Bleeding Cool reviews The Steam Engines of Oz!

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

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

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!

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!

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.”

The Steam Engines of Oz on the Comic News Insider Podcast

April 17th, 2013


The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD was recently reviewed on the Comic News Insider Podcast! Give it a listen!

http://www.jimmyaquino.typepad.com/comicnewsinsider/2013/04/episode-468-boston-love.html

BleedingCool.com posts an exclusive first look at Oz

April 17th, 2013

BleedingCool.com recently posted some sample artwork from The Steam Engines of Oz series, including a first look at some covers that no one has seen before! Click on the link below to read more about it!

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/04/13/239698/

Don’t forget to pre-order The Steam Engines of Oz through your favorite comic book retailer!

TITLE: The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITTEN BY: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ART BY: Yannis Roumboulias
DIAMOND CODE: APR13 0795
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

Arcana’s The Steam Engines of Oz is Here… In a Diamond PREVIEWS Near You

April 16th, 2013

Arcana Comics recently announced that they are planning their new book, The Steam Engines of Oz, as a monthly title.  This comes as no surprise after the spectacular reception they received to their Free Comic Book Day issue of The Steam Engines of Oz and early reviews of the title.

The Steam Engines of Oz is an epic  SteamPunk re-imagining of the World of Oz, set one hundred years after the classic Wizard of Oz. It features brand new characters, as well as old favorites, and an all-ages friendly yet action-packed story.

Arcana Comics is in the middle of a resurgence of late, reminding readers why they’re getting ready to hit their tenth anniversary in 2014. Part of that that is a new focus on releasing amazing titles, fewer titles, and things like The Steam Engines of Oz.

Free Comic Book Day is just a few weeks away now, and you will get to see firsthand how comic book fans will fall in love with The Steam Engines of Oz at first glance, and even more as they rifle through the pages. Don’t let that be their last chance to see the story. Please pre-order The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1, which is available in Diamond Previews NOW.

The Steam Engines of Oz WILL ship monthly, starting in May with Free Comic Book Day. Issue 1 is to follow in June, Issue 2 in July, etc…  Arcana is hard at work, creating and drawing some great stories. Won’t you help them on their journey?

Below, you will see ordering information for The Steam Engines of Oz, as well as some sample artwork from the Free Comic Book Day edition as well as some pencils from Issue one, which is in the works right now.

In the coming weeks, Arcana Comics will be expanding their Oz presence on the web with a dedicated web site ~ TheSteamEnginesOfOz.com ~ where fans will be able to see sample artwork, read articles on the project, talk about Oz and SteamPunk, and, after FCBD, read The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD Edition.
TITLE: The Steam Engines of Oz
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
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.

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY COVER – Releasing May 4, 2013

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The Steam Engines of Oz ISSUE 01 Cover – Shipping June 2013

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The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 02 Cover – Shipping July 2013

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The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 03 – Shipping August 2013

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The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD Sample Artwork

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The Steam Engines of Oz – Issue 01 Sample Pencils

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The Steam Engines of Oz – Issue 01 Sample Pencils

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The Steam Engines of Oz – Issue 01 Sample Pencils

FLEE Writer Raphael Moran to make special appearance on Feb 20th!

February 19th, 2013

Are you in the New Jersey Area? If you are, be sure to stop by Dewey’s Comic City in Madison New Jersey to meet Raphael Moran, writer of Arcana Comics’ FLEE! He’ll be on hand promoting the book and looking for some talented artists for other projects he has going. Don’t miss out!

http://www.comicbooked.com/comics-confidential-artist-talent-search/

Swerve, “a crime story with the backdrop in the wrestling world,” a Review from ComicBastards.com

February 13th, 2013

ComicBastards.com recently reviewed the over the top graphic novel, Swerve, and oh boy did they like it! You can read the review in full by CLICKING HERE, but be sure to read the excerpt below and see how you can pick up a copy!

“Whew doggie, I can’t express how entertaining Swerve is. But I’m going to try. To start, the strongest take away from Swerve is the pacing. The beats that Jon Judy’s story hits are perfectly placed. It keeps the reader tuning the page just to see where this freight train of crazy-awesome is going. This story is a blast and truly excels in the graphic novel format; granted it was interesting as digital singles but Swerve’s narrative hearty goodness proves that it is something that needs to be chugged not sipped. Meaning you’ll want to kill this in one sitting and still want more… A second stand out in Swerve is the art and color. Dexter Wee’s art sits well with Chris Hall’s colors. It’s some sort of match made in indie comic book heaven. Their collaboration brings a dirty rugged look to the world that complements the narrative perfectly. Not only that, Wee presents more than a few “oh shit panels” that will put a sinister smile on your face, I promise… your best bet is to take on Swerve with the mindset of a crime story with the backdrop in the wrestling world. If you do that then you’ll be set to enjoy one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in a long time.”

Thank you to ComicBastards.com for the review and be sure to CLICK HERE to read the full, action packed review. Below is some info on how you can pick up a copy for yourself! Click on the Arcana Title Page link below to see an extended preview of the book!

ISBN: 978-1-927424-94-0
Diamond Code: DEC12 0813     Genre: Action / Crime
Writer: Jon Judy
Artist: Dexter Wee
Letterer: Jace Tschudi
Editor: Amanda Hendrix
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=492
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.