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A graphic novel about a former gangster/current barista trying to do the right thing... but a life of crime keeps pulling her back in.
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Gangster Ass Barista standard cover by Renzo Rodriguez
Gangster Ass Barista standard cover by Renzo Rodriguez

Trinity used to live a life of crime, but now she makes ends meet by working as a barista in New York City.

The thing is, though, in New York City... well, making ends meet isn't easy to do with a minimum wage job. Not to mention the fact that customers are beginning to get on Trinity's nerves, and it's becoming harder and harder to keep it together.

And now, Trinity's past is calling and she finds out firsthand that just when she thought she was out... they pull her back in.

From the team that successfully Kickstarted Destiny NY, Clonsters, Modern Dread, Prison Witch, and Afterglow comes a brand new thriller that will keep you laughing while you're on the edge of your seat.

Gangster Ass Barista interior pages by Renzo Rodriguez
Gangster Ass Barista interior pages by Renzo Rodriguez
A glimpse at Trinity's past and present in these GANGSTER ASS BARISTA interior pages
A glimpse at Trinity's past and present in these GANGSTER ASS BARISTA interior pages

GANGSTER ASS BARISTA is a 70-page graphic novel written by me (Pat Shand, writer/creator of Destiny NY, Afterglow, Breathless, Little Girl, Snap Flash Hustle and more) and illustrated by Renzo Rodriguez (Breathless, Hellchild). After teaming up on Black Mask's hit horror comic Breathless, Renzo and I are back with this comedic, coffee-fueled crime thriller!

GANGSTER ASS BARISTA is a DESTINY NY spinoff, but you don't have to have read that series to enjoy this! It stands alone as a brand new, character-driven adventure.

Destiny, NY is a story about a former magical girl who falls in love with the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family. In this series, Trinity starts out a foe and quickly ends up as an uneasy friend.
Destiny, NY is a story about a former magical girl who falls in love with the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family. In this series, Trinity starts out a foe and quickly ends up as an uneasy friend.

If you want to catch up on her past, though, you can also get both volumes of DESTINY, NY through this Kickstarter! They are available in print and digital.

Our KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE VARIANT by Elisa Romboli (colors by Walter Pereyra) and our BOOTLEGGER VARIANT by Daniel Cooney (colors by Lisa D. Gonzales)
Our KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE VARIANT by Elisa Romboli (colors by Walter Pereyra) and our BOOTLEGGER VARIANT by Daniel Cooney (colors by Lisa D. Gonzales)

We have three beautiful editions of GANGSTER ASS BARISTA, with a standard cover by Renzo, a Kickstarter-exclusive edition by DESTINY, NY's upcoming series artist Elisa Romboli and a limited Bootlegger edition by THE TOMMY GUN DOLLS' Daniel Cooney.

A few more interior pages by Renzo!
A few more interior pages by Renzo!

Keep reading to check out our amazing rewards, including:

  • the graphic novel itself 
  • original artwork from the book
  • custom artwork commissions 
  • the chance to get drawn into the book
  • enamel pins
  • coffee coaster
  • signed bookplate
  • and more!

If you have any questions or would like to add any of these items onto other pledge levels, please feel free to message me.

 ALL STRETCH GOALS HAVE BEEN UNLOCKED! Thank you for your amazing support.

In addition to all of the new items available through this campaign, we're offering books from previous Space Between Entertainment campaign. For more info on these books, you can explore previous campaigns here:

  • Destiny, NY Volume One: A magical girl attempts to live a normal life after completing her prophecy.
  • Destiny, NY Volume Two: Logan has been dating Lilith, the last surviving daughter of a mystical crime family, for one year now, but their pasts threaten to pull them apart.
  • Prison Witch: A mystical thriller about the magic that happens behind bars at a women's prison. 
  • Afterglow: A post-apocalyptic epic about a girl and her giant, radioactive cat.
  • Modern Dread: A horror anthology about modern anxieties.
  • Clonsters: A young Earth Nugget attempts to find her lost Splat in this all-ages adventure about monsters made out of clay.

Thank you so much for pledging to GANGSTER ASS BARISTA. We say this every campaign because it's true: every pledge matters because indie comics are powered by passionate creators and dedicated readers like you -- we can't make this book happen without you. Together, we can do this!

Risks and challenges

We have a well-oiled system and a plan to get the book done ahead of schedule. In a creative endeavor of this size, possible challenges could be delays in production or printing, considering we ship overseas. However, any time that has happened in the past has been minor -- we have successfully Kickstarted multiple projects before as creators AND as a team, which has given us the utmost confidence that we'll meet and exceed your expectations. When hiccups are hit, we send updates. When we receive our shipment, we get them our to backers THAT WEEK without delay. Our backers deserve the absolute best, and we promise to deliver the highest quality and the best communication.

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    SIGNED BOOKPLATE + the Book

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    DRINK COASTER + the Book

    In addition to a paperback copy of Gangster Ass Barista, receive this unique drink coaster by DESTINY, NY co-creator Manuel Preitano. This coaster includes the official logo of the GREEN BEAN, the coffee shop featured in GANGSTER ASS BARISTA and DESTINY, NY! Drink a cup of coffee while reading!

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    ENAMEL PIN #1 + the Book

    In addition to a paperback copy of Gangster Ass Barista, receive the REGULAR IS NOT A SIZE enamel pin by Angela Oddling! Wear this, and you're an honorary barista.

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    ENAMEL PIN #2 + the Book

    In addition to a paperback copy of Gangster Ass Barista, receive the TRINITY enamel pin by Angela Oddling! Wear this, no one will test your gangster. They might ask where you got that pin, though.

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    The Book - BOOTLEGGER VARIANT

    Get the super limited version of Gangster Ass Barista with a cover from another time! Trinity is reimagined as a prohibition era gangster by THE TOMMY GUN DOLLS artist/creator Daniel Cooney. This is the first of a series of FLASHBACK VARIANTS starring Destiny, NY characters.

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    ENAMEL PIN SET + the Book

    In addition to a paperback copy of Gangster Ass Barista, receive both enamel pins: the REGULAR IS NOT A SIZE pin and the TRINITY pin.

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    EARLY BIRD - All 3 Versions of the Book

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    ALL 3 VERSIONS OF THE BOOK

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    TRINTY'S BACKSTORY: Destiny, NY

    Trinity was originally introduced in my other series, Destiny NY. With this tier, you can see how she became the Gangster Ass Barista she is today. In addition to the standard Gangster Ass Barista paperback, you will receive both volumes of Destiny, NY that have been released so far!

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    RETAILER SPECIAL - 10 Copies

    10 copies of Gangster Ass Barista at a special rate only for retailers. Pledge here, and then message us what store you're repping! If you'd like to switch out any of these copies for the variant version or add any of the other rewards, message us for details.

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    HOUSE SPECIAL - Get EVERYTHING!

    This is the lowest we have EVER offered anything like this. At this level, you will get every GANGSTER ASS BARISTA item. That's all 3 versions of the book. That's the enamel pin set. That's the bookplate, the bookmark, and the coaster. Get the full experience!

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    BECOME A CHARACTER + Everything Else!

    In addition to every GANGSTER ASS BARISTA item, you will be drawn into the book by artist Renzo Rodriguez as a customer OR a gangster! (**This does not include commissions or Destiny, NY Volumes 1 -2**)

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    RENZO COMMISSION + Everything Else!

    In addition to every GANGSTER ASS BARISTA item, you will receive a full-color digital commission by rockstar artist Renzo Rodriguez! (**This does not include getting drawn into the book or Destiny, NY Volumes 1 -2**)

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    ORIGINAL ART! 1 Page from the Book

    LIMITED TO FIVE! In addition to every GANGSTER ASS BARISTA item, you will receive ONE ORIGINAL PAGE OF PHYSICAL ART from Gangster Ass Barista, drawn and signed by artist Renzo Rodriguez! (**This does not include getting drawn into the book, the commission, or Destiny, NY Volumes 1 -2**)

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    ORIGINAL ART! Daniel Cooney's Cover

    LIMITED TO ONE! In addition to every GANGSTER ASS BARISTA item, you will receive the original art from Daniel Cooney's BOOTLEGGER VARIANT Gangster Ass Barista cover! (**This does not include getting drawn into the book, the commission, or Destiny, NY Volumes 1 -2**)

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