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.

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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!

Buy the book now: http://www.instocktrades.com/TP/Arcana/KONI-WAVES-PERFECT-WAVE-GN/JUN100741

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

Arcana June 2010 Newsletter

July 1st, 2010

Stan Lee Headlines Arcana’s SDCC Plans!

Arcana Comics 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 all of your favorite Arcana creators including screenwriter Scott Milam to debut his new graphic novel, Killing Machine!

Clockwork Girl creators, Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna will be on hand to host a panel and 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

Arcana Studio Presents 2010

This year’s Arcana Studio Presents is the homecoming for Mario Gully’s Ant. Witness a preview of this new series, as well as previews of the next installment of Kade, Red Sun, and the all-new graphic novel, Hope’s Virus all in this specially priced 50 cent issue! Kade: Red Sun and Hope’s Virus artist, Owen Gieni provides a stunning cover!

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

In Previews

This month in Previews, for items shipping in August, Arcana will be publishing Abiding Perdition GN (JUN10 0740), Koni Waves: The Perfect Wave GN (JUN10 0741), Loosely Based GN (JUN10 0742), Philsopher Rex GN (JUN10 0743), And Ripped GN (JUN10 0744) .

Shipping This Month

This June beat the Summer heat with these Arcana new releases: El Arsenal TP Vol. 1 (APR10 0725), Ezra: Evoked Emotions TP (APR10 0726), Ezra: Egyptian Exchange TP (APR10 0727), Kade: Red Sun TP APR10 0728), and Kade: Rising Sun TP (APR10 0729).

Interview with Steven Prouse

This month, Arcana will preview an interview conducted by Zedura Magazine EIC, Erik Hendrix with Coin Operated Boy creator, Steven Prouse. For the full interview, be on the lookout for the first issue of Zedura!

EH: Let’s start at the beginning… What was the first comic you ever read and how did it influence you?

SP: I was actually introduced to comics characters at a very young age through my childhood babysitter – the television. However, I really became a comics reader with Batman #455. That was the beginning of the story arc where Batman fought Scarecrow ending with Tim Drake officially the new Robin. Having known of the characters for years in their television format, this story arc really showed me how very much alive and dynamic these characters still were and it really made me want to explore comics more.

EH: When did you get into creating comics? What was the catalyst?

SP: I was 9 when I created my first comic.Notebook paper and black, blue and red ballpoint pens and I had twin sons of a dead planet. Superstar (a five pointed star with a red cape) and Badstar (a five pointed star with blue cape), battling for the fate of Earth.

I filled a note pad with their adventures. Nothing amazing, but the creation of those stories really took me to places far away from real life – which is exactly what I needed at the time.

In high school I found a muse of a friend who also loved creating comics. We bounced ideas off one another and developed great worlds of fantasy and shared them with others. While those worlds are forever filed in the back of my head, they really helped me develop my love for telling stories.

To read the rest of the interview, be on the lookout for the first issue of Zedura Magazine coming soon from Arcana!

Arcana April 2010 Newsletter

April 27th, 2010

A Cat Named Haiku Selected For TogetheRead Program!

Arcana is proud to announce that “A Cat Named Haiku” has been selected by Teachersand families.com 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:

www.teachersandfamiles.com

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.

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

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!

Arcana Newsletter for March 2010

April 13th, 2010

Arcana Announces Killing Machine!

Arcana is proud to announce the upcoming graphic novel, Killing Machine, by screenwriter Scott Milam that is currently in production.

Killing Machine tells the tale of Franklyn J Hurt, an undercover agent for the Global Crime Task Force sent to infiltrate the criminal organization only known as The Syndicate Six. When his cover is blown, his wife taken and daughter murdered before his eyes, Frank wakes up barely a man, a torso with an unrecognizable face, hanging in a warehouse and used as an example fro those who betray The Syndicate Six. However, Frank is rescued by Special Forces and given the bionic treatment. After rejecting his new duties, Frank siezes an opportunity to escape and track down the killers who destroyed his life.

Creator Scott Milam is the screenwriter of the upcoming Mother’s Day, directed by Saw 2-4 and Repo The Genetic Opera’s Darren Lynn Bousman. In addition, he is currently adapting Dark Horse’s The Secret for Universal. Milam brought the idea to producer Daniel Alter, who produced 20th Century Fox’s Hitman, as well as the upcoming Johnny Quest and Hack/Slash films. Alter had the idea to bring the project to Arcana where they have teamed up with newcomer Kenneth Loh on art duties.

Arcana Owner and CEO, Sean O’Reilly said, “Working with Scott has been incredible and it’s simply fascinating to see what his mind comes up with…”

Arcana Releases 60 Graphic Novels in 52 Weeks!

Arcana Arcana is taking 2010 by storm with the release of 60 graphic novels in 52 weeks!

Leading the charge is Arcana’s flagship title, Kade, which will have all four of its past series released in tpb form for the first time. This includes Kade: Original Sun, Sun of Perdition, Shiva’s Sun, Rising Sun, and the brand new Red Sun. In addition, the cult hit Koni Waves will be collected in one huge volume entitled the Perfect Wave. This monster book will serve as a director’s cut to the series including over 30 pages of new scenes, as well as an all-new ending!

Other titles include 3, Arcana Team-up, Dead Men Decimation, Grunts: War Stories, and many more.

Miracle In Stores

Arcana is happy to announce Miracle by aclaimed writer, David Black is now available.

Miracle tells the tale of Martin Foley, a cynical cop working in New York. But when Foley arrives at the East Harlem social club to investigate a murder, he finds no shooter, no victime… There are blood stains on the floor and thirty witnesses, who all agree on what happened: The killer shot the victim six times in the chest at point blank range and ran. A stranger stepped out of the crowd, put his hands on the dead man’s face and the dead man came back to life.

David Black is a professional writer whose credits include Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Sidney Lumet’s 100 Centre Street, and author of The Extinction Event.

A Cat Named Haiku

A Cat Named Haiku Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Haiku is also a mischievous little cat. A Cat Named Haiku tells the engaging story of a day in the life of Haiku, a feline who puts the “cat” in catastrophe. Follow his misadventures as he learns a valuable lesson about friendship told completely in haiku. Whimsically written by Mark Poulton and beautifully illustrated by Dexter Weeks, this is sure to appeal to the child or car lover in your home!

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

In Previews

In Previews, for items shipping in June, Arcana will present an all-Kade month. Kade Original Sun TP (MAR10 0697) and Kade Shivas Sun TP (MAR10 0698) will be released. If you haven’t read Kade before this is the perfect opportunity to jump on board!

Shipping This Month

March roars in like a lion for Arcana as we see the release of Anywhere #5 (JAN10 0718), Don Bluth’s Space Ace TP (JAN10 0719), Grunts War Stories TP (JAN10 0720), and Paradox GN (JAN10 0721) .

Interview with Mark Poulton

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Operations, Mark Poulton takes questions about his latest project, A Cat Named Haiku from Chrissy, the Arcana intern.

C: Mark, A Cat Named Haiku is quite the departure from what we’ve come to expect from you with Koni Waves?

MP: That was the main appeal for doing this. Working on Koni Waves is great, but Dex (Dexter Weeks from Koni Waves) and I really wanted to do something that woudl appeal to all ages. Dex is a father of two and I’m expecting my first child in May. My wife also works in a classroom and Koni isn’t something for the little ones. Plus, diversity is the key to remaining creative.

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

MP: Dex and I had wanted to work together on a children’s book for a long time. It was just the matter of finding the right idea for the book. Dex’s family has 2 cats and my family has 3 so writing a book about a cat seemed a natural. Once I came up with the cat’s name, Haiku, the book seemed to write itself.

C: Was it hard writing a book entirely in haiku?

MP: It was a challenge I enjoyed. The hardest aspect of it was trying to tell a story. Haikus by nature are very whimsical and to not only tell a story, but teach a lesson about friendship was frustrating at times. But I thought it was a very unique idea and I stuck with it and ended up having a blast working on it. Afterwards, I found myself stuck writing and thinking in 5-7-5 syllable pattern.

C: Will we see more of Haiku?

MP: Definitely! Dex and I have already talked about a sequel, Christmas Haiku. We need to finish up some work on Koni Waves and we have another children’s book in the works as well. Eventually though, we’ll get back to more of Haiku’s adventures. We’ve really caught the children’s book bug and want to do more.

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

MP: First, I’d just like to thank everyone for all of the great feedback and comments on A Cat Named Haiku. Dex and I will be promoting it all summer long at the conventions. Besides the book, we’ll have Haiku cat hats and bags for sale. And second, be on the lookout for Koni Konfidential, the 2nd wave of Koni Waves!

Arcana Newsletter February 2010

March 22nd, 2010

Arcana Charity Campaign

The new year has already provided many joys, many difficulties and many opportunities for all of us. Arcana is proud to announce it has recently donated hundreds of all age books to Camp Can-Do (ACS) including The Gwaii, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom and the Art of ReBoot. Kelli Rivera, the assistant director for sibling week, has been with the organization for 10 years said “I used to watch ReBoot all the time and we love the books you sent. Thank you so much for your donation and please spread the word about the camp”.

Camp Can-Do is an excellent organization that really makes a difference and allows a kid to be a kid. Provided free of charge by the American Cancer Society, Camp Can-Do is a week-long camp for children with cancer, and Camp Can-Do II is a week-long camp for siblings of children with cancer.

Haitian artist Rene Dittmer and Arcana raised almost $1000 selling sketch various covers with all proceeds going to directly to Haitian relief. Rene and his family were lucky to be alive after the devastating 7.0 earthquake struck on January 12th, but his hometown of Port-au-Prince was left in ruins. He is sending updates when he can and we are all hoping for the best for him and his family. Rene has worked on storyboards and concept designs for Arcana’s upcoming project, Kleo.

Arcana has also recently participated in Maple Creek Middle’s Literacy Conference giving away numerous comics, including The Clockwork Girl and A Cat Named Haiku, and also presented work shops for middle school students on developing comics and graphic novels. As well, Arcana has donated books for the Comic Slop at the Hayward Leadership Public School in California to support their comic book club.

Arcana has many more plans for charity events in 2010, and if you have a charity or event, please do not hesitate to contact us to see if we can help.

Gearhead TPB

On a mission to find her brother and in search of the destiny she never knew she had, Shelby’s life is about to get interesting. Join her on a road trip that leads from the drag strip all the way to the White House. Like her father before her, she is GearHead.

Created by Dennis Hopeless and Kevin Mellon, the comic in currently optioned by Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures. Collecting the first four issues, along with never before seen pinups and commentary, GearHead is here to stay.

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

In Previews


In Previews, for items shipping in March and April, Arcana will be publishing Arcana Presents 2010 (JAN10 0717), Anywhere #5 (JAN10 0718), Don Bluth’s Space Ace TPB (JAN10 0719), Grunts War Stories TPB (JAN10 0720), Paradox GN (JAN10 0721), Anywhere #6 (FEB10 0660), Fafnir The Dragon GN (FEB10 0661), and Gauze TPB (FEB10 0662).

Shipping This Month


Arcana kicks off the New Year this January and February with the release of Arcana Magazine #1 (NOV09 0599), Anywhere #3 (NOV09 0600), Avengelyne vs Koni Waves Oneshot (NOV09 0601), Cat Named Haiku (NOV09 0602), Miracle GN (NOV09 0603), and Anywhere #4 (DEC09 0661) .

Interview with Steven Prouse

This month, Arcana’s Vice President of Marketing, Jimmy DaSilva interviews Steven Prouse, writer of the original graphic novel, Coin Operated Boy.

JD: Steven, can you give a synopsis of what Coin Operated Boy is about for those not familiar with it?

SP: Coin Operated Boy is the story of a girl named Genesis and her bedroom, in general, with men. She blows through them pretty steadily, but is increasingly tired of the emotional baggage they seem to bring to the table. Her solution: create a robot boy to fulfill her fun times while dumping nothing heavy on her. Things go wrong when the boy becomes self aware and tries to protect his creator from everything, including her friends.

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

SP: I had this close friend in college who was really the big bang for Genesis. Our conversations revolved around how complicated relationships are and how we just wished we could get a little action without all that baggage. She seemed to be every man’s (and a few women’s) wet dream. She was absolutely brilliant, but her down time was beyond exciting.

I wanted to tell a story about our friendship, but in a way that showed the pure comfort we had with each other and didn’t want to do just another sappy, slice-of-life sort of story. I had this story in skeletal form when I heard the Dresden Dolls’ “Coin Operated Boy.” I absolutely loved it, but the general empty love message I saw in the song made me want to tell a story where that sort of connection is only fleeting (as is, in my opinion, the general concept of love). What Genie finds in her friend at the end is far more secure and important than a romance.

JD: What inspires you as a writer?

SP: The human condition; people, relationships, philosphy, theology, politics… how people interact and define their world. Random conversations, smells, other things I read… all of these can ignite a spark in the back of my head.

JD: How did you decide on bringing Coin Operated Boy to Arcana?

SP: I’ve been familiar with Arcana since the early Kade days and wanted to work with a comic publisher with a proven track record for producing high quality books, but small enough that Coin Operated wouldn’t get lost in the monthly melee.

JD: Are there any other projects you are working on?

SP: Always… I am currently working on a mini-series titled “Stink Fist” about a futuristic world where the corporate reanimation of corpses as slave labor won out over robotics. I have a few other things in the works on various other comics, film, and television projects – nothing developed enough to talk about now – and am currently writing an erotica novel (the first chapter is in my notes on my facebook page).

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

SP: Don’t buy the hype… take candy from as many strangers as would offer.