Archive for August, 2012

Bluegrass Films Options Graphic Novel ‘The Order’

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The Order, a graphic novel in development for the past several months behind the scenes for the ArcanaBenderspink line and written by Erik Hendrix (THE EVIL TREE, DEADLY HARVEST, THE BOOK, INTRINSIC) and Sean Patrick O’Reilly (KADE, CLOCKWORK GIRL, THE HOPE VIRUS, INTRINSIC) based on a story co-developed by Arcana and Benderspink, has been optioned by Bluegrass Films, and has set Brian Nathanson (The Many Deaths of Barnaby James) to write the script, reported Deadline.com yesterday. You can CLICK HERE to read the full article, but below is an excerpt.

The Order is a group of young men collared by the Vatican to join an elite team that travels the globe battling mysterious evil forces. Stuber will produce with Benderspink, and the project will be overseen by Michael Clear and Nick Nesbitt for Bluegrass Films and Jake Weiner and Christopher Cosmos for Benderspink. Sean O’Reilly of Arcana will serve as an executive producer.

Stuber’s coming off Ted and just wrapped the Seth Gordon-directed Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman starring, and he’s producing the Carl Rinsch-directed 47 Ronin with Keanu Reeves starring. Benderspink is in post-production on the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and is in production on We’re The Millers, The Hangover Part III and Ride Along. Nathanson is repped by CAA and Mosaic.

Arcana and Benderspink look forward to working with Bluegrass Films to bring The Order to the big screen and is also excited to share more details of the graphic novel as it approaches completion.

Award-Winning Creator of Broken Saints is back with Becoming

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

VANCOUVER (Aug 30, 2012) - Arcana is excited to announce the return of Brooke Burgess, the award-winning creator of Broken Saints, at the helm of a new title, Becoming, which is to be released in November 2012.

Working with up-and-coming artist Dane Cypel, Brooke has brought Becoming to life in spectacular fashion, crafting a definite “must read” when it hits stands this November. Take a look, below, at a trailer just released for the book, as well as some preview pages from the title.

Anyone interested in the title should contact their local comic book shops or book retailers and ask them to carry the book, or they can pre-order it online from various online retailers. Also, between now and the physical release of the book, Becoming is being released digitally on ComiXology in three “Acts”, through the thrilling conclusion. You can download the digital copies of the books (issue 1 is available now and issues 2-3 are forthcoming) by heading tohttp://www.comixology.com/Becoming/comics-series/8929.

Below is ordering information for the book, as well as the trailer, and some preview pages. Enjoy!

 

TITLE: Becoming
WRITER: Brooke Burgess
ARTIST: Dane Cypel
RELEASE DATE: November 2012
ISBN: 978-1-926914-65-7
DIAMOND CODE: SEP12 0777
PRICE: $14.95
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=449
DESCRIPTION: At a remote university, an angry young student faces the harsh realization that he has nothing to show for years of study.  When he threatens his professor to teach him something real, he is drawn into a horrifying game of life and death.  Soon, he will learn that the only rule is pain, and that true knowledge only comes when everything you believe…has burned away.

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One Geek Nation reviews Marlow

Friday, August 17th, 2012

marlow_cover.jpgOne Geek Nation reviewed Marlow recently and below is a sampling of it! Be sure to head over to their site by CLICKING HERE to read it in full.

Marlow succeeds where so many other books fail, it takes the social undertones going in the world and it points them out. The selfishness, the zombie lifestyle, not thinking about anything, just doing what you’re told. This book tries to make you think about things, and really respect Aaron Thomas Nelson for trying to do that.

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.

Lost Girl featured on Fangoria.com

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Lost Girl, one of our recent releases, was featured on Fangoria.com and below is some of what they had to say! You can read the entire feature by CLICKING HERE.

THE LOST GIRL began life as a screenplay Mongillo hoped to direct, with Norman Reedus attached at one point to star. Now available in the four-color format from Arcana Comics, the story concerns a runaway orphan teen named Joy who hooks up with a mysterious stranger who turns out to be a Neurian—one of a race of lycanthropic shapeshifters. “THE LOST GIRL is a reaction to the classic WOLF MAN screenplay by Curt Siodmak and equally inspired by the writings of Herodotus, the Greek ‘father of history,’ ” Mongillo explains. “Siodmak was without the literary source material of his film’s predecessors, such as FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA, so he boldly created his own mythology, most notably the ‘curse of the werewolf’ afflicting those bitten to continue the cycle of transformation and mayhem when the moon is full. My research revealed that there are as many differences as there are similarities in the werewolf folklore predating THE WOLF MAN; yet nearly all werewolf fiction since has idly followed Siodmak’s innovations.

Thank you to Fangoria.com!

If you’re interested in picking up a copy, read below!

TITLE: The Lost Girl
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=300

ISBN: 9781926914749
Diamond Code: MAR120743
Genre: Action Romance
Stumbling onto the feud of an old clan of shape-shifters, a college graduate named Joy finds herself looking after a rogue named Rurik. In a cabin in the woods, feelings quickly develop between the two unlikely lovers as Rurik’s people draw close. United in their forbidden love, Joy and Rurik fight a small army of Neurian flesh-eaters who have come to kill Rurik for abandoning their fading clan.

Hellnotes reviews Marlow

Friday, August 17th, 2012

marlow_cover.jpgHellnotes recently reviewed the Arcana title Marlow and loved it! You can red a sampling of it below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read the full review.

There are more twists and turns in this issue, and it lends itself to all the immediacy of a film, having a very cinematic quality in that you’ll be so surprised by the time that you’re done as the story tends to fly by, but has a satisfying resolution. The artwork in both issues is excellent, and again, it’s always nice to encounter works of zombie fiction that do things a little differently and give a unique hook.

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.

Arcana launches SteamPunk Originals imprint at SDCC 2012!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

VANCOUVER (July 2, 2012)Arcana Comics is proud to announce a new line of comic books, which will be debuting at SDCC 2012 – SteamPunk Originals!

 

SteamPunk Originals is set to release several new SteamPunk books in the coming year, but it all starts at SDCC 2012 with John Henry: The Steam Age SDCC Exclusive Preview Book. Featuring the first chapter from the upcoming mini-series with an exclusive cover and bonus content, this one is sure to sell out quickly, so don’t forget to pick up a copy at Booth 2415 at SDCC!

 

Written and drawn by Dwayne Harris (AMNESIA), John Henry: The Steam Age, tells the story of John Henry you DON’T know about…

 

Below is a description of the book, plus some preview pages.

 

TITLE: John Henry: The Steam Age SDCC Exclusive Preview Book
BOOTH: Arcana Comics 2415
PRICE: $5.00 / LIMITED TO 200 COPIES
DESCRIPTION:
John Henry, a former slave, wasn’t about to let some new-fangled steam hammer replace his ability to earn an honest wage as a steel driving man. He’d beat that machine, or die with his hammer in his hand. We all know the outcome of that legendary contest. In this alternate history, however, John doesn’t die in his heroic effort, but instead slips into a coma, only to awaken to his worst nightmare. A robotic uprising has occurred, and a new age has dawned – The Steam Age. Now, the only thing that can free the human race from the very machines they’ve created is John and his hammer. “John Henry: The Steam Age” is an exciting re-imagining of American folk hero John Henry in a SteamPunk setting.

 

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Arcana & Gene Simmons Relaunch Simmons Comics Group at SDCC 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012

ARCANA COMICS AND GENE SIMMONS RELAUNCH SIMMONS COMICS GROUP AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

 

“Simmons Comics Anthology” to debut on Friday, June 13th with book signing at 2:00 pm in Arcana Comics Booth 2415.
VANCOUVER (July 9, 2012) – Arcana Comics is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Gene Simmons to relaunch Simmons Comics Group, as revealed today in USA Today.

 

Gene Simmons, the legendary rock god and multimedia mogul is set to debut an all new Simmons Comics Anthology at SDCC This year. The Anthology brings together comics originally created by Simmons Comics, and includes the first issues of Zipper, Dominatrix and House of Horrors PLUS the first chapter of the all-new crossover event, “The Slave Trade”, where Zipper and Dominatrix will face off against each other. “The Slave Trade” features art from rising star Yannis Roumboulias (DEADLY HARVEST) and is written by Arcana writer, Erik Hendrix (SIDESHOWS, THE EVIL TREE, CHAMPIONS OF THE WILD WEIRD WEST, DEADLY HARVEST, THE BOOK, INTRINSIC, HEAD SMASH), who will be on hand during the convention to celebrate the relaunch of Simmons Comics Group.

“We intend on using the finest artists and writers in the comic book medium,” says Simmons. “ZipperTM, DominatrixTM, and Gene Simmons House of HorrorsTM will be published throughout the year. For Comic-Con we thought we would do something special and give the fans a jam-packed ‘Simmons Comics Anthology’ featuring all of our comic book titles. This is just the beginning.”
Creator Gene Simmons himself will be doing a book signing on Friday the 13th at 2 pm at Arcana Comics Booth #2415. Only 200 copies will be made available at Comic-Con of the Anthology. Fans will get the chance to meet Gene and get their photo taken with real life versions of Dominatrix and Zipper – two of the star characters from Gene’s comic.

 

As told to USA Today:

 

“There’s Zipper, starring a leather-clad reluctant hero and ‘misplaced bit-of-Jell-O-like-consistency alien’ who finds himself on Earth after running from an enemy. ‘He’s got a strange fascination with humanity,’ Simmons says.”

 

“Another major title is Dominatrix, with a heroine who ‘works hard for the money and deals pleasure and pain,’ according to Simmons, in an action-packed story involving secret government organizations and super-soldiers. ‘She just happens to be hot and bothered.’ (She also meets — and throws down with — Zipper in a tale in the anthology.)”

 

“The third is Gene Simmons House of Horrors, an anthology series itself that uses different artists and writers for Twilight Zone-esque stories. ‘Behind it all, of course, is the eternal, powerful and attractive visage of Gene Simmons looking on,’ he says.”
“Sean O’Reily has been completely supportive and a great partner in our re-launch of Simmons Comics Group. As a lifelong fan boy, I’ve been madly in love with the medium ever since in my early teens and have continued to ravenously devour comics through the decades,” adds Simmons. “Along the way, I created our three comics – Zipper, Dominatrix and Gene Simmons House of Horrors. Zipper is an alien among us, Dominatrix deals pleasure and pain, CIA meet T & A. Gene Simmons House of Horrors consists of stories by some of the best talents in comics today.”

 

Arcana Comics is thrilled to be working with Gene Simmons and looks forward to delving into the worlds of Zipper, Dominatrix, and Gene Simmons House of Horrors further in the coming months!

 

Fans will get the chance to see the debut of exclusive art from the Anthology and be the first to get their hands on a copy.

 

To stay up to date on all news regarding Gene at San Diego Comic-Con and Arcana comics, as well as get a sneak peek at what’s in store, fans should make sure to like Arcana’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ArcanaStudios and follow on Twitter: @arcanastudios

 

 

 

Arcana Teams With Roddenberry at SDCC

Friday, August 17th, 2012
VANCOUVER (July 11, 2012) -Arcana Comics is excited to announce a new partnership with Roddenberry Entertainment, launching with new books in the popular Days Missing series as well as a new book, Worth.

 

The imprint will debut at SDCC 2012 with an exclusive preview book, available at Arcana Comics Booth 2415 AND Roddenberry Booth 2543 Exclusively. Don’t miss out on this exclusive…. Did we mention it’s FREE! It’s also limited to 5000 copies, so don’t miss your chance to pick up a copy.

 

Created by Roddenberry executive, Trevor Roth, Days Missing® is your opportunity to experience each accounting of the various 24-hour periods that, from the beginning of time, have been erased from human memory, but hidden safely away in the annals of The Steward’s library. Ironically, each story proves integral to humanity’s progression and essential to the evolutionary changes of our species. Each accounting will allow you to understand more of our own history and often explain the extraordinary changes between one day and the next.

 

Worth® is the heartfelt story of Grant Worth, Motor City’s most iconic hero. During the 1960′s, Worth’s ability to control machines made him a legendary figure in Detroit. But, when Worth’s powers become obsolete because of society’s own progress, he is forced to find out what happens when a superhero can no longer be super.

Arcana Digital Exclusives through ComiXology a SMASH!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

VANCOUVER (July 30, 2012)Arcana Comics is very excited to announce that its partnership with ComiXology to release both “Digital Firsts” and “ComiXology Exclusives” is a SMASH!

 

For the last month and a half, Arcana has released titles weekly through ComiXology, embracing the medium and providing titles to ComiXology exclusively before their official print release, sometimes weeks and often months before their perspective print releases. As a result, Arcana fans and new readers are flocking to Arcana’s titles, to read both new releases and a lot of our back catalog!

 

Take a look below at some of our recent releases and give them a try yourself! With single issue pricing ranging from $0.99 to $1.99, you can’t miss! Our full graphic novel prices also can’t be beat!

 

 

THE EVIL TREE (Issue 1 – 6/20/12, Issue 2 – 7/4/12, Issue 3 – 8/1/12, Issue 4 – 9/5/12)
COMIXOLOGY LINK: CLICK HERE
PRICE: $0.99 per issue

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.

QUOTES:
COMICMONSTERS.COM
- “A ghost story that will make your blood run cold.”
MIKE CAREY - “A stark, powerful ghost story told with real verve and conviction.”
BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM – “The Evil Tree is exactly what a classic ghost story should be, Hendrix and Thollin capture all the elements of the genre with stunning execution. This is a perfect Halloween tale that’s bound to send shivers down your spine.”
COMICBOOKRESOURCES.COM – “The Evil Tree is genuinely haunting… even scary…”
SEQUENTIALTART.COM – “The Evil Tree will remind you of why you loved the movie The Evil Dead, with significantly less tree rape. More dead kids though.”

 

 

 

PIXIES (Issue 1 – 6/20/12, Issue 2 – 7/4/12, Issue 3 – 8/1/12, Issue 4 – 9/5/12)
COMIXOLOGY LINK: CLICK HERE
PRICE: $1.99 per issue

Joe Beck is an auto mechanic with the worst luck in the world. Joe’s been a walking disaster plagued with comedic situations where simply nothing goes right. Since the age of sixteen, Joe’s never won a bet, has been stung more times than George W. has with late night comics and his allergies have introduced him to every hospital employee within a sixty-mile radius. In Annie Hall, Woody Allen divides everyone into the Horrible and the Miserable. Joe unfortunately falls into both categories. He must now defeat the Pixies Curse in order to get back the girl of his dreams.

 

 

 

THE PRAETORIAN Graphic Novel – Release date 7/4/12
COMIXOLOGY LINK: CLICK HERE
PRICE: $5.99
PAGES: 141

The island kingdom of Desperian has long been ruled by the dark wizard, Zoranthar, and his ruling class of loyalists. The nobles of the land have long held to an imperative law – blood in the arena keeps blood off the streets – and cadres of gladiators entertain the masses as temples of slaughter. When slavers deliver Valoriss Bladesong into the ranks of the gladiators, her path will bring her to the doorstep of Zoranthar and challenge him for the destiny of Desperian. The Praetorian is an action adventure tale of sword and sorcery, honor and courage, good and evil, revenge, and life and death.

 

 

THE INVENTOR (Issue 1 – 6/20/12, Issue 2 – 6/20/12, Issue 3 – 7/4/12, Issue 4 – 8/1/12, Issue 5 – 9/5/12, Issue 6 – 10/3/12)
COMIXOLOGY LINK:
CLICK HERE
PRICE: $0.99 per issue
The Inventor is the story of how one man stood against the goliaths of industry and changed the world with nothing but his mind, passion, and vision for a better humanity. At the end of the 19th century, during a time when inventors were known as wizards and corporations considered their kingdoms, emerged an extraordinary league of gentlemen who shaped the modern world with their minds, money and machines. Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, J.P. Morgan, Guglielmo Marconi, Mark Twain, Lord Kelvin, Swami Vivekananda and others stood at the helm of the ship as the perfect storm was approaching. At the eye of the storm stood TESLA, a mystic inventor whose genius bordered insanity as he blurred the lines between magic and science. His ideas and inventions were so progressive that he catalyzed the second industrial revolution giving birth to the Electrical Era. Yet despite his genius, passion and impact on humanity, his on-going battle with Edison allowed others to make great fortunes on his inventions leaving him penniless, alone and forgotten…until now.

 

 

 

DEADLY HARVEST (Issue 1 – 7/18/12, Issue 2 – 8/15/12, Issue 3 – 9/12/12, Issue 4 – 10/10/12)
COMIXOLOGY LINK: CLICK HERE
PRICE: $0.99 per issue

Core mining, the deadliest job in the galaxy, draws only the bravest, or craziest, workers around. 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.

 

CHAMPIONS OF THE WILD WEIRD WEST (Issue 1 – 7/11/12, Issue 2 – 7/25/12, Issue 3 – 8/8/12, Issue 4 – 9/5/12, Issue 5 – 9/26/12)
COMIXOLOGY LINK:
CLICK HERE
PRICE: $0.99 per issue
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.

 

 

 

JOHN HENRY: THE STEAM AGE (Issue 1 – 7/11/12, Issue 2 – 8/8/12, Issue 3 – 9/5/12, Issue 4 – 10/3/12)
COMIXOLOGY LINK: CLICK HERE
PRICE: $0.99 per issue

John Henry, a former slave, wasn’t about to let some new-fangled steam hammer replace his ability to earn an honest wage as a steel driving man. He’d beat that machine, or die with his hammer in his hand. We all know the outcome of that legendary contest. In this alternate history, however, John doesn’t die in his heroic effort, but instead slips into a coma, only to awaken to his worst nightmare. A robotic uprising has occurred, and a new age has dawned – The Steam Age. Now, the only thing that can free the human race from the very machines they’ve created is John and his hammer. “John Henry: The Steam Age” is an exciting re-imagining of American folk hero John Henry in a SteamPunk setting.

 

 

 

INTRINSIC (Issue 1 – 5/5/12, Issue 2 – 7/18/12, Issue 3 – 8/15/12, Issue 4 – 9/19/12)
COMIXOLOGY LINK:
CLICK HERE
PRICE: $0.99 per issue (ISSUE 1 is FREE!!!)
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.

 

 

Coming soon – Hack Slash / Mercy Sparx, The Ancient Oak, The Book, Becoming, Flee, The Domain, Swerve, and more!

Geek Chocolate Reviews Hendrix & Nelsen’s The Book

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Geek Chocolate recently reviewed The Book, which comes out in December, and it looks appears they enjoyed it! Read an excerpt from the review below, and be sure to CLICK HERE to read the review in full.

The dialogue especially is well written, and considering the number of characters involved each of their voices, as with their art, is distinct. Conversations feel believable and, despite the requirement at times for it to be expositional in nature exchanges never feel forced, which is of great credit to Hendrix’s script.

Once into its stride the story reads as a chase, like a superior teen slasher film with all the required elements present such as young lust, teenagers trespassing on creepy settings and very gory ends. These combine well and help make for a fun and bloody read.

Thank you to Geek Chocolate for the review and, again, be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

To learn more about The Book, read on below!

TITLE: The Book
ARCANA LINK: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=457
ISBN: 978-1-926914-68-8
DESCRIPTION: 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. Different “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.