Arcana Newsletter February 2011

Graphicly To Carry Arcana Studio Titles!

Arcana Studio, Inc., a transmedia entertainment company that has over 100 graphic novels it publishes, produces, and licenses for all forms of media, is proud to announce their titles will now be available on Graphicly. The list of titles includes:

A Cat Named Haiku – Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Haiku is also a little cat who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. “A Cat Named Haiku” tells the story of the day in the life of a mischievous little cat. Was selected by Teachersandparents.com for their “TogetheRead Program,” which helps build better readers by encouraging fun!

American Wasteland – Truck Driver Cletus McCoy only wants one thing: to get back home and save his Mama from a fate worse than death. But, in a world crumbling into a vampire apocalypse, which is easier said than done. Cletus will have to truck his way through an emerging nation of bloodthirsty monsters hell-bent on making him supper.

Olive Peril – When the CEO of the largest soap manufacturer in the United States dies, her only daughter, Olive, is left with quite the dilemma: she can marry her mother’s Evil Corporate Lawyer, or she can put her fate in the hands of a ghostly child who claims to know a way out of Earth.

The Hope Virus – Herbert is a social outcast at school and deals with his gloomy boredom through his website www.thehopevirus.com. After struggling with fitting in at school and his unusual case of insomnia, Herbert falls into a deep coma. He awakens to realize that his blogs have become some of the most quoted and influential scriptures of history.

Velvet Rope – Admit one to a new collection of horrifying tales! Grab your popcorn and candy, as Velvet, the beautiful usher from beyond the grave threads the projector for Arcana’s brand of spine tingling horror in this anthology which includes deadly glimpses of upcoming Arcana titles.

These titles are just the first in a series of titles being released digitally from Graphicly for Arcana, who are on pace to publish 80 original graphic novels from January 2010 through June 2011. Although still a young company, some of these projects have been developed for numerous mediums including movies and animation.

Arcana’s Vice President of Operations and creator of 2 of the first Arcana offerings from Graphicly, Mark Poulton, (A Cat Named Haiku and Velvet Rope) said, “It’s exciting going into this venture with Graphicly, who not only provide great content, but offer an enthusiastic community to share our love of comics with. I look forward to interacting with our fanbase via Graphicly.”

“We’re extremely excited to be working with Arcana Studio and providing their graphic novels on Graphicly,” said Micah Baldwin, CEO of Graphicly, “Their library is filled with great graphic novels that I know the Graphicly community will enjoy.” These titles from Arcana can be read on Grpahicly by going to http://www.graphicly.com and downloading one of the many apps available for the desktop, the iPhone and iPad. Or all of Arcana’s available titles can be viewed on the web at http://chrome.graphicly.com/arcana

About Graphicly:
Graphicly is a cutting-edge entertainment digital content delivery system and community platform, providing an immersive social experience and marketplace around digital comics and associated entertainment.

About Arcana Studio:
Arcana Studio Inc. remains an independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Arcana Studio is developing Gearhead with producer Gale Anne Hurd (“The Terminator”, “The Walking Dead”) and producing The Clockwork Girl with Deboragh Gabler (“A Dangerous Man”). Also in development is Raise Kane with Hans Rodionoff (“Lost Boys: The Tribe”), Gauze with Scott Milam (“Mother’s Day”), and Trout with Ben Magid (“Hack/Slash”).

Mom’s Choice Awards Honors Arcana!

Arcana is pleased to announce the Mom’s Choice Awards have honored The Clockwork Girl and The Gwaii in this year’s awards!

The Mom’s Choice Awards is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. This annual competition recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents, and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services.

This year The Clockwork Girl was awarded the Gold in Juvenile Level 2 Books, while the Gwaii was awarded the Gold in Juvenile Level 1 Books.

For more information on the Mom’s Choice Awards, please visit their website at: www.momschoiceawards.com

InStockTrades Book of the Month: Shadowflame

When Officer Tom Wyatt’s wife, Janice, was murdered he tried to find solace in his own grief and despair. He attempted to end his own life. Instead he found himself transported to a ship orbiting the Earth. The aliens aboard explained that he could not kill himself for he was the last of a chosen line. A family line which possessed the perfect genetic Imprint to receive the ‘gift of power’ and become a third holy man of lsht. So after hearing the story of Isht and his family, Tom agreed to take the power. In a painful ceremony he was endowed with powers that set him apart from other men. He was now a superman, capable of vast feats of strength, flight, telekinetic force bolts and all the rewards of being a holy man. This gave him not only great powers, but a reason to live.

If you buy the book now at InStockTrades you will receive a bookplate signed by Shadowflame creator, Joe Martino!
Buy the book now: http://www.instocktrades.com/search/shadowflame

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping April, Arcana will be publishing Canadian Legion GN (FEB11 0725), Demonslayer TP (FEB11 0726), Jack and the Zombie Box GN (FEB11 0727), Mercy Sparx TP (FEB11 0728), and Misplaced TP (FEB11 0729).

Shipping This Month

This February Arcana has the Valentine’s gifts every comic lover wants with the release of Continuum GN (DEC10 0729), Harry Walton Henchman for Hire GN (DEC10 0730), Harbor Moon GN (DEC10 0731), Kore TP (DEC10 0732), and Warstone GN (DEC10 0733).

Interview with Alexa Vega

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews actress, Alexa Vega, voice of Tesla in the upcoming The Clockwork Girl animated movie.

MP: For those that don’t know you are voicing Tesla in the upcoming The Clockwork Girl animated film. What drew you to the character?

AV: While I was at Comic Con a few years ago I remember passing the graphic novel and doing a double take. I went back…. Picked it up and read the whole thing right there. I walked over to Sean O’reilly and said ” I am going to play this girl.” He thought I was CRAZY. I looked like some psycho fan who wanted to become Tesla. But who wouldn’t. Tesla is so unique and …..well, new. She is seeing the world with fresh eyes. Everyday for Tesla is a discovery to something new.

MP: Do you approach voice acting in an animated film any differently than acting in a live action film?

AV: I had never done an animated film before. I had no idea what to expect. But with Tesla, I wanted to make sure that we didn’t get to animated with her voice. She is still discovering so I wanted her voice to have a sense of wonder to it. But I also wanted her to sound like a real girl. None of that cheesy movie mumbo jumbo. That works for other characters… but not Tesla. I think with the help of the director Kevin Hanna we were able to together find the right tone and excitement for Tesla’s voice.

MP: Can you tell us how the film will differ if any from the graphic novel?

AV: The graphic novel can only go so far as to telling you the whole story. I feel like we are introduced to the children but aren’t truly able to see their capabilities until the film. Both Huxley and Tesla are amazing creations. Each built for a unique purpose. They have skills beyond belief. It’s fun to see that come to life in the film.

MP: One of your most popular roles is as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films. The fourth installment of the franchise is currently in the works. Can you tell fans what they can expect from it and when they can hope to find it in theaters?

AV: There are a lot more gadgets… New Kids… and some wonderful new additions like Joel Mccale, Jessica Alba and the amazing Jeremy Piven. It is nice to come back and be a part of something that was such huge part of my life growing up. I think in my heart I will always have a spy kid in there.

MP: Before we go, what other upcoming projects are you excited about?

AV: I have a movie that I did a cameo in for Darren Bousman called Mother’s Day. I get to play a character that I have never played before and lets just say… I am not that nice (laughs). I also have a film called “from Prada to Nada” which releases in theaters on Jan 28th. So be sure to check that out.

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