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Gordon the Giraffe on the press circuit!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Gordon the Giraffe, a recent Arcana release, has been making the rounds in press outlets recently. See some quotes below, plus links to the full reviews/coverage. To learn more about the title, head over to its Arcana page,

“This book does not shy away from the sweet simple, natural love that grows from within each of us uniquely. Deftly illustrated in silouette, suggesting emotion and intent without defaulting to over-sentimentality to deliver poignancy. An important children’s book for any parent that wishes their child lessons of tolerance and acceptance toward themselves and others.” — Michel Horvat, Award winning Documentarian “We are Dad”

“This book has a simple but powerful message: being different from the other kids (in this case, young giraffes) can result in bullying but if you keep your heart open, like Gordon does, you can be accepted for your difference.  The story is accompanied by perfect illustrations that put the reader in Africa with traditional patterned borders on each page and the simple silhouette drawings.  Children will learn about discrimination and a generous heart from this tale.”

“This beautifully illustrated, heartfelt book teaches us that there’s nothing wrong with “being different” and those who are “different” have a great deal to offer. We highly recommend Gordon The Giraffe for all who want to learn or teach compassion, empathy, and acceptance.  Bravo on an inspiringly exquisite children’s book!” — Laurie York and Carmen Goodyear Co-Directors, Freedom To Marry – The Journey To Justice

“At face value it’s a simple story, but behind it is a world of meaning. Kids will see only the story itself – which is presented in big, easy-to-read print and simple language, accompanied by charming illustrations. Parents will see beyond the story to the real gist. It’s about having the freedom to choose, to be who we are – or want to be, when we grow up, at any rate. It’s about parents having the courage (not to mention the decency) to respect their kids’ choices and not try to force them into alien roles. And the gentle subtext points out that gay people can be, and have been, among history’s greatest heroes … that bravery is not a specifically heterosexual quality.” — GLBT Bookshelf

“A beautiful message about following your heart and treating each other with kindness, even when you’re confronted with cruelty.”

Stacy Graffam publishes a blog, Out in Suburbia, where she chronicles the parenting adventures she and her wife enjoy. Stacy lives in New Jersey with her wife Donna-Mae Graffam and their two children. Her work regularly appears in Gay Parent Magazine, the oldest national publication for GLBT parents. Stacy Graffam review:

“Gordon the Giraffe” is a wonderful story that addresses GLBT diversity in a way that all families can understand and appreciate. It clearly conveys how Gordon and Gary are different, while at the same time, highlights the universal bond of love. In the story, love’s power inspires Gordon to overcome his fear about being different when he shares his feelings about Gary with his mother. Then love overcomes the ignorance shown by his peers. When Gordon heroically saves the very characters that were planning him harm, we learn that kindness trumps cruelty and Gordon’s bravery and courage is celebrated by his community.

 Bruce Brown’s story is enhanced further by the beautiful art of A. Shelton. I hope this becomes one of a series of stories about Gordon. It’s an excellent teaching tool to explore our diversity and the importance to celebrating our common bonds rather than vilifying our differences.

The art is simple and illustrates this story perfectly. The story itself is touching. It shows being different is ok, there is nothing at all wrong with that.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars — Richard Vasseur, Jazma Online

Champions of the Wild Weird West makes HorrorTalk’s Top 10 Horror Comics of 2012

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Champions of the Wild Weird West, a recent release from Arcana Comics, has made HorrorTalk’s Top Ten Horror Comics of 2012 list! You can read the entire list by CLICKING HERE, but below is what they had to say about Champions of the Wild Weird West. Champions came in at #8.

Champions of the Wild Weird West (Arcana Studio)

Picture Samurai Jack teaming up with a few cowboys to kill a horde of zombies and you get the idea behind Champions of the Wild Weird West.  The original graphic novel could easily be turned into one of the coolest Saturday morning cartoons ever.  It blends the western with the supernatural in a seamless way.  This isn’t a comic where authors Michael David Nelson and Erik Hendrix just thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if cowboys fought the undead?”  There’s a lot more to the book as we’re introduced to each of the characters.  They’re not zombie food.  Each one has a backstory that you just scratch the surface of.  The book wraps up with a satisfying ending but it’s clear that there’s more to each member of the group and I want to see way more.

Champions of the Wild Weird West is a tale of revenge that includes a samurai and a load of zombies.  I’m not seeing a downside here.”

A special thank you to HorrorTalk for adding us to the list!

If you’d like to learn more about Champions of the Wild Weird West, you can go to its Arcana page here ~ .


HorrorTalk Reviews Champions of the Wild Weird West

Friday, December 14th, 2012

HorrorTalk, the Best in Horror since 2002, recently reviewed Champions of the Wild Weird West, by Michael David Nelsen & Erik Hendrix with art from George Kambadais. You can read the full review by CLICKING HERE, but read below for an excerpt!

Revenge is a pretty basic emotion.  It’s something that anyone that’s ever been wronged can understand.  Fighting zombies is quickly becoming another basic emotion, so putting the two together is a no-brainer (no pun intended).  This is probably why Champions of the Wild Weird West works so well.  It’s a fun comic that touches on a variety of supernatural creatures in a short amount of time without feeling too cumbersome.  I would watch a cartoon based on the book in a heartbeat.  The authors left more than enough room for a sequel and I definitely want to see more.

Thank you to HorrorTalk and be sure to CLICK HERE to read more!

If you would like to learn more about Champions of the Wild Weird West, head over to THIS LINK!

SteamPunk Canada Reviews SteamPunk Originals Volume 1!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

SteamPunk Originals, a new Anthology coming out in 2013, has received its first review. SteamPunk Canada had some amazing things to say about the book, and you can read the full review by CLICKING HERE. Below is a sampling from the review…

I absolutely love the diversity of ideas, the pace, and the artwork. The artwork alone is so diverse that you have to literally switch gears with each new story. But it is well worth it. It is like attending a multi artist gallery opening.

Each story is so different from the one before and after that it is like reading through different books attached as one.  I got quite involved reading Steampunk Originals. I could not wait to see what the next story and artwork would be like.

Thank you to SteamPunk Canada and, again, please CLICK HERE to read the entire review.

If you’re interested in learning more about SteamPunk Originals Volume 1, head over here ~ !!!

Ain’t It Cool News Reviews Kozmik Issue 2!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Kozmik, which is being released right now digitally on ComiXology and soon in print, was just reviewed by Ain’t It Cool News! You can see the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but in the meantime, here’s a sampling from it!

“Writer Scott Kinney does a good job of balancing this all and tells a solid story. The target audience is definitely kids, as the action is fast and comedy is over the top. Zak is a fairly typical sassy hero kid, but he’s nowhere near as annoying as the current ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN cartoon. His little fashion show as he looks for a superhero outfit is really nice.Artist Christian Colbert’s work fits perfect with the story. It’s well designed and cartoony looking. Everything looks really good here… Colbert’s storytelling… is pretty spot on. He and Kinney work well together.”

Thank you to Ain’t It Cool News, and be sure to CLICK HERE to see the full review.

If you’re interested in learning more about Kozmik, be sure to head over to the ARCANA KOZMIK PAGE.

Comic Attack reviews Kozmik Issue 1

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Kozmik, which is being released digitally on ComiXology as I type, recently received a great review from Comic Attack! You can read a bit of the review below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

“Issue #1 of Kinney’s Kozmik is a nice kick off into this world for readers, setting everything up while entertaining us along the way, and not skimping on the action a story like this benefits from. For older readers the concept may remind them of the 1997 film Star Kid, or for older-older readers the 1985 manga Guyver, Bio-Boost Armor, which spun off two anime series and two live-action movies, but I assure you it really just ends there conceptually and does its own thing. For starters, it’s all-ages, so it is nowhere near the violent blood filled insanity that wasGuyver‘s charm, and in terms of Star Kid, the battle suit here is more of an Iron Man-esque weapon than what was going on in that film. Kinney lets the story do its own thing and go wherever it just naturally goes. Stylistically it looks good, and the villains have a Darkwing Duck vibe to them giving it a certain nostalgic appeal. However, all of those things aside which really I aimed at the adult reader side of all-ages, on the kid side it’ll appeal to them as well, and they’ll eat it up, no comparisons included.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Kozmik, CLICK HERE to learn all about it!

Comics Anonymous loves John Henry: The Steam Age

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

John Henry: the Steam Age, one of our newest releases, has a fan in Comics Anonymous! You can read the full reviews of the various chapters of John Henry: The Steam Age using links proviced, and read some  samplings from the reviews… Enjoy!

Issue 1 – CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL – “Another strong release from Arcana and with Dwayne holding onto writing/art duties, we’re surely going to become more and more involved in the kind of story that’s constructed before our eyes to leave us desperate to fight alongside John.”

Issue 2 – CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL – “ A strong steampunk/pulp edge to the whole title suits me down to the ground and I’m sure there’s more people out there that would/should read it…….and I’d urge more people to take the chance with it.”

Issue 3 – CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL – “This offers us much more depth on a number of different levels and there’s a significant chance to see the amount of detailed face work that goes into our hero, the villain and the multiple new faces we have on show.”

Issue 4 – CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL – “Kudos to Dwayne Harris and Arcana comics for bringing us such an entertaining and visually impressive release which makes this a firm entry in that recommendations list.”

While we’re at it, please read this full interview Comics Anonymouse did with John Henry writer / artist, Dwayne Harris. In there, you can read about some of Dwayne’s other works, some details behind John Henry, and some art samples! CLICK HERE TO READ.

Geeks of Doom Reviews The Inventor

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Geeks of Doom recently reviewed The Inventor: The Story of Nikola Tesla. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but you can read a bit if ot below.

“I loved the story as it was told by Rave Mehta, who not only scripted this but also seems to have been the lead creator behind the whole comic itself. With art supplied by Erik Williams, the story of Tesla really comes alive… I would give this one a solid four out of five because of the time and effort that I know it takes to produce these works. And because they chose an almost obscure (by which I mean few schools mention the subject to students) scientist and allow us a chance to see history from another perspective. If you are a fan of times past or even slightly curious about the shaping of our world at the turn of the twentieth century, then pick this up…it is loaded with stories of yesteryear.”

Thank you to Geeks of Doom and, again, please CLICK HERE to read it in full.

If you’re interested in reading more about The Inventor, or picking up a copy, you can head to this link to read more ~ .

Fanboy Comics Reviews Kozmik!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Ahead of its print release, Kozmik is being released digitally on ComiXology. Fanboy Comics received an advance look at the full graphic novel, and below is what they had to say about it. Be sure to head to their site by CLICKING HERE to read the full review.

“Arcana Comics’ new hero could prove to be for children and ‘tweens what Invincible proved to be for high schoolers.  If you love intelligent adventure with a Saturday morning spirit, you might dig Kozmik. ”

Thank you to Fanboy Comics for the great review and, again, be sure to read the full review by CLICKING HERE!

Awakenings reviewed by One Geek Nation

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

One Geek Nation recently reviewed Awakenings. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but see below for an excerpt!

“The most magni?cent part of this entire book is that the reader may be the ultimate fool. It?s suggested that Spencer Straight is lacking in mental capacity.

Therefore, this entire plot line could be one resplendent delirium. For all we know it ISN?T 2060 and there AREN?T werewolves and this dude DID kill people. Maybe a long shot? I come to this theory A.) Because it amuses me. and B.) Because there is a great deal of foreshadowing in the book, so perhaps the book is just a sly tool of foreshadowing in and of itself (Did someone say sequel?).”

There’s a lot more to the review, so be sure to head over and read the full review by CLICKING HERE!