Geek a Week—a “one year art challenge to connect with 52 influential geeks” that depicts an comic-style illustration of each prominent nerds—will release the first part of a 56 trading card set this week. Artist Len Peralta has spent the past year with literally one geek icon every week, interviewing each before designing their trading card. The geek cards include figures in cultural fields including music, TV, film, gaming, science and art. Each card comes complete with each individual’s accompanying bio and stats.
ThinkGeek will make some of these cards available this week; releasing the first eight cards in the Geek a Week set. “We’re releasing them in waves of eight going in order, so there actually will be 56 cards total,” Peralta recently told CNN.com. “So there will be four secret geeks included.”
After perusing the 52 cards announced so far, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites in the gallery below.