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Thursday, April 19th, 2012
The podcast Comic Geek Speak recently featured Jeff Dyer and Steve Ott, the team behind Every Waking Moment. You can listen to the podcast by CLICKING HERE and head about 24 minutes in to listen to the interview. To learn more about the book, including an extended preview, see the information below!
TITLE: Every Waking Moment
Arcana Title Link: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=303 <– Click here for an extended preview of the book!
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?
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
If you’re going to be at the Boston Comic Con this weekend, April 21-22, be sure to look around for Joe Martino! He’ll be there promoting Shadowflame, Ripperman, and Curse of the Cortes Stone and showing off his artwork. He’ll be at table AA514, so don’t miss him!
Want to take a look at some of his work? Keep on reading!
TITLE: Curse of the Cortes Stone
Diamond Code: APR12 0788 Genre: Superhero
Arcana Title Link: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=429 <– See an extended preview of the book!
The Wraith, Shadowflame and Johnny Saturn spring forth from their own independent series’ for an adventure only the three of them could possibly dare face. Battling against Aztekoth, The Wraith soon encounters an evil unlike any he has ever faced before–Orcus! An evil so pronounced, so powerful, that the fate of not only the world, but all existence is at stake. Soon joined by his fellow heroes, the trio battle as best they can against a galactic threat that will require the gathering of all Earth’s champions to combat. Join our heroes in this rollicking adventure filled with drama, action and excitement in the best tradition of comic book storytelling. A War of the Independents crossover.
Diamond Code: SEP100773 Genre: Superhero Science Fiction
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=377 <– See an extended preview of the book!
When Officer Tom Wyatt’s wife, Janice, was 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 orbiting 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 Imprint to receive the ‘gift of power’ and become a third holy man of lsht. 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.
Diamond Code: AUG110798 Genre: Horror Horror
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=174 <– See an extended preview of the book!
Thrown into a world that he doesn’t understand, he is placed at the feet of a church. Under the teachings of Father Thomas Jacob he will learn the ways of the Lord, but not if the devil has anything to say about it. Find out if the Ripperman remains an instrument of good, or gives in to his demonic side.
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
VANCOUVER (April 19, 2012) – Arcana is excited to announce another convention appearance coming up this weekend!
Arcana Comics, the publisher of Kade, The Clockwork Girl, Koni Waves, 100 Girls, and many more, will be appearing at Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend, April 21 and 22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Stop by the booth, A62, and tell Arcana that you’re “Intrinsic” and get a free giveaway!
Besides that, Sean Patrick O’Reilly, creator of Kade, The Clockwork Girl, The Gwaii, Wingman, and many more will be appearing throughout the weekend and on Saturday, stop by between 12pm and 3pm to meet Todd Demong, the artist of the popular 100 Girls. He will be doing free sketches.
Friday, April 13th, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, Poe and Phillips, by the talented Jaime Collado, was featured in Bloody Disgusting’s article on Lovecraft Comics. You can read the entire feature by CLICKING HERE.
“Yep, this one pits together Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft, the two most infamous names in horror history. How awesome is that? In this story the two word smiths combine forces in order to solve one the stranger paranormal attempts to take over the world. This book creates caricatures of the two literary giants, but it’s quite a lot of fun if you are able to step back and relax.“
Keep on reading to learn more about Poe & Phillips!
Poe & Philips [Graphic Novel]
Diamond Code: SEP100772
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=188 <– go here to see an extended preview of the book!
Description: Inspired by the works of the two legendary writers, Edgar (Allan) Poe and Howard Phillips (Lovecraft), Poe & Phillips is a tribute to their gothic horror masterpieces. For the first time ever, the worlds of Edgar Allan Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft collide!
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
ComicBookMonsters.com recently did a feature on Lucas with creator/writer David Murdoch. It’s definitely worth CLICKING HERE to read it in full… Lots of amazing imagery from the book along with David’s inspirations and techniques. To give you an idea, David says on there, “The creative process behind Lucas, how on earth do I explain this. My work is high-energy, raw. Sometimes ambiguous. When I started this book I put my focus on the narrative. My goal was to write something I felt could stand on its own and then adorn it in artwork that would only make it that much cooler. That much darker.”
Again, CLICK HERE to read the article in full. To pick up a copy of the book, read on!
Original Graphic Novel
Diamond Code: MAR120744
Arcana Title Link: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=391 <– Go here for an extended preview of the book!
In the backwoods farmland of Rural-Nowhere USA, dawn breaks. It’s coloring everything warmly. Red and gold and orange. A clutch of dried and dead trees frame a pile of bodies. Lucas stands over them.
Monday, March 19th, 2012
Satellite Soda is sponsoring a Lucas Fan-Art Contest over at their site. You can read more by CLICKING HERE, but below are some of the details. As a special incentive, we have thrown in a gift package worth $100 in Arcana books!
The Subject: One slasher, one psychotic backwoods family, pitted against each other in rural nowhere. Lucas, the soon-to-be released horror title by Arcana, is the inspiration behind this madness.
The Challenge: Lucas is not really what you’d consider to be a conventional graphic novel. The story itself is heavily narrated and pretty descriptive. What you, the contestant, are going to be provided with are a some of the character descriptions from the book. Lucas, Jeb, Mama, Jeremy, Ben, and Grandma. They’ll all be there. You’re going to create your version of these characters based on the way you envision them. You can choose any one of them, or all. Whatever floats your boat.
The Rules: Create your Lucas fan-art using any medium at your disposal. Traditional, digital, 3D, photography, customs, anything goes. There are no specs, no size requirements. The contest deadline is April 9th, 2012, 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time.
The Reward: Once the contest has closed, judgement will fall. There will be three places rewarded for their efforts, skill, and overall awesomeness.
3rd place - You will receive one signed copy of the book.
2nd place - You will receive one signed copy of the book. Two exclusive prints, one by cover artist Sukhbir Purewal and one by Lucas creator David Murdoch.
1st place - You will receive one signed copy of the book. Two exlusive prints, one by cover artist Sukhbir Purewal and one by Lucas creator David Murdoch. One copy of Squarepusher’s Music Is Rotted One Note (there’s a track from this album recommended in the book). And an Arcana gift pack valued over $100.
To read the all of the details, rules, etc, please CLICK HERE.
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Marlow and his creator, Aaron Nelson, are featured in the Sacramento News & Review, a free magazine with 350,000 readers weekly. Marlow even made the cover! Below is some of what they had to say about the book, but you can read it in full over at THIS LINK (just head to page 16-19 for the feature).
“… That he’d never attempted comics was beside the point. Here, he says, he recognized a clear void: a comic-book hero based on one of the Greek literature greats…
Released this week and illustrated in bold, punch frames by Dario Carrasco, Marlow reads as a complex yet pulpy adventure rife with comic-book worthy images – a loyal band of allies, a cold-hearted villain, scheming pirates and a throng of soul-dead zombies – as well political themes that examine, among other subjects, globalism and the war on terror…”
The feature covers the history of Marlow as well as Nelson’s inspirations, writing history, and plans for the future. Be sure to read the entire feature by CLICKING HERE.
To order a copy of Marlow, keep reading!
Diamond Code: SEP118014
Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=63
Written By: Aaron Nelson
Art By: Dario Carrasco
Marlow is a zombie story inspired by Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. It’s 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.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
As our press release about picking up part of Bluewater’s library hits the airwaves, several sites are buzzing about it! Comic Book Resources just posted on the topic as well…
Following its recent partnership with Benderspink for film-ready comics, Arcana has announced the acquisition of Bluewater Productions’ fiction library including titles “10th Muse,” “Legend of Isis,” “Judo Girl” and more. While Bluewater is better known for its “Female Force” and “Political Power” comics, Arcana’s acquisition includes 23 fiction titles releasing as collected graphic novels later this year.
“I have worked with Arcana in the past and am excited to team up with them again,” said Bluewater President Darren G. Davis via press release. “Teaming up with another independent comic book company, the foundation can only strengthen our brands.”
“Darren and Arcana did Valkyrie back in the day and it’s great to be working with him again,” added Arcana CEO Sean Patrick O’Reilly. “He is one of the most talented and prolific creators I’ve worked with, and everyone is very excited about these dozens of graphic novels added into our library,”
The Bluewater acquisition is the second major announcement from Arcana this month, following the publisher’s reveal of new label ArcanaBenderspink Comics, which will launch with 20 new titles intended to be developed for film and television. Check out the full press release of the Arcana/Bluewater team-up below and stay tuned to CBR for more developments.
Head over to CBR to read the entire feature.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
From Bleeding Cool this morning…
“Arcana Comics have announced they are buying up a large chunk of Bluewater’s publishing library. Basically, everything except the biography and most of the licenced titles, to be published in trade paperback form.
So that means 10th Muse, Legend of Isis, Judo Girl, Styx and Stone, Deathsport Games, Orion the Hunter, Blackbeard Legacy, Paparazzi, Warlock, Leprechaun and more.”
Read the full article by CLICKING HERE.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
VANCOUVER (Feb 21, 2012) – Arcana Comics is pleased to annouce they have recently picked up the rights to part of Bluewater’s fiction library! The publishers have been in talks for quite a while, leading to the aquisition. Titles include the popular 10th Muse as well as Legend of Isis, and Judo Girl, as well as twenty-three others.
“I have worked with Arcana in the past and am excited to team up with them again. Teaming up with another independent comic book company, the foundation can only strengthen our brands,” says Darren G. Davis, Bluewater President.
“Darren and Arcana did Valkyrie back in the day and it’s great to be working with him again. He is one of the most talented and prolific creators I’ve worked with, and everyone is very excited about these dozens of graphic novels added into our library,” says Arcana‘s CEO Sean Patrick O’Reilly.
Starting later this year, Arcana Comics will release collected editions of the comic books in graphic novel form, giving new readers a chance to learn about these exciting titles.
Keep reading below for a run-down of some of these titles.
10th Muse – Greek mythology has documented the nine Muses, the inspirational daughters of the almighty Zeus. But history forgot one–the Tenth Muse. Emma, Brett and Dawn were the best of friends — until Emma disappeared, leaving only a note saying goodbye. Now, eight years later, Emma is back, without answers. What happened to Emma? What is her connection with Grayson Bishop, and, most of all, how did ordinary Emma Sonnet become the mysterious TENTH MUSE? Introducing The Tenth Muse, a new kind of super-hero saga unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. A mystery. An action series. A character- driven saga that will bring you to the edge of your seat. See if you can unravel the mystery of The 10th Muse.. Apologies for the blurred cover image, but there is a new celebrity modeling as the Tenth Muse, and it has to be kept a secret until she makes it public!
Legend of Isis – Trapped 5,000 years out of time, the would-be Egyptian Goddess, Isis, must adjust to her new life in 21st century Los Angeles. Using her mystical staff and some help from a few new friends, Isis will protect those around her from evil that may threaten their world. But how can she protect a world that she doesn’t fully understand? Join Isis in her ongoing series debut issue, as she’s introduced to the modern world and its new ways of life. But it seems Isis is not the only ancient warrior alive in our time – as she must battle the Mummy of Sekhent upon her awakening from the dead!
Judo Girl – Adjusting to life iof modern day is one thing. Fighting the female assassin Silencer is another. Worse, one of Judo Girl’s (Diana Moore) most dangerous adversaries from the 1960s resurfaces to complicate her life, Lincoln Stanley, aka Hep Cat. Has he really reformed, as he claims, or is he back to his old tricks?
Styx and Stone – Upon returning from South Africa, Detective Mel Stone was put on medical leave after he was found almost dead on the cargo ship he was on with no explanation and almost no memory of what happened to him.. Now, he’s back on the force with his new partner investigating a string of gruesome campus murders. On the surface, everything is back to normal, but in reality, Stone is back with an added bonus; he’s sharing his body with the career criminal and murder James Wyatt.
Deathsport Games - In the near future, three teens find themselves thrust into a twisted version of the Olympic Games against a horde of vicious Sportsmen and a blood-thirsty crowd of onlookers!
Orion the Hunter - To tempt the Fates is one thing. To out and out steal from them is sheer lunacy. Yet Orion must pit his destiny against some of the fiercest and most dangerous forces Olympus has to offer. As he peels away another veil of the gods’ deceit, Orion is forced to walk the precipice between myth and mystery only to find himself at the very mouth of Hades.
Blackbeard Legacy – The only thing of any worth to Hanna amongst the wreckage of an unlucky vessel is its sole survivor, who tells the captain about a secret treasure only he knows how to obtain. But he has reasons of his own to employ her aide. And with zombies, threatening weather, and the ever-gaining Captain Purloin, it’s going to be a difficult task for the crew to even get off the island. quest for gold, adventure and her fathers head on a stick.
Paparazzi – Los Angeles; some call it the city of angels, others call it a cesspool of debauchery and self indulgence, but whatever you choose to call it, one thing is clear; L.A. is where all the action is. When an entertainment newspaper stops covering celebrity tabloids and starts to focus on the superhero community, all Hell breaks loose. From closeted capes, to drugged out Do-Gooders, no one is safe from the poison pen of Sara Michaels and her award winning snake of a photographer, Glenn Barry. This book explores what goes on under the spandex, and we aren’t talking Botox!
Warlock - A new story from the cult film WARLOCK from Lionsgate. The Warlock is on a mission to destroy a book that contains a spell which imprisoned six other Warlocks. If the book manages to be destroyed, the dangerous Warlocks would be released back into the world free to cause chaos and destruction. It’s up to a rag-tag group of people to prevent the Warlock from carrying out his plan.
Leprechaun - From the cult film from Lionsgate. This is the tale of Lubdan, the king and sole survivor of the Leprechaun. The last of the Leprechauns! A treasure dealer stumbles across his pot of gold and steals it. In this modern age, he finds buyers all over the planet through on-line auctions. Lubdan finds the thief after the gold is shipped to humans across the globe. Lubdan’s quest takes him all over the planet, across time and space. Battling greed, the genocidal Cluracan and new mystical adversaries, Lubdan must save all life to save himself…but not without taking lives!
ABOUT ARCANA STUDIOS
Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”