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ARCANA: April Newsletter ~ New PreOrders, Releases, & Events!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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April Newsletter ~ New PreOrders, Releases, & Events!

 

http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue03_FrontCover.jpgVANCOUVER (April 22, 2013) - 
Arcana Comics is counting down the days until FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2013, where we will debut The Steam Engines of Oz, a gorgeous re-imagining of the world of Oz, set 100 years after the events from The Wizard of Oz, a story we all love and cherish. That’s not all that we’re up to, however, so keep on reading and learn all about what Arcana is up to… New Releases, Pre-Orders, and Events!

http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/OzLogo_3.jpgTHE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ:

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY & BEYOND

The Steam Engines of Oz is just TWELVE days from hitting the shelves on Free Comic Book Day. We have received a LOT of attention for the book, and the following issues If you havent seen the preview pages, if you havent seen the solicits, you need to! This is an epic re-imagining of the World of Oz set 100 years after the events in the Wizard of Oz, and everything has changed. Chapter 1 debuts on FCBD, and Issue 1 debuts in June. Its not too late to pre-order the title! Head to your local comic shop, call, email, or send smoke signals, but please make sure they carry the book! Also, we JUST received the solicit information for Issue 2, which hits stands in July. Things are heating up!

 

THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ FCBD Debuts Saturday, May 4th on FCBD.

THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ ISSUE 01 Continuing where the FCBD edition leaves off. DIAMOND PREVIEWS ORDER CODE APR13 0795! Releasing June 2013.

THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ ISSUE 02 Find out what happened to the Munchkins who lived in the Emerald City after the Wizard of Oz. These guys aint from the Lillipop Guild! DIAMOND PREVIEWS ORDER CODE MAY13 0797.  Releasing July 2013.

         THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ ISSUE 03 The epic finale to the first Steam Engines of Oz arc. Find out what happened to the Scarecrow, and see the showdown between the Tin Man and his forces against Munchkins and Lions and Victoria, oh my! Releasing August 2013.

 

If you missed the preview pages of The Steam Engines of Oz we sent out previously, they can be seen at this link.

http://www.arcana.com/newsletter/?p=220

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVENTS

http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/TheSteamEnginesOfOz_FCBD.jpgDid you think we were only releasing a book on Free Comic Book Day? Oh no, Arcana Comics is doing more than that to celebrate the Steam Engines of Oz! See below for some of the events happening around the country on Saturday, May 4th!

 

 

Galaxy of Comics in Van Nuys, CA (17306 Saticoy St). Sean O’Reilly, co-created of The Steam Engines of Oz and Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt will be appearing, AND we are very excited to announce that members of The League of S.T.E.A.M. will also be joining Arcana from 12-2!

         So Cal Comics (8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #124, San Diego). Erik Hendrix will be doing a signing at So Cal Comics from 10-5! Pick up a signed copy of The Steam Engines of Oz while supply last from the co-creator and writer!

         Metropolis Comics and Toys in Bunaby, BC Canada. We have Artist Ana Svarc doing signings and Sketches from noon until 4! Be sure to come down and grab your free preview copy of “The Steam Engines of Oz”. And to help promote “The Steam Engines of Oz” There will be a prize for best Steampunk costume!

The Comic Book Shoppe 1 & The Comic Book Shoppe 2 in Ottowa and Nepean, Ontario. Members from Steampunk Canada and Steampunk Ottawa will be doing a meet and greet and handing out copies of Steam Engines of Oz for Free Comic Book Day!

 

NEW RELEASES APRIL AND MAY 2013

http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/SimmonsComicsAnthologyVol2_FrontCover_SM.jpgBelow are some of our new releases, released and releasing in April and May 2013!

         BREATHER FEB13 0718 Created by award-winning writer and artist, Graeme Base!

         THE BLACK LIST FEB13 0719

         ZOO DOT COM FEB13 0720

10TH MUSE VOLUME 1 THE IMAGE YEARS I MAR13 0797 Collecting the early Image issues of the 10thMuse for the First Time in one place!

SIMMONS COMICS ANTHOLOGY VOL 2 MAR13 0798 Collects Zipper, Dominatrix, and Gene Simmons House of Horrors Issue 2, PLUS Part 2 of the All New Zipper Vs Dominatrix: The Slave Trade.

PUNCH DRUNK MAR13 0799

THE DOMAIN MAR13 0800

PRE-ORDERS APRIL AND MAY 2013

Below are some of our upcoming books You definitely DO NOT want to miss these!

         http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/DaysEnoxRev_cvr.jpgDAYS MISSING VOL 3: ENOX FEATURED TITLE!

o   DIAMOND CODE: JAN13 0836 (JULY RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $24.95

o   WRITTEN BY: Phil Hester

o   ART BY: Felipe Watanabe

o   COVER BY: Dale Keown

o   DESCRIPTION: Roddenberry Entertainment and Arcana proudly presents the earth-shattering finale to the DAYS MISSING saga! Days Missing: Enox concludes the saga of The Steward, a mysterious being whose ability to fold days of time has resulted in critical human events being absent from our historical record. Their existence is not remembered but the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of our evolution.

o   NOTE: DAYS MISSING VOL 1 & 2 ARE Available for Pre-Order through Archaia Comics!

DAYS MISSING VOL 1 DIAMOND CODE MAY13 0804

DAYS MISSING VOL 2: KESTUS DIAMOND CODE MAY13 0805

WORTH FEATURED TITLE!

o   http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/WORTH_cover_rough_v02_fi.jpgDIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0796(JULY RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $24.95

o   WRITTEN BY: Aubrey Sitterson

o   ART BY: Chris Moreno

o   DESCRIPTION: A has-been super-human, whose ability has been rendered obsolete by the evolution of human society, finds redemption and self-worth while attempting to explore the circumstances of what happens when a superhero can no longer be super.

HEADSMASH FEATURED TITLE!

o   DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0795 (JULY RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $19.95

o   http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/HeadSmash_FrontCover_Final.jpgCREATED BY: VLAD YUDIN

o WRITTEN BY: Erik Hendrix

o   ART BY: Dwayne Harris

o   COVER ART BY: Tim Bradstreet

o   DESCRIPTION: In the lurid city of Ares, Smash is a trusted officer of the Horde, a brutal syndicate.  As an angry orphan, he was hand-selected by Maurice, the Horde’s capo, to be groomed for leadership. After being sent on a mission to claim a powerful serum, Smash is left for dead and his girlfriend and unborn baby are taken by the very group that he swore allegiance to.  He returns, armed with a serum that gives superhuman strength, and vows that he won’t rest until his family is safe and revenge is taken upon those who betrayed him.

http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue01Cover.jpgTHE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ #1 FEATURED TITLE!

o   DIAMOND CODE: APR13 0795 (JUNE RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $3.99

o   STORY BY: Sean Patrick OReilly & Erik Hendrix

o   WRITTEN BY: Erik Hendrix

o   ART BY: Yannis Roumboulias

o   DESCRIPTION: Straight from the pages of our FCBD Preview, The Steam Engines of Oz has arrived! Find out how the Emerald City has transformed in the last 100 years as Victoria Wright and her friends plot their escape only to fall into the clutches of a terrifying threat. This re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens is a must read for fans of Oz, SteamPunk, an exciting story, and fantastic art.

http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue02_FrontCover.jpgTHE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ #2 FEATURED TITLE!

o   DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0797 (JULY RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $3.99

o   STORY BY: Sean Patrick OReilly & Erik Hendrix

o   WRITTEN BY: Erik Hendrix

o   ART BY: Yannis Roumboulias

o   DESCRIPTION: Victoria and her friends have faced The Emerald City under the rulership of the Tin Man, the descendants of the Cowardly Lion, but how will they handle a group of very short, and very unruly Munchkins? Hidden in the forests for decades, can Victoria enlist their help, and what secrets hide within their village? Dont miss the latest chapter in this colorful interpretation of Oz through a SteamPunk lens.

http://www.carpetbombcomics.com/images/ButcherStreet_FrontCover.jpgBUTCHER STREET

o   DIAMOND CODE: APR13 0796 (JUNE RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $19.95

o   WRITTEN BY: Justin Robinson

o   ART BY: Steve Wands

o   COVER ART BY: Ben Templesmith

o   DESCRIPTION: Michael Rose has awakened in a strange place: a city block from which there is no escape, watched over by a monstrous guardian.  Every one of the other denizens carries with them some secret pain, but are they wardens or fellow prisoners?  While Michael hunts for escape from Butcher Street, he learns that the only way out is in.

HERO HAPPY HOUR (VOLUME 1)

o   DIAMOND CODE: APR13 0797 (JUNE RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $19.95

o   DESCRIPTION: Imagine pulling up a stool to the bar and sipping a frosty pint of your favorite beer as you listen to the conversations of the “regulars” that frequent the neighborhood tavern. The Hideout Bar & Grill caters to the super heroes of First City. And, it servers as more than just a place to wash away the troubles of serving and protecting society as crime-fighting crusaders. For the regular heroes, it is “a place where everyone knows your name,” secret identity or not.

KOZMIK

o   DIAMOND CODE: APR13 0798 (JUNE RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $14.95

o   DESCRIPTION: ZAK TYLER, the hero of our story, finds a powerful, yet, kid-sized ALIEN SUPERSUIT controlled by A.I. TECHNOLOGY in his closet. Zaks first notion is to live out his fantasy of being a SUPERHERO, and when a dark alien overlord aptly named LORD DREADNITE comes looking for his stolen technology, Zak learns just what it takes to be a real hero as he must fight for the survival of his family…and the entire earth!

GARBAGE DAY

o   DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0798 (JULY RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $9.95

o   DESCRIPTION: Every week, millions take out their trash on Garbage Day, but thanks to a new memory tool called the Cartisan Device, people can erase a single day from their lives and consciousness as if it had never occurred. For down on his luck former Parole Officer Seth Mason, every day is one he would like to forget. He lost his job, his wife, and filed for bankruptcy. Everything changes when Seth is offered a job by The Barker to kill a local Detective Seth has some history with. Seth follows through, but guilt drives him to take out his Cartisan Device and throw away the day for good. When an error message shows up on the machine, Seth is on a race against time to forget the worst day of his life and untangle conflicts between memories and reality before its too late!

MIDNIGHT TO DAYLIGHT

o   DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0799 (JULY RELEASE)

o   PRICE: $19.95

o   DESCRIPTION: No army has ever marched into battle thinking they were the bad guys. And it’s up to the reader to decide who is the hero… and who is the villain?

Exclusive Simmons Comics Anthology Preview at LSCC 2013!

Friday, January 11th, 2013

VANCOUVER (Jan 11, 2013) – Arcana Comics and Simmons Comics Group are proud to announce that Simmons Comics Anthology is crossing the pond!

In celebration of the launch of Simmons Comics Anthology Volume 1 (DIAMOND DEC12 0812 / ISBN 978-1-77135-066-2), Arcana Comics and Simmons Comics Group have created an extremely limited edition Preview Book ONLY available to attendants of London Super Comic Con Feb 23rd and 24th.

This limited edition preview will feature the first chapter of Gene Simmons’ Zipper Vs Dominatrix: The Slave Trade, written by Erik Hendrix (The Evil Tree, Deadly Harvest, The Book), with art from Yannis Roumboulias (Deadly Harvest)

This preview will be strictly limited to 100 copies and available for £5. Be sure to find the Arcana Comics table at London Super Comic Con to get a copy of this book!

If you can’t make it to the convention, don’t worry, you can still read the amazing first chapter of Gene Simmons’ Zipper Vs Dominatrix: The Slave Trade by picking up a copy of Simmons Comics Anthology Volume 1 when it is released in February! Pre-Order a copy now!

TITLE: Simmons Comics Anthology Vol. 1
CREATED BY: Gene Simmons
EDITED BY: Erik Hendrix
COVER BY: Yannis Roumboulias
ISBN: 978-1-77135-066-2
DIAMOND CODE: DEC12 0812
PRICE: $19.95
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=553
DESCRIPTION: Arcana Comics and Simmons Comics Group are proud to present this special anthology, featuring the first chapters of Zipper, Dominatrix, and Gene Simmons House of Horrors, as well as the first chapter of the first ever crossover between Zipper and Dominatrix, The Slave Trade.

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October Newsletter

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

 

VANCOUVER (October 30, 2012) -  Happy Halloween everyone! Welcome to another month of the Arcana newsletter! This month, we’re going to delve into the dark realm of horror, talk about some new books, and also talk about an exciting contest going on right now! Also, if you’re curious what the image is to the left here… keep on reading!Be sure to look down in our new and upcoming releases section for special links to download the first chapter of some books FREE! 

 

Arcana’s 13 Days of TERROR on ComiXology

First off, from October 19th through October 31st, we’re celebrating Halloween with ComiXology by bringing you Arcana’s 13 Days of TERROR! It’s a celebration of some of the best indie horror around, introducing you to some of our best horror, some previously published, but at a lower price, and others you haven’t seen before! You can head to the link on the main page of ComiXology.com, but you can access it directly by CLICKING HERE.

Below are a few of the FREE books available in the promotion:

1. The Book Issue 1 – CLICK HERE

2. The Evil Tree Issue 1 – CLICK HERE

3. Philosopher Rex Issue 1 – CLICK HERE

Next, let’s talk about the RCB Sketch Challenge!

Arcana Comics is sponsoring the RCB Sketch Challenge, which fans can participate in right now by voting for their favorite interpretation of Kade! The winner will receive free books, a limited edition poster of their artwork, and a $250 prize! Head over to the event by CLICKING HERE and vote for your favorite!

There are some truly talented artists participating, so please show your support!

Arcana’s new releases and upcoming books!

Next, let’s take a look at what’s going on in print… Arcana has a lot of great books hitting the shelves now and coming soon! Below are some of those titles, which can be ordered through your favorite comic book shops, online bookstores, Amazon.com, and through the Arcana Store Online. Read about the books and see what you might like!

TITLE: The Evil Tree
DIAMOND: JUL120743
ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-
ARCANA PAGEhttp://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=437
DOWNLOAD THE FIRST CHAPTER ON COMIXOLOGY FREE
DESCRIPTION: In a colonial village outside of NYC, Misha and her fiance, Daren, seek an escape from the fast pace of the city. As they settle in, Misha becomes withdrawn, suffering from bad dreams and depression. When Daren brings his friends to the house to “shake out the cobwebs,” little does he know he is setting into motion events started hundreds of years ago with the original occupants of the house, the Willam Family. Not only did the ill-fated Willam family die in the house one cold winter, but the house has developed a history of female occupants committing suicide. The friends must solve the mystery of the house before the Willam Family ghosts pick them off one by one.
COMMENTS: ComicMonsters.com calls The Evil Tree “a ghost story that will make your blood run cold,” while Blood-Disgusting.com says it’s “exactly what a classic ghost story should be… Hendrix and Thollin capture all of the elements of the genre with stunning execution. This is a perfect Halloween tale that’s bound to send shivers down your spine.

TITLE: Pixies
DIAMOND: JULY PREVIEWS JUL120745
ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7 978-1-897548-49-3
ARCANA PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=374
DOWNLOAD THE FIRST CHAPTER ON COMIXOLOGY FREE
DESCRIPTION: Joe Beck is an auto mechanic with the worst luck in the world. Joe’s been a walking disaster plagued with comedic situations where simply nothing goes right. Since the age of sixteen, Joe’s never won a bet, has been stung more times than George W. has with late night comics and his allergies have introduced him to every hospital employee within a sixty-mile radius. In Annie Hall, Woody Allen divides everyone into the Horrible and the Miserable. Joe unfortunately falls into both categories. He must now defeat the Pixies Curse in order to get back the girl of his dreams.

TITLE: CHAMPIONS OF THE WILD WEIRD WEST
DIAMOND CODE: AUG120782 / ISBN: 978-1-926914-54-1
ARCANA PAGE: 
http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=397
DOWNLOAD THE FIRST CHAPTER ON COMIXOLOGY FREE

DESCRIPTION: The honor of a samurai, the mysticism of the Native American Culture, and a whole heck of a lot of Old West Action. When a fallen samurai is drawn to the United States to save his wife-to-be and her father, he is drawn into a plot much more complex than a simple rescue. Meeting up with an adventurer, his Indian financial advisor, a mercenary, and a former priest, they set off on a quest to save the West from the strange and unimaginable. Zombie Indians, mystical beings, and mad science are just a few of they must face on their quest to save themselves, those they love, and the whole of the Old West.
COMMENTS: For fans of The Sixth Gun, this Supernatural Western puts a modern spin on the classic western, introducing mythologies from all over the world into the melting pot of the old west.

TITLE: CREEPSVILLE
DIAMOND CODE: AUG120783 / ISBN:
 978-1-89754-852-3
ARCANA PAGE: 
http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=333

DESCRIPTIONA group of high school outcasts, each alienated for a different reason, are thrown together as the staff of the school paper, but these kids just happen to live in Creepsville: a small retro-American town where monsters, humans, aliens, superheroes, robots, and mad scientists all live and work together.

COMMENTS: Mix the humor of Futurama with a high school full of creatures, pull out the outcasts from that group, and you have Creepsville. Co-Created by Doc Wyatt, the producer from Napoleon Dynamite (Film and Animated).

DEADLY HARVEST
DIAMOND CODE
: SEP12 0778 / ISBN: 978-1-926914-53-4
ARCANA PAGE:
 http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=455

DOWNLOAD THE FIRST CHAPTER ON COMIXOLOGY FREE
DESCRIPTION: Core mining, the deadliest job in the galaxy, draws only the bravest, or craziest, workers around. Bumping up to asteroids, typically propelling at astronomical speeds towards distant stars, the miners harvest minerals essential to interstellar travel and commerce. Close quarters, dangerous conditions, and less than a half inch of polymer sheath stand between them and swift oblivion. When the Harvest Moon stumbles upon a goldmine dangerously close to a star, the last thing they expect to find is an ancient alien race preparing to hatch an infestation throughout the system. Armed with mining tools and sour attitudes, Captain Cyrus Layne and his crew must survive the horrors of space and an unfamiliar enemy to escape with their lives.
COMMENTS: It’s a sci-fi mixture of Deadliest Catch, Armageddon, and Aliens. Deep space, close quarters, and sour attitudes.

TITLE:INTRINSIC
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0779 / ISBN: 978-1-927424-62-9
DOWNLOAD THE FIRST CHAPTER ON COMIXOLOGY FREE

ARCANA PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=466
DESCRIPTION: Collecting the four-issue hit mini-series, Intrinsic features horrors from different worlds assembled to bring about a global threat known only as The End. A Philosopher has recognized the signs in time to gather his own forces for Good – including an ordinary, powerless young woman. Only together can they avert disaster on a biblical scale. Every last one of them… is Intrinsic. ‘Intrinsic’ is a company crossover event bringing together characters from hundres of titles beneath Arcana’s library. It is an event of unprecedented ambition, unlike anything that has been before.

COMMENTS: A great introduction to Arcana Comics! Marvel’s Dark Avengers through an indie filter.

TITLE: BECOMING
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0777 / ISBN: 978-1-926914-65-7
ARCANA PAGEhttp://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=449

YOUTUBE TRAILER: CLICK HERE TO VIEW

DESCRIPTION: At a remote university, an angry young student faces the harsh realization that he has nothing to show for years of study. When he threatens his professor to teach him something real, he is drawn into a horrifying game of life and death. Soon, he will learn that the only rule is pain, and that true knowledge only comes when everything you believe…has burned away. Written by Brooke Burgess — the award-winning creator of Broken Saints — with art by Dane Cypel.

COMMENTS: A psychological thriller from the creator of Broken Saints with dark themes, gorgeous art, and amazing colors.

TITLE: JOHN HENRY: THE STEAM AGE
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0781 / ISBN: 978-1-927424-64-3
ARCANA PAGEhttp://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=471
DESCRIPTION: Collecting the John Henry: The Steam Age preview book and the digital-exclusive issues 2-4. John Henry, a former slave, wasn’t about to let some new-fangled steam hammer replace his ability to earn an honest wage as a steel driving man. He’d beat that machine, or die with his hammer in his hand. We all know the outcome of that legendary contest. In this alternate history, however, John doesn’t die in his heroic effort, but instead slips into a coma, only to awaken to his worst nightmare. A robotic uprising has occurred, and a new age has dawned – The Steam Age. Now, the only thing that can free the human race from the very machines they’ve created is John and his hammer. “John Henry: The Steam Age” is an exciting re-imagining of American folk hero John Henry in a SteamPunk setting.

COMMENTS: Take the folklore of John Henry and throw him into a SteamPunk Apocalyps, and just imagine the possibilities. This is the first in our line of SteamPunk Originals books, and we’re looking forward to sharing more in the coming months!!!

TITLE: THE INVENTOR
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0780 / ISBN: 978-1-77135-015-0
ARCANA PAGEhttp://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=496
DOWNLOAD THE FIRST CHAPTER ON COMIXOLOGY FREE

DESCRIPTION: During a time when inventors were known as wizards and corporations considered their kingdoms, emerged an extraordinary league of gentlemen who shaped the modern world with their minds, money, and machines. At the eye of the storm stood Nikola TESLA, a mystic inventor whose genius bordered on insanity as he blurred the lines between magic and science.

COMMENTS: Nikola Tesla is a hero to the SteamPunk community and revered as an inventor. This is his story from his humble beginnings to his amazing inventions, which changed the world.

TITLE: The Book
ISBN: 978-1-926914-68-8
DIAMOND CODE: OCT12 0751
ARCANA PAGE: CLICK HERE
DOWNLOAD THE FIRST CHAPTER ON COMIXOLOGY FREE
DESCRIPTION: En route to Italy, a group of American tourists learn of a series of DIY travel guides, nicknamed “The Book”. These unofficial guides are collected and updated with first-hand experiences by the travelers themselves. Different “Books” scatter the continent, telling of the best lodging, deals, and “off the grid” adventures from sight seeing to local folklore for anyone clever enough to find them. A local cult, practitioners of Sanctus Letum, the Holy Death, disrupts the American’s plans for adventure when they hide pages from the Dark Book, Shaitan, in one of the travel guides. The friends are lead down a path of secret religion, death, resurrection, and demonology.
COMMENTS: It’s Hellraiser meets The DaVinci Code meets Flatliners…

AND, COMING SOON…

TITLE: Simmons Comics Anthology Vol. 1
CREATED BY: Gene Simmons
EDITED BY: Erik Hendrix
COVER BY: Yannis Roumboulias
ISBN: 978-1-77135-066-2

RELEASING: FEBRUARY 2013
ARCANA PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=514
DESCRIPTION: Arcana Comics and Simmons Comics Group are proud to present this special anthology, featuring the first chapters of Zipper, Dominatrix, and Gene Simmons House of Horrors, as well as the first chapter of the first ever crossover between Zipper and Dominatrix, The Slave Trade.

June Newsletter – New Releases, June Pre-Orders, SDCC News, & More!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

VANCOUVER (June 15, 2012) – It’s June everyone, which means it’s time for another stroll down the comic book trail courtesy of Arcana Comics.

We are just a few weeks away from our BIGGEST San Diego Comic Con ever, including loads of announcements. We’ll give you a tease of some of those things in just a couple of weeks, but for right now, we’ll just warn you, they’re AWESOME! Arcana Comics is delving into new imprints, a load of new titles, and some partnerships with some pretty spectacular people. You’ll see… just keep on reading these newsletters.

So, let’s take a look at what’s hitting stores this month, what’s available for pre-order now through your local comic book shops, a little more about SDCC, and some other things, shall we?

By the way, did you happen to read Intrinsic issue 1 on Free Comic Book Day? No? Well, in the mix below is a FREE DOWNLOAD for a PDF of Intrinsic Issue 1. If you read it and love it, please ask your store to order copies of issues 2, 3, and 4!

IN STORES NOW

Hitting the shelves this month, if you haven’t seen them, are some great titles! Cindy the Demonhunter pits a tv celebrity against the forces of evil. Curse of the Cortes Stone brings together characters in the War of the Independents in a one-shot adventure, featuring Arcana’s Shadowflame. We also have The Fix, War’s Chosen, and another chance to get your hands on Paradox. If you missed any of them in stores, click on the links to get a preview of them on the Arcana Web site!

CINDY THE DEMON HUNTER – http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=287

CURSE OF THE CORTES STONE – http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=429

THE ELIXIR – http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=441

THE FIX – http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=192

WAR’S CHOSEN – http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=446

PARADOX – http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=212

PRE-ORDERS FROM JUNE’S DIAMOND PREVIEWS
Books to be released in August 2012.

ANCIENT OAK

DIAMOND CODE: JUN12 0788 / ISBN: 978-1-927424-84-1
ARCANA TITLE LINK:
http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=487

A princess struggles to save her Kingdom from an ever-lasting winter. Will a stranger save the Kingdom or destroy it? The Ancient Oak is an all ages fable that teaches the importance of doing the right thing.

GORDON THE GIRAFFE
DIAMOND CODE: JUN12 0789 / ISBN: 9781927424537
ARCANA TITLE LINK:
http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=493

Gordon lives with his mother in the hidden kingdom of Ugladunga. Every day, the adult giraffes gather on the other side of the waterfall, but the kids meet to play the game Mulunga Doo in pairs: one boy and one girl. When Gordon is asked to play the game by Gary, the other young giraffes laugh at them and ask Gordon if he is a girl. Hurt, Gordon flees to his mother who tells him that he must follow his heart. The next day, the boy giraffes plan to teach Gordon a lesson, but their plan backfires, and Gordon must save them from plummeting down the waterfall. In the end, Gordon teaches the other boy giraffes that they should love everyone–even those who are different from themselves.


CAPTAIN PIXEL
DIAMOND CODE: JUN12 0790 / ISBN:
9781926914022
ARCANA TITLE LINK: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=329

A new virus has been introduced and it is now up to Captain Pixel, a polar bear and the mysterious wizard, Adobus, to stop this rapidly growing plague..

INTRINSIC #3

DIAMOND CODE: JUN12 0791
DOWNLOAD FCBD ISSUE 1 FOR FREE!!!
While the Intrinsic train for the fight to come, the hordes of Apollyon navigate the underworld with their guide, Xur Xet Tsej– a man with his own reasons to want Ishmael Stone dead. A showdown approaches… and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

INTRINSIC #2

DIAMOND CODE: MAY12 0836
DOWNLOAD FCBD ISSUE 1 FOR FREE!!!

(W) Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Erik Hendrix, & Casey Jones (A/CA) Allan Otero The Intrinsic face an army of demons to protect their newest charges — Tori and Alex — who have no idea what they’ve fallen into. In order to survive what’s to come, they must learn (and quickly) what the forces of darkness have in mind — and the mysterious man in hell who’s just sworn to serve them. (STK467850) 22pgs, FC $1.95

ARCANA PRIMER GRAPHIC NOVELS

This month, we take a look at some other books from the Arcana library you may have missed! All of these books are still available for your local comic book store to order.

ALL FALL DOWN
DIAMOND CODE: AUG110793 / ISBN: 9781926914237

ARCANA TITLE LINK: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=314

13 year old Sophie Mitchell just accidentally stole every superpower known to man. She can’t turn them off or give them back. As she becomes Siphon, the world’s last superhero, the people she stole her powers from learn to live without them– or die trying.

EVERY WAKING MOMENT
DIAMOND CODE: SEP108036 / ISBN: 9781926914244
ARCANA TITLE LINK:
http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=303
What would you do if you never had to sleep again? That’s the question mankind must answer when visionary billionaire Grant Auden develops an eye-opening new medical procedure, The Wake-Up Call, which forever eliminates the need for sleep. Reporter Emma Troy discovers an unexpected and alarming side effect. If you don’t sleep, you don’t dream. And those lost dreams will literally come true as they erupt into the waking world, causing chaos beyond belief. In a fast paced world that is racing into the future, how long before sleep is considered unnecessary?.

SDCC 2012

As promised… At SDCC this year, we’re going to have some great exclusives in limited quantities, so be sure to head to our booth, 2415, to find out what we have! In the next week or so, all of the Exclusives should be listed on the SDCC web site as well, so you can check there. It’s going to be a good year!

Around 50 creators from Arcana are making the trip to San Diego this year and will be appearing from Wednesday night through Sunday afternoon to meet fans, sign autographs, and show off their books. Be sure to show them some love by showing up! The official signing schedule will be sent out soon, too!

Arcana Comics will also be debuting dozens of titles still months away from official release. Come to our booth and you’ll get to read full graphic novels before anyone else!

FACEBOOK

Are you a fan of Arcana Comics on FaceBook? We’re announcing all sorts of cool things there, showing off preview pages from upcoming books well ahead of their official releases, news from creators, and other unique things you won’t find anywhere else. Head to https://www.facebook.com/ArcanaStudios and give us a “Like”, will ya?

THE CLOCKWORK GIRL To Be A Major Animated Motion Picture Starring Alexa Vega & Jesse McCartney in the Fall

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Long out of print, the wildly popular Clockwork Girl series was originally released in five illustrated stories and sold more than 340,000 copies around the world. The full story of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL (Harper Design//On Sale: July 12, 2011//ISBN:9780062080394) comes to life again in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel with a new foreword from The Clockwork Girl’s original authors, Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, along with playful, full-page pin-ups of the characters.

The story takes place in a whimsical land far, far away where inventors compete to show off their latest trinkets and inventions at the local fair. A mad scientist, determined to win the top prize at the fair, creates a robot Clockwork Girl. Against all odds, she finds love and companionship in Huxley, the amazing mutant circus boy. Despite the threats of their warring families, they begin to explore the world together and discover what it means to be human—to move, to think, and ultimately, to love.

This fall, a paperback version of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL will correspond with the release of the 3-D luximation animation film version of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL. The film is voiced by a “dream team” of actors as the characters, such as Carrie Ann Moss (Matrix), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Jesse McCartney (Horton Hears a Who) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond). An exciting sneak peek teaser is available online at http://www.theclockworkgirl.com.

THE CLOCKWORK GIRL has won the Moonbeam Award, as well as the Graphic Novel of the Year Award at Book Expo America by ForeWord magazine.

About the Authors:

SEAN O’REILLY is the founder and C.E.O. of Arcana Studio, Canada’s largest comic book company. He is the creator of a number of comics, including the highly successful comics Kade and Ezra, whose characters have been used in more than 250,000 comics and books, and published in eleven countries and seven different languages. Through his talent as a concept artist, writer, and all around comic book mastermind, Sean lead Arcana, in its very first year, to win the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Publisher, as voted by an international spectrum of comic book retailers and readers, and to be nominated for a Harvey Award in its first year, a feat unheard of in the quarter century tenure of the award. Among his other credits: he is a consultant for Telefilm, in 2008 and 2011 won Top 40 Under 40 Awards from The Globe and Mail, and has worked on a number of TV concept art projects (for shows including Entourage) and videogame designs.

KEVIN HANNA is an American film director, writer, and artist noted for his work in feature film animation, comic books, videogames, and television. He is the owner of Frogchildren Studios, a multimedia entertainment company dedicated to producing high-quality work for children, spent five years at Microsoft where he was a founding member of the Xbox team, and has worked on games for companies such as Electronic Arts and Mattel.

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THE CLOCKWORK GIRL
By Sean O’Reilly & Kevin Hanna
Harper Design
128 pages // $19.99 Hardcover // ISBN: 9780062080394
July 12, 2011

Arcana Newsletter May 2011

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Arcana Teams With Impulse Creations!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that they are a premiere publisher with Impulse Creations.

Impulse Creations, one of the best online comic book stores, offer guaranteed low prices on back issue comics from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and all other publishers along with low shipping costs.

Arcana will work closely with Impulse Creations to ensure that they have the latest news and product availablity so that they can provide fans of their publications with exactly what they’re looking for. Whatever you’re looking for, if its available at all, Impulse Creations will either have it or can it get it for you quickly. In addition, Arcana will provide the store with exclusive interviews and previews of their products.

Up first is an interview with Arcana owner and EIC, Sean O’Reilly, and Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton. They discuss their popular Kade series, their success in the indie market, and the projects (comic and film) currently under wraps.

To read the interview and check out great deals on Arcana titles, please visit:

http://www.impulsecreations.net

Book of the Month: Harry Walton: Henchman For Hire GN

Harry Walton, a disenfranchised ex-super-hero sidekick, finds himself having to work with every B-List schmuck in town to work up the ranks of the “Henchman’s Union” towards his ultimate goal: Super-Villain status. Smarter than most of the bosses he works for, Harry is stuck as a second banana once again. But when an opportunity to take revenge against his old Super-Hero partner arises, “Henchman for Hire” Harry Walton takes an initiative and launches a plan that catches the eyes of Super-Villains everywhere!

Buy the book now: http://www.arcanacomics.com/store/

In Previews


This month in Previews, for items shipping in May, Arcana will be publishing Blam GN (MAY11 0814), Killing Machine GN (MAY11 0815), Kord & Harley GN (MAY11 0816), and Mwumba GN (MAY11 0817).

Shipping This Month


This May Arcana is offering Breakdown TP (MAR11 0850), Defex TP (MAR11 0851), Dead Cell GN (MAR11 0852), Frozen Wasteland GN (MAR11 0853), Last Ninja GN (MAR11 0854), and League of Super Evil GN (MAR11 0855).

Interview with John Barker

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews writer John Barker about his upcoming Arcana graphic novel, Dead Cell, as well as his past career as a professional wrestler.

MP: John, what can you tell readers about Dead Cell?

JB: On the outside The Dead Cell is a story about a mental hospital where they do experiments on homeless patients with mental disease. Basically they introduce variables that allow them to explore the various diseases they encounter. The book also tells of Dr. Monica McCoy and her journey through these experiments and how they effect her mentally, then of course we throw a little of the supernatural, some twists and turns and we end up with and exploration into shadow self psychology and the philosophy of Merkabah. Depending on your understanding of people and psychology you could be reading several different stories with several completely different meanings. The book is also filled with some crazy twists and I think the ending will really drive the book home for fans.

MP: How did you come up with the idea for the story?

JB: Originally I was going to set it up as an anthology exploring aspects of my own battle with depression, and as the concept evolved and grew it became more centered and I was really able to delve into deeper the human psyche and what really makes people with various forms of mental disease tick.

MP: Were you a big comic book fan growing up? If so, what were some of your favorite comics?

JB: I actually have been collecting comics since I was given my first two comics at age 5. Growing up of course my favorite books were the normal favorites of kids like Batman and Superman. I had kind of given up on comic books around 14 ish when I stumbled upon The Sandman, which led me into other mature reader titles like Swamp Thing and Preacher. As far as superhero comics go I’m still a huge fan of Batman, Green Lantern and Punisher, and am really into The Unwritten and Sweet Tooth.

MP: Now Arcana fans might not know this, but I know prior to getting into the comic industry you were a professional wrestler wrestling the indie circuit. First, what was your wrestling name and second, what were some of your favorite memories of wrestling?

JB: Over the course of my career I had several names before getting out. I have a lot of crazy memories and was fortunate enough to meet a lot of people I used to idolize. I had a lot of great memories from wresting in the ECW arena and other countries to the countless hours I spent jammed into cars with my friends traveling all over the country.

MP: Do you see any parallels between the comic industry and wrestling industry?

JB: Not so far. The comic industry is much less dirty. So far everyone I’ve dealt with has been straight forward, as we are all trying to be as good as we possibly can be. Wrestling is much much shiftier.

MP: Before we go, would you like to tell the fans anything else?

JB: I’d like to ask you all to check out Scott DM Simmons. He’s done a lot of really cool stuff from drawing things for Lucas to inking the Hack/Slash – Halloween Man crossover in the vol 8 TBP, and he was an immeasurable help in teaching me some of the basic aspects on script writing and structuring sequential stories. He has a self published project called Knight of POWER and a lot of other things coming out. Also definitely stay tuned for my future projects. I have several scripts already complete that I’m really happy with. Keep up to date at www.halo-seven.com.

Arcana Newsletter April 2011

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Arcana Offers Over 80 Graphic Novels Through WOWIO!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that they are currently offering over 80 different graphic novels through WOWIO.

WOWIO, an Alliance Acquisitions, Inc. company, is a unique eBook marketplace that stands apart from the crowd by offering significant advantages to readers, authors, publishers and advertisers.

With WOWIO, once you purchase an eBook, it’s yours. They will never reach into your device and delete it or stop allowing you to use it. No device limits. Also, if you lose your downloaded eBooks to a crash, you can re-download any purchased eBook from your library.
Arcana is currently offering 86 different graphic novels and books including Zedura Magazine and a Special Edition offering of the Clockwork Girl that comes with the animated motion picture trailer! Each month WOWIO will offer even more Arcana projects as they are released.

Preview the first 5 to 10 pages of any Arcana book for free or buy it for as low as 99 cents with graphic novels costing on average $4.95!

http://www.wowio.com/arcana

Snow Angel Arrives This Month!

Kurtis J. Wiebe, writer of Image Comics’ instant sell out hits Green Wake and Intrepids, brings you Snow Angel, a crime noir graphic novel from Arcana Comics.

SNOW ANGEL GN
(W) Kurtis Wiebe, (A/C) Tyler Jenkins From Arcana Studio. On a rain-soaked night in the heart of Bogota, a young girl witnesses a brutal murder by the hand of her father. This was no accident as her father wanted her to see. Snow Angel tells the story of Angela, a little girl growing up in the long shadow of her criminal father, Cesar. What would a child do to win the respect of the most brutal enforcer in the Cali cartel?

InStockTrades Book of the Month: Penance

When a news crew videotapes a battle, a masked superhero is arrested for the murder of a costumed super-villain. When police officer LJ McCloud is assigned to the open-and-shut case, she quickly finds her life spiraling out of control as she tries to weather the media hurricane that is surrounding the situation. And the deeper that the officer digs into the case, the more she realizes that they may be condemning an innocent man?

When ordered from InStockTrades, you will receive a signed bookplate from creator Sean Wise!

Buy the book now: http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Arcana-Studio/PENANCE-TP/JUL100758

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping June, Arcana will be publishing Kagagi The Rave GN (APR11 0773), Pistolfist GN (APR11 0774), Ralph Filmore GN (APR11 0775), Spy School GN (APR11 0776), and Woody & The Noble GN (APR11 0777).

Shipping This Month

This April Arcana is filling your Easter basket with Canadian Legion GN (FEB11 0725), Demonslayer TP (FEB11 0726), Jack and the Zombie Box GN (FEB11 0727), Mercy Sparx TP (FEB11 0728), Misplaced TP (FEB11 0729), and Snow Angel GN (SEP10 8039).

Interview with Ben Magid

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Hollywood screenwriter, Ben Magid, on his upcoming Arcana GN, Trout.

MP: Ben, you are making your comics’ debut with the original graphic novel, Trout. What can you tell us about the project?

BM: Trout actually started out as a screenplay I was working on, but never quite finished. I wanted to tell a new type of monster movie about this great big world beneath the world we know that is inhabited by monsters, while at the center of it all, have a small, personal story that is really of coming of age tale. The story focuses on a scientist for the government who created a virus with the power to turn man into monster, and monster into man. Attacked, he hides the serum by injecting it into his son, Trout. Now everybody is after this 9 year old boy, and the story focuses around him, and the disgraced monster sent to protect him. There are some big action scenes and world creation, but at its heart, it is a personal story about these two characters as they form a bond as they try to stay alive, learning about who they are during the process. While the story would make a great movie, it just screamed to be a comic book, because it is so visual.

MP: Even though this is your first comic, you are no stranger to the world of comics. You wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Hack/Slash feature film from Rogue Pictures. How familiar were you with the comic before getting the job?

BM: I had heard of Hack/Slash but had never actually read any of the issues before being approached with adapting it. But after reading it, I was hooked. More than anything, I was jealous. It was such a great, simple concept that creator Tim Seeley came up with and I wished I had thought of it. I get sent a lot of adaptations from books to comics to video games, and the vast majority are fairly unoriginal. But Seeley’s Hack/Slash had a great concept, great characters and such a distinct voice that I had to be part of it. The comic fit with exactly what I try to do when I write, which is to play of familiar conventions and story lines in a totally unique and arresting way.

MP: What are the differences for writing comics compared to screenplays?

BM: The difference between writing screenplays and comics aren’t all that different. Outside of the different formatting, each are a visual way of storytelling, and each come down to creating a compelling story and characters. The way I work is I write a treatment, or a short story, and then after that is fine tuned, I begin writing the screenplay. The same principal applies to comics, so it is a great way to begin and really focus on characters and plot. One big difference I’ve noticed is that most comics, especially graphic novels, have a first act and a third act, with little to no second act. Scripts are the opposite. Half of the entire movie is second act, which makes it difficult in adapting comics to film. One definite advantage to writing comics is creating the panels and what is going to be seen on each page. While screenplays are written visually to a degree, the shots and framing are all done by the director. With comics, the opposite is true, which is often times creatively liberating, but daunting as well.

With film today, it is incredibly hard to get an original story told that isn’t based on some underlying property. Many people think the new great writing is happening in TV, but I think it’s really with comic books. Because superheroes are mostly encapsulated by DC and Marvel, it has opened up the world to new original stories. Comics like DMZ, Y: The Last Man and Chew are so original and so not comic books, that a whole new audience has been exposed up to the possibilities that can be achieved in the format. That is pretty exciting.

MP: What advice do you have for aspiring writers looking to break into either industry?

BM: Write. A lot. Learn your craft and come up with great ideas. Film is incredibly hard to break into nowadays, but it is possible with a great script. On the comics side, there are so many new avenues, from indecent publishes, to software, to apps like Comixology, that it just takes a great story, some luck and ingenuity to get your work out there. If the story is good, whether film or comic, people will find it.

MP: Before we go, are there any other projects of yours you would like to tell us about?

BM: I am currently developing a new comic book that I’m incredibly excited about. It takes the tried and true revenge story model, but turns it on its head in a way in which you’ve never seen before, in a world you have never seen before. It definitely pushes the boundaries on what the genre can be, which in the end, is what comic books, movies and all stories should be. Or it will suck. We will just have to wait and see.

Arcana Newsletter March 2011

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

MyDigitalComics Now Carries Arcana Titles!

Arcana Studio, Inc., a transmedia entertainment company that has over 100 graphic novels it publishes, produces, and licenses for all forms of media, is proud to announce their titles will now be available on MyDigitalComics, a member of the Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) family. The list of titles includes:

American Wasteland – Truck Driver Cletus McCoy only wants one thing: to get back home and save his Mama from a fate worse than death. But, in a world crumbling into a vampire apocalypse, which is easier said than done. Cletus will have to truck his way through an emerging nation of bloodthirsty monsters hell-bent on making him supper.

Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave – KONI WAVES introduces private detective Koni Kanawai, an ex-cop in Honolulu, Hawaii who worked her way through college as a dancer at the Apanapana Ballroom. When a drinking problem gets her booted from the force, Koni starts her own detective agency. With the aid of Pete – her surf buddy, Krystal – a colleague from her dancing days, and Huko – the owner of her favorite watering hole, Koni encounters a series of supernatural events that leads her to discover a dark side of her island not seen in the usual tourist spots.

Olive Peril – When the CEO of the largest soap manufacturer in the United States dies, her only daughter, Olive, is left with quite the dilemma: she can marry her mother’s Evil Corporate Lawyer, or she can put her fate in the hands of a ghostly child who claims to know a way out of Earth.

The Hope Virus – Herbert is a social outcast at school and deals with his gloomy boredom through his website www.thehopevirus.com. After struggling with fitting in at school and his unusual case of insomnia, Herbert falls into a deep coma. He awakens to realize that his blogs have become some of the most quoted and influential scriptures of history.

Velvet Rope – Admit one to a new collection of horrifying tales! Grab your popcorn and candy, as Velvet, the beautiful usher from beyond the grave threads the projector for Arcana’s brand of spine tingling horror in this anthology which includes deadly glimpses of upcoming Arcana titles.

These titles are just the first in a series of titles being released digitally from MyDigitalComics for Arcana, who are on pace to publish 80 original graphic novels from January 2010 through June 2011. Although still a young company, some of these projects have been developed for numerous mediums including movies and animation.

Arcana’s Vice President of Operations and creator of 2 of the first Arcana offerings from MyDigitalComics, Mark Poulton, (Koni Waves and Velvet Rope) said, “It’s exciting working with MyDigitalComics, who have been a major player in the online market of comic book retailers through their other companies DCBS and InStockTrades.”

“MyDigitalComics is excited to work with Arcana Studio and its broad range of original graphic novels which offer exceptional writing and beautiful art styles,” said Cameron Merkler, co-founder of DCBS, InStockTrades, and MyDigitalComics.

About MyDigitalComics

MyDigitalComics was founded in 2009, and is a member of the Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) family of comics retail stores which also includes InStockTrades. DCBS has been a long-time supporter of not just comics, but the comics community. They have been the sponsor of several major comics podcasts and are chief sponsor of the Summit City Comic Con, a creator-centered convention held annually in Fort Wayne, Indiana. DCBS was founded in 1999 and has been a major player in the online comics market place since that time. DCBS has a brick and mortar comic shop located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

MyDigitalComics offers digital comic books in PDF, CBZ and page-flip formats from 44 publishers including Arcana Studio, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, and Top Cow.

Discount Comic Book Service—www.dcbservice.com

InStockTrades—www.instocktrades.com

MyDigitalComics—www.mydigitalcomics.com

About Arcana Studio

Arcana Studio Inc. remains an independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Arcana Studio is developing Gearhead with producer Gale Anne Hurd (“The Terminator”, “The Walking Dead”) and producing The Clockwork Girl with Deboragh Gabler (“A Dangerous Man”). Also in development is Raise Kane with Hans Rodionoff (“Lost Boys: The Tribe”), Gauze with Scott Milam (“Mother’s Day”), and Trout with Ben Magid (“Hack/Slash”).

InStockTrades Book of the Month: Velvet Rope TPB

This book will include a free book plate signed by the creators! The book plate may ship separately from the book. Admit one to a new collection of horrifying tales! Grab your popcorn and candy, as Velvet, the beautiful usher from beyond the grave, introduces Arcana’s brand of spine-tingling horror in this anthology. Featuring stories from Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, Dexter Weeks, and many more. Velvet Rope is sure to make a killing at the box office. 40% off cover price!

Buy the book now: http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Arcana-Studio/VELVET-ROPE-TP/AUG100758

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in May, Arcana will be publishing Breakdown TP (MAR11 0850), Defex TP (MAR11 0851), Dead Cell GN (MAR11 0852), Frozen Wasteland GN (MAR11 0853), Last Ninja GN (MAR11 0854), League of Super Evil GN (MAR11 0855).

Shipping This Month

This March Arcana roars in like a lion with the release of All Fall Down GN (JAN11 0932), Every Waking Moment GN (JAN11 0933), and Kade Prodigal Sun GN (JAN11 0934).

Interview with Kevin Sorbo

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews television and motion picture star, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda), who plays Detective Sean Nault in the live action adaptation of Arcana’s Paradox!

MP: Kevin, you play Detective Sean Nault in the motion picture adaptation of the Arcana graphic novel Paradox. What drew you to the role?

KS: It was just a fun role to play. The mixture of action/comedy/sy fy and drama made it an easy role to want to dive into. Mix in the fact the script was well written and Brenton Spencer was directing, there was no need to say no.

MP: What can you tell fans about the movie and do you think it measures up to its comic book counterpart?

KS: The comic book world will be pleased. There is always going to be critics of no matter what you do when you take a book or comic book and make a movie. Depending on the cost of the movie, there is so much you can do to make it bigger and better. I just feel we did it justice and fans hopefully will be pleased.

MP: Your two most notable roles have come from television as Hercules and Captain Dylan Hunt on Andromeda. Do you prefer television over film?

KS: Right now I am ready to dive back into a series mainly because I want to stay in one place. I have 3 small children and it gets tough to take off all the time and not be there for them. Movies tend to take you on the road. The hours can be tough on hour TV shows, but I like to stay busy!

MP: Besides Hercules and Andromeda, you’ve also played other notable characters in the sci-fi/comic community such as Kull the Conqueror and even voiced Ka-Zar on the Super Hero Squad Show! Is this a genre you are a fan of? And did you grow up reading comics?

KS: I read everything as a kid. Studied Greek Mythology heavily in junior high. So to get Hercules many years later was a blast for me. I love the fantasy world and sy fy world. Much better to escape reality than to suffer through the crap of reality TV!! Trust me, us actors hate reality TV. It is a joke.

MP: An interesting piece of trivia about your career is you were the runner up to Dean Cain for the part of Superman in Lois & Clark. What type of Superman do you think you would have made?

KS: I would have been a great Clark Kent. Dean made a much better Superman!!

MP: Finally, what other projects can fans look forward to seeing you in later this year?

KS: I have a number of movies coming out this year. Hopefully Paradox will be out soon. I have another sci fi film called Flesh Wounds. A big Sony Studios movie called Soul Surfer out April 8th. Then What If comes out on DVD March 1st. That movie is up for Movie of the Year and I got a Best Actor nod from the upcoming Movie Guide Awards show where I am also the host! Give Me One Reason, The Coffin, and Poolboy: Drowning Out The Fury will be theatrical releases as well. Oh yeah, one more. Julia X in 3D where I play a serial killer.

Arcana Newsletter February 2011

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Graphicly To Carry Arcana Studio Titles!

Arcana Studio, Inc., a transmedia entertainment company that has over 100 graphic novels it publishes, produces, and licenses for all forms of media, is proud to announce their titles will now be available on Graphicly. The list of titles includes:

A Cat Named Haiku – Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Haiku is also a little cat who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. “A Cat Named Haiku” tells the story of the day in the life of a mischievous little cat. Was selected by Teachersandparents.com for their “TogetheRead Program,” which helps build better readers by encouraging fun!

American Wasteland – Truck Driver Cletus McCoy only wants one thing: to get back home and save his Mama from a fate worse than death. But, in a world crumbling into a vampire apocalypse, which is easier said than done. Cletus will have to truck his way through an emerging nation of bloodthirsty monsters hell-bent on making him supper.

Olive Peril – When the CEO of the largest soap manufacturer in the United States dies, her only daughter, Olive, is left with quite the dilemma: she can marry her mother’s Evil Corporate Lawyer, or she can put her fate in the hands of a ghostly child who claims to know a way out of Earth.

The Hope Virus – Herbert is a social outcast at school and deals with his gloomy boredom through his website www.thehopevirus.com. After struggling with fitting in at school and his unusual case of insomnia, Herbert falls into a deep coma. He awakens to realize that his blogs have become some of the most quoted and influential scriptures of history.

Velvet Rope – Admit one to a new collection of horrifying tales! Grab your popcorn and candy, as Velvet, the beautiful usher from beyond the grave threads the projector for Arcana’s brand of spine tingling horror in this anthology which includes deadly glimpses of upcoming Arcana titles.

These titles are just the first in a series of titles being released digitally from Graphicly for Arcana, who are on pace to publish 80 original graphic novels from January 2010 through June 2011. Although still a young company, some of these projects have been developed for numerous mediums including movies and animation.

Arcana’s Vice President of Operations and creator of 2 of the first Arcana offerings from Graphicly, Mark Poulton, (A Cat Named Haiku and Velvet Rope) said, “It’s exciting going into this venture with Graphicly, who not only provide great content, but offer an enthusiastic community to share our love of comics with. I look forward to interacting with our fanbase via Graphicly.”

“We’re extremely excited to be working with Arcana Studio and providing their graphic novels on Graphicly,” said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphicly, “Their library is filled with great graphic novels that I know the Graphicly community will enjoy.” These titles from Arcana can be read on Grpahicly by going to http://www.graphicly.com and downloading one of the many apps available for the desktop, the iPhone and iPad. Or all of Arcana’s available titles can be viewed on the web at http://chrome.graphicly.com/arcana

About Graphicly:
Graphicly is a cutting-edge entertainment digital content delivery system and community platform, providing an immersive social experience and marketplace around digital comics and associated entertainment.

About Arcana Studio:
Arcana Studio Inc. remains an independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Arcana Studio is developing Gearhead with producer Gale Anne Hurd (“The Terminator”, “The Walking Dead”) and producing The Clockwork Girl with Deboragh Gabler (“A Dangerous Man”). Also in development is Raise Kane with Hans Rodionoff (“Lost Boys: The Tribe”), Gauze with Scott Milam (“Mother’s Day”), and Trout with Ben Magid (“Hack/Slash”).

Mom’s Choice Awards Honors Arcana!

Arcana is pleased to announce the Mom’s Choice Awards have honored The Clockwork Girl and The Gwaii in this year’s awards!

The Mom’s Choice Awards is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. This annual competition recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents, and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services.

This year The Clockwork Girl was awarded the Gold in Juvenile Level 2 Books, while the Gwaii was awarded the Gold in Juvenile Level 1 Books.

For more information on the Mom’s Choice Awards, please visit their website at: www.momschoiceawards.com

InStockTrades Book of the Month: Shadowflame

When Officer Tom Wyatt’s wife, Janice, was murdered he tried to find solace in his own grief and despair. He attempted to end his own life. Instead he found himself transported to a ship orbiting the Earth. The aliens aboard explained that he could not kill himself for he was the last of a chosen line. A family line which possessed the perfect genetic Imprint to receive the ‘gift of power’ and become a third holy man of lsht. So after hearing the story of Isht and his family, Tom agreed to take the power. In a painful ceremony he was endowed with powers that set him apart from other men. He was now a superman, capable of vast feats of strength, flight, telekinetic force bolts and all the rewards of being a holy man. This gave him not only great powers, but a reason to live.

If you buy the book now at InStockTrades you will receive a bookplate signed by Shadowflame creator, Joe Martino!
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In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping April, Arcana will be publishing Canadian Legion GN (FEB11 0725), Demonslayer TP (FEB11 0726), Jack and the Zombie Box GN (FEB11 0727), Mercy Sparx TP (FEB11 0728), and Misplaced TP (FEB11 0729).

Shipping This Month

This February Arcana has the Valentine’s gifts every comic lover wants with the release of Continuum GN (DEC10 0729), Harry Walton Henchman for Hire GN (DEC10 0730), Harbor Moon GN (DEC10 0731), Kore TP (DEC10 0732), and Warstone GN (DEC10 0733).

Interview with Alexa Vega

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews actress, Alexa Vega, voice of Tesla in the upcoming The Clockwork Girl animated movie.

MP: For those that don’t know you are voicing Tesla in the upcoming The Clockwork Girl animated film. What drew you to the character?

AV: While I was at Comic Con a few years ago I remember passing the graphic novel and doing a double take. I went back…. Picked it up and read the whole thing right there. I walked over to Sean O’reilly and said ” I am going to play this girl.” He thought I was CRAZY. I looked like some psycho fan who wanted to become Tesla. But who wouldn’t. Tesla is so unique and …..well, new. She is seeing the world with fresh eyes. Everyday for Tesla is a discovery to something new.

MP: Do you approach voice acting in an animated film any differently than acting in a live action film?

AV: I had never done an animated film before. I had no idea what to expect. But with Tesla, I wanted to make sure that we didn’t get to animated with her voice. She is still discovering so I wanted her voice to have a sense of wonder to it. But I also wanted her to sound like a real girl. None of that cheesy movie mumbo jumbo. That works for other characters… but not Tesla. I think with the help of the director Kevin Hanna we were able to together find the right tone and excitement for Tesla’s voice.

MP: Can you tell us how the film will differ if any from the graphic novel?

AV: The graphic novel can only go so far as to telling you the whole story. I feel like we are introduced to the children but aren’t truly able to see their capabilities until the film. Both Huxley and Tesla are amazing creations. Each built for a unique purpose. They have skills beyond belief. It’s fun to see that come to life in the film.

MP: One of your most popular roles is as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films. The fourth installment of the franchise is currently in the works. Can you tell fans what they can expect from it and when they can hope to find it in theaters?

AV: There are a lot more gadgets… New Kids… and some wonderful new additions like Joel Mccale, Jessica Alba and the amazing Jeremy Piven. It is nice to come back and be a part of something that was such huge part of my life growing up. I think in my heart I will always have a spy kid in there.

MP: Before we go, what other upcoming projects are you excited about?

AV: I have a movie that I did a cameo in for Darren Bousman called Mother’s Day. I get to play a character that I have never played before and lets just say… I am not that nice (laughs). I also have a film called “from Prada to Nada” which releases in theaters on Jan 28th. So be sure to check that out.

Arcana Newsletter January 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Pixies and Clockwork Girl Sign With HarperCollins!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce Pixies and Clockwork Girl have signed with HarperCollins Publishers.

Pixies tells the tale of Joe Beck, who since a young age has been plagued by bad luck. After losing the love of his life, he realizes that karma, and a tribe of Pixies, have been responsible for all of his unfortunate accidents. He now needs to figure out how to get his girl back, cooperate with the ever mischevious Pixies and undue a bad deed he did long ago.

Clockwork Girl tells the tale of a nameless robot girl who has recently been given the gift of life from her creator. While she explores the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families. An animated film based on the graphic novel is currently in post production.

Arcana is an innovative leader in developing content in various mediums. Working in websites, comics and graphic novels, video games, short-form animation and live action shorts, toys and merchandise, as well as feature length films, Arcana focusses on a transmedia approach to the scaffolding process of developing brands and intellectual properties.

HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. Headquartered in New York, the company is a subsidiary of News Corporation. They are a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, and mystery, romance, reference, religious, and spiritual books. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement, HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand, and generate additional business opportunities.

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Captain Action Teams With Kade and Koni Waves in Devil’s Sun!

Captain Action, the original super hero action figure from the 60s, is teaming up with Arcana’s flagship characters Kade and Koni Waves for the 4 issue limited series, Devil’s Sun, later this year.

Devil’s Sun, written by Mark Poulton (Koni Waves, Image’s Brigade) and illustrated by Mike McMahon, finds Kade and Koni teaming with Captain Action to stop the ascension of Satan’s son. Along the way, they will encounter some of the top indie characters around including Hack/Slash, Jack Staff, The Living Corpse, Pinocchio Vampire Slayer, and many more.

What makes this team-up even more monumental is the series will introduce the new Lady Action… Koni Waves?! That’s right, Honolulu’s own supernatural private detective will don the costume of sexy superspy, Lady Action! To promote the event Koni will be appearing in person at the Summer conventions dressed as Lady Action. In addition, a special preview edition will be available at San Diego Comic Con and other Summer conventions.

Look for Devil’s Sun later this year, featuring variant retro covers by Stephen Sistilli (Koni Waves).

Captain Action is part of Captain Action Enterprises, an LLC retropreneurial company, dedicated to bringing nostalgic brands back for both dedicated fans and new audiences.

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Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave (40% Off Cover Price!)

Koni Waves introduces private detective Koni Kanawai, an ex-cop in Honolulu, Hawaii who worked her way through college as a dancer at the Apanapana Ballroom. When a drinking problem gets her booted from the force, Koni starts up her own detective agency. With the aid of Pete, her surf buddy, Krystal, a colleague from her dancing days, and Huko, the owner of her favorite water hole, Koni encounters a series of supernatural events that leads her to discover a dark side of her island not seen in the usual tourist spots.

This massive 240 page omnibus collects the first two volumes of Koni Waves as well as the Koni Waves/Demonslayer oneshot and the rare Headress of the Undead con exclusive. In addition, this director’s cut includes 28 new pages of story and an all-new ending. Read the first chapter for free at InStockTrades.

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In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in March, Arcana will be publishing All Fall Down GN (JAN11 0932), Every Waking Moment GN (JAN11 0933), and Kade: Prodigal Sun GN (JAN11 0934).

Shipping This Month

This January Arcana brings in the New Year with 51 Delta GN (NOV10 0709), Curse of the Cortes Stone #1 (NOV10 0710), Frozen Wasteland GN (NOV10 0711), Hexen Hammers GN (NOV10 0712), Hyper Actives GN (NOV10 0713), League of Super Evil GN (NOV10 0714), and the Pixies HC (NOV10 0715).

Interview with Jeff Dyers

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Jeff Dyer, writer of the hot new graphic novel, Every Waking Moment.

MP: Jeff, Every Waking Moment is solicited in this month’s Previews. What is the graphic novel about?

JD: Everyone wants more time. It seems to be, other than death, the great equalizer. People want more time with their families, more time to work, more time to play. So in Every Waking Moment, billionaire visionary Grant Auden has developed a medical procedure, The Wake-Up Call, which eliminates the need for sleep. He thinks people will use their “extra time” to make themselves better people and, thus, make the world a better place. The world’s greatest protectors, The Idealists, volunteer to undergo The Wake-Up Call so they can protect humanity 24/7. Meanwhile, a young reporter named Emma Troy begins to investigate the story and uncovers some startling consequences: without sleep, there are no dreams… and what happens if people don’t dream? As the story reaches its dramatic conclusion, these lost dreams erupt into the waking world, causing chaos and destruction beyond imagining.

MP: Did you ever wish you didn’t need to sleep?

JD: No! I love sleep, but the notion of having more time fascinates me. If you estimate that we sleep 8 hours per night, that’s roughly a third of your entire life. I know sleep is a necessity, but if I had those extra hours (years), think what could be accomplished!

MP: When did you first come up with the idea and how has the process been getting it to print?

JD: Well, I came up with the core idea way back in 1992. So almost 20 years ago! I spent years trying to write Every Waking Moment as a prose novel. I finally finished the novel in 2002, but it wasn’t very good. I’m not a novelist, and I knew the story wasn’t as good as it could have been. But I’ve always loved comics, so the novel became a graphic novel. In 2005, I ran into my high school buddy Steve Ott, an aspiring comic book artitst. We were at our local library for an event. Comic writer/artist Phil Hester was there doing a presentation about comics. Phil, incidentally, would later agree to draw the cover for Every Waking Moment! So anyway, I asked Steve if he wanted to illustrate Every Waking Moment as a graphic novel and thankfully he agreed. So we spent about two years creating the graphic novel. I give huge props to Steve for drawing a 200 page book in its entirety before we ever submitted to a single publisher. We went with Arcana in January 2010, and it’s been an exciting year seeing the pages get colored by Todd Rayner and Lionel Dusklight. I’m very excited to finally hold the finished book in my hands!

MP: Were you a comic book fan growing up? If so, what were some of your favorite comics?

JD: I’ve loved comics my whole life. My favorites are probably not very surprising: Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come. I adore Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Will Eisner’s Spirit, Milton Caniff, Hal Foster. Lee and Kirby’s FF is amazing. My favorite character is Superman. On my 40th birthday this past summer, I got my first tattoo: a Superman shield!

MP: Before we go, is there anything else you would like to say to readers?

JD: I just hope people will give Every Waking Moment a shot. It’s a story I’ve wanted to tell for 20 years. Over the past two decades, I’ve struggled to get the story out there, I’ve never lost sight of the fact that the story is strong. I think it deals with huge concepts and ideas that are at the core of what makes us all human. It’s also a big, fun story with super heroes and great action. If you’re looking for a unique graphic novel, unlike anything else you’ve read, then try Every Waking Moment!