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Arcana Newsletter April 2011

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Arcana Offers Over 80 Graphic Novels Through WOWIO!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that they are currently offering over 80 different graphic novels through WOWIO.

WOWIO, an Alliance Acquisitions, Inc. company, is a unique eBook marketplace that stands apart from the crowd by offering significant advantages to readers, authors, publishers and advertisers.

With WOWIO, once you purchase an eBook, it’s yours. They will never reach into your device and delete it or stop allowing you to use it. No device limits. Also, if you lose your downloaded eBooks to a crash, you can re-download any purchased eBook from your library.
Arcana is currently offering 86 different graphic novels and books including Zedura Magazine and a Special Edition offering of the Clockwork Girl that comes with the animated motion picture trailer! Each month WOWIO will offer even more Arcana projects as they are released.

Preview the first 5 to 10 pages of any Arcana book for free or buy it for as low as 99 cents with graphic novels costing on average $4.95!

Snow Angel Arrives This Month!

Kurtis J. Wiebe, writer of Image Comics’ instant sell out hits Green Wake and Intrepids, brings you Snow Angel, a crime noir graphic novel from Arcana Comics.

(W) Kurtis Wiebe, (A/C) Tyler Jenkins From Arcana Studio. On a rain-soaked night in the heart of Bogota, a young girl witnesses a brutal murder by the hand of her father. This was no accident as her father wanted her to see. Snow Angel tells the story of Angela, a little girl growing up in the long shadow of her criminal father, Cesar. What would a child do to win the respect of the most brutal enforcer in the Cali cartel?

InStockTrades Book of the Month: Penance

When a news crew videotapes a battle, a masked superhero is arrested for the murder of a costumed super-villain. When police officer LJ McCloud is assigned to the open-and-shut case, she quickly finds her life spiraling out of control as she tries to weather the media hurricane that is surrounding the situation. And the deeper that the officer digs into the case, the more she realizes that they may be condemning an innocent man?

When ordered from InStockTrades, you will receive a signed bookplate from creator Sean Wise!

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In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping June, Arcana will be publishing Kagagi The Rave GN (APR11 0773), Pistolfist GN (APR11 0774), Ralph Filmore GN (APR11 0775), Spy School GN (APR11 0776), and Woody & The Noble GN (APR11 0777).

Shipping This Month

This April Arcana is filling your Easter basket with Canadian Legion GN (FEB11 0725), Demonslayer TP (FEB11 0726), Jack and the Zombie Box GN (FEB11 0727), Mercy Sparx TP (FEB11 0728), Misplaced TP (FEB11 0729), and Snow Angel GN (SEP10 8039).

Interview with Ben Magid

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Hollywood screenwriter, Ben Magid, on his upcoming Arcana GN, Trout.

MP: Ben, you are making your comics’ debut with the original graphic novel, Trout. What can you tell us about the project?

BM: Trout actually started out as a screenplay I was working on, but never quite finished. I wanted to tell a new type of monster movie about this great big world beneath the world we know that is inhabited by monsters, while at the center of it all, have a small, personal story that is really of coming of age tale. The story focuses on a scientist for the government who created a virus with the power to turn man into monster, and monster into man. Attacked, he hides the serum by injecting it into his son, Trout. Now everybody is after this 9 year old boy, and the story focuses around him, and the disgraced monster sent to protect him. There are some big action scenes and world creation, but at its heart, it is a personal story about these two characters as they form a bond as they try to stay alive, learning about who they are during the process. While the story would make a great movie, it just screamed to be a comic book, because it is so visual.

MP: Even though this is your first comic, you are no stranger to the world of comics. You wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Hack/Slash feature film from Rogue Pictures. How familiar were you with the comic before getting the job?

BM: I had heard of Hack/Slash but had never actually read any of the issues before being approached with adapting it. But after reading it, I was hooked. More than anything, I was jealous. It was such a great, simple concept that creator Tim Seeley came up with and I wished I had thought of it. I get sent a lot of adaptations from books to comics to video games, and the vast majority are fairly unoriginal. But Seeley’s Hack/Slash had a great concept, great characters and such a distinct voice that I had to be part of it. The comic fit with exactly what I try to do when I write, which is to play of familiar conventions and story lines in a totally unique and arresting way.

MP: What are the differences for writing comics compared to screenplays?

BM: The difference between writing screenplays and comics aren’t all that different. Outside of the different formatting, each are a visual way of storytelling, and each come down to creating a compelling story and characters. The way I work is I write a treatment, or a short story, and then after that is fine tuned, I begin writing the screenplay. The same principal applies to comics, so it is a great way to begin and really focus on characters and plot. One big difference I’ve noticed is that most comics, especially graphic novels, have a first act and a third act, with little to no second act. Scripts are the opposite. Half of the entire movie is second act, which makes it difficult in adapting comics to film. One definite advantage to writing comics is creating the panels and what is going to be seen on each page. While screenplays are written visually to a degree, the shots and framing are all done by the director. With comics, the opposite is true, which is often times creatively liberating, but daunting as well.

With film today, it is incredibly hard to get an original story told that isn’t based on some underlying property. Many people think the new great writing is happening in TV, but I think it’s really with comic books. Because superheroes are mostly encapsulated by DC and Marvel, it has opened up the world to new original stories. Comics like DMZ, Y: The Last Man and Chew are so original and so not comic books, that a whole new audience has been exposed up to the possibilities that can be achieved in the format. That is pretty exciting.

MP: What advice do you have for aspiring writers looking to break into either industry?

BM: Write. A lot. Learn your craft and come up with great ideas. Film is incredibly hard to break into nowadays, but it is possible with a great script. On the comics side, there are so many new avenues, from indecent publishes, to software, to apps like Comixology, that it just takes a great story, some luck and ingenuity to get your work out there. If the story is good, whether film or comic, people will find it.

MP: Before we go, are there any other projects of yours you would like to tell us about?

BM: I am currently developing a new comic book that I’m incredibly excited about. It takes the tried and true revenge story model, but turns it on its head in a way in which you’ve never seen before, in a world you have never seen before. It definitely pushes the boundaries on what the genre can be, which in the end, is what comic books, movies and all stories should be. Or it will suck. We will just have to wait and see.