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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

This official press release from Gene Simmons has been making the rounds to various sites, including CBR (CLICK HERE) and Yahoo News (CLICK HERE):

Legendary rock god and multi-media mogul, Gene Simmons, has partnered with Arcana Comics to debut the all new “Simmons Comics Anthology” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The Anthology brings together the legendary comics originally created by Simmons Comics, which includes the first issue of ZipperTM, DominatrixTM and Gene Simmons House of HorrorsTM PLUS the first chapter of the all-new crossover event, “The Slave Trade”, where ZipperTM and DominatrixTM will face off against each other.

“We intend on using the finest artists and writers in the comic book medium,” says Simmons. “ZipperTM, DominatrixTM, and Gene Simmons House of HorrorsTM will be published throughout the year. For Comic-Con we thought we would do something special and give the fans a jam-packed ‘Simmons Comics Anthology’ featuring all of our comic book titles. This is just the beginning.”

Creator Gene Simmons himself will be doing a book signing on Friday, July 13th at 2:00 pm at Arcana Comics Booth #2415.  Only 200 copies of the Anthology will be made available at Comic-Con. Fans will get the chance to meet Gene and get their photo taken with real life versions of DominatrixTM and ZipperTM – two of the star characters from Gene’s comic.

“Sean Patrick O’Reilly has been completely supportive and a great partner in our re-launch of Simmons Comics Group. As a lifelong fan boy, I’ve been madly in love with the medium ever since I was in my early teens and have continued to ravenously devour comics through the decades,” adds Simmons. “Along the way, I created our three comics – ZipperTM, DominatrixTM and Gene Simmons House of HorrorsTM. ZipperTM is an alien among us. DominatrixTM deals pleasure and pain, CIA meet T & A. Gene Simmons House of HorrorsTM consists of stories by some of the best talents in comics today.”

Fans will get the chance to see the debut of exclusive art from the Anthology and be the first to get their hands on a copy, which has art done by rising star Yannis Roumboulias and is written by Arcana writer, Erik Hendrix. To stay up to date on all news regarding Gene at San Diego Comic-Con and Arcana comics, as well as get a sneak peek at what’s in store, fans should make sure to like Arcana’s Facebook Page and follow on Twitter: @arcanastudio

About Arcana Studios
Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 250 original intellectual properties, hundreds of graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and a massive ever-growing library of characters. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and storytelling, Arcana publishes graphic novels monthly in print and digitally distributes as well. Arcana has begun to extend their worlds and intellectual properties into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Arcana Studio Inc. remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation.

About Gene Simmons
Rock legend, TV star, multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, writer, lecturer, and guest of financial and newsprograms, Gene Simmons is one of the world’s most recognized personalities.  With millions of fans on Twitter and Facebook and speaking five languages including, English, Hebrew, Hungarian, German, some Japanese and intending to learn Mandarin, Gene Simmons is the personification of today’s globally connected citizen and the ideal spokesperson for Ortsbo.

Simmons co-founded the legendary KISS over 38 years ago.  The band has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, and continues to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and the Beatles, and boasting over 3,000 licensed / merchandise items.

In addition to performing, Mr. Simmons has his own record company, Simmons / Universal Music, a joint venture between Universal Music and Belinda Stronach.  He also discovered, signed, and produced the demo for Van Halen, and has managed the music career of Liza Minnelli, among others.

Outside of his music business endeavors, Mr. Simmons expanded his artistic explorations in the areas of TV and film.  He has his own realty show on A&E, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, now in its seventh year of production, making it the longest running celebrity reality show of all time. He has also completed two seasons of his other show, Gene Simmons’ Rock School, for VH-1.  In addition he created the show Mr. Romance for Oxygen, as well as his own cartoon, My Dad the Rock Star, for Nickelodeon’s NickToons.

As an actor, Simmons has co-starred in several motion pictures, among them Runaway (TriStar), Wanted: Dead or Alive (New World), and Extract (Miramax).  He also served as co-producer of New Line Films’ Detroit Rock City.

Mr. Simmons is a Co-Founding Partner in, a venture that provides estate planning for high net worth individuals exceeding $20 Million.

Other entrepreneurial accomplishments include his own book imprint, Simmons / Phoenix books, which published his NY Times Best Seller, SEX MONEY KISS, the LA Times Best Seller, LADIES OF THE NIGHT and the upcoming new book, GENE SIMMONS ART OF WAR and Mr. Simmons tours internationally on the lecture circuit. covers Intrinsic!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Intrinsic was recently featured on, where they discuss many of the FCBD books for this year and have high hopes for Arcana’s Intrinsic! Read the entire run-down by CLICKING HERE.

“This is certainly one that fans of the Arcana line should jump on, as well as those of us who have had a passing interest in them. It’s your chance to see what they have and what they have coming up… If you are looking for something different than the regular stuff then I think this is a book you should check out. Even taking into consideration what I’ve just said, this book could easily be the doorway to a whole new universe of possibilities that any reader burnt out on the same old, same old could easily latch on to!”

Pick up a FREE copy of Intrinsic Issue 1 at your local comic book shop THIS SATURDAY, May 5th!

Also, be sure to pre-order a copy of Issue 2 now, which is available in Diamond Previews, order code MAY120836.

You can also print out THIS FLYER, had it to your local comic shop, and ask them to pre-order a copy.

Intrinsic Issue 1 Reviewed by

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 recently got a hold of an advance preview of Intrinsic and liked what they saw! You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but below is an excerpt from the review.

The story by O’Reilly, Jones and Hendrix is interesting and galactic. They’re working to bring together a lot of characters in the Arcana universe and they do so pretty well. The issue will definitely be a who’s who for fans of Arcana who are familiar with their work. It’s also accessible to those who aren’t so familiar, as the main players are presented very cleanly and the issue clearly defines the good guys and bad guys…

The art and coloring by Otero and Chandran is very superhero oriented. That is, the characters very much have a comic book feel to them. There are a few panels that are essentially brawls that are done quite well and the comic overall has a bombastic color tone to it. It works for the story.

The Intrinsic #1 is a legitimate full issue, despite being released on Free Comic Book Day. That’s to say, it’s not a six-issue prequel or anything. It’s a solid first issue that really lays the groundwork for a potentially action-packed series that will bring plenty of Arcana favorites into play. It’s definitely worth checking out, both because of the story and because it’s free.

Pick up a FREE copy of Intrinsic Issue 1 at your local comic book shop THIS SATURDAY, May 5th!

Also, be sure to pre-order a copy of Issue 2 now, which is available in Diamond Previews, order code MAY120836.

You can also print out THIS FLYER, had it to your local comic shop, and ask them to pre-order a copy.


ComiXology is having a 3-Day Sale on Select Arcana Collected Editions!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Can’t wait for Free Comic Book Day to get your Arcana fix? Want to brush up on some of your favorite characters before you see them put through their paces in Intrinsic? Head over to ComiXology and buy some of your favorite graphic novels for half-off!


ComiXology is having a three day sale, from today through May 3rd, and offering half-off of select Arcana Collected Editions.

We’re talking full graphic novels you can download for $2.99! KADE, CANDICE CROW, PHILOSOPHER REX, and KORE feature six of the main characters from this Saturday’s INTRINSIC!


Arcana Comics Releases Kade in Polish!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Arcana Comics has recently released their immortal warrior, Kade, in Polish! Working with Michal Bochenek and Barbara Giecold-Bochenek, the first books in the Kade library were painstakingly translated and re-lettered for the Polish-reading audience. Arcana is exceptionally pleased with the results and has made the books available digitally through ComiXology and Below are some links to the projects, so be sure to check them out!

KADE: Original Sun on

KADE: Sun of Perdition on ComiXology and

KADE: Shiva’s Sun on ComiXology and

KADE: Rising Sun on ComiXology and

KADE: Red Sun on ComiXology and

KADE: Prodigal Sun on ComiXology and

SideShows creative team on ComicBookBin Podcast

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelsen, the creative team behind Arcana’s SideShows, recently appeared on the ComicBookBin Podcast, which you can listen to by CLICKING HERE. The team discuss their collaborative history as well as their beginnings in comics, thoughts on the industry, some insight into Arcana Comics in general, and their plans for the future, including four new books this year from Arcana!

If you listen to the podcast and are interested in seeing some more of their books, keep on reading…

TITLE: SideShows

ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Diamond Code: DEC110804 Genre: Superhero
Arcana Title Page: <– Click here to see an extended preview of the book.
Released: March 2012
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Inker: Michael David Nelsen
Colorist: Michael David Nelsen
Editor: Sean Patrick O’Reilly
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.

TITLE: The Evil Tree

ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7
Genre: Horror Horror
Arcana Title Page:
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Creator: Erik Hendrix
Artist: Daniel Thollin
Colorist: Anna Sällström
In a colonial village outside of NYC, Misha and her fiance, Daren, seek an escape from the fast pace of the city. As they settle in, Misha becomes withdrawn, suffering from bad dreams and depression. When Daren brings his friends to the house to “shake out the cobwebs,” little does he know he is setting into motion events started hundreds of years ago with the original occupants of the house, the Willam Family. Not only did the ill-fated Willam family die in the house one cold winter, but the house has developed a history of female occupants committing suicide. The friends must solve the mystery of the house before the Willam Family ghosts pick them off one by one.


TITLE: Champions of the Wild Weird West

ISBN: 978-1-926914-54-1
Genre: Western
Arcana Title Page:
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Michael David Nelsen
Artist: George Kambadais
Editor: Sean Patrick O’Reilly
The honor of a samurai, the mysticism of the Native American Culture, and a whole heck of a lot of Old West Action. When a fallen samurai is drawn to the United States to save his wife-to-be and her father, he is drawn into a plot much more complex than a simple rescue. Meeting up with an adventurer, his Indian financial advisor, a mercenary, and a former priest, they set off on a quest to save the West from the strange and unimaginable. Zombie Indians, mystical beings, and mad science are just a few of they must face on their quest to save themselves, those they love, and the whole of the Old West.


TITLE: Deadly Harvest

ISBN: 978-1-926914-53-4
Genre: Science Fiction
Arcana Title Page:
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Michael Nelsen
Artist: Yannis Roumboulias
Inker: Jeff Graham
Colorist: Doug Spencer
Core mining, the deadliest job in the galaxy, draws only the bravest, or craziest, workers in the galaxy. Bumping up to asteroids, typically propelling at astronomical speeds towards distant stars, the miners harvest minerals essential to interstellar travel and commerce. Close quarters, dangerous conditions, and less than a half inch of polymer sheath stand between them and swift oblivion. When the Harvest Moon stumbles upon a goldmine dangerously close to a star, the last thing they expect to find is an ancient alien race preparing to hatch an infestation throughout the system. Armed with mining tools and sour attitudes, Captain Cyrus Layne and his crew must survive the horrors of space and an unfamiliar enemy to escape with their lives. It’s Deadliest Catch meets Armageddon and Aliens in a dystopian future.


TITLE: The Book
ISBN: 978-1-926914-68-8
Genre: Horror Horror
Arcana Title Page:
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Michael David Nelsen
Creator: Erik Hendrix
Creator: Michael David Nelsen
Artist: Amanda Rachels
En route to Italy, a group of American tourists learn of a series of DIY travel guides, nicknamed “The Book”. These unofficial guides are collected and updated with first-hand experiences by the travelers themselves. Diferent “Books” scatter the continent, telling of the best lodging, deals, and “off the grid” adventures from sight seeing to local folklore for anyone clever enough to find them. A local cult, practitioners of Sanctus Letum, the Holy Death, disrupts the American’s plans for adventure when they hide pages from the Dark Book, Shaitan, in one of the travel guides. The friends are lead down a path of secret religion, death, resurrection, and demonology.

The Truman Virus reviewed by Fellowship of the Geeks

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Fellowship of the Geeks, lovers of all things pop culture and geek, recently reviewed The Truman Virus. You can read the entire review BY CLICKING HERE, but below is a sampling from it. Be sure to keep reading to see how you can pick up a copy of the book, too!

The characterizations are good, especially between the siblings Elijah and Isabella. Zelophehead’s sense of humor is great, I found myself laughing quite a few times. I want to take a moment and applaud Mr. Houston for not being graphic with the blood and violence that is standard for a zombie tale.

TITLE: The Truman Virus
Arcana Title Link:

ISBN: 978-1-926914-85-5
Diamond Code: FEB120739 Genre: Horror Science Fiction
In 2012 cancer is on the rise and when world renowned scientist Lance Truman’s cure backfires, an escaped test subject of his, along with two lost and confused orphans travel the country to undo all the damage Truman’s cure has created.


The Fellowship of the Geeks reviews Turning Tiger

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Fellowship of the geeks recently reviewed Turning Tiger, which is out NOW! You can read the entire review BY CLICKING HERE, but below is an excerpt from the review. Be sure to read on below to find out how you can pick up a copy.

If you are thinking this story is somewhat similar to the film IRON GIANT, you are right, but there is a twist. I won’t tell you what the twist is, but it definitely is a good one and I found it interesting. This great book will be enjoyable for any age. Moore’s art is very stylized and cartoony, but that’s OK. I love the action sequences with the robots. I can definitely see this as an enjoyable animated movie.

TITLE: Turning Tiger
Arcana Title Link: <- Click here to see an extended preview!

ISBN: 978-1-926914-87-9
Diamond Code: FEB120740 Genre: Science Fiction
Take one state of the art fully armed sentient military attack robot, let it go rogue, then set the US army and more robots after it. And let it happen in down town USA. If things get bad, have it kidnap a child and see if you can stop her parents blowing the operation wide open to the media.

Mike Kalvoda’s Banshee Promotional Video on YouTube

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Mike Kalvoda’s book, Banshee, which is coming soon, has a promotional video available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. Interested in picking up a copy? You can get it as an e-book NOW!

Banshee – By Mike Kalvoda

Banshee on Amazon for Kindle

Banshee on Smashwords

Some amazing quotes on Banshee:

“As terrifying as it is ambitious, which is to say: very. I tore right through it!” — Dave Holmes, FX Network

“Spine-tingling to the max. Mike Kalvoda is a talent to watch.” – Marianne Maddalena, producer (SCREAM, THE HILLS HAVE EYES)
“Kalvoda’s prose lures you into a classic world of foggy moors and ghostly hags. BANSHEE is a literary treat haunted by Dickens and Poe. “ – Eduardo Sanchez, director (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT)

“Heralds the arrival of a truly gifted writer. An ambitious nightmare woven with elegance and filled with absolute terror.” – Jeffrey Reddick, writer/creator “Final Destination”

Ain’t It Cool News Reviews Every Waking Moment!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Ain’t It Cool News, one of the top comic book sites around, recently reviewed Every Waking Moment from Arcana Comics! You can read some of the best bits below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read the review in full.

“EVERY WAKING MOMENT is a graphic novel that builds to a crescendo similar to WATCHMEN, with a slow boil opening that only intensifies with each new chapter.”

“…a compelling premise, a unique story, and an especially strong sense of foreboding throughout.”

“Heavy, thought-provoking stuff.”

“For a story focused around snoozing, it’s a surprisingly enthralling read that weighs both sides of the debate
with gusto.”

“A potent and involving thriller that touches on some controversial issues that are relevant in today’s
fast-paced world.”

TITLE: Every Waking Moment
Arcana Title Link: <– Click here for an extended preview of the book!

ISBN: 978-1-926914-24-4
Diamond Code: SEP108036 Genre: Science Fiction
What would you do if you never had to sleep again? That’s the question mankind must answer when visionary billionaire Grant Auden develops an eye-opening new medical procedure, The Wake-Up Call, which forever eliminates the need for sleep. Reporter Emma Troy discovers an unexpected and alarming side effect. If you don’t sleep, you don’t dream. And those lost dreams will literally come true as they erupt into the waking world, causing chaos beyond belief. In a fast paced world that is racing into the future, how long before sleep is considered unnecessary?