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Preview: Wolfcop #3

Wolfcop #3

writer: Max Sarks
artist: Allan Otero, Arcana Studios
cover: Mario Gully
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

After a brutal run-in with black magic leaves him alone and wolfed-out full time, WolfCop has to turn tail back to Woodhaven for a reunion with old friends. But Lou Garou’s hometown is even less welcoming than it was when he left it, and some unfamiliar faces have planned one hell of a surprise party for him, one where home field advantage might just not be enough…


Preview: Wolfcop #2

Wolfcop #2

writer: Max Marks
artist: Allan Otero, Arcana Studios
covers: Dean Motter (a)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

WOLFCOP: LITTLE BROTHEL OF HORRORS has errant lupine lawman Lou Garou and his conspiracy-crazed sidekick Willie Higgins running into more trouble on the road. When Lou accepts a bit of small-town hospitality from local bordello madame Fey, he’s quickly trapped in a prison of his two favorite vices: Women and booze. But this den of sin harbors a dark secret, one that just might eat WolfCop alive…


Preview: WolfCop #1

WolfCop #1

writer: Max Marks
artist: Arcana Studios
cover: Thomas Hodge
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

Ever since hard-drinking local Woodhaven police officer Lou Garou had a late-night bender and stumbled onto dark magic, his life has been turned upside down. Now he moonlights as WolfCop, a rage-fueled, bourbon-swilling, magnum-toting, rabid warrior for justice!

WOLFCOP #1 sees everyone’s favorite alcoholic lycanthropic lawman tearing out of the big screen and onto these gorgeous pages to fight bigger, badder, and meaner monsters than anything that has threatened Woodhaven before!


Arcana and Shout! Factory Announce Cast for Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom

Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen KingdomArcana Studio and Shout! Factory today announced the casting of Golden Globe-winning actor Ron Perlman and Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer in the upcoming animated film Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom. Perlman is set to voice the role of Shoggoth, and Plummer has been cast in the role of Dr. Herbert West.

Written, being directed and produced by Sean Patrick O’ReillyHoward Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom is the movie adaptation of Arcana’s popular graphic novel of the same name, and introduces a new generation to the imaginative Lovecraft universe through a fantastical, cinematic adventure that entwines new storytelling, events of H.P. Lovecraft’s life, iconic elements of his writings and more!

A fun and thrilling animated feature for any Lovecraft fan, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom is slated for a fall 2016 release across major entertainment distribution platforms and in packaged media from Shout! Factory.

The film is based on the bestselling graphic novel by Bruce Brown, is written, being directed and produced by Sean Patrick O’Reilly; producer, Michelle O’Reilly; art director & senior modeler, Gary Yuen; senior editor, Brendan Hansell; CG supervisor, Haqui Gbadamosi.

Review: Howard Lovecraft and the Three Kingdoms

howard lovecraft and the three kingdoms coverThe advent of steampunk as a somewhat established genre has brought along a lot of friends from the past. Rooted most strongly in the works of Verne, the genre has also deviated a bit from Verne’s original works as it has evolved in the modern pop culture. Seemingly in the search for more steampunk material, fans of the genre have delved deeper into the past and found some other source material, namely steampunk horror. Although potentially typified by Poe or Shelley, the real resurgence in horror from this time has no doubt been H.P. Lovecraft. His horror stories are more popular today than probably at any other time (including when he was alive) and other mediums (including board games and video games) use his inspiration to create their own works.

The collected volume of Howard Lovecraft and the Three Kingdoms from Arcana Studios is not so different. It opens with a quote from Poe and quickly introduced us to a dying elder Lovecraft and his son. A part of Lovecraftian fiction was his own interaction with his work, in which he himself explored his own horrors through his pen and paper. In this case it would seem as though the elder were the one to really undertake the journey into this dark despair and to record the thoughts by way of the book. As a reading of this work this makes more sense, because although the younger Lovecraft is in fact the Lovecraft, it doesn’t exactly read like that.  The father’s weeping is more consistent with the author’s works, not the dynamic nature of the youngster.

lovecraftBefore I get too far ahead of myself though, I would like to talk about Santa Claus. It is not because Santa Claus plays a very important role in this book, but rather because he shouldn’t play one at all. The idea of Santa Claus providing gifts to children is an idea that is purely 20th century, and as this book is based in 1894, it is a bit of an anachronism when little Howard gets his first Lovecraftian torture novel from jolly old Saint Nick. Am I being too picky on the anachronism?  Not really, because it is the anachronism which actually makes this graphic novel work. For those more familiar with Lovecraft’s work, they will find among the author’s thoughts some subtle and not-so-subtle opinions on race and gender, neither of which would really fly in the modern world as opinions to be held outside of the far right of the spectrum. These opinions which exist in his work are also anachronisms, and if they are replaced by clearly misunderstood aspects of modern day Yuletide, then it is for the better. Out go the remnants of outdated thinking, in comes a tentacled creature named Spot (the name Spot for a pet being a bit of an anachronism as well.)

The end process of this selective process of finding the right balance between modern and past is something akin to a children’s book, which to be fair seems to be the point anyway. Dark and dangerous is replaced with cuddly and squishy, with the terrible Lovecraftian monsters being no scarier than the creatures in “Where the Wild Things Are.” The end result is basically a Lovecraftian tale aimed at children, and one which is successful in removing the scariest parts of the writer’s bag of tricks. Is it for adults? I would say equally yes, particularly those that do like a bit of dark Victorian to go with their daily lives. It is maybe not a groundbreaking work, but pays homage to the writer without taking itself too seriously and ends up being a fun read with matching artwork to complement the stories.

Story: Bruce Brown Art: Renzo Podesta and Thomas Boatwright
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read for Adult, Buy for Child

Arcana Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

SDCC 2014: Arcana Celebrates 10 years

ArcanaArcana is excited to not only be celebrating their 10th year as a publisher this year, but it is also their 10th year exhibiting at San Diego Comic Con! You can find them at booth #2415 for lots of giveaways, new titles, signings and GREAT DEALS!

All of their titles (even Hardcover titles!), their NEW Gwaii hats and their NEW Pixies plush are on sale for $15.00 or 2 for $20.00, and by all means mix and match!

They have packed boxes of free comics this year so make sure to stop by and get one (or two)!

At the Arcana booth this year you can test VisionBooks, a very cool program that brings your comics and graphic Novels to life. You can also pick up some of your favorite Asylum movies!

They have some great creator and celebrity signings this year, be sure to check out our full schedule below so you don’t miss a a thing!

Arcana’s Panel is happening Friday, July 25th 6:30-7:30pm in room 26AB – you don’t want to miss it!! The Steam Engines of Oz, HP Lovecraft & Pixies: Arcanamation. The animated feature film Pixies is coming to theaters this winter starring the voices of Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) and Carlos Pena (Big Time Rush) with music by Michael Bublé. Come watch the World Premiere of the opening scene for Pixies in its entirety. This will be followed by a behind the scenes look at the production of the animated features The Steam Engines of Oz and Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom. All three animated features are based on the Arcana graphic novels and produced by Arcanamation. SNEAK PEAK WORLD MOVIE PREMIERE, FREE COMICS, DOOR PRIZES, STEAMPUNK, HP LOVECRAFT & PIXIES. Come celebrate Arcana’s 10th year!


This year they have tons of awesome signings going on! Be sure to come check them out!

Thursday, July 24th

11am-12pm: Dwayne Harris (Amneisa, HeadSmash)

12:30-1:30: Edgar Delgado (Ultraduck)

2-3: Ne-Yo (R.E.D., Non Fiction)

Jared Cohn, Sara Malakul Lane, Gabriel Campisi (Jailbait)

3:30-4:30: Justin Robinson (Nieves, Butcher Street)

Friday, July 25th

10am-12pm: Ian Ziering, Vivica A. Fox (Sharknado 2)

11am-12pm: Erik Hendrix (Steam Engines of Oz, Sideshows)

12:30-1:30: Doc Wyatt (Creepsville, Intrinsic Volume 2)

2-3: Dwayne Harris (Amnesia), Mike Shear (Human Resources), Zoe Bell, Kristanna Loke, Vivica A. Fox (Mercenaries)

3:30-4:30: B. Alex Thompson (Blood, Shells and Roses, Amour)

5-6: Sean Dulaney (51 Delta)

Saturday, July 26th

11am-12pm: Justin Robinson (Nieves, Butcher Street)

12:30-1:30: Sean Dulaney (51 Delta)

2-3: Edgar Delgado (Ultraduck), Ciara Hanna (Blood Lake)

3:30-4:30: Sabir Pirzada (Affliction)

5-6: B. Alex Thompson (Blood, Shells, and Roses, Amour)

Sunday, July 27th

11am-12pm: Sabir Pirzada (Affliction)

12:30-1:30: Erik Hendrix (Steam Engines of Oz, Sideshows)

2-3: Doc Wyatt (Creepsville, Intrinsic Volume 2)

3:30-4:30: Edgar Delgado (Ultraduck)

Free Comic Book Day 2013 Silver Comics Announced


Diary of a Zombie Kid



(W) David Tallerman (A/CA) Robert Molesworth

What kind of lunatic forces a grizzly bear to wear mechanized combat armor and fight his battles? What kind of fiend kidnaps a beautiful Polynesian computer genius to be his child bride? And just who has a ninja for a butler anyway?  Meet the Professor: eccentric, scientist, explorer and Englishman par excellence. Madcap steampunk hi-jinks in Endangered Weapon B!



(W) Jamal Igle, Jeremy Whitley (A) Jamal Igle, Various

Two complete stories! She’s strong. She’s smart. And she’s incredibly brave! She’s the protector of Coopersville, the Princess of Finesse; the Petite Powerhouse known only as Molly Danger! But what secrets threaten everything she holds dear?! And on her way to rescue her sisters, Adrienne finds another mysterious princess locked away in a tower, but she’s guarded by one of the knights sent to hunt Adrienne. Who is this princess and will Adrienne and Bedelia survive trying to rescue her?


(W) Kevin Freeman, Jeremy Whitley (A) M. Goodwin, Jerry Gaylord (CA) M Goodwin
Two complete stories!  A referee’s flag is corrupted by the power.  The Guardians must arrive at the Bengals-Titans game and get that flag before the referee throws it, bringing it to life.  And the villainous Coach Carnage is on the recruit for his interstellar team “The Visitors,” and it’s up to the Guardians, with the help of previous draft picks, to stop him from ruining the draft and taking this year’s recruiting class.




(W) Jeff McClelland, Shawn Aldridge (A) Jeff McComsey, Steve Becker

The New York Times best selling zombie series, FUBAR, returns with an all-new Free Comic Book Day one-shot! This 32-page issue contains four stories that span the entire American experience, from Valley Forge to the present day. Select stories from FUBAR: American History Z (in PREVIEWS this February) will put you in the boots of the founding fathers as they come face-to-face with the walking dead. If you’re new to FUBAR, now’s the perfect time to jump on board! (MATURE THEMES)



(W) Robby Bevard (A/CA) Fred Perry

Kid the Adventurer and Bro the Kung-Fu Pegasus are back in an all-new story for Free Comic Book Day! The fan-favorite best buds will face fierce forests, soaring snakes, nincompoop ninjas, doofy dinosaurs, and vile villains all in the name of fun! Don’t miss out on this growing hit!



(W) Erik W. Hendrix, Sean Patrick O’Reilly (A/CA) Yannis Roumboulias

Get a special sneak-peek at the upcoming re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens! Find out what happens 100 years after the witch is dead. In an Oz ruled by a once revered hero, salvation comes from the unlikely wrench of Victoria Wright, who dares to question the status quo and sparks a rebellion. This FCBD edition will give you an exciting extended preview of the upcoming graphic novel and a look at what else Arcana’s SteamPunk Originals line has in store for readers!



(W/A) David Peterson & Various (CA) Royden Lepp, David Peterson

Archaia proudly presents this square flip book containing original short stories from some of its all-ages-friendly titles, including David Petersen’s Mouse Guard, Royden Lepp’s Rust, and Sean Rubin’s upcoming, enchanting dinosaur tale, Bolivar. Plus original short stories from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth; Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos’ Cow Boy, and fun Pantalones, TX activity pages by Yehudi Mercado!



(W) Ian Flynn (A) Ryan Jampole, Various (CA) Ben Bates

It’s TWO Free Comic Books in ONE! Just in time for the start of the epic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover event, “Worlds Collide,” comes a primer issue exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! Witness the journey these two epic heroes from both Sega and Capcom took to finally meet each other — Mega Man’s journey chronicled on one side, and Sonic’s on the other! This is the must-have primer for the biggest comic book event of 2013 — as video game icons Sonic and Mega Man meet for the very first time anywhere!



(W) J. T. Krul, David Wohl (A/CA) Alex Konat, Beth Sotelo

In 2013, Aspen will proudly celebrate its 10th Anniversary, and they’re planning their largest initiative ever — including this year’s jam-packed Worlds of Aspen 2013 flip-book! Join them as they reveal exclusive in-depth content for all of their exciting “10 for 10” titles set to debut all year long! Also, Aspen offers two brand new stories, starting with Michael Turner’s Fathom! And to top it all off, Worlds of Aspen 2013 will showcase a world premiere preview of Peter Steigerwalds’ upcoming new series, Zoonity!





Christos Gage (Avengers Academy, Authority: Prime) created a visceral world where law enforcement turns to super-cops to subdue the new breed of street evil. But when one cop crosses the line and begins hunting and killing criminals in secret, he becomes worse than those he brought to ultimate justice! Absolution takes fans on an insane roller-coaster ride that ends in a public hero’s downfall, and the uprising of a violent judge, jury, and executioner. Absolution: The Beginning reprints the first two issues (#0-1) of this classic series and provides a sneak peek preview at this summer’s highly anticipated sequel, Absolution: Rubicon! (MATURE THEMES)



Filled with all-ages accessible previews, interviews and articles, Bleeding Cool Magazine FCBD is the perfect supplement to help readers new and old find the best comics and expand their experience at the party into a passion for a lifetime! Readers will find a “Collecting Comics 101” feature, the “Top Genre & Starter Graphic Novels” in stores, and Tips and Tricks for the Back-Issue Hunt! Bleeding Cool Magazine is ideal for giving readers tons of extra FCBD content and to introduce our unique brand of information and entertainment to a host of new customers!



(W/A/CA) Chris Eliopoulos

Who is Mr. Puzzle, you ask? Well, he’s the perfect fit for any problem, of course! And Capstone brings him to you for the perfect price…FREE! Follow Mr. Puzzle on two exclusive, never-before-seen adventures by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos. Watch the superhero stretch, bend, shrink, and grow, all to keep the folks of Busyville safe. Don’t miss this two-for-none of fun with Mr. Puzzle!



(W) Tyler James, Paul Allor (A) Cesar Feliciano, Various (CA) Joe Mulvey

Who are The Red Ten? And who wants them dead? Delve deeper into the murder mystery maxi-series that is a superhero retelling of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit “And Then There Were None.” Also features Oxymoron: Quiet Riot, where a super-criminal psychopath holds a city hostage in terrifying silence as one cop struggles to stop the madman before her city burns to the ground



Jeremy Barlow, Various (A/CA) Garry Brown, Various

Three blockbuster titles fill this FCBD offering! In R.I.P.D., a séance goes terribly wrong! Then, in Mass Effect, follow a flight-school grad as he breaks the rules to prove himself in space! Finally, check out the police-state landscape of the highly anticipated miniseries The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys!



(W/A) Various

This super sampler is the perfect place to check out two sensational series from the DC Kids line, Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, based on Warner Bros. Animation’s new animated series coming soon to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation Saturday morning programming block. It includes two exciting, all-new stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!




(W) Matthew Sturges (A) Jean-Paul Deshong (CA) Stephanie Hanseremy 

The Little Mermaid has been captured by a cruel wizard, who intends to keep her locked away forever! But help comes in the form of a valiant one-legged tin soldier whose heart is far bigger than he is. Can the Little Mermaid escape her vicious captor with nothing but a talking toy to guide her? Find out in this fairy tale for all ages written by Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables, Doctor Who)!


(W) David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf (A) Jose Malaga

Discover the characters, creatures and inspiration behind the storyline of NBC’s hit-series, Grimm! From the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel,Grimm features Portland homicide detective Nick Buckhardt, as he discovers he’s descended from a long line of “Grimms,” who are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the creatures of myth.  With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world.




(W/A/CA) Gilbert Hernandez

From legendary alternative cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez of Love & Rockets fame, Marble Season is a semi-autobiographical epic about a group of kids growing up in the 1960s seen through the eyes of a young boy. Comics and popular culture of the day will dominate the proceedings and tell the untold story of one of the medium’s greatest and most respected artists. This FCBD has no nudity and no swearing and it will serve as a great preview for the upcoming book of the same name.


(W) Astrid Lindgren (A/CA) Ingrid Vang Nyman

The Pippi Longstocking Color Special offers a sneak peak at the brand new Pippi Longstocking title that D+Q will publish in May 2013. Pippi Longstocking was created by Astrid Lindgren and has developed a dedicated fan base of both children and adults for over six decades. The comics presented here were originally published in Swedish in the 1950s and are now being presented for the first time ever in English.



(W/A/CA) Hal Foster

This full-color comic collects two Prince Valiant stories from Hal Foster’s 1950 peak: “Home Again,” in which Val, Aleta, and newborn baby Prince Arn enjoy an eventful ocean journey back to Thule; and “The Challenge,” in which another knight’s unwelcome advances on Aleta result in a classic duel with Valiant!



(W) Robert M. Overstreet, J. C. Vaughn (CA) John K. Snyder III

Movies like Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Joss Whedon’s Avengers film, and many more, couldn’t have happened without the comic book adventures that spawned them! This issue of Comic Book Marketplace takes a detailed look at the comics that spawned these movies, along with tips on collecting movie posters. Plus: CBM puts the origins of Free Comic Book Day under the spotlight as well.




(W/A/CA) Rick Yager

Buck Rogers, the original sci-fi hero, is supporting FCBD with a special reprint of two complete Sunday stories — “The Mind of Minds” and “Wilma to the Rescue” — by fabled artist Rick Yager, who defined the look of the character for over twenty years! These stories have been digitally reconstructed to perfection and look better than the original newspaper Sundays! All this, plus bonus materials and tons of surprises!


(W) Rob M. Worley (A) Jason T. Kruse (CA) Armand Villavert

Scratch9, the world’s greatest superhero cat, returns for Free Comic Book Day with a special reprint of issue #1, featuring all-new cover art by Armand Villavert, Jr.! Scratch9 is the Eisner Award-nominated all-ages comic book featuring a cat with the ability to summon any of his 9 lives to aid him in his adventures! Hermes Press’ Scratch9 FCBD issue will also offer bonus material and tons of surprises!



(W) John Howard, Joe Collins (A/CA) Brian Bolland

In advance of IDW’s coming ongoing series re-presenting the best Judge Dredd stories from the past with all-new coloring, this special FCBD release offers one of the most beloved Dredd stories of all time: the introduction of Judge Death, with all-new color! Plus: bonus “Walter the Wobot” strips appearing in color for the very first time, all beautifully illustrated by the brilliant Brian Bolland!



(W) Stan Lee (A) Graphic India (CA) Jeevan Kang

From the mind of legendary creator Stan Lee comes his newest superhero, Chakra The Invincible! Chakra tells the story of young Indian teenager, Raju Rai, a technology genius living in Mumbai. Determined to use science to unlock the secrets of human potential, Raju develops a technological suit that activates the mystical Chakras of the body, unleashing newfound abilities and powers!


(W) Ron Marz (A) Jim Starlin, Michael Avon Oeming, Luke Ross, Bart Sears, David Peterson (CA) Michael Avon Oeming

Set in a time 2000 years in the future, against a backdrop of one of the most immortal mythological tales of all time, Ramayan Reloaded re-imagines one of the most epic tales in history, and this special origins issue provides all the information on the many characters and settings of the series. Collecting short stories written by Ron Marz and illustrated by leading talents such as Michael Avon Oeming, Luke Ross, Bart Sears, Jim Starlin and David Peterson.




It’s out action featuring the newest stars to be of Disney XD: Avengers and the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.! Featuring art pulled directly from the animated series, this sneak peek at the two newest animated series from the geniuses at Marvel Animation promises to make this the biggest Free* Comic Book Day Ever!

*Are we really giving this away?! YES!



(W) Jeff McClelland (A) Pietro, Duane Redhead (CA) Duane Redhead

In the all-new, full-length Tick story, “A Day at the Beach,” things start out innocently enough for The Tick, Arthur, Bumbling Bee and their friends — until The Tick encounters an invasion force from under the sea! Perfect for new and old readers alike, this FCBD special also includes exciting backup features!



(W) Chris Schweizer, Joey Weiser (A) Joey Weiser, Chris Schweizer

Oni Press: Rated Free for Everyone returns for 2013! Featuring two stories by two incredibly talented creators! In Joey Weiser’s Mermin Adventure, Mermin goes with Pete and his human classmates to the Zoo. And in Chris Schweizer’s Crogan’s Adventure, you’ll get an epilogue to the story of one of the brothers from Crogan’s Loyalty.


(W) Chris Roberson (A/CA) Scott Kowalchuck

“The last thing you want to see is my hands.” They’re called The Strangers. They’re deadly. Dangerous. And you’ll never see them unless they want you to. But now they’ve come up against something big — U.S. government big; a cover-up of international proportions. And at the center of it all is The Strangers’ deadliest foe, a man known only as “Capricorn”; a man who knows The Strangers…. sees them.



(W/A) Disney Accademia, JayJay Jackson (CA) Disney Accademia

Papercutz presents Disney Fairies featuring Tinker Bell, along with comics from the new hit series, Stardoll! There’s only one fairy in Pixie Hollow who can’t fly — Water-Talent Fairy, Rani. Why doesn’t Rani have wings? Was she always this way? Find out in “Tinker Bell and the Wings of Rani!”



(W) John Wagner, Various (A) Henry Flint, Various (CA) Henry Flint

In this bumper 48-page FCBD special, “The Jimps Club” is a brand new Judge Dredd story about a club of Judge impersonators competing against each other to see who can last the longest on the harsh streets of the ‘Big Meg’. Plus: Zombo returns in the all-new “Planetronix: Mohawk of Menace!” The Visible Man, Indigo Prime, and alien delinquents D.R. & Quinch!



(W) Brian Clevinger (A/CA) Scott Wegener

Unanimously heralded by fans, creators, retailers and critics as the perfect first comic to give to a non-comic-reader! It’s a robotic experiment gone wrong, and only Atomic Robo’s brand of violent science can save the day! We’ve got lasers, explosions, and robots… it’s like the transforming-robot movies, but comprehensible! Plus, previews of 2013 adventures of Red 5 favorites and new faces!



(W) David Rodriguez, Various (A) Sarah Ellerton, Charles Paul Wilson (CA) Charles Paul Wilson, Sarah Ellerton

Return to the fantastic world of Gossamyr as Th3rd World’s critically acclaimed, all-ages series continues in an brand new, original, adventure just for Free Comic Book Day! The Lorelarks are tasked with chronicling the tales of Gossamyr. But when a young novice feels that the growing legends of Jenna and her brother Denny might become a danger to the siblings, she is moved to action and challenges the code of her order! Plus: The New York Times best-selling The Stuff of Legend continues!



(W/A) Andy Runton, James Kochalka, Christian Slade, Ray Friesen, Jess Smart Smiley, Rob Harrell

Top Shelf celebrates Free Comic Book Day 2013 with friends old and new with the latest lineup of the Top Shelf Kids Club! This comic contains not one, but SIX all-new stories: Owly by Andy Runton, Johnny Boo by James Kochalka, Korgi by Christian Slade, Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken by Ray Friesen, and Upside Down by Jess Smart Smiley! Plus: The debut of Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell, who also contributes this year’s cover!



(W) Joshua D.M. Dysart, Various (A) Clayton Henry, Various (CA) Clayton Crain

Everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013 happens right here this Free Comic Book Day! The critically acclaimed, best-selling comics launch of the decade throws it into high gear with Harbinger Wars, Valiant’s first-ever family crossover! The blistering conflict between Bloodshot and Harbinger will crack the Valiant Universe in half and reveal the true cost of power. Plus: X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, and Shadowman!


(W) Jim Shooter, Various (A) Joe Quesada, Various (CA) Barry Windsor Smith

Dive deep into the greatest stories of the original Valiant Universe — re-mastered and collected together for the first time anywhere! Re-live the best-selling adventures of Valiant’s definitive heroes Ninjak, Shadowman, the Eternal Warrior, and more — in this special FCBD-only edition previewing the next year’s worth of Valiant Masters hardcover collections!



(W) Jonathan Kellerman, Louis L’Amour, Various (A) Tom Yeates, Michael Gaydos

Kellerman / L’Amour features thrilling excerpts from two of Villard Books’ stalwart authors; Jonathan Kellerman and Louis L’Amour. Kellerman’s The Web is the second graphic novel adaptation that brings new life to a classic Alex Delaware psychological thriller. Louie L’Amour’s Law of the Desert Born is a classic Western — and an all-new L’Amour story told in a style like no other! This FCBD sampler will feature a 14-page excerpt from each graphic novel, both scheduled to be published in Fall 2013.



(W) Akira Toriyama (A) Nobuhiro Watsuki, Nobuhiro Watsuki

Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese “Monkey King” myth, that follows Son Goku, a monkey-tailed boy who, along with a determined young girl named Bulma, to collect the seven “Dragon Balls” amd earn a wish from a powerful dragon! Also: Following the end of years of civil war, a feared and ruthless assassin decides to take up a new name and calling in the samurai classic, Rurouni Kenshin!

SDCC 2012 – Arcana’s SDCC Signing Schedule

Arcana has released their signing schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2012.  Located at booth #2415, they’ve got signings throughout the weekend as well as exclusives. At their booth you can get the John Henry: The Steam Age SDCC Exclusive Preview Book, a special SDCC Exclusive Creepsville Preview, an SDCC Exclusive cover to The Inventor, their Cryptozoology book made in conjunction with The Asylum, and more!

And on to the signing schedule…


6:00 – 6:45 PM – Bobby Nash – Yin Yang
6:00 – 6:45 PM – Monty Borror – Red Light / Spirit Window
6:00 – 6:45 PM – Michael Mongillo – The Lost Girl
6:45 – 7:40 PM – Dwayne Harris – Amnesia / John Henry: The Steam Age
6:45 – 7:40 PM – Brandon Easton – Shadowlaw


10:45 – 1:30 PM – Ravé Mehta – The Inventor
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Justin Robinson – Nieves
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Josh Blaylock – Misplaced / Warstone / Blade of Kumori
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Matt Wilson – Scrooge & Santa
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Josh Kenfield – Scrooge & Santa
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Erik Hendrix – The Book / SideShows / The Evil Tree / Deadly Harvest /
Champions of the Wild Weird West / Intrinsic
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Amanda Rachels – The Book
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Michael David Nelsen – The Book / SideShows / Champions of the Wild Weird
West / Deadly Harvest
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta
3:00 – 3:45 PM – John Barker – Dead Cell
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Dwayne Harris – Amnesia / John Henry: The Steam Age
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Matthew R Adams – Kord & Harley
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Scott Sanders – Burn


11:15 – 12:00 PM – Shannon Eric Denton – GRUNTS / GRUNTS: War Stories / Markus Fang
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Michael Mongillo – The Lost Girl
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Justin Robinson – Nieves
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Edgar Delgado – UltraDuck
12:00 – 12:45 PM – John Barker – Dead Cell
12:00 – 2:00 PM – Ravé Mehta – The Inventor
12:45 – 1:30 PM – Dwayne Harris – Amnesia / John Henry: The Steam Age
12:45 – 1:30 PM – Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta
2:00 – 3:00 PM – ************************ <– Oh, no you don’t!
3:00 – 3:45 PM – B. Alex Thompson – Amour / Blood Shells & Roses / Lethal Instinct
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Arthur Bellfield – War’s Chosen
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Matthew R Adams – Kord & Harley
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Mike Dubisch – A Field Guide to Cryptozoology
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Delia Gable – A Ninja Named Stan
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Mike Whittenberger – A Ninja Named Stan
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Ian Miller – Philosopher Rex / Redball 6
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Monty Borror – Red Light / Spirit Window


11:15 – 12:00 PM – Alfonso Ruiz – Ezra: Egyptian Exchange
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Mudo Vzz Martinez – El Arsenal
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Ian Miller – Philosopher Rex / Redball 6
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Brandon Easton – Shadowlaw
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Mark Poulton – A Cat Named Haiku / Koni Konfidential / Daddy’s Little Girl
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Dexter Weeks – A Cat Named Haiku / Koni Waves
12:45 – 2:15 PM – Ravé Mehta – The Inventor
12:45 – 2:15 PM – Chris “Doc” Wyatt – Creepsville
12:45 – 2:15 PM – Bill Rude – Creepsville
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Erik Hendrix – The Book / SideShows / The Evil Tree / Deadly Harvest /
Champions of the Wild Weird West / Intrinsic
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Michael David Nelsen – The Book / SideShows / Champions of the Wild Weird
West / Deadly Harvest
2:15 – 3:00 PM – Nick Dia – The Insomniac: Justice Never Sleeps
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Bobby Nash – Yin Yang
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Jolene Houser – The Surface
3:00 – 3:45 PM – Sean Dulaney – 51 Delta
3:45 – 4:30 PM – M. Zachary Sherman – Harry Walton
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Chris Peterson – Dragons Vs Dinosaurs
3:45 – 4:30 PM – Aaron Nelson – Marlow
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Shawn DePasquale – Space, MN
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Matt Wilson – Scrooge & Santa
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Josh Kenfield – Scrooge & Santa


10:30 – 11:15 AM – Monty Borror – Red Light / Spirit Window
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Delia Gable – A Ninja Named Stan
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Mike Whittenberger – A Ninja Named Stan
11:15 – 12:00 PM – Mike Dubisch – A Field Guide to Cryptozoology
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Justin Robinson – Nieves
12:00 – 12:45 PM – Chris Peterson – Dragons Vs Dinosaurs
12:00 – 12:45 PM – M. Zachary Sherman – Harry Walton
12:45 – 1:30 PM – Dwayne Harris – Amnesia / John Henry: The Steam Age
12:45 – 1:30 PM – B. Alex Thompson – Amour / Blood Shells & Roses / Lethal Instinct
12:45 – 1:30 PM – Michael Mongillo – The Lost Girl
1:30 – 3:00 PM – Ravé Mehta – The Inventor
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Arthur Bellfield – War’s Chosen
1:30 – 2:15 PM – Bobby Nash – Yin Yang

Horror Fans: Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe with Arcana!

VANCOUVER (April 20, 2012) – Horror fans, let’s celebrate Edgar Allan Poe together!

As you may know, next week, April 27th, The Raven premiers in theaters around the world. With the film comes a lot of attention to the beloved poet, Edgar Allan Poe, played by John Cusack in the film.

For fans of Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, we bring you Poe & Phillips, a macabre team-up of horrific proportions! Inspired by two of the darkest writers in history, Jaime Roman Collado has written a dark tale of Edgar Poe and Howard Phillips teamed up as investigators, trying to prevent the end of the world!

Below, you will see how you can order a copy of the book and a link, which will send you to the Arcana site and an extended preview from the book!

Comic shops can still order the book, too, so if you want a copy, take the ordering information to your local shop and tell them to order a copy for you!

DIAMOND CODE: SEP100772 / ISBN: 978-1-897548-39-4
Inspired by the works of the two legendary writers, Edgar (Allan) Poe and Howard Phillips (Lovecraft), Poe & Phillips is a tribute to their gothic horror masterpieces. For the first time ever, the worlds of Edgar Allan Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft collide!

ARCANA SITE LINK: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=188


Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.

Arcana FCBD Events

VANCOUVER (April 10, 2012) – Happy April! We’re in the middle of planning a country full of Free Comic Book Day events and we need your help!

We have events lined up through about one third of the United States and we are looking to have at least one event in every state!

If you frequent an awesome comic book shop that is having a FCBD event, please let us know when and where? We will reach out to the stores and see how we can help! Arcana has creators throughout the United States and would love to get some of our local creators there to meet fans and show off their books!

The incentive? We’re sending stores which sponsor Arcana Creators a goodie box filled with posters, comics, and even full graphic novels. We’re also working with stores to get copies of books from creators attending the events.

Please contact erik@arcana.com if you are interested. If you have already contacted Erik and nothing concrete has been set up, please ping him again to finalize plans, so we have time to get books to your store!

Thank you very much and we look forward to helping make your FCBD event a success!!!


Arcana Studios, Inc. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.

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