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Arcana Teams with Cowboys and Aliens at SDCC!
Arcana Comics is pleased to announce that at booth 2415 at San Diego Comic Con from July 20th – 24th, you will find not only Arcana Comics, but Platinum Studios’ Cowboys and Aliens.
Cowboys and Aliens was created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and published by Platinum Studios in 2006 and was the number one graphic novel in America when it was released. Back in 1997, the graphic novel outline was snatched up by Dreamworks and Universal pictures.
The film adaptation has received a lot of buzz since it was first announced due to its original concept as well as some of the talent tied to the film. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Kurtzman, Orci, and Rosenberg are producers, while Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Denis L. Stewart, Bobby Cohen, Ryan Kavanaugh, and Randy Greenberg are executive producers.
Cowboys and Aliens will be released by DreamWorks / Universal Pictures on July 29, 2011 and stars the talented Daniel Craig (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, THE GOLDEN COMPASS), Harrison Ford (INDIANA JONES, STAR WARS), and Olivia Wilde (TRON: LEGACY, HOUSE).
At booth 2415 (Arcana Comics), you can meet the creator of Cowboys and Aliens, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, pick up some Cowboys and Aliens merchandise as well as other Platinum Studios’ books. On the Arcana side of things, look for exclusives, graphic novel deals, and plenty of surprises across the board!
Don’t miss the premiere of Cowboys and Aliens on Saturday night, July 23rd, in San Diego and if you want more information on some of the special events associated with the film and Platinum Studios, become a fan of Platinum at http://www.facebook.com/PlatinumStudios.
Arcana Panel at SDCC 2011
If you are at San Diego Comic Con this year, be sure to attend the special Arcana Comics panel on Thursday night! From 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 21st in Room 23ABC, meet Arcana owner Sean Patrick O’Reilly (KADE, CLOCKWORK GIRL, WINGMAN, PIXIES), Erik Hendrix (SIDESHOWS), Mike Kalvoda (BANSHEE, STRAW), Brooke Burgess (BROKEN SAINTS, BECOMING), Matt Wilson (SCROOGE AND SANTA), Ryan Colucci (HARBOR MOON), and special guest Josh Blaycock (Devil’s Due). We will take you through some of the amazing talent coming out of one of the world’s largest graphic novel producers. With over 150 graphic novels released, find out what the publisher currently has coming in the near future and get a sneak peak at the 3D animated feature film Clockwork Girl, Arcana’s slate of interactive apps, and more. See how independent publishers make their mark in the comic book industry and blur the lines between mediums, Arcana style. Attendees will get free comics and the first in a series of Arcana Universe posters
In Previews This Month
This month in Previews, for items shipping in September, Arcana will be publishing Blade of Kumori, Creature Academy, Divine Intervention, Human Resources, Old School, The Assassin, and UltraDuck.
BLADE OF KUMORI GN – (W) Ron Marz, Mark Poulton (A) Grafiksismik In the mid 19th century, the samurai disappeared forever from the face of the world. Or did they? Blade of Kumori is the tale of present-day samurai, of warriors steeped in honor carrying on their traditions in the modern world. It’s also the tale of a woman who discovers she is something more than a warrior — perhaps even something more than human!
DIVINE INTERVENTION GN – (W) Frank J. Barbiere (A) J.C. Grande, Luke Radl Marc Graham, a conflicted, contract killer, could hardly be considered a hero. Things change when he stumbles into an ancient conflict between the Templar agency, a clandestine organization that protects powerful artifacts from falling into the wrong hands, and strange, demonic forces seeking to control the world. After gaining mysterious, angelic powers from a freak accident Marc must dive headfirst into a dangerous new world where he is hunted by deadly monsters who will stop at nothing to unlock the secret of his new powers and possess them for themselves.
HUMAN RESOURCES GN – (W) Michael Shear (A) Jerry Rascoe Mark never wanted to work for a big evil corporation, but when he loses his job and knocks up his girlfriend, he’s forced to take a job from hell. Literally. As one of the only human employees at an insurance company run by a feckless demon, Mark battles office politics and supernatural creatures as he tries to save his soul without losing his job.
OLD SCHOOL GN – (W) Robert Burke Richardson (A) Alan Gallo, Giuseppe Pica, Kelly Ishikawa, Berny Julianto Old School is the story of retired heroes returning to the world at large, and how heroism, and god ol’ fashioned elbow grease, can still make a difference in today’s world.
THE ASSASSIN GN – (W/A) Vincente Fuentes Students from one of the top International Schools in the country will have to face two of the most challenging issues of their lives: murder and bigotry. It is said that the recent deaths around the school have been assassinations and, intriguingly, a geisha’s kanzashi is always left behind at the scene.
ULTRADUCK GN – (W) Edgar Delgado (A) Omar Lozano, Humberto Ramos Carlos, a regular duck living in the great city of Featherbay, just got dumped by his girlfriend, his life as a freelance do-it-all is going nowhere and must make some grown up decisions: to get a real job, get his girl back and stop drinking. That is, until he gets super powers and becomes the only duck in the world who can stop a powerful creature who’s destroying the city on a vengeful rampage, and an evil weapons manufacturing corporation who want his abilities.
VANCOUVER (July 5, 2011) – Arcana Studios, an award winning comic book publisher and transmedia producer, is excited to announce that an app is now available, showcasing all of the amazing books Arcana has to offer.
Joining in with the digital revolution, Arcana Studios has been looking for the best way to offer their readers access to their substantial library of over 150 comic book titles on smart devices. Using the comiXology platform, Arcana has developed an app bringing their books into the hands of the masses. Available now as a free download for the iPad and iPhone, Arcana’s app will allow readers to download any of a large number of books for some of the most competitive prices in the industry. The app features a number of free comics available for download and other titles are $5.99 each. The majority of these downloads are full length graphic novels! View screen shots of the app and download a free copy at http://appshopper.com/books/arcana-comics.
About Arcana Studios:
Since 2004 Arcana Studios has established itself as an innovative leader in developing content in numerous mediums. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys. Arcana focuses on a transmedia approach to the scaffolding process of developing brands and intellectual properties.
Arcana’s primary method for establishing new brands has been through comic book publishing since their inception, Arcana Comics has published over 150 original intellectual properties in nearly 200 graphic novels reaching sales of over 2,000,000 units. Arcana is found on 15 different countries and translated into seven languages across the globe. Winning the Shuster Award for Top Publisher, the Moonbeam Award for Top Children’s Graphic Novel, Foreward Magazine’s Top Graphic Novel at Book Expo America, BIV’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and the Top 40 Under 40 in Canada are just a few of the accolades that Arcana has achieved. Arcana has also been awarded the Digital Readiness Grant from BCFilm, a development fund from Telefilm, the Digital Springboard Program from NMBCA, the CME’s Top Export Award and BIV’s Top Fastest Growing Companies Award.
Each graphic novel showcases the high quality branded entertainment that contains over 5000 characters. These characters and storyworlds transcend gender, age, cultural and geographic boundaries. Arcana’s focus towards new media platforms has kept it ahead of the industry’s curve providing customer choice for distribution and format of content.
Completing our debut title Kade, we had great success with the gothic hero and began to see the potential we had uncovered. Ant was Arcana’s follow-up title and completely sold out in less than 9 days, an unprecedented feat for an independent publisher. Ezra and 100 Girls went on to be featured as one of the top 12 books of the year in Wizard’s Secret Stash. Arcana Studio is an official Disney vendor, and has been hired by Disney, Sony Animation, Spike TV, MTV, HBO, CAPCOM, NBC, Warner Bros, Mattel, American Girl, the National Hockey League, Harley Davidson, THQ and more to establish new worlds, characters, stories and brands.
Arcana is a transmedia company that has aggressively pursued establishing brands through engaging storytelling and compelling art. With a strong foothold in the print publishing world, Arcana continues to be a premier content provider. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys.
Arcana Studio Inc. remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Arcana Studio is currently in production of the stereoscopic 3D animated feature, The Clockwork Girl. Arcana is also partnered with Gale Ann Hurd (“Terminator”, “Aliens”) on Gearhead, Alexandra Milchan (Sylvestor Stallone’s “Head Shot”) on Blade of Kumori, Hans Rodinoff and Hollywood Media Bridge (“Lost Boys: The Tribe”) on Raise Kane, Scott Milam (“Mother’s Day”) on Gauze, Ben Magid (“Hack/Slash”) on Trout, Jar Productions (“Hidden Howie”) on Philosopher Rex, Terry Dougas (“The Invention of Lying”) on The Tower, Doc Wyatt (“Napoleon Dynamite”) on 100 Girls, JC Spink (“The Hangover”) on Continuum, Adrian Askarieh (“The Hitman”) on Amnesia and also is producing a three slate at Codeblack/Universal for Light’s Out, Ant and Blam!
THE CLOCKWORK GIRL To Be A Major Animated Motion Picture Starring Alexa Vega & Jesse McCartney in the FallWednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Long out of print, the wildly popular Clockwork Girl series was originally released in five illustrated stories and sold more than 340,000 copies around the world. The full story of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL (Harper Design//On Sale: July 12, 2011//ISBN:9780062080394) comes to life again in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel with a new foreword from The Clockwork Girl’s original authors, Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, along with playful, full-page pin-ups of the characters.
The story takes place in a whimsical land far, far away where inventors compete to show off their latest trinkets and inventions at the local fair. A mad scientist, determined to win the top prize at the fair, creates a robot Clockwork Girl. Against all odds, she finds love and companionship in Huxley, the amazing mutant circus boy. Despite the threats of their warring families, they begin to explore the world together and discover what it means to be human—to move, to think, and ultimately, to love.
This fall, a paperback version of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL will correspond with the release of the 3-D luximation animation film version of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL. The film is voiced by a “dream team” of actors as the characters, such as Carrie Ann Moss (Matrix), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Jesse McCartney (Horton Hears a Who) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond). An exciting sneak peek teaser is available online at http://www.theclockworkgirl.com.
THE CLOCKWORK GIRL has won the Moonbeam Award, as well as the Graphic Novel of the Year Award at Book Expo America by ForeWord magazine.
About the Authors:
SEAN O’REILLY is the founder and C.E.O. of Arcana Studio, Canada’s largest comic book company. He is the creator of a number of comics, including the highly successful comics Kade and Ezra, whose characters have been used in more than 250,000 comics and books, and published in eleven countries and seven different languages. Through his talent as a concept artist, writer, and all around comic book mastermind, Sean lead Arcana, in its very first year, to win the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Publisher, as voted by an international spectrum of comic book retailers and readers, and to be nominated for a Harvey Award in its first year, a feat unheard of in the quarter century tenure of the award. Among his other credits: he is a consultant for Telefilm, in 2008 and 2011 won Top 40 Under 40 Awards from The Globe and Mail, and has worked on a number of TV concept art projects (for shows including Entourage) and videogame designs.
KEVIN HANNA is an American film director, writer, and artist noted for his work in feature film animation, comic books, videogames, and television. He is the owner of Frogchildren Studios, a multimedia entertainment company dedicated to producing high-quality work for children, spent five years at Microsoft where he was a founding member of the Xbox team, and has worked on games for companies such as Electronic Arts and Mattel.
THE CLOCKWORK GIRL
By Sean O’Reilly & Kevin Hanna
128 pages // $19.99 Hardcover // ISBN: 9780062080394
July 12, 2011