Archive for July, 2011

ComicRelated.com reviews Dead Cell

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Dead Cell, which hit the stands this month, just received a great review from ComicRelated.com, which you can READ IN FULL HERE. Read below for some of the review!

I was going in to this book with no pre conceived notions as to the content. I was aware somewhat of the book from having read the 11 page preview of the book and was aware that it was going to be a darkly cerebral book that looks to be well written and gladly, I wasn’t far wrong.

Coming at 76 pages this tome is a unique book in that it will appeal to a niche audience and will not appeal to everyone but that is perfectly okay. The core of the story is four stories with one over wrapping beat that revolves around a mental hospital where a wing of the hospital nicknamed The Dead Cell which puts those who cannot completely live under the realm of reality into a medicinal coma. While in the coma they are experimented upon and what follows is some exceptional thought provoking writing from Barker. The script is a well thought out and structured and word heavy tale that comes across as a very intelligent read that unsettles you and entices you in equal measure. By using the segments framed by McCoy’s thoughts was a nice way to write the story I feel and the stand out segment of the story for me, was that of Antwan Bolden which was a cruel exploration of a good kids slide into the darkness. Coupled with a cool twist at the end that I won’t reveal here but in all honesty I never saw coming for a minute, I implore you to check it out on your own and discover this gem on your own…

Rating the Issue

Story
Story: Overall 8.66
Concept – 9 out of 10
Plot – 9 out of 10
Dialogue – 8 out of 10
Art
Art: Overall 8
Style – 8 out of 10
Storytelling – 8 out of 10
Colour/Tones – 8 out of 10
Importance
Importance: Overall 8.33
To the Title – 8 out of 10
To the Company – 9 out of 10
To the Medium – 8 out of 10

Thank you to ComicRelated and be sure to READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW HERE.

American Wasteland Review by Blast Zone Online

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Blast Zone Online sent us over a review of American Wasteland, and liked what they read! You can CLICK HERE to read the entire review, but here is an excerpt:

I got this graphic novel as a digital download to review last night. I read over a little of it at 2:30 in the morning last night and hell this is pretty cool. So my 12 year old son and I set down earlier today to read it together. The look of excitement on his face was priceless. As I was reading the graphic novel with him we both looked at each other and was like this is very good. We both love the whole end of the world plague stuff. As we finished up the graphic novel he looked at me and said is there more. I knew then that this was a great day with my son. Thank you Arcana!

Thanks to Blast Zone Online and we look forward to seeing what you think of some of our other books! Again, you can CLICK HERE to read their entire review.

GraphicNovelReporter.com reviews The Clockwork Girl

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Graphic Novel Reporter recently reviewed The Clockwork Girl, which was released through Harper Collins just a couple of weeks ago. Read below for an excerpt from the review, and CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE REVIEW.

The Clockwork Girl is called a “futuristic Romeo and Juliet.” It isn’t exactly the same, and it doesn’t have the sad ending, but there are definite similarities. On one hand, this graphic novel is covering well-known, archetypical ground, with aspects reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast and other beloved tales. On the other hand, it’s been made unique with its sci-fi atmosphere and the fact that the characters are a mutant and a robot. It asks the question science fiction books have asked for years: Can a robot love?

There’s a flashback that shows why Wilhelm hates Huxley, and in the main story Huxley comes to believe—erroneously—that the Clockwork Girl is going to hurt him because of who her father is. The opposite is true, and the misunderstanding that occurs revs up the plot.

The fact that the two main characters are each outsiders in their own way adds to the appeal, because everyone has felt like an outsider at some point. The story is fairly simple, but it’s also touching, especially when Huxley’s two hearts come into play toward the end.

All of the pages are in color, and the style would lend easily into that of a cartoon. This works well, in fact, because a Clockwork Girl animated movie is in the works. At the end of the book, there’s a bonus picture gallery showing the characters in different art styles from different artists. Because of the way The Clockwork Girl is written and drawn, it should have a wide audience, as
both children and adults would be able to enjoy it.

Thank you to Graphic Novel Reporter for the review and, again, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW.

Koni Waves Tattoo – Best. Press. Ever.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

File this under just plain cool! Koni Waves creator/writer Mark Poulton received this image recently of a fan who permanently emblazoned his love of Koni on his side! Check out Koni fighting a Tiki monster!

MoBaD MEDIA AND ARCANA STUDIOS JOIN FORCES TO LAUNCH “THE GWAII” 3D MOBILE APP

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

First –Ever Interactive 3D Graphic Novel Goes Mobile at 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International

2011 San Diego Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA, July 21, 2011 — MoBaD Media, a mobile app developer specializing in 3D children’s storybooks and comics, and Arcana Studios, Inc., Canada’s largest comic book company partner to launch “The Gwaii” (pronounced ”Ga-why”), as an interactive mobile 3D app to audiences worldwide.  The popular, award-winning novel—turned mobile app features 30 interactive, imaginative and stimulating 3D pages that can be experienced without any visual aids. “The Gwaii” Part 1 is immediately available on iTunes in the iPad App Store for $1.99.

“We represent a new form of digital storytelling by combining 3D visual effects, animation, interactive features, sound effects, professional narration, and a full set of reading tools,” said Kory Jones, CEO of MoBaD Media, Inc.  “The Gwaii” app features vibrant, animated 3D environments, lively original characters, atmospheric sound effects and voice-over performances by some of the biggest names in the VO industry. Now the story can be read like a book while simultaneously entertaining readers like a game or a movie.”

“The Gwaii” 3D mobile app is rated E for Everyone. The app visually transforms the original tale of Tanu, a young Sasquatch lost in the Canadian wilderness in search of his mother and trying to make his way back home.   Through his adventures, Tanu befriends fellow Sasquatch, Jaadaa and together they uncover hidden clues to help battle the most fearsome mythological creatures ever whispered about in the wilderness.

“Kids comics sure have come a long way since their early days of single black and white colored panels publish on newsprint in the Sunday paper,” said Sean O’Reilly, CEO of Arcana Studios, Inc.  “The Gwaii 3D graphic novel is visually stunning and a technical work of art.  It represents a new digital story type that is not just a book or game or animation, but a true multimedia offering that delivers something more than the sum of its parts.”

Part 1 of 3 of “The Gwaii” 3D graphic mobile app is immediately available for the iPad in the App Store on iTunes for $1.99, and future versions of the app will be available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Mac in August 2011.

Key iPad App Features:

-          Uses the same 3D technology as The Penelope Rose, a Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal Storybook Mobile App

-          Emotionally inspiring, active adventure plot line

-          30 beautifully illustrated 3D pages
- User-activated animations and sound effects
- Charming animated characters with unique quirks and personalities
- Intuitive and educationally meaningful reading tools for young readers
- Light sense of humor with valuable moral messages
- Suitable for the whole family!

Website
iPad version ($1.99) app store link
Video teaser

About MoBaD Media:

MoBaD Media is a Los Angeles based mobile app publisher specializing in interactive 3D storybooks, comics, graphic novels, and choose your own adventure digital stories. Utilizing a 3D gaming engine and proprietary app development tools, MoBaD Media seeks to advance the art of storytelling through interactivity, gaming elements, sound, animation, and educationally meaningful reading tools. Engaging and entertaining mobile readers of all ages…that’s our mission.

About Arcana Studios:

Since 2004 Arcana Studios has established itself as an innovative leader in developing content in numerous mediums. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys. Arcana focuses on a transmedia approach to the scaffolding process of developing brands and intellectual properties.

SideShows Review from Omni Comic

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

With SDCC in full swing, it’s great to see some people around the web really enjoying our books! Today, here’s a review of SideShows, which is currently on sale at SDCC as a Launch Edition Exclusive (limited to 100 copies). Here’s what they have to say and head over to their web site to read the full review.

…The story sets up nicely and there are a ton of relationships and different characters to introduce. I thought Hendrix did a great job mixing in flashbacks to show the relationships forming, giving enough information so that things weren’t incredibly confusing and introducing new mysteries that leaves the reader with a hook to come back next time to find out how they are going to tie into the story.

The artwork is also very interesting. I could have gone for a little more color variety as it exists predominantly in a red/brown color set. This does fit well with the dusty antique like feel of the title and gives some atmosphere that seems appropriate to the gritty nature of a mob run Vegas. The character style has an impressionist look to it that makes it distinguishable from other titles out there.

Overall the combination of different art and a story and setting I can’t believe I haven’t seen more often makes this a book I’m happy to recommend. It has a nice blend of action and proceeds much like you’d expect a book about conflict within organized crime to only with a twist.

Thank you for the great review! CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW!

Comic Bloc – Back To Vegas: An Interview with Erik Hendrix (SideShows)

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

We’re just one day into San Diego Comic Con and the press has already started rolling in. Next up, we have an interview with SideShows Creator/Writer Erik Hendrix from Comic Bloc. Click Here to read the whole thing, but here’s a snippet below:

Smaller companies face the challenge of creating their brand from scratch. They have to get their name out there. That perhaps is the biggest guy to the smaller guy’s suggest. He who gets his name out there the best, wins. In comic terms that isn’t just properties like superman or batman, but names like Grant Morrison, Jim Lee and Brian Michael Bendis. These people are well-known and their names give the impression of their works before you even read page one.

Arcana Comics are one such company trying to get the same recognition DC and Marvel do for comics. They’ve done a variety of incredible books, including works like 100 Girls, Kade, and Snow Angel to name a few. This book I’m looking at today is no exception to the high standards of quality and entertainment Arcana provides.

I had a chance to read Sideshows: Book One by Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelson.

To quote Hendrix: “SideShows is about a group of former Circus Attractions who are working hand in hand with the mob in 1950?s Las Vegas and when their boss, “Slick” Mick Carpoli, throws them at the wrong adversary, they end up opening a Pandora’s Box of problems.”

Mic [sic] Carpoli sends the sideshows after some greasers that are in town. A simple message turns into all out war and the action escalates fairly quickly from there. Hendrix weaves a smart, engaging story. I love the concept of super powered sideshows and am glad that this will only be the beginning.

Head over to Comic Bloc to read the entire article and click around to see what else is going on there ~ they just relaunched!

Thank you to Comic Bloc for the positive review and interview!

ARCANA PR: New Books Debuting at SDCC 2011 (Booth 2415)

Monday, July 18th, 2011
July 18, 2011
Arcana Books Debuting at SDCC 2011 in booth 2415
Every year, we surprise fans by debuting a slew of books, which haven’t been seen by anyone, and won’t be released officially for months. This year is no different!
At booth 2415 at San Diego Comic Con, we will debut Devil’s Island, Amnesia, Armour, Becoming, Divine Intervention, SideShows*, Marlow, Blood Shells & Roses, My Best Friend’s a Booger, Shadowlaw, UltraDuck, Trout, and Old School.
*SideShows is being released in a special Launch Edition, limited to 100 copies.
Below, you can read a little bit about each book.
Devil’s Island ~ A historical fiction thriller, Devil’s Island follows the trials and tribulations of a few fictitious prisoners, who are used as hunters by the prison guards. Their job: re-capture other prisoners who attempt escaping the jungle island, bringing them back dead or alive, at any cost. The book also touches upon elements of failed social upheaval, the futility of imprisonment, and what dwelling on the past does to ones present and future.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-42-8
Diamond Code: MAY118061
Amnesia ~ One of the most feared terror attack scenarios involves the detonation of a weapon that generates a powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that immediately renders, power circuits, computers, even automobiles useless. But what if a weapon was discharged that, in addition to all the above, also erased people’s memories? Would mankind, given a fresh start, continue on its path to self-destruction? Or would it, free of its preconceptions, usher in a new age of peace? Amnesia explores what might happen if someone were to push the restart button on the human race.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-38-1
Diamond Code: MAY118237
Amour Vol 1 and 2 ~ Romance comics have an outdated and cheesy stigma about them, but once they played a large role within comic history. Within the third phase of the golden era (1948 to 1954) comic readership was at an all time high, read by both men and women, and romance comics were one of the five genres that kept comic readership diverse. In an attempt to bring more diversity back to comics, Arcana is proud to present the Amour Anthology!
ISBN Vol 1: 978-1-926914-72-5
ISBN Vol 2: 978-1-926914-73-2
Diamond Code: Being released in January 2012
Becoming ~ At a remote university, a troubled student faces the harsh realization that he has nothing to show for years of study. Challenging his professor to finally provide real knowledge, he is drawn into a horrifying game of life and death. To play, he must learn that the only rule is pain… and the only key to victory is the will to survive. Written by the award-winning creator of Broken Saints.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-65-7
Diamond Code: Not available yet
Divine Intervention ~ Marc Graham, a conflicted, contract killer, could hardly be considered a hero. Things change when he stumbles into a conflict between the Templar Agency, a clandestine organization that protects powerful artifacts from falling into the wrong hands, and strange, demonic forces seeking to control the world. After gaining mysterious, angelic powers from a freak accident Marc must dive headfirst into a dangerous new world where he is hunted by deadly monsters who will stop at nothing to unlock the secret of his new powers and possess them for themselves. As Marc battles alongside the Templar Agency and seeks redemption he must ask himself whether his transformation was a simple accident or an act of Divine Intervention.
ISBN: 978-1-897548-91-2
Diamond Code: JUL110808
SideShows ~ In 1950′s Las Vegas, the mob enlisted former circus attractions as their aces in the hole. These SideShows had a little secret… they really did have the abilities they pretended to. 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. Welcome to Las Vegas! Debuting at SDCC in a special Launch Edition, limited to 100 copies.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Diamond Code: Not available yet
Marlow ~ “Marlow? is a zombie story inspired by Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. It 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.
ISBN: 978-1-897548-30-1
Diamond Code: Not available yet
Blood, Shells, & Roses ~ Playing their largest concert in their hometown, metal band and reformed monster hunters “Subliminal Torment” and their fans are attacked by the worst creatures they’ve ever faced. After the monsters slaughter the fans in homage to a previous encounter, the band is left to take the fall.
* In heavy metal, there are dangers that surpass mosh pits and diseased groupies.
* Rap and country ain’t the only music genres that has to live out their lyrics…
ISBN: 978-1-897548-90-5
Diamond Code: AUG110795
My Best Friends a Booger ~ Who would have ever thought you could have a booger as your best friend? Well, if your imagination is anything like Skyler Grayson’s, the possibilities are endless! At a time when Skyler is feeling really down and all alone, he finds his greatest friend in, you guessed it — a sneeze!
ISBN: 978-1-926914-36-7
Diamond Code: MAY118062
Shadowlaw ~ In a future world of giant mechanized armored warriors, a rebellious soldier is sentenced to life in a distant prison colony, and there he must stop an advanced race of Vampire lords from taking over the world by way of breaking their restricted feeding treaty with the human race, all the while coping with the fact that his very presence in the colony may be a part of their dark design.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-45-9
Diamond Code: MAY118063
Ultraduck ~ Carlos, a regular duck living in the great city of Featherbay, just got dumped by his girlfriend, his life as a freelance do-it-all is going nowhere and must make some grown up decisions: to get a real job, get his girl back and stop drinking. That is, until he gets super powers and becomes the only duck in the world who can stop a powerful creature who’s destroying the city on a vengeful rampage, and an evil weapons manufacturing corporation who want his abilities. Note: This is a preview of the full graphic novel.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-11-4
Diamond Code: MAR118024
Trout ~TROUT is the story of a nine-year-old boy and the monster sent to protect him. It centers on a virus created to eradicate the monster gene, and has the power to turn man to monster and monster to man. Under attack, the scientist who created this Final Solution injects it into his son in order to hide it. Now, everyone wants it and will do anything to get their hands on it. Note: This is a preview of the full graphic novel.
ISBN: 978-1-926914-40-4
Diamond Code: Not available yet
Old School ~ Ray “Ace” Munro, the greatest pilot on Earth from 1942 to 1967, comes out of retirement to rescue a son he thought he’s lost long ago, and tries to make peace with the fact that he will always be a hero never living a conventional life.
ISBN: 978-1-897548-74-5
Diamond Code: JUL110810
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Please email us with interview requests, suggestions, or questions.
Hope to hear from you!
Sincerely,
Erik Hendrix
VP of Marketing and Promotions
Arcana Comics
www.arcanacomics.com

Broken Frontier reviews Devil’s Island

Friday, July 15th, 2011

One of the top comic book web sites, Broken Frontier, just posted a review of Arcana’s Devil’s Island. You can read the full review over at Broken Frontier, but here are some highlights.

…It’s refreshing then, in this age of spectacle over substance, when a publisher such as Arcana offers up a book like Nikola Jajic’s Devil’s Island.

A historical thriller set on the notorious French penal colony, during the reign of Napoleon III, Devil’s Island is not only unique for its period setting and exotic locale but also for its decidedly metaphysical underpinnings. While Jajic definitely keeps the plot moving with loads of action, danger, and political intrigue, there’s a certain introspective tone to the book, evident in frequent, introverted pauses in both action and dialogue.

Chronicling the fates of a small crew of “hunters,” who help ensure the island’s already impregnable security by bringing in escaped fellow prisoners, Devil’s Island ably balances both action and exposition. Jajic’s protagonists ruminate on their fates and sordid pasts, even as they fight for survival against insurmountable odds. The writer easily flashes back and forth between the past and present, intercutting relevant moments in his characters’ lives with fast-paced chase sequences and protracted fight scenes in the present.

Period and setting are intrinsic to Devil’s Island’s success, as Jajic is well aware. Although set during a tumultuous era in French history, he never lets his plot become overwhelmed by his setting, instead allowing his characters to determine the course of their stories. This too, is of utmost importance as much of the book’s introspection revolves around the profound impact freedom of choice and our past decisions have on the present and eventually our future.

Special thanks to Jason Wilkins for the glowing review!

SDCC Special Appearances from Alexa Vega & Jesse McCartney & Exclusives

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Arcana Comics is Excited to announce a couple of special appearances at the Arcana Comics Panel on Thursday evening!

San Diego Comic Con is a mecca for talent across the entertainment industry. It’s no different this year with the news that Alexa Vega, talented actress from the Spy Kids franchise and many other roles, and Jesse McCartney, platinum selling recording artist, actor, and voice talent will both make a special appearance during the Arcana Comics Panel from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Thursday, July 21st in room 23ABC.

Alexa Vega and Jesse McCartney are two of the stars in the upcoming 3-D luximation animated film, THE CLOCKWORK GIRL, based on the Arcana Comics graphic novel by Sean Patrick O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna.

In the timeless land of Haraway, a robot girl, Tesla (ALEXA VEGA), is given the gift of life from her creator, Wilhelm the Tinkerer. Tesla meets Huxley (JESSE MCCARTNEY), the monster boy, who happens to be the son of her creator’s chief rival. Together the two break into – and out of – ancient fortresses, fight robots, and travel from the depths of the ocean to the skies above as they attempt to solve the mystery of the plague that has stricken their town.

The 3-D luximation animated film also features the voice talents of Carrie-Anne Moss (THE MATRIX), Jeffrey Tambor (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), Brad Garrett (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), and Adrian Hough (MORTAL KOMBAT: LEGACY) amongst others.

THE CLOCKWORK GIRL (ISBN:9780062080394) was recently re-released by Harper Collins with a new forward by creators Sean Patrick O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, along with playful, full-page pin-ups of the characters.

Also appearing at the Arcana Comics panel are Arcana founder Sean Patrick O’Reailly (KADE, THE CLOCKWORK GIRL), Erik Hendrix (SIDESHOWS), Brooke Burgess (BECOMING), Mike Kalvoda (STRAW/BANSHEE), Matt Wilson (SCROOGE & SANTA), and Ryan Colucci (HARBOR MOON). The panel will discuss some of the amazing talent coming out of Arcana, one of the world’s largest graphic novel producers. With over 150 graphic novels released, find out what the publisher currently has coming in the near future and get a sneak peak at the 3D animated feature film Clockwork Girl, Arcana’s slate of interactive apps, and more. See how independent publishers make their mark in the comic book industry and blur the lines between mediums, Arcana style. Attendees will get free comics and the first in a series of Arcana Universe posters.

While you’re on hand for the convention, be sure to stop by the Arcana Comics booth, 2415, to see some of our amazing exclusives, debut books, posters, shirts, and signings. We are also sharing the booth with Platinum Studios’ COWBOYS AND ALIENS, so don’t miss it!

Our exclusives this year, which are featured on the SDCC Exclusives list on the OFFICIAL SDCC WEB SITE, are the KADE ART BOOK and the SIDESHOWS LAUNCH EDITION.

The KADE ART BOOK features original work from some of the most talented artists in the industry! Tim Bradstreet’s unique style sets the tone with an original cover, while Tim Seeley, Brent Schoonover, Greg Horn, Kevin Mellon, Ashley Wood, Liam Sharp, Ben Templesmith, Greg Titus, and Whilce Portacio provide contributions to this amazing art book.

The SIDESHOWS LAUNCH EDITION features extras not available in the retail version of the book. It’s 1950′s Las Vegas & the mob enlisted former circus attractions as their aces in the hole. These SideShows had a little secret — they really did have the abilities they pretended to. High rollers, lounge singers, cigarettes, alcohol, and superpowers. Welcome to Las Vegas. Don’t miss the book Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, IRREDEEMABLE) describes as “Energetic, dynamic art and a great story.”

Each exclusive is extremely limited and is sure to sell out, so get one before they’re gone!

We are also debuting the first ARCANA UNIVERSE POSTER and several new titles, which haven’t hit the stands yet.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!