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Arcana Newsletter January 2011

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Pixies and Clockwork Girl Sign With HarperCollins!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce Pixies and Clockwork Girl have signed with HarperCollins Publishers.

Pixies tells the tale of Joe Beck, who since a young age has been plagued by bad luck. After losing the love of his life, he realizes that karma, and a tribe of Pixies, have been responsible for all of his unfortunate accidents. He now needs to figure out how to get his girl back, cooperate with the ever mischevious Pixies and undue a bad deed he did long ago.

Clockwork Girl tells the tale of a nameless robot girl who has recently been given the gift of life from her creator. While she explores the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families. An animated film based on the graphic novel is currently in post production.

Arcana is an innovative leader in developing content in various mediums. Working in websites, comics and graphic novels, video games, short-form animation and live action shorts, toys and merchandise, as well as feature length films, Arcana focusses on a transmedia approach to the scaffolding process of developing brands and intellectual properties.

HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. Headquartered in New York, the company is a subsidiary of News Corporation. They are a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, and mystery, romance, reference, religious, and spiritual books. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement, HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand, and generate additional business opportunities.

Captain Action Teams With Kade and Koni Waves in Devil’s Sun!

Captain Action, the original super hero action figure from the 60s, is teaming up with Arcana’s flagship characters Kade and Koni Waves for the 4 issue limited series, Devil’s Sun, later this year.

Devil’s Sun, written by Mark Poulton (Koni Waves, Image’s Brigade) and illustrated by Mike McMahon, finds Kade and Koni teaming with Captain Action to stop the ascension of Satan’s son. Along the way, they will encounter some of the top indie characters around including Hack/Slash, Jack Staff, The Living Corpse, Pinocchio Vampire Slayer, and many more.

What makes this team-up even more monumental is the series will introduce the new Lady Action… Koni Waves?! That’s right, Honolulu’s own supernatural private detective will don the costume of sexy superspy, Lady Action! To promote the event Koni will be appearing in person at the Summer conventions dressed as Lady Action. In addition, a special preview edition will be available at San Diego Comic Con and other Summer conventions.

Look for Devil’s Sun later this year, featuring variant retro covers by Stephen Sistilli (Koni Waves).

Captain Action is part of Captain Action Enterprises, an LLC retropreneurial company, dedicated to bringing nostalgic brands back for both dedicated fans and new audiences.

InStockTrades Book of the Month

Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave (40% Off Cover Price!)

Koni Waves introduces private detective Koni Kanawai, an ex-cop in Honolulu, Hawaii who worked her way through college as a dancer at the Apanapana Ballroom. When a drinking problem gets her booted from the force, Koni starts up her own detective agency. With the aid of Pete, her surf buddy, Krystal, a colleague from her dancing days, and Huko, the owner of her favorite water hole, Koni encounters a series of supernatural events that leads her to discover a dark side of her island not seen in the usual tourist spots.

This massive 240 page omnibus collects the first two volumes of Koni Waves as well as the Koni Waves/Demonslayer oneshot and the rare Headress of the Undead con exclusive. In addition, this director’s cut includes 28 new pages of story and an all-new ending. Read the first chapter for free at InStockTrades.

Plus exclusive to InStockTrades each order comes with a signed bookplate by series creators Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, and Dexter Weeks. Each bookplate will also come with a free headsketch!

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In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in March, Arcana will be publishing All Fall Down GN (JAN11 0932), Every Waking Moment GN (JAN11 0933), and Kade: Prodigal Sun GN (JAN11 0934).

Shipping This Month

This January Arcana brings in the New Year with 51 Delta GN (NOV10 0709), Curse of the Cortes Stone #1 (NOV10 0710), Frozen Wasteland GN (NOV10 0711), Hexen Hammers GN (NOV10 0712), Hyper Actives GN (NOV10 0713), League of Super Evil GN (NOV10 0714), and the Pixies HC (NOV10 0715).

Interview with Jeff Dyers

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Jeff Dyer, writer of the hot new graphic novel, Every Waking Moment.

MP: Jeff, Every Waking Moment is solicited in this month’s Previews. What is the graphic novel about?

JD: Everyone wants more time. It seems to be, other than death, the great equalizer. People want more time with their families, more time to work, more time to play. So in Every Waking Moment, billionaire visionary Grant Auden has developed a medical procedure, The Wake-Up Call, which eliminates the need for sleep. He thinks people will use their “extra time” to make themselves better people and, thus, make the world a better place. The world’s greatest protectors, The Idealists, volunteer to undergo The Wake-Up Call so they can protect humanity 24/7. Meanwhile, a young reporter named Emma Troy begins to investigate the story and uncovers some startling consequences: without sleep, there are no dreams… and what happens if people don’t dream? As the story reaches its dramatic conclusion, these lost dreams erupt into the waking world, causing chaos and destruction beyond imagining.

MP: Did you ever wish you didn’t need to sleep?

JD: No! I love sleep, but the notion of having more time fascinates me. If you estimate that we sleep 8 hours per night, that’s roughly a third of your entire life. I know sleep is a necessity, but if I had those extra hours (years), think what could be accomplished!

MP: When did you first come up with the idea and how has the process been getting it to print?

JD: Well, I came up with the core idea way back in 1992. So almost 20 years ago! I spent years trying to write Every Waking Moment as a prose novel. I finally finished the novel in 2002, but it wasn’t very good. I’m not a novelist, and I knew the story wasn’t as good as it could have been. But I’ve always loved comics, so the novel became a graphic novel. In 2005, I ran into my high school buddy Steve Ott, an aspiring comic book artitst. We were at our local library for an event. Comic writer/artist Phil Hester was there doing a presentation about comics. Phil, incidentally, would later agree to draw the cover for Every Waking Moment! So anyway, I asked Steve if he wanted to illustrate Every Waking Moment as a graphic novel and thankfully he agreed. So we spent about two years creating the graphic novel. I give huge props to Steve for drawing a 200 page book in its entirety before we ever submitted to a single publisher. We went with Arcana in January 2010, and it’s been an exciting year seeing the pages get colored by Todd Rayner and Lionel Dusklight. I’m very excited to finally hold the finished book in my hands!

MP: Were you a comic book fan growing up? If so, what were some of your favorite comics?

JD: I’ve loved comics my whole life. My favorites are probably not very surprising: Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come. I adore Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Will Eisner’s Spirit, Milton Caniff, Hal Foster. Lee and Kirby’s FF is amazing. My favorite character is Superman. On my 40th birthday this past summer, I got my first tattoo: a Superman shield!

MP: Before we go, is there anything else you would like to say to readers?

JD: I just hope people will give Every Waking Moment a shot. It’s a story I’ve wanted to tell for 20 years. Over the past two decades, I’ve struggled to get the story out there, I’ve never lost sight of the fact that the story is strong. I think it deals with huge concepts and ideas that are at the core of what makes us all human. It’s also a big, fun story with super heroes and great action. If you’re looking for a unique graphic novel, unlike anything else you’ve read, then try Every Waking Moment!