Archive for June, 2008

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.”

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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.

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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.