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Shadowlaw in the press!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Shadowlaw - CoverArcana Comics’ Shadowlaw (Diamond: SEP110748 / ISBN: 978-1-926914-45-9) has been getting a lot of attention in the media over the last few months and has sold out of its initial pressing! While we wait for more copies to get to the stores, let’s take a look at some of the press, plus some preview pages!

Our first stop is Comic Book Resources, where creator Brandon Easton discusses the book with the site. Below he describes the concept of the book, plus its origins. Be sure to read the entire interview over at CBR by CLICKING HERE.

“‘Shadowlaw‘ takes place a few centuries from now, where the Catholic Church is the dominant global political body. The government is a theocratic technocracy and they maintain military dominance through the use of their giant mech armors. Our story opens as that society is on the verge of political revolution, and because of a series of events, the biggest secret in their history will be unveiled. There was a global war in their past that resulted in a dark deal with some truly evil beings…

I originally wrote this as a screenplay treatment back in 1996 as an undergrad at Ithaca College. I showed it to a few friends of mine and they hated it, so I put it away for about eight years. [Laughs] The original story was a Blade Runner meets the Lost Boys chase adventure through a post-apocalyptic landscape. The characters were searching for a bunch of artifacts they could use to kill the main vampire — much like how Harry Potter and his buddies search for the Horcruxes to dispatch Voldemort.

Ultimately, I realized that the story didn’t work because it felt forced and derivative of all of my literary and cinematic influences. I rediscovered the concept in early 2004 while cleaning out a box of old paperwork from college. I sat down, examined a few of the core elements and decided to up the ante with the world design and concept. I realized it needed to become a more personal story instead of a standard chase narrative. I wanted to do something that hasn’t been done in a sci-fi story in a very long time, and that was having it be set in a swamp. It would have been “easy” to use the typical mega-city Blade Runner visuals to reflect that universe, but by moving it into a more natural environment, it created another set of visual possibilities.”

Shadowlaw - VampiresAin’t It Cool News, in a review of the book, said they “can’t recommend SHADOWLAW enough.” You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but below is a nice excerpt from it.

I can’t recommend SHADOWLAW enough as it’s a true love letter to so many different genres that I can never get enough of. There are several twists and turns that carry you through the book and as it ends you’re left looking very forward to what’s ahead for Caesaro’s journey. With each page turn you can just see through the world he creates that Easton really does care about the content he is presenting and has a desire to grow this universe much more in the future. After years of working on this to bring this book to life, I hope he gets the chance as I am very curious to see what fate holds for Rictor Caesaro and the rest of the SHADOWLAW universe.

To hear Brandon Easton speak for himself, take a listen to some various podcasts and even some live recorded interviews…





Brandon tells of the main character of Shadowlaw, “Rictor is a man whose parents were killed by government troops during what was believed to have been a botched raid. He was eventually adopted by the Chancellor of the New Earth Alliance (NEA). In a bizarre twist, Rictor would be indoctrinated in the ways of the people who murdered his parents and later finds himself in a similar situation at the beginning of the book.” You can read the entire interview where Brandon discusses more on the book, plus the Thundercats relaunch he has been involved with by CLICKING HERE.

If you’re interested in learning more about Brandon Easton, be sure to read the interview over at where he discusses his path towards writing comics and working in the industry. It’s a great read, so be sure to read the full interview by CLICKING HERE.

Below is some ordering information for those who would like to pick up a copy:

ISBN: 978-1-926914-45-9

Diamond Code: SEP110748

Arcana Project Site:

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.

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Scrooge & Santa over at ComicBookResources’ Robot 6

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

794-arcana_promo-scroogeandsanta02.jpgRobot 6 recently did an interview with Scrooge and Santa’s creative team, Matt Wilson and Josh Kenfield. You can read a bit from the interview below, but be sure to go over to ROBOT 6 BY CLICKING HERE to read the entire thing.

Robot 6: I have seen a lot of Christmas mashups, but never Scrooge and Santa before. How did you come up with this odd pairing?

Matt: It started with the title. I was watching Christmas movies at home with my family, and thinking that as much as I love them, they’re all the same. They’re either one of the classics (It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th St, etc.) or an imitation of one of the classics. I started exploring Christmas ideas that would be new, but would still fit in the same world of Christmas folklore we know and love. So I thought about new stories for George Bailey, or Scrooge, or Santa. And then one day I found myself writing down the title – “Scrooge and Santa.”  And then the creative juices started flowing.  The guy who hates Christmas and the guy who is Christmas.  What if they had to team up?  Conflict galore!

Robot 6: How did you deal with the challenge of writing a fresh story about such iconic characters?

Matt: I always had “What if?” ideas about all my favorite Christmas stories. What if George Bailey got what he wanted and became rich? What if Scrooge lost all he had and became poor? What if Santa discovered nice children could become naughty adults? In most Christmas stories, they take iconic Christmas characters and put them in the exact same circumstances we’ve always seen them. I wanted to put them in new circumstances and explore how these character choices we’re used to seeing (right over wrong, people over money) would be affected by new challenges.

I also wanted to challenge the expectation people normally have with a Scrooge story, and make them wonder if Scrooge might actually be right. This is why I took so much time early in the story to have Scrooge rebuke the ghosts and prove to them (and us) that it’s better to have money. It’s as if Scrooge, like all of us, has heard the Christmas Carol story many times before and is not convinced. I think we all can recognize that even though we smile and nod when we read A Christmas Carol, that is not how we actually live. Something deep within us is unwilling to let go and be unselfish, particularly when it comes to money. But also deep within us is a belief that unselfishness is the right thing to do. Scrooge’s journey in this story is an exploration of that conflict.

Robot 6: Santa is usually a pure good guy in Christmas specials, but yours has a bit of a dark side—he doesn’t just bring presents to the good girls and boys, he tells some adults why he didn’t bring them presents when they were kids. Why did you go there?

Matt: Even though the story is a fantasy, I still wanted it to be “true.” “True,” meaning it feels true to life and the way of the world, so that we’re experiencing something more meaningful than snow and Christmas lights. Santa is normally pure good, but that’s because he lives in the North Pole making toys with happy elves and doesn’t see the real world. If he were to go out there, he would find many of the nice children he knew were now naughty adults. Some of the saddest people in the world are those whose children have done wrong and disappointed them. Santa experiences this, and it hurts. But what gives him hope in the end is the change in Scrooge, because the reality is that while people can change for the worse, they can also change for the better.

Again, be sure to head over to CBR and read the entire article – CLICK HERE.

To read more about Scrooge and Santa, head to the arcana project -

Writen by Matt Wilson with Art from Josh Kenfield.On Christmas Eve, a modern day Scrooge is on the run after the FBI learns he kidnapped Santa Claus. His assistant, Bonnie Cratchit, agrees to help him escape, but only if he helps Santa Claus get back to the North Pole first. Now Scrooge, with some help from the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, must go on an adventure to bring Santa home in time to save Christmas.

Diamond code: SEP110747
ISBN: 978-1-897548-98-1

Price: $14.95 (US)
Arcana Project Site: 


SideShows creator Erik Hendrix on Comic Book Page Podcast

Friday, December 16th, 2011

SideShows CoverComic Book Page Podcast interviewed Erik Hendrix, creator/writer of SideShows, for their December Previews Spotlight. Head over to their web site by CLICKING HERE to listen to the whole thing. Erik is about 61 minutes, 30 seconds into the podcast. Enjoy and be sure to pick up a copy of SideShows, available for pre-order now in Diamond Previews’ December issue and select online retailers.

Keep in mind that if you pre-order a copy of the book, you will receive a free limited edition poster when it ships!


  • “Dark, disturbing, envelope-pushing stuff. Bring your brain and pay attention. The ride is worth it.” – Jim Shooter (MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, DOCTOR SOLAR)
  • “A cool story, told with loads of pace and verve.” – Mike Carey (UNWRITTEN, X-MEN LEGACY)
  • “Energetic, dynamic art and a great story. I enjoyed this thoroughly, and you will, too.” – Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, IRREDEEMABLE)
  • “Vegas gangsters, circus freaks, magic, guns and violence – all served up in a blaze of glory that burns across the page.” – J.T. Krul (GREEN ARROW, TEEN TITANS)
  • “The gorgeous, almost impressionist, art contrasted with the darkness of the seedy underbelly of Vegas plot makes for a gripping story. The addition of supernatural powers is icing on the cake.“ – Jim Hardison (Dark Horse’s THE HELM)
  • “Visually Stunning with a dynamic story that pulls you in and doesn’t let go. Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelsen have made one hell of a book.” – Michael Easton (SOUL STEALER, Vertigo’s GREEN WOMAN).
  • “Atmospheric and richly textured, like a circus-fueled pulp novel played out across the page. SideShows gives greed, gangsters and gambling a fresh spin.” - Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS)
  • ” A beautifully realised comic.” - Charlie Adlard (WALKING DEAD)
  • “Bizarre. And violent. What more is there? Okay, how about side show freaks and gangsters all doing business in the one city we all wish we could’ve visited: Vegas in the ’50′s.” - Andy Lieberman (COWBOY NINJA VIKING)
  • “Wow! This book’s like an unholy alliance between Ben Templesmith and Marc Chagall! How can that not be rad?” – Nate Simpson (NONPLAYER)

Written by Erik Hendrix with art by Michael David Nelsen, SideShows is set in 1950′s Las Vegas, where 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!

Diamond code: DEC110804
ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Price: $9.95 (US)

Arcana Project Site:





Arcana’s Sean O’Reilly: Are entrepreneurs born or made?

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

harper-collins-cover-1Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Founder/CEO of Arcana Comics and creator of books such as Kade, Ezra, Wingman, and The Clockwork Girl, was recently interviewed by 30 Second Mentor at to discuss entrepreneurship. Are they made or born? Give it a watch by CLICKING HERE!

Paper Dragon Ink interviews Erik Hendrix on SideShows

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

SideShows CoverSideShows, which is available for pre-order now through Diamond Previews (DEC110804), was recently discussed in an interview Paper Dragons Ink did with creator/writer Erik Hendrix. Read an excerpt below, but be sure to head over to the Paper Dragon web site by CLICKING HERE to read the entire interview.

Q)    Could you give us a quick summary of Sideshows?

SideShows is a group of former circus attractions who are enlisted by the mob in Vegas as their enforcers. It’s a mixture of the old Vegas “slick” from movies in the era with a more modern sensibility of how abilities could be exploited in the real world.

Q)  What inspired you to create Sideshows?

I was driving with my wife and her grandparents to Vegas late one night and in the middle of trying to keep myself from nodding off on the road, the first nuggets of the story popped in my head. I go to Vegas quite a bit and primarily haunt the old strip, Fremont Street, with the older casinos, plenty of old photos, slot machines, etc… It’s hard not to be inspired!

Q) What made you decide to set it in Vegas in the 1950’s, what part of that time period appealed to you?

There’s just something about the time that really appealed to me. It’s the era of the Rat Pack and, although it’s not really the case, I just imagined all of these people wandering the casinos in suits. Like the original Oceans Eleven, but with superpowers.

There’s a lot more to the interview, so be sure to CLICK HERE to read the entire interview.

Graphic Novel Reporter Covers Clockwork Girl

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Clockwork Girl coverGraphic Novel Reporter recently pinned down Sean Patrick O’Reilly for an interview on his project, The Clockwork Girl, which will be released VERY SOON as a 3D Animated Motion Picture, but had its debut as a comic book published through Arcana Comics. You can see some preview pages HERE, and the book is available as a hardcover released by Harper Collins (ISBN: 0-9809204-1-8) and can be found at most fine book stores (or you can ask them to order or even pick it up through Amazon HERE). Below is an excerpt from the Graphic Novel Reporter interview, but be sure to head to their site to read the entire interview by clicking here.
Sean O’Reilly’s world is full of comic books. He reads comic books, writes comic books, and even edits and publishes comic books. His publishing company, Arcana Studios, is the largest comic book publisher in Canada, and it releases both his and other people’s works. His graphic novel Clockwork Girl, which he made with Kevin Hanna and Grant Bond, was published by HarperCollins this year, and an animated movie version of it will soon be released, starring the voice talents of Alexa Vega, Jesse McCartney, Ann Moss, Jeffrey Tambor, and Brad Garrett. O’Reilly talked to GraphicNovelReporter about his history in comic books, the steps of creating Clockwork Girl, and what we can expect from Arcana Studios in the future.
How did Clockwork Girl get started?

With degrees in biology and technology, this was a story I’ve lived and gone through as my studies in tissue gave way to studies on tablets…from mice to, well…mice. Kevin and I put this together as early as 2006 and each day we live with this project…it’s been quite the journey.

What do you want readers to take away from Clockwork Girl?

To enjoy a coming-of-age story in a pleasant, faraway land. Something fantastical and imaginative yet relatable.

What was the process of making it?

The book was crafted by myself and Kevin Hanna and drawn by Grant Bond. The movie has been an entirely different production and a steep learning curve for all. CG animation is growing in leaps and bounds and even during our production we’ve seen a huge change in the industry with regard to animated productions. Overall, the preproduction process of a movie is quite similar to a graphic novel, and because we are in the middle of the production as well, we’ve been able to keep the characters and storylines.

Do you picture this book being for any age group, or do you have a specific audience in mind?
Overall, I truly believe it’s a “four quadrant” book appealing to the young, old, male, and female. Its reading level is targeted toward a reader starting at eight years of age, though.

Shadowflame’s & Ripperman’s JOE MARTINO: Comic Book Creator, Cancer Conqueror and Caring Dad

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 recently sat down with Joe Martino to discuss comics, cancer, and family, which you can read in its entirety HERE, but here’s an excerpt from it:

Comic books are famous for some hero staring down a certain death and being able to defy the odds, but when it happens in real life, it is heartbreaking. No one wants to hear the “C” word, especially if you are a young father and a comic book creator in the prime of your life, but Joe Martino, a Bergen County, New Jersey resident, had to.800-arcana_promo-shadowflame02.jpg

Thanks to the support of his family, several medical professionals and the desire to breathe life into his characters “Shadowflame” and “Ripperman,” Martino has a new lease on life and he spoke with about his experience.

Also, check out his graphic novels “Shadowflame” and “Ripperman” which I encourage any comic fan to pick up.

DON SMITH: How did you get into comic books?

JOE MARTINO: I got into comic books because my cousin and uncle would read comic books. I remember they got me into Superman and then when I was 10 years-old, my mother got me subscriptions to Spider-Man and Hulk comics. I remember they were on television when I was growing up.

DS: Do you remember when you started creating comic books?

JM: Yeah [LAUGHS]. I was in fifth grade and I draw these diamond shaped Marvel Comic characters trying to do away with my fifth grade teachers. As a kid, it was just harmless fun, but if it happened today, I would be sent to a special skill. [LAUGHS].

DS: How has being an independent creator helped you?

JM: I don’t consider myself a professional comic book creator, but I knew I wanted to write and draw my own comic book without someone looking over my shoulder. In 1996, I came out with “Shadowflame” which was published by CFD Publishing. It did not sell well, but I wanted to complete the four issue series for the two people who bought “Shadowflame” and wanted to see the story play out.

Again, please head over to to read the entire interview!

Pre-Orders, Devil’s Island, & Mighty Mighty Monsters

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

VANCOUVER (Sept 23, 2011)Arcana Comics is back again with another month of exciting releases, a behind the scenes look at Devil’s Island, and Mighty Mighty Monsters. All Pre-Orders are Diamond and we’re in the final days of ordering from the September Previews, so if there are any books that look like your brand of entertainment, be sure to ask your local stores to carry them. If you are a store, of course, order copies of all of them to expose your readers to the best in indie comics!

If you weren’t aware, Arcana Comics has its own iPad / iPhone App, too! It’s a free download in the iStore and gives you access to the Arcana catalog and exclusive downloads! There are plenty of free books to download as well as new releases added all the time. If you don’t have an iPad or iPhone, don’t worry, there are also Arcana books available through the ComiXology app for Android. DOWNLOAD THE APP FROM THE ISTORE HERE.


Below are books being solicited for pre-order in the latest Diamond Previews Magazine. Take the information below to your stores and ask them to carry Arcana!

(W) Chris “Doc” Wyatt (W/A) Bill Rude From the producers of Napoleon Dynamite and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart! A group of high school outcasts, each alienated for a different reason, are thrown together as the staff of the school paper. But these kids just happen to live in Creepsville: a small retro-American town where monsters, humans, aliens, superheroes, robots, and mad scientists all live and work together. SC, 80pgs, FC $14.95

(W) Mark Poulton (A) Stephen Sistilli Daddy’s Little Girl tells the story of rich party girl, Bryn Tilton, who suddently finds out the father she never knew just passed away. She travels to Atlantic City to learn more about this man, only to discover a dark secret and a new profession… Atlantic City is infested with monsters and she’s inherited her father’s old job at the city’s monster morgue. It’s like C.S.I. meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. SC, 80pgs, FC $14.95

(W) Nikola Jajic (A) Josef Cage 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 is to re-capture prisoners who attempt to escape the jungle island, bringing them back at any cost… dead or alive! SC, 148pgs, FC $19.95

(W/A) Tyler Kirkham (W) Rian Kirkham 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! SC, 34pgs, FC $6.95

(W) Matthew Wilson (A) Josh Kenfield (CA) Dan Smith (W) Matthew Wilson (A) Josh Kenfield On Christmas Eve, a modern day Scrooge is on the run after the FBI learns he kidnapped Santa Claus. His assistant, Bonnie Cratchit, agrees to help him escape, but only if he first helps Santa Claus get back to the North Pole. Now Scrooge, with some help from the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, must go on an adventure to bring Santa home in time to save Christmas! RES. from Previews Vol. XX #10 (OCT100763) SC, 110pgs, FC $14.95

(W) Brandon M. Easton (A) Scott Kester, Ryo Kawakami In a future world of giant mechanized warriors, a rebellious soldier is sentenced to life in a distant prison colony. Once there, he finds himself the only man who can stop an advanced race of Vampire lords from taking over the world after they break their restricted feeding treaty with the human race. As he battles on, he must also cope with the growing realization that his very presence in the colony may be a part of their dark designs… SC, 80pgs, FC $14.95


One of our releases this month is Nik Jajic’s Devil’s Island, which was very well received at San Diego Comic Con this year, where it made its debut. It’s no surprise given the reception to Nik’s first book with Arcana, Loosely Based (read more about that book HERE). We sat Nik down for a few to ask him a few questions and here’s what he had to say.

About the book itself and the original idea, Nik says, “the seed was first planted as I watched an old documentary about the prison colony. In it, they quickly glossed over the fact that the guards would sometimes use prisoners to go into the jungle and re-capture escapees. I was looking to do something different, and those couple of minutes in an otherwise forgettable doc set the ball in motion, so to speak.”

The prison in the book “was the most infamous prison colony in recent history. Add in an exotic and at time horrifying jungle backdrop, and I couldn’t see setting this story anywhere else.” Of the history, which roots the story, Nik explains, “Napoleon III and 19th century France play a central role to the story for the simple fact that all of the characters are from this time period. Plus, their backstories in the book reflect on what led to their eventual imprisonment, and touch mildly on the socio-political elements of this period in time. Plus, I really liked the idea of doing a book that had an old west feel to it, but was international as well.”

The book follows “Pierre, Jean, Rat, and Henri, [who] have been chosen by the prison’s Commandant to work as hunters (prisoners who are used by the guards to re-capture escapees). They bond through their experiences and shared histories. Ultimately, they have to make some touch decisions.”

If this book sounds intriguing, you should definitely pre-order a copy now! Besides Devil’s Island, Nik also has Loosely Based, which was reelased last year through Arcana Comics. “It’s sort of Misery meets Stranger Than Fiction… If that analogy makes any sense.” He also wrote The Big Bad Book for Alterna Comics, which is “a dirty comedy… sort of Office Space meets the OLD Clash of the Titans.”

Nik himself has been “writing for about the last seven years in different capacities. A bit of journalism, prose, screenwriting, and comics.” He’s an avid reader, comic fan, and lover of film. “At the end of the day,” he says, “I’m inspired by a lot of what I read and see. I guess I’m just using that inspiration to try and find my own voice. Comics feel like a good fit at the moment, due to the fact that it combines the best elements of prose and screenwriting, yet is a completely original and amazing medium in its own right.


If you didn’t know, Arcana Studios also partners with other publishers to release books. One popular example of this is Sean Patrick O’Reilly’s Mighty Mighty Monsters, a set of children’s books, which follow the exploits of young creatures who, later in life, will become the monsters we all know as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, and others. These are published through Stone Arch Books.

Here’s a synopsis of the series of books (there are twelve of them right now):

In a strange corner of the world is the haunted country of Transylmania, the birthplace of heroes and legendary creatures, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman. That’s where you will find a team of young friends, who are learning to face danger and adventure with bravery and friendship. But before these young creatures take on their more famous names, they are first known as… the Mighty Mighty Monsters.

You can read more about the series at their official web site over at and you can also pick up a copy at the web site.


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Arcana Studios, Inc. 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. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys.

Arcana Studios, Inc . remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Arcana Studios is currently in production of the stereoscopic 3D animated feature, The Clockwork Girl. Arcana is also partnered with Gale Ann Hurd (“Terminator”, “Aliens”) on Gearhead, Alexandra Milchan (Sylvestor Stallone’s “Head Shot”) on Blade of Kumori, Hans Rodinoff and Hollywood Media Bridge (“Lost Boys: The Tribe”) on Raise Kane, Scott Milam (“Mother’s Day”) on Gauze, Ben Magid (“Hack/Slash”) on Trout, Jar Productions (“Hidden Howie”) on Philosopher Rex, Terry Dougas (“The Invention of Lying”) on The Tower, Doc Wyatt (“Napoleon Dynamite”) on 100 Girls, JC Spink (“The Hangover”) on Continuum, Adrian Askarieh (“The Hitman”) on Amnesia and also is producing a three slate at Codeblack/Universal for Light’s Out, Ant and Blam!

Awakenings’ Eric Hobbs on PodOmatic It’s all up to you

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Eric Hobbs, running through the press circuit, recently appeared on the “It’s All Up To You” podcast over at PodOMatic. You can LISTEN BY CLICKING HERE.

Awakenings’ Eric Hobbs on the Bizarre Comicast

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Awakenings CoverHead over to the Bizarre Comicast and listen to Episode 20, where Eric Hobbs, the creator of Awakenings appears to discuss his new Arcana book and other topics. It’s a grand ol’ time and CAN BE LISTENED TO BY CLICKING HERE!