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Arcana Newsletter December 2010

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Arcana Acquires Hero Happy Hour!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that they have acquired Hero Happy Hour.

Imagine pulling up a stool to the bar and sipping a frosty pint of your favorite beverage as you listen in on the conversations of the “regulars” that frequent the neighbourhood tavern. But this establishment is unlike any other bar. The Hideout Bar & Grill caters to super heroes of First City. And this watering hole serves as more than just a place to wash away the troubles of serving and protecting society as crime fighting crusaders. For the regular heroes it is “a place where everyone knows your name,” secret identity or not.

“I actually wish I would have thought of it.” – Brian Michael Bendis (writer of Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers, New Avengers).

Created by writer Dan Taylor and artist Chris Fason, Hero Happy Hour was named in Wizard’s Best of 2003 as “Concept We Wish We’d Thought Of.”

“With a concept that’s as ingenious as a two-for-one happy hour and laughs that hit faster than a shot of Wild Turkey to your dome, Hero Happy Hour won’t leave you skunky.” – Wizard Magazine

View the Paradox Trailer Now!

Homicide detective Sean Nault (Kevin Sorbo), a cop on a parallel Earth whose technology is powered exclusively by magic. Sean investigates a baffling series of murders committed by a means he’s never seen before: science. With the aid of Lenoir, a member of the ridiculed subculture of “pragmatists” who believe science is more than the stuff of myths & children’s stories, and the 130 year old sorcerer Winston Churchill, Sean uncovers an ominous plot that will lead him to another dimension and the realization that, unless he prevents it, both earths could well be destroyed. Based on the graphic novel by Christos Gage!

View the trailer here:

Leage of Super Evil (L.O.S.E.)

The hit animated series, League of Super Evil, comes to Arcana in the League of Super Evil Comics Special! Armed with a whole new approach to badness, The League of Super Evil (L.O.S.E.) follows four super villians who have set their sights on nothing less than total neighbourhood domination! These four may think they’re bad to the core, but with no budget, no skills, and not a heck of a lot of brain power, evil is the last thing they really are!

Features two stories: Swimming with Sharks – a battle to keep the neighbourhood kid away from the inflatable pool, and One Zillion – The Great Voltar’s quest to accumulate the most TV channels EVER!

L.O.S.E. can be seen on Cartoon Network and YTV. This book is appropriate for kids, but great for adults too!

Diamond Code: NOV10 0714
ISBN: 9781926914121
64 Pages, Full Color

Buy the book now:

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in February Arcana has Continuum GN (DEC10 0729), Harry Walton Henchman For Hire GN (DEC10 0730), Harbor Moon GN (DEC10 0731), Kore TP (DEC10 0732), and Warstone GN (DEC10 0733).

Shipping This Month

This December Arcana has the perfect presents for under your tree with Anywhere TP (OCT10 0758), Chaotic Soldiers GN (OCT10 0759), Dead Men Tell No Tales GN Vol. 2 Decimation (OCT10 0760), Opera Manga GN (OCT10 0761), Pixies #1 (OCT10 0762), Scrooge & Santa GN (OCT10 0763), and Unimaginable GN (OCT10 0764).

Interview with Josh Blaylock

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Josh Blaylock, CEO and founder of Devil’s Due Publishing about Arcana’s acquisition of some of the Devil’s Due library.

MP: Devil’s Due is one of the biggest comic book publishers around. Looking back what are some of your proudest accomplishments?

JB: One of? WE are THE biggest! (note – we use the same statistical analysts as Wizard World convention attendance trackers). Seriously, though, thanks for the compliment. Obviously snagging the G.I. Joe license ten years ago at a time that everyone used to ask “Why on Earth would anyone want something from the EIGHTIES?” was the pinnacle event that put us on the map. Out of other series I’d have to say bringing HACK/SLASH and DRAFTED to the world top the list. Also working with the series’ respective creators – someone as prolific as Tim Seeley since the beginning of both our careers, and Mark Powers, an industry veteran, respectively. There are ton of convention stories I’d love to tell that top the list too, but out of respect for the other parties in those stories, I’ll keep them to myself. :)

Lastly, I’d say, simply, just not working for anyone! I have a deep belief that no one should just blindly become an employee, or in the case of talent, work for hire. It’s okay to do that, but be conscious of it and work to build something you own on the side.

MP: When you decided to work with other publishers how did you come about choosing to work with Arcana?

JB: Sean ran up to me at a comic-con five or six years ago, in that distinct O’Reilly fashion, and offered to buy me a beer so he could ask me some publishing questions. I had no idea who he was and that Ant costume kinda gave me the willies, but Momma always said never pass up a free drink.

We stayed in touch, and a mutual associate mentioned that Arcana was looking to expand its library. By this time I had yanked publishing from our distributor due to matters we’re still looking into, so publishing in the traditional sense was over. Sean agreed to let me keep creative control, and to bring some titles back from the dead, so how could I say no?

As Devil’s Due rebuilds, and comics moves out of its direct market prison into the mainstream world, it’s evolving (I believe with the entire publishing industry) into a company no longer as focused on publishing as we are on creating stories and characters that can be published by multiple parties. Our biggest asset is our ability to create ideas, and then to sell those ideas through stories and products, or sell the ideas outright. Kind of full circle to how the company started.

MP: Now Arcana has acquired select titles from DDP to publish as collected tpbs. They are Kore, Warstone, Mercy Sparx, Misplaced, Defex, Breakdown, and Blade of Kumori. For fans who may be new to Devil’s Due, what can they expect from these titles?

JB: I’d like to continue Mercy Sparx and finish the story we started on Free Comic Book Day a couple of years ago, and would love to do more Kore, but we’re still waiting on a budget from Mr. O.

I’m told you guys are also going to finish the long-hibernating Blade of Kumori story, and am anxiously awaiting writers and artists to approve.

In general we tried to tell high action stories with a good dose of humor, ranging from post modern high fantasy to super hero. Mercy is my baby, and deals with the bureaucracy between Heaven and Hell. There’s a badass exorcist coming into the story, and Mr. Suit is on a tirade in Hell looking for everyone that sold him out so I hope we get to tell it.

I personally created the core concepts behind all of those titles, even the ones that were written by others, and I guess the common theme usually involves being transported from one world to another in some way, and getting caught up in ‘the system.’

MP: Do any of the collections contain any new material?

JB: I hope not! If they do I know nothing about it. :) That’s another thing I’m looking forward to seeing the presentation on.

MP: Can fans expect to see you at the Arcana booth this year at SDCC?

JB: Sure. I’ll probably be there a few times during the week when not at the Devil’s Due booth.

MP: Is there anything else you would like to say to fans before we go?

JB: Just thanks for sticking with us for all these years. It’s been a very rough two years, but we just celebrated our 9th anniversary since the release of our first major title. Thanks to Arcana for helping to continue getting these stories out to the people who love them!

I’d also like to let everyone know to check out, my personal blog about the business of creativity, with heavy ties to the comic book and pop culture world.