Archive for December, 2011

Fellowship of the Geeks Reviews Ralph Filmore

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

746-arcana_promo-ralphfilmore02.jpgRalph Filmore: Paranormal Investigator was recently reviewed by Fellowship of the Geeks. You can read the entire review BY CLICKING HERE, but below is an excerpt!

RALPH FILMORE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR is a fun, all-ages book. The characters are smartly written, including the adults (something that is not always the case for all-ages stories). The art is very nice and clean, which I really enjoyed. If I had to compare it to something, it would be Scooby Doo meets Jimmy Neutron. However, that seems a little unfair to the book.  I would love to see an ongoing series based on Ralph and the gang.

Thank you to Fellowship of the Geeks and, again, be sure to read the entire review BY CLICKING HERE.

You can read more about Ralph Filmore below!

Diamond code: APR110775
ISBN: 978-1-926914-31-2
Arcana Project Site: 
http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=180
DESCRIPTION: Ralph Filmore is just your average, everyday, 12 year old Paranormal Investigator. He hunts down and challenges all things strange and bizarre on a daily basis despite being the shortest kid in 7th grade, getting picked on by bullies, and still having to be in bed by 9PM. Ralph’s serious obsession for paranormal phenomena gets him into heaps of trouble, but with his best friend/partner in slime, Booker, his trusty robotic supercomputer, Z and his ghostly canine companion, Specter, Ralph protects the people of Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

   

  

   

iPhone Life Reviews The Gwaii App

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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

… It’s well written and it does just enough to keep you wanting to “flip” each page and continue the tale.  You have your choice of reading the story yourself or having it narrated for you, and you can choose to navigate “panels” manually or have the book do it for you so that you only have to “flip the page” when the time comes.

There are also a couple of nice extras, like the ability to pull up a selector bar and navigate to any page you want, and the capability of clicking on individual words in a dialog to have them spoken to you again…

 The voiceovers are quite good and seem very professional.  They did a good job of providing voices that seem to fit the characters, or at least that’s the way it feels by the time you’re done reading the story.  Even if you decide to go through this the first time without narration, I highly recommend visiting it again with the voices on.  There are also some pretty decent effects throughout the story.  Sadly, there is no music to be heard anywhere.

Thank you to iPhone Life and, again, be sure to head over to their site to read the review in full.

Jazma Online gives Marlow 4 of 5 Stars!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

marlow_cover.jpgJazma Online recently reviewed Marlow, giving it 4/5 stars. Below is a quote from the review, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read the entire thing.

All the fighting is exciting. The art at times has the characters in shadow which works. The characters fit the style of art. They are black ops. 
The Russian is one crazied mass of muscles. 
The one thing in this story of zombies that really sticks out is that Marlow is still human were it counts. He may be in a zombie body not he is all human inside. He is easy to identify with. Just a guy doing his job. He does what he has to to survive… 

Marlow shows us that he may be a zombie but he is still human. He still loves and feels. He just wants a normal life. He is just like all of us. 

Thank you to Jazma for the review and be sure to head over to their site to read it in full.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Marlow by ordering from your local comic shop, an online retailer, or through the Arcana shop.

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.

Scrooge & Santa – Tale designed to “Thrizzle” over at MTV Geek!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

794-arcana_promo-scroogeandsanta02.jpgMatt Wilson and Josh Kenfield’s Scrooge and Santa was recently re-issued and MTV Geek. They say it leads “a plethora of fun stuff” out this week. Enjoy the full listing over at MTV Geek.

To read more about Scrooge and Santa, head to the arcana project -http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=137.

Writen by Matt Wilson with Art from Josh Kenfield.On Christmas Eve, a modern day Scrooge is on the run after the FBI learns he kidnapped Santa Claus. His assistant, Bonnie Cratchit, agrees to help him escape, but only if he helps Santa Claus get back to the North Pole first. Now Scrooge, with some help from the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, must go on an adventure to bring Santa home in time to save Christmas.

Diamond code: SEP110747
ISBN: 978-1-897548-98-1

Price: $14.95 (US)
Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=137

 

 

 

    

Scrooge & Santa over at ComicBookResources’ Robot 6

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

794-arcana_promo-scroogeandsanta02.jpgRobot 6 recently did an interview with Scrooge and Santa’s creative team, Matt Wilson and Josh Kenfield. You can read a bit from the interview below, but be sure to go over to ROBOT 6 BY CLICKING HERE to read the entire thing.

Robot 6: I have seen a lot of Christmas mashups, but never Scrooge and Santa before. How did you come up with this odd pairing?

Matt: It started with the title. I was watching Christmas movies at home with my family, and thinking that as much as I love them, they’re all the same. They’re either one of the classics (It’s a Wonderful Life, Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th St, etc.) or an imitation of one of the classics. I started exploring Christmas ideas that would be new, but would still fit in the same world of Christmas folklore we know and love. So I thought about new stories for George Bailey, or Scrooge, or Santa. And then one day I found myself writing down the title – “Scrooge and Santa.”  And then the creative juices started flowing.  The guy who hates Christmas and the guy who is Christmas.  What if they had to team up?  Conflict galore!

Robot 6: How did you deal with the challenge of writing a fresh story about such iconic characters?

Matt: I always had “What if?” ideas about all my favorite Christmas stories. What if George Bailey got what he wanted and became rich? What if Scrooge lost all he had and became poor? What if Santa discovered nice children could become naughty adults? In most Christmas stories, they take iconic Christmas characters and put them in the exact same circumstances we’ve always seen them. I wanted to put them in new circumstances and explore how these character choices we’re used to seeing (right over wrong, people over money) would be affected by new challenges.

I also wanted to challenge the expectation people normally have with a Scrooge story, and make them wonder if Scrooge might actually be right. This is why I took so much time early in the story to have Scrooge rebuke the ghosts and prove to them (and us) that it’s better to have money. It’s as if Scrooge, like all of us, has heard the Christmas Carol story many times before and is not convinced. I think we all can recognize that even though we smile and nod when we read A Christmas Carol, that is not how we actually live. Something deep within us is unwilling to let go and be unselfish, particularly when it comes to money. But also deep within us is a belief that unselfishness is the right thing to do. Scrooge’s journey in this story is an exploration of that conflict.

Robot 6: Santa is usually a pure good guy in Christmas specials, but yours has a bit of a dark side—he doesn’t just bring presents to the good girls and boys, he tells some adults why he didn’t bring them presents when they were kids. Why did you go there?

Matt: Even though the story is a fantasy, I still wanted it to be “true.” “True,” meaning it feels true to life and the way of the world, so that we’re experiencing something more meaningful than snow and Christmas lights. Santa is normally pure good, but that’s because he lives in the North Pole making toys with happy elves and doesn’t see the real world. If he were to go out there, he would find many of the nice children he knew were now naughty adults. Some of the saddest people in the world are those whose children have done wrong and disappointed them. Santa experiences this, and it hurts. But what gives him hope in the end is the change in Scrooge, because the reality is that while people can change for the worse, they can also change for the better.

Again, be sure to head over to CBR and read the entire article – CLICK HERE.

To read more about Scrooge and Santa, head to the arcana project -http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=137.

Writen by Matt Wilson with Art from Josh Kenfield.On Christmas Eve, a modern day Scrooge is on the run after the FBI learns he kidnapped Santa Claus. His assistant, Bonnie Cratchit, agrees to help him escape, but only if he helps Santa Claus get back to the North Pole first. Now Scrooge, with some help from the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, must go on an adventure to bring Santa home in time to save Christmas.

Diamond code: SEP110747
ISBN: 978-1-897548-98-1

Price: $14.95 (US)
Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=137 

    

SideShows – Free Poster with pre-order!

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

SideShows CoverIf you weren’t already aware, every pre-ordered copy of SideShows (Diamond code: DEC110804 / ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0) will ship with a free poster! Below is a look at the final poster, plus some information the book, ordering information, and some preview pages! You can pre-order copies from your local comic book shop OR through an online retailer (AmazonBarnes and NobleG-MartDCBSBiggerBooks.comPowell’s, etc…).

Written by Erik Hendrix with art by Michael David Nelsen, SideShows is set in1950’s Las Vegas, where 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!

sideshows-promoposter-v2.jpg

SideShows, which debuted in limited quantities at SDCC 2010 in advance of its official reelase, will appear in Diamond Previews’ December issue (Diamond Code DEC110804 / ISBN 978-1-926914-51-0). The book made quite a splash and even drew the attention of some major creators in the comic book industry. See below for a preview and some quotes.

“Dark, disturbing, envelope-pushing stuff. Bring your brain and pay attention. The ride is worth it.” – Jim Shooter (MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, DOCTOR SOLAR)

“A cool story, told with loads of pace and verve.” – Mike Carey (UNWRITTEN, X-MEN LEGACY)

“Energetic, dynamic art and a great story. I enjoyed this thoroughly, and you will, too.” – Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, IRREDEEMABLE)

“Vegas gangsters, circus freaks, magic, guns and violence – all served up in a blaze of glory that burns across the page.” – J.T. Krul (GREEN ARROW, TEEN TITANS)

“The gorgeous, almost impressionist, art contrasted with the darkness of the seedy underbelly of Vegas plot makes for a gripping story. The addition of supernatural powers is icing on the cake.“ – Jim Hardison (Dark Horse’s THE HELM)

“Visually Stunning with a dynamic story that pulls you in and doesn’t let go. Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelsen have made one hell of a book.” – Michael Easton (SOUL STEALER, Vertigo’s GREEN WOMAN).

“Atmospheric and richly textured, like a circus-fueled pulp novel played out across the page. SideShows gives greed, gangsters and gambling a fresh spin.” – Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS)

” A beautifully realised comic.” – Charlie Adlard (WALKING DEAD)

“Bizarre. And violent. What more is there? Okay, how about side show freaks and gangsters all doing business in the one city we all wish we could’ve visited: Vegas in the ’50’s.” – Andy Lieberman (COWBOY NINJA VIKING)

“Wow! This book’s like an unholy alliance between Ben Templesmith and Marc Chagall! How can that not be rad?” – Nate Simpson (NONPLAYER)

Diamond code: DEC110804

ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0

Price: $9.95 (US)

Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=210


 

 

       

Good Reads calls Amnesia an “awesome story”

Monday, December 19th, 2011

052-arcana_promo-amnesia02.jpgUser reviews can make or break any book hitting the marketplace and it’s always great to hear feedback like this from GoodReads.com. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE, but below is an excerpt.

Awesome story… This is one of those graphic novels you read and wonder “Why didn’t anyone make THIS movie yet?” I was damn impressed and would love to see this made one day. 

You can still pick up copies, just use the below ordering info!

TITLE: AMNESIA
ISBN: 978-1-926914-38-1
Diamond Code: MAY118237

Series Synopsis: 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.

ARCANA PROJECT LINK: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=202

SchoolLibraryJournal.com recommends Scrooge and Santa!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

In their “Good Comics for Kids” section, the School Library Journal has recommended Scrooge and Santa as an “AA List” book for kids. Below is an excerpt from their review, but be sure to head over to their site by CLICKING HERE to read the entire thing.

A Christmas classic gets updated for the 21st Century. Ebenezer Scrooge, a young CEO who is also the world’s richest man, has everything, and wants more! He concocts a plan to kidnap Santa Claus and take over his toy business, intending to charge parents the world over for Santa’s toys. The ghosts of past present and future visit him on Christmas Eve, but he doesn’t listen. It takes the FBI seizing his assets and trying to arrest him to make Scrooge reconsider. With the help of his assistant, Bonnie Cratchit, and the Christmas ghosts, Scrooge must get Santa back to the North Pole in time to save Christmas! This new take on an old classic is filled with fun and adventure, and the art has an animated feel to it, making it that much more appealing to kids. Kids of any age will enjoy this title. 

To read more about Scrooge and Santa, head to the arcana project -http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=137.

Writen by Matt Wilson with Art from Josh Kenfield.On Christmas Eve, a modern day Scrooge is on the run after the FBI learns he kidnapped Santa Claus. His assistant, Bonnie Cratchit, agrees to help him escape, but only if he helps Santa Claus get back to the North Pole first. Now Scrooge, with some help from the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future, must go on an adventure to bring Santa home in time to save Christmas.

Diamond code: SEP110747
ISBN: 978-1-897548-98-1

Price: $14.95 (US)
Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=137

 

 

 

    

SideShows covered on HeroSpy.com

Friday, December 16th, 2011

SideShows CoverHeroSpy.com, an amazing source for comic book news, recently previewed some pages from SideShows, available for pre-order now through Diamond Previews, and has some gracious things to say. You can read the entire feature BY CLICKING HERE, but below is an excerpt.

Writer and comic book creator Erik Hendrix is my hero. Since winning the Comic Idol contest he has went on to work in one aspect of the comic book business after another. He is a man with a magic touch for opening doors, and a fearless approach to life in general. His latest effort is a little book called SideShows and it’s a whopper of a cool comic.

I highly recommend checking this book out. If you don’t believe me, at least take a look at this incredible preview.

Thank you to HeroSpy.com for the kind words and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE TO READ THE FEATURE.

Written by Erik Hendrix with art by Michael David Nelsen, SideShows is set in 1950’s Las Vegas, where 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!

Diamond code: DEC110804
ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Price: $9.95 (US)

Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=210

SideShows creator Erik Hendrix on Comic Book Page Podcast

Friday, December 16th, 2011

SideShows CoverComic Book Page Podcast interviewed Erik Hendrix, creator/writer of SideShows, for their December Previews Spotlight. Head over to their web site by CLICKING HERE to listen to the whole thing. Erik is about 61 minutes, 30 seconds into the podcast. Enjoy and be sure to pick up a copy of SideShows, available for pre-order now in Diamond Previews’ December issue and select online retailers.

Keep in mind that if you pre-order a copy of the book, you will receive a free limited edition poster when it ships!

SIDESHOWS

  • “Dark, disturbing, envelope-pushing stuff. Bring your brain and pay attention. The ride is worth it.” – Jim Shooter (MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, DOCTOR SOLAR)
  • “A cool story, told with loads of pace and verve.” – Mike Carey (UNWRITTEN, X-MEN LEGACY)
  • “Energetic, dynamic art and a great story. I enjoyed this thoroughly, and you will, too.” – Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, IRREDEEMABLE)
  • “Vegas gangsters, circus freaks, magic, guns and violence – all served up in a blaze of glory that burns across the page.” – J.T. Krul (GREEN ARROW, TEEN TITANS)
  • “The gorgeous, almost impressionist, art contrasted with the darkness of the seedy underbelly of Vegas plot makes for a gripping story. The addition of supernatural powers is icing on the cake.“ – Jim Hardison (Dark Horse’s THE HELM)
  • “Visually Stunning with a dynamic story that pulls you in and doesn’t let go. Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelsen have made one hell of a book.” – Michael Easton (SOUL STEALER, Vertigo’s GREEN WOMAN).
  • “Atmospheric and richly textured, like a circus-fueled pulp novel played out across the page. SideShows gives greed, gangsters and gambling a fresh spin.” - Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS)
  • ” A beautifully realised comic.” - Charlie Adlard (WALKING DEAD)
  • “Bizarre. And violent. What more is there? Okay, how about side show freaks and gangsters all doing business in the one city we all wish we could’ve visited: Vegas in the ’50′s.” - Andy Lieberman (COWBOY NINJA VIKING)
  • “Wow! This book’s like an unholy alliance between Ben Templesmith and Marc Chagall! How can that not be rad?” – Nate Simpson (NONPLAYER)

Written by Erik Hendrix with art by Michael David Nelsen, SideShows is set in 1950′s Las Vegas, where 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!

Diamond code: DEC110804
ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Price: $9.95 (US)

Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=210