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Greeting Card Company Signs Renowned Iowa Artist Kettle for New Line of Funny Valentines

Order of St. Nick has signed renowned Iowa artist Kettle to headline its new line of “Sweet and Sour Valentines" greeting cards.

Iowa City, IA, January 01, 2009 --( Order of St. Nick, the irreverent greeting card company whose cards have appeared on “The Colbert Report” and FOX News, has signed renowned Iowa artist Kettle to headline its new line of “Sweet and Sour Valentines.” The funny Valentine’s Day cards are on sale now at

“Kettle has a whimsical artistic style that is unmistakably his own,” says Order of St. Nick owner and native Iowan Andrew Shaffer. “I’m delighted to work with another Iowa artist, and can’t wait to introduce his artwork to a larger audience.”

Shaffer co-authored the humorous text that accompanies Kettle’s illustrations. The “Sweet and Sour Valentines” celebrate the joys of love, as well as its flip-side: rejections, break-ups, and loneliness. One card, featuring a painting of a robot and a woman on a park bench, says “Your rejection of my advances does not compute.” Another, more optimistic card, simply says, “That was fun. Let’s do it again. ;) ”

Kettle, who sometimes rents videos and pays bills under the obvious pseudonym “John Soukup,” described his artistic drive to Kitten magazine in 2006 as the desire to “create something out of nothing, like meeting someone out of the blue and falling in love with them.”

Kettle’s work can be found in galleries and private collections throughout the United States, including the Whitney Museum of Art in New York. Most recently, the one-name artist was tapped by trading card publisher Topps to provide 50 “artist sketch cards” for its upcoming Star Wars Galaxy Series IV collection. For more information on Kettle, and to see his extensive online gallery, visit

Six different Kettle designs, part of Order of St. Nick’s “Sweet and Sour Valentines” series of greeting cards, are available exclusively online for $3.99 each at

About Order of St. Nick

Order of St. Nick is a greeting card publisher specializing in funny and alternative holiday greeting cards ( All online orders are fulfilled by Order of St. Nick is a privately-owned small business headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa.

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John “Kettle” Soukup

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