Arcana Newsletter May 2011

June 5th, 2011

Arcana Teams With Impulse Creations!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that they are a premiere publisher with Impulse Creations.

Impulse Creations, one of the best online comic book stores, offer guaranteed low prices on back issue comics from Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and all other publishers along with low shipping costs.

Arcana will work closely with Impulse Creations to ensure that they have the latest news and product availablity so that they can provide fans of their publications with exactly what they’re looking for. Whatever you’re looking for, if its available at all, Impulse Creations will either have it or can it get it for you quickly. In addition, Arcana will provide the store with exclusive interviews and previews of their products.

Up first is an interview with Arcana owner and EIC, Sean O’Reilly, and Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton. They discuss their popular Kade series, their success in the indie market, and the projects (comic and film) currently under wraps.

To read the interview and check out great deals on Arcana titles, please visit:

http://www.impulsecreations.net

Book of the Month: Harry Walton: Henchman For Hire GN

Harry Walton, a disenfranchised ex-super-hero sidekick, finds himself having to work with every B-List schmuck in town to work up the ranks of the “Henchman’s Union” towards his ultimate goal: Super-Villain status. Smarter than most of the bosses he works for, Harry is stuck as a second banana once again. But when an opportunity to take revenge against his old Super-Hero partner arises, “Henchman for Hire” Harry Walton takes an initiative and launches a plan that catches the eyes of Super-Villains everywhere!

Buy the book now: http://www.arcanacomics.com/store/

In Previews


This month in Previews, for items shipping in May, Arcana will be publishing Blam GN (MAY11 0814), Killing Machine GN (MAY11 0815), Kord & Harley GN (MAY11 0816), and Mwumba GN (MAY11 0817).

Shipping This Month


This May Arcana is offering Breakdown TP (MAR11 0850), Defex TP (MAR11 0851), Dead Cell GN (MAR11 0852), Frozen Wasteland GN (MAR11 0853), Last Ninja GN (MAR11 0854), and League of Super Evil GN (MAR11 0855).

Interview with John Barker

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews writer John Barker about his upcoming Arcana graphic novel, Dead Cell, as well as his past career as a professional wrestler.

MP: John, what can you tell readers about Dead Cell?

JB: On the outside The Dead Cell is a story about a mental hospital where they do experiments on homeless patients with mental disease. Basically they introduce variables that allow them to explore the various diseases they encounter. The book also tells of Dr. Monica McCoy and her journey through these experiments and how they effect her mentally, then of course we throw a little of the supernatural, some twists and turns and we end up with and exploration into shadow self psychology and the philosophy of Merkabah. Depending on your understanding of people and psychology you could be reading several different stories with several completely different meanings. The book is also filled with some crazy twists and I think the ending will really drive the book home for fans.

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

JB: Originally I was going to set it up as an anthology exploring aspects of my own battle with depression, and as the concept evolved and grew it became more centered and I was really able to delve into deeper the human psyche and what really makes people with various forms of mental disease tick.

MP: Were you a big comic book fan growing up? If so, what were some of your favorite comics?

JB: I actually have been collecting comics since I was given my first two comics at age 5. Growing up of course my favorite books were the normal favorites of kids like Batman and Superman. I had kind of given up on comic books around 14 ish when I stumbled upon The Sandman, which led me into other mature reader titles like Swamp Thing and Preacher. As far as superhero comics go I’m still a huge fan of Batman, Green Lantern and Punisher, and am really into The Unwritten and Sweet Tooth.

MP: Now Arcana fans might not know this, but I know prior to getting into the comic industry you were a professional wrestler wrestling the indie circuit. First, what was your wrestling name and second, what were some of your favorite memories of wrestling?

JB: Over the course of my career I had several names before getting out. I have a lot of crazy memories and was fortunate enough to meet a lot of people I used to idolize. I had a lot of great memories from wresting in the ECW arena and other countries to the countless hours I spent jammed into cars with my friends traveling all over the country.

MP: Do you see any parallels between the comic industry and wrestling industry?

JB: Not so far. The comic industry is much less dirty. So far everyone I’ve dealt with has been straight forward, as we are all trying to be as good as we possibly can be. Wrestling is much much shiftier.

MP: Before we go, would you like to tell the fans anything else?

JB: I’d like to ask you all to check out Scott DM Simmons. He’s done a lot of really cool stuff from drawing things for Lucas to inking the Hack/Slash – Halloween Man crossover in the vol 8 TBP, and he was an immeasurable help in teaching me some of the basic aspects on script writing and structuring sequential stories. He has a self published project called Knight of POWER and a lot of other things coming out. Also definitely stay tuned for my future projects. I have several scripts already complete that I’m really happy with. Keep up to date at www.halo-seven.com.

Arcana Newsletter April 2011

April 16th, 2011

Arcana Offers Over 80 Graphic Novels Through WOWIO!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that they are currently offering over 80 different graphic novels through WOWIO.

WOWIO, an Alliance Acquisitions, Inc. company, is a unique eBook marketplace that stands apart from the crowd by offering significant advantages to readers, authors, publishers and advertisers.

With WOWIO, once you purchase an eBook, it’s yours. They will never reach into your device and delete it or stop allowing you to use it. No device limits. Also, if you lose your downloaded eBooks to a crash, you can re-download any purchased eBook from your library.
Arcana is currently offering 86 different graphic novels and books including Zedura Magazine and a Special Edition offering of the Clockwork Girl that comes with the animated motion picture trailer! Each month WOWIO will offer even more Arcana projects as they are released.

Preview the first 5 to 10 pages of any Arcana book for free or buy it for as low as 99 cents with graphic novels costing on average $4.95!

http://www.wowio.com/arcana

Snow Angel Arrives This Month!

Kurtis J. Wiebe, writer of Image Comics’ instant sell out hits Green Wake and Intrepids, brings you Snow Angel, a crime noir graphic novel from Arcana Comics.

SNOW ANGEL GN
(W) Kurtis Wiebe, (A/C) Tyler Jenkins From Arcana Studio. On a rain-soaked night in the heart of Bogota, a young girl witnesses a brutal murder by the hand of her father. This was no accident as her father wanted her to see. Snow Angel tells the story of Angela, a little girl growing up in the long shadow of her criminal father, Cesar. What would a child do to win the respect of the most brutal enforcer in the Cali cartel?

InStockTrades Book of the Month: Penance

When a news crew videotapes a battle, a masked superhero is arrested for the murder of a costumed super-villain. When police officer LJ McCloud is assigned to the open-and-shut case, she quickly finds her life spiraling out of control as she tries to weather the media hurricane that is surrounding the situation. And the deeper that the officer digs into the case, the more she realizes that they may be condemning an innocent man?

When ordered from InStockTrades, you will receive a signed bookplate from creator Sean Wise!

Buy the book now: http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Arcana-Studio/PENANCE-TP/JUL100758

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping June, Arcana will be publishing Kagagi The Rave GN (APR11 0773), Pistolfist GN (APR11 0774), Ralph Filmore GN (APR11 0775), Spy School GN (APR11 0776), and Woody & The Noble GN (APR11 0777).

Shipping This Month

This April Arcana is filling your Easter basket with Canadian Legion GN (FEB11 0725), Demonslayer TP (FEB11 0726), Jack and the Zombie Box GN (FEB11 0727), Mercy Sparx TP (FEB11 0728), Misplaced TP (FEB11 0729), and Snow Angel GN (SEP10 8039).

Interview with Ben Magid

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Hollywood screenwriter, Ben Magid, on his upcoming Arcana GN, Trout.

MP: Ben, you are making your comics’ debut with the original graphic novel, Trout. What can you tell us about the project?

BM: Trout actually started out as a screenplay I was working on, but never quite finished. I wanted to tell a new type of monster movie about this great big world beneath the world we know that is inhabited by monsters, while at the center of it all, have a small, personal story that is really of coming of age tale. The story focuses on a scientist for the government who created a virus with the power to turn man into monster, and monster into man. Attacked, he hides the serum by injecting it into his son, Trout. Now everybody is after this 9 year old boy, and the story focuses around him, and the disgraced monster sent to protect him. There are some big action scenes and world creation, but at its heart, it is a personal story about these two characters as they form a bond as they try to stay alive, learning about who they are during the process. While the story would make a great movie, it just screamed to be a comic book, because it is so visual.

MP: Even though this is your first comic, you are no stranger to the world of comics. You wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Hack/Slash feature film from Rogue Pictures. How familiar were you with the comic before getting the job?

BM: I had heard of Hack/Slash but had never actually read any of the issues before being approached with adapting it. But after reading it, I was hooked. More than anything, I was jealous. It was such a great, simple concept that creator Tim Seeley came up with and I wished I had thought of it. I get sent a lot of adaptations from books to comics to video games, and the vast majority are fairly unoriginal. But Seeley’s Hack/Slash had a great concept, great characters and such a distinct voice that I had to be part of it. The comic fit with exactly what I try to do when I write, which is to play of familiar conventions and story lines in a totally unique and arresting way.

MP: What are the differences for writing comics compared to screenplays?

BM: The difference between writing screenplays and comics aren’t all that different. Outside of the different formatting, each are a visual way of storytelling, and each come down to creating a compelling story and characters. The way I work is I write a treatment, or a short story, and then after that is fine tuned, I begin writing the screenplay. The same principal applies to comics, so it is a great way to begin and really focus on characters and plot. One big difference I’ve noticed is that most comics, especially graphic novels, have a first act and a third act, with little to no second act. Scripts are the opposite. Half of the entire movie is second act, which makes it difficult in adapting comics to film. One definite advantage to writing comics is creating the panels and what is going to be seen on each page. While screenplays are written visually to a degree, the shots and framing are all done by the director. With comics, the opposite is true, which is often times creatively liberating, but daunting as well.

With film today, it is incredibly hard to get an original story told that isn’t based on some underlying property. Many people think the new great writing is happening in TV, but I think it’s really with comic books. Because superheroes are mostly encapsulated by DC and Marvel, it has opened up the world to new original stories. Comics like DMZ, Y: The Last Man and Chew are so original and so not comic books, that a whole new audience has been exposed up to the possibilities that can be achieved in the format. That is pretty exciting.

MP: What advice do you have for aspiring writers looking to break into either industry?

BM: Write. A lot. Learn your craft and come up with great ideas. Film is incredibly hard to break into nowadays, but it is possible with a great script. On the comics side, there are so many new avenues, from indecent publishes, to software, to apps like Comixology, that it just takes a great story, some luck and ingenuity to get your work out there. If the story is good, whether film or comic, people will find it.

MP: Before we go, are there any other projects of yours you would like to tell us about?

BM: I am currently developing a new comic book that I’m incredibly excited about. It takes the tried and true revenge story model, but turns it on its head in a way in which you’ve never seen before, in a world you have never seen before. It definitely pushes the boundaries on what the genre can be, which in the end, is what comic books, movies and all stories should be. Or it will suck. We will just have to wait and see.

Arcana Newsletter March 2011

March 12th, 2011

MyDigitalComics Now Carries Arcana 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 MyDigitalComics, a member of the Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) family. The list of titles includes:

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.

Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave – KONI WAVES introduces private detective Koni Kanawai, an ex-cop in Honolulu, Hawaii who worked her way through college as a dancer at the Apanapana Ballroom. When a drinking problem gets her booted from the force, Koni starts her own detective agency. With the aid of Pete – her surf buddy, Krystal – a colleague from her dancing days, and Huko – the owner of her favorite watering hole, Koni encounters a series of supernatural events that leads her to discover a dark side of her island not seen in the usual tourist spots.

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 MyDigitalComics 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 MyDigitalComics, Mark Poulton, (Koni Waves and Velvet Rope) said, “It’s exciting working with MyDigitalComics, who have been a major player in the online market of comic book retailers through their other companies DCBS and InStockTrades.”

“MyDigitalComics is excited to work with Arcana Studio and its broad range of original graphic novels which offer exceptional writing and beautiful art styles,” said Cameron Merkler, co-founder of DCBS, InStockTrades, and MyDigitalComics.

About MyDigitalComics

MyDigitalComics was founded in 2009, and is a member of the Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) family of comics retail stores which also includes InStockTrades. DCBS has been a long-time supporter of not just comics, but the comics community. They have been the sponsor of several major comics podcasts and are chief sponsor of the Summit City Comic Con, a creator-centered convention held annually in Fort Wayne, Indiana. DCBS was founded in 1999 and has been a major player in the online comics market place since that time. DCBS has a brick and mortar comic shop located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

MyDigitalComics offers digital comic books in PDF, CBZ and page-flip formats from 44 publishers including Arcana Studio, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, and Top Cow.

Discount Comic Book Service—www.dcbservice.com

InStockTrades—www.instocktrades.com

MyDigitalComics—www.mydigitalcomics.com

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”).

InStockTrades Book of the Month: Velvet Rope TPB

This book will include a free book plate signed by the creators! The book plate may ship separately from the book. 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 anthology. Featuring stories from Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, Dexter Weeks, and many more. Velvet Rope is sure to make a killing at the box office. 40% off cover price!

Buy the book now: http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Arcana-Studio/VELVET-ROPE-TP/AUG100758

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in May, Arcana will be publishing Breakdown TP (MAR11 0850), Defex TP (MAR11 0851), Dead Cell GN (MAR11 0852), Frozen Wasteland GN (MAR11 0853), Last Ninja GN (MAR11 0854), League of Super Evil GN (MAR11 0855).

Shipping This Month

This March Arcana roars in like a lion with the release of All Fall Down GN (JAN11 0932), Every Waking Moment GN (JAN11 0933), and Kade Prodigal Sun GN (JAN11 0934).

Interview with Kevin Sorbo

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews television and motion picture star, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda), who plays Detective Sean Nault in the live action adaptation of Arcana’s Paradox!

MP: Kevin, you play Detective Sean Nault in the motion picture adaptation of the Arcana graphic novel Paradox. What drew you to the role?

KS: It was just a fun role to play. The mixture of action/comedy/sy fy and drama made it an easy role to want to dive into. Mix in the fact the script was well written and Brenton Spencer was directing, there was no need to say no.

MP: What can you tell fans about the movie and do you think it measures up to its comic book counterpart?

KS: The comic book world will be pleased. There is always going to be critics of no matter what you do when you take a book or comic book and make a movie. Depending on the cost of the movie, there is so much you can do to make it bigger and better. I just feel we did it justice and fans hopefully will be pleased.

MP: Your two most notable roles have come from television as Hercules and Captain Dylan Hunt on Andromeda. Do you prefer television over film?

KS: Right now I am ready to dive back into a series mainly because I want to stay in one place. I have 3 small children and it gets tough to take off all the time and not be there for them. Movies tend to take you on the road. The hours can be tough on hour TV shows, but I like to stay busy!

MP: Besides Hercules and Andromeda, you’ve also played other notable characters in the sci-fi/comic community such as Kull the Conqueror and even voiced Ka-Zar on the Super Hero Squad Show! Is this a genre you are a fan of? And did you grow up reading comics?

KS: I read everything as a kid. Studied Greek Mythology heavily in junior high. So to get Hercules many years later was a blast for me. I love the fantasy world and sy fy world. Much better to escape reality than to suffer through the crap of reality TV!! Trust me, us actors hate reality TV. It is a joke.

MP: An interesting piece of trivia about your career is you were the runner up to Dean Cain for the part of Superman in Lois & Clark. What type of Superman do you think you would have made?

KS: I would have been a great Clark Kent. Dean made a much better Superman!!

MP: Finally, what other projects can fans look forward to seeing you in later this year?

KS: I have a number of movies coming out this year. Hopefully Paradox will be out soon. I have another sci fi film called Flesh Wounds. A big Sony Studios movie called Soul Surfer out April 8th. Then What If comes out on DVD March 1st. That movie is up for Movie of the Year and I got a Best Actor nod from the upcoming Movie Guide Awards show where I am also the host! Give Me One Reason, The Coffin, and Poolboy: Drowning Out The Fury will be theatrical releases as well. Oh yeah, one more. Julia X in 3D where I play a serial killer.

Arcana Newsletter February 2011

February 9th, 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.

Arcana Newsletter January 2011

January 13th, 2011

Pixies and Clockwork Girl Sign With HarperCollins!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce Pixies and Clockwork Girl have signed with HarperCollins Publishers.

Pixies tells the tale of Joe Beck, who since a young age has been plagued by bad luck. After losing the love of his life, he realizes that karma, and a tribe of Pixies, have been responsible for all of his unfortunate accidents. He now needs to figure out how to get his girl back, cooperate with the ever mischevious Pixies and undue a bad deed he did long ago.

Clockwork Girl tells the tale of a nameless robot girl who has recently been given the gift of life from her creator. While she explores the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families. An animated film based on the graphic novel is currently in post production.

Arcana is an innovative leader in developing content in various mediums. Working in websites, comics and graphic novels, video games, short-form animation and live action shorts, toys and merchandise, as well as feature length films, Arcana focusses on a transmedia approach to the scaffolding process of developing brands and intellectual properties.

HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. Headquartered in New York, the company is a subsidiary of News Corporation. They are a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, and mystery, romance, reference, religious, and spiritual books. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement, HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand, and generate additional business opportunities.

http://www.arcanacomics.com

Captain Action Teams With Kade and Koni Waves in Devil’s Sun!

Captain Action, the original super hero action figure from the 60s, is teaming up with Arcana’s flagship characters Kade and Koni Waves for the 4 issue limited series, Devil’s Sun, later this year.

Devil’s Sun, written by Mark Poulton (Koni Waves, Image’s Brigade) and illustrated by Mike McMahon, finds Kade and Koni teaming with Captain Action to stop the ascension of Satan’s son. Along the way, they will encounter some of the top indie characters around including Hack/Slash, Jack Staff, The Living Corpse, Pinocchio Vampire Slayer, and many more.

What makes this team-up even more monumental is the series will introduce the new Lady Action… Koni Waves?! That’s right, Honolulu’s own supernatural private detective will don the costume of sexy superspy, Lady Action! To promote the event Koni will be appearing in person at the Summer conventions dressed as Lady Action. In addition, a special preview edition will be available at San Diego Comic Con and other Summer conventions.

Look for Devil’s Sun later this year, featuring variant retro covers by Stephen Sistilli (Koni Waves).

Captain Action is part of Captain Action Enterprises, an LLC retropreneurial company, dedicated to bringing nostalgic brands back for both dedicated fans and new audiences.

InStockTrades Book of the Month

Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave (40% Off Cover Price!)

Koni Waves introduces private detective Koni Kanawai, an ex-cop in Honolulu, Hawaii who worked her way through college as a dancer at the Apanapana Ballroom. When a drinking problem gets her booted from the force, Koni starts up her own detective agency. With the aid of Pete, her surf buddy, Krystal, a colleague from her dancing days, and Huko, the owner of her favorite water hole, Koni encounters a series of supernatural events that leads her to discover a dark side of her island not seen in the usual tourist spots.

This massive 240 page omnibus collects the first two volumes of Koni Waves as well as the Koni Waves/Demonslayer oneshot and the rare Headress of the Undead con exclusive. In addition, this director’s cut includes 28 new pages of story and an all-new ending. Read the first chapter for free at InStockTrades.

Plus exclusive to InStockTrades each order comes with a signed bookplate by series creators Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, and Dexter Weeks. Each bookplate will also come with a free headsketch!

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In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in March, Arcana will be publishing All Fall Down GN (JAN11 0932), Every Waking Moment GN (JAN11 0933), and Kade: Prodigal Sun GN (JAN11 0934).

Shipping This Month

This January Arcana brings in the New Year with 51 Delta GN (NOV10 0709), Curse of the Cortes Stone #1 (NOV10 0710), Frozen Wasteland GN (NOV10 0711), Hexen Hammers GN (NOV10 0712), Hyper Actives GN (NOV10 0713), League of Super Evil GN (NOV10 0714), and the Pixies HC (NOV10 0715).

Interview with Jeff Dyers

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Jeff Dyer, writer of the hot new graphic novel, Every Waking Moment.

MP: Jeff, Every Waking Moment is solicited in this month’s Previews. What is the graphic novel about?

JD: Everyone wants more time. It seems to be, other than death, the great equalizer. People want more time with their families, more time to work, more time to play. So in Every Waking Moment, billionaire visionary Grant Auden has developed a medical procedure, The Wake-Up Call, which eliminates the need for sleep. He thinks people will use their “extra time” to make themselves better people and, thus, make the world a better place. The world’s greatest protectors, The Idealists, volunteer to undergo The Wake-Up Call so they can protect humanity 24/7. Meanwhile, a young reporter named Emma Troy begins to investigate the story and uncovers some startling consequences: without sleep, there are no dreams… and what happens if people don’t dream? As the story reaches its dramatic conclusion, these lost dreams erupt into the waking world, causing chaos and destruction beyond imagining.

MP: Did you ever wish you didn’t need to sleep?

JD: No! I love sleep, but the notion of having more time fascinates me. If you estimate that we sleep 8 hours per night, that’s roughly a third of your entire life. I know sleep is a necessity, but if I had those extra hours (years), think what could be accomplished!

MP: When did you first come up with the idea and how has the process been getting it to print?

JD: Well, I came up with the core idea way back in 1992. So almost 20 years ago! I spent years trying to write Every Waking Moment as a prose novel. I finally finished the novel in 2002, but it wasn’t very good. I’m not a novelist, and I knew the story wasn’t as good as it could have been. But I’ve always loved comics, so the novel became a graphic novel. In 2005, I ran into my high school buddy Steve Ott, an aspiring comic book artitst. We were at our local library for an event. Comic writer/artist Phil Hester was there doing a presentation about comics. Phil, incidentally, would later agree to draw the cover for Every Waking Moment! So anyway, I asked Steve if he wanted to illustrate Every Waking Moment as a graphic novel and thankfully he agreed. So we spent about two years creating the graphic novel. I give huge props to Steve for drawing a 200 page book in its entirety before we ever submitted to a single publisher. We went with Arcana in January 2010, and it’s been an exciting year seeing the pages get colored by Todd Rayner and Lionel Dusklight. I’m very excited to finally hold the finished book in my hands!

MP: Were you a comic book fan growing up? If so, what were some of your favorite comics?

JD: I’ve loved comics my whole life. My favorites are probably not very surprising: Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come. I adore Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Will Eisner’s Spirit, Milton Caniff, Hal Foster. Lee and Kirby’s FF is amazing. My favorite character is Superman. On my 40th birthday this past summer, I got my first tattoo: a Superman shield!

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

JD: I just hope people will give Every Waking Moment a shot. It’s a story I’ve wanted to tell for 20 years. Over the past two decades, I’ve struggled to get the story out there, I’ve never lost sight of the fact that the story is strong. I think it deals with huge concepts and ideas that are at the core of what makes us all human. It’s also a big, fun story with super heroes and great action. If you’re looking for a unique graphic novel, unlike anything else you’ve read, then try Every Waking Moment!

Arcana Newsletter December 2010

December 19th, 2010

Arcana Acquires Hero Happy Hour!

Arcana Comics is proud to announce that they have acquired Hero Happy Hour.

Imagine pulling up a stool to the bar and sipping a frosty pint of your favorite beverage as you listen in on the conversations of the “regulars” that frequent the neighbourhood tavern. But this establishment is unlike any other bar. The Hideout Bar & Grill caters to super heroes of First City. And this watering hole serves as more than just a place to wash away the troubles of serving and protecting society as crime fighting crusaders. For the regular heroes it is “a place where everyone knows your name,” secret identity or not.

“I actually wish I would have thought of it.” – Brian Michael Bendis (writer of Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers, New Avengers).

Created by writer Dan Taylor and artist Chris Fason, Hero Happy Hour was named in Wizard’s Best of 2003 as “Concept We Wish We’d Thought Of.”

“With a concept that’s as ingenious as a two-for-one happy hour and laughs that hit faster than a shot of Wild Turkey to your dome, Hero Happy Hour won’t leave you skunky.” – Wizard Magazine

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View the Paradox Trailer Now!

Homicide detective Sean Nault (Kevin Sorbo), a cop on a parallel Earth whose technology is powered exclusively by magic. Sean investigates a baffling series of murders committed by a means he’s never seen before: science. With the aid of Lenoir, a member of the ridiculed subculture of “pragmatists” who believe science is more than the stuff of myths & children’s stories, and the 130 year old sorcerer Winston Churchill, Sean uncovers an ominous plot that will lead him to another dimension and the realization that, unless he prevents it, both earths could well be destroyed. Based on the graphic novel by Christos Gage!

View the trailer here: http://www.americanworldpictures.com/

Leage of Super Evil (L.O.S.E.)

The hit animated series, League of Super Evil, comes to Arcana in the League of Super Evil Comics Special! Armed with a whole new approach to badness, The League of Super Evil (L.O.S.E.) follows four super villians who have set their sights on nothing less than total neighbourhood domination! These four may think they’re bad to the core, but with no budget, no skills, and not a heck of a lot of brain power, evil is the last thing they really are!

Features two stories: Swimming with Sharks – a battle to keep the neighbourhood kid away from the inflatable pool, and One Zillion – The Great Voltar’s quest to accumulate the most TV channels EVER!

L.O.S.E. can be seen on Cartoon Network and YTV. This book is appropriate for kids, but great for adults too!

Diamond Code: NOV10 0714
ISBN: 9781926914121
64 Pages, Full Color
$7.99

Buy the book now: http://www.arcanacomics.com/store/

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in February Arcana has 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).

Shipping This Month

This December Arcana has the perfect presents for under your tree with Anywhere TP (OCT10 0758), Chaotic Soldiers GN (OCT10 0759), Dead Men Tell No Tales GN Vol. 2 Decimation (OCT10 0760), Opera Manga GN (OCT10 0761), Pixies #1 (OCT10 0762), Scrooge & Santa GN (OCT10 0763), and Unimaginable GN (OCT10 0764).

Interview with Josh Blaylock

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton interviews Josh Blaylock, CEO and founder of Devil’s Due Publishing about Arcana’s acquisition of some of the Devil’s Due library.

MP: Devil’s Due is one of the biggest comic book publishers around. Looking back what are some of your proudest accomplishments?

JB: One of? WE are THE biggest! (note – we use the same statistical analysts as Wizard World convention attendance trackers). Seriously, though, thanks for the compliment. Obviously snagging the G.I. Joe license ten years ago at a time that everyone used to ask “Why on Earth would anyone want something from the EIGHTIES?” was the pinnacle event that put us on the map. Out of other series I’d have to say bringing HACK/SLASH and DRAFTED to the world top the list. Also working with the series’ respective creators – someone as prolific as Tim Seeley since the beginning of both our careers, and Mark Powers, an industry veteran, respectively. There are ton of convention stories I’d love to tell that top the list too, but out of respect for the other parties in those stories, I’ll keep them to myself. :)

Lastly, I’d say, simply, just not working for anyone! I have a deep belief that no one should just blindly become an employee, or in the case of talent, work for hire. It’s okay to do that, but be conscious of it and work to build something you own on the side.

MP: When you decided to work with other publishers how did you come about choosing to work with Arcana?

JB: Sean ran up to me at a comic-con five or six years ago, in that distinct O’Reilly fashion, and offered to buy me a beer so he could ask me some publishing questions. I had no idea who he was and that Ant costume kinda gave me the willies, but Momma always said never pass up a free drink.

We stayed in touch, and a mutual associate mentioned that Arcana was looking to expand its library. By this time I had yanked publishing from our distributor due to matters we’re still looking into, so publishing in the traditional sense was over. Sean agreed to let me keep creative control, and to bring some titles back from the dead, so how could I say no?

As Devil’s Due rebuilds, and comics moves out of its direct market prison into the mainstream world, it’s evolving (I believe with the entire publishing industry) into a company no longer as focused on publishing as we are on creating stories and characters that can be published by multiple parties. Our biggest asset is our ability to create ideas, and then to sell those ideas through stories and products, or sell the ideas outright. Kind of full circle to how the company started.

MP: Now Arcana has acquired select titles from DDP to publish as collected tpbs. They are Kore, Warstone, Mercy Sparx, Misplaced, Defex, Breakdown, and Blade of Kumori. For fans who may be new to Devil’s Due, what can they expect from these titles?

JB: I’d like to continue Mercy Sparx and finish the story we started on Free Comic Book Day a couple of years ago, and would love to do more Kore, but we’re still waiting on a budget from Mr. O.

I’m told you guys are also going to finish the long-hibernating Blade of Kumori story, and am anxiously awaiting writers and artists to approve.

In general we tried to tell high action stories with a good dose of humor, ranging from post modern high fantasy to super hero. Mercy is my baby, and deals with the bureaucracy between Heaven and Hell. There’s a badass exorcist coming into the story, and Mr. Suit is on a tirade in Hell looking for everyone that sold him out so I hope we get to tell it.

I personally created the core concepts behind all of those titles, even the ones that were written by others, and I guess the common theme usually involves being transported from one world to another in some way, and getting caught up in ‘the system.’

MP: Do any of the collections contain any new material?

JB: I hope not! If they do I know nothing about it. :) That’s another thing I’m looking forward to seeing the presentation on.

MP: Can fans expect to see you at the Arcana booth this year at SDCC?

JB: Sure. I’ll probably be there a few times during the week when not at the Devil’s Due booth.

MP: Is there anything else you would like to say to fans before we go?

JB: Just thanks for sticking with us for all these years. It’s been a very rough two years, but we just celebrated our 9th anniversary since the release of our first major title. Thanks to Arcana for helping to continue getting these stories out to the people who love them!

I’d also like to let everyone know to check out www.joshblaylock.com, my personal blog about the business of creativity, with heavy ties to the comic book and pop culture world.

Arcana Newsletter November 2010

November 30th, 2010

The Clockwork Girl – The Comic Book Comes To Life!

Vancouver, British Columbia – Luximation Films Producers, Deboragh Gabler and Sean O’Reilly, are excited to announce their animation production of “The Clockwork Girl” is underway. It is the first of a string of animated films based on graphic novels published by Arcana Studios in 2007.

“The Clockwork Girl” is a coming of age story of Tesla, a robot girl, Huxley, a monster boy, who embark on a journey to save their world from destruction.

Under the creative eye of director Kevin Hanna, “The Clockwork Girl” comes alive with Alexa Vega (“Spy Kids”), as the voice of Tesla, Jesse McCartney (“Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Horton Hears a Who”) as Huxley, Carrie-Anne Moss (“Matrix,” “Chocolate”) as Admiral Wells, Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) as T-Bolt and Jeffrey Tambour (Arrested Development) as Wilhelm. Their adventure will surely give audiences a trip of a lifetime.

Luximation Films Inc. was created by uniting two different mediums – Sean O’Reilly’s graphic novel and Deboragh Gabler’s film production – into one creative vision. Together they are excited to embark on a unique journey with “The Clockwork Girl.”

Sean O’Reilly found Arcana Studios and has established great relationships with Diamond Distributors, printers, retailers, readers, creators, William Morris and many production partners. Arcana Comics has over 100 original graphic novels in its library that have reached sales of over 1,000,000 units. Arcana is found in fifteen different countries and translated into seven languages across the globe. Winning the Shuster Award for Top Publisher, the Moonbeam Award for Top Children’s Graphic Novel and BIV’s Top 40 Under 40 Award are just a few of the accolades that Arcana has achieved. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2846368/

Deboragh Gabler founded Legacy Filmworks Ltd. in 1996 to develop quality films for the international marketplace. Since then, the Vancouver-based production company has earned several prestigious awards, including four Emmys, a George F. Peabody award and numerous film festival awards. Other recent releases by Legacy Filmworks include “A Dangerous Man,” starring Steven Segal and “The Legend of the Dancing Ninja,” starring David Hasselhoff and Lucas Grabel.

League of Super Evil Comes To Arcana

The hit animated series, League of Super Evil, comes to Arcana in the League Of Super Evil Comics Special! Armed with a whole new approach to badness, The League of Super Evil (L.O.S.E.) follows four super villians who have set their sights on nothing less than total neighbourhood domination! These four may think they’re bad to the core, but with no budget, no skills, and not a heck of a lot of brain power, evil is the last thing they really are!

Features two stories: Swimming with Sharks – a battle to keep the neighbourhood kid away from the inflatable pool, and One Zillion – The Great Voltar’s quest to accumulate the most TV channels EVER!

L.O.S.E. can be seen on Cartoon Network and YTV. This book is appropriate for kids, but great for adults too!

Diamond Code: NOV10 0714
ISBN: 9781926914121
64 Pages, Full Color
$7.99

Arcana Donates to the Comic Book Connection Initiative

Arcana Studio is proud to participate in the Comic Book Connection Initiative donating thousands of comics to the program with provides books to children ages 4 to 14, as well as our troops overseas.

The Comic Book Connection Initiative is an Ohio-based charity that donates comics to kids at local homeless shelters, food pantries, hospitals, and after-school programs for economically depressed areas.

Started by Fate Spears, a lifelong fan of the comic book medium, it was clear to her that so much enjoyment can be had between the covers of almost any comic book. It is also clear that her hobby can help many children. While it is easy to point out the benefits of literacy with using the comic book as a template, they can also provide sources for inspiration from the heroic deeds detailed in the book.

If you would like to participate in the Comic Book Connection Initiative, please send your comic book donations to:

Comic Book Connection Initiative
c/o Comic Town
1249 Morse Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229

Erik Hendrix Named Arcana Vice President of Promotions

Arcana is pleased to announce the hiring of Erik Hendrix as the Vice President of Promotions. Erik got his start in comics participating int he Small Press Idol competition in 2009. He ran through the guantlet, picking up some of the tricks industry pros use to get themselves out there – not just quality books, but self-promotion, visibility, and tenacity. By the end of the competition, which he won with his book Faction, Erik had several books running through submissions circuit and, by the end of the year, had three books slated for release from Arcan, couple of books read to self publish, and a solid group of industry friends. In 2010, while working on SP! Nexus Magazine as Editor in Chief and as a judge in Small Press Idol 2010, he was approached to help out with and later take on the Editor in Chief role of Zedura Magazine. Several issues later and heading towards and into 2011, Erik has several trades being released by Arcana Comics, the reigns of Zedura, and the drive to do more to help make Arcana a success.

On the position, Erik Hendrix said, “I’m very excited to delve further into the world of Arcana and help the current and next generation of creators get their books out there and seen by the masses. After meeting up with Sean and Mark in person at SDCC this year, I couldn’t imagine a better group to associate myself with. Their drive to succeed, excitement for the industry, and plans for 2011 and beyond tell me I’m hopping in at just the right time!”

Wonderdog, Inc.

Ryan Robertson’s summer plans are put on hold when he discovers he’ll be staying at his grandfather’s farm while his parents travel to Europe. Just as he grows accustomed to life without Internet, he and his grandfather are traveling to Bolivia in search of the Fountain of Youth. On the way he learns the truth about his family and the secrets of… Wonderdog, Inc.

Buy the book now: http://www.arcanacomics.com/store/

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping January, Arcana will be publishing 51 Delta GN (NOV10 0709), Shadowflame: Curse of the Cortes Stone #1 (NOV10 0710), Frozen Wasteland GN (NOV10 0711), Hexen Hammers GN (NOV10 0712), Hyper Actives (NOV10 0713), League of Super Evil GN (NOV10 0714), and Pixies HC (NOV10 0715).

Shipping This Month

This November Arcana has the comics you give thanks for wants with the release of Arcana Team Up TP (SEP10 0770), Olive Peril GN (SEP10 0771), Poe & Phillips GN (SEP10 0772), Shadowflame GN (SEP10 0773), and Stranger Danger GN (SEP10 0775).

Interview with Erik Hendrix

This month, Arcana sits down with the new man behind promotions at Arcana and Zedura Editor-In-Chief, Erik Hendrix.

A: First off, congratulations on the new position. How did you get your start with Arcana?

EH: It all started with a little horror book called the Evil Tree… I was researching publishers to find the right home for some of the projects I was working on. As I was emailing around, I ended up asking Mark Poulton, the VP of Operations, various questions about the publisher and really liked what he had to say, how responsive he was in general, and the direction Arcana was going. I loved the fact that Arcana was actively looking for ideas that were a little different and felt that some of my ideas fit perfectly there… As I discussed things further with Mark and Sean, I came to realize that quite a few of my ideas really belonged with the publisher.

A: How do you find the time for all of your projects?

EH: Time management and basically squeezing every minute out that I can working on one project or another. With some things, I’ve been spending the last two years writing scripts, so it’s just a matter of waiting for artists to catch up to me. With other things, it’s just forcing in the time, sacrificing things in the name of art… mainly sleep. It all comes down to the passion behind the ideas, though… If I have something burning a hole in my head, I have to get it out, or I won’t be doing much sleeping anyway. Sometimes, though, sleep is just what I need to help me come up with new ideas. Bottom line, though, it’s fun, I’m passionate about it, it’s work, and I know the end game – getting the books out there to entertain the masses.

A: What’s the key to good promotion?

EH: Good promotion is basically whatever you need to do to make your book visible to your target audience. There is no one size fits all audience out there, everyone has different tastes, so it’s a matter of finding the people who like what you’re doing and getting your book in front of them so they can pick it up. Conventions, signings at stores, podcasts, online promoting, and lots of other little things.

A: There’s a rumor your starting a “bootcamp” for Arcana creators. What should they expect?

EH: After meeting up with some other great Arcana creators at both San Diego Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Con, I realized that there are a lot of things some of us can learn from each other. The hope with the “bootcamp” idea is to give all of the Arcana creators tools to help find their target audience and cultivate them. It’s not going to be lessons on how to survive with little or no sleep; that’s simple – caffeine and, if you can handle it in copious amounts, sugar.

A: What do you have in store for Arcana fans this upcoming year?

EH: Well, I’m currently working on four projects under the Arcana banner, but knowing me, that could double in the next few months. The four are all OGN’s… The Evil Tree, a horror story of love and loss through the generations and the lengths a group of friends will go to save each other. The Insomniac: Justice Never Sleeps is the story of a detective who can’t sleep. SideShows is a period piece about former SideShow attractions in the 1950′s. Blank Slate is a cat and mouse thriller… I know, I’m not giving many details, but as the books get closer to release, I’ll share more, of course.

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Arcana Newsletter for Halloween 2010

October 28th, 2010

Celebrate Halloween With Arcana

Attention ghouls and boys, Arcana is delivering some spooktacular treats for this year’s Halloween!

From A Cat Named Haiku to Zombie Warriors, Arcana has something for everyone. If horror is your thing, may we suggest American Wasteland? Truck driver Cletus McCoy battles a vampire apocalypse on his way home to rescue his Mama. Or how about the dark, mystery known as Gauze? A dark series of events that revolve around those connected to the mysterious serial killer who wraps his head in
medical gauze. If you like your horror a little lighter, bring home some tiki goodness with Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave! Koni Kanawai, an ex-cop in Honolulu, Hawaii, encounters a series of supernatural events that leads her to discover a dark side of her island not seen in the usual tourist spots. Also, relive the days of classic horror cinema with the beautiful usher from beyond the grave, Velvet Rope! Velvet delivers a series of horror shorts in this new collection that will make a killing at the box office!

For the little ones, how about Howard and the Frozen Kingdom? After visiting his father in Arkham Zanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger! Or if pets are your thing, check out Arcana’s resident litte devil, the mischevious 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 mischevious little cat.

Arcana Named One of BC’s Top Exporters!

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) have selected Arcana Studio one of BC’s Top 25 exporters by the BC Export Awards.

In its 28th year, the BC Export Awards, Canada’s longest-running export award program, honors BC’s Top 25 exporters for leading the charge in bringing BC and Canada’s expertise to world markets. These awards are vital to increasing public awareness of the importance of exporting and global trade to our provincial economy, our collective future and our standard of living.

Arcana’s outstanding contributions to the international markets will be featured in n upcoming issue of 20/20 Magazine, as part of the BC Export Awards Gala taking place November 19th, 2010.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cme-mec.ca/

John Byrne Covers Shadowflame

Shadowflame Industry legend, John Byrne, is lending his artistic talents to the wraparound cover of the new Shadowflame tradepaperback (Diamond Code: SEP10 0773) out this November.

John Byrne rose to fame in the late 70s’ with his lwork with Chris Claremont on the Uncanny X-men. His run would last over 3 years and include the creation of fan favorite character, Kitty Pryde. His 6 year run on the Fantastic Four is considered by many to be a “2nd Golden Age.” In 1986, Byrne helped DC revitalize the Superman franchise with The Man Of Steel series. In the 90s, he launched the popular creator-owned series, John Byrne’s Next Men. He continues to be a presence in the industry with his work on popular licensed properties Angel and Star Trek. Arcana is proud to have him provide the cover for the new Shadowflame collection.

Shadowflame tells the story of officer Tom Wyatt. After his wife, Janice, is 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 orbitting 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 impirint to receive the “gift of power” and become a third holy man of Isht. 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. The tradepaperback collects for the first time all four issues of the series which was originally released in 2007.

For more information, please visit: www.arcana.com or if you want to see more about Shadowflame you can visit his fan page on Facebook: htpp://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Shadowflame/119600607608

Enter the Canadian Legion Contest

Canadian Legion Before Melissa Maple became an Intelligence Specialist for the CSIS, she was a teenage pop star! Ever since gaining the ability to control people with her voice, she has become a serious professional. But what if she decided to wear a costume? What if she had become a superhero before spending ten years with the RCMP?

In the style of classic fashion design contests of years past, Arcana Studio and The Canadian Legion want you to design Melissa’s make believe costume! Lucky winners will receive posters, signed comics, and publication of your artwork in a letter’s page of the Canadian Legion comic! The contest runs from October 1st to December 31st, 2010. Winners will be announced on January 14th, 2011.

For complete contest rules, please visit: http://legionunleashed.blogspot.com/2007/11/melissa-maple.html

Scrooge and Santa GN Scrooge and Santa

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t have as much as me!” These are the first words spoken by Scrooge in “Scrooge and Santa” the innovative new graphic novel coming December 2010 from Arcana Comics.

Written by Matthew Wilson (Cartoon Networks’s “Krypto the Superdog” and Disney Channel’s “Brandy and Mr. Whiskers”) and illustrated by Josh Kenfield (Barenaked Ladies Storyboard Artist), “Scrooge and Santa” is a revisionist take on the classic Christmas Carol tale.

The idea for the book started when writer Matthew Wilson was home with his family watching Christmas movies. He started to wonder what would happen if ideas from “A Christmas Carol,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th St.” and other Christmas classics were all rolled into one package. What would happen if a rich Scrooge had to become poor like George Bailey and could only save himself if he saved Santa Claus? The ultimate Christmas story was born!

It’s never to early to start your Christmas shopping so be sure to order this comedic adventure story for Christmas fans of all ages. In stores December 2010!

Buy the book now: http://www.amazon.com/Scrooge-Santa-Matthew-Wilson/dp/1897548982/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1287024865&sr=8-1

Ghoul of the Month: Philospher Rex

This Halloween we would like to honor, Dr. Ishmael Stone, Philospher, detective, monster-hunter, primes inter pares of a shadowy network of supernatural guardians sworn to shelter the world from the Infernal Orders as our ghoul of the month! Check out the book Aint It Cool News calls, “Part
Doctor Strange, part Ghost Hunters, part Scooby Doo, Philospher Rex is both fun and scary all at once.”

In Previews

In Previews, for items shipping in December, Arcana will be publishing Anywhere TP (OCT10 0758), Chaotic Soldiers GN (OCT10 0759), Dead Men Tell No Tales Vol. 2 GN (OCT10 0760), Opera Manga GN (OCT10 0761), Pixies #1 (OCT10 0762), Scrooge and Santa GN (OCT10 0763), and Unimaginable GN (OCT10 0764).

Shipping This Month

Arcana has the following treats for the month of October: 3 GN (AUG10 0756), Candice Crow GN (AUG10 0757), Velvet Rope TP (AUG10 0758), and Wonderdog Inc GN (AUG10 0759).

Interview with Joe Martino

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton sits down with Shadowflame creator, Joe Martino!

MP: How would you describe Shadowflame for those unfamiliar with the series?

JM: Shadowflame is a reluctant hero. He was at the end of his rope a month after his wife was murdered due to his ambition. He didn’t chose this role of protector of an entire planet, but he accepts it and it gives him a reason to live. I think all of us have a little hero in us. Sometimes it takes a traumatic event to make us rise above our day to day doldrums and be the person we need to be. Shadowflame is that story. A man that was so down that nothing could make him get up, until he realized he was Earth’s only hope. I think that Shadowflame is like those old Fantastic Four type cosmic stories. We see his origin, have a few heroes meet him, throw a few cool villians in and then BAM! here comes Galactus ready to lay waste to the planet.

MP: How did you come up with idea for the book?

JM: I created Shadowflame when I was 15 years old. At first he was just a character that I created because I wanted to show a man getting engulfed by invisible fire and see his flesh boil. I know, that is a little intense for a 15 year old. He has changed a great deal since then. I was a big DC and Marvel
fan. People have said to me that Shadowflame reminds then of a Marvel hero in a DC world. I take that as a compliment. Shadowflame is definitely a throwback to the heroes I enjoyed as a kid. Late 70′s to 80′s. But with today’s production quality. But again, I just wanted to tell stories like I used to read. Fun and cosmic, yet they make you care about the man behind the mask. He evolved from
different moments in my life and 8 or so years later I decided to make my own comics. I released the original black and white mini-series in 1996 through my own company JGM Comics and issue 4 was picked up by CFD Productions. In 2001 or so, I decided (with the help of Peter Palmiotti) that I wanted to pull a George Lucas and re-envision a few things and redraw parts that I didn’t like in
color. That turned out to be the 4 issue mini-series that Arcana released in 2007 and what is wrapped up in this trade. There is also a title page by Mike Grell and chapter breaks by Andie Tong, Bob Layton, Rudy Nebres, and Paul Ryan.
MP: The new tpb collection features a wraparound cover by John Byrne. What is it lke having such a comic legend draw your character?

JM: My God. Let me tell you. Even after looking at this cover for 2 years (the original is on my wall) I can’t get enough of it. When I was younger, and even today, there wasn’t a John Byrne comic that I didn’t read. I bought everything he did. Even if it was only on the cover. So you can imagine the humbling experience that I had when he said he would do it. I have literally had a dream come true. I mean, this is the guy who inspired me to pick up a pencil, and now he created this amazing piece of art that wraps up my work. Amazing. Truly amazing.

MP: Did John have any feedback on the character?

JM: Well, he’s done 2 commissions of Shadowflame and a full wraparound for the trade. So, I guess he likes the look of the character. But, he didn’t give me a verbal or written confirmation of that.

MP: Are there any new adventures in store for Shadowflame?

JM: Yes. Shadowflame is involved in a few crossovers that will be around in the coming two years. One is the Curse of the Cortes Stone which will be released through Arcana. It is our crossover into the War of the Independents and it stars Shadowflame, the Wraith, and Johnny Saturn. I am also working with the same creative team to put together a Shadowflame/Wraith crossover that is
firmly based in my “JGM Universe” and ties into the Graphic Novel. Shadowflame is a labor of love for me. I have many stories rolling around in my noggin that are just waiting to be developed.

MP: Before we go, would you like to tell us about your upcoming Arcana book, Ripperman?

JM: Compared to Shadowflame, Ripperman is the other end of the spectrum. He is definitelyan anti-hero of sorts. He was created by God and the Devil to rid the world of those who would have otherwise escaped their deserved ends. When I was young there were a few things in my life that made me doubt a lot of what I believed. Ripperman is the realization that the world needs a
killer of killers. A punisher of people who would prey on the weak or down-trodden. The original graphic novel is huge. It has over 130 pages of story. It shows a man who is torn between being good, or giving in to his base instincts to be evil. He was truly born of both demon and angel and he is
constantly at odds with this paradox. So, there is always an internal struggle. But Ripperman is also resentful of both his “parent’s” who he thinks are both petty and use him to get back at each other. It helped bring to light a lot of feelings that I personally was having and I found myself relating to
this character. But then again, I am the writer.

Arcana Newsletter for October 2010

October 28th, 2010

Arcana Acquires Devil’s Due Titles

Helps Books Return to the Comic Market

Kade Los Angeles, CA – Arcana Studio, Inc., a transmedia entertainment company that has over 100 graphic novels it publishes, produces, and licenses for all forms of media, has acquired select titles from the Devil’s Due library. The list of titles includes:

Kore: A blundering college slacker releases evil from an ancient tomb.
Warstone: Only a long lost half-elf, half-human can stop a dark scorcerer from ruling the Earth.
Mercy Sparx: A devil girl is contracted by Heaven to hunt down rogue angels.
Misplaced: A powerful outcast from Utopia finds her new life on Earth.
Defex: Five student scientists discover hidden powers in human DNA.
Breakdown: A superhero becomes a deadly vigilante after the murder of his family.
Blade of Kumori: is the lone daughter of an old samurai but the family has changed their purpose to for-profit security and assassination.

Acquiring the Devil’s Due titles as well as others from various creators is just one of the signs that the company has been growing in leaps and bounds. Arcana’s schedule is on pace to publish 80 original graphic novels from January 2010 through June 2011, and the company’s prime directive continues to be developing intellectual properties for branded entertainment. Although still a young company, some of these projects have been developed for numerous mediums including movies and animation. Sean Patrick O’Reilly ([1]http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2846368/) has written and/or produced numerous films based on Arcana comics including Paradox, Circle of Pain, Beatdown, and
the upcoming Clockwork Girl.

Arcana’s graphic novels and intellectual properties have grown in the last two years to be as wide a library of characters as Marvel’s. Marvel was acquired by Disney for $4 Billion, and is the second major comic library to be acquired by a Hollywood studio. DC Comics, which is owned by Warner Bros., recently announced a newly-revamped business model, focusing on reaching deeper into
DC’s catalog of characters.

“There are a number of Hollywood companies trying to be comic book publishers, but so few are actually publishing. We’ve continually published at least three books every single month since 2004, and it’s a track record that I’m very proud of… publishing printed books in a digital age is not easy but we’ve found through hard work and passion, it is possible to establish the necessary
distribution for the project and to grow our readership. The acquisition of the Devil’s Due intellectual properties is a fantastic opportunity to continue to grow our library, our characters and to develop new branded storyworlds while helping DDP to generate revenue going to its creditors in difficult times,” said O’Reilly. “We will be working directly with Josh Blaylock, the creator of these properties, who brings a great creative style to the Aftermath line-up as well as the other properties and we know this is going to lead to amazing opportunities. We are thrilled to be working with him on this project. ”

“I’m grateful not only that Sean is keeping me involved, but that he’s also helping the company,” added Blaylock. “Furthermore, it will breathe new life into a series of characters that otherwise would have gone dormant.”

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”).

About Arcana Studios, Inc.

Arcana is a transmedia company that has aggressively pursued establishing brands through engaging storytelling and compelling art. With a strong foothold in the print publishing world, Arcana continues to be a premier content provider. Working in websites, comics and graphic novels, video games, short-form animation and live action shorts, toys and merchandise, as well as feature length films, Arcana focuses on a transmedia approach to the scaffolding process of developing brands and intellectual properties.

Contact: Tyler Nicol
Vice President of Marketing
(310) 928-1441

Major Spoilers Podcast Covers Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave

Major Spoilers, the website created by Stephen Schleicher, is dedicated to bringing news, reviews, and interviews about the comic book industry to fans around the world. On October 12th, they will dedicate their podcast to reviewing the 240 page Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave collection. The podcast is available through direct download, iTunes, RSS Feed, and Podcast Alley.

For more information, please visit their website at: www.majorspoilers.com

Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave

Koni Waves introduces private detective Koni Kanawai, an ex-cop in Honolulu, Hawaii who worked her way through college as a dancer at the Apanapana Ballroom. When a drinking problem gets her booted from the force, Koni starts her own detective agency. With the aid of Pete – her surf buddy, Krystal – a colleague from her dancing days, and Huko – the owner of her favorite watering hole, Koni soon discovers a sereies of supernatural events that leads her to discover a dark side of her island not seen in the usual tourist spots.

Buy the book now: http://www.arcana.com/store.php

In Previews

In Previews, for items shipping in November, Arcana will be publishing Arcana Team-Up TP (SEP10 0770), Olive Peril GN (SEP10 0771), Poe & Phillips GN (SEP10 0772), Shadowflame GN (SEP10 0773), and Stranger Danger GN (SEP10 0775).

Shipping This Month

Arcana has the following releases for the month of September: Dandelion GN (JUL10 0756), Hope Virus GN (JUL10 0757), Penance TP (JUL10 0758), Yin Yang GN (JUL10 0759), Redball 6 GN Vol. 1 (JUL10 0760), and Zedura Magazine #2 (JUL10 0761).

Interview with Ryan Colucci

This month, we preview an upcoming interview from Zedura Magazine with Harbor Moon mastermind, Ryan Colucci.

Z: You have a background in film, what made you switch gears and write a graphic novel?

RC: I have had a love of comics longer than I have had a love for movies. I was raised on them. I grew up wanting to draw comics, but athletics sort of got in the way of that – in that I went to school to play lacrosse… then somewhere in my teens I lost sight of that dream. Mostly because my drawing ability is okay, but nowhere near the quality of the guys out there today. Then, when Dikran and I were writing the script for HARBOR MOON – I knew from the start that we weren’t creating a movie script, but something that would play out better as a graphic novel. It was more liberating that way. We could do whatever we wanted because we didn’t then have to sell it to a studio executive or agent, etc… We just had to please ourselves. I think some writers/creators are creating graphic novels/comics in the hopes it becomes a movie. That was never our intention. Once the book was going, it was a graphic novel – never a means to an end. The one sticking point was actually making the book. Since I had no idea how to produce a comic, I had to just say “screw it” and dive in
headfirst. But I had just produced a movie, so I figured it was something I could handle. It was a labor of love – and there were definitely some bumps along the way – but I think it paid off because we accomplished our goal – creating a book we love.

Z: How would you describe your GN Harbor Moon?

RC: As a Clint Eastwood western from the 70′s, early 80′s. That was always what we were setting out to recreate. It just so happens to have werewolves. For the full interview, be sure to check out Zedura Magazine’s October issue!

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Arcana Newsletter SDCC Edition 2010

October 24th, 2010

Stan Lee Headlines Arcana’s SDCC Plans!

Arcana Studio (Booth #2415) is proud to announce the legendary Stan Lee will be signing copies of Arcana’s new pop culture magazine Zedura at this year’s San Diego Comic Con!     Stan Lee will be on hand to premiere the new documentary from 1821 Pictures, “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story.” After the screening, 5 lucky fans will get the opportunity to meet Stan in a private meet and greet and get a signed copy of the new Zedura Magazine featuring Stan on the cover, as well as be invited to the exclusive Zedura Magazine/Stan Lee party. Also, actress Malese Jow from The Vampire Diaries will join Koni Waves writer/co-creator, Mark Poulton for a signing at the Arcana booth (#2415) to promote the upcoming Koni Konfidential. In addition, WWE Divas, the Bella Twins, will appear at the booth, as well as Thomas Jane! Be sure to stop by to meet all of your favorite Arcana creators including screenwriter Scott Milam who is debuting his new graphic novel, Killing Machine!   Clockwork Girl creator, Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna will be on hand to host a panel on Thursday July 22nd from 11am to noon in Room 9 where they will premiere new footage from their upcoming animated film. Convention exclusives will include Preview Editions of upcoming Arcana graphic novels, A Cat Named Haiku tote bags, Koni Konfidential skateboards, and a line of new Arcana t-shirts!   The San Diego Comic Con runs from July 22nd to the 25th. For more information, please visit:      http://www.arcana.com

Premiering At SDCC

Arcana unveils several new books at this year’s San Diego Comic Con including the 240 page Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave hardcover, The Hope Virus GN, Redball 6 GN, Philospher Rex GN, Penance TPB, and Demonslayer TPB. In addition, for the first time all 5 volumes of Kade will be available in TPB!   Also, Arcana will offer preview editions of their hottest upcoming releases like Killing Machine, Koni Konfidential, Spotlight!

Signing Times

This year Arcana has all of your favorite creators appearing at their booth (# 2415)! Be sure to stop by to meet creators, get sketches, and for a chance to win great prizes! Also, comic legend Chris Claremont will appear to sign copies of Arcana’s new Zedura Magazine! Times subject to change.

Thursday: 10am to 11:30am Ezra: Alfonso Ruiz 11am to Noon Zedura: Chris Claremont Noon to 2pm Banshee & Straw: Mike Kalvoda 2:30pm to 3:30pm Zombie Warrior: Robert Kruckemeyer & Harry Walton: Henchman For Hire: Zachary Sherman & Matt Hebb 3pm to 4pm Zedura: Thomas Jane 4pm to 5pm El Arsenal: Salvador Vasquez 5:30pm to 7pm Penance: Sean Wise & Paul Gilligan & Harbor Moon: Ryan Colucci

Friday: 10am to 11:30am Scrooge and Santa: Matt Wilson & Josh Kerfield & Penance: Sean Wise & Paul Gilligan Noon to 2pm Killing Machine: Scott Milam & Kenneth Loh & Divine Intervention: Frank Barbiere 2:30pm to 3:30pm El Arsenal: Salvador Vasquez 4pm to 5pm Loosely Based: Nikola Jajic & Michael Czernaiwski 5:30pm to 7pm Spotlight: Jim Hanna, Marat Mychaels, & Mark Poulton & Zombie Warrior: Robert Kruckemeyer

Saturday: 10am to 11:30am Harbor Moon: Ryan Colucci & Divine Intervention: Frank Barbiere Noon to 2pm Koni Konfidential: Mark Poulton, Stephen Sistilli, Dexter Weeks, & Malese Jow 2:30pm to 3:30pm Penance: Sean Wise & Paul Gilligan & Wonderdog, Inc.: Scott Zirkel 5:30pm to 7pm Harry Walton: Henchman For Hire: Zachary Sherman & Matt Hebb & Redball 6 & Philsopher Rex: Ian & Jason Mille

 Sunday: 10am to 11:30am Penance: Sean Wise & Paul Gilligan & Zedura: Matt Kindt Noon to 2pm A Cat Named Haiku: Mark Poulton & Velvet Rope: Rachel Lee Taylor 2:30pm to 3:30pm The Evil Tree: Erik Hendrix