Archive for May, 2013

Mighty Ink Comics & Entertainment Reviews The Steam Engines of Oz

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

TheSteamEnginesOfOzFCBD_00Mighty Ink Comics recently reviewed The Steam Engines of Oz and below is what they had to say! You can read the full review by CLICKING HERE.

Combining Steampunk & Oz brings you The Steam Engines of Oz, the artwork capture last every detail, from the threads in the cogs to the design of the Witch’s face. Cleanly drawn, matching both bright oz-like colors and metal shine, it does well matching the combination of the two. I will definitely be waiting in the wings for the next issue!

4/5 Stars

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue01CoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: APR1 0795
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Straight from the pages of our FCBD Preview, The Steam Engines of Oz has arrived! Find out how the Emerald City has transformed in the last 100 years as Victoria Wright and her friends plot their escape only to fall into the clutches of a terrifying threat. This re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens is a must read for fans of Oz, SteamPunk, an exciting story, and fantastic art.

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue02_FrontCoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 2
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
COVER COLORS: Doug Spencer
DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0797
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Victoria and her friends have faced The Emerald City under the rulership of the Tin Man, the descendants of the Cowardly Lion, but how will they handle a group of very short, and very unruly Munchkins? Hidden in the forests for decades, can Victoria enlist their help, and what secrets hide within their village? Don’t miss the latest chapter in this colorful interpretation of Oz through a SteamPunk lens.

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue03_FrontCoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 3
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: TBD
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: The Tin Man and his Emerald Army face off against Victoria and her unlikely allies. Do they stand a chance against the Emerald City’s deadliest weapons? Surprises abound in the final chapter of the first arc in this epic SteamPunk re-imagining of Oz. Who joins in the fray and whatever happened to Scarecrow? Secrets will be revealed and loyalties tested. Who will be left standing in the end?

Comic Bastards Reviews Aqualung

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Comic Bastards recently reviewed the upcoming title, The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung. You can read the review in full by CLICKING HERE, but read a little bit of the review below, too!

Alex Schumacher was also in charge of the artistic duties. The art overall was generally pretty sweet to look at and worked well with the narrative. My main gripe with the art however is that at times; character’s faces looked a little off. Coloring was taken care of by Sara Machajewski, mainly consisting of flat colors and sometimes looking almost painted, it suited the art style well.

All in all I did enjoy what I read. Its use of humor was done quite well and never came across as forced. Although in some ways the book came across as being akin to Hellboy, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, it could be an influence. I hope a second book is made as I would like to see more of these characters and the world they are a part of. I recommend it to fans of Hellboy and adventure, or just like paranormal stuff. Check it out.

Score: 4/5

You can read more about The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung by CLICKING HERE.

ISBN: 978-1-77135-113-3 Genre: Fantasy
Created By

Chris Rhodes
Ben Fontana
Writer: Alex Schumacher
Writer: Scott Tamanaha
Artist: Alex Schumacher
Artist: Ben Fontana
Artist: Chris Rhodes
Colorist: Sara Machajewski
Letterer: Sara Machajewski
Editor: Erik Hendrix

For over seventy-five years, Agent Aqualung has defended the country from supernatural forces as part of the 88, a covert branch of the Department of Defense. A pink slip and a sealed letter sends shock waves through the covert initiative – they are being permanently dismantled due to budget cuts. Collecting his severance, a new identity, suit, and fake resume, and a small orange tree (which holds the soul of St. Germain, his only friend), Aqualung must adjust to a life in the real world. His first task? Finding gainful employment, of course! With the world against him, or at least a trail of old enemies, Aqualung must navigate through unemployment, dating, oh, and evil plots from ancient gods and their flunkies. The real question is, can he stop them before his unemployment benefits run out?

Bloody-Disgusting.com Reviews The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue01CoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1 hits shelves in a few weeks, but Bloody-Disgusting.com already has it in their hands and reviewed it! Below is an excerpt from the review, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

What I really enjoyed about this retelling by Erik Hendrix and Sean Patrick O’ Reilly is how they have made steampunk versions of classic characters. The Tin Man is this giant robot with a booming voice. The Pack, an aggressive and merciless animal herd, serve the Cowardly Lion as their leader because he showed no fear. Probably the most surprising, the Munchkins are now beer-guzzling, tough guys with itchy trigger fingers. Nobody, not even the vicious Pack, wants to deal with the Munchkins.

I really enjoyed how the narrative is told from Victoria Wright, who is a simple mechanic thrown into an extraordinary situation. Victoria doesn’t know what she is doing most of time because she has never set foot outside her home. In her coming-of-age tale, she is learning about her true self under the darkest of circumstances. The narrative has an interesting metaphor for Victoria’s transition into adulthood and Emerald City’s resistance towards the progressive future.

Yannis Roumboulias provides the glossary artwork for the steampunk element of the narrative. In their character designs, the Pack is wearing black leather outfits and have necklaces made of bones. Just by looking at them, you can interpret the Pack as a motorcycle gang, but without the vehicle. The Tin Man has exhaust pipes connected to his back, which blows clouds of smoke above his head.

Thanks again to Bloody-Disgusting.com for the Review, and you can read it in full BY CLICKING HERE!

Haven’t read The Steam Engines of Oz? Well, you can still download the FCBD Issue FREE from ComiXology! Check that out below, as well as how you can get copies of each issue. If you haven’t already seen it, we also still have five days left in our Steam Engines of Oz KickStarter!

KICKSTARTER ~ http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arcanastudio/the-steam-engines-of-oz-original-graphic-novel

The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: APR1 0795
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Straight from the pages of our FCBD Preview, The Steam Engines of Oz has arrived! Find out how the Emerald City has transformed in the last 100 years as Victoria Wright and her friends plot their escape only to fall into the clutches of a terrifying threat. This re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens is a must read for fans of Oz, SteamPunk, an exciting story, and fantastic art.

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue02_FrontCoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 2
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
COVER COLORS: Doug Spencer
DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0797
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Victoria and her friends have faced The Emerald City under the rulership of the Tin Man, the descendants of the Cowardly Lion, but how will they handle a group of very short, and very unruly Munchkins? Hidden in the forests for decades, can Victoria enlist their help, and what secrets hide within their village? Don’t miss the latest chapter in this colorful interpretation of Oz through a SteamPunk lens.

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue03_FrontCoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 3
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: TBD
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: The Tin Man and his Emerald Army face off against Victoria and her unlikely allies. Do they stand a chance against the Emerald City’s deadliest weapons? Surprises abound in the final chapter of the first arc in this epic SteamPunk re-imagining of Oz. Who joins in the fray and whatever happened to Scarecrow? Secrets will be revealed and loyalties tested. Who will be left standing in the end?

Comics For Sinners Reviews The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

DeadlyHarvest-036Comics For Sinners, a site focusing on a lot of the beautiful elements of comics (among other things), has just posted a review of The Steam Engines of FCBD, which you can read in fully BY CLICKING HERE, but you can read a sampling from below!

The Steam Engines of Oz stands out between the many FCBD-listings simply because of the cover alone. Twisting tales we all know about Oz, adding in Steampunk (robots, machines, tool belts, cool goggles) and the job is done, right? WRONG!

Arcana delivers something new and fresh, not only by taking the newly found fanbase-heavy Steampunk-theme but also because in this freebie we do NOT get Dorothy slammed in our faces! We are treated to a young, sparkling, blond, jumpsuited, goggles-wearing Victoria, who seems to have one both the hearts of the Emerald City workers but also the attention of the Wicked Ice-Queen…

Writers Sean Patrick O’Reilly and Erik Hendrix are cooking up a charming story, and this Preview… sure sparks interest. Yannis Roumboulias does a nice job capturing the steamy world of Oz…

Thank you to Comics For Sinners for the great review!

If you missed the Free Comic Book Day issue, you can still download it free from ComiXology here ~ http://www.comixology.com/FCBD-The-Steam-Engines-of-Oz/digital-comic/JAN130018

Also, if you didn’t know already, we’re running a KickStarter to fund a SECOND ALL-NEW story set in the Steam Engines of Oz world.  You can read about that here ~ http://kck.st/17HUzbK

adamsfilmsfoodnfun Reviews The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD

Friday, May 10th, 2013

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Cover_FCBD_NoBarcodesAdamsFilmsFoodNFun, a reviewing/blogging web site recently posted a review of The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD. You can read the entire post by CLICKING HERE, but below is an excerpt from the review!

Arcana comics have introduced us to the Steam Engines of Oz an event from their Steampunk Originals line and I am loving it.  This more than any other comic is what I wanted on the day… I was not disappointed.  It does what an introductory comic should do.  It sets up the characters and the world and leaves you wanting more.  All the cast looks as if they will make an appearance at some point and the art is excellent.  Yay for Arcana!

Thank you, Adam, for the great review and we hope you enjoy the continuing adventures of our little slice of Oz!

If you would like to keep reading our Oz tales, be sure to go to your local comic shop and ask them to pre-order Issues 1 – 3.

The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: APR1 0795
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Straight from the pages of our FCBD Preview, The Steam Engines of Oz has arrived! Find out how the Emerald City has transformed in the last 100 years as Victoria Wright and her friends plot their escape only to fall into the clutches of a terrifying threat. This re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens is a must read for fans of Oz, SteamPunk, an exciting story, and fantastic art.

The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 2
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
COVER COLORS: Doug Spencer
DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0797
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Victoria and her friends have faced The Emerald City under the rulership of the Tin Man, the descendants of the Cowardly Lion, but how will they handle a group of very short, and very unruly Munchkins? Hidden in the forests for decades, can Victoria enlist their help, and what secrets hide within their village? Don’t miss the latest chapter in this colorful interpretation of Oz through a SteamPunk lens.

The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 3
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: TBD
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: The Tin Man and his Emerald Army face off against Victoria and her unlikely allies. Do they stand a chance against the Emerald City’s deadliest weapons? Surprises abound in the final chapter of the first arc in this epic SteamPunk re-imagining of Oz. Who joins in the fray and whatever happened to Scarecrow? Secrets will be revealed and loyalties tested. Who will be left standing in the end?

Bleeding Cool reviews The Steam Engines of Oz!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The Steam Engines of Oz, which debuted on FCBD 2013, received a review from Bleeding Cool following its debut, which you can read in full BY CLICKING HERE. It was on a list of five titles with “Damn Fine Art From FCBD”. Read an excerpt below!

Arcana’s book is dominated by the moody, sinuous flow of Yannis Roumoulias’ artwork, set off by softly blended earth tones of Chandran Ponnusamy’s colors, and well-blended heroic and italic letters by Erik Hendrix. In fact, you get the sense you’re viewing the story through a faint haze of steam, which serves the material well. This is steam punk gone wild, as you might suspect from the title, and there’s no shortage of aesthetically appealing gears, gadgets, rivets, and clambering among them. But this is also the world of Oz, with its dream-like palaces, and Roumoulias shows an equal skill at rendering organic shapes and long-distance cityscapes. This is a book where the artwork really carries the epic, adventure feel panel by panel. Like many of these art-charged FCBD titles chosen, you find yourself reflexively turning the page, hoping for a longer book.”

Thank you to Bleeding Cool for the amazing review!

So, if you happened to miss The Steam Engines of Oz and want to learn more about it, you can go to our web site for it, TheSteamEnginesOfOz.com. Also, we are going to finish our first arc in Issues 1-3, which take place right after the FCBD issue and are being solicited NOW through Diamond Previews. If you would like to help us make more stories after that, check out our KickStarter Campaign!

The Steam Engines of Oz roll into KickStarter

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

(Los Angeles, California  May 6, 2013)  Arcana Studio has launched one of the most ambitious campaigns to date through Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. The Vancouver-based studio is actually suspending its traditional distribution of the title, despite its very successful pre-orders and its incredibly well-received Free Comic Book Day performance, to distribute the next arc through Kickstarter instead.

“After witnessing for myself the huge number of people who turned out on Free Comic Book Day for our project,” says Arcana founder Sean Patrick O’Reilly, “we realized that there was a strong desire for this project, even more than our already great pre-orders had indicated, so we immediately rethought how we were going to get it into people’s hands.  Kickstarter seemed to be the perfect outlet for that.”

Created by O’Reilly (“Clockwork Girl”, “Pixies”) and Erik W Hendrix (“Deadly Harvest”, “The Evil Tree”), with art from Yannis Roumboulias (“Deadly Harvest”) and colors from Chandran (“Intrinsic”), “The Steam Engines of Oz” follows young Victoria Wright, who works beneath the Emerald City, making sure the vast machines below the city keep running. She finds out, however, that her actions, which seem so small, actually have much larger implications.  Along the way, we find out what happened to some of the beloved characters from “The Wizard of Oz” and other stories set in the Land of Oz, as well as meeting new characters.

“We’re crafting the story in such a way that fans of the issues will receive the Kickstarter novel and continue their journey or new fans can jump on directly with the Kickstarter content,” says co-creator Hendrix.  “Seeing how excited people were for our book on Free Comic Book Day, SteamPunk events, and other, traditionally non-comic locations, we knew there had to be a different way to get our book out there to people who already knew about it, and others who just don’t have access to a local store.”

The story that begins in the Free Comic Book Day issue will continue through the already solicited issues 1-3, but then the journey will pick up in the Kickstarter Original Graphic Novel, available exclusively first to those who support and back the project through Arcana’s Kickstarter campaign.

O’Reilly and Hendrix reach out to fans of comic books, steam punk or the wonderful world of Oz, “We could have easily continued this in a more traditional way in print, because the sales were certainly there to justify it, but we wanted to really do it in a new and exciting way, a way that allows us to place it directly in the hands of the people who want it most.”

Arcana is offering a wide variety of awards to backers ranging from digital downloads of the comic to original art from the artist or even space at the Arcana booth at San Diego Comic Con.   Please visit http://kck.st/17HUzbK for all the details and to support Arcana’s efforts and to learn more about Arcana Studio, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArcanaStudios.

A Re-Introduction to Arcana Comics

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

For those of who may not be familiar with Arcana Comics, what can you tell us?

Arcana is an entertainment company that focuses on branded story-worlds and all things that bleed genre. In the world of comics, that translates to great stories, which cross through multiple genres. At Arcana, you’ll find everything from family-friendly fantasy through hard boiled noir, science fiction epics through superheroic adventures, and everything else in between. What they have in common is simple – they’re great stories. Arcana Comics specializes in self-contained graphic novels, which any reader can pick up, start reading, and not miss a beat. While that’s not all we do, it covers most of our projects.

Our tenth anniversary is next year, and we are honing in on our mission by cultivating new talent, great projects, and some amazing partnerships, including Gene Simmons, Roddenberry Entertainment, Benderspink, and much much more. We are also celebrating our new releases and partnerships at events and conventions, starting with Free Comic Book Day 2013.

We believe as we grow and change, we will need to continue to look back at where we came from as we push forward, striving to release high-quality branded entertainment filled with characters and stories which transcend gender, age, cultural, and geographic boundaries.

What Kind of promotions and events will you be having for Free Comic Book Day 2013?

We will be appearing at 5 different events to promote our new title “The Steam Engines of Oz” and handing out preview copies of the book.

Sean O’Reilly (Arcana Founder and CEO, Co-writer and Co-creator of  “The Steam Engines of Oz”) and Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt (creator of of Creepsville, producer of Napoleon Dynamite) will be appearing with members of the League of S.T.E.A.M at Galaxy of Comics, 17306 Saticoy St, Van Nuys – California.

Erik Hendrix (VP of Publishing, Co-writer and Co-creator of The Steam Engines of Oz) Will be doing signings at So Cal Comics, 8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd #124, San Diego, California, followed by a panel and signing at the Gaslight Gathering in San Diego on Sunday, May 5th.

 

Members of Steampunk Canada and Steampunk Ottawa will be having a meet and greet and handing out copies at The Comic Book Shoppe 1, 1400 Clyde Avenue, Nepean –Ontario and The Comic Book Shoppe 2, 228 Bank Street Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Ana Svarc (artist of new Arcana title, Reaper) will be doing signings & drawings, and there will be a prize for the best Steampunk costume, event is at Metropolis Comics and Toys, 4735 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia.

Arcana, Tell us about your new line of Steampunk titles The Steam Engines of Oz and Steampunk Originals

The Steam Engines of Oz is an epic SteamPunk re-imagining of the world of Oz, set one hundred years after the famous ending. It features brand new characters and an all-ages friendly, yet action-packed story.

Steampunk Originals is a collection of short 1-10 page stories all with a Steampunk setting. We currently have two volumes containing over 50 Steampunk short stories.

Apart from your Clockwork Girl, Howard Lovecraft and John Henry books, you haven’t had many Steampunk titles. Why this new direction and prominent re-branding?

The easy answer is because Sean Patrick O’Reilly, the owner of Arcana, and Erik Hendrix, the VP of Publishing, are SteamPunk nuts… The Steam Engines of Oz launches on Free Comic Book Day for comic book fans to pick up free at their local comic book shops. That is going to launch a new series for Arcana Comics, and we’re all extremely excited about it!  In 2012 we reformatted Arcana.com with a Steampunk theme, and now we are following up with an entire imprint of books called ‘Steampunk Originals’ (www.steampunkoriginals.com).  In the coming months, you will see more from the imprint.

You have recently re-released books created by Kiss legend Gene Simmons. What can you tell us about The Simmons Comics Anthology and Zipper vs. Dominatrix – The Slave Trade, written by Erik Hendrix? Can we expect more new titles created by Mr. Simmons?

Simmons Comics Anthology is a way for readers to be introduced to the creations of Gene Simmons and his Simmons Comics Group, one chapter at a time in print and digitally, collecting old and all-new materials. Zipper vs. Dominatrix: The Slave Trade, written by Erik Hendrix, is the first example of this. Erik worked with Gene and they have put Zipper and Dominatrix through a new adventure, which is being released in Simmons Comics Anthology Volumes 1 – 3.  After that, there will be some new chapters of Gene Simmons House of Horrors, bringing some ideas straight out of the mind of Mr. Simmons to life in comic book form. .

What can you tell us about your Days Missing venture with Roddenberry Entertainment?

We are very excited to be working with Roddenberry Entertainment on Days Missing Vol 3: Enox and also their brand new project, Worth. Both look gorgeous and we can’t wait to show them off to people at SDCC this year and in comic shops and book stores nationwide. Roddenberry Entertainment is a creative and energetic group who are extremely helpful and great to work with. We’re all fans here of Star Trek and it’s always a joy to have the chance to chat with people you respect behind the scenes and it’s even better to work directly with them. We look forward to working together more in the future.

We heard your title with Jay Odjick, Kagagi, is being made into an animated television series. Congratulations! Can you give us more details about the series and when can we expect to find it on television?

Kagagi is the first First Nation superhero and is being produced by Sean Patrick O’Reilly and Jay Odjick for thirteen episodes of an animated television series. The cultural history infused in the story is enriching, unique, and educational, providing audiences with three dimensional, relatable characters, and an overall entertaining product. APTN is the Canadian broadcaster, and the first episode will debut on TV in January 2014.

Arcana, Your series The Intrinsic debuted last year at Free Comic Book day. We love the idea of your “Arcanaverse” and the character cross-over in this epic story. Can we look forward to more Arcanaverse cross-over books to come?

The Intrinsic will be back! Behind the scenes, we are actually planning out the next story for our assembled group of heroes, bringing new characters from other books into the fold, and facing an all-new threat. Those are planned to be released in 2014, but more details will come as we close out the year. The Intrinsic will even be seen in four episodes of the animated series Kagagi

How did you decide what characters to choose from the Arcanaverse to use in The Intrinsic?

We chose some of our most (excuse the term) bad-ass characters we had, figured out their strengths and weaknesses, and how they would work together to defeat obstacles. We think the grouping turned out awesome with Kade, Candice Crow, Philosopher Rex, Jas Manral, Tori Isaacs, and Kore.

The Steam Engines of Oz added to The Beat’s top 10 of FCBD 2013!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The Beat, a very popular pop culture site, has featured The Steam Engines of Oz as one of the top 10 books to track down on Free Comic Book Day. You can read the whole thing by CLICKING HERE!

The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD added to USA Today’s Highlights of FCBD 2013!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

USA Today posted an article about the highlights of Free Comic Book Day this year, and The Steam Engines of Oz made the list! You can read about all of the highlights by CLICKING HERE, but below is what they had to say about our own little slice of Oz.

It seems everyone and their little dog, too, has their own take on the mythology of The Wizard of Oz. Arcana Comics adds gears, gadgets and other steampunk aspects to Emerald City with this issue, a glimpse of things to come in the company’s Steampunk Originals line of comics and graphic novels.”