Archive for December, 2012

Happy Holidays from the Arcana Comics Crew!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

VANCOUVER (December 21, 2012) – Arcana Comics wants to wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous new year!  Celebrate the holidays with all of our amazing creations and characters… Don’t forget, you can get 25% off of all titles at our Arcana Store through January 31st by using code “ARCANAWINTER” at checkout! 

 

ComicMonsters.com nominates The Evil Tree for Best OGN of 2012

Thursday, December 20th, 2012


VANCOUVER (December 19, 2012)
 - Arcana Comics is proud to announce that The Evil Tree, a recent horror release, has been nominated for Best Original Graphic Novel (OGN) by ComicMonsters.com!

The title, written and created by Erik Hendrix with art from Daniel Thollin and colors from Anna Sällström, has received rave reviews since its debut atSDCC 2012, and this nomination is amazing news.

Since The Evil Tree has been nominated, fans can vote ONCE for the title by heading over to the Comic Monsters web site, registering, and clickingThe Evil Tree radio button in the Best OGN of 2012 Category and then click “Vote”. It’s that simple! Voting closes on December 30th.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO COMICMONSTERS.COM

If you haven’t read the title yet, worry not, Arcana Comics and the creators have made available the first chapter for download FREE using the below links.

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CHAPTER ONE – HIGH RES

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CHAPTER ONE – LOW RES

 

In addition, if you decide to pick up a copy of The Evil Tree in print, you can get it directly from theArcana Store for 25% off by using code “ARCANAWINTER” at checkout through January 31st! Enjoy!

 

TITLE: The Evil Tree DIAMOND CODE: JUL12 0743 ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7 PRICE: $14.95 GENRE: Horror ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=437 DESCRIPTION: In a colonial village outside of NYC, Misha and her fiance, Daren, seek an escape from the fast pace of the city. As they settle in, Misha becomes withdrawn, suffering from bad dreams and depression. When Daren brings his friends to the house to “shake out the cobwebs,” little does he know he is setting into motion events started hundreds of years ago with the original occupants of the house, the Willam Family. Not only did the ill-fated Willam family die in the house one cold winter, but the house has developed a history of female occupants committing suicide. The friends must solve the mystery of the house before the Willam Family ghosts pick them off one by one.

 

 

REVIEWS AND QUOTES

 

“The story is classic horror movie in graphic novel form, the way it should be done. Really creepy, moody and occasionally gut-wrenching horrific it does remind you of all the good stuff in Evil Dead movies – indeed the book could be a companion piece to the Evil Dead series. But there are somber moments too and chills that creep under you skin… Surprisingly the more tender moments, and the character interactions aren’t an afterthought. Relations and emotions are handled with equal aplomb and makes this book a must read and already a personal favorite of mine.” – Peter Bergting (The Portent, Crysis, Dark Sun, Strange Girl)

 

“A ghost story that will make your blood run cold.” — ComicMonsters.com -http://www.comicmonsters.com/reviews-314-The_Evil_Tree_GN.html

 

“Hendrix and Thollin sold me. Their tale of a young couple inadvertently awakening Something Very Evil may not be innovative, but I have a soft spot for classic tropes done well, and Mr. Hendrix rang enough changes on the formula that I was never bored. As a haunted house story, The Evil Tree is genuinely haunting… even scary… I was especially impressed with Mr. Thollin’s ability to craft and stage comics layouts that were actually frightening and surprising… In a way it’s almost more immersive– the jagged, simple style of the art helps put across the emotional part of the story. And when the art is that well-suited to the story, that’s my definition of good.” – Greg Hatcher, Comic Book Resources.com - http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/06/03/weekend-with-the-review-pile/

 

“The Evil Tree is exactly what a classic ghost story should be, Hendrix and Thollin capture all the elements of the genre with stunning execution. This is a perfect Halloween tale that’s bound to send shivers down your spine.” – Lonnie Nadler, Bloody-Disgusting.com - http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3146805/preview-arcana-set-to-release-the-evil-tree-in-time-for-halloween/

 

“If THE EVIL DEAD was a ghost story told as a beautifully illustrated graphic novel, it would be THE EVIL TREE. If you’re a fan of horror comics, you owe it to yourself to check out this book!” – Dirk Manning (writer of NIGHTMARE WORLD and TALES OF MR. RHEE)

 

“A stark, powerful ghost story told with real verve and conviction.” – Mike Carey (UNWRITTEN, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW)

 

“Horror comics are hard to pull off… A lot of them just aren’t scary. The Evil Tree, though, works because it’s more about getting invested in the stakes. Erik Hendrix invests a lot of time in making these characters distinct and grounded: these are all people you believe are friends through work, pitching in to help out, making fun of each other, in close relationships… It’s a great horror book… and worth checking out.” – Dan Seitz – GammaSquad.com – http://gammasquad.uproxx.com/2012/06/the-comic-you-need-to-read-this-week-the-evil-tree-1

 

“The Evil Tree stands shoulder to shoulder with the best out there. This is a comic about a group of friends surrounded by a living ghost story and it will scare the hell out of you.” – Geeks of Doom -http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/10/15/comic-review-the-evil-tree/

 

“If you, like me, are a fan of horror movies, but horror comic books have left you wanting, The Evil Tree is the perfect remedy.” – Word of the Nerd -http://www.wordofthenerdonline.com/sneak-peek-the-evil-tree-from-arcana/

 

“Arcana’s tribute to the moodier slasher movies works because of a mixture of good writing that lets us get to know the characters before they start getting picked off and unique art by Daniel Thollin that can swing between the conventional and the disturbing in a heartbeat. It’s a fairly conventional haunted house story, but a very well told one, nonetheless.” – Dan Seitz – GammaSquad.com - http://www.uproxx.com/gammasquad/2012/10/five-recent-and-great-horror-comics-for-halloween/

Arcana Comics Announces FCBD 2013′s Steam Engines of Oz

Friday, December 14th, 2012

VANCOUVER (December 14, 2012) - Arcana Comics and Arcana’s SteamPunk Originals is more than a little excited to announce our plans for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2013! We will be presenting an exclusive preview issue of our upcoming The Steam Engines of Oz, plus plenty of extras exclusive to the FCBD edition. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this special event!

 

 

TITLE: The Steam Engines of Oz STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix SCRIPT BY: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly COVER ART BY: Yannis Roumboulias COVER COLORS BY: Chandran INTERIOR ART BY: Yannis Roumboulias AVAILABLE: FCBD 2012 DESCRIPTION: Get a special sneak-peek at the upcoming re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens! Find out what happens 100 years after the witch is dead. In an Oz ruled by a once revered hero, salvation comes from the unlikely wrench of Victoria Wright, who dares to question the status quo and sparks a rebellion. This FCBD edition will give you an exciting extended preview of the upcoming graphic novel and a look at what else Arcana’s SteamPunk Originals line has in store for readers!

Arcana’s December Newsletter – New Releases, Winter Sale, & Plenty More!

Monday, December 10th, 2012

 

VANCOUVER (December 10, 2012) - HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Welcome to another fabulous holidays season and another Arcana newsletter, with plenty of updates and excitement!

 

We’re kicking off a Winter Sale over at our Arcana Store, offering customers 25% off of cover prices for all of our titles. Also, check out some of our exciting new releases, which you may have missed in recent months!

 

Finally, if you’ve ever wanted to look into the mind of a comic book creator and a publisher, you can listen to an interesting podcast interview between the VP of Operations of Arcana, Mark Poulton, who runs the “Talking About Our Issues” podcast with the VP of Publishing of Arcana, Erik Hendrix.

 

 

 

WINTER SALE!

 

Arcana Comics is offering 25% off of their entire store from now through January 31, 2013! Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on the latest Arcana releases and, perhaps, give some books a try you may have missed along the way!

 

To enjoy the sale, head over to http://arcana.com/store.php, and start shopping! When you check-out, enter in code “ARCANAWINTER” to get 25% off of your entire order.  There’s no limit to the sale, so gobble up on savings!

 

TALKING ABOUT OUR ISSUES PODCAST

 

VP of Operations, Mark Poulton, runs a Podcast called “Talking About Our Issues”, which takes a weekly look at the comic book industry and has some great interviews! In the latest installment, he sat down with VP of Publishing, Erik Hendrix, to discuss Arcana Comics, both of their histories in comic books, the comic book industry as a whole, the creative process, advice to creators, and plenty of other antics. You can listen to the first part of the interview using the below link, and the second part is coming soon!

 

TALKING ABOUT OUR ISSUES - Erik Hendrix Part 1

 

 

RECENT & UPCOMING RELEASES!

 

We’ve had an extremely busy year at Arcana Comics… The busiest ever! As such, there have been a number of releases in recent months you may have missed out on! With the sale going on now, and the number of exciting titles, we thought we’d throw some information out there for some of them. If some look interesting, pick them up for 25% off by using code ARCANAWINTER at checkout! Enjoy!

 

Keep in mind, too, that all of these titles are available for your local comic book shops to order, and you can read previews of every book on the Arcana web site (links provided, too!)…

 

TITLE: Simmons Comics Anthology Vol. 1
DIAMOND CODE: DEC12 0812
ISBN: 978-1-77135-066-2
PRICE: $19.95
GENRE: Superhero / Horror
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=553
DESCRIPTION: Arcana Comics and Simmons Comics Group are proud to present this special anthology, featuring the first chapters of Zipper, Dominatrix, and Gene Simmons House of Horrors, as well as the first chapter of the first ever crossover between Zipper and Dominatrix, The Slave Trade.

 

TITLE: Clay County
DIAMOND CODE: DEC12 0814
ISBN: 978-1-926914-79-4
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Sci-Fi / Comedy
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=439

DESCRIPTION: The Earth is ruled by ruthless alien invaders who came to our planet seeking a mysterious power source known only as Sf-92.  Now, one year later, the merciless aliens have crushed the planet’s armed forces and annihilated all freedom fighters. All but one: SGT Coleman is Earth’s last hope. If he can find Sf-92 then maybe–just maybe–he can use it against the alien conquerors and win mankind’s freedom. His search brings him to Clay County: a backward, redneck slice of the deep south that is completely unaware–or too drunk to care–of humanity’s subjugation by an alien army. Together with the unlikely allies of Clay County citizens Blake, Vern, Hot Dog and Root, Coleman sets out to find Sf-92 before the Earth’s otherworldly overlords, save mankind, and drink a few cold ones along the way.

 

TITLE: Swerve
DIAMOND CODE: DEC12 0813
ISBN: 978-1-927424-94-0
PRICE: $19.95
GENRE: Sci-Fi / Comedy
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=492
DESCRIPTION: San Antonio, 1976: Eric Layton, desperate for cash, left college behind to dive into the world of pro-wrestling. From there, it was an easy slide into the underbelly of the “rasslin’” biz, where the box office and concession stand make for an easy way to launder drug money. 
Eric wanted out, but he had seen and done too much. They would never let him walk away, so he went into business for himself, hoping to make enough quick cash to sneak away and buy a new identity. When Eric is pinched by the police and forced to flip on his boys, he is stuck between the cops and the crooks – and the idea that he will escape with his life is looking less realistic than a pro-wrestling match.
 

TITLE: Pixies
DIAMOND CODE: JUL12 0745
ISBN: 978-1-897548-49-3
PRICE: $19.95
GENRE: All Ages / Fantasy
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=374
DESCRIPTION: Joe Beck is an auto mechanic with the worst luck in the world. Joe’s been a walking disaster plagued with comedic situations where simply nothing goes right. Since the age of sixteen, Joe’s never won a bet, has been stung more times than George W. has with late night comics and his allergies have introduced him to every hospital employee within a sixty-mile radius. In Annie Hall, Woody Allen divides everyone into the Horrible and the Miserable.  Joe unfortunately falls into both categories.  He must now defeat the Pixies Curse in order to get back the girl of his dreams.

 

TITLE: The Evil Tree
DIAMOND CODE: JUL12 0743
ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Horror
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=437
DESCRIPTION: In a colonial village outside of NYC, Misha and her fiance, Daren, seek an escape from the fast pace of the city. As they settle in, Misha becomes withdrawn, suffering from bad dreams and depression. When Daren brings his friends to the house to “shake out the cobwebs,” little does he know he is setting into motion events started hundreds of years ago with the original occupants of the house, the Willam Family. Not only did the ill-fated Willam family die in the house one cold winter, but the house has developed a history of female occupants committing suicide. The friends must solve the mystery of the house before the Willam Family ghosts pick them off one by one.

 

TITLE: Champions of the Wild Weird West
DIAMOND CODE: AUG12 0782
ISBN: 978-1-926914-54-1
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Supernatural Western
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=397
DESCRIPTION: The honor of a samurai, the mysticism of the Native American Culture, and a whole heck of a lot of Old West Action.  When a fallen samurai is drawn to the United States to save his wife-to-be and her father, he is drawn into a plot much more complex than a simple rescue. Meeting up with an adventurer, his Indian financial advisor, a mercenary, and a former priest, they set off on a quest to save the West from the strange and unimaginable. Zombie Indians, mystical beings, and mad science are just a few of they must face on their quest to save themselves, those they love, and the whole of the Old West.

 

TITLE: Creepsville
DIAMOND CODE: AUG12 0783
ISBN: 978-1-897548-52-3
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Comedy
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=333
DESCRIPTION: A group of high school outcasts, each alienated for a different reason, are thrown together as the staff of the school paper, but these kids just happen to live in Creepsville: a small retro-American town where monsters, humans, aliens, superheroes, robots, and mad scientists all live and work together.

 

TITLE: Becoming
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0777
ISBN: 978-1-926914-65-7
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Horror/Thriller
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=449
YOUTUBE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dECWCxWcd54
DESCRIPTION: At a remote university, an angry young student faces the harsh realization that he has nothing to show for years of study.  When he threatens his professor to teach him something real, he is drawn into a horrifying game of life and death.  Soon, he will learn that the only rule is pain, and that true knowledge only comes when everything you believe…has burned away.   Written by Brooke Burgess — the award-winning creator of Broken Saints — with art by Dane Cypel.

 

TITLE: Deadly Harvest
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0778
ISBN: 978-1-926914-53-4
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Science Fiction
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=455
DESCRIPTION: Core mining, the deadliest job in the galaxy, draws only the bravest, or craziest, workers around. Bumping up to asteroids, typically propelling at astronomical speeds towards distant stars, the miners harvest minerals essential to interstellar travel and commerce. Close quarters, dangerous conditions, and less than a half inch of polymer sheath stand between them and swift oblivion. When the Harvest Moon stumbles upon a goldmine dangerously close to a star, the last thing they expect to find is an ancient alien race preparing to hatch an infestation throughout the system. Armed with mining tools and sour attitudes, Captain Cyrus Layne and his crew must survive the horrors of space and an unfamiliar enemy to escape with their lives. It’s Deadliest Catch meets Armageddon and Aliens in a dystopian future.

 

TITLE: Intrinsic Graphic Novel
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0779
ISBN: 978-1-927424-62-9
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Superhero / Acti
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=466
DESCRIPTION: 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.

 

TITLE: Inventor Graphic Novel
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0780
ISBN: 978-1-77135-015-0
PRICE: $18.95
GENRE: Historical Fiction
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=496
DESCRIPTION: During a time when inventors were known as wizards and corporations considered their kingdoms, emerged an extraordinary league of gentlemen who shaped the modern world with their minds, money, and machines. At the eye of the storm stood Nikola TESLA, a mystic inventor whose genius bordered on insanity as he blurred the lines between magic and science.

 

TITLE: John Henry: The Steam Age Graphic Novel
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0781
ISBN: 978-1-92742-464-3
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: SteamPunk / Science Fiction
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=471
DESCRIPTION: John Henry, a former slave, wasn’t about to let some new-fangled steam hammer replace his ability to earn an honest wage as a steel driving man. He’d beat that machine, or die with his hammer in his hand. We all know the outcome of that legendary contest. In this alternate history, however, John doesn’t die in his heroic effort, but instead slips into a coma, only to awaken to his worst nightmare. A robotic uprising has occurred, and a new age has dawned – The Steam Age. Now, the only thing that can free the human race from the very machines they’ve created is John and his hammer. “John Henry: The Steam Age” is an exciting re-imagining of American folk hero John Henry in a SteamPunk setting.

 

TITLE: The Book Graphic Novel
DIAMOND CODE: OCT12 0751
ISBN: 978-1-926914-68-8
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Horror
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=457
DESCRIPTION: En route to Italy, a group of American tourists learn of a series of DIY travel guides, nicknamed “The Book”. These unofficial guides are collected and updated with first-hand experiences by the travelers themselves. Different “Books” scatter the continent, telling of the best lodging, deals, and “off the grid” adventures from sight seeing to local folklore for anyone clever enough to find them. A local cult, practitioners of Sanctus Letum, the Holy Death, disrupts the American’s plans for adventure when they hide pages from the Dark Book, Shaitan, in one of the travel guides. The friends are lead down a path of secret religion, death, resurrection, and demonology.

 

TITLE: FLEE Graphic Novel
DIAMOND CODE: NOV12 0857
ISBN: 978-1-927424-74-2
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Science Fiction
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=489
DESCRIPTION: Rigby Pinkerton was your average bug exterminator stuck in a dead end job and living with his plastic surgery addicted mom. 
When suddenly two warring alien races crash land in his backyard and a new sexy neighbor moves in next door, Rigby has no other choice but to step up and be the hero he never knew he was. With the help of a lone alien warrior and his wisecracking robot, Rigby will be the only one to save three worlds from galactic doom… whether he knows it or not. Get ready for an Alien invasion unlike anything you’ve expected. Prepare to FLEE.

 

TITLE: Spirit Window Graphic Novel
DIAMOND CODE: NOV12 0858
ISBN: 978-1-927424-75-9
PRICE: $9.95
GENRE: Mystery / Horror
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=491
YOUTUBE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQX4PrjSSZk
DESCRIPTION: In post-Katrina New Orleans, everything seems to be getting back on track. For former Detective Jake Rubio, the tragedy brought a new career as a shoe shiner on Bourbon Street and a prosthetic hand, replacing the limb lost in the anarchy of Katrina. One thing that hasn’t changed are Jake’s memories of an unsolved murder. When a larger mystery surfaces tied to the death of a local fortune teller, Jake will need the help of an age old inter-dimensional hitman service well known to locals, the Spirit Window. Who better to track down the person responsible than the spirit of the victim herself?

 

TITLE: The Family
DIAMOND CODE: DEC12 0815
ISBN: 978-1-927424-56-8
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Crime / Action
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=485

DESCRIPTION: Seven years after leaving behind a sterling career as a hit man, a cold-blooded killer loses everything.  Now, his thirst for revenge will take him on a path through everyone he’s ever worked with. He will find who’s responsible. Whether or not he survives remains to be seen.