Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Funding for chapter 5 of Mysteries of the Arcana, a tarot inspired romantic adventure.
Funding for chapter 5 of Mysteries of the Arcana, a tarot inspired romantic adventure.
77 backers pledged $4,756 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Mysteries of the Arcana, Chapter 5 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$4,756

77

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.

The Rewards

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! 

Stretch Goals!

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.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    An Immortal Thank You!

    You get your name on a "thank you" donation wall that goes on our website.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A Hidden Thank You!

    Your name will be hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5. Each page we'll have one (or more if needed) names hidden somewhere in the art.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    The Chapter 1 PDF Reward!

    You get a digital trade copy of chapter 1, complete with extras. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    The Fellow Creator Reward!

    You get a quarter page ad for your game, comic, blog, or fiction in the digital trade editions of chapter 1 and 2 and the digital chapter 5 script book. Ads are subject to editorial approval. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    The Double PDF Reward!

    You get digital trade copies of chapters 1 AND 2, complete with extras. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    The Deluxe Fellow Creator Reward!

    You get a half page ad for your game, comic, blog, or fiction in the digital trade editions of chapter 1 and 2 and the digital chapter 5 script book. Ads are subject to editorial approval. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    The Triple PDF Reward!

    You get a digital trade copies of chapters 1 and 2 and a copy of the chapter 5 script book, complete with extras. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    The CCG Card Reward! You get the limited edition Lesbian Elf Kisses Webcomic Battle CCG card, designed by the MotA staff! In addition you get digital trade copies of chapters 1 AND 2, complete with extras. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    The Fellow Creator AND Fan Reward!

    Digital trade copies of chapters 1 and 2 and the chapter 5 script book, complete with extras. A half page ad for your game, comic, blog, or fiction in each of the three books. Ads are subject to editorial approval. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    The One Card Reading Award!

    Digital trade copies of chapters 1, 2 and the chapter 5 script book, complete with extras. Plus a Mysteries of the Arcana tarot card. Your choice from three cards: the Devil, High Priestess, or Knight of Swords. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    The Background Cameo Reward! You (or an avatar of your choice) will be included in chapter 5 as part of a single panel, background cameo. You also get a digital trade copies of chapters 1 and 2 and a copy of the chapter 5 script book, complete with extras. Plus your name will appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    The Two Card Spread Reward!

    Digital trade copies of chapters 1, 2 and the chapter 5 script book, complete with extras. Plus TWO Mysteries of the Arcana tarot cards. Your choice from three cards: the Devil, High Priestess, or Knight of Swords. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    The Three Card Spread Reward!

    Digital trade copies of chapters 1, 2 and the chapter 5 script book, complete with extras. Plus all THREE Mysteries of the Arcana tarot cards. Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    The Lesbian Elf Kisses Reward!

    Digital trade copies of chapters 1, 2 and the chapter 5 script book, complete with extras. Three miniposters of Chrystalline and Theresa and a unique, lesbian elf kisses themed nail polish created by a member of the Mysteries of the Arcana art staff! Your name will also appear on our donation wall and hidden somewhere in the art of chapter 5.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    The Double Reward Reward!

    You get your choice of one of the two $50 rewards. You'll be able to pick from the Three Card Spread reward or the Lesbian Elf Kisses reward. You will also receive a Magic-themed Webcomic Battle CCG deck w/ cards designed by Mysteries of the Arcana team members! Please note your name will only be hidden in the comic art once.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    The Triple Reward Reward!

    You get the Three Card Spread reward AND the Lesbian Elf Kisses reward plus a Magic-themed Webcomic Battle CCG deck w/ cards designed by Mysteries of the Arcana team members! In addition you will receive the limited edition, one of a kind Lesbian Elf Kisses card for the Webcomic Battle CCG, designed by the Mysteries of the Arcana staff! Please note your name will only be hidden in the comic art once.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    The Webcomic Critique Reward!

    You get the Three Card Spread reward and the Lesbian Elf Kisses reward Plus a Magic-themed Webcomic Battle CCG deck w/ cards designed by Mysteries of the Arcana team members! Also the limited edition, one of a kind Lesbian Elf Kisses card for the Webcomic Battle CCG! In addition the Mysteries of the Arcana team (writer J, artist Keith, and pro editor Suzanne) will critique and edit your comic script (up to 24 pages). Please note your name will only be hidden in the comic art once.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    The Ultimate Fan and Creator Reward!

    You get the Three Card Spread reward AND the Lesbian Elf Kisses reward plus a Magic-themed Webcomic Battle CCG deck w/ cards designed by Mysteries of the Arcana team members. Also the limited edition, one of a kind Lesbian Elf Kisses card for the Webcomic Battle CCG! In addition you get a half page ad for your game, comic, blog, or fiction in each of the three books. We'll also prominently plug your project twice a month on our website for the duration of chapter 5! Ads are subject to editorial approval. Please note your name will only be hidden in the comic art once.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    The Cameo Reward!

    Your choice of either the Webcomic Critique award or the Ultimate Fan and Creator award. In addition, your name and likeness (or the name and likeness of your preferred avatar) will be used to create an antagonist in chapter 5 (and possibly beyond!). Please note your name will only be hidden in the comic art once.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    The Original Art Reward!

    Your choice of either the Webcomic Critique award or the Ultimate Fan and Creator award. In addition you'll receive a piece of full page, original art from chapter 1 of Mysteries of the Arcana signed by Keith and J! Please note your name will only be hidden in the comic art once.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)