Archive for January, 2013

Bleeding Cool Reviews Arcana’s Swerve

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Swerve, a new Arcana title coming in February, was recently reviewed by Bleeding Cool! Check out a chunk of the review below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full over at Bleeding Cool.

The title of the graphic novel refers to the wrestling term of setting up one surprise, then delivering another, and sure enough the reader gets plenty of swerves throughout. Each chapter introduces a new term, and Jon Judy very craftily ensures the terms are indeed relevant to the plot. When I initially thought this story was going to focus on wrestling, Judy does a great job balancing the crime aspect with the wrestling storyline, and always keeping the reader on their toes. Just when you think you’re comfortable with where the story is going, Judy swerves you all over the place, but not enough that it becomes tiresome. The major swerve at the end was one I didn’t see coming, but made perfect sense when I let it sink in.

Dexter Wee’s art style is reminiscent of Sean Phillips and Steve Epting at times, and maintained that gritty look and feel of the 70’s we’re used to in movies. Even the way the art flowed reminded me of a good action movie, for this story and characters are ripe for Hollywood.

If you’re a fan of Brubaker’s Criminal or Cooke’s Parker, I highly recommend you pick-up Swerve when it comes out this February.

Want to learn more about SWERVE? Keep reading!

TITLE: Swerve
DIAMOND CODE: DEC12 0813
ISBN: 978-1-927424-94-0
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=492
PAGE COUNT: 154
PRICE: $19.95
DESCRIPTION: San Antonio, 1976: Eric Layton, desperate for cash, left college behind to dive into the world of pro-wrestling. From there, it was an easy slide into the underbelly of the “rasslin’” biz, where the box office and concession stand make for an easy way to launder drug money.

Eric wanted out, but he had seen and done too much. They would never let him walk away, so he went into business for himself, hoping to make enough quick cash to sneak away and buy a new identity.

When Eric is pinched by the police and forced to flip on his boys, he is stuck between the cops and the crooks – and the idea that he will escape with his life is looking less realistic than a pro-wrestling match.

BleedingCool reveals the cover to Simmons Comics Anthology LSCC Exclusive Preview Book

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

BleedingCool.com this morning revealed that Arcana Comics will have a limited edition Simmons Comics Anthology Preview Book available ONLY to people who make it to the London Super Comic Con, running February 23 and 24 in London. Writer Erik Hendrix will be on hand, along with cover and interior artist Yannis Roumboulias.

You can read the full article here ~ http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/01/10/lscc-arcana/!

FirstComicNews.com raves about Kozmik

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Kozmik, which has debuted digitally for a print release in the coming months, was recently reviewed by FirstComicNews.com, and they loved it! Below is part of the review, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

Kozmik is the creation of Scott Kinney and he has created a very enjoyable all ages title that does not get bogged down in sci-fi mumbo-jumbo but rather gives readers a fast paced adventure story that is super accessible. The story is pretty standard heroic fare but Scott gives the various characters a lot of personality and it is particularly nice to note that Zak actually has a loving set of parents in the story. Too often these type of stories present the single parent situation to create drama but that is deftly sidestepped here and the story is better for it.

The artwork is top notch and it looks like it could have been in an Archie Comics publication, I am rather surprised that Scott has not done any work on MegaMan or Sonic as his style would suit those series perfectly.

Thank you to FirstComicNews.com for the great review!

To learn more about Kozmik, head HERE!

The Evil Tree Wins Best Original Graphic Novel of 2012 at ComicMonsters.com

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

The Evil Tree has won the award for Best OGN (Original Graphic Novel) of 2012 at ComicMonsters.com! We appreciate all fans who voted for The Evil Tree, which won by a landslide of over 40% of the total votes against a number of amazing books.

To see the full list of winners in HorrorComics.com’s 2012 awards, just head here ~ http://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/ftopict-20419.html.

Interested in learning more about The Evil Tree? Head over to our Arcana page for the title!  http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=437

TITLE: The Evil Tree
DIAMOND CODE: JUL12 0743
ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7
PRICE: $14.95
GENRE: Horror
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://www.arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=437
DESCRIPTION: 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.

REVIEWS AND QUOTES

“The story is classic horror movie in graphic novel form, the way it should be done. Really creepy, moody and occasionally gut-wrenching horrific it does remind you of all the good stuff in Evil Dead movies – indeed the book could be a companion piece to the Evil Dead series. But there are somber moments too and chills that creep under you skin… Surprisingly the more tender moments, and the character interactions aren’t an afterthought. Relations and emotions are handled with equal aplomb and makes this book a must read and already a personal favorite of mine.” — Peter Bergting (The Portent, Crysis, Dark Sun, Strange Girl)

“A ghost story that will make your blood run cold.” — ComicMonsters.com – http://www.comicmonsters.com/reviews-314-The_Evil_Tree_GN.html

“Hendrix and Thollin sold me. Their tale of a young couple inadvertently awakening Something Very Evil may not be innovative, but I have a soft spot for classic tropes done well, and Mr. Hendrix rang enough changes on the formula that I was never bored. As a haunted house story, The Evil Tree is genuinely haunting… even scary… I was especially impressed with Mr. Thollin’s ability to craft and stage comics layouts that were actually frightening and surprising… In a way it’s almost more immersive– the jagged, simple style of the art helps put across the emotional part of the story. And when the art is that well-suited to the story, that’s my definition of good.” — Greg Hatcher, Comic Book Resources.com – http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/06/03/weekend-with-the-review-pile/

“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.” — Lonnie Nadler, Bloody-Disgusting.com – http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3146805/preview-arcana-set-to-release-the-evil-tree-in-time-for-halloween/

“If THE EVIL DEAD was a ghost story told as a beautifully illustrated graphic novel, it would be THE EVIL TREE. If you’re a fan of horror comics, you owe it to yourself to check out this book!” — Dirk Manning (writer of NIGHTMARE WORLD and TALES OF MR. RHEE)

“A stark, powerful ghost story told with real verve and conviction.” — Mike Carey (UNWRITTEN, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW)

“Horror comics are hard to pull off… A lot of them just aren’t scary. The Evil Tree, though, works because it’s more about getting invested in the stakes. Erik Hendrix invests a lot of time in making these characters distinct and grounded: these are all people you believe are friends through work, pitching in to help out, making fun of each other, in close relationships… It’s a great horror book… and worth checking out.” — Dan Seitz – GammaSquad.com -  http://gammasquad.uproxx.com/2012/06/the-comic-you-need-to-read-this-week-the-evil-tree-1

“The Evil Tree stands shoulder to shoulder with the best out there. This is a comic about a group of friends surrounded by a living ghost story and it will scare the hell out of you.” — Geeks of Doom – http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/10/15/comic-review-the-evil-tree/

“If you, like me, are a fan of horror movies, but horror comic books have left you wanting, The Evil Tree is the perfect remedy.” — Word of the Nerd – http://www.wordofthenerdonline.com/sneak-peek-the-evil-tree-from-arcana/

“Arcana’s tribute to the moodier slasher movies works because of a mixture of good writing that lets us get to know the characters before they start getting picked off and unique art by Daniel Thollin that can swing between the conventional and the disturbing in a heartbeat. It’s a fairly conventional haunted house story, but a very well told one, nonetheless.” — Dan Seitz – GammaSquad.com -  http://www.uproxx.com/gammasquad/2012/10/five-recent-and-great-horror-comics-for-halloween/