Archive for April, 2012

Jazma Online interviews War’s Chosen creator Arthur Bellfield

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Jazma Online recently did an interview with War’s Chosen creator Arthur Bellfield about the book, its history, etc… You can read the entire interview by CLICKING HERE, but see below for a sampling from it.

Rich: How did you come up with the idea for “War’s Chosen”?

Arthur: I was in high school and I wanted to create my own X-Men team to be honest with you. Over the years the characters stuck with me and I decided to go for it!

Rich: What do you think of J.C. Grande’s art?

Arthur: J.C.’s art is fantastic! He’s a great storyteller and knows how to bring characters and scenes alive. His style is a bit sketchy at times to create a certain emotion and that at other times his line work comes alive and makes you say “Damn!” He was perfect for this type of action story!

Rich: What do you think is the main selling point of “War’s Chosen”?

Arthur: The main selling point for War’s Chosen is that this is your chance to read a comic that isn’t watered down or made to be a movie or a toyline..it was made with the readers in mind who want something from a comic that is a mixture of everything that loved about comics growing up! The storyline is fantastic, the characters have their own voices, plus the ending will give you chills! If anything buy this book for the ending, and for the discussion that this book will open up! Plus, Ceara Tags is in it, and she’ll be a breakout character along with Pulserat!


TITLE: War’s Chosen

ISBN: 978-1-926914-86-2
Diamond Code: APR12 0791 Genre: Fantasy
Arcana title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=446 <– SEE AN EXTENDED PREVIEW OF THE BOOK!
To save the life of his granddaughter, retired superhero James Cummings must face not only the mistakes of his past, bus also a rogue government agency called Black Messiah that’s determined to preserve their own perverted version of the American Dream! A dream that may explain why so many mutilated men, women, and children are turning up on the United States/Mexico border!

Omnicomic Reviews Joe Martino’s Shadowflame

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Omnicomic recently reviewed Joe Martino’s Shadowflame on their web site, which you can read by CLICKING HERE. Below is an excerpt from the review and some information on how you can pick up a copy of Shadowflame!

Tom Wyatt is an officer for the NYPD, working hard to get him and his wife into a better situation. One of those late nights turns bad for his wife, the victim of the crime in the neighborhood they live. A second before he’s about to take his own life, he’s “saved” by a race of aliens who need his lineage to stop Maldestrak, a destroyer of worlds.

Wyatt is imbued with intergalactic powers and dons a suit that brands him Shadowflame. As Shadowflame, Wyatt is taking his newfound abilities to the streets in an effort to stop the Baltinetti family from running the street. His newfound and refined war on crime brings him across villains such as Electrocutioner and Doctor Anarchy, as well as other superheroes such as Agent Napalm, Cyberine, Crimson, Desiree, Barrel and Caress.

Shadowflame is an interesting story. It’s a tried and true story, where a human being is given cosmic powers and uses those for the better good. The story has that 80s Marvel feel, where everything was about the universe and the characters interacting with it.

Wyatt as a character goes through quite a transformation from start to finish. He goes from being on the verge of suicide, to reveling in his newfound powers to realizing that he’s now got a higher calling thanks to those powers. It’s a solid arc that will pay dividends down the road.


TITLE: Shadowflame
ISBN: 978-0-9809204-6-8
Diamond Code: SEP100773 Genre: Superhero Science Fiction
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=377  <– See an extended preview of the book!
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.

ComicAttack.net reviews Clay County

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Clay County was recently reviewed by ComicAttack.net! You can read an excerpt from the review below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read the full review.

The story begins with a bunch of rednecks at a local bar having a normal night of fun. At first, they don’t realize that the television broadcast of an alien is for real. One of the dudes then makes a comment. This is one of the funniest comments ever…”d@mn Teletubbies, get the race on, Jimbo”! That was hilarious, and several other moments like that are what make this book so funny.

Although, on the flip side of all the humor, if you really think about it, the characters in the bar that carry the story along with a “resistance” fighter, are very real in the sense that anyone who lives in a rural area probably knows a few of these types. Seriously, though, the characters that drive the book are definitely believable, but also over the top at the same time.

The aliens themselves are a pretty neat concept. Their design is a typical alien life form design, but they do have these long tendrils that emanate from the back of their heads. The reason the aliens are on Earth, is because they found a fuel source called SF-92. The reveal as to what that actually is makes for some more funny moments, as well. Bruce and Chip do a fine job with showing the wacky characters, the funny settings, and the aliens’ motives for being on Earth. It’s a light read, but an entertaining and humorous one.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of the book, read on!

Title:: Clay County

ISBN: 978-1-926914-79-4
Diamond Code: MAR120740
Arcana Title Link: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=439 <– you can see an extended preview of the book at this link!
Description: The Earth is ruled by ruthless alien invaders who came to our planet seeking a mysterious power source known only as Sf-92. Now, one year later, the merciless aliens have crushed the planet’s armed forces and annihilated all freedom fighters. All but one: SGT Coleman is Earth’s last hope. If he can find Sf-92 then maybe–just maybe–he can use it against the alien conquerors and win mankind’s freedom. His search brings him to Clay County: a backward, redneck slice of the deep south that is completely unaware–or too drunk to care–of humanity’s subjugation by an alien army. Together with the unlikely allies of Clay County citizens Blake, Vern, Hot Dog and Root, Coleman sets out to find Sf-92 before the Earth’s otherworldly overlords, save mankind, and drink a few cold ones along the way.

Wired.com’s “Geek Dad” Interviews Howard Lovecraft creator Bruce Brown

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Howard Lovecraft, featured in the outstanding Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom and, more recently, in Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom, was recently reviewed by Wired.com’s “Geek Dad”. Below is an excerpt from the review, but please CLICK HERE to read it in full.

“Nothing like a good children’s story about a boy and his pet, Cthulhu.

Wow, did I really just say that? That is the story presented in Bruce Brown’s Howard Lovecraft graphic novel series. I recently had a blast reading through the first book in the series, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Mountain. In fact, this is probably the only version of Lovecraft that would not completely warp my seven-year-old’s mind. We both really enjoyed the artwork and the story so much that we had to pick up the second book, Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom. I believe that fans of Lovecraft will get the connections made in the stories, probably by the titles alone.

I caught up with author Bruce Brown (hoping to get a sneak peak into the next book) and here is what he had share about his young adult series:

Sims: What gave you the idea to create works based on Lovecraft horror, geared toward young adults?

Brown: The series started from a short story I had written for a horror anthology. It took place during the moment where Lovecraft’s father suffered a nervous breakdown and I placed a young H. P. Lovecraft, in the story, at that moment in time. After the story was published, I could not let go of the idea of this younger Lovecraft character so I sat down and began writing the frozen kingdom. I loved the idea of introducing elements of Lovecraft’s work into a story that all ages could enjoy and hopefully introduce a new generation of readers to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Sims: What age would you say your books are appropriate?

Brown: The series is definitely an all ages book. Younger readers can enjoy the adventures of Howard and Spot and older Lovecraft fans can enjoy this unique take on some classic Lovecraft characters and stories.

Sims: Can you give us an overview of these adventures of young Howard and Spot?

Brown: The Frozen Kingdom begins after visiting his father in Butler 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.

The Undersea Kingdom finds Howard Lovecraft’s family being imprisoned on a far flung planet, Spot hopelessly captured, and Howard 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, in 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.

Sims: How many books are you planning in the series?

Brown: I would love to do another book in the series, but that really depends on sales of this book. So, really those who supported the first book are the reason there is The Undersea Kingdom. Hopefully, the talented Dwight L. Macpherson and I will get the chance to do another tale!

Thank you to Geek Dad for the interview and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full. To read more about Howard Lovecraft, read on below.

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 <– CLICK HERE TO SEE AN EXTENDED PREVIEW!
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 <– CLICK HERE FOR AN EXTENDED PREVIEW!
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.

Why Not Indie? Reviews SideShows

Friday, April 27th, 2012

SideShows, released mid-March by Arcana Comics, was recently reviewed by the site WhyNotIndie.com. Below is an excerpt from what they had to say, but CLICK HERE for the full review.

This story appeals to every reader out there with its unique plot and visually stunning artwork.

Hendrix’s story of super powered circus freaks turned mob enforcers in 1950’s Las Vegas, is brought to life with Nelson’s near impressionist illustrations. Every mob story follows the stereotypical themes of loyalty, deceit, betrayal, and violence in them but SideShows takes those themes to a whole new level.

The action is exceptional and Nelson shows this with his artistic style whether it’s one of the SideShows performing a hit or just expressing the tension between the characters. Hendrix does an excellent job revealing each of the character’s unique personalities within the dialogue.The story pays homage to the Lone Ranger and to mob films.

The unique mixture of the circus, superpowers, the mafia, Vegas, and the old world coming to the new world with the make up of immigrants, all come together to make SideShows a dark and intriguing story.

Interested in a copy?


TITLE: SideShows

ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Diamond Code: DEC110804 Genre: Superhero
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=302 <– Click here to see an extended preview of the book.
Released: March 2012
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Inker: Michael David Nelsen
Colorist: Michael David Nelsen
Editor: Sean Patrick O’Reilly
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.

Arcana Comics Releases Kade in Polish!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Arcana Comics has recently released their immortal warrior, Kade, in Polish! Working with Michal Bochenek and Barbara Giecold-Bochenek, the first books in the Kade library were painstakingly translated and re-lettered for the Polish-reading audience. Arcana is exceptionally pleased with the results and has made the books available digitally through ComiXology and Graphic.ly. Below are some links to the projects, so be sure to check them out!

KADE: Original Sun on Graphic.ly

KADE: Sun of Perdition on ComiXology and Graphic.ly

KADE: Shiva’s Sun on ComiXology and Graphic.ly

KADE: Rising Sun on ComiXology and Graphic.ly

KADE: Red Sun on ComiXology and Graphic.ly

KADE: Prodigal Sun on ComiXology and Graphic.ly

SideShows creative team on ComicBookBin Podcast

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Erik Hendrix and Michael David Nelsen, the creative team behind Arcana’s SideShows, recently appeared on the ComicBookBin Podcast, which you can listen to by CLICKING HERE. The team discuss their collaborative history as well as their beginnings in comics, thoughts on the industry, some insight into Arcana Comics in general, and their plans for the future, including four new books this year from Arcana!

If you listen to the podcast and are interested in seeing some more of their books, keep on reading…

TITLE: SideShows

ISBN: 978-1-926914-51-0
Diamond Code: DEC110804 Genre: Superhero
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=302 <– Click here to see an extended preview of the book.
Released: March 2012
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Inker: Michael David Nelsen
Colorist: Michael David Nelsen
Editor: Sean Patrick O’Reilly
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.

TITLE: The Evil Tree

ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7
Genre: Horror Horror
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=437
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Creator: Erik Hendrix
Artist: Daniel Thollin
Colorist: Anna Sällström
In a colonial village outside of NYC, Misha and her fiance, Daren, seek an escape from the fast pace of the city. As they settle in, Misha becomes withdrawn, suffering from bad dreams and depression. When Daren brings his friends to the house to “shake out the cobwebs,” little does he know he is setting into motion events started hundreds of years ago with the original occupants of the house, the Willam Family. Not only did the ill-fated Willam family die in the house one cold winter, but the house has developed a history of female occupants committing suicide. The friends must solve the mystery of the house before the Willam Family ghosts pick them off one by one.

 

TITLE: Champions of the Wild Weird West

ISBN: 978-1-926914-54-1
Genre: Western
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=397
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Michael David Nelsen
Artist: George Kambadais
Editor: Sean Patrick O’Reilly
The honor of a samurai, the mysticism of the Native American Culture, and a whole heck of a lot of Old West Action. When a fallen samurai is drawn to the United States to save his wife-to-be and her father, he is drawn into a plot much more complex than a simple rescue. Meeting up with an adventurer, his Indian financial advisor, a mercenary, and a former priest, they set off on a quest to save the West from the strange and unimaginable. Zombie Indians, mystical beings, and mad science are just a few of they must face on their quest to save themselves, those they love, and the whole of the Old West.

 

TITLE: Deadly Harvest

ISBN: 978-1-926914-53-4
Genre: Science Fiction
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=455
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Michael Nelsen
Artist: Yannis Roumboulias
Inker: Jeff Graham
Colorist: Doug Spencer
Core mining, the deadliest job in the galaxy, draws only the bravest, or craziest, workers in the galaxy. Bumping up to asteroids, typically propelling at astronomical speeds towards distant stars, the miners harvest minerals essential to interstellar travel and commerce. Close quarters, dangerous conditions, and less than a half inch of polymer sheath stand between them and swift oblivion. When the Harvest Moon stumbles upon a goldmine dangerously close to a star, the last thing they expect to find is an ancient alien race preparing to hatch an infestation throughout the system. Armed with mining tools and sour attitudes, Captain Cyrus Layne and his crew must survive the horrors of space and an unfamiliar enemy to escape with their lives. It’s Deadliest Catch meets Armageddon and Aliens in a dystopian future.

 

TITLE: The Book
ISBN: 978-1-926914-68-8
Genre: Horror Horror
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=457
Created By
Erik Hendrix
Michael David Nelsen
Creator: Erik Hendrix
Creator: Michael David Nelsen
Artist: Amanda Rachels
En route to Italy, a group of American tourists learn of a series of DIY travel guides, nicknamed “The Book”. These unofficial guides are collected and updated with first-hand experiences by the travelers themselves. Diferent “Books” scatter the continent, telling of the best lodging, deals, and “off the grid” adventures from sight seeing to local folklore for anyone clever enough to find them. A local cult, practitioners of Sanctus Letum, the Holy Death, disrupts the American’s plans for adventure when they hide pages from the Dark Book, Shaitan, in one of the travel guides. The friends are lead down a path of secret religion, death, resurrection, and demonology.

The Truman Virus reviewed by Fellowship of the Geeks

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Fellowship of the Geeks, lovers of all things pop culture and geek, recently reviewed The Truman Virus. You can read the entire review BY CLICKING HERE, but below is a sampling from it. Be sure to keep reading to see how you can pick up a copy of the book, too!

The characterizations are good, especially between the siblings Elijah and Isabella. Zelophehead’s sense of humor is great, I found myself laughing quite a few times. I want to take a moment and applaud Mr. Houston for not being graphic with the blood and violence that is standard for a zombie tale.

TITLE: The Truman Virus
Arcana Title Link: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=447

ISBN: 978-1-926914-85-5
Diamond Code: FEB120739 Genre: Horror Science Fiction
In 2012 cancer is on the rise and when world renowned scientist Lance Truman’s cure backfires, an escaped test subject of his, along with two lost and confused orphans travel the country to undo all the damage Truman’s cure has created.

 

The Fellowship of the Geeks reviews Turning Tiger

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Fellowship of the geeks recently reviewed Turning Tiger, which is out NOW! You can read the entire review BY CLICKING HERE, but below is an excerpt from the review. Be sure to read on below to find out how you can pick up a copy.

If you are thinking this story is somewhat similar to the film IRON GIANT, you are right, but there is a twist. I won’t tell you what the twist is, but it definitely is a good one and I found it interesting. This great book will be enjoyable for any age. Moore’s art is very stylized and cartoony, but that’s OK. I love the action sequences with the robots. I can definitely see this as an enjoyable animated movie.

TITLE: Turning Tiger
Arcana Title Link: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=453 <- Click here to see an extended preview!

ISBN: 978-1-926914-87-9
Diamond Code: FEB120740 Genre: Science Fiction
Take one state of the art fully armed sentient military attack robot, let it go rogue, then set the US army and more robots after it. And let it happen in down town 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.

Mike Kalvoda’s Banshee Promotional Video on YouTube

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Mike Kalvoda’s book, Banshee, which is coming soon, has a promotional video available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. Interested in picking up a copy? You can get it as an e-book NOW!

Banshee – By Mike Kalvoda

Banshee on Amazon for Kindle

Banshee on Smashwords

Some amazing quotes on Banshee:

“As terrifying as it is ambitious, which is to say: very. I tore right through it!” — Dave Holmes, FX Network

“Spine-tingling to the max. Mike Kalvoda is a talent to watch.” – Marianne Maddalena, producer (SCREAM, THE HILLS HAVE EYES)
“Kalvoda’s prose lures you into a classic world of foggy moors and ghostly hags. BANSHEE is a literary treat haunted by Dickens and Poe. “ – Eduardo Sanchez, director (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT)

“Heralds the arrival of a truly gifted writer. An ambitious nightmare woven with elegance and filled with absolute terror.” – Jeffrey Reddick, writer/creator “Final Destination”