on happy earth. :)
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2008-06-27 10:50 pm (UTC)
I agree! Though I guess we still don't quite have a permanent solution for the waste yet beyond putting it in a hole. -_-;
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[User Picture]From: bitpig
2008-06-27 11:12 pm (UTC)
Actually, waste disposal isn't a problem. Using a process called vitrification (1960s technology), spent nuclear fuel elements can be turned into spheres of a hard ceramic material the size of a tennis ball. These balls are waterproof, durable, and radiologically safe (they can be held in the hand without harm!). Spent fuel elements and other radioactive materials in this form can be safely stored in any secure warehouse-type situation. They could build a storage facility in my backyard any day... as long as I get to collect rent.

I guess I just don't trust "environmentalists". Thanks to them, millions die from malaria every year (thanks to the global DDT ban) and our country is dependent upon foreign oil for much of its fuel instead of relying mainly on nuclear power. (I'm a former nuclear power worker, by the way.) I consider myself a conservationist, not an environmentalist -- I'm for taking care of natural resources, not worshiping Nature. I want my son to grow up in a high tech world of antibiotics and electric power, not some dirty commune run by granola-munching back-to-the-cave types. But that's just me.

I know you have no control over your clients, though, so congratulations on the gig. The illo looks great!
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2008-06-27 11:24 pm (UTC)
I was really thinking about this a lot when I was making this game, and for the card that illustrates "gigawatt", I actually used an image of three nuclear power plants powering a city surrounded by green fields. So hopefully at least I got to balance the overall image a little bit. :)

And I never knew that about the waste; it's always seemed to me that if we can create a bomb that unleashes the power of the atom to cause harm, we should be able to harness it for good as well. IMHO, I'd far rather have a nuclear power plant in my backyard than a coal or gas plant. Heck, even supposedly "environmentally friendly" ways of generating electricity aren't always. Dams block up rivers and prevent many fish from reaching their spawning grounds. Biofuels generated from crops (instead of recycled materials) end up wasting more energy than they produce as compared to fossil fuels and they eat up enormous amounts of biodiverse lands. In order to create energy you must first put energy into it. EVERYTHING consumes energy, it's just a matter of how much it puts out compared to how much it consumes and how we use it.

Word to conservationism. There's always a balance, and it's finding that balance between the environment and humanity that I believe creates true sustainability.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-27 11:36 pm (UTC)
You and I are on the same page on this topic!

Good news: it's looking likely that the NRC is going to grant licenses to build a total of four new reactors at the two Texas nuclear power plants (Comanche Peak in Glen Rose and South Texas in Victoria). The two new Comanche Peak cores alone will generate enough power to make it unnecessary to build any new coal-burning power plants in North Texas. (Most people don't know this, but coal-fired power plants release tons of radioactive elements [Carbon-12, among others] in their smokestack exhausts. Nuclear power plants emit no exhaust of any kind.) I'd much rather have Baby breathing clean air than coal smoke!

Again, good job on the cards, and keep up the good work.
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[User Picture]From: decibel45
2008-06-30 02:57 pm (UTC)
Technically, nuclear plants do produce steam ;P
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2008-06-27 11:27 pm (UTC)
Heck, even solar and wind power consume energy: the silicon for the solar panels and the metal for the windmill towers don't appear out of thin air. But at least solar is becoming more efficient and smaller as well. Did you know they have spray on solar cells now? O_o
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2008-06-27 10:51 pm (UTC)
But IMHO, it's still far better than than the pollution caused by fossil fuels and coal for the amount of energy that it puts out.
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[User Picture]From: tristantzara
2008-06-27 11:11 pm (UTC)
Lovely illustrations! And a very nice color job!
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[User Picture]From: kulimar
2008-06-28 12:04 am (UTC)
Nice! That's very awesome. The work looks great. Congrads!

-Kaz
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[User Picture]From: sxyblkmn
2008-06-28 01:38 am (UTC)
that really rocks riv

you're making it happen :)

my ma's a school librarian over at brown elementary so i'll mention this to her :)

(and i think the thing with nuclear power is, even if we have the tech to make waste disposal safe, no everyone is going to use it (as for as i know) because it's more "cost effective" to just dump it in a leaky container and hope for the best. so, until we have the political will to make people use it it's probably not worth the risk) IMO of course :p
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[User Picture]From: comic_heroine
2008-06-28 01:56 am (UTC)
oh wow! Those look amazing! I wish I had a card game like that to play like that as a kid. :P It's wonderful to see you getting to the kids.
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[User Picture]From: prodigal
2008-06-28 02:58 am (UTC)
Awesomesauce! Congrats, Rivkah!
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[User Picture]From: groundbyground
2008-06-28 03:07 am (UTC)
Rock and roll!!
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[User Picture]From: groundbyground
2008-06-28 03:14 am (UTC)

Home schooling!

Could I order a set for Ethan? :D
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2008-06-30 07:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Home schooling!

You could try! :)
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[User Picture]From: selphish
2008-06-28 03:20 am (UTC)
My mom's a teacher, so I'll be sure to shove this her way.
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[User Picture]From: minakokenshou
2008-06-28 01:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats Rivkah. Beautiful collection of work. The loving effort you put into everything shows. :)
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From: lefalcone
2008-06-28 03:17 pm (UTC)
Those look amazing. Bright colors. Nice work, Riv!
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[User Picture]From: decibel45
2008-06-30 02:54 pm (UTC)
Kids should be outside :P
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2008-06-30 03:02 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lilrivkah
2008-06-30 07:22 pm (UTC)
I hope you like the changes! I mainly just tweaked to make everything brighter. Print has a tendency to desaturate and darken colors, so I heightened contrast, blended some of the colors a little more, and tried adding more pinks, yellows, and baby blues. I think there was only one in the whole lot that I redid (the worker in India) and one of them they'd had me redraw after it had already been colored. But the rest they were happy with! I had a lot of fun working with you, too. You totally saved my butt on such an insanely tight deadline.

Even though it took six months for them to get around to printing and announcing it . . . -_-;
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