Archive for March, 2012

Rue Morgue article on Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Rue Morgue recently interviewed Bruce Brown on his book, Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom and the series of books in general. Below is an excerpt from the article, plus a scan of the whole thing! Be sure to pick up a copy of the book when it comes out next Month!

“It’s been a little over a year since the publication of Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, which saw the notorious author portrayed as a six-year-old boy on adventures with his tentacled pet, Spot (a.k.a. Cthulhu). Writer Bruce Brown’s aim was to craft a story that could be loved by hardcore Lovecraft fans while simultaneously introducing a new generation to the writer.

Mission accomplished. Frozen Kingdom proved to be a surprise hit and managed to attract exactly the kind of audience Brown was hoping for.

‘I have heard from countless parents who loved the fact that they initially had a book they could share with their children and introduce t hem to the world of H.P. Lovecraft,’ says Brown. ‘Many went on to say that it is a book they wish they had when they were children.’

… Joining Brown for this outing is co-author Dwight L. MacPherson, the editor of the first book… ‘It was Dwight who introduced me to the writings of Lovecraft through another project I was co-writing with him years ago,’ says Brown. ‘So, it was only natural that I invited him to co-write the second book.’

Undersea Kingdom is a much darker work than the previous outing. Both Howard and Spot have to face difficult truths regarding each of their heritages and both have potentially tragic decisions to make as a result. Howard must choose between sacrificing his family or the entire universe. To make matters worse, he also has to deal with his body’s bizarre and traumatic transformation into a gill man.”

To read the rest of the feature, just head over to their web site. You can order a hard copy or purchase a digital version of it - http://www.rue-morgue.com/magazine/latest-issue

To pick up a copy, head over to your local comic shop and ask them to order using the information below or click on the “Arcana Project” link provided to order directly from the Arcana Store. Please note that you can see an extended preview of the project on the Arcana Project Link!

HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE FROZEN KINGDOM (Book 1)
DIAMOND CODE: OCT090688
ISBN: 978-1-897548-54-7
ARCANA PROJECT LINK:  http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=200
DESCRIPTION: After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft ignores his father’s warning and uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and grave danger. Alone and scared, Howard befriends a hideous creature he names Spot who takes him to the castle of the king where he is captured and sentenced to death.

HOWARD LOVECRAFT AND THE UNDERSEA KINGDOM (Book 2)
DIAMOND CODE: JAN120814
ISBN: 978-1-926914-84-8
ARCANA PROJECT LINK:  http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=435
DESCRIPTION:  Howard Lovecraft’s family has been imprisoned on a far-flung alien planet, Spot hopelessly captured, and he is slowly becoming a mindless Fishman. Accompanied by his insane father, a pistol-packing constable and his hungry cat, they must face the all-powerful ruler of the Outer Gods, a revengeful old enemy, an army of deadly monsters, and a lethal world called Yuggoth, to save the day. All Howard has to do is surrender his father’s Book. But that would mean certain doom for all of mankind.

The Satellite Soda Lucas Fan-Art Horror Spectacular

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Satellite Soda is sponsoring a Lucas Fan-Art Contest over at their site. You can read more by CLICKING HERE, but below are some of the details. As a special incentive, we have thrown in a gift package worth $100 in Arcana books!

The Subject: One slasher, one psychotic backwoods family, pitted against each other in rural nowhere. Lucas, the soon-to-be released horror title by Arcana, is the inspiration behind this madness.

The Challenge: Lucas is not really what you’d consider to be a conventional graphic novel. The story itself is heavily narrated and pretty descriptive. What you, the contestant, are going to be provided with are a some of the character descriptions from the book. Lucas, Jeb, Mama, Jeremy, Ben, and Grandma. They’ll all be there. You’re going to create your version of these characters based on the way you envision them. You can choose any one of them, or all. Whatever floats your boat.

The Rules: Create your Lucas fan-art using any medium at your disposal. Traditional, digital, 3D, photography, customs, anything goes. There are no specs, no size requirements. The contest deadline is April 9th, 2012, 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

The Reward: Once the contest has closed, judgement will fall. There will be three places rewarded for their efforts, skill, and overall awesomeness.

3rd place - You will receive one signed copy of the book.

2nd place - You will receive one signed copy of the book. Two exclusive prints, one by cover artist Sukhbir Purewal and one by Lucas creator David Murdoch.

1st place - You will receive one signed copy of the book. Two exlusive prints, one by cover artist Sukhbir Purewal and one by Lucas creator David Murdoch. One copy of Squarepusher’s Music Is Rotted One Note (there’s a track from this album recommended in the book). And an Arcana gift pack valued over $100.

To read the all of the details, rules, etc, please CLICK HERE.

Geeks of Doom Reviews Dragons Vs Dinosaurs

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Geeks of Doom recently reviewed Arcana’s Dragons Vs Dinosaurs. You can read it in full by CLICKING HERE, but below is a sampling from the review!

Dragons vs. Dinosaurs is an excellent action book; this not a comic for anyone looking to ponder the mysteries of the universe or political turmoil. Everything in this book should be taken for face value; it’s just plain and simple fun. Chris Eric Peterson has created the comic book equivalent of an 80?s action movie.

To pick up a copy… read on! You can even see an extended preview of the book!

TITLE: Dragons vs Dinosaurs

ISBN: 978-1-926914-66-4

DIAMOND: OCT110793

ARCANA PROJECT LINK: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=344

DESCRIPTION: 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.

Broken Icon Comics Reviews Shadowflame

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Broken Icon Comics recently reviewed Joe Martino’s Shadowflame on their site and really enjoyed it! You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but see below for an excerpt from the review.

The writing in Shadowflame is really wonderful and I loved it. It hold the readers attention and feels real. I really like the main character, Tom/Shadowflame’s back story. It is real and simple but gives enough that the read understand why he is doing what he is going. One part of Tom’s character that I really liked was his smart ass mouth. The fights were not drug out page after page when they didn’t need to be which showed the focus of the story was not on the fights themselves but what the fights prove or what they are truly about. I couldn’t help but get a little giddy with the fight sound effects, they made me very happy. The writer keeps the main characters to a minimum and spends time with those few he has so the reader isn’t trying to spend a lot of time remembering them all. It also helps keep the story from feeling cluttered. I loved the characters and want to read many, many more stories about them.

The artwork was wonderful. It was dark enough to show you that the material is dark but not so dark that you have trouble seeing the art and appreciating it for itself. Yet it doesn’t stay dark throughout the entire story once the story itself picks up. The fight scenes are very nice and aren’t so overdone that they detract from the fight’s story. Instead the artwork enhances the story wonderfully. The artwork drew me into the story and kept me loving a wonderful story.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of the book, please keep reading below! If you click on the Arcana Project Site link below, you can read over twenty pages of the story now!

ISBN: 978-0-9809204-6-8

DIAMOND CODE: SEP100773

ARCANA PROJECT SITE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=377

DESCRIPTION: When Officer Tom Wyatt’s wife, Janice, was murdered he tried to find solace in his own grief and despair. He attempted to end his own life. Instead he found himself transported to a ship orbiting the Earth. The aliens aboard explained that he could not kill himself for he was the last of a chosen line. A family line which possessed the perfect genetic Imprint to receive the ‘gift of power’ and become a third holy man of lsht. So after hearing the story of Isht and his family, Tom agreed to take the power. In a painful ceremony he was endowed with powers that set him apart from other men. He was now a superman, capable of vast feats of strength, flight, telekinetic force bolts and all the rewards of being a holy man. This gave him not only great powers, but a reason to live.

 

Marlow in the Sacramento News & Review

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Marlow and his creator, Aaron Nelson, are featured in the Sacramento News & Review, a free magazine with 350,000 readers weekly. Marlow even made the cover! Below is some of what they had to say about the book, but you can read it in full over at THIS LINK (just head to page 16-19 for the feature).

“… That he’d never attempted comics was beside the point. Here, he says, he recognized a clear void: a comic-book hero based on one of the Greek literature greats…

Released this week and illustrated in bold, punch frames by Dario Carrasco, Marlow reads as a complex yet pulpy adventure rife with comic-book worthy images – a loyal band of allies, a cold-hearted villain, scheming pirates and a throng of soul-dead zombies – as well political themes that examine, among other subjects, globalism and the war on terror…”

The feature covers the history of Marlow as well as Nelson’s inspirations, writing history, and plans for the future. Be sure to read the entire feature by CLICKING HERE.

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.