What is Mysteries of the Arcana?
Mysteries of the Arcana is an LGBT-friendly webcomic that follows the adventures of Chrystalline, the last of a mythical race known as the dreamers; and Theresa, a young woman from our world, as they travel through a tarot-inspired multiverse.
There are 78 universes (called arcana in the comic) in the Mysteries of the Arcana multiverse, each modeled after a different tarot card. In addition, most of the major characters have a connection to a specific tarot card.
Mysteries of the Arcana has been available to the public, free of charge, on the internet since January 2009. So far we've released four chapters of the story spread across over 300 pages.
In chapter 1, Theresa met Chrystalline and helped Chrys rescue her mother from the robotic intelligence of the Devil arcana.
In chapter 2, Chrystalline tricked Theresa into reliving her past atop a giant turtle, damaging their budding relationship.
In chapter 3, Theresa and William hunted for Vitamin X in the wastelands of the Tower arcana while Chrys and Mandrake dealt with alien thieves and parrot pirate captains.
Chapter 4 explores the origin of the arcana and gives us a glimpse into Chrys and Theresa's first non-date.
What happens in chapter 5? Back this Kickstarter and you'll see!
The Chapter Five Kickstarter Campaign
The money raised by this campaign will pay for chapter five of Mysteries of the Arcana. Starting in March 2014 the comic will be posted twice a week on our website, free of charge. Chapter 5 is roughly 67 pages and should run until December 2014. Most of the funds raised by the Kickstarter will be used to compensate both Keith Wood, the illustrator of Mysteries of the Arcana and Suzanne Hartwick, our editor. The rest of the funds collected will be used to pay for Kickstarter rewards and shipping.
The Creative Team
Mysteries of the Arcana was created and is written by J Gray. He has based Mysteries of the Arcana off a lifetime of dreaming and his own understanding of the tarot, gained from study and time spent as a professional reader.
Keith Wood, the current illustrator of Mysteries of the Arcana, is a regular artist on the convention circuit, a semi-pro voice actor (he's the narrator in our Kickstarter video!), and the creator of Silver City, an upcoming print comic series.
Suzanne Hartwick has a background in both literary editing/critique and visual communication, making her the perfect choice to edit a webcomic!
The Mysteries of the Arcana artistic team has also included Sarrah, Jessica Cantlope, Gennifer Bone, and Tiffany Munro. All four amazing artists have contributed to Mysteries of the Arcana in the past and will hopefully do so again in the future.
There's a number of different rewards ranging from a $1 level to the $500 level! We've got specialized advertising rewards specifically for fellow creators as well as a nice combination of digital and physical rewards for fans! At higher levels we're even offering comic script critiques by our team, including a professional editor.
Upper tier rewards are limited but worth it!
What's the Money For?
The majority of the funds raised by this Kickstarter will be used to pay for art and editing to ensure that chapter 5 is the best chapter of Mysteries of the Arcana yet! The remaining money will be used to cover the expenses incurred from the Kickstarter such as paying for shipping.
Interested in seeing the further adventures of Chrystalline and Theresa, William and Mandrake? Then please back this Kickstarter so we can make Chapter 5 happen!
Risks and challenges
The script for chapter 5 has been written. The artist and editor have already been signed and we've got a proven track record of four chapters of the comic to show we're serious.
Rewards and shipping should be on time. Most rewards will be sent out before the December deadline.
If there are any issues with production of the comic or the shipping of rewards we'll be sure to communicate clearly with all backers.
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