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One Geek Nation reviews Marlow

Friday, August 17th, 2012

marlow_cover.jpgOne Geek Nation reviewed Marlow recently and below is a sampling of it! Be sure to head over to their site by CLICKING HERE to read it in full.

Marlow succeeds where so many other books fail, it takes the social undertones going in the world and it points them out. The selfishness, the zombie lifestyle, not thinking about anything, just doing what you’re told. This book tries to make you think about things, and really respect Aaron Thomas Nelson for trying to do that.

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.

Lost Girl featured on Fangoria.com

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Lost Girl, one of our recent releases, was featured on Fangoria.com and below is some of what they had to say! You can read the entire feature by CLICKING HERE.

THE LOST GIRL began life as a screenplay Mongillo hoped to direct, with Norman Reedus attached at one point to star. Now available in the four-color format from Arcana Comics, the story concerns a runaway orphan teen named Joy who hooks up with a mysterious stranger who turns out to be a Neurian—one of a race of lycanthropic shapeshifters. “THE LOST GIRL is a reaction to the classic WOLF MAN screenplay by Curt Siodmak and equally inspired by the writings of Herodotus, the Greek ‘father of history,’ ” Mongillo explains. “Siodmak was without the literary source material of his film’s predecessors, such as FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA, so he boldly created his own mythology, most notably the ‘curse of the werewolf’ afflicting those bitten to continue the cycle of transformation and mayhem when the moon is full. My research revealed that there are as many differences as there are similarities in the werewolf folklore predating THE WOLF MAN; yet nearly all werewolf fiction since has idly followed Siodmak’s innovations.

Thank you to Fangoria.com!

If you’re interested in picking up a copy, read below!

TITLE: The Lost Girl
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=300

ISBN: 9781926914749
Diamond Code: MAR120743
Genre: Action Romance
Stumbling onto the feud of an old clan of shape-shifters, a college graduate named Joy finds herself looking after a rogue named Rurik. In a cabin in the woods, feelings quickly develop between the two unlikely lovers as Rurik’s people draw close. United in their forbidden love, Joy and Rurik fight a small army of Neurian flesh-eaters who have come to kill Rurik for abandoning their fading clan.

Hellnotes reviews Marlow

Friday, August 17th, 2012

marlow_cover.jpgHellnotes recently reviewed the Arcana title Marlow and loved it! You can red a sampling of it below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read the full review.

There are more twists and turns in this issue, and it lends itself to all the immediacy of a film, having a very cinematic quality in that you’ll be so surprised by the time that you’re done as the story tends to fly by, but has a satisfying resolution. The artwork in both issues is excellent, and again, it’s always nice to encounter works of zombie fiction that do things a little differently and give a unique hook.

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.

Geek Chocolate Reviews Hendrix & Nelsen’s The Book

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Geek Chocolate recently reviewed The Book, which comes out in December, and it looks appears they enjoyed it! Read an excerpt from the review below, and be sure to CLICK HERE to read the review in full.

The dialogue especially is well written, and considering the number of characters involved each of their voices, as with their art, is distinct. Conversations feel believable and, despite the requirement at times for it to be expositional in nature exchanges never feel forced, which is of great credit to Hendrix’s script.

Once into its stride the story reads as a chase, like a superior teen slasher film with all the required elements present such as young lust, teenagers trespassing on creepy settings and very gory ends. These combine well and help make for a fun and bloody read.

Thank you to Geek Chocolate for the review and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

To learn more about The Book, read on below!

TITLE: The Book
ARCANA LINK: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=457
ISBN: 978-1-926914-68-8
DESCRIPTION: 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. Different “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.

Bloody-Disgusting.com reviews Lucas

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Lucas was recently reviewed by Bloody-Disgusting.com and they loved it, giving it a 4.5 out of 5! Below is an excerpt from the book, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full over at their site.

The level of imagination and skill that went into Lucas is not only impressive, but enough to put David Murdoch at the forefront of all horror graphic novel collectors’ minds. The book started off as a crossbreed art-book that amassed the work of numerous illustrators to tell one horrific tale of terror. “Lucas” quickly transformed into a short horror narrative that’s more novel than graphic. Murdoch boldly takes on the roles of creator, writer, illustrator, and colourist for “Lucas”. Finding a home with Arcana Studio, Murdoch’s story is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Dexter. Only, this killer of killers is just as terrifying and psychotic as the family of cannibalistic sadists he destroys.

Honestly, the above is just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure to head over to the Bloody-Disgusting site BY CLICKING HERE.

Below are some other details on the book…

TITLE: LUCAS
ISBN: 9781926914787
DIAMOND CODE: MAR120744
ARCANA SITE LINK: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=391
COMIXOLOGY LINK: http://www.comixology.com/Lucas/digital-comic/ICO002906
DESCRIPTION:  A bold, stark example of terror in the homeland, Lucas tells the tale of a family of cannibals who’ve made a smorgasbord of any poor souls unfortunate enough to darken their door… until Lucas comes along to give them a true education in horror. 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.

ComicBooked.com Reviews Greyman

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Greyman, which was recently released, has been reviewed by ComicBooked.com! CLICK HERE to read the review in full, but below is an excerpt from the review.

Greyman is certainly daring for a graphic novel. It goes places most stories wouldn’t dare to go, and it faces even the darkest of possibilities and brings them to light. For readers who want a thrill and don’t mind being a little horrified and disturbed at the turn of events, this is definitely a comic worth checking out. It’s also worth a read even if you just want to find out whether poor Adam and Sarah will ever be together again — an emotional thread that is surprisingly well maintained throughout the story and brought to a conclusion in the end (though I won’t spoil it by saying what conclusion that is).

Thank you to ComicBooked.com and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE to read the full review.

To pick up a copy of the book, see below!

TITLE: GREYMAN
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=438
COMIXOLOGY LINK: http://www.comixology.com/Greyman/digital-comic/ICO002903
ISBN: 9781926914886
Diamond Code: MAR120742
Genre: Horror Horror
DESCRIPTION: Adam Grey, a young anthropology graduate student, becomes an unlikely and reluctant hero as he finds himself mentally linked to an arrogant and irreverent ethereal being and tasked with taking on the role of ‘gatekeeper’ on the Dead Highway – the ‘in-between’ zone separating the world of the living from the realm of the dead. Adam’s only source of guidance as he searches for the missing soul of his deceased fiancé comes in the form of Elijah, a powerful astral being (masquerading as a human homeless man) who has a strained relationship with ‘the entity’ with whom Adam now finds himself bonded. Discovering that the majority of human souls fall victim to the ravenous ‘Seekers’ – leather-clad, motorcycle-riding demons – and never successfully pass through to the afterlife, Adam is shocked to uncover an ongoing war between two very different species of incorporeal beings, with the life force/’soul’ material contained within our human bodies as the ultimate prize. Realizing that the fate of humanity itself is at risk as this spiritual war spills into the living world for the first time, Adam slowly comes to terms with his responsibility and must eventually face the fact that the only way to truly save the souls of the human race is to sacrifice his own humanity.

Bloody-Disgusting.com Reviews Deadly Harvest

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Deadly Harvest, which made its debut on ComiXology with issue 1 on July 18th, was recently reviewed by Bloody-Disgusting.com. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but see below for an excerpt from it.

“Deadly Harvest” is fairly fast paced with a healthy amount of characters but not an over load of information. As the reader I was able to absorb what was going on at a pace that didn’t overwhelm me with content. The story is pretty simple; harvest Klip = get rich. These folks will literally get rich or die trying. With addition of some cool scifi and of course some bad ass space pirates where could the plot go wrong? The end is especially awesome as we find out that this new asteroids has its own alien locals that seem to be hungry for death.

The art has a realistic look but with enough of a make-believe feel to it that works well with science fiction. The idea behind the different mining equipment is particularly interesting, who wouldn’t want a plasma pike or hammer? Colouring compliments the style of art used very well making the suits and weaponry looks even more awesome.

Thank you to Bloody-Disgusting.com for the review and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full! You can start reading Deadly Harvest now on ComiXology, where it will be released by issues monthly until it’s official print release as a full graphic novel in November. Issue 1 is out now on ComiXology.

TITLE: DEADLY HARVEST
ISBN: 978-1-926914-53-4
COMIXOLOGY LINK: http://www.comixology.com/Deadly-Harvest/comics-series/8642
DESCRIPTION: Core mining, the deadliest job in the galaxy, draws only the bravest, or craziest, workers around. 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.

Word of the Nerd Reviews Deadly Harvest

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Word of the Nerd recently previewed and reviewed Arcana’s upcoming Deadly Harvest. You can read the full review BY CLICKING HERE, but see the excerpt below and find out how you can order a copy of the book.

Take one part Deadliest Catch, and one part Firefly. Season with a dash ofPirates of the Caribbean. Mix until consistency is smooth. Garnish with a pinch of Aliens, and serve at absolute zero.  This is the recipe for Deadly Harvest, from Arcana…

Messrs. Hendrix and Nelson tell a fine story, moving the plot along at a quick pace and, with Mr. Roumboulias’ artwork, really convey the urgency and danger these miners face in their daily activities. In this line of work anyone can get killed at any time, just by doing their job, and the creative team does a great job of showing this. This really is a “summer blockbuster” type of book, a quick fun read, full of action and adventure.

Thank you to Word of the Nerd for the amazing review and, again, you can read it in full by CLICKING HERE.

TITLE: DEADLY HARVEST
RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2012
ISBN: 978-1-926914-53-4
ARCANA TITLE LINK: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=455
COMIXOLOGY LINK: http://www.comixology.com/Deadly-Harvest/comics-series/8642
DESCRIPTION:  Core mining, the deadliest job in the galaxy, draws only the bravest, or craziest, workers around. 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.

Bloody Disgusting covers Arcana’s The Evil Tree

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

BloodyDisgusting.com, a horror web site, recently covered the upcoming Arcana release, The Evil Tree. Below is an excerpt from the coverage, but be sure to read it in full by CLICKING HERE.

While it may not seem like it, September is quickly approaching, and that means the best time of the year for horror fans. All the comic publisher release loads of horror books to get you in gear for the Halloween season. Arcana has a special treat for you this September with Erik Hendix and Daniel Thollin’s original graphic novel, The Evil Tree. The graphic novel follows a young couple as they retreat from city life into a new home. Unfortunately for the couple and their friends, everything goes awry when they unlock the secrets of the original occupants of the house. It’s a true classic ghost story that’s bound to give you the chills.

Thank you to BloodyDisgusting.com, and be sure to read the entire feature by CLICKING HERE!

As for The Evil Tree, you can pick up a copy through the Arcana Store, which will ship when the book is printed (Release is scheduled for September). It will show up in Diamond Previews in July to ship in time for Halloween. Also, watch for The Evil Tree on ComiXology, coming soon!

Title: The Evil Tree
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=437 <– CLICK HERE FOR AN EXTENDED PREVIEW OF THE BOOK
ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7

Genre: Horror
Writer: Erik Hendrix
Artist: Daniel Thollin
Colorist: Anna Sällström
Editor: Amanda Hendrix
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.

The Evil Tree reviewed in Comics Should Be Good on ComicBookResources.com

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The Evil Tree, coming this September from Arcana Comics, was recently reviewed on  Comic Book Resources’ Comics Should Be Good. Below is an excerpt from the review and be sure to read the entire review by CLICKING HERE.

I was prepared to dislike this and blow off reviewing it, honestly. Here is my terrible secret– I love horror fiction and am very fond of horror movies, but the slasher, splatterpunk stuff is a subgenre I despise, and even worse, I really don’t care for straight horror comics… So writer Erik Hendrix and artist Daniel Thollin really had the deck stacked against them as far as I was concerned…

But you know what? Hendrix and Thollin sold me. Their tale of a young couple inadvertently awakening Something Very Evil may not be innovative, but I have a soft spot for classic tropes done well, and Mr. Hendrix rang enough changes on the formula that I was never bored. As a haunted house story, The Evil Tree is genuinely haunting… even scary.

Thank you to Comic Book Resources for the review and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

As for The Evil Tree, you can pick up a copy through the Arcana Store, which will ship when the book is printed (Release is scheduled for September). It will show up in Diamond Previews in July to ship in time for Halloween. Also, watch for The Evil Tree on ComiXology, coming soon!

Title: The Evil Tree
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=437 <– CLICK HERE FOR AN EXTENDED PREVIEW OF THE BOOK
ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7

Genre: Horror
Writer: Erik Hendrix
Artist: Daniel Thollin
Colorist: Anna Sällström
Editor: Amanda Hendrix
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.