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The Arcane Awakening is a graphic novel trilogy about the warriors of God and Satan fighting for humanity and earth one last time!

The Arcane Awakening is a graphic novel trilogy that I have been pouring heart and soul into since 2010. In 2012, with private funding and endless hard work, I released the first book in the trilogy, The Arcane Awakening.

The Arcane Awakening book #1 cover
The Arcane Awakening book #1 cover

The Bible has a cryptic and morbid description of the final battle between God and Satan... but no ending. The Arcane Awakening tells the story of how this ancient prophecy finally unfolds.

The Arcane Awakening is "X-men" meets "The Da Vinci Code". The descendants of ancient angel/human hybrids, or Arcane, long dormant abilities spring to life when Satan’s appears on earth. God’s army (The Ministry) and Lucifer’s army (The Demonic Blight) battle each other one last time for all the marbles… earth and humanity… winner take all.

Here is a link to a 9 page preview of The Arcane Awakening #1:http://messbucketcomics.com/previews/

Here's a look at the Mess Bucket Comics promotional video for The Arcane Awakening. The video was shot in 720 HD and original score.

All of the main characters abilities originate from a famous human descendant and an angelic/demonic being.

Stigmata

Stigmata is the leader of The Ministry and protagonist. He is the descendant of Archangel Michael and Alexander the Great. He bleeds from his head, hands and feet when feeling any type of strong emotion.

More information on Stigmata and the rest of The Ministry can be found here: http://messbucketcomics.com/characters/the-ministry/

Fuhrer

Fuhrer is the leader of The Demonic Blight and antagonist. He is the descendant of Lucifer and Adolf Hitler. He has a pentagram burned onto his chest that blasts hell fire at enemies.

More information on Fuhrer and the rest of The Demonic Blight can be found here: http://messbucketcomics.com/characters/the-demonic-blight/

Ravager

Ravager is a member of the Demonic Blight. Judah transforms into Ravager when he feeds on humans. The more he eats the more powerful he gets. He is a descendant of the cannibal Sawney Bean and Mastema the dark angel of punishment.

More information on Ravager and the rest of The Demonic Blight can be found here: http://messbucketcomics.com/characters/the-demonic-blight/

Mojo

Mojo is a member of The Ministry. Mojo speaks in lyrics, drinks whiskey and (one might say) 'lives the strangest life he's ever known'. Mojo's Celtic cross charm on his necklace turns into a powerful weapon. He is the descendant of Jim Morrison and the Archangel Zadkiel of benevolence.

More information on Mojo and the rest of The Ministry can be found here: http://messbucketcomics.com/characters/the-ministry/

The Arcane Awakening is the first book in The Arcane Awakening trilogy. This campaign will fund the final two books in the trilogy.

I will be unpaid for this project (like the first) and any proceeds will go directly toward marketing The Arcane trilogy to the world. I will attend as many comic conventions as monetarily possible in order to promote this great story.

Mess Bucket Comics' long term goals are to create an animated movie or series with enough fan support. Arcane merchandise like toys, trading cards, and t-shirts are on the radar as well.

At the top of the mountain is a live action movie for which the movie script is already written.

"The Arcane Awakening is a really great read! Awesome quality! Great concept- great art... Can't imagine someone not wanting to pick this up!"  -Matt Busch The Official Star Wars Artist.

Mess Bucket Comics has done something unique in recreating a biblical story overlaying what can only be described as a Tarantino-style explosion of violence, mayhem, and overt raucous behavior. It is a brief and absorbing jaunt that is over so quickly that you are left wondering: What the hell just happened? I imagine we will be seeing more of The Arcane Awakening very soon.-Dan O’Brien, bestselling author and senior editor at Empirical magazine and The Dan O’Brien Project

"For any new comic book the highest praise is simply wanting
to see more. The Arcane Awakening successfully sets up an interesting
and fertile universe where the Bible is true and Satan has found his
way to Earth. Satan’s appearance springs to life dormant angelic-like
bloodlines (and don’t worry about the Bible aspect, it’s not preachy
or churchy). I can’t wait to read more of The Arcane Awakening.
"              -Chad Perry of UofMuscle.com


"The Arcane Awakening" by Mess Bucket Comics is a comic book with graphics to be envied. While this book will appeal to adults young and old, the readers should be aware that like most novels of this type, it has it's share of graphic violence. The story is loosely based on Genesis 6:2, 4. The plot focuses on God sending his Angels to mate with humans and Lucifer sending his demons to do the same. The mating produced Nephilim, half humans with supernatural powers. After many generations the power became diluted. However, Lucifer is back in full force and the "Arcane Warriors are needed to lead God's ministry to humanity's final conflict." Satan's warriors are fighting among themselves for the right of leadership. The battles are bloody and fatal. The Arcane Warriors are Shroud, Paragon and Mojo and their leader is Stigmata. "Their ministry is to bring peace to earth, through compassion and faith."

The shock value of the violence and language will catch the attention of and appeal to this genre's intended audience. The illustrations are beautifully done, I am amazed at the talent of the artist. Overall this comic is well done and will certainly appeal to those interested in the 'no holds barred" graphic novel genre.
-Anne Boling at Readers Favorite

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I learned quite a bit about what it takes to make a graphic novel the correct way with the first Arcane Awakening book.

A myriad of things can (and will) go wrong while in production of any new entity.

It's an especially volatile situation when creating art. Deadlines are important yet so is a high quality final product. Finding the correct formula for efficiency and art/storytelling can be challenging.

The crucial part is handling these obstacles the right way. The team at Mess Bucket Comics has experienced these obstacles and overcame them successfully. We are looking to improve on our success with this project.

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