Arcana Newsletter October 2009

Arcana Invites You To Witness The Coming of Black Jesus!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that the Black Jesus trailer is now online at

Black Jesus (AUG09 0633), created by Jimmy Blondell and David Krintzman, asks the question what happens when someone is born different? Are they accepted? And if they are accepted, what are they accepted as? Chris is born with special gifts and every individual has their own beliefs. Is Chris a Mutant or a Messiah?

To coincide with the release of the book, Jimmy Blondell has created a trailer which he says, “… is a mash up of the Graphic Novel and the screenplay. I infused illustrations and iconography from the comic-book and then I added some rough cut footage from the screenplay. The music element I chose really added a dark edge that helped reflect the stories tone.”

The trailer can be viewed online at Arcana’s official website.

The Gwaii Wins The Gold Medal At Moonbeam Awards


Arcana is pleased to announce The Gwaii has one the Gold Medal at the 3rd Annual Moonbeam Awards for Best Comic/Graphic Novel! Written by Sean O’Reilly and Grant Chastain and illustrated by the Geat LP, The Gwaii tells the tale of Tanu, a small Gwaii, who searches the Canadian wilderness for his injured mother. With his newfound friend Jaadaa at his side, they must face the most fearsom mythological creatures ever whispered about in the wild wilderness if they are to find their family and their way back home.

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacry and life-long reading.

The Moonbeam Awards ceremony will be held on October 10th as part of West Virginia’s Book Festival in Charleston, WV.

Velvet Rope One-shot


Admit one to a new collection of horrifying tales! Grab your popcorn and candy, as Velvet, the beautiful usher from beyond the grave introduces Arcana’s brand of spine tingling horror in this annual anthology which includes deadly glimpses of upcoming Arcana titles like Daddy’s Little Girl, as well as an all-new Eve: Vampire Diva short. Featuring stories from some of the top up and coming creators around like Mark Poulton, Bruce A Brown, and Frank LaPerch, Velvet Rope is sure to make a killing at the box office!

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In Previews


This month in Previews, for items shipping in December, Arcana will be publishing the Anywhere #2 (of 6) (OCT09 0686), Coin Operated Boy GN (OCT09 0687), Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom GN (OCT09 0688), and Don Bluth’s Space Ace #6 (of 6) (OCT09 0689).

Shipping This Month


Coming up this month Arcana has a bag full of treats for this coming Halloween with the release of the Black Jesus GN (AUG09 0633), Champion One-shot (AUG09 0634), and Don Bluth’s Space Ace #4 (of 6) (AUG09 0635). Don’t get tricked this Halloween. Make sure to reserve your copies with your local comic shops today!

Interview with David Greenblatt


This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews David Greenblatt, writer of the new Arcana GN Ultima Thula.

MP: David, for those unfamiliar with Ultima Thula, how would you pitch it to them?

DG: When an ashamed former war hero’s daughter is abducted by aliens and transported to their hostile planet, he goes on a mission to rescue the one person in his life that is his reason for living.

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

DG: We both agreed that the most important part of our lives is our families. If anything were to happen to them it would devastate us. We wanted to channel that pure, raw emotion into a story that resonates with the importance of sacrificing all for loved ones.

MP: Prior to working on the graphic novel, were you a fan of comic books? If so, were there any that inspired you while working on the project?

DG: Always loved Superman, The Flash and the Fantastic Four. What inspired us was all things Spielberg and Lucas.

MP: When looking for a publisher, what made you choose Arcana?

DG: Arcana was recommended very highly by other people in the comic book/graphic novel world. Arcana completely got what we are trying to do. This is important for us as we want to do this for the long term. To have creative and business backing like Arcana provides will allow this.

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

DG: We wanted to make something that we were both proud of. It had to please us first and foremost. There are many personal elements that we imbued into the creation. Hopefully what touched us about these characters and their journeys will touch others as well.

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