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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

Arcana Newsletter April 2008

Monday, April 7th, 2008

It’s April and the New York Comic Con is right around the corner. Arcana Comics will be set up and sharing a booth with Platinum Studio. Be sure to stop by and say hello. We’ll be booth #1757. Scheduled to appear are the creators of Kade, Koni Waves, Eve: Vampire Diva, Gearhead, and many more!

Camilla d’Errico Interview

I recently had the chance to chat with the creator/artist of the new manga-influenced Arcana series, Burn, Camilla d’Errico. Fans may know her from her work on Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 Wishes. Now, readers can get the chance to find out the latest about her first creator owned project.

MP: Most comic fans probably know you best for Avril Lavigne’s Make 5 wishes. How did that project come about?

C: The Avril project was produced by House of Parlance, a local Vancouver publishing company, we connected at one of the Vancouver Comic Cons where I was displaying in the artist tables. They really enjoyed my self published book “The Fallen” and saw the potential of collaborating with me on a manga for Avril Lavigne. I was really fortunate to have co-created the story with Joshua Dysart, we had a lot of control over the context of the story, which is really important to me because I base a lot of my creativity on the depth of the characters and plot. The entire project was a whirlwind production once Random House decided to publish it in conjunction with Avril’s newest album release. It was the most intense project I’ve worked on to date!

MP: What other projects have you worked on?

C: I’ve worked on several titles, my most recent work has been with Slave Labour Graphics, working with Serena Valentino on her title “Nightmares and Fairytales”. This to me was a wonderful experience, since the beginning of the series I was a huge fan of Serena’s and of the story, so it was really incredible for me to continue the series and actually conclude the series with my issues.

Another project that I have done has been “Tanpopo” another creator owned series that I started. This book was initially a self published art piece, that was inspired by the German play FAUST. The book has been picked up by OSO and will be re-printed with more pages and more content to flesh out the story into an ongoing series. I’m so excited because OSO plans to publish the book in Asia as well as North America.

Currently I am working with a video game company to develop a Nintendo DS video game. Big Sandwich Studios is producing the game we will be starting the manga version of the game this year. Details are very hush hush, so I can’t give out too many details yet.

MP: Your artwork is very manga inspired. Did you grow up reading manga? How did you develop your style?

C: I actually didn’t grow up reading manga, I grew up reading North American comics, my favourites were Witchblade and The Darkness. Manga didn’t really hit me until I was out of high school. I remember watching a lot of anime, like Sailor Moon and Astro Boy but I didn’t make the connection to comics until later on. Once I finished the mini series “Zevon-7” I toke a year off of comics to really develop my manga style. I wanted to be as authentic as I could, but also use my European influence into the work. I constantly push my style to be as Japanese as I can, but still maintain my own style within that look.

MP: You have a new 6 issue mini-series coming out through Arcana called Camilla d’Errico’s Burn. How did this project come to Arcana and what can you tell us about the series?

C: My first creator owned mini series that will be coming out in May 2008! It’s a six issue series that is completely manga inspired, it has everything I can think of for manga fans. It has mecha, angst, tragedy, comedy and some really big robots.

I first started the series years ago while I was still in college, so its been a work of passion for me for quite some time. I remember conceptualizing the series, and really wanting to create a story that would appeal to a wide audience and deliver a very real and emotional story as well. The main character is Burn a 13 year old oby, and he’s a very tragic character. His world is chattered, his body is destroyed and everything that was his is now gone. The idea of essentially being trapped in your own body, unable to even have the simple control of your own flesh, to me was something that I thought would make this series stand out on an emotional level and add another layer to the story.

I can’t wait for people to read the series and enjoy the visuals as well as enjoy the emotions of the characters and the sheer angst of the story.

MP: Do you have any plans for Burn beyond the mini-series?

C: Originally yes. I had wanted the series to be broken up into two, six issue mini series. I like how it concludes, but to me the story has more potential and if I can, I’d love to see it go beyond just these six issues and follow the original path I set out.

MP: What advice do you have for young artists trying to make it comics?

C: Comics are a tough business; you have to have passion and dedication. It’s important to listen to critiques and not take it personally when people comment on your work, but rather to constantly improve. Talk to as many editors as you can, go to portfolio reviews, get advice, and don’t make excuses for yourself or your work, but instead learn from your art. Every drawing you do will surpass the last, so constantly draw and go for it!

MP: Before we wrap this up, do you have any projects or appearances you would like to mention?

C: Yes! I’d love to plug my new Dark Horse Stationary set that is coming out, its my first time working with DH and I’m really excited about this colab. I have a toy in the new BAXBEAR line, check it out at www.baxbear.com. Also, I have lots of new things coming out, so check out my website www.camilladerrico.com and watch for updates because I’m gearing up for a lot of new things this year! Thanks! Camilla

New Forums Are Up!

Wanna talk to Camilla about Burn? Now’s your chance! The Arcana message board has recently been updated with new forums for titles like Burn, Eve: Vampire Diva, Banzai Girls, Helen Killer, Corrective Measures, and Mwumba. Please stop for a chance to talk to the creators involved in these exciting new projects.

In This Month’s Previews

Burn #2 – Now that Burn’s world has collapsed, he finds himself a walking machine, a living genetic abomination. Burn’s reality exists now only in his mind, imprisoned in his own subconscious, struggling to find answers. The mechanical monster, Shoftiel, controls the body like a puppet master, marching the boy across the dessert towards a new city. Intent on finishing his mission, nothing will halt Shoftiel’s march. 24 pgs, B&W (2 of 6) $2.99 Diamond code: APR08 3547


Dragon’s Lair HC – Travel to a time of Sword and Sorcery; a time of Dragons and Damsels in distress! Follow Dirk the Daring and Princess Daphne as they return from an astonishing adventure in the Free Realms only to be attacked by the great dragon, Singe, and his evil minions. Singe vows revenge against Dirk for killing his offspring, and Daphne is soon caught in the dread dragon’s claws. Now, armed with his courage and skill, Dirk must brave the Dark Kingdom and all its evils in order to save the Princess from Singe! Contains never before seen artwork and sketches from Don Bluth! HC, 7×10 164 pgs, FC $19.95 Diamond code: APR08 3548

 

Helen Killer #3 – Having failed to prevent the assassination of President McKinley, Helen Keller has been forced out of the Secret Service. Determined to redeem herself, she sets out to bring the architects of the conspiracy to justice. But as Helen closes in on her enemies, the dark forces unleashed by the Omnicle close in on her! 28 pgs, B&W (3 of 4) $2.99 Diamond code: APR08 3549

Kade Box Set – The enigmatic warrior that doesn’t feel, but always hurts. 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. Set includes Kade’s first appearance in Kade: Identity, Kade: Sun of Perdition #1-4, and a Greg Horn Kade: Shiva’s Sun poster, all wrapped in a high-end Greg Horn box! Set, FC $16.95 Diamond code: APR08 3550

Wendigo #2 – Tanu is 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. Tanu has recently partnered up with a splintercat and together they must save Tanu’s mother from the hunters. An all-ages book from Arcana Kids! 32 pgs, FC (2 of 4) $1.99 Diamond code: APR08 3551