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Monday, March 17th, 2008
Interview With Arcana’s #1 Fan – Jimmy DaSilva
This month I decided to change things up a bit and instead of interviewing an Arcana creator, I decided to interview an Arcana fan. However, this is no ordinary fan. This is Arcana’s #1 fan. People on the forum will recognize him as Clasp99, but now they will get a chance to know Jimmy DaSilva.
MP: With so many choices to choose from and the market dominance of Marvel and DC, how did Arcana Comics become your favorite comic book company?
JD: Arcana became by favorite comic company because of all the great titles it has been producing. I have been collecting Arcana comics pretty much right from beginning. I got into Arcana comics in kind of weird way. A couple years back I was heading out to Pittsburgh for a week on a business trip and wanted to bring some reading material to keep me occupied. I decided to stop by a local comic shop that had just opened in the mall near me, New Moon Comics. I hadn’t collected comics in about 10 years because of a bad experience I had as a teenager with my local comic shop. I picked up a couple titles to see what was going on in comics today. I remember picking up Ultimate X-men, Batman, Superman, Spawn, and a comic called ANT issue #1. It just leapt off of the shelves when I was checking out the independent titles. I really enjoyed all the comics I picked up but of all the titles ANT was by far my favorite. The next time I stopped in to New Moon I went immediately to the indy shelves. There were a couple more titles that looked interesting and happened to also be from Arcana, Kade and Ezra. From that point I was pretty much hooked. After reading Kade and Ezra I remember going to the Arcana Website and seeing if there were any other titles that were out that I my comic shop didn’t have or if there were any other issues I could get. I ordered 1 of everything that was available for purchase.
MP: What was your first Arcana book?
JD: Like I said the very first Arcana book I bought was ANT #1 but Kade and Ezra were very close behind.
MP: What are some of your favorite Arcana titles?
JD: It is hard to narrow it down. I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a title that I haven’t enjoyed. Each one has its own good points. At the top of my list are Koni Waves, Kade, Eve, Ezra, 100 Girls, and Shadowflame.
MP: At last year’s NYCC, Sean O’Reilly commented about your collection of rare Arcana comics, specifically your original Kade without the Arcana logo. What other rare Arcana comics do you own?
JD: I have a version of Kade #1a that was only available through the Arcana website. The cover has an error in which Kade was accidentally drawn without his trademark tattoo. I also have blank sketch covers for 100 Girls #1, Ant #1, and American Wasteland #1.
A couple copies of the Koni Waves/Demonslayer #1 retailer cover with a head sketch by Mark Poulton. I don’t know if you would consider this rare or unique but I have a test copy of the yet unprinted El Arsenal: Teibolera story. A JGM Variant to Shadowflame #1 limited to only 50 copies. Some CGC’d copies of Ant, Ezra, Sundown: Arizona and Kade. But the jewel of my Arcana collection is my copy of the Koni Waves/Demonslayer #1 Museum Edition one of only 25 copies (Possibly even less).
I have almost a complete collection of everything that has been released from Arcana. I am only missing a couple variant covers to Ezra, Kade, Ant, and Gearhead. What I would really love to add to my collection is copies of the props of the Green Spirit Arcana did for the episode of Psyche on the USA Network they helped out with. If anyone has or knows where I can get a copy feel free to PM me the info (clasp99 on the forums)
MP: You also collect original artwork. What are some Arcana pieces you own?
JD: My first original art from Arcana was the retailer cover to the Koni Waves/Demonslayer #1 by Mark Poulton which I pick up at NYCC 2007. Since then I have picked up a couple other nice pieces. Here is a list of everything I have:
The cover art to American Wasteland #2 by Mark Kidwell
A page from Ant issue #2 by Mario Gully
2 pages from Gearhead #2 Kevin Mellon
The Wizard World Chicago Variant cover art to the Koni Waves/Demonslayer #1 by Marat Mychaels
The Retailer Variant cover art to the Koni Waves/Demonslayer #1 by Mark Poulton
2 pages from Shadowflame #1 by Joe Martino
2 pages from Shadowflame #2 by Joe Martino
I also have some commissions that were done for me. Marat Mychaels did a nice piece of Battlestone from Brigade and Koni hanging out at a bar in Hawaii. Ash Jackson did an awesome page of Eve, Koni, and Jinky in action together.
And some sketches that were done in my sketchbook by joe Martino, Mark Poulton, Dexter Weeks, Peter Palmiotti, and Steve Sistilli and Sketch on my Captain America: Fallen Son Blank cover by Mark Poulton, Dexter Week, and Steve Sistilli. Dexter Weeks did a sick sketch of Koni, Red Skull and Captain America for me.
MP: Your Banzai Girl, Eve, Koni commission inspired the creators of Eve and Koni to team-up and plan an upcoming oneshot where both of their characters origins will be linked. How does that make you feel to know you inspired a comic book like that? Also, what other Arcana dream team-ups would you like to see?
JD: I was really excited to hear that Mark and Frank liked the idea of Eve and Koni teaming up. These are two of my favorite characters and it seemed to me like a team up would be so natural. It is going to be cool to see Koni working with a vampire in stead of against one. If it wasn’t obvious by my commission, I would love to see Jinky, Koni, and Eve team up. But I would also like to see Kade and Eve meet, I wonder what would happen if those two crossed paths, Sylvia meet the heroes from Philly, or Koni meet Ezra.
MP: Do you plan on attending any of the upcoming con appearances by Arcana or their creators?
JD: With work and my ever growing family it has been hard to make it to many if any con’s but I always try to make it to at least NYCC. I am really looking forward to it this year since so many of the people from Arcana are going to be there.
MP: What would you like to see in the future from Arcana Comics/Studio?
JD: I have really been enjoying Clockwork Girl from the all ages line. I would like to see more titles in this line that I could read to my kids. It would really great to see Koni, Kade, Eve, etc in an all ages format. I know there has been talk across the internet about it but I would really like to see some of the Arcana titles be made into movies or TV series. As soon as I heard Gearhead was optioned I thought, what a great choice for a movie, Dennis Hopeless’s story was great and would translate easily to the big screen. But any of the titles could easily be made in to a cartoon series. The one thing I would REALLY like to see is the return of Ezra. I hope she isn’t dead forever. I will continue to spread the good word of Arcana and I wish everyone the best of luck.
New York Comic Con
The east coast’s biggest comic con is just a month away and Arcana Comics will be there in full effect. Arcana Comics is teaming up with Platinum Studio this year at booth #1757. Creators scheduled to appear are Kade’s Sean O’Reilly, Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, and Dexter Weeks from Koni Waves, Marvel Comics’ Cable and Making Waves 2: The Art of Koni Waves cover artist Mike Capprotti, Eve: Vampire Diva’s Frank LaPerch, and many more. The convention runs from April 18th through the 20th. Please visit the cons’ official website for more details:
New York Comic Con Exclusive – Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves Boxing Poster
Let’ s get ready to rumble! Designed to look like a vintage boxing poster this piece of art showcases two lovely ladies battling it out for the Indie Comic Queen Crown. Measuring 11″ x 17″ and limited to 500 copies, this is a must have for any fan of Avengelyne or Koni Waves. Available at the Arcana/Platinum Studio Booth (1757) for $5.
Paperback Reader Reviews Eve: Vampire Diva #4
Paperback Reader, the comic book review website, has just written a glowing review for the final issue of Eve: Vampire Diva. Head over to their website and sink your teeth into it:
Learn From the Pros
Learn how to create comics from the pros with the Rough Sketch Studio comic courses. Koni Waves artists, Stephen Sistilli and Dexter Weeks, are offering two separate non credited courses with one on one instruction in a real studio environment. The first course is 8 five hour sessions with drawing, inking, page layout, and storytelling. The second course is an additional 8 five hour sessions dealing with coloring, lettering, and portfolio presentation. Each course costs $250 and all students will receive one 24 sheet comic drawing boards, a set of inking pens, and a comic art portfolio. Stephen and Dexter have over 35 years of combined experience in illustration, graphic arts, and computer work. For more information please call (856) 317-1771 or email at email@example.com. Start being a comic book pro today!
In This Month’s Previews
The Clockwork Girl TPB by Sean O’Reilly, Kevin Hanna, & Grant Bond – Experiencing life and love for the first time Huxley and Tesla have formed a unique and inseparable bond. But preventing their happiness, and their love, the two mad scientists wage a vicious war against each other where the Clockwork Girl and the Mutant Boy are bystanders caught in the middle! HC, 110 pgs, FC $14.95
Burn #1 by Camilla d’Errico & Scott Sanders – 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. 24 pgs, B&W (1 of 6) $.99
Helen Killer #2 by Andrew Kreisberg & Matthew JLD Rice - Secret Service agent Helen Keller, with the aid of a device which has restored her lost senses, and her partner Jonah Blaylock have traveled to the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo to protect President McKinley from Anarchists. As Helen learns to master her new powers, the assassin is moving into position. 28 pgs, FC (2 of 4) $2.99
Sunday, February 24th, 2008
Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview venture capitalist and upcoming Arcana creator, Sean Wise. Sean’s new series, Penance: Trial of the Century, will debut later this year.
MP: Hi Sean, for those unfamiliar with venture capital, what exactly does it entail?
SW: Venture Capital is a type of financing geared for high growth startups. We search for companies that may one day become eBay, Facebook or Google, we give them millions of dollars in return for a piece of their upside. In my case, I do it through a portal called VenCorps (www.VenCorps.com). Whose name was inspired by a certain galaxy wide police force.
MP: You also mentor the great CEOS of tomorrow with your entrepreneurial boot camps. What can one expect from your course and can you share with us the success stories?
SW: The Bootcamp is a half day intense training course for founders of high tech high growth startups. Mostly those looking for funding for the their business. To date, I’ve done approximately 111 Bootcamps over the last 10 years. The entrepreneurs I’ve mentored have gone on to raise more than $2Billion in Capital. So I’d consider that success. MP: What do you enjoy more: working on your own ventures or passing along your knowledge to others?
SW: To me it’s the same. As a Canadian, I’m more in tune with Social Capitalism and the Collaborative approach, so while I love building my own business, I equally love helping others.
MP: You’re also involved in the business reality television series, “The Dragons’ Den.” How did you become involved with the series?
SW: Dragons Den is a reality show where 5 multimillionaires (the Dragons) listen to the pitches of entrepreneurs from across the country and decide whom to fund, ON THE SPOT. It is a little like American Idol meets the Antique Road Show. (www.cbc.ca/dragonsden)
Originally I was approached to be a Dragon, but that wasn’t an ideal fit. So instead I accepted the role as Industry Advisor and Online Host.
MP: Arcana fans will soon get to know you from your work on the upcoming Penance: Trial of the Century series. What can you tell us about the series and how did the idea come about?
SW: I actually wrote the series (with co plotter Paul Gilligan) 10 years ago while I was in law school. I was inspired by the OJ Simpson trial and asked myself “if sports star trial gets this much attention, what if it was a real hero, or even better a superhero?”. The series basically revolves around the trial of superhero for a double murder he may have actually committed, and the media frenzy that ensues.
But that’s really on the tip of the iceberg, the series is really much deeper and is really about the decisions we all make, and the price we eventually have to pay for making them. For those who like deeper books, along the lines of Alan Moore’s Miracleman run, this book will resonant strongly with you. For those too old to have read that series think of it this way:
As POWERS is to NYPD Blue; Penance is to Law & Order.
MP: Have you always been a comic book fan or was this just another business venture for you?
SW: I’ve been a avid fan my whole life. I started collecting at 11, have gone to the same comic book store (the Silver Snail in
Toronto) for the last 26 years.
I’m such a fan of comics that my next book, due out from Penguin Fall 2008, is the amalgamation of my love for comics and the business advice I’ve learned over the years. It’s called HOW TO BE A BUSSINESS SUPERHERO, and features lessons including:
- What Lex Luthor warns you about Ego
- How Superman teaches us our own personal Kryptonite.
- What the Green Lantern teaches us about Fear.
MP: How has your background as a venture capitalist helped you in your new career in comics? And in return, has comics helped you with business?
SW: The neat thing about working Arcana, is their approach to the business. First, they follow Friedman’s the world is flat philosophy, i.e. you can get talent from everywhere. On Penance we have an artist from the Philippines, a colorist from Mexico and a letterer from Florida. I mean that’s tapping the global talent pool right there.
Second, in my business the one thing we never script on is talent. If I can get an A+ CEO to run one of my startups, I will, no matter the cost. For Penance, we took the same approach, and recruited Greg Horn, Mavel’s #1 cover painter to do our cover. And man was it worth it.
Finally, in my daily business it is all about the “double dip”, how to create a product that can generate money from many different sources. Aracana and I have taken a big picture approach to Penance, while at the heart it’s a comic, it can also be tv show, a dvd, or action figures.
MP: Do you see yourself doing more comics beyond Penance: Trial of the Century?
SW: I’d love to do more. We’ve got two more stories to tell in the Penance series (Vol 2 is entitled “Penance: Strange Bedfellows” and Vol 3 is entitled “Penance: Cradle 2 Crave”). They aren’t sequels so to speak, but more a furthering of the themes in Vol 1, so hopefully sales of the first series will warrant Arcana picking up Vol 2 and 3. But time will tell.
Other than that, I am working on series with Hollywood writer Jay Shore, call RFX which is the story of an Android searching for the meaning of life. And one day, I’d love to write a run on Green Lantern Corps. But hey, who knows, let’s just see how issue one sells, shall we?
MP: Thanks for the interview Sean. To learn more about Sean Wise please visit his website at http://www.seanwise.com/
Monday, February 18th, 2008
Once again it’s time for our monthly Arcana newsletter. I’m kind of changing the format a bit this month. There’s no interview, but there’s plenty of news to hold you over until March. So without further ado, let’s begin…
Arcana Creators Signing at New Moon Comics!
Several Arcana creators will be on hand this Saturday, February 23rd, as New Moon Comics celebrates their grand re-opening at their new location in Little Falls, NJ. Scheduled to appear are Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, and Dexter Weeks from Koni Waves, Frank LaPerch from Eve: Vampire Diva, and Joe Martino from Shadowflame. For more information on this event visit New Moon Comics at www.newmooncomics.com
New Moon Comics
463 Main Street 1R
Little Falls, NJ 07424-1150
How To Create A Comic Book
The Koni Waves creative team was recently invited to film an instructional video with Expert Village, the world’s leading how to video site on the basics of creating your own comic book. Hosted by Koni Waves writer, Mark Poulton, the video goes into writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, and much more. Included in the video are demonstrations on penciling and inking by Stephen Sistilli and a coloring and lettering tutorial by Dexter Weeks. Keep a look out for this video on www.koniwaves.com coming soon!
Yin Yang Trailer
Speaking of videos, the crew behind the soon to be smash hit Yin Yang graphic novel have completed a video trailer for their upcoming release. You can view it here:
It’s that time of year again, as the nomination process begins for this year’s Eagle Awards. Don’t forget to show support for your favorite Arcana creators and vote. If you need some help making up your mind, remember Frank LaPerch for Favorite Newcomer Writer, Ash Jackson for Favorite Newcomer Artist, Sean O’Reilly for Favorite Comics, and Stephen Sistilli for Favorite Artist: Fully-Painted Artwork. To vote for this year’s nominations, please visit the Eagle Awards at:
Let’s Get Ready To Rumble
The creative team behind the upcoming Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves oneshot recently released this piece of promotional artwork. It’s a vintage Avenelyne vs. Koni Waves boxing poster. Prints of this poster will be available at the New York Comic Con in April where creators of both characters will be on hand. The Koni Waves guys will be signing at the Arcana booth all weekend long and Avengelyne creator, Rob Liefeld, will be manning his Arcade Comics booth. Pick up a copy of the print and make sure to get them all to sign it!
In This Month’s Previews
Gearhead TPB by Hopeless, Mellon, and Herrera – Shelby Cooper lives just outside a world of spandex politicians and electric cars, but to hell with them and their world. She’s a hot chick with a hotrod. She drives fast, talks trash and hurts people with a big-ass wrench. What does any of that have to do with super powers? On a mission to find her brother and in search of the destiny she never knew she had, Shelby’s life is about to get interesting. Like her father before her, Shelby is Gearhead! SC, 100 pgs. FC $14.95
Helen Killer #1 by Kreisberg and Rice – In 1901, twenty-one year old college student Helen Keller, with the aid of a fantastical device invented by her friend and mentor, Alexander Graham Bell, regains her sight and hearing as well as near super-human strength and agility. Helen is enlisted by the Secret Service to protect President William McKinley who has been targeted for assassination by Anarchists. As a deeper conspiracy to destroy America unfolds around her, Helen discovers that her new abilities come with a dark and terrifying price! 28 pgs, FC (1 of 4) $2.99
Kade: Shiva’s Sun #4 by O’Reilly, Niklovitch, and Hilinkski – The epic journey of the gothic demon hunter concludes in Kade: Shiva’s Sun. The relationship between the Fallen and Kali is revealed to Kade and the demon hunter will never be the same! Alex Niklovitch provides his unique writing insights defining the historical world that Kade is traveling and Stjepan Sejic graces the book with his painted style. This is the issue you can’t miss! Look out for Ashok Bhadana’s variant cover! 32 pgs, FC (4 of 4) $3.95
Wendigo #1 by O’Reilly and Del Gado – An all-ages title from Arcana Kids! Tanu is a sasquatch lost I 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 facing the most fearsome mythological creatures ever whispered about in the wild wilderness. 24 pgs, FC (1 of 4) $.99
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
Happy New Years! It’s a time of resolutions, getting in shape, and looking forward to all of the great comics on the way. So in honor of the new year, I thought it would be appropriate to talk with Arcana’s head honcho, Sean O’Reilly, and get the lowdown on what to expect in 2008! So without further ado…
Sean O’Reilly Interview
Sean O’Reilly is the owner and operator of Arcana, which began in 2004 as a studio creating comics and began the hard and dangerous road of self-publishing. Four years later through Sean’s work establishing great relationships with Diamond, various printers, and other various clients, Arcana has established itself as a quality publisher for comic books and graphic novels. In addition, Sean is the mastermind behind Arcana’s flagship hero, Kade, as well as Ezra and Clockwork Girl.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Sean regarding Arcana’s 2008 outlook.
MP: Before we get into the new year, what were the highs and lows for Arcana in ’07?
SO: My personal high this year was Clockwork Girl (and Kiefer!). Great book, great series and it was awesome to see an all ages title do well; I’m really excited about this property and what’s happening with the WIP of Arcana Kids. As well partnering with Platinum has been great and I’m sure the best is yet to come. Lows – how often do people say this, I honestly can’t think of any (or if any happened I managed to move on quickly and focus on the goods).
MP: What releases can we look forward to from Arcana in ’08?
SO: A new series BURN, The Network, Penance: Trial of the Century, Kagagi, Ripped, Corrective Measures, Kade: Rising Sun, WendiGoGo, Ralph Filmore, The Greatest American Hero and more!
MP: This years sees the first hardcover collection from Arcana with Kade: Sun of Perdition collection which is a departure from the Manga size tpbs Arcana usually releases. Will we see more hardcovers from Arcana? If so, will you collect some oders series in this format?
SO: Yes more hardcovers will be coming and we are going to be doing some olders series in this format including Gearhead, DMTNT, Grunts, and Dragon’s Lair. As well we have a book publishing deal with Simon & Shuster for 100 Girls so be sure to keep an eye out for that.
MP: Last year saw the separation of Arcana between the studio and comic publishing. Can you give us an update on how the studio part is doing?
SO: We’ve done an animated series with Spike TV, lots of vendor work for Disney, a couple projects at Upper Deck and we are planning on doing a lot more work in ’08.
MP: Gearhead was optioned last year. How are things going with it? Do you think we’ll see more Arcana properties optioned this year?
SO: A screenplay is being worked on and it’s going really well. We have a co-development deal we’ve been working on and there were a couple more options… I prefer the “less talk” and “more action” approach since most options tend to drag on a bit.
MP: You posted a Kade CG animated trailer on the Arcana forum last month. Is that a prelude of things to come? Will Kade be crossing over into video games and/or animated movies soon?
SO: I hope so… we’re pushing in two fronts so we’ll see where this ends up.
Eve: Vampire Diva Joins Forces With Zombina
First it was Koni Waves and ADEMA. Now, Eve: Vampire Diva is teaming up with Liverpool punk band sensation, Zombina and the Skeletones. The band has loaned their song, “Nobody Likes You When You’re Dead,” to promote the new Arcana comics series, Eve: Vampire Diva in a pulse pounding trailer!
In This Month’s Previews
by Keith Giffen, Shannon Eric Denton, and Matt Jacobs – Grunts is a war comic hopped up on super-charged adrenaline, the story of some American soldiers who had a nasty close encounter with the Germans’ enjoyment for using weird science and the occult!
SC, 100 pages, FC $14.95
Clockwork Girl #4
by Sean O’Reilly, Kevin Hanna, and Grant Bond
A nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator, while exploring the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families!
32 pgs, FC (4 of 4) $1.99
Eve: Vampire Diva #4
by Frank J Laperch and Ash Jackson
Eve, the vampire warrior, must stop Barbie Moore’s new single from setting off a supernatural war, but it’s Eve the pop star who must do the dirty work! If Eve survives the potential Armageddon, she must face an even more frightful fate – the debut of her reality show!
32 pages, FC (4 of 4) $3.95
Well that’s all for this month. I will catch up with you in February for all of the latest Arcana Comics news!
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
Hey everyone, Merry Christmas and welcome to the final installment of this year’s Arcana Comics’ newsletter. Keeping with last month’s newsletter I picked another Arcana creator interview to kick things off. This month’s guest is Jay Busbee.
Jay Busbee Interview
MP: Arcana fans will know Jay Busbee from the old west vampires in Sundown: Arizona. What they might not know, however, is Jay has two new books coming out through Arcana (Ripped and The Network). Let’s talk Ripped first. What can fans expect from this time traveling story?
JB: Global, big-budget action! Conspiracy! Secrets and lies! Sex and violence! It’s all going to be there in RIPPED, a story that encompasses literally all of human history. It begins when a teenager named Adam Fitzpatrick awakens in Dallas, and everything around him seems strangely out of date. He sees a crowd gathered along an avenue, and walks up in time to see a very familiar motorcade proceeding past. From there, Adam finds himself embroiled in the greatest conspiracy in human history. As Adam learns, a select few people have the ability to “rip” through time. Some use it to help humanity; some use it to help themselves. It’s Adam’s challenge to figure out who’s who. And probably buy a little stock in Coca-Cola circa 1930 while he’s at it.
MP: Now, the Network is about a television station devouted 24/7 to superheroes. Where did this idea come from?
JB: In my non-comics life, I’m a sportswriter. (Check out www.sportsgonesouth.com and www.rightdownpeachtree.com for my work! Cheap plug!) So I imagined THE NETWORK as “ESPN for superheroes.” What would such a station look like? How would the people who work there view superheroes? And how would superheroes react to having their every move scrutinized 24-7?
MP: How many issues are each series and is there a tentative release date?
JB: Both are actually going to be OGNs. RIPPED will be approximately 100 pages, and NETWORK about 64, give or take. Both are scheduled for release in the springtime!
MP: I hear you are working on a Kade project with Sean O’Reilly. Is there anything you can tell us about the project?
JB: Yep…it’s the latest story in the saga of Arcana’s favorite demon hunter who cannot feel pain, but always hurts! In this installment, Kade’s in twelfth-century feudal Japan, fighting samurai and invading hordes of Mongols and even a demon or two. We’ll also delve deep into Kade’s character here…does a thousand-year-old immortal get surprised by anything anymore? It won’t be just swordplay, it’ll be a character study as well. But mostly swordplay.
MP: Besides Ripped, The Network and Kade from Arcana, you have Incursion coming out through Platinum Studios. Clearly, you’re a busy guy. What’s your day like for writing?
JB: Pretty much nonstop. I’m a fulltime writer outside of my comics work, so I’ve always got several projects and books going on at once. I try to do my toughest work in the mornings, but that’s not always possible. A lot of times, I’ll do my comics writing while I’m watching my kids at a playground. I keep the laptop screen away from nearby moms when I do that.
MP: With so many projects coming out and in the works, your career really seems to be in overdrive. What advice would you have to aspiring comic book writers?
JB: Develop your own voice. I’ve heard it said that you need to write a million words before you find your own voice, and there’s a lot to that. Develop your own voice, your own perspective of looking at the world. That’ll inform every story you write with a unique flavor. You’ll be able to take the most clichéd comic story on earth—zombies! Ninjas! Paramilitary black ops!—and make it your own.
From there, start making comics. Always keep an idea file handy. Do whatever you’ve got to do to sell artists on your vision. Pitch, pitch, pitch. Comics are harder to break into than any other publishing market I’ve ever seen—I’ve had easier times breaking into magazines that millions read than comics that ten thousand read—but it can be done. It takes time, it takes sustained effort, but it can be done.
MP: And one last thing before I let you go. What are the possibilities of a sequel to Sundown: Arizona?
JB: I would LOVE to do a sequel. I left the door wide open and the lights on for a sequel at the end of the first series. (Spoiler alert.) For those of you coming in late, Sundown: Arizona was the story of a small Arizona town overrun by vampires. And the only way that the townsmen could defeat the vampires was to turn half-vampire themselves….all save the New York newspaper reporter who was trying to get to the bottom of the story. So what might happen when all these half-vampires decide to come after the reporter who avoided the curse that dooms them? There’s a reason the sequel would be called Sundown: Manhattan. So hey, who knows? Like those vampires, maybe Sundown ain’t dead yet!
Thanks for the interview!
In Stores This Week!
Be on the lookout for the first installment of Eve: Vampire Diva! Buzz is growing around this book so you’re sure not to miss it. Eve tells the tale of about a young woman who has to balance the life of being a popstar diva and vampire warrior while starring in a 24/7 reality series!
EVE VAMPIRE DIVA #1 (OF 4)
Diamond Code: OCT073255
Hawaii’s hottest detective, Koni Waves, has battled giant tiki monsters, vampire surfers, and zombies, but how will she fare against a fallen angel? Find out soon as Rob Liefeld’s Avengelyne battles Arcana’s Koni Waves. Created by Rob Liefeld in 1995 and originally released through Maximum Press, Avengelyne is the story of an angel who is tricked into questioning God’s love for humans. Sent to Earth to live among humans as her punishment, Avengelyne battles demons and monsters as she prepares herself for Armageddon. The creators responsible for bringing Rob Liefeld’s fallen angel into the Koni-verse are Koni creator’s writer Mark Poulton and artists Stephen Sistilli and Dexter Weeks. “Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Liefeld fan. It’s an honor to get to play with one of his creations. I collected Avengelyne during the Maximum Press days and have a great love for the character. Liefeld fans can rest assured, the character is in good hands,” said Poulton.
For more information on the Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves oneshot, keep checking www.arcanacomics.com and www.koniwaves.com.
Well, that’s all for this month. From everyone at Arcana Comics I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas! And come back next month, when I have details of what is in store for Arcana in ’08!
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
Can you believe it’s already November. Soon enough, we’ll be decorating for Christmas. But in the meantime, here’s some Arcana Comics news we can give thanks for…
Interview: Frank LaPerch
Here’s an Arcana Newsletter Exclusive! I recently had the opportunity to ask Eve: Vampire Diva writer/creator, Frank LaPerch, some questions regarding his hot new mini-series.
MP: Tell us a little about Eve Vampire Diva. What’s it about?
FL: Eve’s secretly a vampire warrior, but the world knows her as an aging pop star diva.
At night she battles werewolves, vampires and witches and during the day she faces an even scarier lot . . . Hollywood.
As if balancing these two worlds wasn’t difficult enough, her agent, Herbie, signs Eve up for a 24/7 reality show.
The music industry and the supernatural world will collide and Eve is caught in the middle. But it’s just another day in the life for Eve: Vampire Diva.
During the first arc we will catch a glimpse of The Council, the governing body that keeps tabs on the supernatural world. We’ll also meet Eve’s trusted friend and wizard, Girdron. Complicating matters will be Eve’s sordid past with The Council and the possible re-emergence of someone from her past.
MP: How did you come up with the idea behind the story?
FL: It really grew organically from a couple of premises. The first was when my wife, Patti, said I should create a female hero after having a bunch of concepts centering on male protagonists.
I had the look of Eve in my head and knew she was going to be a vampire – but we had plenty of those running around movies and comics, so I just kept thinking about what would make her different.
The rest of the credit goes to the creeping infection of tabloid TV into our public consciousness! I kept thinking of all the reports or accusations that certain celebrities have undergone countless plastic surgeries to keep their youthful appearance.
Then I thought, hmmmmm – what if they were telling the truth when they denied the plastic surgery? What if they weren’t plastic surgery junkies with a superficial obsession with beauty and it was little more simplistic . . .you know, like just being a member of the undead!
From there I just wanted to complicate Eve’s life a bit and came up with her opportunistic agent having cameras follow Eve around for a reality show to make her life a bit more difficult. As if fighting evil vampires, witches and werewolves wasn’t keeping her busy enough!
MP: You released a series of video trailers for the comic, how has the reaction been to them?
FL: It’s been great! They certainly have received a lot of hits in the last month since they’ve gone up and I’ve only heard good things about them. The first one was done in Flash by Grant Cerulo and I was blown away when I first saw it.
The rest came after the darkness that was my PC crash. We bought an IMAC to finish up the comic book files and discovered a neat little program called I-Movie and we cranked out a few more. The PC crash was a blessing in disguise in a way.
MP: Do you see the story continuing beyond the first series?
FL: Certainly! In fact, the first review at Paperbackreader.com by Moya Dawson commented on Eve easily having enough adventures to be an ongoing. Hopefully fan support for the book will allow us to do more stories with our vampire diva!
I can tell you that we already have an origin issue written and a few more stories with some new characters planned out. As soon as Ash finishes coloring issue 4 we’ll be focusing our efforts on the origin issue, so fans can definitely have more Eve in their future.
MP: Are there any real-life female popstars you suspect of being a vampire?
FL: Hmmm, well Cher aged well for quite some time, but we haven’t seen her lately . . . maybe she’s off fighting hordes of supernatural nasties? Maybe an Eve and Cher team-up would be interesting?
As for the current crop of pop-stars, we’ll just have to wait and see how well they age. So I guess if comic fans are pouring over pictures of Britney or Christina Aguilera we’ll know it’s for no other reason than to keep the world safer
MP: Is there anything else you would like to share with the Arcana fans?
FL: Just that I’m excited that the book is coming out and I think people will really like it. I also believe that Ash Jackson, who handled all of the art duties, is going to really turn some heads with his work. It’s stylized look is a perfect fit for this story.
If you like action/adventure/humor with a bit of the supernatural, check us out!
For updates on Eve you can check here at Arcana and our website:
In Stores Now: Kade Shiva’s Sun #0
Everyone’s favorite Gothic Demon Hunter is back in this new series kicking off with a 25 cent preview issue featuring a cover by Greg Horn! Written by Sean O’Reilly and Alex Nikolavitch with art by Clint Hilinksi and Andrew Dalhouse this short story paves the way for the Shiva’s Sun series. As an added bonus, the issue features Kade through the ages and a first look at the Kade: Sun of Perdition hardcover!
In This Month’s Previews
Kade: Sun of Perdition HC
During the Black Sun, under the Eye of God, angels may fall to Earth. These Fallen Angels have left the grace of God and act without consequence. Many try to spite their Creator by possessing the anemic spirits of those who are morally corrupt, using them as their demonic servants. As a Child of the Black Sun, Kade is the ageless balance that tips the dark scale back towards the light, as he hunts the demons and The Fallen.
Mature Themes, HC 7×10, 120 pgs, FC $19.95
Diamond Code: NOV07 3308
Eve: Vampire Diva #2
Eve and Girdron have to battle a witch’s coven at The Tourniquet club. Eve will have no rest as she’s thrust into a party at her apartment for her reality show . . . and Devon shows up on this lovely full moon of a night.
32 pgs, FC (2 of 4) $3.95
Diamond Code: NOV07 3309
Clockwork Girl #3
Experiencing life and love for the first time, an inseparable bond is formed as the awkward couple explore the wonders of the ordinary world. Triumph and tribulations are everywhere for the naïve duo as they try to understand their existence and their place in the world.
32 pgs, FC (3 of 4)
Diamond Code: NOV07 3310
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
Arcana is proud to announce the grand opening of Fantastic Realm UK. In honor of the event, Arcana has commissioned Ultimate Spider-Man artist, Stuart Immonen to do a Kade variant cover exclusively for the store.
To visit Fantastic Realm UK and order your copy of the Kade variat please visit them at their store website.
Sunday, October 7th, 2007
Well, it’s been 2 months since the last newsletter. I know, I know… I’ve been slacking. But I’m about to make up for it with this double sized newsletter. So let’s not waste anymore time…
GEARHEAD MOVIE NEWS
GearHead director, Cory Kinney, recently talked with Comics2Film.com about the project. To read about it, visit http://www.comics2film.com/index.php?a=story&b=29179
EVE VAMPIRE DIVA
Arcana’s latest heroine is about to debut in her very own series, as Eve Vampire Diva #1 is set for release this coming December. The series by Frank LaPerch and Ash Jackson, which is about a young woman who has to balance the life of being a popstar diva and vampire warrior, has been causing quite a buzz.
The October edition of Previews featured the first issue in their Spotlight section. In addition, the creators have made this exciting new trailer for readers which can be viewed here!
DARK HORRORS WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Once again Arcana goes to the most fearsome stories in a tale so eery it could only be called Dark Horrors. The second installment of Arcana’s popular Dark Horrors Anthology is set for a Halloween release and the winning creators who submitted work for the book were recently announced. A special congratulations to following, who will grace the pages of Arcana’s horror offering:
Gerrin Tramis — The Last Job
Ed Quimby — Time Lost Land; “Heather”
Phil McClorey — Scottish Pride
Jason Whiton –Farewells
Eve Grandt — I Dare You
Bart Thompson — Love Sprouts; Identity
Dan Fleming — Ticking Away
Michelle and Kelly Everaert — Prize Catch; “Mermaid”
Martin Fisher — Any Cost for Life
Miguel Caceres — Dark Side of Theo Wunderlich
Dave Collins — Blood Harvest
Scott O. Brown — Whale Song
Egg Embry — Ghost Train
Robert Tinnell — Reunion
Robert Parizek — Blood Stain
Jonathan Baylis & David Beyer Jr — In the Head, Please
FROZEN WASTELAND COMING
America is covered in snow. No, it’s not a weather forcast, but a comic forcast for November as Arcana is set to release Frozen Wasteland, a new graphic novel. Created by Kieran Murphy and Jose Augusto Cano, Frozen Wasteland tells the tale of an America covered in snow. The series is broken up into four stories, each centered on one of the four main characters and all set in locations that it would be hard to imagine covered in snow. Major Jonathon Carson seeks out his lost son in the icy tundra of Las Vegas, Ricky Di Santos finds himself meeting an old flame in the battlefield of a snow covered Los Angeles, Jed Giffin catches up with his self-centered sister in a freezing Dallas and Sinead O Brien takes to the frozen seas off Miami with a friend from her former life. Each story looks at the suffering caused in these very different settings and examines how people cope in an environment where each day is a struggle for survival. However, there is also plenty of action as the marines deal with those who would attempt to profit from this new world in which America finds itself. 100 pages with a $12.95 cover price.
KADE: SHIVA’S SUN #2 IN THIS MONTH’S PREVIEWS
Kade, the gothic demon hunter, has just awoken from a fifty-year coma and is now being guided through India by the beatiful Priya. He’s on the hunt for his first Fallen, but what he finds will shock him to his soul! 32 pages from O’Reilly, Niklovitch, and Sejic for $3.95!
KONI WAVES VS. JASON VOORHEES!
On October 27th and 29th, the Koni Waves creative team has been invited to take part in a special Hallween event at the historic Broady Theatre in Pitman, NJ, as Newt Wallen presents Friday the 13th. The classic slasher film will be screened Saturday, October 27th and Monday October 29th. The event will feature pre-movie screenings of classic horror film trailers, trivia, and prizes. In addition, Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, and Dexter Weeks will be on hand to sign copies of their supernatural hit, Koni Waves that makes one wonder what a battle between Jason Voorhees and Hawaii’s hottest detective. Well, wonder no more as Dexter Weeks has created a pin-up that brings this hypothetical battle to life. Enjoy!
For more information on this event, please visit the Broadway Theatre at http://www.thebroadwaytheatre.org/
And on a final note, back in the Summer we announced Arcana was splitting into 2 seperate companies: Arcana Comics and Arcana Studios. As we’re all aware, Arcana Comics has continued to release the great comics it’s known for like Kade, GearHead, and Koni Waves over the Summer months. But did you know Arcana Studio, the company set up to do work for hire that develops intellectual properties, has been doing work for companies the likes of Disney and Upper Deck?
Well that’s all for this month, I’ll be back in November with more Arcana news! Happy Halloween!
Friday, August 3rd, 2007
Wizard World Chicago
The comic world descends upon the Windy City next week and Arcana is set to take Artist Alley by storm! A scaled down Arcana will be present in Artist Alley (table #3206). Mark Poulton and Stephen Sistilli from Koni Waves will be on hand and bringing the hottest exclusives with them. First up is the “Windy City Showdown” variant to Koni Waves/Demonslayer. This gorgeous cover is drawn by Demonslayer creator Marat Mychaels and digitally painted by Matthew Swift. The cover is extremely limited with only 50 copies printed. Make sure you get yours quick! Also available will be a new Koni Waves print entitled “Welcome To Hukos.” This print was done up to look like one of the placemats at Koni’s favorite watering hole, Huko’s Volcano Room. The placemat features different drinks that tell a story of the upcoming Koni Waves: Ghouls Gone Wild! graphic novel.
Clockwork Girl Now On Sale
Arcana’s most anticipated series of the year is finally here! Clockwork Girl #0 hit comic shops yesterday. In this 25 cent issue, 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.
Comic Monsters Interview
American Wasteland is back! To kick things off series writer, RD Hall, and new artist, Andrew Mangum, sit down to chat with Comic Monsters. Read the interview here:
Koni Waves Joins The NBA
Later this year, Hawaii’s hottest detective will conquer the heavy metal world when she teams up with Immortal Records’ ADEMA. However, before then Koni is going to lace up her sneakers and team-up with the NBA. This November, the Philadelphia 76ers are having Comic Book and Gaming Night and joining them to celebrate will be Koni creators Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, and Dexter Weeks. Free to all fans in attendance will be a print featuring Koni Waves with the Sixers two brightest stars, Andre Iguodala and Kyle Korver!
Yin Yang Backs Up American Wasteland
If you ever thought American Wasteland’s vampire slaying trucker, Cletus McCoy, could use some back-up, have no fear. Issue #2 features a back-up story from the upcoming Arcana graphic novel, Yin Yang. Yin Yang tells the tale of a twin brother/sister bounty hunter team who go after mutants with powers that keep them out of reach to normal law enforcement groups.
In This Month’s Previews
The following items are in this month’s Previews scheduled to ship in October:
Kade: Shiva’s Sun #1 – Kade has been trying to come to grips with the death of Ezra …slightly refocused he sets out to redeem the mistake he made fifty years ago by setting out after the Seven Fallen. The hunt of the first demon has had him walk across Asia into India during their Golden Age. The sites, culture and language is completely foreign to him, but he is all too familiar with the evil he’s chasing.
32 pgs, FC (1 of 4)
Dark Horrors Anthology Volume 2 – The most horrific stories ever assembled come together under an anthology like only Arcana could put together. This monster read will show you…remind you…why you are scared of the dark! Arcana has scheduled the sequel to its fan-favorite independent anthology to happen just in time with Halloween, and will be in stores for a spooktacular treat!
SC, 120 pgs, B&W
Well, that’s it for this month’s edition. I’ll see you again in September!
Sunday, July 1st, 2007
Welcome back for another Arcana Comics update. This is our first going out as an email so a big welcome goes out to all of our new friends. For those not familiar with us, we are Canada’s largest comic book publisher and the home of such comic books as Kade, Ezra, 100 Girls, and Dragon’s Lair. So with the introductions out of the way, let’s kick things off.
GearHead Goes Hollywood!
Arcana is pleased to announce their comic book series, GearHead has been optioned by Darius Films.
Created by Dennis Hopeless and Kevin Mellon, GearHead tells the tale of Shelby Cooper, a teenage girl who lives in a world of spandex politicians and electric cars. However, she’s more into big gas-guzzling hot rods than spandex clad muscle heads. That is until she finds out her dad died fighting alongside those heroes. Soon she sets off on a cross country road trip that leads from the race tracks to the White House in search of answers. She’s the ultimate bad ass, a hot chick with a hotrod. She drives fast, talks trash, and hurts people with a big-ass wrench. She is GearHead!
Darius Films is a leading Toronto-based film and television production company. Since their inception in 1996, they have produced over a dozen films; working in every genre, style, and budget range. They are committed to the highest standards of excellence. Their films have screened at international festivals, won awards, and earned critical praise. They have also been sold theatrically, released on video and DVD, and have been licensed to television around the world.
San Diego Comic Con
Arcana Comics will be at the San Diego Comic Con this coming July 26th through 29th. The convention will be held at the San Diego Convention Center and Arcana will be on hand selling the brand new, War of the Independents Pin-up book. This book features new artwork from some of the top creators around and features a brand-new Kade and Ezra piece by Greg Horn!
Clockwork Girl Is All Ages
Arcana’s latest and soon to be hit series, Clockwork Girl, is going to be aimed at an all ages demographic. The book features lesson plans for children and is offered at the introductory price of 25 cents! This special zero issue (Diamond Code: MAY07 3189) is in stores this July!
Kade: Sun of Perdition #4 In Stores Now!
Kade: Sun of Perdition #4 (Diamond Code: DEC06 3296), Arcana’s most stunning comic to date is in stores now. This issue commemorates an end of an era for Arcana, as Ezra, the rogue mercenary for hire, meets her end in an epic battle against the Fallen. To celebrate the event, Arcana released 3 covers featuring artwork by Stjepan (Darkness Wolverine, Witchblade) Sejic, Ashley (Hellspawn, Metal Gear Solid) Wood, and the legendary Mike (Green Arrow, Jon Sable) Grell!
Comic Shop Report
The Koni Waves/Demonslayer oneshot (Diamond Code: APR07 3380) arrived in stores in June and the retailer incentive cover is already creating a stir in comic shops. Featuring art by series writer/co-creator Mark Poulton, the cover was given to retailers as an incentive for ordering multiple copies of the Koni Waves: First Wave tpb (Diamond Code: APR07 3381), which is in stores now! With a limited print run, reports have come in that the Koni Waves/Demonslayer retailer incentive has already been going for $15 at Midtown Comics located in the heart of Manhattan, New York.
Philly The Webcomic!
Arcana’s Philly has been making big waves at Drunk Duck, the webcomic community! Created by Ryan McLelland, Philly tells the tale of a superhero team called “The Trio” fighting the good fight in Philadelphia. Along with a vigilante and a hard-nosed detective, Brick, Quik, and Firestarter work hard to rid the streets of villains, crime, and whatever else may lurk.
The webcomic is updated 2-3 times a week and can be viewed at: http://www.drunkduck.com/Philly/index.php
This Month In Previews
This month is Previews the following Arcana Comics titles are available for pre-order:
Clockwork Girl #1 (of 4) by O’Reilly, Hanna, and Bond – A nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator. While exploring the wonders of an ordinary world, she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families. Arcana’s Sean O’Reilly and Disney’s Kevin Hanna have created a wonderful fairy tale, beautifully illustrated by Revere’s Grant Bond. Perfect for readers of all ages! 32 pgs, FC $.99 Diamond Code: JUL07 3275
Banzai Girls #3 by Jinky Coronado – This is the big one… there’s an event that will shake the girls right to their foundations! All this plus bonus photo and art features, too! Never have schoolgirl adventures been this much fun! 32 pgs, FC $3.95 Diamond Code: JUL07 3276
Well, that’s all for this month. Remember, for the latest Arcana Comics news visit www.arcanacomics.com!