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Fangoria review of Harbor Moon

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Some fine freaky fan at Fangoria has posted this raving review of the new title Harbor Moon.

“… when the claws finally come out and the flesh gets shredded, a beacon of bleeding light mercifully pours forth from this book. Colors take on a palpable presence here, and the pages glisten with viscera, pulpy enough to drench every panel. Blood splatters with such vivid intensity, one might feel the impulse to take a tissue and sop up the excess dribble. You’ll need a mop to flip the page.”

Read the FULL review HERE

Ain’t It Cool News Howard Lovecraft Review

Friday, September 24th, 2010

A while back there was a conversation in the TBs about the tendency to cast Lovecraft into his own mythos in comics and films. It’s a fun enough concept, but one that may not give Lovecraft the credit he deserves for coming up with such an amazing mythology. It’s as if folks can’t believe that such an expansive universe can be created by one writer. But it did happen that way. Still, that won’t stop writers like Bruce Brown from coming up with a pretty top notch story. I can’t deny how cool this story is, casting Lovecraft as a child who is transported to a frozen land and meeting all of his mythical creations like Dragon and Cthulhu. There are many Lovecraft comics out there right now, but this one is a little different, geared toward a younger audience and telling a macabre story through a child’s eyes. Fun stuff, made more so with art by Renzo Podesta. If you’re into all things Lovecraft, this is a book you can’t miss AND here is a full review from Aint it CoolThe downside of being an H.P. Lovecraft junkie is that after awhile, the majority of Lovecraftian fiction (whether prose, film, or in graphic form) tends to blend together into a vaguely noxious stew of moldy old books, gibbering monsters just outside the human mind’s ability to comprehend, and tentacles, tentacles, tentacles. Sometimes—mostly after reading some half-hearted pastiche that manages to include every hoary cliché, right down to the chant of “Cthulhu f’tagn”—I think that the only reason I keep on sloughing through the genre is to find those rare gems of work in which some new twist has been added to the Lovecraft Mythos. With HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE FROZEN KINGDOM, Bruce Brown and Renzo Podesta have given the Old Gent a spin that I never in a million years would have thought would work: HPL and Cthulhu as a Boy and his Dog. The end result is not entirely successful, but there are still some good things going on here.

For the first sixteen or so pages, the story is a pretty much by-the-books blend of horror and suspense, as a young Howard Philip Lovecraft visits his father in a lunatic asylum and is admonished to destroy a certain evil book that his father wrote. Naturally, upon returning home that night young Howard proceeds to read the forbidden book (disregarding dire warnings in the best Lovecraftian fashion) and is transported to the Frozen Kingdom, where he is immediately set upon by a tentacled monstrosity that bears more than a passing resemblance to HPL’s infamous Elder God. Like I said, all very by-the-book. But here’s where the comic strikes out for new ground.

The tentacled creature does not kill Howard, but rather has its life saved by the boy, thus becoming Howard Lovecraft’s servant/friend/pet (even to the point of Howard dubbing the creature “Spot”). From here on out, the book takes a much lighter tone as Howard and Spot continue their adventures in the Frozen Kingdom of R’yleh.

That’s right, the Kingdom is the same sunken city named in HPL’s “The Call of Cthulhu.” There are more Lovecraft references sprinkled throughout the comic: the boy king of R’yleh named Abdul, Dagon, even the way in which Howard is transported from his bed to the Frozen Kingdom brings to mind stories from Lovecraft’s “Dream Cycle” such as “Through the Gates of the Silver key.” But these references are more like seasoning to enhance the flavor of the story, and Brown neatly avoids the trap of going overboard with the spices.

Where this book falters slightly is in the uneven blend of humor and horror. There are certain aspects of both that shine; the dynamic between Howard and Spot is genuinely funny and warm, and the scenes of more traditionally Lovecraftian horrors are depicted well. But side-by-side, the two attitudes don’t quite gel. It’s tough to get that mix right without seriously overbalancing in one direction—offhand, the best successful example I can think of is Jeff Smith’s BONE—and while FROZEN KINGDOM never falls flat, this dichotomy of tone keeps the story from achieving its full potential.

This division is mirrored by Podesta’s artwork. His creatures are wonderfully drawn and crackle with energy, but his human figures are less effective. The cartoony style in which he draws Howard is especially frustrating in that the face changes drastically from panel to panel, sometimes looking well-drawn and “on-model,” but at other times looking not so much stylized as clumsy, and on a few panels even Muppet-like. When Spot and the other horrible creatures are rendered so well, I wish that Howard had been given the same care and attention.

Even with these shortcomings, FROZEN KINGDOM still gets a good grade from me based solely on the fact that it’s something different bobbing on the sea of Lovecraftian dreck that permeates the horror genre. If you’re a licensed Lovecraft lover like myself, this comic is definitely worth checking out.

Killers Wowio Review

Monday, August 16th, 2010

“This is probably the best comic that i have read since joining the site.” – Kent Durgan

See full review or add you own by clicking this LINK

Arcana Publishing 60 Unique Books in 52 Weeks

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Broken Frontier lays out the next three quarters of the Arcana books being printed.

“This is a proud moment to see how far Arcana has come in such a short period of time. It’s a testament to our great library of characters, as well as the passion and commitment of our creators.” – Mark Poulton VP of Operations

More HERE

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS (HENCH)MAN?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

There have been sightings across the nation of a man known to be aiding super-criminals.

His name is Harry Walton, and he’s out thanks to Arcana

Check the link for more details! THE LINK

“Hope Virus” spreads through Jazma Forum review

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

4 out of 5 star review for Hope Virus and Zedura Magazine

On Hope Virus: “The ending here is well completely unexpected. You will never see it coming. It is though the perfect ending to one of the weirdest and strangest stories to come along in a while. Herbert Miles is a fantastic character in an even more fantastic world.”

FULL REVIEW HERE

Redball 6 gets 5 stars

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A handy little review of the Arcana title Redball 6, written by Ian & Jason Miller and featuring art by Jok & Estudio Haus

While you could easily float a comic on the strength of its characters, the setting proves just as memorable and involved in making the whole greater than the sum of its parts.”

FULL REVIEW HERE

More Praise for the Philosopher

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

A lovely bit from Evil Genius Comics Blog

“interesting and dark mystic mysteries with some intense action thrown in for good measure.”

FULL REVIEW HERE

Philospher Rex – An interview with the Monsters of ComicMonsters.com

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Arcana’s own Jason Miller has an interview with online reviewers at ComicMonsters.com

The Big Bad Wolf: Tell us about the main character in the book, Dr. Ishmael Stone.

Jason Miller: Stone straddles the line between a kind of supernatural private eye and the appointed political leader of a collective of his fellow Philosophers, who themselves play different roles throughout the Network (we envisioned the whole thing as a kind of occult Pinkertons). He’s intelligent, easily outraged, a bit fussy, incredibly attached to the people around him (though his advanced age gives their interactions a prickly, impatient quality at times), and has a seriously weird relationship with his daughter and (now dead) ex-wife.

Continued at – http://www.comicmonsters.com/features-1128-Philosopher_REX_interview_with_Jason_Miller.html

Hero House Happily Headed (H)everywhere …

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Arcana Writer Justin Aclin interview:

“I’ve always wanted to write comic books, and Twisted ToyFare scratched the itch a little bit, but I still wanted to do something a little more serious. So I came up with the idea for Hero House back in 2004 and wrote the script, then I found my artist, Mike Dimayuga, on a comic art message board. Once Mike came aboard the project, we made a pitch packet, which was basically five pages of the comic, plus an outline of the entire story, and I went to Wizard World Chicago that year and started pitching it around to the various publishers there. A few months later, Arcana Comics agreed to publish the series, and Mike and I went to work in earnest on getting the four issues done.”

More HERE - http://www.thefwoosh.com/2010/06/fwoosh-interview-justin-aclinHero House Page 1