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Fellowship of the Geeks reviews Intrinsic Issue 1

Friday, May 4th, 2012

We’re t-minus one day until Free Comic Book Day and we’re as excited as little kids on Christmas eve… Intrinsic Issue 1 is making the press rounds now, our Free Comic Book Day entry this year. Below is some of what Fellowship of the Geeks had to say. In an email, they even told us they thought Intrinsic was a better crossover than another one going on right now from another publisher. I’m betting readers out there can figure out which!

Thank you to Fellowship of the Geeks for the kind words! Read it in full BY CLICKING HERE.

INTRINSIC is Arcana’s first cross company event, and it has the potential of being one of the better ones in a while. This issue is certainly has substance, not just style and hype. Allan Otero’s art is great; he handles the action and drama with ease. This should be a fun ride and I will be there alongside them.


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 Omnicomic.com

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Omnicomic.com 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.

 

ComicAttack.net reviews Clay County

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Clay County was recently reviewed by ComicAttack.net! You can read an excerpt from the review below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read the full review.

The story begins with a bunch of rednecks at a local bar having a normal night of fun. At first, they don’t realize that the television broadcast of an alien is for real. One of the dudes then makes a comment. This is one of the funniest comments ever…”d@mn Teletubbies, get the race on, Jimbo”! That was hilarious, and several other moments like that are what make this book so funny.

Although, on the flip side of all the humor, if you really think about it, the characters in the bar that carry the story along with a “resistance” fighter, are very real in the sense that anyone who lives in a rural area probably knows a few of these types. Seriously, though, the characters that drive the book are definitely believable, but also over the top at the same time.

The aliens themselves are a pretty neat concept. Their design is a typical alien life form design, but they do have these long tendrils that emanate from the back of their heads. The reason the aliens are on Earth, is because they found a fuel source called SF-92. The reveal as to what that actually is makes for some more funny moments, as well. Bruce and Chip do a fine job with showing the wacky characters, the funny settings, and the aliens’ motives for being on Earth. It’s a light read, but an entertaining and humorous one.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of the book, read on!

Title:: Clay County

ISBN: 978-1-926914-79-4
Diamond Code: MAR120740
Arcana Title Link: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=439 <– you can see an extended preview of the book at this link!
Description: The Earth is ruled by ruthless alien invaders who came to our planet seeking a mysterious power source known only as Sf-92. Now, one year later, the merciless aliens have crushed the planet’s armed forces and annihilated all freedom fighters. All but one: SGT Coleman is Earth’s last hope. If he can find Sf-92 then maybe–just maybe–he can use it against the alien conquerors and win mankind’s freedom. His search brings him to Clay County: a backward, redneck slice of the deep south that is completely unaware–or too drunk to care–of humanity’s subjugation by an alien army. Together with the unlikely allies of Clay County citizens Blake, Vern, Hot Dog and Root, Coleman sets out to find Sf-92 before the Earth’s otherworldly overlords, save mankind, and drink a few cold ones along the way.

Wired.com’s “Geek Dad” Interviews Howard Lovecraft creator Bruce Brown

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Howard Lovecraft, featured in the outstanding Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom and, more recently, in Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom, was recently reviewed by Wired.com’s “Geek Dad”. Below is an excerpt from the review, but please CLICK HERE to read it in full.

“Nothing like a good children’s story about a boy and his pet, Cthulhu.

Wow, did I really just say that? That is the story presented in Bruce Brown’s Howard Lovecraft graphic novel series. I recently had a blast reading through the first book in the series, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Mountain. In fact, this is probably the only version of Lovecraft that would not completely warp my seven-year-old’s mind. We both really enjoyed the artwork and the story so much that we had to pick up the second book, Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom. I believe that fans of Lovecraft will get the connections made in the stories, probably by the titles alone.

I caught up with author Bruce Brown (hoping to get a sneak peak into the next book) and here is what he had share about his young adult series:

Sims: What gave you the idea to create works based on Lovecraft horror, geared toward young adults?

Brown: The series started from a short story I had written for a horror anthology. It took place during the moment where Lovecraft’s father suffered a nervous breakdown and I placed a young H. P. Lovecraft, in the story, at that moment in time. After the story was published, I could not let go of the idea of this younger Lovecraft character so I sat down and began writing the frozen kingdom. I loved the idea of introducing elements of Lovecraft’s work into a story that all ages could enjoy and hopefully introduce a new generation of readers to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Sims: What age would you say your books are appropriate?

Brown: The series is definitely an all ages book. Younger readers can enjoy the adventures of Howard and Spot and older Lovecraft fans can enjoy this unique take on some classic Lovecraft characters and stories.

Sims: Can you give us an overview of these adventures of young Howard and Spot?

Brown: The Frozen Kingdom begins after visiting his father in Butler Sanitarium. Young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange, frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger. Alone and scared, Howard befriends a hideous creature he names Spot who takes him to the castle of the king where he is captured and sentenced to death.

The Undersea Kingdom finds Howard Lovecraft’s family being imprisoned on a far flung planet, Spot hopelessly captured, and Howard slowly becoming a mindless Fishman. Accompanied by his insane father, a pistol-packing constable and his hungry cat, they must face the all powerful ruler of the Outer Gods, a revengeful old enemy, an army of deadly monsters, in a lethal world called Yuggoth, to save the day. All Howard has to do is surrender his Father’s book. But that would mean certain doom for all of mankind.

Sims: How many books are you planning in the series?

Brown: I would love to do another book in the series, but that really depends on sales of this book. So, really those who supported the first book are the reason there is The Undersea Kingdom. Hopefully, the talented Dwight L. Macpherson and I will get the chance to do another tale!

Thank you to Geek Dad for the interview and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full. To read more about Howard Lovecraft, read on below.

HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE FROZEN KINGDOM (Book 1)
DIAMOND CODE: OCT090688
ISBN: 978-1-897548-54-7
ARCANA PROJECT LINK:  http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=200 <– CLICK HERE TO SEE AN EXTENDED PREVIEW!
DESCRIPTION: After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger. Alone and scared, Howard befriends a hideous creature he names Spot who takes him to the castle of the king where he is captured and sentenced to death.

HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE UNDERSEA KINGDOM (Book 2)
DIAMOND CODE: JAN120814
ISBN: 978-1-926914-84-8
ARCANA PROJECT LINK:  http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=435 <– CLICK HERE FOR AN EXTENDED PREVIEW!
DESCRIPTION:  Howard Lovecraft’s family has been imprisoned on a far-flung alien planet, Spot hopelessly captured, and he is slowly becoming a mindless Fishman. Accompanied by his insane father, a pistol-packing constable and his hungry cat, they must face the all-powerful ruler of the Outer Gods, a revengeful old enemy, an army of deadly monsters, and a lethal world called Yuggoth, to save the day. All Howard has to do is surrender his father’s Book. But that would mean certain doom for all of mankind.

Why Not Indie? Reviews SideShows

Friday, April 27th, 2012

SideShows, released mid-March by Arcana Comics, was recently reviewed by the site WhyNotIndie.com. Below is an excerpt from what they had to say, but CLICK HERE for the full review.

This story appeals to every reader out there with its unique plot and visually stunning artwork.

Hendrix’s story of super powered circus freaks turned mob enforcers in 1950’s Las Vegas, is brought to life with Nelson’s near impressionist illustrations. Every mob story follows the stereotypical themes of loyalty, deceit, betrayal, and violence in them but SideShows takes those themes to a whole new level.

The action is exceptional and Nelson shows this with his artistic style whether it’s one of the SideShows performing a hit or just expressing the tension between the characters. Hendrix does an excellent job revealing each of the character’s unique personalities within the dialogue.The story pays homage to the Lone Ranger and to mob films.

The unique mixture of the circus, superpowers, the mafia, Vegas, and the old world coming to the new world with the make up of immigrants, all come together to make SideShows a dark and intriguing story.

Interested in a copy?


TITLE: SideShows

ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Diamond Code: DEC110804 Genre: Superhero
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=302 <– 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.

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: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=447

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: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=453 <- 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: 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?

Kiss Me Comix interviews War’s Chosen creator Arthur Bellfield

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

War’s Chosen, a new release from Arcana Comics coming in June, was recently featured on the podcast “Lip Service” from Kiss Me Comix. Arthur Bellfield was on hand to discuss the project and its origins. CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast and keep on reading to see how you can pick up a copy of War’s Chosen!

TITLE: War’s Chosen

ISBN: 978-1-926914-86-2
Diamond Code: APR12 0791 Genre: Fantasy
Arcana title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=446 <– SEE AN EXTENDED PREVIEW OF THE BOOK!
To save the life of his granddaughter, retired superhero James Cummings must face not only the mistakes of his past, bus also a rogue government agency called Black Messiah that’s determined to preserve their own perverted version of the American Dream! A dream that may explain why so many mutilated men, women, and children are turning up on the United States/Mexico border!