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Fellowship of the Geeks Reviews All Fall Down

Friday, November 18th, 2011

040-arcana_promo-allfalldown02.jpgFellowship of the Geeks recently reviewed All Fall Down, which you can read in full by CLICKING HERE. Below is an excerpt from the review.

Casey Jones’s story is very thought provoking. I have read stories of super beings losing their powers and the average Joe suddenly gaining powers, but not like this. The contrasting art styles are unique and enjoyable.

Please head over to Fellowship of the Geeks to read the entire review. Keep in mind you can order a copy of the book through the Arcana Store HERE and through retailers (Diamond AUG110793 / ISBN 978-1-926914-23-7).

Broken Icon Reviews Ripperman

Friday, November 18th, 2011

776-arcana_promo-ripperman02.jpg Broken Icon recently reviewed Joe Martino’s Ripperman, (Diamond AUG110798 / ISBN 978-1-897548-33-2). You can read the entire review HERE, but below is an excerpt from it.

“This book is the ultimate test of a man, Ripperman is stuck between Heaven and Hell while trying to balance himself in our world. Joe Martino really dips into the darker side of man as Ripperman tears through demons and the worse people that humanity have to offer. There is a scene in the book that really stood out to me; when a cult worshipping Ripperman sacrifices innocent people to gain his attention, instead of praising them he kills each one of them making them pay for their sins with their own blood.

Joe takes Ripperman to the brink of darkness and back again and does a great job really developing the character. Another feature of this book that I really enjoyed is the back story the Martino sprinkles in. We jump between Heaven and Hell to get more info on Ripperman and the destiny that has been set in place, while jumping into the past to show the readers how he was created and from whom.” 

Be sure to head over to Broken Icon to read the entire review by CLICKING HERE.

Comics Buyer’s Guide features Pixies!

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Sean Patrick O’Reilly’s Pixies, which is available for purchase through our web site (CLICK HERE), had its preview book reviewed in a recent issue of the Comics Buyer’s Guide. Below is what they had to say!

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Special thanks to Timothy J Wood for the kind words and be sure to read the entire graphic novel!

Moms with Apps looks at the Gwaii for iPad

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The GwaiiThe Gwaii App, which is available through the iStore (CLICK HERE FOR A LINK) was recently reviewed by Moms with Apps. Here’s what they had to say:

The first 3D comic book for iPad & iPhone 4, The Gwaii is a three part, 84-page graphic novel following the adventures of Tanu, a young sasquatch lost in the wilderness who must face the Fearsome Creatures in order to find his mother. Experience comics like never before with 3D depth and movement that does not require visual aids of any kind – just tilt the screen and the images jump off the “page”.

Thank you to Moms with Apps and you can CLICK HERE for the site.

Book Dragon reviews The Clockwork Girl

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

The Clockwork Girl coverBookDragon.com recently reviewed The Clockwork Girl. See what they had to say below and read the entire review on their web site BY CLICKING HERE.

When I handed this striking volume to my son (as I often do with most graphic titles, as they seem to be the best way to get him to read), he instantly replied with “oh, I read that already.” I insisted that couldn’t be possible as the pub date is so new. But indeed, he started to rattle off the story in surprising detail: “Don’t you remember, Mom? You took us to that museum in New Mexico long time ago that had the comic book exhibit and we got them all there!” So much for my addled memory, but what did I tell you about encouraging literacy in youth …? If nothing else, I can say with definitive authority that The Clockwork Girl is absolutely memorable.

The son, of course, turned out to be right. Before it became this full-color, all-in-one glossy volume, Clockwork was released in five parts, selling over 340,000 copies worldwide. The book is a stopover on its media metamorphosis: Clockwork is coming in 3-D animation to a theater near you, featuring the voices of Carrie Ann Moss, Jeffrey Tambor, Alexa Vega, and Jesse McCartney. The son is pretty hyped about that, too …

“In a land far, far away …,” commences the tale of two “very different and very important” scientists: Dendrus the Grafter is all about the beauty and power of nature; Wilhelm the Tinkerer is obsessed with all things technical. With the annual Haraway Fair coming up, both scientists have something to prove, but their respective creations – Huxley the mutant boy and Tesla the eponymous Clockwork Girl – have much more to teach their overdriven progenitors about what it means to be truly human. Go, kids, go!

Again, please be sure to CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW.

Cheap Thrills reviews Kade

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Kade Rising Sun coverCheap Thrills, a part of the ComicsBulletin site, which handles picks from the dollar bin recently uncovered a copy of Kade Rising Sun #3 and reviewed it. You can READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW HERE, but below are some highlights.

According to Kade, “Battle is not part of man’s soul; it is a man’s soul.” While this may be an oversimplification of a very complex concept, it is pithy enough to cause me to pause, it is concise enough to send me into a momentary reverie on the nature of man. Is this true? Are we, as men, fundamentally predisposed to violence? Is our veneer of civilization a hindrance to our self-actualization?

These are core questions that I unavoidably had to confront from reading the very first page of this comic (and, unfortunately, remain answerless). That’s a good sign, right?

The question remains, though, will the comic be able to keep up this pace? Or will it burn out after igniting so brightly?

The next couple of pages are filled with a battle between a Mongol horde and Kade and his group of samurai. I quickly surmise that this comic is taking place in feudal Japan. I appreciate that the writers of this comic showed me enough respect by giving me just enough information for me to be able to figure this out on my own. I appreciate that they didn’t place some garish yellow text box in a corner of the page spelling this out.

Things are looking good for this book.

The action continues and Kade waxes philosophically on the nature of the samurai, the political organization of the Mongols, the rules of warfare, and his own army’s chances against the Mongols. It’s all done in voice-over text boxes, but it never comes off heavy handed or smacks me in the face as being overly didactic. A matter of fact, it’s interesting, it’s conversational, it helps to characterize Kade, and it further affirms the fact that the authors of this book trust their readers.

This comic is seeming more and more like a warm tub in which I can recline, cocktail in hand, as some sweet saucy jazz simmers on the speakers. I am comfortable in Kade. I like what I am reading.

In the comic, the Mongols retreat to regroup and wait out the night. Kade tells his samurai that they must tell their lord what they have encountered and what he thinks they should do next.

Well, you get the idea… Again, you can read the entire review HERE at the COMICSBULLETIN web site.

If you haven’t seen them, here are some pages from Kade: Rising Sun, which is still available through the Arcana web site. CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

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