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February 2012 Newsletter

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

VANCOUVER (February 14, 2012)
– Welcome to another monthly newsletter from Arcana Comics! We’re positively bubbling with excitement here today since there is just so much going on! It starts off by glancing left here at the amazing cover of The Intrinsic Free Comic Book Day Edition. We are astounded at the positive reception to our FCBD entry for this year and look forward to people having a chance to see the final product in just under three months!

The Intrinsic FCBD Edition is the first issue in a four issue mini-series featuring the thousands of characters from the Arcanaverse! This is Arcana’sfirst company-wide crossover and we can’t wait!

There are a few other changes going on for Arcana as well! First off, we have completely re-done our web site! Head over to Arcana.com and check out the new site and browse around. Everything is polished up, easier to navigate, and, we hope, someplace you will head to again and again to read up on our latest news and releases.

You may have heard a few days ago, also, that we are working with Benderspink, the production team behind some of the best movies around the last decade (HANGOVER, I AM NUMBER FOUR, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, and many others). Well, we’re doing a TON behind the scenes to get these projects moving and look forward to sharing more as time goes on. If you missed the release on that, you can read it by clicking here.

And last, but not least, are some new solicitations with previews and a feature we’re going to callArcana Primers. Our goal is to re-introduce you to some of our amazing characters at Arcana. Some you may have missed when they came out, while others maybe you were curious about, but never picked up. Well, here’s your chance! All of these books are still available through DIAMOND(their codes are listed with them) and through the new and improved Arcana Store.

FEBRUARY 2012 SOLICITATIONS FOR APRIL RELEASE

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – INTRINSIC # 1
DIAMOND CODE: JAN120014 / ISBN: N/A

First issue in a four issue mini-series. Horrors from different worlds have assembled to bring about a global threat known only as The End. A Philosopher has recognized the signs in time to gather his own forces for Good – including an ordinary, powerless young woman. Only together can they avert disaster on a biblical scale. Every last one of them… is Intrinsic. ‘Intrinsic’ is a company crossover event bringing together characters from hundres of titles beneath Arcana’s library. It is an event of unprecedented ambition, unlike anything that has been before. This is Arcana’s first company-wide crossover featuring thethousands of characters from the Arcanaverse. RELEASING ON MAY 5, 2012.

KADE MOURNING SUN GN
DIAMOND FEB120737 / ISBN 978-1-926914-76-3

1892. Siberia. Kade has found Lucifer and he’s become the leader of a tribe of Cossacks. Kade uncovers him as a demon, but Lucifer has set a trap and the Cossack tribe make a sport of hunting him across the Siberian steppe. 1941. Making his way through masses of fleeing refugees and a retreating Soviet army, Kade learns they’re being driven away by a Panzer division commanded by Lucifer in the guise of an SS General. Demons! Nazis! An army of the dead marching under the swastika! Kade is knee deep in the middle of this madness and is once again on the hunt! NOTE: Not available in Germany.

RED LIGHT GN
DIAMOND FEB120738 / ISBN 978-1-926914-83-1

One good cop struggles with visions of his family’s murder– the killer’s memories– courtesy of a memory device sold on every street corner. Desperate to move on, the last thing Detective Sean Simms wants is time to think. But he only needs one second to be taken right back to it– he only needs one Red Light.

TRUMAN VIRUS GN
DIAMOND FEB120739 / ISBN 978-1-926914-85-5

In 2012 cancer is on the rise and when world renowned scientist Lance Truman’s cure backfires, an escaped test subject of his, along with two lost and confused orphans travel the country to undo all the damage Truman’s cure has created.

TURNING TIGER GN
DIAMOND FEB120740 / ISBN 978-1-926914-87-9

Take one state of the art fully armed sentient military attack robot, let it go rogue, then set the US army and more robots after it. And let it happen in down town USA. If things get bad, have it kidnap a child and see if you can stop her parents blowing the operation wide open to the media.

ARCANA PRIMERS

With the coming of Intrinsic on Free Comic Book Day this year, we thought we’d start our primers out with the core group of IntrinsicKadeKoreCandice Crow, and Philosopher Rex. These four books are still readily available and are self-contained stories. Characters such as Kade have multiple books out following the characters exploits through different eras and places (all full-contained stories), while the others are single books with the characters being revisited in the pages of Intrinsic, starting in May.

KADE ORIGINAL SUN GN
DIAMOND MAR100697 / ISBN 978-1-897548-62-2

Kade is the enigmatic warrior who embarks on an adventure to remove the Dark Veil and the demon behind the darkness. Kade must uncover the secrets of the Black Sun while struggling with his physical limitations and his concept of being a hero. The Kade trade paperback collects five issues and features over 120 pages of story, as well as behind the scenes pictures, cover gallery and commentary from Sean O’Reilly. Exclusive to the trade is the never before published origin of Kade…

KORE GN
DIAMOND DEC100732 / ISBN 978-1-926914-13-8

When down on his luck slacker Alex Crane decides to steal ancient relics from his local museum to pay off gambling debts, he suddenly finds himself on the run from powerful magical forces. Transformed into the monstrous Mantikore, Alex is taken to Abaddon: A fantasy world where magic has run dry, and elves, dwarves, fairies and goblins live in a modern society. Alex must quickly acclimate himself to his environment, or fall prey to the wizard who wants his powers.

CANDICE CROW GN
DIAMOND AUG100757 / ISBN 978-1-926914-06-0

For the last six months my life has been sliding out of control, but even in my worst dreams I’d never imagined that it could get this bad. My father’s a drunk. My boyfriend’s a selfish pig. And a week ago, my best friend “committed” suicide. To top it all off, I have to climb into some weird freakin’ suit every few hours to keep from looking like a reject from Dawn of the Dead. My name’s Candice Crowe. Welcome to my messed-up life. Candice Crowe’s just your average American teenager until the death of her mother and the stress of her best friend’s alleged suicide causes her previously dormant powers to surface. Telepathy. Telekinesis. Extreme strength and agility. Everything a girl could ask for, really. Gifts like these always come with a price, however, and for Candice it means she’s forced to wear a special suit every few hours to keep her skin from necrotizing from the inside out. Still, she’s determined not to let that put a damper on either her love life or her dreams of being a rockstar. But first, Candice intends to find out what happened to her best friend, Claire, and heaven help anyone who gets in her way.

PHILOSOPHER REX GN
DIAMOND JUN100743 / ISBN 978-1-897548-02-8

In the dark hills of West Virginia a power is growing. Dr. Ishmael Stone and his crew go to investigate the series of killings that have been occurring within and around the mines of the small town. There they find a fading community searching for life and the sad, angry Lloyd Canby. Stone begins to realize he is dealing with more than the normal case.


PREVIEWS
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KADE: MOURNING SUN

RED LIGHT

TRUMAN VIRUS

TURNING TIGER

KADE: ORIGINAL SUN

KORE

CANDICE CROW

PHILOSOPHER REX

ARCANA COMICS’ – Benderspink and Arcana Launch New Comics Line

Monday, February 13th, 2012
VANCOUVER (Feb 10, 2012)Arcana Comics is joining forces with Benderspink, the production company behind smash movies such as The Butterfly Effect, Final Destination, The Hangover,The Ring, and I am Number Four! The publisher and the production company have created a new film friendly comic book line, combining the knowledge of one of the largest graphic novel producers with the film production skills of the team behind the highest grossing comedy of all time (The Hangover).

Under the banner of ArcanaBenderspink Comics, the two will start by producing twenty original titles, crossing genres and enlisting the writing and art skills of some of the most talented creators in the comic book industry.
The two companies first established a bond when Benderspink worked with Arcana Comics to get the book Continuum picked up by New Line. During the process, JC Spink and Arcana CEO Sean Patrick O’Reilly build a strong relationship. Sharing a love of film and comic books, the two’s partnership is a natural progression.

Below is a first look at all of the titles as well as preview artwork. Arcana Comics andBenderspink look forward to sharing more with fans in the coming weeks and months.

Legacy: During an emergency surgery, doctors operating on Alex Sullivan discover that he is something more than human. When the entire hospital explodes, Alex escapes to find out who or what he is and why people are trying to kill him.

The Order: The Vatican has created an elite group of agents to travel the world and combat supernatural forces.

The Numbered: Betrayed and unjustly sentenced to death a notorious crew of seven galactic mercenaries escape to the last free planet of the universe. Tracked by the ruthless Galactic Overlord Earth is given an ultimatum surrender The Numbered or be destroyed. Cook and Weisberg are attached.

Bishop: When a government operative goes undercover to infiltrate a secret illuminati type group, he begins to realize that the people he’s been sent to take down may actually be the good guys.

Below: When the police aren’t able to catch a new group of ruthless criminals who commit crimes against the defenseless, the leaders of the underworld band together to use methods the police can’t in order to bring them to justice.

Target Earth: A lone scientist believes the warning from an imprisioned alien, who declares an invasion coming from a more powerful group of aliens. He frees the alien and they end up on the run from the government and the advance guard of hostile aliens as they try to save our planet.
The Hunt: Five years after taking out a terrorist leader, an ex-Seal who was part of the special unit that did the job discovers that his fellow team members are being killed and he is next on the list.
War Of The Gods: At the dawn of humanity, a multitude of gods from Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Nordic, Hindu, Chinese, and Aztec lore do battle against each other for control of the world.
Dime Detectives: The story of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler who teamed up to work as detectives and roughly based their fictional characters Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe on their own real life exploits.
Foretold: A young man is brought to the future to fight the most powerful being who has taken over the world 30 years later – himself.

Kill On Sight: When a group of professional thieves steal 30 million dollars from a covert, black-ops CIA program the program responds by sending a team to NYC to kill the thieves and retrieve the money.
Untouchable: In 2012 Al Capone’s great nephew has become a cop, trying to make right some of the wrong done by his family in the past, and has to track down Chicago’s most notorious criminal, the great-grandson of Elliot Ness.
Countdown To Armageddon: With the better years of his career behind him, a once-great rapper returns to his hometown where in order to save his son he gets pulled back into his old life and has to fight everything he thought he had left behind.
Supersonic: Top Gun underwater with subs developed by DARPA to travel at super speeds.
2076: When America is taken over in 2076, Revolutionaries fight a second war for American independence.

Revelation: A disbelieving NORAD agent’s faith is tested when he begins to suspect a man’s rise to power mimic’s the 12 signs of the Anti-Christ from the book of Revelation.
The Surface: Grant Roberts, his ex-girlfriend, and her best friend attempt to escape Chicago after terrorist attacks that they begin to realize are extraterrestrial in nature. Based on the Schnieder brothers script The Surface.
Atlantis: One hundred and fifty years after a plague has ravaged Earth and the wealthy and privileged have retreated to live in a bio-dome under the ocean, their resources run out and they have to return to the surface where they’re met by a bitter resistance from the ancestors of those they left above ground to die.
The Triangle: A group of researchers who uncover the secret of the Bermuda Triangle and travel to a different dimension have to figure out how to get back in order to help save the world.
Langley High: A student at Langley High, a school located less than two miles away from the CIA headquarters in Virginia, teams with an undercover CIA agent who’s been posing as a teacher to help rescue his father who’s been captured in Russia and disavowed by the agency. Atlas Entertainment is attached to Langley High. The comic is being adapted by Benderspink’s Christopher Cosmos.
ABOUT ARCANA STUDIOS

Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.

ABOUT BENDERSPINK

Benderspink is a management/production/ip company that has produced or exec-produced movies such as The Ring 1 & 2, The Hangover 1 & 2, Monster-in-Law, Red Eye, Just Friends, A History of Violence, The Butterfly Effect, Cats and Dogs, American Pie 1-3, and I Am Number Four.  They are currently in production on Burt Wonderstone at New Line and in development on titles such as Jitters at Paramount, Cities of Refuge at Inferno, Bob the Musical at Disney, Hangover 3 at Warner Bros., Torrente at New Line, and 40,000 Man at NL.   They have a first look feature deal at New Line and a first look tv deal at CBS. Clients include Jesse Wigutow, Kaplan & Elfont, Cook & Weisberg, April Blair, Jennifer Weiner, Gregory Hoblit, Mike Bender, and Adam “Tex” Davis.  And newer clients such as Allison Schroeder, Brandon Willer, Clay Tweel, Craig Brownrigg, and David Robert Mitchell.