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

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

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

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/

ComicMonsters.com nominates The Evil Tree for Best Original Graphic Novel of 2012

December 20th, 2012

The Evil Tree, one of our recent releases, was just revealed as a nominee for Best Original Graphic Novel of 2012 over at ComicMonsters.com!

To vote, head over to ComicMonsters.com, register (you can even link your FaceBook account), head into the Best Original Graphic Novels (Best OGN) Category, Click The Evil Tree’s radio button and then click “Vote”! That’s it!

COMIC MONSTERS AWARDS PAGE – http://www.comicmonsters.com/horror-comic-awards.html

We appreciate the nomination and our fans voting for The Evil Tree as Best OGN for 2012!

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/

 

 

Gordon the Giraffe on the press circuit!

December 18th, 2012

Gordon the Giraffe, a recent Arcana release, has been making the rounds in press outlets recently. See some quotes below, plus links to the full reviews/coverage. To learn more about the title, head over to its Arcana page, http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=493.

“This book does not shy away from the sweet simple, natural love that grows from within each of us uniquely. Deftly illustrated in silouette, suggesting emotion and intent without defaulting to over-sentimentality to deliver poignancy. An important children’s book for any parent that wishes their child lessons of tolerance and acceptance toward themselves and others.” — Michel Horvat, Award winning Documentarian “We are Dad”

“This book has a simple but powerful message: being different from the other kids (in this case, young giraffes) can result in bullying but if you keep your heart open, like Gordon does, you can be accepted for your difference.  The story is accompanied by perfect illustrations that put the reader in Africa with traditional patterned borders on each page and the simple silhouette drawings.  Children will learn about discrimination and a generous heart from this tale.”

“This beautifully illustrated, heartfelt book teaches us that there’s nothing wrong with “being different” and those who are “different” have a great deal to offer. We highly recommend Gordon The Giraffe for all who want to learn or teach compassion, empathy, and acceptance.  Bravo on an inspiringly exquisite children’s book!” — Laurie York and Carmen Goodyear Co-Directors, Freedom To Marry – The Journey To Justice

“At face value it’s a simple story, but behind it is a world of meaning. Kids will see only the story itself – which is presented in big, easy-to-read print and simple language, accompanied by charming illustrations. Parents will see beyond the story to the real gist. It’s about having the freedom to choose, to be who we are – or want to be, when we grow up, at any rate. It’s about parents having the courage (not to mention the decency) to respect their kids’ choices and not try to force them into alien roles. And the gentle subtext points out that gay people can be, and have been, among history’s greatest heroes … that bravery is not a specifically heterosexual quality.” — GLBT Bookshelf

“A beautiful message about following your heart and treating each other with kindness, even when you’re confronted with cruelty.”

Stacy Graffam publishes a blog, Out in Suburbia, where she chronicles the parenting adventures she and her wife enjoy. Stacy lives in New Jersey with her wife Donna-Mae Graffam and their two children. Her work regularly appears in Gay Parent Magazine, the oldest national publication for GLBT parents. Stacy Graffam review:

“Gordon the Giraffe” is a wonderful story that addresses GLBT diversity in a way that all families can understand and appreciate. It clearly conveys how Gordon and Gary are different, while at the same time, highlights the universal bond of love. In the story, love’s power inspires Gordon to overcome his fear about being different when he shares his feelings about Gary with his mother. Then love overcomes the ignorance shown by his peers. When Gordon heroically saves the very characters that were planning him harm, we learn that kindness trumps cruelty and Gordon’s bravery and courage is celebrated by his community.

 Bruce Brown’s story is enhanced further by the beautiful art of A. Shelton. I hope this becomes one of a series of stories about Gordon. It’s an excellent teaching tool to explore our diversity and the importance to celebrating our common bonds rather than vilifying our differences.

The art is simple and illustrates this story perfectly. The story itself is touching. It shows being different is ok, there is nothing at all wrong with that.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars — Richard Vasseur, Jazma Online

http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/books/2012/10/05/graphic-novelist-writes-book-kids-after-dying-wish-gay-brother

http://sdgln.com/news/2012/08/13/childrens-author-bruce-brown-tolerance-gordon-the-giraffe

http://www.examiner.com/review/book-review-gordan-the-giraffe-by-bruce-brown-illustrated-by-a-shelton

Champions of the Wild Weird West makes HorrorTalk’s Top 10 Horror Comics of 2012

December 17th, 2012

Champions of the Wild Weird West, a recent release from Arcana Comics, has made HorrorTalk’s Top Ten Horror Comics of 2012 list! You can read the entire list by CLICKING HERE, but below is what they had to say about Champions of the Wild Weird West. Champions came in at #8.

Champions of the Wild Weird West (Arcana Studio)

Picture Samurai Jack teaming up with a few cowboys to kill a horde of zombies and you get the idea behind Champions of the Wild Weird West.  The original graphic novel could easily be turned into one of the coolest Saturday morning cartoons ever.  It blends the western with the supernatural in a seamless way.  This isn’t a comic where authors Michael David Nelson and Erik Hendrix just thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if cowboys fought the undead?”  There’s a lot more to the book as we’re introduced to each of the characters.  They’re not zombie food.  Each one has a backstory that you just scratch the surface of.  The book wraps up with a satisfying ending but it’s clear that there’s more to each member of the group and I want to see way more.

Champions of the Wild Weird West is a tale of revenge that includes a samurai and a load of zombies.  I’m not seeing a downside here.”

A special thank you to HorrorTalk for adding us to the list!

If you’d like to learn more about Champions of the Wild Weird West, you can go to its Arcana page here ~  http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=397 .

 

HeadSmash coverage from NYCC

December 14th, 2012

HorrorTalk attended the Arcana Panel at SDCC and picked up a lot from it! Please check out the below links to learn more about HeadSmash and Arcana’s plans for the coming year!

NYCC 2012: Vlad Yudin Interview: http://www.horrortalk.com/features/2904-nycc-2012-vlad-yudin-interview.html

NYCC 2012: Arcana Panel Recap: http://www.horrortalk.com/features/2860-nycc-2012-arcana-comics-panel.html

HorrorTalk Reviews Champions of the Wild Weird West

December 14th, 2012

HorrorTalk, the Best in Horror since 2002, recently reviewed Champions of the Wild Weird West, by Michael David Nelsen & Erik Hendrix with art from George Kambadais. You can read the full review by CLICKING HERE, but read below for an excerpt!

Revenge is a pretty basic emotion.  It’s something that anyone that’s ever been wronged can understand.  Fighting zombies is quickly becoming another basic emotion, so putting the two together is a no-brainer (no pun intended).  This is probably why Champions of the Wild Weird West works so well.  It’s a fun comic that touches on a variety of supernatural creatures in a short amount of time without feeling too cumbersome.  I would watch a cartoon based on the book in a heartbeat.  The authors left more than enough room for a sequel and I definitely want to see more.

Thank you to HorrorTalk and be sure to CLICK HERE to read more!

If you would like to learn more about Champions of the Wild Weird West, head over to THIS LINK!

SteamPunk Canada Reviews SteamPunk Originals Volume 1!

December 14th, 2012

SteamPunk Originals, a new Anthology coming out in 2013, has received its first review. SteamPunk Canada had some amazing things to say about the book, and you can read the full review by CLICKING HERE. Below is a sampling from the review…

I absolutely love the diversity of ideas, the pace, and the artwork. The artwork alone is so diverse that you have to literally switch gears with each new story. But it is well worth it. It is like attending a multi artist gallery opening.

Each story is so different from the one before and after that it is like reading through different books attached as one.  I got quite involved reading Steampunk Originals. I could not wait to see what the next story and artwork would be like.

Thank you to SteamPunk Canada and, again, please CLICK HERE to read the entire review.

If you’re interested in learning more about SteamPunk Originals Volume 1, head over here ~ http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=626 !!!

Ain’t It Cool News Reviews Kozmik Issue 2!

December 12th, 2012

Kozmik, which is being released right now digitally on ComiXology and soon in print, was just reviewed by Ain’t It Cool News! You can see the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but in the meantime, here’s a sampling from it!

“Writer Scott Kinney does a good job of balancing this all and tells a solid story. The target audience is definitely kids, as the action is fast and comedy is over the top. Zak is a fairly typical sassy hero kid, but he’s nowhere near as annoying as the current ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN cartoon. His little fashion show as he looks for a superhero outfit is really nice.Artist Christian Colbert’s work fits perfect with the story. It’s well designed and cartoony looking. Everything looks really good here… Colbert’s storytelling… is pretty spot on. He and Kinney work well together.”

Thank you to Ain’t It Cool News, and be sure to CLICK HERE to see the full review.

If you’re interested in learning more about Kozmik, be sure to head over to the ARCANA KOZMIK PAGE.