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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: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=303 <– 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?

Every Waking Moment Creative Team Featured on Comic Geek Speak

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!

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?

Shadowflame and Ripperman creator Joe Martino at Bostin Comic Con April 21-22

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
ISBN: 9781927421871
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.

TITLE: Shadowflame
ISBN: 978-0-9809204-6-8
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.

TITLE: Ripperman
ISBN: 978-1-897548-33-2
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.

Arcana Comics at Fan Expo Vancouver April 21-22

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.

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP AND SCHEDULE.

Bloody Disgusting features Poe & Phillips

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]
ISBN: 978-1-897548-39-4
Diamond Code: SEP100772
Genre: Horror
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!

The Making of Lucas over at Comic Book Monsters

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
ISBN: 978-1-926914-78-7
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.

The Satellite Soda Lucas Fan-Art Horror Spectacular

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.

Marlow in the Sacramento News & Review

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!

ISBN: 978-1-897548-30-1

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.

Arcana Comics on Comic Book Resources

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.

Arcana Buys 10th Muse, Legend Of Isis And More From Bluewater

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.