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HeadSmash coverage from NYCC

Friday, December 14th, 2012

HorrorTalk attended the Arcana Panel at SDCC and picked up a lot from it! Please check out the below links to learn more about HeadSmash and Arcana’s plans for the coming year!

NYCC 2012: Vlad Yudin Interview: http://www.horrortalk.com/features/2904-nycc-2012-vlad-yudin-interview.html

NYCC 2012: Arcana Panel Recap: http://www.horrortalk.com/features/2860-nycc-2012-arcana-comics-panel.html

Shadowlaw featured on USA Today site!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Shadowlaw, Brandon Easton’s Sci-Fi masterpiece, has received an impressive amount of press the last few months. Most recently, USA Today featured the book and interviewed the creator. Below is an excerpt, but please be sure to CLICK HERE to read the article in full.

“I once joked that I put vampires into my story just so I could find ways of killing them,” Easton says. “I wanted to get away from the romantic Southern gothic vision of vampires that Anne Rice had made popular over the last 30 years. The last thing I wanted for my creatures were for them to be wearing ascots and lace.”

He’s not a fan at all of vampire fiction, but he did grow up in Baltimore reading classic sci-fi literature and watching Star Wars, Alien, Superman, Logan’s Run and other movies “like almost every kid born in the 1970s.”

Easton also still finds influence in “the zeitgeist of 1980s afternoon-adventure animation geared toward teen boys” that was a part of his pop-culture diet, from Transformers, G.I. Joe and Robotech to Voltron, Masters of the Universe and M.A.S.K.

“I was very much inspired by the complexity of animation and storytelling,” says Easton, a writer for Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats animated series. “Although these series were created with the mandate of selling toys, the writers managed to carve out some very interesting stories in imaginative ways.”

The original concept for Shadowlaw came from one place, though: watching Blade Runner time after time and thinking about what if vampires existed in that future world. Easton wrote the first script treatment for it when he was at Ithaca College in 1996, but found it derivative of many of the things he had enjoyed over the years.

Be sure to read the entire interview by CLICKING HERE. If you’re interested in learning more about the book, see below!

Shadowlaw [Graphic Novel]
ISBN: 978-1-926914-45-9
Diamond Code: SEP110748 Genre: Science Fiction
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=253
Description:  Rictor Caesaro, a soldier in the New Earth Alliance elite corps, kills his commanding officer during a botched riot control mission. He is sentenced to life in the Sanctuary District – a special prison camp located deep in the swamplands of the South. In this dark domain, Rictor uncovers a secret that not only threatens his life, but the fate of the Earth.

 

ACB Reviews Dead Cell

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The Dead Cell, John Barker’s tale of terror, is still available through Diamond (MAR110852), and is getting some great reviews! The latest is from A Comic Book Blog (ACB). Below is some of what they had to say, but be sure to go TO THEIR WEB SITE TO READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW.

“This is a very heady story.  John Barker explores power and fear in an interesting way.  In many ways, while reading this, I felt like I was watching a Stanley Kubrick film.  You can feel elements of each of the patients’ stories.  You are just as confused and scared as they are.  You constantly question yourself about the reality of what you are seeing.  Is this part of their story or is this part of the world they’ve built for themselves?  The story also ends with a really nice twist that I don’t want to give away.  I will say that just when things almost seem to make no sense, it all comes back to making perfect sense on the last page.

Simmons’ art is pretty good for the story.  There is a dream like quality to it.  You easily move from situations that look normal and happy before descending into a nightmare.  Visually, you get the sense that either the patients’ real worlds were actually very good before their minds break and they descend into madness and what you see at the end of each of their stories is how they perceive the world around them.  Even if everything does exist in the dream world, you can easily believe that the illness each of these patients suffer from will not allow them to be happy.”

Thank you to ACB for the 85% rating and, again, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW!

ARCANA PR: New Books Debuting at SDCC 2011 (Booth 2415)

Monday, July 18th, 2011
July 18, 2011
Arcana Books Debuting at SDCC 2011 in booth 2415
Every year, we surprise fans by debuting a slew of books, which haven’t been seen by anyone, and won’t be released officially for months. This year is no different!
At booth 2415 at San Diego Comic Con, we will debut Devil’s Island, Amnesia, Armour, Becoming, Divine Intervention, SideShows*, Marlow, Blood Shells & Roses, My Best Friend’s a Booger, Shadowlaw, UltraDuck, Trout, and Old School.
*SideShows is being released in a special Launch Edition, limited to 100 copies.
Below, you can read a little bit about each book.
Devil’s Island ~ A historical fiction thriller, Devil’s Island follows the trials and tribulations of a few fictitious prisoners, who are used as hunters by the prison guards. Their job: re-capture other prisoners who attempt escaping the jungle island, bringing them back dead or alive, at any cost. The book also touches upon elements of failed social upheaval, the futility of imprisonment, and what dwelling on the past does to ones present and future.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-42-8
Diamond Code: MAY118061
Amnesia ~ One of the most feared terror attack scenarios involves the detonation of a weapon that generates a powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that immediately renders, power circuits, computers, even automobiles useless. But what if a weapon was discharged that, in addition to all the above, also erased people’s memories? Would mankind, given a fresh start, continue on its path to self-destruction? Or would it, free of its preconceptions, usher in a new age of peace? Amnesia explores what might happen if someone were to push the restart button on the human race.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-38-1
Diamond Code: MAY118237
Amour Vol 1 and 2 ~ Romance comics have an outdated and cheesy stigma about them, but once they played a large role within comic history. Within the third phase of the golden era (1948 to 1954) comic readership was at an all time high, read by both men and women, and romance comics were one of the five genres that kept comic readership diverse. In an attempt to bring more diversity back to comics, Arcana is proud to present the Amour Anthology!
ISBN Vol 1: 978-1-926914-72-5
ISBN Vol 2: 978-1-926914-73-2
Diamond Code: Being released in January 2012
Becoming ~ At a remote university, a troubled student faces the harsh realization that he has nothing to show for years of study. Challenging his professor to finally provide real knowledge, he is drawn into a horrifying game of life and death. To play, he must learn that the only rule is pain… and the only key to victory is the will to survive. Written by the award-winning creator of Broken Saints.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-65-7
Diamond Code: Not available yet
Divine Intervention ~ Marc Graham, a conflicted, contract killer, could hardly be considered a hero. Things change when he stumbles into a conflict between the Templar Agency, a clandestine organization that protects powerful artifacts from falling into the wrong hands, and strange, demonic forces seeking to control the world. After gaining mysterious, angelic powers from a freak accident Marc must dive headfirst into a dangerous new world where he is hunted by deadly monsters who will stop at nothing to unlock the secret of his new powers and possess them for themselves. As Marc battles alongside the Templar Agency and seeks redemption he must ask himself whether his transformation was a simple accident or an act of Divine Intervention.
ISBN: 978-1-897548-91-2
Diamond Code: JUL110808
SideShows ~ In 1950′s Las Vegas, the mob enlisted former circus attractions as their aces in the hole. These SideShows had a little secret… they really did have the abilities they pretended to. The Rat Pack was in their prime, the bartenders knew your name, and the same guy who comped your rooms could put a hit on you for stiffing him a tip. High rollers, lounge singers, cigarettes, alcohol, and superpowers. Welcome to Las Vegas! Debuting at SDCC in a special Launch Edition, limited to 100 copies.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Diamond Code: Not available yet
Marlow ~ “Marlow? is a zombie story inspired by Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. It about one man’s journey into the darkness of his soul, and his discovery that perhaps we’re all zombies. Marlow is an ex-Marine caught in a dilemma impossible to solve: commit atrocious acts for a global corporation in order to receive medicine that keeps him from reverting to a zombie state, or walk away and suffer the fate of becoming some terrible creature. Struggling with his fears of his affliction and the monster he might become, Marlow abandoned his wife and young daughter, losing his dignity and freedom as he chose a nihilistic life. It is only during this journey told in the story that Marlow realizes that perhaps by avoiding suffering he has become like the zombies he so fears to become and that the only way out is to suffer his fate and become one. “Marlow? is a zombie tale about suffering and its part in our humanity, and, in that sense, not about zombies at all.
ISBN: 978-1-897548-30-1
Diamond Code: Not available yet
Blood, Shells, & Roses ~ Playing their largest concert in their hometown, metal band and reformed monster hunters “Subliminal Torment” and their fans are attacked by the worst creatures they’ve ever faced. After the monsters slaughter the fans in homage to a previous encounter, the band is left to take the fall.
* In heavy metal, there are dangers that surpass mosh pits and diseased groupies.
* Rap and country ain’t the only music genres that has to live out their lyrics…
ISBN: 978-1-897548-90-5
Diamond Code: AUG110795
My Best Friends a Booger ~ Who would have ever thought you could have a booger as your best friend? Well, if your imagination is anything like Skyler Grayson’s, the possibilities are endless! At a time when Skyler is feeling really down and all alone, he finds his greatest friend in, you guessed it — a sneeze!
ISBN: 978-1-926914-36-7
Diamond Code: MAY118062
Shadowlaw ~ In a future world of giant mechanized armored warriors, a rebellious soldier is sentenced to life in a distant prison colony, and there he must stop an advanced race of Vampire lords from taking over the world by way of breaking their restricted feeding treaty with the human race, all the while coping with the fact that his very presence in the colony may be a part of their dark design.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-45-9
Diamond Code: MAY118063
Ultraduck ~ Carlos, a regular duck living in the great city of Featherbay, just got dumped by his girlfriend, his life as a freelance do-it-all is going nowhere and must make some grown up decisions: to get a real job, get his girl back and stop drinking. That is, until he gets super powers and becomes the only duck in the world who can stop a powerful creature who’s destroying the city on a vengeful rampage, and an evil weapons manufacturing corporation who want his abilities. Note: This is a preview of the full graphic novel.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-11-4
Diamond Code: MAR118024
Trout ~TROUT is the story of a nine-year-old boy and the monster sent to protect him. It centers on a virus created to eradicate the monster gene, and has the power to turn man to monster and monster to man. Under attack, the scientist who created this Final Solution injects it into his son in order to hide it. Now, everyone wants it and will do anything to get their hands on it. Note: This is a preview of the full graphic novel.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-40-4
Diamond Code: Not available yet
Old School ~ Ray “Ace” Munro, the greatest pilot on Earth from 1942 to 1967, comes out of retirement to rescue a son he thought he’s lost long ago, and tries to make peace with the fact that he will always be a hero never living a conventional life.
ISBN: 978-1-897548-74-5
Diamond Code: JUL110810
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Please email us with interview requests, suggestions, or questions.
Hope to hear from you!
Sincerely,
Erik Hendrix
VP of Marketing and Promotions
Arcana Comics
www.arcanacomics.com

Comic Con Geek, ComicBook.com, Major Spoilers, Figures.com, Pop Culture Zoo, and more cover Arcana’s SDCC 2011 plans!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

With the announcement of our plans for SDCC 2011, a lot of sites are buzzing about it! If you haven’t been keeping up, we’ll have an exclusive Kade Art Book based on Sean Patrick O’Reilly’s seminal character (limited to 250 copies), an exclusive “Launch Edition” of Erik Hendrix and Michael Nelsen’s SideShows (limited to 100 copies), the first in a series of Arcana Universe posters, a slew of signings, and a special Arcana panel.

Read more about it at these sites, too!

Comic Con Geek  – CLICK HERE

ComicCon.com – CLICK HERE

Figures.com – CLICK HERE

Pop Culture Zoo – CLICK HERE

Major Spoilers – CLICK HERE

Collecting Toyz – CLICK HERE

Project Fanboy – CLICK HERE

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ARCANA!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Have a very happy holiday!

To our readers, writers, artists, inkers, colorists, letterers, editors, executives, interns, animators, lighters, riggers, texture artists, directors, producers and any other fantastic people out there who make us what we are. We wish you the best holidays you could hope for!

Thanks for reading, watching, and contributing!

ARCANA STUDIOS

Harbor Moon on top 5 for 2010 list.

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Steven Surman of Broken Frontier makes his top 5 indie picks for 2010 and Harbor Moon makes the cut.

“Here we have a graphic novel that is taking a standard formula and expounding upon it exponentially. The narrative flow is feverishly addictive and artwork of Sambor is hauntingly vivid. Genre fans rejoice: this is a book I highly recommend.”

Read the rest of the article HERE

Comic Book Club Interview with Scrooge and Santa crew

Friday, November 5th, 2010
Interview with Matt Wilson and Josh Kenfield on Comic Book Club.

Project Fanboy review of Shadowflame

Friday, November 5th, 2010

“SHADOWFLAME is simply awesome. End of review.

What? You want more?”

If you do, read the full review HERE

SFCrowsNest Review of Banzai Girls

Friday, November 5th, 2010

“it would be unreasonable to call the book unsophisticated and that’s the key to its appeal. The lead character isn’t a meek Asian schoolgirl but by far the strongest person in her city and the threats she faces, while fantastical, are keyed into traditional Asian myths and legends. So the end result is something that manages to be both in-your-face and knowing at the same time, a tricky feat to pull off. … the artwork is first rate and the storyline both interesting and well-paced”

Read the full review HERE