Archive for June, 2011

Comic Con Geek,, Major Spoilers,, Pop Culture Zoo, and more cover Arcana’s SDCC 2011 plans!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

With the announcement of our plans for SDCC 2011, a lot of sites are buzzing about it! If you haven’t been keeping up, we’ll have an exclusive Kade Art Book based on Sean Patrick O’Reilly’s seminal character (limited to 250 copies), an exclusive “Launch Edition” of Erik Hendrix and Michael Nelsen’s SideShows (limited to 100 copies), the first in a series of Arcana Universe posters, a slew of signings, and a special Arcana panel.

Read more about it at these sites, too!


Pop Culture Zoo – CLICK HERE

Major Spoilers – CLICK HERE

Collecting Toyz – CLICK HERE

Project Fanboy – CLICK HERE

Project Fanboy reviews Continuum

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Project Fanboy posted a review of Continuum today, and it helps to show just why Benderspink is so interested in the title! Read on…

Publisher’s Blurb:
Historian David Marcus spent his entire life studying one single day. In 2010, the prime minister of Israel was assassinated in what was dubbed the “Longest Day in History.” The events that followed were linear, ominous and unstoppable. Never before has the ‘new interconnected world’ participated in such a global crisis watching. The world simply watched online as nuclear weapons dropped. 2068. One astrophysicist had the theory that a small ship passing close enough to the Singularity could be catapulted back in time. The risk was low – one ship and seven crew members, mostly military special-ops soldiers from the war – and the rewards were great. David Marcus must now be the historian that changes history.

Reviewer’s Comments:
When I recently was sent Aracana’s Continuum to review it sounded like something that I would enjoy reading – the book didn’t disappoint. I had recently heard that the feature rights to Continuum had been optioned and after reading this I completely understand why they were.

Continuum is a well written time travel story with every panel executed excellently. There are many subtle pieces in this book that help drive the story and connect with the reader – some are writing and some are art. One example in the writing occurs when several panels of dialogue is dedicated to conversation in another language. Although I didn’t understand the dialogue I found it helped move the story powerfully and effectively. One example on the art side occurs close the start of Continuum when the soldiers come out of hibernation and one of the soldiers is seen stretching. Often both of these examples are seen in film but not in comics – I’m glad Continuum featured elements like this.

To read the rest of the review, please CLICK HERE to head over to Project Fanboy…

Benderspink nabs time-travel tale – Arcana’s Continuum to be made into a motion picture!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

From Variety’s web site at :

Benderspink has picked up feature rights to time-travel actioner “Continuum” from the Arcana Comics graphic novel.

Story’s penned by Arcana owner Sean O’ Reilly with Stephen Snyder and illustrated by B.C. Hailes.

Story turns on an event dubbed “The Longest Day in History” in which the world has been left in ruins. After years of searching for new planets to call home, scientists have found a way to make a one-way trip through time with an elite team of soldiers, accompanied with a leading historian, looking for a way to go back and save the world from itself.

Benderspink is producing “Burt Wonderstone” at New Line, “Business Trip” with Judd Apatow at Uni and recently reupped at New Line for two years. Principals Chris Bender and JC Spink are exec producers on “The Hangover: Part II.”

Woody and the Noble review on Panels and Pages

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Woody and The Noble is a comic book that pays homage to the child detective genre, celebrates the bizarre, and pokes fun at anything “normal”. Woody, a precocious child investigator (complete with business card), joins his dog The Noble (that’s his full name) in seeking out mysteries in their new home of Deeproot, West Virginia. Through a mistake, they end up teaming up with a young Morlock named Little Sir, and living next door to some (currently popular and slightly deranged) gods. In the world of Woody and The Noble, Woody is the adult, and everyone else, including the reader, is the child who’s just along for the ride.

The book’s 80 pages are divided into three chapters, with a bonus chapter at the end that is a reprinting of the earliest appearance of Woody and The Noble. As I first started reading, I thought that Woody and The Noble would be a great all-ages book. While it would be appropriate for most children, it goes from a relatively harmless Morlock infestation (Woody bashes them with a wiffle ball bat), to dark, twisted, and slightly more violent by the third chapter. Add in the subtle adult jokes and and cynical humor, and it’s obvious that this book was made for adults who have a dark sense of humor.

The characters are great. Woody is adorably smart and quick-witted. While he’s never actually “snarky”, you get the feeling that he knows that he’s a lot smarter than everyone else around him. The Noble is more dog-like than your typical animal sidekick, but he is definitely smarter than your average dog.

To read the rest, head over to this link to Panels and Pages.

Awakenings advance review from Broken Frontier

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Last summer, thanks to publisher NBM, I had the good fortune of reviewing Eric Hobbs’ riveting OGN The Broadcast. A suspenseful, character-driven study of paranoia, family dynamics, and the hidden secrets of a close-knit small town, The Broadcast is a quiet, simmering tale vibrating with emotional tension and moody atmosphere.

On the surface, Hobbs’ latest offering from Arcana Studio, Awakenings, might seem to be a bit of a departure, considering the sophistication and intense character studies featured in The Broadcast. However, Awakenings was actually created first as a self-published webcomic and enjoyed a small, loyal audience, when Arcana offered to collect the first volume in a trade paperback this August.

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Thank you to Jason Wilkins and Broken Frontier for the review!