Arcana April 2010 Newsletter

A Cat Named Haiku Selected For TogetheRead Program!

Arcana is proud to announce that “A Cat Named Haiku” has been selected by Teachersand for next year’s TogetheRead program for Poetry Month (April ’11).

“A Cat Named Haiku” written by Mark Poulton and illustrated by Dexter Weeks, tells the story of the day in the liffe of a mischevious little cat, as he learns a valuable lesson on love told completely in haiku. After disobeying his owner, Haiku discovers at the end of the day even if someone is mad at you it doesn’t mean they still don’t love you. From climbing the curtains to trying to eat the pet goldfish, all of Haiku’s antics are chronicled in the three line poetry of his namesake in this 40 page children’s book intended for ages 6 and up.

The TogetheRead Program helps build better readers by encouraging fun. Teachers know that effective readers think about certain things before, during, and after reading. They’ve interwoven these strategies into the TogetheRead questions and activities so you will be building good reading skills as you talk and have fun together. To learn more about the program, please visit:

El Arsenal TPB

Simon Masiosare is the best mercenary in the business and he has recently accepted a mission to steal cockroaches, for inside these simple bugs a powerful biological weapon is kept. However, Simon quickly realizes that his timing couldn’t be worse. Collecting El Arsenal #1-3 as well as mucho suplemento.

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In Previews

In Previews, for items shipping in June, Arcana has 5 new tradepaperbacks to add to your collection. Included are El Arsenal: Unkown Enemy TP (APR10 0725), Ezra: Evoked Emotions TP (APR10 0726), Ezra: The Egytpian Exchange TP (APR10 0727), Kade: Red Sun TP (APR10 0728), and Kade: Rising Sun TP (APR10 0729).

Shipping This Month

This April Arcana brings you the conclusion to Anywhere with Anywhere #5 (JAN10 0718) and #6 (FEB10 0660), the Fafnir the Dragon GN (FEB10 0661), and the Gauze TP (FEB10 0662)

El Arsenal Interview

This month, we’re including an excerpt from the next issue of the Arcana Magazine, where Erik Hendrix sits down with the creators of El Arsenal: Unknown Enemy, Salvador (Mudo) Vazquez and Ferran Daniel.

EH: Thanks guys for taking the opportunity to chat with us about the book. From the first page, I was bombarded with action, Ramones lyrics, and a main character more interested in chugging beer than getting his job done. What can you tell me about the world we’re checking out in the pages of Unknkown Enemy?

MV: It is a nasty world, the time has come, some (stuff) has happened that a few would call it post apocalyptic, but still the people go on and on. The world is on fire as it is right now, but worse. People just need to survive, everyone in power hates his counterpart, others want their land, their supplies. And with this, the mercs found a goldmine to exploit. Ther mercs involved in Unknown Enemy are chasing what is believed to be the ultimate weapon, some kind of biological lethal virus contained in three cockroaches. By the way, before the world went to the toilet, those biological weapons got banished, that’s why, when some crazy scientist figured out how to bring them back, every one in power wants those filthy critters for their arsenal.

That is for Unknown Enemy, but El Arsenal is about mercs and their misadventures trying to work in this (screwed) up world, playing as weapons to get enemies that aren’t theirs. Just because everyone in power in this world has access to any weapon, they have to rely on who can use it best. The Mercs.

EH: Where did this idea come from originally?

MV: Well, it’s been a while. But it originated in a bar, where a friend of mine asked me to do a story for a short film that never got made. The challenge was to make it with “innagadda da vida” from Iron Butterfly, you know, that 20 minute version. It was planned to be silent, just with the music in the background. I played the song over and over and just got images of semi futuristic bandoleros facing each other in a desert town, Real de Catorce (it’s a famed mine town in the sierra of Mexico, 5 hours from Monterrey, my hometown). I started to write the screenplay, but as I said, it never got made. Couple of years later (circa ’99) I decided to make it a comic book with Ferran Daniel. The concept got expanded and over the years (5 before it got published with Arcana) it was made a couple times over and over. Lots of workshops, concept art, and ideas of stories beyond the original one were made. It became a faithful companion over the years.

To read the full interview, check out Arcana Magazine #2 on sale in May!

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