Archive for April, 2012

Bloody Disgusting features Poe & Phillips

Friday, April 13th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, Poe and Phillips, by the talented Jaime Collado, was featured in Bloody Disgusting’s article on Lovecraft Comics. You can read the entire feature by CLICKING HERE.

Yep, this one pits together Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft, the two most infamous names in horror history. How awesome is that? In this story the two word smiths combine forces in order to solve one the stranger paranormal attempts to take over the world. This book creates caricatures of the two literary giants, but it’s quite a lot of fun if you are able to step back and relax.

Keep on reading to learn more about Poe & Phillips!

Poe & Philips [Graphic Novel]
ISBN: 978-1-897548-39-4
Diamond Code: SEP100772
Genre: Horror
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=188 <– go here to see an extended preview of the book!
Description: Inspired by the works of the two legendary writers, Edgar (Allan) Poe and Howard Phillips (Lovecraft), Poe & Phillips is a tribute to their gothic horror masterpieces. For the first time ever, the worlds of Edgar Allan Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft collide!

One Geek Nation Previews Deadly Harvest

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The official release of Deadly Harvest is months away, but it’s already receiving some buzz! Head over to One Geek Nation by CLICKING HERE to see some advance preview pages from the Graphic Novel, coming in November from Arcana Comics.

To find out more about the project, see below!

Title: Deadly Harvest [Original Graphic Novel]
ISBN: 978-1-926914-53-4
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: November 2012
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/store.php?item=455
Description: 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.

Shadowlaw featured on USA Today site!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Shadowlaw, Brandon Easton’s Sci-Fi masterpiece, has received an impressive amount of press the last few months. Most recently, USA Today featured the book and interviewed the creator. Below is an excerpt, but please be sure to CLICK HERE to read the article in full.

“I once joked that I put vampires into my story just so I could find ways of killing them,” Easton says. “I wanted to get away from the romantic Southern gothic vision of vampires that Anne Rice had made popular over the last 30 years. The last thing I wanted for my creatures were for them to be wearing ascots and lace.”

He’s not a fan at all of vampire fiction, but he did grow up in Baltimore reading classic sci-fi literature and watching Star Wars, Alien, Superman, Logan’s Run and other movies “like almost every kid born in the 1970s.”

Easton also still finds influence in “the zeitgeist of 1980s afternoon-adventure animation geared toward teen boys” that was a part of his pop-culture diet, from Transformers, G.I. Joe and Robotech to Voltron, Masters of the Universe and M.A.S.K.

“I was very much inspired by the complexity of animation and storytelling,” says Easton, a writer for Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats animated series. “Although these series were created with the mandate of selling toys, the writers managed to carve out some very interesting stories in imaginative ways.”

The original concept for Shadowlaw came from one place, though: watching Blade Runner time after time and thinking about what if vampires existed in that future world. Easton wrote the first script treatment for it when he was at Ithaca College in 1996, but found it derivative of many of the things he had enjoyed over the years.

Be sure to read the entire interview by CLICKING HERE. If you’re interested in learning more about the book, see below!

Shadowlaw [Graphic Novel]
ISBN: 978-1-926914-45-9
Diamond Code: SEP110748 Genre: Science Fiction
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=253
Description:  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.

 

The Making of Lucas over at Comic Book Monsters

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

ComicBookMonsters.com recently did a feature on Lucas with creator/writer David Murdoch. It’s definitely worth CLICKING HERE to read it in full… Lots of amazing imagery from the book along with David’s inspirations and techniques. To give you an idea, David says on there, “The creative process behind Lucas, how on earth do I explain this. My work is high-energy, raw. Sometimes ambiguous. When I started this book I put my focus on the narrative. My goal was to write something I felt could stand on its own and then adorn it in artwork that would only make it that much cooler. That much darker.”

Again, CLICK HERE to read the article in full. To pick up a copy of the book, read on!

Original Graphic Novel
ISBN: 978-1-926914-78-7
Diamond Code: MAR120744
Arcana Title Link: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=391 <– Go here for an extended preview of the book!
In the backwoods farmland of Rural-Nowhere USA, dawn breaks. It’s coloring everything warmly. Red and gold and orange. A clutch of dried and dead trees frame a pile of bodies. Lucas stands over them.

Word of the Nerd Reviews Clay County

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Clay County, one of our newest releases, was recently reviewed by Word of the Nerd… and they loved it!  To read the entire review, CLICK HERE, but read below for an excerpt!

The writing pulled me in from the beginning, the mix of different things like humour and action had me hooked. By the end, I only had one thought in my head and that was that this book could totally be turned into a movie and I’d go and see it the day it came out. It was that good…

As well as being impressed with the writer’s style and ability, I was also impressed by artist Adam Mrozowski. It’s not a style I’d usual go for in the books I read, I like a bit of realism or the typical ‘superhero’ style churned out by the big publishers, but this was a refreshing change for me and the art style fit well with the story being told…

Bottom line, it’s a great title and I would recommend you buy it. It has aliens, red necks and it will make you laugh and keep your attention, like it did me. If you want to get this book digitally, it is available from a number of sources, check here for those sources (if you still aren’t sold, there’s a preview on that link too, just to wet your whistle!). Alternatively, to buy this title in print, click here.

Thank you to Word of the Nerd for the review and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

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.