Archive for June, 2011

THE CLOCKWORK GIRL To Be A Major Animated Motion Picture Starring Alexa Vega & Jesse McCartney in the Fall

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Long out of print, the wildly popular Clockwork Girl series was originally released in five illustrated stories and sold more than 340,000 copies around the world. The full story of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL (Harper Design//On Sale: July 12, 2011//ISBN:9780062080394) comes to life again in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel with a new foreword from The Clockwork Girl’s original authors, Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, along with playful, full-page pin-ups of the characters.

The story takes place in a whimsical land far, far away where inventors compete to show off their latest trinkets and inventions at the local fair. A mad scientist, determined to win the top prize at the fair, creates a robot Clockwork Girl. Against all odds, she finds love and companionship in Huxley, the amazing mutant circus boy. Despite the threats of their warring families, they begin to explore the world together and discover what it means to be human—to move, to think, and ultimately, to love.

This fall, a paperback version of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL will correspond with the release of the 3-D luximation animation film version of THE CLOCKWORK GIRL. The film is voiced by a “dream team” of actors as the characters, such as Carrie Ann Moss (Matrix), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Jesse McCartney (Horton Hears a Who) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond). An exciting sneak peek teaser is available online at http://www.theclockworkgirl.com.

THE CLOCKWORK GIRL has won the Moonbeam Award, as well as the Graphic Novel of the Year Award at Book Expo America by ForeWord magazine.

About the Authors:

SEAN O’REILLY is the founder and C.E.O. of Arcana Studio, Canada’s largest comic book company. He is the creator of a number of comics, including the highly successful comics Kade and Ezra, whose characters have been used in more than 250,000 comics and books, and published in eleven countries and seven different languages. Through his talent as a concept artist, writer, and all around comic book mastermind, Sean lead Arcana, in its very first year, to win the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Publisher, as voted by an international spectrum of comic book retailers and readers, and to be nominated for a Harvey Award in its first year, a feat unheard of in the quarter century tenure of the award. Among his other credits: he is a consultant for Telefilm, in 2008 and 2011 won Top 40 Under 40 Awards from The Globe and Mail, and has worked on a number of TV concept art projects (for shows including Entourage) and videogame designs.

KEVIN HANNA is an American film director, writer, and artist noted for his work in feature film animation, comic books, videogames, and television. He is the owner of Frogchildren Studios, a multimedia entertainment company dedicated to producing high-quality work for children, spent five years at Microsoft where he was a founding member of the Xbox team, and has worked on games for companies such as Electronic Arts and Mattel.

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THE CLOCKWORK GIRL
By Sean O’Reilly & Kevin Hanna
Harper Design
128 pages // $19.99 Hardcover // ISBN: 9780062080394
July 12, 2011

Arcana SDCC 2011 Plans

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

If you’re going to be in the San Diego area in July, most likely you’re there for San Diego Comic Con 2011. While you’re there, be sure to stop by booth 2415 to see what all of the excitement is about at Arcana Comics. We have some spectacular signings planned, SDCC Exclusives (a Kade Art Book and the SDCC Launch Edition of SideShows), and even an Arcana Comics Panel! Below is a run-down of what we’re up to.

EXCLUSIVES:

KADE ART BOOK: Kade, Arcana’s enigmatic warrior makes a special appearance this SDCC with an exclusive art book, featuring original work from some of the most talented artists in the industry!  Tim Bradstreet’s unique style sets the tone with an original cover, while Tim Seeley, Brent Schoonover, Greg Horn, Kevin Mellon, Ashley Wood, Liam Sharp, Ben Templesmith, Greg Titus, and Whilce Portacio provide contributions to this amazing art book. It’s limited to 250 copies, so grab one while you can!

SIDESHOWS SDCC LAUNCH EDITION: SideShows, the next Arcana hit by Erik Hendrix & Michael Nelsen is still months away from official release, but you can see it here first! It’s 1950’s Las Vegas & the mob enlisted former circus attractions as their aces in the hole. These SideShows had a little secret — they really did have the abilities they pretended to. High rollers, lounge singers, cigarettes, alcohol, and superpowers. Welcome to Las Vegas. Packed with extras not available in the retail version and limited to 100 copies!

PANEL:

On Thursday July 21st from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in in Room 23ABC, be sure to head to our panel! Below is the full description that will appear in the convention guide.

6:00 – 7:00 Arcana Comics – A Look at One of the World’s Largest Graphic Novel Publishers Sean Patrick O’Reilly (Clockwork Girl), Josh Blaylock (Devil’s Due), Erik Hendrix (SideShows), Mike Kalvoda (Banshee), Brooke Burgess (Becoming), Matt Wilson (Scrooge & Santa), and Ryan Colucci (Harbor Moon) take us through some of the amazing talent coming out of one of the world’s largest graphic novel producers. Passing 150 graphic novels released, find out what the publisher currently has in the works, what’s coming in the near future, a sneak peak at the 3D animated feature film, Clockwork Girl, Arcana’s slate of interactive apps, and more. See how independent publishers make their mark in the comic book industry and blur the lines between mediums, Arcana style. Attendees will get free comics and also for free is the first in a series of “Arcana Universe” posters!

SIGNINGS:

This year, we have signings scheduled back to back throughout the convention, so if you miss your favorite creator, worry not, they’re likely appearing again later that day or the next. Below is the schedule for your viewing enjoyment.

Wednesday – PREVIEW NIGHT – July 20th

· 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

· 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

Thursday – July 21st

· 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

o Mike Kalvoda – Banshee & Straw

o Ryan Colucci – Harbor Moon

· 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

· 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

o Erik Hendrix – SideShows

o Matt Wilson & Josh Kenfield – Scrooge and Santa

o Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta

· 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

o John Barker – Dead Cell

o Mike Kalvoda – Banshee & Straw

o Ryan Colucci – Harbor Moon

· 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

o Rachel Taylor – Velvet Rope

o Siike Donnelly – Heaven’s Echo

o Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange (plus some of our promo art this year)

o Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta

· 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

· 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

o Erik Hendrix – SideShows

o Matt Wilson & Josh Kenfield – Scrooge and Santa

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

o John Barker – Dead Cell

Friday – July 22nd

· 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

o Matt Wilson & Josh Kenfield – Scrooge and Santa

o John Barker – Dead Cell

o Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta

· 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

o Siike Donnelly – Heaven’s Echo

o Aaron Nelson – Marlow

o Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange (plus some of our promo art this year)

o Ryan Colucci – Harbor Moon

· 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

o Mike Kalvoda – Banshee & Straw

· 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

o Erik Hendrix – SideShows

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

o Ryan Colucci – Harbor Moon

· 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

o Matt Wilson & Josh Kenfield – Scrooge & Santa

o John Barker – Dead Cell

o Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta

· 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

o Aaron Nelson – Marlow

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

o Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange

· 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

o Erik Hendrix – SideShows

o Rachel Taylor – Velvet Rope

o Mike Kalvoda – Banshee & Straw

· 4:00 – 5:45 PM

o Nikola Jajic – Loosely Based & Devil’s Island

· 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

· 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

o Matt Wilson & Josh Kenfield – Scrooge and Santa

o Ryan Colucci – Harbor Moon

Saturday – July 23rd

· 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

o Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta

· 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

o Erik Hendrix – SideShows

o Bart Thompson – Blood, Shells, & Roses

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

o Mike Kalvoda – Banshee & Straw

o Nikola Jajic – Loosely Based & Devil’s Island

· 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

o Matt Wilson & Josh Kenfield – Scrooge and Santa

o Matt Jacobs & Shannon Eric Denton – Grunts & Grunts: War Stories

o John Barker – Dead Cell

· 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Aaron Nelson – Marlow

o Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra : Egyptian Exchange (plus some of our promo art this year)

o Ryan Colucci – Harbor Moon

· 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

o Rachel Taylor – Velvet Rope

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

o Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta

· 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

o Erik Hendrix – SideShows

o Bart Thompson – Blood, Shells, & Roses

o Matt Jacobs & Shannon Eric Denton – Grunts & Grunts: War Stories

o Nikola Jajic – Loosely Based & Devil’s Island

· 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Aaron Nelson – Marlow

o Mike Kalvoda – Banshee & Straw

o Ryan Colucci – Harbor Moon

· 5:00 PM – 5:45 pm

o Matt Wilson & Josh Kenfield – Scrooge & Santa

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

o John Barker – Dead Cell

· 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

o Bart Thompson – Blood, Shells, & Roses

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

o Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra : Egyptian Exchange (plus some of our promo art this year)

Sunday – July 24th

· 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

o Matt Jacobs & Shannon Eric Denton – Grunts & Grunts: War Stories

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

· 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

o Aaron Nelson – Marlow

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

· 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

o Erik Hendrix – SideShows

o Bart Thompson – Blood, Shells, & Roses

o Mike Kalvoda – Banshee & Straw

o Matt Jacobs & Shannon Eric Denton – Grunts & Grunts: War Stories

· 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

o Rachel Taylor – Velvet Rope

o Ben Fisher & Mike Henderson – Hexen Hammers

o Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange (plus some of our promo art this year)

o Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta

· 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

o Erik Hendrix – SideShows

o Brooke Burgess & Dane Cypel – Becoming

o Aaron Nelson – Marlow

· 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

o Bart Thompson – Blood, Shells, & Roses

o Frank Barbiere – Divine Intervention & Endless West

o Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange (plus some of our promo art this year)

o Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta

Thursday night, 6:00 – 7:00 PM in Room 23ABC.

6:00 – 7:00 Arcana Comics – A Look at One of the World’s Largest Graphic Novel Publishers Sean Patrick O’Reilly (Clockwork Girl), Josh Blaylock (Devil’s Due), Erik Hendrix (SideShows), Mike Kalvoda (Banshee), Brooke Burgess (Becoming), Matt Wilson (Scrooge & Santa), and Ryan Colucci (Harbor Moon) take us through some of the amazing talent coming out of one of the world’s largest graphic novel producers. Passing 150 graphic novels released, find out what the publisher currently has in the works, what’s coming in the near future, a sneak peak at the 3D animated feature film, Clockwork Girl, Arcana’s slate of interactive apps, and more. See how independent publishers make their mark in the comic book industry and blur the lines between mediums, Arcana style. Attendees will get free comics and also for free is the first in a series of “Arcana Universe” posters!

Arcana Newsletter May 2011

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Arcana Teams With Impulse Creations!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that they are a premiere publisher with Impulse Creations.

Impulse Creations, one of the best online comic book stores, offer guaranteed low prices on back issue comics from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and all other publishers along with low shipping costs.

Arcana will work closely with Impulse Creations to ensure that they have the latest news and product availablity so that they can provide fans of their publications with exactly what they’re looking for. Whatever you’re looking for, if its available at all, Impulse Creations will either have it or can it get it for you quickly. In addition, Arcana will provide the store with exclusive interviews and previews of their products.

Up first is an interview with Arcana owner and EIC, Sean O’Reilly, and Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton. They discuss their popular Kade series, their success in the indie market, and the projects (comic and film) currently under wraps.

To read the interview and check out great deals on Arcana titles, please visit:

http://www.impulsecreations.net

Book of the Month: Harry Walton: Henchman For Hire GN

Harry Walton, a disenfranchised ex-super-hero sidekick, finds himself having to work with every B-List schmuck in town to work up the ranks of the “Henchman’s Union” towards his ultimate goal: Super-Villain status. Smarter than most of the bosses he works for, Harry is stuck as a second banana once again. But when an opportunity to take revenge against his old Super-Hero partner arises, “Henchman for Hire” Harry Walton takes an initiative and launches a plan that catches the eyes of Super-Villains everywhere!

Buy the book now: http://www.arcanacomics.com/store/

In Previews


This month in Previews, for items shipping in May, Arcana will be publishing Blam GN (MAY11 0814), Killing Machine GN (MAY11 0815), Kord & Harley GN (MAY11 0816), and Mwumba GN (MAY11 0817).

Shipping This Month


This May Arcana is offering Breakdown TP (MAR11 0850), Defex TP (MAR11 0851), Dead Cell GN (MAR11 0852), Frozen Wasteland GN (MAR11 0853), Last Ninja GN (MAR11 0854), and League of Super Evil GN (MAR11 0855).

Interview with John Barker

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews writer John Barker about his upcoming Arcana graphic novel, Dead Cell, as well as his past career as a professional wrestler.

MP: John, what can you tell readers about Dead Cell?

JB: On the outside The Dead Cell is a story about a mental hospital where they do experiments on homeless patients with mental disease. Basically they introduce variables that allow them to explore the various diseases they encounter. The book also tells of Dr. Monica McCoy and her journey through these experiments and how they effect her mentally, then of course we throw a little of the supernatural, some twists and turns and we end up with and exploration into shadow self psychology and the philosophy of Merkabah. Depending on your understanding of people and psychology you could be reading several different stories with several completely different meanings. The book is also filled with some crazy twists and I think the ending will really drive the book home for fans.

MP: How did you come up with the idea for the story?

JB: Originally I was going to set it up as an anthology exploring aspects of my own battle with depression, and as the concept evolved and grew it became more centered and I was really able to delve into deeper the human psyche and what really makes people with various forms of mental disease tick.

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

JB: I actually have been collecting comics since I was given my first two comics at age 5. Growing up of course my favorite books were the normal favorites of kids like Batman and Superman. I had kind of given up on comic books around 14 ish when I stumbled upon The Sandman, which led me into other mature reader titles like Swamp Thing and Preacher. As far as superhero comics go I’m still a huge fan of Batman, Green Lantern and Punisher, and am really into The Unwritten and Sweet Tooth.

MP: Now Arcana fans might not know this, but I know prior to getting into the comic industry you were a professional wrestler wrestling the indie circuit. First, what was your wrestling name and second, what were some of your favorite memories of wrestling?

JB: Over the course of my career I had several names before getting out. I have a lot of crazy memories and was fortunate enough to meet a lot of people I used to idolize. I had a lot of great memories from wresting in the ECW arena and other countries to the countless hours I spent jammed into cars with my friends traveling all over the country.

MP: Do you see any parallels between the comic industry and wrestling industry?

JB: Not so far. The comic industry is much less dirty. So far everyone I’ve dealt with has been straight forward, as we are all trying to be as good as we possibly can be. Wrestling is much much shiftier.

MP: Before we go, would you like to tell the fans anything else?

JB: I’d like to ask you all to check out Scott DM Simmons. He’s done a lot of really cool stuff from drawing things for Lucas to inking the Hack/Slash – Halloween Man crossover in the vol 8 TBP, and he was an immeasurable help in teaching me some of the basic aspects on script writing and structuring sequential stories. He has a self published project called Knight of POWER and a lot of other things coming out. Also definitely stay tuned for my future projects. I have several scripts already complete that I’m really happy with. Keep up to date at www.halo-seven.com.