Archive for January, 2012

Marlow reviewed by Underground Voices

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

marlow_cover.jpgUnderground Voices recently took a gander at Marlow and loved it! Please read an excerpt below from the review, but CLICK HERE to read it in full.

How do you keep the zombie landscape fresh and interesting in an over-saturated market? Ask Aaron Thomas Nelson because he’s figured it out with his soon-to-be published graphic novel, Marlow. There’s a solid story, a fleshed out lead, and incredible artwork.

         Zombie stories tend to be unbearably cliché but Aaron concocts a different kind of story that manages to separate itself from the sludge of mediocrity out there. He does so by avoiding the major pitfall: contrived genre plot points. I won’t expand on the plot here because to do so would unfairly give too much away, but Marlow’s dilemmas are real, current, and worth every 119 pages of resolution. Somebody actually gave some thought to storytelling here.

Thanks to Underground Voices! Again, click here to read the review in full. To order a copy of Marlow, keep reading!

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.

The Fellowship of the Geeks Reviews SideShows

Friday, January 27th, 2012

SideShows, which hits stands in February, was recently reviewed by The Fellowship of the Geeks. Please read a chunk of the review below and head over to THIS LINK to read it in full.

The premise: mob-operated Vegas in its heyday. Inject some carnies as hired muscle for one of the casinos. And let’s make it interesting—we’ll give the carnies the super powers they need to pull off their acts.

As improbable as this sounds, I think it works well. The story portrays a mafia skirmish which feels as though it could have been pulled from 1930s Chicago. Characters are introduced pretty effectively, and for the most part the rest of it is violence (which is very fitting of the mob genre, of course).

Read more about the book below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read the entire review.

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, 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


 

 

       

 

Intrinsic gets a new cover – See the pencils!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Free Comic Book Day this year is going to be extra-special with our addition, Intrinsic, which kicks off our company-wide crossover! Below you can see pencils for our new cover for the book. It’s coming along nicely!

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FCBD 2012 ARCANA PRESENTS INTRINSIC

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(W) Sean O’Reilly, Casey Jones (A/CA) Various Horrors from different worlds have assembled to bring about a global threat known only as “The End”. A Philosopher has recognized the signs in time to gather his own forces for Good — including an ordinary, powerless young woman. Only together can they avert disaster on a biblical scale. Every last one of them… is Intrinsic. The Intrinsic is a company crossover event bringing together characters from hundreds of titles beneath Arcana’s library, an event of unprecedented ambition, unlike anything that has been attempted before! 32pgs, FC FREE

Shadowlaw in the press!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Shadowlaw - CoverArcana Comics’ Shadowlaw (Diamond: SEP110748 / ISBN: 978-1-926914-45-9) has been getting a lot of attention in the media over the last few months and has sold out of its initial pressing! While we wait for more copies to get to the stores, let’s take a look at some of the press, plus some preview pages!

Our first stop is Comic Book Resources, where creator Brandon Easton discusses the book with the site. Below he describes the concept of the book, plus its origins. Be sure to read the entire interview over at CBR by CLICKING HERE.

“‘Shadowlaw‘ takes place a few centuries from now, where the Catholic Church is the dominant global political body. The government is a theocratic technocracy and they maintain military dominance through the use of their giant mech armors. Our story opens as that society is on the verge of political revolution, and because of a series of events, the biggest secret in their history will be unveiled. There was a global war in their past that resulted in a dark deal with some truly evil beings…

I originally wrote this as a screenplay treatment back in 1996 as an undergrad at Ithaca College. I showed it to a few friends of mine and they hated it, so I put it away for about eight years. [Laughs] The original story was a Blade Runner meets the Lost Boys chase adventure through a post-apocalyptic landscape. The characters were searching for a bunch of artifacts they could use to kill the main vampire — much like how Harry Potter and his buddies search for the Horcruxes to dispatch Voldemort.

Ultimately, I realized that the story didn’t work because it felt forced and derivative of all of my literary and cinematic influences. I rediscovered the concept in early 2004 while cleaning out a box of old paperwork from college. I sat down, examined a few of the core elements and decided to up the ante with the world design and concept. I realized it needed to become a more personal story instead of a standard chase narrative. I wanted to do something that hasn’t been done in a sci-fi story in a very long time, and that was having it be set in a swamp. It would have been “easy” to use the typical mega-city Blade Runner visuals to reflect that universe, but by moving it into a more natural environment, it created another set of visual possibilities.”

Shadowlaw - VampiresAin’t It Cool News, in a review of the book, said they “can’t recommend SHADOWLAW enough.” You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but below is a nice excerpt from it.

I can’t recommend SHADOWLAW enough as it’s a true love letter to so many different genres that I can never get enough of. There are several twists and turns that carry you through the book and as it ends you’re left looking very forward to what’s ahead for Caesaro’s journey. With each page turn you can just see through the world he creates that Easton really does care about the content he is presenting and has a desire to grow this universe much more in the future. After years of working on this to bring this book to life, I hope he gets the chance as I am very curious to see what fate holds for Rictor Caesaro and the rest of the SHADOWLAW universe.

To hear Brandon Easton speak for himself, take a listen to some various podcasts and even some live recorded interviews…

FANBOY RADIO - http://www.fanboyradio.com/fanboy-radio-610-brandon-easton/

UNDERSCOOPFIRE - http://underscoopfire.com/?p=3942

XIRO XONE - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/xiroxone/2011/11/01/updates-on-f1-in-india-comic-and-horror-con-in-long-beach

KOMPLICATED - http://www.komplicated.com/2011/11/news-in-case-you-missed-it-from-our-november-20th-episode-with-brandoneaston.html

Brandon tells Wired.com of the main character of Shadowlaw, “Rictor is a man whose parents were killed by government troops during what was believed to have been a botched raid. He was eventually adopted by the Chancellor of the New Earth Alliance (NEA). In a bizarre twist, Rictor would be indoctrinated in the ways of the people who murdered his parents and later finds himself in a similar situation at the beginning of the book.” You can read the entire interview where Brandon discusses more on the book, plus the Thundercats relaunch he has been involved with by CLICKING HERE.

If you’re interested in learning more about Brandon Easton, be sure to read the interview over at ComicBookInterviews.com where he discusses his path towards writing comics and working in the industry. It’s a great read, so be sure to read the full interview by CLICKING HERE.

Below is some ordering information for those who would like to pick up a copy:

ISBN: 978-1-926914-45-9

Diamond Code: SEP110748

Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=189

Rictor Caesaro, a soldier in the New Earth Alliance elite corps, kills his commanding officer during a botched riot control mission. He is sentenced to life in the Sanctuary District – a special prison camp located deep in the swamplands of the South. In this dark domain, Rictor uncovers a secret that not only threatens his life, but the fate of the Earth.

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Olive Peril review at No Flying No Tights

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

686-arcana_promo-oliveperil02.jpgOlive Peril, which went from webcomic to graphic novel through Arcana, was recently reviewed by the popular “No Flying No Tights” site. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but be sure to read an excerpt below and find out how you can order a copy!

This slim paperback packs a lot of punch with its bold illustrations. Thick black outlines give the colorful drawings the look of stained glass. This adds gravity to what is a truly strange, and fun, story. The characters are distinctive and expressive – the aliens humanoid yet strange, the ghostly girl decked out with details that make her look like an eerie, glowing remix of an ordinary child. Olive herself is always framed by her swirling hair, making her elegant and ethereal whether she’s working at the bakery or navigating alien landscapes.

Olive is grounded, though, by the normalcy and humor of her behavior under even bizarre circumstances. Her interactions with her bakery coworkers are friendly and funny, and it’s easy to empathize with (and sometimes laugh at) her efforts to make sense of a ghostly would-be guardian and a sudden extraterrestrial relocation.

Thank you to “No Flying No Tights” and be sure to read the entire review!

To order a copy, see below.

ISBN: 978-1-897548-68-4

Diamond Code: SEP100771

Arcana Project Site: http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=90

When the CEO of the largest soap manufacturer in the United States dies, her only daughter, Olive, is left with quite the dilemma: she can marry her mother’s Evil Corporate Lawer, or she can put her fate in the hands of a ghostly child who claims to know a way out–of Earth. Olive takes her chances with the ghost and ends up on a strange planet, with even stranger company. Olive struggles to find both a way out of her marriage and the answer to why these aliens are so interested in helping her escape.

Scrooge & Santa on No Flying No Tights

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

794-arcana_promo-scroogeandsanta02.jpgScrooge & Santa was recently reviewed by the popular “No Flying No Tights” site. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but check out some of the choicest bits below!

Wilson’s interpretation of a modern day Scrooge is funny and imaginative with some background commentary on today’s corporate business practices and the values people place on what others have. While Scrooge and his story of Christmas magic is well-known, this tale offers some exciting twists that elevate the book above many other interpretations. I was worried that the story would follow predictable patterns and wrap up like a cheesy after school Christmas special, but some poignant moments and clever additions gave it a satisfying depth.

Kenfield adds another layer with his fun, cartoony drawings. Scrooge looks like a crazed, money hungry lunatic (which he is), and Marley’s ghost is absolutely terrifying. While Christmas Past and Future resemble their classic counterparts, Christmas Present is contemporary and changes with the times. I could almost see the motion of each character from panel to panel. The bright colors and character focused drawings help move the story along while remaining accessible to the younger crowd. However, with characters like the well-tattooed and pierced prisoner, the art would still be interesting for tweens and teens on up.

Scrooge and Santa is a well-paced, quirky new tale that fits right in with the Christmas collection. While the size and depth might make it too much for the youngest elementary kids, the older elementary students will love the irreverent nature of the book. With a fun story and great artwork, it strikes just the right note for a holiday tale.

Thank you to “No Flying No Tights” and be sure to read the entire review here!

Advance Review of Marlow

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

marlow_cover.jpg“It’s a Dan’s World,” a popular comic book review site, recently reviewed an advance copy of Arcana’s Marlow, and below is some of what they had to say. Be sure to CLICK HERE to read the entire review.

“For me the unsung highlight of this book are the locations. Having a mercenary book (or any book for that matter) that hops the globe and explores other peoples beliefs and cultures makes for a refreshing change from downtown Manhattan. Should more adventures follow, I can only hope the future locations are just as vibrant.

Speaking of vibrant, Soul of Darkness is brought to life by Mathew Reynolds pulp-tastic silhouette styled art and L Jamal Walton’s clean clear lettering.

In River of Symbols, Dario Carrasco Jr’s amazing line-work steers the boat towards a brighter art style, one that reminds me of the magic of both Doug Mahnke and Jeff Smith at the same time.

Marlow is released late February from Arcana Studios, and is currently available for preorder here through Amazon.com, as well as no doubt your friendly neighbourhood Previews ordering comic book store. If you are after a zombie story that doesn’t just run on autopilot, but has a strong heart and a thought-provoking core, then I recommend you fork out for Marlow, the man who is exactly that.”

Thanks again to “It’s a Dan’s World,” and be sure to read the entire review HERE!

Don’t forget, you can still order a copy of Marlow. Just use the ordering info below!

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.