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#1 issue of an All-New Fantasy/Adventure Comic for Cocktail Lovers!
#1 issue of an All-New Fantasy/Adventure Comic for Cocktail Lovers!
150 backers pledged $4,719 to help bring this project to life.

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$5000

OK, now EVERYONE who gets a physical book will get BOTH Lacey Leblanc AND Sean Dillon's art print, and everyone in the "Your Favorite New Bar", "Become a Regular" and "Get Hired as a Barback tier" will get a full double set of coasters - that's * total for y'all. NOW it's a party!

$4500

This is a big one. If we get to $4500 some awesome art rewards will kick in.  Everyone in the "Your Favorite New Bar", "Become a Regular" and "Get Hired as a Barback tier" will get a second EXCLUSIVE art print featuring Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast characters by Gravity Matters artist SEAN DILLON! Plus, EVERYONE who receives a physical book (that's the $12 reward tier and up!) will get a copy of Lacey Leblanc's art print!

$4000 - UNLOCKED!

This one is for the cocktail lovers. The coasters have proven to be hugely popular with everyone I talk to, with most people saying they want "a bunch!" So if we unlock this tier, EVERYONE who receives a print copy of the book will get a set of 2 coasters, and everyone at a level with coasters in it already will get bumped from 4 to 6 coasters! Now it's a party!

$3800 - UNLOCKED!

If we get to this next really reasonable goal, the Specialty Menu from the Arcanist Bar reward will now include 4 cocktail recipes, rather than just 3! Remember, these are UNIQUE ORIGINAL RECIPES that are different than the ones that will appear in each issue of the book, and the ONLY way to get them is to receive this reward! At $3800, it will get that much more magical!

$3600 - UNLOCKED!

If we hit this very reasonable goal, all backers receiving a physical reward will get one of these beauties! 

The ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST STICKER!
The ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST STICKER!

The Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1 is an all-new fantasy adventure full-color comic book from Jeff Rider, Davide Puppo, & Cloudwrangler Comics. It begins the story of Lark Leraar, the activist owner of the hottest cocktail bar in San Francisco, whose new employee just learned her deepest secret: she’s also a sorceress whose drinks are literally magic! 

Lark Leraar, the Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast herself!
Lark Leraar, the Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast herself!

Featuring stunning full-color art from Davide Puppo and written by Jeff Rider, Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast explores magical worlds the mystical peoples, flora and fauna that Lark, an expert mixologist and wizard, uses to make our world's most unique libations! It's all ages adventure and excitement that not only explores enchanted places but current themes around respectful treatment of indigenous peoples, sustainable and ethical food practices. Plus, for the aspiring home mixologists, the first issue and each subsequent one will contain a unique cocktail recipe straight from Lark's grimoire that, with a simple earthbound substitution, you can make in your home bar! (Ingredients, magical or otherwise, not included.) Check out some sample pages below!

Sample pages for ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1
Sample pages for ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1
Sample pages for ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1
Sample pages for ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1
Sample pages for ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1
Sample pages for ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1

Jeff Rider isa writer living in San Francisco who publishes his comics in print and digitally at CloudwranglerComics.com and on ComiXology. Jeff has been telling stories since he could talk, loves collaborative art in all its forms, and believes passionately in diversity and inclusion in storytelling. In addition to Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast, he’s the writer of the period thriller Major Holmes & Captain Watson with Carlos Cabaleiro and Anthony Lee and the sci-fi adventure Gravity Matters with Sean Dillon, and many more comics to be collected in an anthology of shorts coming this year.

Davide Puppo is an illustrator living in New York and working as a freelance cartoonist. He was born in Italy and he inherited the ambition of the Renaissance masters, but he focuses more on comics rather than boring paintings! He is firmly dedicated to drawing stories that make readers smarter, open-minded, charismatic and highly imaginative. He has recently graduated and can’t wait to immerse himself in the world of graphic novels.

Arcanist Bar Coasters (set of 4) Recyclable!
Arcanist Bar Coasters (set of 4) Recyclable!
The Arcanist Bar T-shirts! Just like the staff wears!
The Arcanist Bar T-shirts! Just like the staff wears!
Regulars T-shirt (black on black front, grey on black reverse), with the Arcanist Motto on the back (actual final design may vary)
Regulars T-shirt (black on black front, grey on black reverse), with the Arcanist Motto on the back (actual final design may vary)
The EXCLUSIVE Arcanist Shot Glass!
The EXCLUSIVE Arcanist Shot Glass!

Everyone knows Comics don't get made cheaply. When I created this book, I wanted to make sure that the artists got paid for their work up front, and at a fair rate. 80% of these costs are cash that goes straight to the talented folks who made this story so awesome to look at. The rest are costs associated with the physical production of the books and other rewards like T-shirts, etc.

Risks? What Risks?!?
Risks? What Risks?!?

Risks and challenges

So far the risk and challenges to A.C.E. #1 are very few. The full-color artwork is 100% complete, lettering is currently in progress and the only thing left is book layout and the time required for printing and shipping. The additional digital and comics perks like prints and barware, are all currently in production.

These orders will come in the heart of what creators and printers refer to as "Con Season" so there can sometimes be print delays, but we'll be as open and transparent as humanly possible during that phase. However, we're working with a printer we trust, and this is unlikely.

This is also my second Kickstarter and is similar in scope to my previous project. That project funded quickly, and all digital and physical rewards were shipped within the promised deadlines, less than three months after the end of the campaign. I learned the value of making sure that the comic is almost entirely complete before launching a campaign means a really quick turnaround time and rapid rewards delivery. The few hiccups from that endeavor became teachable moments for this one, so I expect even more smooth sailing.

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    One for the Road

    You'll get a copy of The Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1 in PDF form, delivered right to your inbox, as well as 2 desktop wallpapers and 2 more for your phone or tablet! Loads of digital goodies, plus your name on the Thank You page!

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    Straight Up

    You'll get a FIRST PRINT COPY of the 24-page ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1 comic by Jeff Rider with art from Davide Puppo! Every issue includes a special magical cocktail recipe! (Ingredients, magical or otherwise, not included.) Plus your name on the Thank You page!

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    Home Arcane Mixologist

    You'll get a BOTH a PRINT copy and a PDF copy of Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1, a special copy of The Arcanist Bar Cocktail menu with 3 additional recipes from Lark's Grimoire (ingredients not included) AND a set of 4 bar coasters from The Arcanist itself! Plus, your name on the Thank You Page. Perfect for a magical tipple while reading!

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    • Print Copy of Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1 digital download.
    • Arcanist Bar Cocktail Coasters (set of 4)
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast Specialty Menu from the Arcanist Bar
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    Your Favorite New Bar

    Get a PRINT and DIGITAL copy of ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1, plus the exclusive T-shirt from the Arcanist (just like the staff wears!), San Francisco's most magical (and fictional) cocktail bar! (Mens and ladies sizes and fits will be available!) Plus a mention on the Thank You page.

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    • Print Copy of Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1 digital download.
    • Arcanist Bar Staff T-Shirt (M & W sizes and fits available!)
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    Become a Regular

    You'll get a print and a digital edition of ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1, a copy of the Arcanist Specialty Cocktail menu (ingredients not included) and an exclusive Limited Edition shirt for the regulars, featuring the Arcanist company moto - "Nobody Dies on the First Day!"

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    • Print Copy of Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1 digital download.
    • Exclusive "Regulars Only" T-shirt.
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast Specialty Menu from the Arcanist Bar
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    Get Hired as a Barback!

    Get an exclusive original ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST print featuring all-new art by Lacey LeBlanc and signed by all the creators! Plus, you will get EVERYTHING listed so far! That's right! The ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST #1 in BOTH print and digital versions, THE EXCLUSIVE Arcanist Shot Glass, a T-shirt in the design of your choice, a 4 coaster set from the Arcanist bar, the Arcanist Specialty Cocktail menu, and your name in the Thank You page!

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    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1 digital download.
    • Print Copy of Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1
    • Arcanist Bar Cocktail Coasters (set of 4)
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast Specialty Menu from the Arcanist Bar
    • Lacey LeBlanc Exclusive Art Print
    • YOUR CHOICE of "Regulars" or Staff T-shirt (M or W available)
    • Arcanist Shot Glass
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    Hire Lark to Bartend your SF AREA Party!

    For ONE BACKER, Lark Leraar and the new guy, Bill (the heroes of issue #1 of THE ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST), will show up anywhere IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA for YOUR PARTY! They'll bring a bit of that Arcanist magic right to you for an event up to 100 people!

    We will supply you with an ingredients list for the full Arcanist Bar menu and two bartenders - Jeff Rider, the writer of ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST and a 10-year bartending veteran and his wife Carla, a founding member of Ladies Advocating Respectable Cocktails. They will make drinks all evening, in cosplay as Lark and Bill. The backer must provide all ingredients and alcohol, a venue or home to host the party, and the guests. We will cover transportation for "Lark and Bill."

    This tier will also include all the physical and digital rewards from the "Get Hired as a Barback" tier, plus a full case of custom Arcanist glassware for you to keep!

    (Again, under Kickstarter rules, we CANNOT provide alcohol for this event. Lark and Bill may bring some "magical" ingredients with them like bitters etc, but the alcohol and other ingredients for the party must be supplied by the backer.)

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    • "Lark and Bill" will bartend at your party in the SF Bay Area!
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1 digital download.
    • Print Copy of Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1
    • Arcanist Bar Cocktail Coasters (set of 4)
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast Specialty Menu from the Arcanist Bar
    • Lacey LeBlanc Exclusive Art Print
    • Option of your name on the Thank You Page.
    • YOUR CHOICE of "Regulars" or Staff T-shirt (M or W available)
    • Arcanist Shot Glass
    • Case of Arcanist Glassware
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    Hire Lark to Bartend your Party! (USA)

    For ONE BACKER, Lark Leraar and the new guy, Bill (the heroes of issue #1 of THE ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST), will show up anywhere in the contiguous USA for YOUR PARTY! They'll bring a bit of that Arcanist magic right to you for an event up to 100 people!

    We will supply you with an ingredients list for the full Arcanist Bar menu and two bartenders - Jeff Rider, the writer of ARCANE COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST and a 10-year bartending veteran and his wife Carla, a founding member of Ladies Advocating Respectable Cocktails. They will make drinks all evening, in cosplay as Lark and Bill. The backer must provide all ingredients and alcohol, a venue or home to host the party, and the guests. We will cover airfare and lodging for "Lark and Bill."

    This tier will also include all the physical and digital rewards from the "Get Hired as a Barback" tier, plus a full case of custom Arcanist glassware for you to keep!

    (Again, under Kickstarter rules, we CANNOT provide alcohol for this event. Lark and Bill may bring some "magical" ingredients with them like bitters etc, but the alcohol and other ingredients for the party must be supplied by the backer.)

    Includes:
    • "Lark and Bill" will bartend at your party anywhere in USA!
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1 digital download.
    • Print Copy of Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast #1
    • Arcanist Bar Cocktail Coasters (set of 4)
    • YOUR CHOICE of "Regulars" or Staff T-shirt (M or W available)
    • Arcanist Shot Glass
    • Option of your name on the Thank You Page.
    • Arcane Cocktail Enthusiast Specialty Menu from the Arcanist Bar
    • Lacey LeBlanc Exclusive Art Print
    • Case of Arcanist Glassware
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