Archive for February, 2012

Arcana Comics on Comic Book Resources

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

As our press release about picking up part of Bluewater’s library hits the airwaves, several sites are buzzing about it! Comic Book Resources just posted on the topic as well…

Following its recent partnership with Benderspink for film-ready comics, Arcana has announced the acquisition of Bluewater Productions’ fiction library including titles “10th Muse,” “Legend of Isis,” “Judo Girl” and more. While Bluewater is better known for its “Female Force” and “Political Power” comics, Arcana’s acquisition includes 23 fiction titles releasing as collected graphic novels later this year.

“I have worked with Arcana in the past and am excited to team up with them again,” said Bluewater President Darren G. Davis via press release. “Teaming up with another independent comic book company, the foundation can only strengthen our brands.”

“Darren and Arcana did Valkyrie back in the day and it’s great to be working with him again,” added Arcana CEO Sean Patrick O’Reilly. “He is one of the most talented and prolific creators I’ve worked with, and everyone is very excited about these dozens of graphic novels added into our library,”

The Bluewater acquisition is the second major announcement from Arcana this month, following the publisher’s reveal of new label ArcanaBenderspink Comics, which will launch with 20 new titles intended to be developed for film and television. Check out the full press release of the Arcana/Bluewater team-up below and stay tuned to CBR for more developments.

Head over to CBR to read the entire feature.

Arcana Buys 10th Muse, Legend Of Isis And More From Bluewater

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

From Bleeding Cool this morning…

“Arcana Comics have announced they are buying up a large chunk of Bluewater’s publishing library. Basically, everything except the biography and most of the licenced titles, to be published in trade paperback form.

So that means 10th Muse, Legend of Isis, Judo Girl, Styx and Stone, Deathsport Games, Orion the Hunter, Blackbeard Legacy, Paparazzi, Warlock, Leprechaun and more.”

Read the full article by CLICKING HERE.

Arcana acquires part of Bluewater’s fiction library

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
VANCOUVER (Feb 21, 2012)Arcana Comics is pleased to annouce they have recently picked up the rights to part of Bluewater’s fiction library! The publishers have been in talks for quite a while, leading to the aquisition. Titles include the popular 10th Muse as well as Legend of Isis, and Judo Girl, as well as twenty-three others.
“I have worked with Arcana in the past and am excited to team up with them again. Teaming up with another independent comic book company, the foundation can only strengthen our brands,” says Darren G. Davis, Bluewater President.
“Darren and Arcana did Valkyrie back in the day and it’s great to be working with him again. He is one of the most talented and prolific creators I’ve worked with, and everyone is very excited about these dozens of graphic novels added into our library,” says Arcana‘s CEO Sean Patrick O’Reilly.
Starting later this year, Arcana Comics will release collected editions of the comic books in graphic novel form, giving new readers a chance to learn about these exciting titles.
Keep reading below for a run-down of some of these titles.
10th Muse – Greek mythology has documented the nine Muses, the inspirational daughters of the almighty Zeus. But history forgot one–the Tenth Muse. Emma, Brett and Dawn were the best of friends — until Emma disappeared, leaving only a note saying goodbye. Now, eight years later, Emma is back, without answers. What happened to Emma? What is her connection with Grayson Bishop, and, most of all, how did ordinary Emma Sonnet become the mysterious TENTH MUSE? Introducing The Tenth Muse, a new kind of super-hero saga unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. A mystery. An action series. A character- driven saga that will bring you to the edge of your seat. See if you can unravel the mystery of The 10th Muse.. Apologies for the blurred cover image, but there is a new celebrity modeling as the Tenth Muse, and it has to be kept a secret until she makes it public!
Legend of Isis – Trapped 5,000 years out of time, the would-be Egyptian Goddess, Isis, must adjust to her new life in 21st century Los Angeles. Using her mystical staff and some help from a few new friends, Isis will protect those around her from evil that may threaten their world. But how can she protect a world that she doesn’t fully understand? Join Isis in her ongoing series debut issue, as she’s introduced to the modern world and its new ways of life. But it seems Isis is not the only ancient warrior alive in our time – as she must battle the Mummy of Sekhent upon her awakening from the dead!
Judo Girl – Adjusting to life iof modern day is one thing. Fighting the female assassin Silencer is another. Worse, one of Judo Girl’s (Diana Moore) most dangerous adversaries from the 1960s resurfaces to complicate her life, Lincoln Stanley, aka Hep Cat. Has he really reformed, as he claims, or is he back to his old tricks?
Styx and Stone – Upon returning from South Africa, Detective Mel Stone was put on medical leave after he was found almost dead on the cargo ship he was on with no explanation and almost no memory of what happened to him.. Now, he’s back on the force with his new partner investigating a string of gruesome campus murders. On the surface, everything is back to normal, but in reality, Stone is back with an added bonus; he’s sharing his body with the career criminal and murder James Wyatt.
Deathsport Games - In the near future, three teens find themselves thrust into a twisted version of the Olympic Games against a horde of vicious Sportsmen and a blood-thirsty crowd of onlookers!
Orion the Hunter - To tempt the Fates is one thing. To out and out steal from them is sheer lunacy. Yet Orion must pit his destiny against some of the fiercest and most dangerous forces Olympus has to offer. As he peels away another veil of the gods’ deceit, Orion is forced to walk the precipice between myth and mystery only to find himself at the very mouth of Hades.
Blackbeard Legacy – The only thing of any worth to Hanna amongst the wreckage of an unlucky vessel is its sole survivor, who tells the captain about a secret treasure only he knows how to obtain. But he has reasons of his own to employ her aide. And with zombies, threatening weather, and the ever-gaining Captain Purloin, it’s going to be a difficult task for the crew to even get off the island. quest for gold, adventure and her fathers head on a stick.
Paparazzi – Los Angeles; some call it the city of angels, others call it a cesspool of debauchery and self indulgence, but whatever you choose to call it, one thing is clear; L.A. is where all the action is. When an entertainment newspaper stops covering celebrity tabloids and starts to focus on the superhero community, all Hell breaks loose. From closeted capes, to drugged out Do-Gooders, no one is safe from the poison pen of Sara Michaels and her award winning snake of a photographer, Glenn Barry. This book explores what goes on under the spandex, and we aren’t talking Botox!
Warlock - A new story from the cult film WARLOCK from Lionsgate. The Warlock is on a mission to destroy a book that contains a spell which imprisoned six other Warlocks. If the book manages to be destroyed, the dangerous Warlocks would be released back into the world free to cause chaos and destruction. It’s up to a rag-tag group of people to prevent the Warlock from carrying out his plan.
Leprechaun - From the cult film from Lionsgate. This is the tale of Lubdan, the king and sole survivor of the Leprechaun. The last of the Leprechauns! A treasure dealer stumbles across his pot of gold and steals it. In this modern age, he finds buyers all over the planet through on-line auctions. Lubdan finds the thief after the gold is shipped to humans across the globe. Lubdan’s quest takes him all over the planet, across time and space. Battling greed, the genocidal Cluracan and new mystical adversaries, Lubdan must save all life to save himself…but not without taking lives!
ABOUT ARCANA STUDIOS

Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.

ABOUT BLUEWATER

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”

Shadowlaw has “eye-popping action sequences and backstory” says Wired.com!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

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Wired.com recently reviewed Shadowlaw, saying it is a seamless mix of action and alternate history! You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but keep reading below for an excerpt from the review.

“This story is one of the best I’ve read at integrating eye-popping action sequences and backstory. The pacing never slows down and the story never sags… I couldn’t stop until I reached the end. The plot kept surprising me in a good way. I had to find out what was really going on, I worried for the main character’s physical and emotional well-being, and I became invested to the point where I was bummed when the story ended and I didn’t have more.”

Thank you to Wired.com for the amazing review and keep reading below for how you can pick up a copy!

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.

Arcana and Renegade’s Turning Tiger Roars Into Action This April

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

turningtiger-00.jpgTake one state of the art fully armed sentient military attack robot, let it go rogue, then set the army and more robots after it. And let it happen in downtown Ewanstown, USA . If things get bad, have it kidnap a child and see if you can stop her parents blowing the operation wide open to the media.

Arcana Comics is proud to present the April release of TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION, written by Richmond Clements, illustrated by Alex Moore and produced byRenegade Arts Entertainment. Collecting the two part miniseries, TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION is also filled with extras such as an afterwards from Richmond Clements, character designs, and a pin-up gallery from artists such as Shane Oakley(AlbionCthulhu Tales), Chie Kutsuwada (The Story of Lee), Michael Carroll (2000 A.D., Judge Dredd Megazine) and more.

 

TURNING TIGER involves a top secret military robot colliding with the world of a suburban American family. TURNING TIGER brings a tale of explosive action, government conspiracies, and above all, family. But why has the robot chosen this family and their daughter in particular? All will be revealed…

 

Critics have raved about TURNING TIGER:

 

“Turning Tiger is the perfect tale of sci-fi encountering the family next door, a gripping adventure that we know really could happen. The dynamic storytelling will melt the heart of both the young and adult reader alike, so it’s simply not to be missed!” - SciFiPulse.net

 

“This is a superb comic…” - Forbidden Planet International

 

“…production is really smart, and the art from Alex Moore is stunning.” - Comic Buzz

 

“Ultimately, this is a well-produced piece of work and a worthy first effort.” - Irish Comic News

 

TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION, a 58-page full-color paperback, will be on sale in stores April 1st for $7.99 and is available to order in the February 2012 edition of Diamond Previews (FEB120740, ISBN: 978-1-926914-87-9).

ChiZine.com reviews Marlow

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

marlow_cover.jpgChiZine.com recently took a crack at Arcana’s Marlow. Below is a sampling of the review, but CLICK HERE to read it in full.

Unfolding somewhere between Apocalypse Now and Night of the Living Dead, Nelson marries two genres not commonly found cozying up to one another in comicdom: the zombie horror tale, and the black-ops underground war story. While the gory zombie violence is certainly up front, Nelson’s conflicted protagonist also offers a conscience into the story. Infusing philosophy on the nature of man, Nelson elevates things above the standard fare. Clearly, the author’s influences go beyond Romero and multiple viewings of Commando. This is no Call of Duty: The Zombie Edition. Admirably, Nelson is just as interested in philosophical discourse as he is with carnage.

Thanks to ChiZine.com for the review!

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.

Innsmouth Free Press Reviews Marlow

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

marlow_cover.jpgInnsmouth Free Press recently reviewed Aaron Nelson’s Marlow! You can CLICK HERE to read the review in full, but below is an excerpt from it.

I love the art in Marlow, too, but for different reasons: It consists of crisp, violently-clear profiles; punchy action sequences; sharp black-and-white contrast that makes fights swift and brutal. I envy hard lines. I feel like they’re a sign of confidence when people can just draw thick, bold lines on a page. It requires a kind of self-assuredness that I lack in my art – I hide behind my shading, never wanting to commit to the kind of finality that is so present in the art of Marlow.

The writing is also bold. No vagueness, no shades of grey to be found in this storyline. It’s a one-two punch. Quick and dirty. There’s no time to react with Marlow – it opens with a swift strike to your soft, meaty parts and doesn’t stop until you’re on the floor. It doesn’t give you time to look for plotholes. You’ve got to plow forward – there’s no other option than to roll with the story because you know, if you pause for even half a second, it’s going to start throwing punches again.

Thank you to Innsmouth Free Press for the great review!

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.

Dragons Vs Dinosaurs – “Calgarian Art Theft”

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Dragons Vs. Dinosaurs, recently released by Arcana, is in the news due to allegations that another creator is stealing work from the Arcana property. Chris Peterson, artist for Dragons Vs. Dinosaurs, explains what is happening on CBC.ca. CLICK HERE to listen to the interview!

DRAGONS VS DINOSAURS GN - OCT110793
(W/A/CA) Chris Eric Peterson It is a world of struggle. Where conflict is measured by the fallen. An epic battle between numbers and power. This is a land where weakness is swallowed whole and spit out upon the merciless. This is not a battle between good and evil — this is Dragons Vs Dinosaurs! (STK451369) MATURE THEMES SC, 80pgs, FC SRP: $14.95

ComicBooked.com reviews Shadowlaw

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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Shadowlaw was recently reviewed by ComicBooked.com. See below for a portion of the review, but be sure to head to the site by CLICKING HERE to read the review in full.

“Easton has developed an interesting property in Shadowlaw. The issue closes in as open-ended a way possible, which gives readers the satisfaction of a completed story but also opens up a whole new avenue for the creators to explore. There’s definitely a lot of story left to tell here, and I’m really hoping that Easton takes the opportunity to do so.”

Thanks to ComicBooked.com for the great review!

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.

Deadline reports Benderspink, Arcana Launch Film-Friendly Comics Line

Friday, February 10th, 2012

the_order.jpgArcana and Benderspink have joined forces to present a new film-friendly comics line, Deadline reported today. See below for an except, but be sure to head over the Deadline to read it in full.

below.jpgBenderspink and Sean Patrick O’Reilly’s Arcana Comics are launching ArcanaBenderspink Comics, a label that will publish under the Arcana brand. The idea: hatch comics that can be turned into movie and TV properties. The partnership comes out of JC Spink and Sean O’Reilly’s strong relationship after setting up the Arcana comic book Continuum at New Line. ‘What I thought made this a great partnership was that Sean not only knows how to make a great comic but he’s actually produced movies,’ Spink said. ‘I don’t know any comic publishers that have his producing experience.’ Benderspink partner Jake Weiner said that the comics label is a byproduct of the company’s increased focus on generating intellectual properties. ‘This is one of five IP creation deals we are entering into along with deals in mobile content/apps, Y/A publishing, videogames, and toys.’”

 Head over to Deadline to read the full story.