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Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Arcana Newsletter December 2009

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Arcana Launches Comics & Pop Culture Magazine!

Arcana Studios, an award winning comic book publisher and transmedia producer, is proud to announce the launch of Arcana Magazine. Debuting on January 27th, 2010, and solicited in the current November Previews (Diamond Code: NOV09 0599) is the new quarterly magazine simply entitled Arcana, the re-designed print version of the on-line comics based magazine Extra Sequential.

The first issue features interviews with Star Wars: Invasion writer Tom Taylor, artist Josh Medors, Singaporean writer Edmund Shern, Surrogates creator Robert Venditti, and ground breaking artist David Mack. Also included are previews from upcoming comics and features such as a look back at the Death of Superman event, a talk with pro cyclist/comics fan Dave Zabriskie, a brief chat with the legendary Marv Wolfman, and an article of the current love affair between musicians and comics, including an interview with Coheed & Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez. There’s also a look at just how to market comics today, a breakdown of popular comic book terms and more.

Arcana #1, a 96 page full color magazine goes on sale January 27th, 2010.

http://www.arcanaquarterly.com

Arcana Studio is proud to announce the KISS Kompendium

Arcana Studio, the award winning art production arm of Arcana has worked on numerous comics, video games and animation for Disney, Sony Animation, ABC, SpikeTV, HBO, CAPCOM, Random House and more…but here’s a MONSTER we recentely worked on.  We were hired to put together this MASSIVE KISS Kompendium published by Harper Collins.  This is a monster and on sale December 8th, 2009.  Just in time for KISSmas.  Check it out at KISSOnline.com

The GwaiI TPB

Recently winning the prestigous Moonbeam Award for best Children’s Graphic Novel, the Gwaii tells the tale of Tanu, a sasquatch lost in the Canadian wilderness who must face the Fearsome Creatures in order to find the clues that will lead him to his mother. Using his agility, speed, jumping ability, and a mean snow-ball throwing arm, the young sasquatch must find his way back home while confronting the most fearsome mythological creatures ever whispered about in the wild wilderness!

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

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping January, Arcana will be publishing Arcana Magazine #1 (NOV09 0599), Anywhere #3 (NOV09 0600), Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves Oneshot (NOV 0601), Cat Named Haiku (NOV09 0602) and Miracle GN (NOV09 0603).

Shipping This Month

This November it’s time to give thanks for Arcana’s releases for the month: Anywhere #1 (SEP09 0590), Don Bluth’s Space Ace #5 (SEP09 0591), and Hero House GN (SEP09 0592).

Interview with Sean O’Reilly

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Arcana Owner and CEO, Sean O’Reilly, about several topics including a slate of movies that are on the way, as well as what’s in store for Arcana in the future.

MP: First things first, you recently produced and developed the stories for 2 Lion’s Gate films. What can you tell us about them?

SO:  People who know me, know I love the UFC and MMA.  It was a THRILL to be working on projects with Kimbo Slice, Frank Mir, Roger Huerta, Michael Bisping and so many more.  I actually had a drink with Frank and he knew his comic books.  I met director Daniel and he was the one who initially got the ball rolling with Grindstone (Lion’s Gate), and Deboragh, Michael, Barry, Stan and so many more people were critical to getting these projects off of the ground.  I’m really looking forward to seeing these now that the first one is filmed.

MP: As well, you recently produced a Steve Segal film? What’s it about and is there any chance we’ll see Steven at the Arcana booth for SDCC?

SO: I can ony hope so.  The comics to film buzz has helped propel me into the entertainment industry and I’m getting to work on a lot of great
projects.

MP: Arcana has a new pop culture/comic magazine due out in January. What sets it apart from other magazines and what can fans expect?

SO:  Our key people, Kris Bather and David Lapsley, are creating a magazine that is like no other.  It’s focus is art…it’s Wizard meets Maxim with a strong artistic direction.  I really am excited about this magazine as it will open up new doors for our publishing arm.

MP: The Gwaii recently won the Moonbeam Award for best children’s graphic novel. The previous year Clockwork Girl won. How does it feel to have your
work so well received? Also, is producing good children’s product one of your publishing priorities?

SO: I’ve been writing comic books since 2003 so it’s great to get recognition.  Children’s books have become a priority for me since the birth of my first child, my daughter Summer.  Since then we’ve gone on to make a couple more (Kiefer, Phoenix & Harmony) and it really does change one’s motivations.  The demon hunter is still alive but I really wanted to show my kid’s something before they go to bed that won’t bring about nightmares.

MP: Speaking of Kade, what can we expect from him in 2010?

SO:  Jay and I have another installment for Kade called Red Sun.  Set in Siberia, 1020, Kade is hunting for the of the Fallen.  This one is going
straight to graphic novel (after a promo issue) and we have truly set the bar higher with every book starting with Humberto Ramos on Original Sun, Stjepan Sejic’s debut in Sun of Perdition, Clint and Thu’s awesome Shiva’s Sun and Christian Duce’s amazing Rising Sun.  It’s a big world and Jay has been great to work with allowing me to weave all of the mythos in a massive 2500 year tale.

MP: What other big plans does Arcana have?

SO:  We are doing SO many great projects and with limited space I can only name a couple.  Anywhere #1 (only 99 cents!) and Champion #1 is on stands Wednesday Dec. 9th and upcoming graphic novels like Black Jesus has had a TREMENDOUS response through the book market with a very strong initial purchase order, Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom has had tremendous reviews already, Hero House is already busy doing instore signings and in 2010 we have 32…yes THIRTY TWO graphic novels already solicited from January through to August 2010.  Working with numerous distributing partners we are proud to release these titles to the book market.  We have had a strong presence in the book market and after winning a couple awards at Book Expo America it’s really helped us set the path for a strong year next year.

As well there are two animated series we’re starting production on and one live action project as well.

MP: Before we go, is there anything else you’d like to say?

SO: You cannot change the wind, but you may adjust your sails.

Arcana Newsletter October 2009

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Arcana Invites You To Witness The Coming of Black Jesus!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that the Black Jesus trailer is now online at arcana.com.

Black Jesus (AUG09 0633), created by Jimmy Blondell and David Krintzman, asks the question what happens when someone is born different? Are they accepted? And if they are accepted, what are they accepted as? Chris is born with special gifts and every individual has their own beliefs. Is Chris a Mutant or a Messiah?

To coincide with the release of the book, Jimmy Blondell has created a trailer which he says, “… is a mash up of the Graphic Novel and the screenplay. I infused illustrations and iconography from the comic-book and then I added some rough cut footage from the screenplay. The music element I chose really added a dark edge that helped reflect the stories tone.”

The trailer can be viewed online at Arcana’s official website.

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The Gwaii Wins The Gold Medal At Moonbeam Awards

 

Arcana is pleased to announce The Gwaii has one the Gold Medal at the 3rd Annual Moonbeam Awards for Best Comic/Graphic Novel! Written by Sean O’Reilly and Grant Chastain and illustrated by the Geat LP, The Gwaii tells the tale of Tanu, a small Gwaii, who searches the Canadian wilderness for his injured mother. With his newfound friend Jaadaa at his side, they must face the most fearsom mythological creatures ever whispered about in the wild wilderness if they are to find their family and their way back home.

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacry and life-long reading.

The Moonbeam Awards ceremony will be held on October 10th as part of West Virginia’s Book Festival in Charleston, WV.

Velvet Rope One-shot

 

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 annual anthology which includes deadly glimpses of upcoming Arcana titles like Daddy’s Little Girl, as well as an all-new Eve: Vampire Diva short. Featuring stories from some of the top up and coming creators around like Mark Poulton, Bruce A Brown, and Frank LaPerch, Velvet Rope is sure to make a killing at the box office!

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

In Previews

 

This month in Previews, for items shipping in December, Arcana will be publishing the Anywhere #2 (of 6) (OCT09 0686), Coin Operated Boy GN (OCT09 0687), Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom GN (OCT09 0688), and Don Bluth’s Space Ace #6 (of 6) (OCT09 0689).

Shipping This Month

 

Coming up this month Arcana has a bag full of treats for this coming Halloween with the release of the Black Jesus GN (AUG09 0633), Champion One-shot (AUG09 0634), and Don Bluth’s Space Ace #4 (of 6) (AUG09 0635). Don’t get tricked this Halloween. Make sure to reserve your copies with your local comic shops today!

Interview with David Greenblatt

 

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews David Greenblatt, writer of the new Arcana GN Ultima Thula.

MP: David, for those unfamiliar with Ultima Thula, how would you pitch it to them?

DG: When an ashamed former war hero’s daughter is abducted by aliens and transported to their hostile planet, he goes on a mission to rescue the one person in his life that is his reason for living.

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

DG: We both agreed that the most important part of our lives is our families. If anything were to happen to them it would devastate us. We wanted to channel that pure, raw emotion into a story that resonates with the importance of sacrificing all for loved ones.

MP: Prior to working on the graphic novel, were you a fan of comic books? If so, were there any that inspired you while working on the project?

DG: Always loved Superman, The Flash and the Fantastic Four. What inspired us was all things Spielberg and Lucas.

MP: When looking for a publisher, what made you choose Arcana?

DG: Arcana was recommended very highly by other people in the comic book/graphic novel world. Arcana completely got what we are trying to do. This is important for us as we want to do this for the long term. To have creative and business backing like Arcana provides will allow this.

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

DG: We wanted to make something that we were both proud of. It had to please us first and foremost. There are many personal elements that we imbued into the creation. Hopefully what touched us about these characters and their journeys will touch others as well.

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Arcana Newsletter September 2009

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Arcana Unveils The Clockwork Girl Animated Trailer!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce the animated teaser for the Clockwork Girl, which debuted at SDCC, is now online at www.clockworkgirl.com!

Directed by Kevin Hanna and produced by Sean O’Reilly, the animated teaser is based on the award winning graphic novel. Last year it was announced that Telefilm funded the development of the screenplay by Jennica Harper allowing the Clockwork Girl to move to production.

The 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.

Co-creator, Sean O’Reilly said, “It’s incredible to see these characters take their first steps. Kevin truly is a visionary and I am thrilled to be working with him on this project.” The Clockwork Girl is currently being developed into a feature length film by Arcana Studio.

The Clockwork Girl Hardcover

The Tinkerer is a mad scientist convinced that mechanical technology is a stable and precise science and is more important than all of the other
sciences. Metal twists and bends, gears, axles, and ratchets work in unison giving life to a conscious machine – The Astonishing Clockwork Girl! The Grafter believes that the natural uncontainable power of biology should be revered against all other sciences. Assembling a body from parts of exhumed corpses, organs, skin, and limbs are stitched together to create the son that he could not have – the Amazing Mutant Boy! Life is beautiful. The Astonishing Clockwork Girl and the Amazing Mutant Boy begin to take their first steps into this world, learning about individual existence, freedom, and choice. But a true understanding of who they are can’t begin until they meet… Arcana’s Sean O’Reilly and Disney’s Kevin Hanna have created this wonderful, all-ages fairytale beautifully illustrated by Grant Bond. This hardcover collects all four issues of The Clockwork Girl along with never before seen images, interviews, and concept art.

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

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in October and November, Arcana has a bag full of Halloween treats including Black Jesus GN (AUG09 0633), Champion One-shot (AUG09 0634), Don Bluth’s Space Ace #4 (of 6) (AUG09 0635), Anywhere #1 (of 6), (SEP09 0590), Don Bluth’s Space Ace #5 (of 6) (SEP09 0591), and Hero House GN (SEP09 0592) .

Shipping This Month

Arcana ends the Summer with these hot August and September releases from superstar writer Robert Kirkman and artist Paulo Borges. It’s Don Bluth’s Space Ace #1 (MAY09 0645), #2 (JUN09 0689) and #3 (JUL09 0665). In addition, September ends on a groovy note as Chris Harden brings you the release of The Fro: Origin GN (JUL09 0666) Dig it!

Interview with Justin Aclin

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Justin Aclin, writer of the upcoming superhero frat graphic novel, Hero House, which is currently in this month’s Previews (SEP09 0592).

MP: For those unfamiliar with Hero House, how would you pitch it to them and where did you come up with the idea for such a fun book?

JA: The central concept of Hero House is really easy to explain: it’s about a college fraternity for super-powered students, working together to
be the heroes of tomorrow. Once you get past the high concept, though, it’s really all about the characters. So our entry point into Epsilon Epsilon Psi – the titular frat – is a freshman named Nate Hedges, who was a big-time small-town teen superhero who just feels completely lost and directionless at college. He gets tapped by the university president to pledge the Eps and make sure they’re not getting up to super-powered shenanigans, and a lot of the story is about how he interacts wiht these characters he’d never normally be interacting with. We also learn early on that there’s a black sheep ex-member of the frat, Poltergeist, who had some sort of falling out with his fellow founders early on, and that’s a bit of a mystery that gets explored. If I’ve done my job correctly, when someone’s done with the book they’ll have read a fun, funny superhero action story, but they’ll also have met some characters that are either familiar to them or that they’ve felt like at some point in their lives. I think, even if you’ve never been in a frat or been a superhero, the feeling of starting out in college or someplace new and not knowing exactly who you’re supposed to be in relation to who you used to be is extremely universal.

How I came up with the idea is almost stupid. I remember I was just in my living room one day, probably looking at my DVD collection, when it
occurred to me that both super-teams and fraternities, at least as seen in Animal House, are groups of people who band together for a common goal and give each other code names. And that was it. From there I knew I’d write about a frat that was also a super-team, and all I had to do was figure out who they were and what the whole thing would be about. You can read a lot more about the development of Hero House and see pre-production art and that kind of thing at my blog, www.aclincorp.com.

MP: Did you attend college? If so, did you pledge a fraternity? Any wild stories you can share?

JA: I did attend college at Boston University, home of the Terriers, but I did not pledge a frat. Shocking, I know. But even though I don’t have that specific experience, almost all the frat stuff in Hero House – what it feels like to pledge a group, coming in as a freshman when there are already established group dynamics – all that stuff was based on real experiences. My freshman year I tried out for a sketch comedy group and performed with them for all four years of college. And just like a frat or a super-team, each member got their own codename. I was Hemlock. So even though I was never in a frat, all of that stuff was drawn from my real life.

I don’t think we got to any Animal House-level wildness, though. Most of our parties were right after performances, and consisted of getting drunk and telling each other how awesome we did.

MP: Longtime Arcana fans may remember Hero House from the company’s early days. It was one of the earliest titles signed by the company. After years of work, what was it like to finally see the comic in printed form?

JA: Yeah, this book’s been cooking for a long, long time. At this point, it’s been five years since Arcana even announced they’d be publishing it. I’ve had my fantastic penciler, Mike Dimayuga, from almost the very beginning, but it’s taken us a very long time to get the rest of the art team put together and get the art completed. But it was definitely worth it – Frank E. Stone on inks and Brian Gabrillo on colors are a fantastic addition to the team, and the final product really pops. To finally see it printed and hold in my hands was amazing. It’s the culmination of a life-long dream for me.

MP: Your’e also the head writer on Wizard’s Twisted Toyfare Theatre, which is hilarious by the way. Who would you say is your favorite Mego figure to write for?

JA: Thanks! Yeah, I’ve been writing Twisted Toyfare for about seven years and I’ve been the head writer for the past several, since the Robot Chicken guys left to go work on that show. I was a fan before I started working on it, so I love writing for the classic characters like Doom, Hulk, Thing and especially Spidey. Mego Spidey is the everyman as exasperated jerk and he’s very fun to write for. As far as less established characters, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Electro and Mysterio, for some reason. I established this kind of adversarial friendship for them and I love when they appear together. I really need to make that happen more often.

MP: The creative team attended SDCC. How was the fans’ reaction to the book?

JA: We did really well at SDCC. Arcana brought a small early print run, but we were completely sold out by the end of the con. Hero House was
actually making its debut at the show, so the fans I got to speak to were picking it up for the first time and hadn’t actually gotten to read the
book yet. A lot of them were Twisted Toyfare fans who were willing to take a chance on the book because I’d written it, and I really appreciate that, or else they were drawn in by the amazing Ed McGuinness cover or Mike’s awesome art in the interior. The early reviews we’ve gotten have been very positive, though.

MP: Before we go, do you have any last words for fans?

JA: If you buy Hero House, first and foremost you’re getting a solid, well-crafted superhero story with great characters. It’s got a concept that’s potentially and I’m certainly known for a more gag-based comic strip, but it was important to me to let either of those overwhelm the story. You’ll read it and laugh, but this isn’t a collection of jokes. It’s a story that, hopefully when you finish it, you’ll be eager to read the next chapter. And hopefully the next chapter doesn’t take another five years.

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Arcana Newsletter May 2009

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Two of the Greatest American Heroes!

The third and final issue of Stephen J Cannell’s beloved cult classic arrives in stores TODAY complete with a special Barack Obama cover! The Greatest American Hero himself teams up with writers Christopher Folino and Derek McCaw and superstar artist Clint Hilinski for this exciting re-imagining of the cult classic series.

Buy the Red Foil edition of this collector’s issue now:

http://www.arcanacomics.com/store/

Camilla d’Errico’s Burn Now Available As Webcomic!

Welcome to a world where humans and mecha co-exist. What was once thought to be a symbiotic relationship between humans and machines has turned into a full-scale war due to rising resentment by their human creators. In one of the towns, a 13 year old boy named Burn will find out the true meaning of horror. The arrival of the sentient Shoftiel, a machine programmed to destroy mankind, will forever link the two in a battle of fates. One action, one desperate act of self-preservation will forever change the fate of man and machine.

Superstar artist Camilla d’Errico has now made her critically accalimed series availabe as one of Arcana’s webcomics. Read the entire series at:

www.arcanacomics.com

Don Bluth’s Space Ace!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that Space Ace is coming back! Fan favorite writer Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible) wrote these reprintings from CrossGen, and a new writing team will carry forward his momentum with issues #4-6!

Follow the adventures of the musclebound hero Ace! The villainous Commander Borf attacks Ace with the “Infanto Ray,” a weapon that transforms him into an adolescent version of himself, and kidnaps his girlfriend Kimberly. It is up to Dexter – Ace’s younger incarnation – to rescue Kimberly and prevent Borf from using the Infanto Ray to conquer Earth. Based on the classic 1980′s video game!

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping July, Arcana will be publishing the Don Bluth’s Space Ace #1 (MAY090645) and Ultima Thula GN (MAY090646).

Shipping This Month

This May sees the release of Arcana’s Matriarch TP (MAR094065) .

Interview with Rock Shaink and Mark Jonathan Stanley

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Rock Shaink and Mark Jonathan Stanley regarding their involvement in the slate of Arcana properties that are currently in development.

MP: What can you tell us about your involvement in Arcana’s Grunts, Ripped, and Coma?

RS: Let’s see. Where to begin? I guess everything started when Sean got in touch with me about the possibility of working together on something. We grabbed a few drinks a week later, and talked about what I was working on, what we (Mark and I) were working on, and what Arcana was working on, and ultimately how we could come together on something. But, really it ended up being a long conversation on comics, the industry, film, television, etc. that was a total blast. After a few hours at the table we realized we hadn’t really discussed the topic of collaboration in too much detail. So, we finished the first meet with Sean giving me a handful of books, and some scripts/artwork from future projects. I in turn promised to send him a few ideas that may work with what Arcana was planning in the future.
When I got back to my office I couriered copies of the books to my co-writer and read… a lot. I think I read half the Arcana library in one sitting, and immediately fell in love with what these guys were doing.

The next day Sean and I had a great follow up chat, where I gave my thoughts on what I’d read, and Sean then told me he had 2 books he HAD to send us. I in turn told him I had an idea, I’d loved, that was a bit darker then the rest, but judging by what Arcana was publishing and a few of the books they were coming out with later in the year, I think it may just fit the kind of “edgy” thrillers they were willing to take a shot on. So, we again exchanged emails — Sean sending us two soon to be published books (which turned out to be GRUNTS and RIPPED) and myself sending him COMA. And that was the beginning of what became the… well, the beginning. And wow, I just chatted everyone’s ear off.

MJS: Yep. What he said.

MP: How did these projects come about?

RS: As I’d said, Sean sent me a few select books (Ripped, Grunts) he thought fit what we were doing, and I in turn sent him one of my favorite projects (Coma). Ripped was the first one I read, and I immediately called my co-writer to have him read it first. Unfortunately, him being a Brit, and it being 4am over there when I did so, he did not answer.

But, anyway, had he picked up, I’d had told him how much the comic had blown me away, and how well it matched what we were looking for. The creator had done a great job of capturing a fun and exciting story and dropping it into this unique, yet relatable world.

MJS: With Time travel.

RS: Right. So, the next day, or early the next morning, I hear back from Mark and he’s going on about how this book is definitely our next project. I’m of course ecstatic that he’s read RIPPED already. Only to quickly realize…

MJS: I think it was when dinosaurs entered the conversation.

RS: Haha. Yep, it was at the mention of dinosaurs that Mark stopped me, and asked me how the hell I was planning on getting dinosaurs in to WW2?

MJS: It was then we realized we’d not only read two different books, but that neither of the other had read the one we were going on about. Rock had accidently sent me two copies of Grunts, but none of Ripped, and in turn had 2 copies of Ripped, but none of Grunts. So a trade was organized, and back to reading we went.

RS: The next day we chat again and suddenly find ourselves in a bit of a dilemma. We really, really love both books. Two dream projects dropped right in to our laps, and now we had to make a decision as to which to do.

MJS: A few days later we made one of the easiest and most difficult decisions we’ve ever made collectively. Easy because we decided we wanted to do both. Difficult because… well, we decided we wanted to do both.

RS: We sat down, looked at our already well-booked schedules and decided one way or another we had to make room for these. So, we set our reps and Sean (Arcana) to chat to see what we could do to make it work.

MJS: Shortly there after we get word from the powers that be that it’s a full go. And off we go. We decided to dive in to RIPPED first, while we chatted with Shannon from Grunts on some ideas for where the book could go beyond the page.

RS: With Ripped we’re staying inside the world created, while bringing some new unique elements to it, but in chatting with Shannon on Grunts, he had some excellent ideas for where the story could continue off the page, so we wanted time to work that out with him while we attacked Ripped.

MJS: Don’t forget Coma.

RS: And Coma. Yes, Coma, as I’d said was a passion project of mine that I needed to get out of me. I sent Sean a copy of the treatment for Coma that I’d written really for myself. I was immediately unsure of the decision, knowing that the story does dive in to some dark topics, and doesn’t shy away where others may. So, I have to say I was absolutely thrilled when Sean got back to me about thirty minutes later saying “We have to do this”. And from there Coma swiftly joined our burgeoning Arcana/Romark family.

MP: Were you a comic book fan growing up?

RS: Growing up at the end of a dirt road in a tiny little town, where we didn’t even have the option of television until I was 12, left me few options in form of entertainment. I remember my father usually paid my little brothers and I for our chores in the form of baseball cards, but one week he returned with a few packs of cards and a comic book. The choice had to be made. I ended up reading my first ever comic book that day, and I’ve never looked back.

MJS: Being a Brit, and growing up around the time of 2000 AD (the comic, not the actual period!), I was always a big fan of characters like Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper. It’s that element of fantasy, and the great sense of escapism they provide. Comic books were always like movies to me. Something which I probably didn’t realize until I became a little older. But to me, it’s always been like watching a film on the page.

MP:  Arcana fans are probably more familar with Grunts and Ripped, what can you tell us about Coma?
 

MJS: Coma is going to be a kick ass ride from the sick, twisted mind of Rock Shaink. A comic book, and a movie. Other than that, I am sworn to secrecy! But meet me in the bar later. I’m partial to beer!

RS: You know, try as I may, I don’t think I could’ve said it any better then Mark just did. I will add simply that it’s a passion project, and one that jumps right into the deep end of the noir-esque psycho-thriller genre. A pull no punches, no turning away, vivid journey down a very very dark path. Wait, “noir-esque psycho thriller” – did I just make up a new genre?

MP: What do you find most appealing in each of these properties?

MJS: I think it’s the great mix of fantasy meets reality in each project. You see, Rock is more of the reality guy, whereas I tend to lean more toward fantasy. We’ve always been able to combine that to good effect, and usually end up with something that’s absolutely unique on both terms. So finding Ripped and Grunts, two projects that jump in and out of both elements, and pull it off in spades, was something I knew we needed to sink our teeth into.

RS: Each of these books allows us room to flex our own creative muscles independently, and then to bring our work together for the story. With Ripped, I was the guy with the dry-erase board trying to quantify this unique form, or potential idea of “time-travel”… while Mark was at the same time thinking of cool characters and times in history we could mess with. For Grunts it’s the similar process, just this time with behemoth-sized super soldiers and the Germans.

MJS: Both projects feel real, yet of course, they‘re not. But there’s just something happening with them that works on an unconscious level. You’re both connecting and escaping at the same time. It’s the ultimate magic trick. And my hat goes off to all those involved.

MP:  What do you think makes for a successful comic book adaptation?
 

MJS: I think it all comes down to keeping the spirit intact, whilst also staying true to what works on the screen. And that’s something, I feel, which carries all throughout the process. Not just in the writing. There’s a template, but it has to be treated with respect. Sometimes it means changing certain elements. But in the end, if the spirit is still there, then usually what made the comic work, will also make the film work. Usually!
 

RS: Yes, “Usually!” indeed. I can’t agree with that more. I’m a huge comic fan, but at the same time I’m a huge film fan. Finding the ability to stay true to one, while ensuring it works for the other can be quite tricky. However with the blessing of all those involved, I think it’s also one of the most fun elements of what we do as writers. Think about how many times you’ve seen something, heard about something, or read something and said to yourself… “This would be a great movie”. Luckily, we get a shot at actually making that a reality, whether it be; adapting short stories, magazine articles, video games, comics, novels, etc.

MP: You guys are both really busy these days, with many projects in development including the remake of the 80s cult film the Hidden. How did you get involved with this remake? Were you fans of the original?
 

RS: We can’t really say too much about the project, or it’s current status. This project has been a roller coaster ride itself, with lots of ups and downs as far as those involved, etc. All-in-all, it was a ton of fun to write, we had a blast researching it, and luckily for us it’s still a script that gets us a lot of work.

MP: These projects are all going through your company Romark Films. What can you tell us about the company? How it was formed? And what made you guys decide to do it?
 

RS: Romark was born out of our expanding responsibilities as writers, directors and producers. As writers our work was taking on a life of it’s own, and we were suddenly flush with projects that we were shepherding as producers and those we were stepping into as directors. I think for us, Romark became the home in which we could make them all work together.
 

MJS: I think it was also out of our desire to oversee projects from beginning to end. Being a writer is great, but at times it can be very frustrating. Building a company like this not only gives us more freedom on the creative side, but also on the business side. So hopefully it becomes the best of both worlds.
 

RS: I think also as filmmakers this was ultimately a dream we both shared. A place we can both focus on our own creative endeavors, but that also allows us the opportunity to work with other creative writers and directors we highly respect, and at the same time seek out new rising talents with a voice, and passion similar to our own.

MP: Tell us a little bit about the process you guys take when writing something together?
 

RS: We pay our ghostwriters extremely well, and then go on an extended vacation. Haha! But seriously…
 

MJS: I think the best way to look at it would be to compare us both to architects of a great house. (The script being the house in this example.) Together, we’d both meet up and build a sturdy, creative foundation. At that point I would go off and put up the four walls of the house. Meanwhile, Rock would move inside, and decorate each room. Then we’d both meet back up at the top to finish the roof.
 

RS: Can’t agree more. Mark was always the structural engineer to my extravagant painter. I’d jump inside and work on character and dialogue, while Mark would lock down the plot points and act breaks we needed to work around or within.
 

MJS: Over the years though, I’d say the line between those two roles has really started to blur.
 

RS: Definitely. I know on one of our last projects there were actual full scenes we could not for life of us recall who wrote originally. Something I’m finding a lot more in our last few years of work together. And something I think is only allowing us to become better writers in the process.

MP: What else are you guys working on? For yourself? For Romark?
 

MJS: Between us, we’re looking at adapting another comic book – the name of which we can’t mention yet, but which will star rising action star Scott Adkins (Bourne Ultimatum, Wolverine). And we’ve just signed on recently to adapt the brilliant graphic novel “I am Spartacus” by Dan Wickline (30 Days of Night). Solo-wise, I’m also working on a project with Justin Stanley. The title of which, we’re keeping under wraps.
 

RS: We’re stoked to work with Scott on the new project, which is going to be such a fun, fast, and intense actioner. And “I Am Spartacus” was a project we both read the day it came out and fell in love with, so being hired to adapt it, is a fantastic opportunity. Beyond that, and the obvious projects, and development deal surrounding the interview (Coma, Ripped, Grunts) we’ve just wrapped up post on a new comedy TV pilot that I wrote/directed entitled “Weed Shop”, and we are actively moving forward on two others in which we trade off producer hats. Independently, I’m directing a few more music videos and commercials in the oncoming months, crossing my fingers that we get to continue the journey on “Weed Shop” and being excited for the team we’ve just locked down on a new hush-hush psycho/thriller I’m writing/directing for Romark.
 

MJS: Yes, we just left you with a cliffhanger.
 

RS: Dun-dun-dunnnnnnnn.

Arcana Newsletter March 2009

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Arcana Moves on Coma, Grunts, and Ripped!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that Coma, Grunts, and Ripped have entered a production development agreement with Romark Films.

Romark Films was founded by filmmakers, Mark Jonathan Stanley and Rock Shaink. Shaink, who is currently working on a remake of the 80s’ cult classic, “The Hidden,” is attached to all three projects as the screenwriter with Arcana’s CEO, Sean O’Reilly, set to produce. Romark is currently in production on the the new comedy series “Weed Shop” as well as in prep for the feature films “Reversal” and the graphic novel adaptation “I Am Spartacus”.

Grunts, created by Keith Giffen and Shannon Eric Denton, tells the tale of of an American WW2 squad, who encounter a German superhuman assault squad and starts a Eugenics Race that carries into present day. Ripped, created by Jay Busbee and Jason Flowers, is the story of a college dropout who must stop the end of mankind when he learns he has the ability to travel through time. Meanwhile, Coma is an upcoming project from Arcana Comics created by Rock Shaink which he’ll be developing as a motion picture at the same time.

Clockwork Girl Teams Up With Mashon.com!

Clockwork Girl, the hit series from Arcana, is teaming up with Mashon.com for a new line of e-cards. In addition, users will have the opportunity to make their very own Clockwork Girl online stories. Created by Planetwide Media, MashOn is an interactive suite of online tools which allows users to create and share their own digital stories, e-cards, comic books and graphic novels by combining their personal photos, music, videos and narration to create their own unique personalized story.

For more information, please visit:

www.mashon.com

2009 Harvey Awards

Dear professionals, for your consideration Arcana Comics would like to remind you of the following titles when looking at this year’s Harvey Awards:

Best Graphic Album Original – Koni Waves: Ghouls Gone Wild!

Best Graphic Album Previously Published – Clockwork Girl Hardcover

Best Online Comic – The Matriarch

Best Cover Artist – Stephen Sistilli (Koni Waves, Velvet Rope)

Best Continuing or Limited Series: Camilla d’Errico’s Burn

Best New Series – Corrective Measures

Best New Talent – Grant Chastain (Corrective Measures)

Best Anthology – Velvet Rope

For more information on the Harvey Awards and the official 2009 nomination
ballot, please visit:

http://www.harveyawards.org/

Kade: Rising Sun #1

On the hunt for the demons that plague our earth, and his soul, has been his only objective and it has led him to the Land of the Rising Sun. He senses there’s a demon, an oni, that he must banish… but there’s another person he senses… Is it the return of Ezra? Is it the beautiful assassin Shi? Who is this mysterious woman? Shi creator, Billy Tucci lends his artististic talents to the cover of Kade: Rising Sun #1 joining the list of super star artists like Mike Grell, Greg Horn, Humberto Ramos, and Ben Templesmith who have all left their print on the gothic demon hunter.

Kade: Rising Sun #1 is available this month. Written by Kade creator, Sean O’Reilly, with Jay Busbee and illustrated by CDuce this is the fourth series in the ongoing adventures of Arcana’s flagship title.

Buy the book now:

http://www.arcanacomics.com/store/

In Previews

 

Last month in Previews, for items shipping April, Arcana will be publishing the Banzai Girls Manga TP (FEB094042) and Kade Rising Sun #3 (of 4) (FEB094043). This month, Arcana offers the following for a May release: Matriarch TP (MAR094065).

Shipping This Month

This March Arcana roars in like a lion with the release of Greatest American Hero #2 (NOV083769) and Kade: Rising Sun #1 (OCT083824) .

Interview with Bruce Brown

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Bruce Brown, writer of the upcoming Arcana books, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom and Jack and the Zombie Box.

MP: Bruce, you have two upcoming Arcana titles in the works: Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom and Jack and the Zombie Box. What can you tell us about them?

BB: Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom

After visiting his father in Butler Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger!

Howard Lovecraft is a twisted, little all ages tale that should thrill Lovecraft fans and if you are not a fan of Lovecraft and just enjoy a dark tale, this is the book for you!

Jack and the Zombie Box

Jack is your typical 3 year old boy who has an imaginary friend named Uncle Bug. After messing up the kitchen, Jack’s dad is given the task of distracting his son while his mom cleans up the mess. To occupy Jack, he plays a DVD of his childhood favorite cartoon. Jack becomes obsessed with the show and his obsession begins to drive his entire family crazy. Basically, Jack is partially based on a true story. My four year old became obsessed with Scooby Doo.

At first I thought it was cool, but five zillion episodes later I thought I was going to lose my mind.

If you have kids, you know what I am talking about! Ha!

MP: How did you get into writing comics?

BB: I had always loved this genre since I can remember. Like most fans, you think to yourself, wouldn’t it be cool if…

Well, one day I had an idea for a story and thought, I can do this. So, I did a little research on comic writing and I got to work. Once I finished, I sent the script off to Marvel. Which, now I know how ridiculous that effort was. To my surprise, I heard back from them. While my script was severely lacking, they said they felt I had talent and should stick with it.

Unfortunately, I have no clue who wrote it. I couldn’t read the signature. But I stuck with it and never gave up on writing comics and it is finally starting to pay off.

MP: Since HP Lovecraft is the main character of one of your books, has Lovecraft’s work always been a favorite of yours?

BB: Actually, I never really read too much Lovecraft until recently. I was asked to co-write a script and it was Lovecraftian in nature. So, I took a crash course in Lovecraft and found out why he is considered the greatest horror writer in modern times. Honestly, it was the author himself who inspired my book.

HP Lovecraft suffered some very tragic events in his life and I was intrigued by what kind of effect that would have on him.

MP: In Jack and the Zombie Box, Jack is obsessed with a DVD of his father’s favorite childhood cartoon. Are there any cartoons you’re obsessed with?

BB: That’s a tough one because I love so many! When I was a kid, I loved Bugs Bunny. As I got older, I became a huge fan of Scooby Doo. Now, I love Brave and the Bold, anything with Batman or superheroes in it; but given what I do, that is not surprising. Ha!

Also, I would have to fess up to watching and enjoying the Little Einsteins. It’s a show for little kids that teaches them about art and classical music. How cool is that.

MP: What else are you working on?

BB: I actually have several irons in the fire right now. But foremost, I am finishing up a pirate horror story.I have done several all ages projects, so I am looking forward to branching into different genres.

I co-wrote a series with Dwight L MacPherson called Interagents that is on the Th3rd World site. I also have a webcomic on drunkduck.com called The Porch that is coming up on having been read by 25,000 readers in the short time it has been out.

In the end, I am just trying to get as much work out there as possible and hope that people enjoy it and come back.

MP: Before we go, do you have any last words for fans?

BB: Just that I am truly excited about showing them Howard Lovecraft and Jack. First and foremost, I’m a comic reader. I love good stories and I know how disappointing it is to shell out money for weak ones. I hope people give my work a try and let me earn my way into the books they get at their shops.

Arcana Comics Newsletter January 2009

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Arcana Goes Online with new series of Webcomics!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce a new line of webcomics ready to launch! Hosted on their website with the amazing PanelFlow technology, Arcana Webcomics will be updated anywhere from twice a month to three times per week by their respective creators. Arcana Comics’ Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton said, “We’re very excited to begin this new chapter in Arcana’s evolution. Arcana has always been a progressive transmedia company that has pushed boundaries and now we are adding webcomics to our arsenal. Now, comic fans can still get their comic book fix with these brand new webcomics and in the process maybe discover some of the other titles Arcana offers!”

Six new titles compromise Arcana’s Webcomics launch. They are:

Title: Doc Monster’s Spuds Starring Shadowflame
Synopsis: Shadowflame has been transported into the world of Doc Monster’s Spuds. Hilarity ensues.
Web Team: Rob X. Roman and Joe Martino
Updated: Every 2 weeks

Title: Fafnir the Dragon in Barack To The Future
Synopsis: Mightier than a god, dumber than a rock. While searching for his stolen treasure, history’s greatest dragon is hurled into an apocalyptic future!
Web Team: Thormod Skald and Asta G
Updates: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Title: Olive Peril
Synopsis: A young girl runs away from an imposed marriage into a strange new world where everything is strangely like a fairy-tale and gets swept up into a story that she never intended to be in.
Web Team: Laurel Shelley-Reuss
Updates: Every Monday and Friday

Title: Snakor’s Pizza
Synopsis: After his sinister snake-based society of snake-inspired terrorists fails to rule thw globe, Snakor must rely on his fallback career… work at a Pizza Place.
Web Team: Sean Jordan, Kody Peters, and Dave Howlett
Updates: Every Wednesday

Title: The Matriarch
Synopsis: Career woman. Single mother. Superhero. Sherry Benning knew having a baby would change her life. She didn’t know it would change the world.
Web Team: Robert Burke Richardson and Steven Yarbrough
Updates: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Title: Zoo Dot Com
Synopsis: The City Zoo is having some financial difficulty. In order to cut costs, they’ve decided to employ the zoo inhabitants to create and maintain the zoo website.
Web Team: Matt McCray
Updates: Every Monday

Banzai Girl Manga TPB

This manga digest format Banzai Girl reveals the adventures of Jinky Coronado in black-and-white-with-graytones manga style. Popular manga artist/writer (and FHM Model!) Jinky Coronado brings her fancified life adventures to life in this 160-page saga. Watch Jinky reach her 18th birthday! See the amazing attack by tentacle monsters! See her parents and townspeople controlled by alien invaders! See all this and more as everyone’s favorite Asian schoolgirl, Jinky Coronado, brings her fabulously Filipino adventures from the drawing table to this manga digest!

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

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping March, Arcana will be publishing the Greatest American Hero #3 (of 3) (JAN09 3978) and the Gwaii HC (JAN09 3979).

Shipping This Month

Arcana rings in the New Year with the following releases: Gauze TPB (NOV08 3768) and the
Greatest American Hero #2 (of 2) (NOV08 3769).

Interview with Heaven’s Echo’s Siike Donnelly

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Heaven’s Echo writer/artist/creator, Siike Donnelly.

MP: Siike, what can you tell us about your upcoming Arcana comic, Heaven’s Echo?


SD:
Sadly, not much. Just that it truly is a dream come true to work on it. Imagine some of the cool stories and superhero battles you’d love to see in comics today. That is what will make up the Heaven’s Echo universe. I’ve always wanted to see Captain America fight Superman in a battle that will only allow one of them to walk away. Legal reasons prevent those other companies from crossing over like that and telling stories like that, but by creating our own world here, we can get fights like that as often as we want.

MP: What attracted you to bring this project to Arcana Comics?

SD: The guys behind the magic of Arcana Comics did. I met you Mark, nearly two years ago now at Comic Con ’06 in San Diego. From there we talked about short stories of mine and then I eventually met Sean O’Reilly. Luckily, Sean and I just clicked with one another the second we started talking. When I saw the passion he had for telling stories and building a new mythology, I knew this was certainly the guy to work with. Not to mention the fact the he actually came and offered it to me, which truly is the biggest honor in my world. Another attraction is certainly the challenge of creating something new for fans. We’ve all seen over dozens of “New Universes” that are usually hit or miss. As a writer, I love to be challenged, especially at this stage in my career.

MP: Who were some of your writing influences?

SD: Agatha Christie. I grew up with a very traditional way of telling stories. Her mystery books were always ones that kept my mind working, even after I had read the story. She was the first writer to show me how
powerful words can be. As far as other writers that influence me, I’m a huge Jeph Loeb fan. I love Ed Brubaker’s work. Allan Heinberg. Peter David. S.D. Perry. Stephen King. Christopher Moore. Warren Ellis. David Goyer. Geoff Johns. David Koepp. Shawn Ryan. Brian Augustyn and Humerto Ramos (I’m a HUGE Crimson fan). And I cannot forget, the amazing Judy Blume for her book “Are you there God? It’s me Margaret.”

MP: Do you get inspiration for your writing from other sources?

SD: I mainly get inspiration from music and actual people. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his autobiography had a very profound impact on me as a young man. I wish I could have been around during that time. My
grandparents, my mother, and my brother are key players in the man I am today. I honestly would have given up writing years ago if it wasn’t for them. They are truly my muses. Sevendust. Tricky. Rolling Stones. INXS. Rob Zombie. Incubus. Linkin Park. Fort Minor. DMX. RZA. Graeme Revell. Harry Gregson-Williams. Frank Sinatra. These are all just a fraction of the musical talents that also inspire me and influence my writing. (laughs) Sorry, had to mention music. I’m one of those nerds too.

MP: Now you’ve also recently written a novel, Rhino. Was making the transition from writing novels to comics hard? What are some of the differences?


SD:
So far, the transition from novels to comics has not been hard at all. Rhino was actually written as a screenplay when I was seventeen years old. Over the years I’ve rewritten it so many times as a screenplay, I just decided to one day flesh it out even more. So the novel now reads very cinematically, which is how I think books should be written these days. With less people reading novels, I feel that my way of reaching the people that don’t read as much is to make it seem like it’s not just a book. As far as differences, the only major one is action beats. They have to snap well in a comic, even more so than in a novel. Also, in a novel you tend to be inside each character’s head a lot more, leaving less need for dialogue
some of the time, but in a comic, fans want to read great dialogue and want their one-liners. I’ll be working extra hard to make sure I deliver on this end.

MP: Anything else you’d like to tell fans?

SD: Just that a lot of hard work and planning is going in to this new series to make it something very special. I, like other comic fans, get frustrated at times when I read things like “groundbreaking” and “will have ramifications for years to come.” The goal at Arcana is to tell stories
that are just great stories. Stories that make a difference, not just in the characters’ lives, but in readers as a well. We want to inspire the next generation of writers, the way we ourselves were inspired in our
youths. That’s why us writers write at all. It’s our job to create the universe, but it’s up to the fans to keep it alive.

Arcana Newsletter July 2008

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Telefilm Provides Funding For Clockwork Girl!

Arcana is proud to announce that Telefilm Canada, the federal cultural agency dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry, has provided funding for the Clockwork Girl animated film.

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. Created by Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, the series was the first release from Arcana’s all ages division, Arcana Kids. Debuting in July 2007 the book received critical acclaim for its astounding artwork and timeless love story (order it at your local retailer with order code MAR083433).

Telefilm Canada is a Crown corporation reporting to Parliament through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Headquartered in Montréal, Telefilm provides services to the Canadian audiovisual industry by means of four regional offices located in Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal and Halifax.. Telefilm’s main goals are celebrating the telling of unique Canadian stories, actively championing a sustainable Canadian audiovisual culture, reward performance, encourage new thinking, and promote diversity.
When recently asked about the Clockwork Girl film, co-creator Kevin Hanna said, “I’m not sure how much I can say, other then I am thrilled that things are going as well as I ever hoped they could be. Working in Hollywood, I know that adaptations are a gamble that often taint the source material. So far everything is going right with Clockwork Girl, the people involved really understand the spirit of the book and the characters. I think fans of the book will be very happy with where this ends up.”

For more information on Clockwork Girl and Arcana Comics, please visit:

www.arcanacomics.com

Mark Poulton Named VP of Operations

Arcana is pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Poulton as Vice President of Operations. Mark began his career at Arcana in the Fall of 2005 when he brought his series Koni Waves to the publisher. Since then he has created several titles for the company including the upcoming Avengelyne vs Koni Waves and Club Vampire. Prior to the promotion, Mark served as Head of Marketing and in his new position, Mark will help Arcana with its continued growth and expansion in the industry. Sean O’Reilly said, “For me to hand off any part of Arcana’s operation is difficult but Mark has proven time and time again, that he is reliable, honest and one of the hardest working guys I know. Some of his first work in this role will be at the San Diego Comic Convention, booth 2514, so be sure to check out his hard work as it’s simply awesome.”

Kade Box Set

Arcana’s most popular character, Kade, the gothic demon hunter is recognized in the first-ever collected commemorative box set! This limited edition box set includes his first appearance in Kade: Identity, featuring a Humberto Ramos cover as well as the set of Kade: Sun of Perdition #1-4, which introduced the comic world to the artistic talents of Stjepan Sejic. But that’s not all! If you really want the ultimate Kade Collection, this is the box set for you, all wrapped in a high-end Greg Horn box! FC $16.95 Diamond code: APR08 3550

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

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping Septemeber, Arcana will be publishing Burn #5 by Camilla D’Errico (Diamond Code JUL08 3653), Grant Chastain’s Corrective Measures GN (Diamond Code JUL08 3654), Marlow Soul of Darkness #1 (Diamond Code JUL08 3655) and Tales of Penance #3 by Sean Wise and Paul Gilligan (Diamond Code JUL08 3656). Pre-order them with the Diamond Codes today from any comic book retailer in the world through the Diamond Previews catalog.

Shipping This Month

July sees the release of Burn #3 (Diamond Code MAY08 3594), The Clockwork Girl hardcover (Diamond Code MAR083433) and Hellen Killer issue #3 (Diamond Code APR083549). And just in time for the San Diego Comic Con, Arcana will have the debut of two new titles: Tales of Penance: Trial of the Century #1 (Diamond Code MAY08 3596) and Wingman #1 (Diamond Code MAY08 3597).

Interview with 100 Girls’ Adam Gallardo

This month Mark Poulton interviews 100 Girls’ Adam Gallardo. Adam gives us an update on the next installment of 100 Girls, as well as his other projects, and the lowdown on Simon Pulse’s 100 Girls release.

MP: How did you come up with the idea for 100 Girls?

AG: I was working at Dark Horse Comics at the time and had just started pitching ideas to the publisher, Mike Richardson, so I was definitely trying to catch a commercial vibe. I’m not sure to what extent I was successful, I guess we’ll have to see how the Simon and Schuster edition is.

Beyond purely commercial concerns, some of my influences were the films and TV work of James Cameron and Joss Whedon. Both of these guys have stories featuring strong women who resist being classified as either vixens or victims, roles into which most traditional comics want to force female characters. It was important to me to have a strong, central female character. But one with vulnerabilities, of course.

MP: Simon Pulse is releasing a 100 Girls tpb this summer. Does the collection contain all of the issues to date? Is there any bonus material?

AG: All seven issues of the first series are collected in the Simon Pulse edition, but without any extras material. That was a little disappointing to me, but I can live with it. Maybe, if sales warrant it, we can talk them into doing a “Art of 100 Girls” type book. Keep your fingers crossed.

MP: Is the Jenna/100 Girls oneshot still in the works?

AG: This might be a question for our illustrious publisher. I wrote the two-part series about two years ago, and the art has been done for almost that long. When, or even if, it will see the light of day, is unknown to me. I’d like to see it at some point. Maybe as a value-added bonus in the “Art of 100 Girls”?
(Publisher’s Note: with Narwain closing their North American arm, the rights situation of Jenna became a little bit difficult but I’m still talking with Alessandro and I’m hoping to have this problem overcome)

MP: Who would you like to see play Sylvia in a 100 Girls movie?

AG: If some theoretical producer out there wanted to make the movie, I could see it going a couple of different ways. If they keep Sylvia the age she is in the comic, I could see either Dakota Fanning or Abigail Breslin from “Little Miss Sunshine.” If they feel the need to age her up, maybe Emma Roberts. Or we could switch things up and get Masiela Lusha from “George Lopez”.

MP: Are you working on any new projects?

AG: I’m currently writing the second volume of ” Gear School” for Dark Horse Comics. And not too long ago, I sent the script for the next installment of “100 Girls” to Todd!

MP: Before we go, do you have any last words for fans?

AG: I swear that “100 Girls” WILL be back.

Arcana Newsletter June 2008

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Arcana Donates To Boys and Girls Club of America’s REACH for Literacy Program!

Arcana Comics, the home of Kade, Koni and Dragon’s Lair, recently donated thousands of Clockwork Girl comic books to the Boys and Girls Club of America.

The Clockwork Girl, the smash hit comic series from Arcana written by Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, tells the tale of a nameless robot girl and her friendship with an amazing mutant boy. The series was the first release from Arcana’s new Arcana Kids imprint and has received critical acclaim for its artwork and touching story.

The Boys and Girls Club of America is a national organization whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. It offers many life enhancing programs with caring, adult professionals that provide kids with a fun and educational experience, as well as a safe after-school environment. Headquarters are located in Atlanta, with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and Los Angeles .

Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton said, “The Boys and Girls Club of America and Arcana Kids seemed like a natural fit under the REACH Literacy Program. It is great to work with such a worthy organization and have these comics go towards their main goal of literacy while entertaining and benefiting children.”

For more information, please visit them at:

http://www.bgca.org/

http://www.arcanacomics.com

The Art of ReBoot

ReBoot the first full-length, completely computer-animated TV series was ahead of it’s time. Co-created by Gavin Blair with writing from current DC Comics Senior Vice President, Dand Didio, ReBoot won several industry awards including the Gemini Award for Best Animated Program Series for three straight years between 1995 and 1997. Now fans can relive the magic and go behind the scenes with The Art of ReBoot, the most comprehensive collection of art from the groundbreaking CGI animated series. The book features conceptual design illustrations from UK legend, Brendan McCarthy (Judge Dredd, Shade the Changing Man, Solo), as well as illustrations from Scott Lee (PITT Crew) and Dean Ormstrom (Lucifer). The Art of ReBoot also features a 10 page section of new artwork from leading industry artists. It is a must-have for any ReBoot and animation fan!

As well ReBoot, Rainmaker and Zeros 2 Heroes were recently the recipient of winning the PopVox Digital Marketing Award.

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

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping August, Arcana will be publishing Burn #4 by Camilla D’Errico, Dwight MacPherson’s Dead Men Tell No Tales TPB, Tales of Penance #2 by Sean Wise and Paul Gilligan, and The Gwai #3.

Shipping This Month

 

June is a big month for Arcana with the release of the Kade Box Set featuring a gorgeous Greg Horn box (APR083550). In addition, this month sees the release of the Dragon’s Lair Hardcover collection, Camilla d’Errico’s Burn #2 (APR083547), and Helen Killer #3 (APR083549). Finally, Arcana Kids releases the second sensational issue of The Gwai #1 (FEB083462).

Interview with Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Dwight MacPherson

This month I got the chance to interview Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Dwight MacPherson. Dwight gives the lowdown on the next installment of Dead Men, as well as what extra pirate booty one can expect in the upcoming Dead Men Tell No Tales TPB.

MP: The Shadowline releases of The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo and Archibald Saves Christmas have been well received by comic fans. With your recent success, was coming back to work on DMTNT something you always had in mind or were you approached for a 2nd volume?

DM: I actually finished writing Dead Men: Decimation in July of 2006 after being approached by Sean about a sequel. To be quite honest, this is something I wanted to see happen much sooner. I love the “Dead Men Universe” and would really like to expand it. Whether that happens or not is entirely up to Mr. Sean O’Reilly.

MP: Speaking of the next installment how is Dead Men: Decimation coming along? What can you tell us about it?

DM: To my knowledge, we are in need of an inker to finish issues 2 and 3. The pencils for all three issues are complete and–I believe–the entire first issue is inked.

I can tell you that Dead Men: Decimation takes place in present times. Blackbeard and every other undead pirate have been chasing the Holy Grail since we last saw them and this volume brings that great chase into present times and finally brings an end to the curse once and for all.

MP: I hear there is also a DMTNT tpb that collects volume 1 in the works. Is there any extra pirate booty in this treasure chest of zombie goodness?

DM: Yes! In fact, it will be in June’s Previews… finally. [laughs]

There are some extra goodies, sure. We’ve been able to include more pin-ups, pirate prose goodness, and a forward by B. Clay Moore. The graphic novel itself is absolutely gorgeous! When you see it, you’re really going to flip. I’m extremely happy with the complete package.

MP: You also contributed a story to the Grunts tpb. How did that come about?

DM: Actually, I was approached by my buddy Shannon Denton who asked me if I’d write a short for the trade. Of course, I said I’d love to. I wrote a story entitled “The Absent Signature” that I believe turned out extremely well. I guess you can see if you agree with me after you read the trade.

MP: What other projects do you have coming down the pipeline?

DM: Next up for me is the Viper Comics graphic novel Kid Houdini and the Silver Dollar Misfits and a story in Image’s Popgun anthology in July, followed by The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo Book 2 and the Dead Men trade in August. Last but not least, my sci-fi epic M-THEORY will follow in September, October and November. I have several other projects in production, but none that I can speak of at the moment. Gawd… I hate saying that.

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

DM: Yes. Please buy the Dead Men trade. It’s been two years in the making and I truly hope everyone will buy a copy for your personal libraries and to give to family and friends. Also, if you’d like to see more stories from the Dead Men universe, please let Sean O’Reilly know about it. You can accomplish this by posting on the Arcana forum. Decimation will bring an end to the story, but there is so very much that takes place between these storylines that I’d love to flesh out.

Thanks for the interview, Mark! It’s always a pleasure to talk with you.

Arcana Newsletter May 2008

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I decided to get this month’s edition out a little early so fans will have plenty of time to make their Free Comic Book Day plans. Speaking of which…

Arcana Unleashes Free Comic Book Day Plans For ‘08

Free Comic Book Day is this coming Saturday, May 3rd and Arcana is getting in on the action. It is the day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their store. For their part, Arcana Studio is set to release Arcana Studio Presents.

Arcana Studio presents Kade, Wendigo, Burn and 100 Girls — four of Arcana’s iconic series — in one issue of all-new stories published just for Free Comic Book Day 2008! Kade, the enigmatic warrior who doesn’t feel, but always hurts! Wendigo, the little critter lost in the Canadian North! Burn, a prisoner in his own body! Sylvia, one of 100 Girls genetically created for the U.S. government! Arcana Studio Presents features four all-new stories of action, adventure and intrigue in the way that only Arcana can!

To coincide with Free Comic Book Day, Arcana will have several of their creators making special appearances at comic shops across the country. Among those scheduled to sign:

- Clockwork Girl and Kade creator: Sean O’Reilly will be at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, CA from 12pm to 2pm promoting Kade: Shiva’s Sun, as well as the new Wendigo series from Arcana Kids!

- Dead Men Tell No Tales creator: Dwight MacPherson will be at Mountain Empire Comics in Johnson City, TN from 10am to 4pm promoting the upcoming Dead Men Tell No Tales tpb and Dead Men Decimation graphic novel.

- Gearhead creators: Dennis Hopeless and Kevin Mellon will be at Elite Comics in Overland Park, KS promoting the new Gearhead tpb collecting the smash hit original series that is currently optioned by Darius Films for motion picture development!

- Koni Waves creators: Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, and Dexter Weeks will be at Stormwatch Comics in Berlin, NJ from 12pm to 4pm promoting the upcoming Koni Waves: Ghouls Gone Wild! graphic novel and the battle of the century Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves!

Aaron Nelson Talks Marlow

This month I got the chance to interview Aaron Nelson, who Arcana fans may remember from the Dark Horrors anthology. Well, Aaron has another ghoulish tale to tell in the form of Marlow. However, this zombie isn’t your average chud. I spoke with Aaron to get the lowdown.

MP: What can you tell us about Marlow?

AN: Thanks for asking. I suppose from a pretty high level, the story is about a man mutilated by technology who, upon meeting the Doctor who made him, discovers things about his mutilation (and his maker) that brings him to question the decisions he’s made in his life. In exchange for medicines that keep him from reverting to a zombie state, Marlow does all the dirty work for the pharmaceutical company that mutilated him out of fear of complete transformation. During this journey, where he meets the Doctor who made him, Marlow wonders if he must simply suffer the consequences of his mutilation and revert to a zombie state in order to truly be free.

MP: Who worked on the book with you?

AN: Dario Carrasco Jr and I have collaborated on a number of other projects, and worked closely together on the characters and story. Mathew Reynolds did some really incredible artwork, and L. Jamal Walton was, as always, brilliant with the layouts and lettering.

MP: Arcana fans may remember you from your work on the Dark Horrors anthology. Now, you are working on a book about a zombie with Marlow. Is horror a favorite genre of yours?

AN: I think the operative word there is _may_. (Laughs) I don’t know if I’d say horror is my favorite genre, but I’ve certainly found it to be a genre that readily presents moral, philosophical, and theological issues to the reader. When I began working on Marlow, I wanted to comment not only on issues like globalization, and human experimentation, but also on more engrossing issues like The War on Terror. So, while I was writing Marlow, I was also reading Joseph Conrad’s “The Heart of Darkness” very closely, because I found his concerns about 19th century colonization and exploitation of Africa to be, at the very least, “in line” with the concerns we have about globalization and The War on Terror. Conrad’s big idea (at least from my reading of it) is that perhaps it’s not the dark, undressed people of Africa who are the brutes, but rather the white, well-heeled Europeans. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve always found the Bush Doctrine counter-claim that “America’s the terrorist” to be pretty simplistic and, well, wrong. However, I do think there’s something deeper to be said about us using violence to end violence. Perhaps by fighting al-Qaeda, we’ve, in a sense, “validated” their jihad to them. Perhaps by just glancing at them, we’ve given them a stature they truly don’t deserve.

It’s funny, but, while I was writing Marlow, I was also writing an essay called “Simulating Terror” for an anthology called “Jack Bauer for President: Terrorism and Politics in 24″ (now in bookstores!). It occurred to me that the Bush Doctrine and al-Qaeda agree on one thing: that al-Qaeda can, somehow, destroy America. Osama thinks he can destroy us, and so does Bush. Which is why we’ve taken such a massive action against them. For the Bush Administration, we’re fighting not just for our lives, but for our very way of life. I think that’s a questionable assumption to make.

So, in any case, instead of writing a story that says something bold and simplistic like, “We’re the terrorists”, I decided to write a story that questions whether or not suffering is a part of freedom, and whether or not avoiding suffering can, actually, lead to a life of enslavement.

So, yeah, I like horror. (Laughs)

MP: Is Marlow your typical zombie, ie. Does he eat brains, crave human flesh, hang out at shopping malls?

AN: He’s more of a meso-zombie. He’s on that razor thin line of being human and being a zombie, since he takes medication to prevent him from reverting to a zombie state. His “inner-zombie” is always ready to surface, and he struggles to keep it in check. As for his after-hours inclinations, he’s more inclined to hang out at a dive bar instead of the mall’s T.G.I. Friday’s.

MP: Do you have any plans for Marlow after the graphic novel?

AN: I’m pretty focused on the graphic novel right now. However, if McDonalds wants to create a zombie Happy Meal, that’s cool with me.

MP: Any last words for fans?

AN: Yeah. Marlow really isn’t for everyone. It’s brooding.. dark.. you know.. it’s a horror comic. But, if you’re interested in globalization, the War on Terror, philosophy, post-modernism, that sort of thing, definitely check it out. I hope you enjoy it.

Step Behind the Velvet Rope With Arcana

 

Arcana Comics announces it’s new horror anthology, Velvet Rope, is now accepting short story submissions. Velvet Rope will be a 64 page, full color, horror anthology scheduled for a Halloween release. Stories will be between 5 to 10 pages long and hosted by the beautiful usher from beyond the grave, Velvet.

Submissions should be in full color and have a horror theme to them. Those interested in submitting stories for consideration should send 3 completed pages (meaning full pencils, inks, colors, and lettered), as well as a story synopsis and expected length of story to Mark Poulton at markepoulton@aol.com. Those whose work Arcana would like to see more of, will be contacted with further instructions.

Wizard World Philadelphia

Wizard World Philadelphia is May 30th to June 1st at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Arcana creators Frank LaPerch and Ash Jackson from Eve: Vampire Diva will be in artist alley, as will the Koni Waves creators: Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, and Dexter Weeks who will be joined by the artist if the upcoming Koni Confidential oneshot Mathew Tow.

For more information on Wizard World Philadelphia, please visit www.wizardworld.com

In This Months Previews

Books in this month’s Previews have an expected release date of July.

 

Burn #3 (of 6) Burn, a boy fused with a mecha, continues his struggle to find understanding in the madness that is his world. Could the answer come in the innocence of a young orphan girl? And enter the Bikers… Diamond code: MAY08 3594 $2.99

 

Helen Killer #4 (of 4) Diamond code: MAY08 3595 $2.99

 

Tales of Penance: Trial of the Century #1 (of 4) Lt. LJ McCloud is assigned to a powder keg case when she has to investigate the homicide of a costumed criminal perpetrated by a masked superhero named Penance. As she begins the investigation, the media circus surrounding the case could leave the city of Atlanta and the entire south hanging in the balance, especially when a mob of vigilantes come seeking vengeance at the police station. Featuring a stunning cover by Greg Horn! Diamond code: MAY08 3596 $3.95

Wingman #1 (of 3) Diamond code: MAY08 3597 $3.95