Comic Attack reviews Kozmik Issue 1

December 12th, 2012

Kozmik, which is being released digitally on ComiXology as I type, recently received a great review from Comic Attack! You can read a bit of the review below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

“Issue #1 of Kinney’s Kozmik is a nice kick off into this world for readers, setting everything up while entertaining us along the way, and not skimping on the action a story like this benefits from. For older readers the concept may remind them of the 1997 film Star Kid, or for older-older readers the 1985 manga Guyver, Bio-Boost Armor, which spun off two anime series and two live-action movies, but I assure you it really just ends there conceptually and does its own thing. For starters, it’s all-ages, so it is nowhere near the violent blood filled insanity that wasGuyver‘s charm, and in terms of Star Kid, the battle suit here is more of an Iron Man-esque weapon than what was going on in that film. Kinney lets the story do its own thing and go wherever it just naturally goes. Stylistically it looks good, and the villains have a Darkwing Duck vibe to them giving it a certain nostalgic appeal. However, all of those things aside which really I aimed at the adult reader side of all-ages, on the kid side it’ll appeal to them as well, and they’ll eat it up, no comparisons included.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Kozmik, CLICK HERE to learn all about it!

Comics Anonymous loves John Henry: The Steam Age

December 12th, 2012

John Henry: the Steam Age, one of our newest releases, has a fan in Comics Anonymous! You can read the full reviews of the various chapters of John Henry: The Steam Age using links proviced, and read some  samplings from the reviews… Enjoy!

Issue 1 – CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL – “Another strong release from Arcana and with Dwayne holding onto writing/art duties, we’re surely going to become more and more involved in the kind of story that’s constructed before our eyes to leave us desperate to fight alongside John.”

Issue 2 – CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL – “ A strong steampunk/pulp edge to the whole title suits me down to the ground and I’m sure there’s more people out there that would/should read it…….and I’d urge more people to take the chance with it.”

Issue 3 – CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL – “This offers us much more depth on a number of different levels and there’s a significant chance to see the amount of detailed face work that goes into our hero, the villain and the multiple new faces we have on show.”

Issue 4 – CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL – “Kudos to Dwayne Harris and Arcana comics for bringing us such an entertaining and visually impressive release which makes this a firm entry in that recommendations list.”

While we’re at it, please read this full interview Comics Anonymouse did with John Henry writer / artist, Dwayne Harris. In there, you can read about some of Dwayne’s other works, some details behind John Henry, and some art samples! CLICK HERE TO READ.

Geeks of Doom Reviews The Inventor

December 12th, 2012

Geeks of Doom recently reviewed The Inventor: The Story of Nikola Tesla. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but you can read a bit if ot below.

“I loved the story as it was told by Rave Mehta, who not only scripted this but also seems to have been the lead creator behind the whole comic itself. With art supplied by Erik Williams, the story of Tesla really comes alive… I would give this one a solid four out of five because of the time and effort that I know it takes to produce these works. And because they chose an almost obscure (by which I mean few schools mention the subject to students) scientist and allow us a chance to see history from another perspective. If you are a fan of times past or even slightly curious about the shaping of our world at the turn of the twentieth century, then pick this up…it is loaded with stories of yesteryear.”

Thank you to Geeks of Doom and, again, please CLICK HERE to read it in full.

If you’re interested in reading more about The Inventor, or picking up a copy, you can head to this link to read more ~ http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=496 .

Fanboy Comics Reviews Kozmik!

November 15th, 2012

Ahead of its print release, Kozmik is being released digitally on ComiXology. Fanboy Comics received an advance look at the full graphic novel, and below is what they had to say about it. Be sure to head to their site by CLICKING HERE to read the full review.

“Arcana Comics’ new hero could prove to be for children and ‘tweens what Invincible proved to be for high schoolers.  If you love intelligent adventure with a Saturday morning spirit, you might dig Kozmik. ”

Thank you to Fanboy Comics for the great review and, again, be sure to read the full review by CLICKING HERE!

Awakenings reviewed by One Geek Nation

November 15th, 2012

One Geek Nation recently reviewed Awakenings. You can read the entire review by CLICKING HERE, but see below for an excerpt!

“The most magni?cent part of this entire book is that the reader may be the ultimate fool. It?s suggested that Spencer Straight is lacking in mental capacity.

Therefore, this entire plot line could be one resplendent delirium. For all we know it ISN?T 2060 and there AREN?T werewolves and this dude DID kill people. Maybe a long shot? I come to this theory A.) Because it amuses me. and B.) Because there is a great deal of foreshadowing in the book, so perhaps the book is just a sly tool of foreshadowing in and of itself (Did someone say sequel?).”

There’s a lot more to the review, so be sure to head over and read the full review by CLICKING HERE!

Bluegrass Films Options Graphic Novel ‘The Order’

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

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

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

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

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.