***We're in extra innings, everybody! If funding hits $3500, I'm rolling out FOIL PACKS for all backers. Scroll down to learn more.***
WHAT IS ARCANA LEAGUE?
Let's start at the beginning. Three years ago, I came up with a simple thread of thought: Tarot cards numbered as baseball jerseys. Card suits as teams. Major League, Minor League – Arcana League. From there the cards took on a mind of their own, bringing me to the 78 pieces I have today.
Why is it "sacred and profane"? Full disclosure – I'm neither a die hard baseball fan* nor a spiritual person. But that's where the magic of Arcana League lies – by treading the line between these two worlds, it evolved into something accessible to all different sorts of folks. At least, I hope you'll think so. It's often dark, sometimes sexy, a little tongue in cheek, retro, and surreal.
I come from a background of making comics and designing characters, so my relationship with tarot is one of building narratives from the images and figures in the cards. Similar to relating to a novel, or music getting you through hard times. Aside from just being a weird crossover, what also makes Arcana League special is the personality of the characters within, and the world they occupy. It's heavily based on Rider-Waite tropes, transformed into something familiar but strange. Take a look for yourself, and tell me what you see.
*I am a Yankee fan though, even if that means I'll lose a few Bostonian backers.
SO WHAT'S THE GAMEPLAN?
All the art is finished, formatted, and ready to go – lovingly rendered black-and-white ink illustrations, bordered by each team's unique logo design. You can see them on my website. I've already gotten test prints, which are the lovely models you can see on this page. The cards are 2.5x3.5" – trading card sized, and packaged in a tuck box à la Topps. (I couldn't get any bubblegum or game-used memorabilia from whatever dimension these games take place in, unfortunately.) The smaller size makes them quick to handle and convenient to carry, in case you want to do a reading in the field.
I'm cross-promoting Arcana League elsewhere on the grid – Instagram, Reddit...If you want to wear your heart on your sleeve (or phone) you can also check out some Society6 merch! You might even hear some early whispers of Arcana League popping up in meatspace, if you're in New York.
I've put years of work into Arcana League, and I love getting engaged with new people who stumble upon it. Every day I think of a new way to make it more immersive, so you can be sure I'll put that energy into the final lap of getting it kickstarted. So if you have any questions or feedback, let me hear it from the nosebleed seats!
*I do like the Yankees though, even if that means I'll lose a few Bostonian backers.
All-Star Tier sticker rewards (sample versions)
Champion tier reward, Gameday Grimoire
SEVENTH INNING STRETCH
That is to say, Stretch Goals – If funding reaches $3500, I'm shooting to have 10-count foil packs printed, which all backers will receive. This was one of my earliest Arcana League ideas, since they're inspired by trading cards! Each pack contains 10 random cards, enough for a Celtic Cross reading. Perfect for a one-off reading, a gift for a friend, displaying cards as decoration, or just to get that nostalgic feeling of ripping into a foil bundle of cardboard joy.
Risks and challenges
The deck is completed and prepared to print - all the art is readily available for your perusal. I've thoroughly researched production of all the rewards as well. I'm a full-time professional artist, and I take this passion project just as seriously. I know the value of communication, so feel free to reach out with any questions about the deck!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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