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Review: Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of the Dread Desire

forbidden-bridesA celebrated send-up of gothic literature, beautifully adapted into a dark, brooding, and oddly comical graphic novel. Somewhere in the night, a raven caws, an author’s pen scratches, and thunder claps. The author wants to write nonfiction: stories about frail women in white nightgowns, mysterious bumps in the night, and the undead rising to collect old debts. But he keeps getting interrupted by the everyday annoyances of talking ravens, duels to the death, and his sinister butler.

I haven’t read a lot of Neil Gaiman, I’m not much of a prose reader, so when diving into Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of the Dread Desire I had no expectations as to what was ahead of me. And coming out of reading it, I immediately want to check out more of Gaiman’s work.

With art by Shane Oakley, the comic is full of morose humor and twists. While at first I wasn’t quite sure what was going on, about a quarter of the way through the comic and story felt like it was classic Gaiman humor with a wink that makes it go from a dark tale like you’d see with Poe to something more.

By the time I got to the end of it all the whole vision was clear and I came from just liking the comic to really loving the comic. There’s such a sly thing that’s done and you don’t truly get a sense of what’s going on until the end. That’s both good and bad as there were points I felt like I was missing something, but it’s one you need to read the whole comic to get the full experience, and it’s an entertaining one.

Oakley’s art is fantastic with a dark and creepy style that reminds me a lot of something you’d see with a Hellboy comic. The story is dark relying on inks and shadows which create a mood and vibe that fits the story that Gaiman has crafted so well.

I’m not much of a prose reader, but I’d love to see more comic adaptations in this style. It reminds me a lot of “Classics Illustrated” giving you a good sense of the original story and entertaining with great visuals. A much shorter version… more please!!!!

Story: Neil Gaiman Art: Shane Oakley
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Arcana And Renegade’s Turning Tiger Roars Into Action

ARCANA AND RENEGADE’S TURNING TIGER ROARS INTO ACTION THIS APRIL

Take one state of the art fully armed sentient military attack robot, let it go rogue, then set the army and more robots after it. And let it happen in downtown Ewanstown, USA . If things get bad, have it kidnap a child and see if you can stop her parents blowing the operation wide open to the media.

Arcana Comics is proud to present the April release of TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION, written by Richmond Clements, illustrated by Alex Moore and produced by Renegade Arts Entertainment. Collecting the two part miniseries, TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION is also filled with extras such as an afterwards from Richmond Clements, character designs, and a pin-up gallery from artists such as Shane Oakley (Albion, Cthulhu Tales), Chie Kutsuwada (The Story of Lee), Michael Carroll (2000 A.D., Judge Dredd Megazine) and more.

TURNING TIGER involves a top secret military robot colliding with the world of a suburban American family. TURNING TIGER brings a tale of explosive action, government conspiracies, and above all, family. But why has the robot chosen this family and their daughter in particular? All will be revealed…

Critics have raved about TURNING TIGER:

“Turning Tiger is the perfect tale of sci-fi encountering the family next door, a gripping adventure that we know really could happen. The dynamic storytelling will melt the heart of both the young and adult reader alike, so it’s simply not to be missed!”SciFiPulse.net

“This is a superb comic…”Forbidden Planet International

“…production is really smart, and the art from Alex Moore is stunning.”Comic Buzz

“Ultimately, this is a well-produced piece of work and a worthy first effort.” – Irish Comic News

TURNING TIGER: SPECIAL EDITION, a 58-page full-color paperback, will be on sale in stores April 1st for $7.99 and is available to order in the February 2012 edition of Diamond Previews (FEB120740, ISBN: 978-1-926914-87-9). For more information, please visit http://www.arcana.com/view_title.php?id=265

About Arcana Studios

Arcana Studios, Inc. is a transmedia company that has aggressively pursued establishing brands through engaging storytelling and compelling art. With a strong foothold in the print publishing world, Arcana continues to be a premier content provider. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys.

About Clements

Richmond Clements is the father of two wonderful boys and lives in the Scottish Highlands with his partner Vicky Stonebridge, with whom he co-organizes HiEx: The Highland International Comic Expo. As well as writing Turning Tiger, and between bouts on his beloved X-Box, he is an editor for FutureQuake Press and writer of the forthcoming Graphic Novels Ketsueki, Corvus and Pinkerton. For more from visit: http://hiexcomics.blogspot.com/

About Alex Moore

Currently studying illustration at Middlesex University, Alex’s artwork has featured in Orang Utan Comics’ FTL anthology. She is currently working on Liberty, a graphic novel for Markosia. Her influences include Juanjo Guarnido, Adrian Alphonsa, and Fabio Moon. For more on Alex visit her blog: http://threepennyorchestra.blogspot.com/.
About Renegade Arts Entertainment
We are a creator owned publisher of comic books, but only a few and we are very discerning with our choices. Our mix so far has been from experienced A-list writers and artists and newer blood who pitched projects just too good to turn down.

Some of our projects have come from within Renegade itself, like Alan Grant and Shane Oakley’s Channel Evil and Alexander Finbow and William Simpson’s Shades Of Grey. We only publish comic books that our creators are 100% passionate about and all of us at Renegade believe are of the highest quality. For more information, please visit us at www.renegadeartsentertainment.com.

Nov8rix launches Renegade Arts Entertainment App

Official Press Release

Nov8rix launches Renegade Arts Entertainment App

Renegade and Nov8rix Partner to deliver graphic novels, audio books, previews and more!
If you’re a fan of John Bolton (Batman: Manbat, Evil Dead), Alan Grant (Batman,Judge Dredd), Lovern Kindzierski (Animal Man, Sandman) and Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), it’s now even easier to find their titles published by Renegade Arts Entertainment. Renegade, partnering with Nov8rix, have launched their first official iPad Bookstore app.

Comic readers who download the app, available via iTunes, will have access to titles such as Shame: Conception from Lovern Kindzierski and John Bolton, Shades of Grey: 24 Hours in London from Alexander Finbow and William Simpson (Batman, Aliens), Granny’s Attic from Liz Dodsworth and Turning Tiger from Richmond Clements and Alex Moore, Channel Evil from Alan Grant and Shane Oakley (Albion, Cthulhu Tales) and a preview comic of the upcoming The Loxleys and the War of 1812 from Alan Grant, Claude St. Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Batman: Turning Points) and Lovern Kindzierski.

In addition to the above titles, the Renegade Arts Entertainment app will soon offer Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers, classic horror audiobooks and movies, narrated by genre legends Doug Bradley, Robert Englund and Jeffrey Combs, as well as The Spine Chillers comedy web comic strips, written and illustrated by Ben Clark.
“Renegade Arts Entertainment is passionate about their work. The caliber of writing, storytelling, and artwork is excellent – which demonstrates their commitment to creating the highest quality content. We are thrilled that the Renegade team selected our iPad Publisher platform to power the Renegade App on the iPad. Their content translates beautifully and is a pleasure to experience on the iPad.” said Manish Sehgal, CEO of Nov8rix.
Alexander Finbow, Editor in Chief of Renegade, adds, “We are very excited to be able to offer our titles for the iPad through our own bookstore app. It gives our readers who want the digital experience an easy place to find all our stories on a great platform. Our app lets you read them wherever you are in the world, instantly.”
The Renegade Arts Entertainment App is available now for download via the iTunes app store and at www.nov8rix.com.
About Renegade Arts Entertainment

We are a creator owned publisher of comic books, but only a few and we are very discerning with our choices. Our mix so far has been from experienced A list writers and artists and newer blood who pitched projects just too good to turn down.

Some of our projects have come from within Renegade itself, like Alan Grant and Shane Oakley’s Channel Evil and Alexander Finbow and William Simpson’s Shades Of Grey. We only publish comic books that our creators are 100% passionate about and all of us at Renegade believe are of the highest quality. For more information, please visit us at www.renegadeartsentertainment.com.

About Nov8rix

Based in the media capital of New York City, Nov8rix was founded to answer the need of businesses and individuals seeking to publish content on mobile devices.To date, Nov8rix has released 200+ apps for iOS and Android and continue to focus on creating great products and providing world class service to clients.

For more information please visit www.nov8rix.com or www.myipadpublisher.com.