The Hero's Journey 78 Card Deck, Book and Box Set
By Arnell Ando

Hero's Journey is the unpublished cards from my first deck and the older, wilder sister to Transformational Tarot. The collages combine contemporary imagery with old world art. This is a full size, 78 card handmade deck with signed book, signature card, and handcrafted, collaged box. The original cards were done by hand with a pair of scissors, glue stick and stacks of art books, old comics, greeting cards and magazines. It takes 10 days to make this set. The cards are color copied off the original collages, cut out and individually pasted onto designed backs and trimmed. They are then cut, laminated and trimmed a final time. This is a time consuming process and along with the handcrafted box and booklet, the reason for the high cost of the set. The price remained the same since the 1990's.

Hero's Journey as of 2010

Aside from the painted/collaged wooden box that originally came with orders, a new style handcrafted box option features 3 cards from the deck (shown below). Each box is one of a kind, signed work of art in itself. The newer box has  a card fastened on top, (collaged on thick cardstock to give more dimension). The inside, top of box also has a card which has been collaged onto thick cardstock. A 3rd card is featured inside the box. The top and bottom of these boxes are larger than the center section for added dimension. The bottom of the box has 4 polished glass shoes. 
It's been over 25 years since Hero's Journey was created, so I spent a few months rescanning each handmade card and refining collage detail in Photoshop in hopes of offering a higher quality version of this deck without altering original collage concepts. The spiral bound booklet has a streamline look and thumbnail pictures of all cards.

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New Box Dimensions: 5 3/4" long x 3 3/4" wide x 2" tall (14.61 x 9.53 x 5.10 cm.)
Cards: 3" x 5" (7.62 x 12.7 cm)
Spiral Bound Booklet size: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (21.59 x 13.97 cm.)

In 2006 Hero's Journey was exhibited at the Roskilde Museum in Denmark representing the beginning of the handmade, personal collage deck era, (along with K. Frank Jensen's impressive and historical Tarot deck collection). Here are a couple photos of the H. J. showcase.