Archive for December, 2011

SideShows Free Poster Offer

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Arcana Comics has a special offer for the holidays. Order a copy of SideShows, available for pre-order now through your local comic book shop and online retailers, and a copy of a limited edition poster will come with every copy of the book, shipping in February!

SideShows, which has received a great deal of attention the last several months since SDCC 2011, is available for pre-order now and as a special bonus for fans out there pre-ordering a copy through their local retailers, you will get a limited edition poster, ONLY available with the initial run of the book! The art is a new creation of book artist, Michael David Nelsen, but to give you an idea, below is an extended copy of SideShows!

BELOW IS A WORK IN PROGRESS VERSION OF THE POSTER. JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE FINAL VERSION!

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SIDESHOWS

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)

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

 

 

Happy Holidays from the creators of Scrooge and Santa

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The creators of Arcana’s Scrooge and Santa, a holiday bit of fun still available in stores, sent us this fun image inspired by the book in celebration of the holidays with a simple “Happy Holidays” wish. See the image below and be sure to scroll down for some information on their book, Scrooge and Santa.

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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

 

 

 

 

Arcana’s Sean O’Reilly: Are entrepreneurs born or made?

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

harper-collins-cover-1Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Founder/CEO of Arcana Comics and creator of books such as Kade, Ezra, Wingman, and The Clockwork Girl, was recently interviewed by 30 Second Mentor at FinancialPost.com to discuss entrepreneurship. Are they made or born? Give it a watch by CLICKING HERE!

CHUD.com reviews All Fall Down

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

All Fall DownCHUD.com took a crack at All Fall Down recently, which you can READ BY CLICKING HERE. Below is a sample of what they had to say.

That plot has the makings of a good one: one day, all the super-beings suddenly, mysteriously, lose their powers, with all manner of tragic consequences. Even more mysteriously, those powers have manifested themselves all in one teenage girl, Sophie Mitchell, who adopts the identity of “Siphon,” reflecting her Rogue-like acquisition of the powers, attempting to pick up the slack from the fallen heroes.

Sophie is our nominal protagonist, and her tale of power and responsibility, as it were, would actually have made the kind of nicely-laid-out storyline that would adapt well for film, as she deals with the consequences of her unwanted “gift.” Unfortunately, she’s actually less a protagonist than she is a Macguffin. Because the real engine of the story is not Sophie, or the various other supers whose lives were affected by the event (the fate of the shape-shfting Phylum is particularly creepy), or even the Ghost Rider-headed vigilante who goes around thrashing the nonpowered “wannabe” heroes that spring up in the wake of the depowering; it’s actually the strained relationship between the son of an old-school supervillain and his father (you can tell that Dad was old-school cuz he tawks like a vet of the New Yawk mob scene… or maybe the garment district). I won’t get too spoilery or specific about this part of the story, and the scheme that the son initiates, which has several nice touches (I like the fact that his advanced technology was constructed while he had super-intellect, and while he can still use the devices that he built then, he can’t go beyond them), though the father-son conflict feels a bit strained and artificial. Which, in a way, isn’t really surprising: it’s Sophie’s story that was supposed to be at the heart of this, and this conflict, along with the usual betrayals and big reveals, are too often a distraction from it. I wonder if maybe a stronger editorial hand might have allowed the book to more effectively balance its various characters and plotlines.

Thank you to CHUD.com for reviewing the book and, again, you can read it HERE.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the book from your local comic shop or an online retailer. You can also pick up a copy by clicking on the All Fall Down project link on Arcana.com here.

ISBN: 978-1-926914-23-7

Diamond Code: AUG110793

13 year old Sophie Mitchell just accidentally stole every superpower known to man. She can’t turn them off or give them back. As she becomes Siphon, the world’s last superhero, the people she stole her powers from learn to live without them– or die trying.

TheOuthousers.com reviews All Fall Down

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

All Fall DownAll Fall Down, a recent release from Arcana Comics, has been reviewed by The Outhouse. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but below is an excerpt.

The strongest part of All Fall Down is the pacing and structure of the story. The book is divided into seven chapters, each one thematically linked to one of the seven stages of grief. Jones builds his world organically, choosing to introduce the cast of the OGN as they’re being depowered and focusing on how they cope with their losses. It’s a smart choice that humanizes otherwise generic heroes and creates several powerful character moments in the book. While the plot takes several predictable turns and the dialogue is occasionally clunky, Jones still keeps readers ensnared with firm characterization that prevents the book from becoming dull.

Thanks to The Outhouse for the review and, once again, be sure to CLICK HERE for the entire review.

All Fall Down can be ordered through your favorite comic book shop and online retailers.

ISBN: 978-1-926914-23-7

Diamond Code: AUG110793

13 year old Sophie Mitchell just accidentally stole every superpower known to man. She can’t turn them off or give them back. As she becomes Siphon, the world’s last superhero, the people she stole her powers from learn to live without them– or die trying.

For Preview Pages and to order direct from Arcana, head over to http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=190 .

No Flying No Tights on Clockwork Girl – “…one of the most enjoyable takes on the classic tragedy I’ve ever read.”

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

harper-collins-cover-1No Flying No Tights recently took a read through Clockwork Girl and loved what they read! Below is an excerpt from their coverage on the book, but you can read the entire article by CLICKING HERE.

… this is one of the most enjoyable takes on the classic tragedy I’ve ever read – due in part to the clever reworking of some of the tragic bits. After all, when your Capulets work in elaborate robotics and your Montagues in Frankenstein-style creature creations, it’s not easy to just kill off a Juliet who runs on gears or a Romeo whose stitched-up chest holds two hearts.

Thank you to No Flying No Tights for the kind words and all of you readers out there, please be sure to go over to No Flying No Tights by CLICKING HERE and read the entire article.

You can see some preview pages by going to the Clockwork Girl page on Arcana.com. Be sure to pick up a copy from your local comic book shop, book retailers, or online at fine establishments such as AmazonBarnes and Noble, etc…

CLOCKWORK GIRL PAGE - http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=49

Hero House featured on No Flying No Tights

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Hero House - CoverHero House, Arcana’s heroic frat boys, were covered on the site No Flying No Tights over at THIS LINK recently. Below is an excerpt from the article!

Hero House is a very safe read. It brings together a super team with the backdrop of college, but doesn’t necessarily push the boundaries of that story. There are some fun skirmishes, attempts to date girls, and a little drinking, but nothing about the read really surprises you. The villain and eventual main conflict of the story are presented very early, so the big reveal at the climax loses that jaw-dropping factor. These sentiments also follow the art. Dimayuga does everything so well, that is comes off a little lifeless. It falls short of being is own style because it is all so correct. 

Again, be sure to head over to the site and read the entire article by CLICKING HERE.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of Hero House, head over to our Hero House page to see some preview pages and pick up a copy! CLICK HERE!

Paper Dragon Ink interviews Erik Hendrix on SideShows

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

SideShows CoverSideShows, which is available for pre-order now through Diamond Previews (DEC110804), was recently discussed in an interview Paper Dragons Ink did with creator/writer Erik Hendrix. Read an excerpt below, but be sure to head over to the Paper Dragon web site by CLICKING HERE to read the entire interview.

Q)    Could you give us a quick summary of Sideshows?

SideShows is a group of former circus attractions who are enlisted by the mob in Vegas as their enforcers. It’s a mixture of the old Vegas “slick” from movies in the era with a more modern sensibility of how abilities could be exploited in the real world.

Q)  What inspired you to create Sideshows?

I was driving with my wife and her grandparents to Vegas late one night and in the middle of trying to keep myself from nodding off on the road, the first nuggets of the story popped in my head. I go to Vegas quite a bit and primarily haunt the old strip, Fremont Street, with the older casinos, plenty of old photos, slot machines, etc… It’s hard not to be inspired!

Q) What made you decide to set it in Vegas in the 1950’s, what part of that time period appealed to you?

There’s just something about the time that really appealed to me. It’s the era of the Rat Pack and, although it’s not really the case, I just imagined all of these people wandering the casinos in suits. Like the original Oceans Eleven, but with superpowers.

There’s a lot more to the interview, so be sure to CLICK HERE to read the entire interview.