Arcana Studio

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Arcana Studio
Type Comic publisher
Industry Comics
Founded 2004
Founders Sean O'Reilly
Key people Sean O'Reilly

Arcana Studio is a Canadian comic book publisher and art studio founded by former Coquitlam, British Columbia school teacher Sean O'Reilly in 2004.

Overview[edit]

Arcana formed in 2004 when Sean Patrick O’Reilly first published the comic book series Kade.

Arcana is Canada’s largest publisher of comics and Graphic Novels in Canada with over 300 titles in their current library of books. Arcana covers all genres and all age groups. Arcana’s titles have been translated into many different languages including French, Italian, Greek, Spanish and Polish.

Arcana is also an animation studio, with its workforce located in Vancouver, B.C. The Animation department is currently working on Kagagi: The Raven, which will air on APTN in 2014, and Pixies – the animated feature which is set to be released later in 2014.

Arcana Titles[edit]

Since its Founding in 2004, Arcana has produced and acquired over 250 titles.

Select titles[edit]

  • 100 Girls: The First Girl (2004–2006)
  • All Fall Down (2011)
  • American Wasteland (2007)
  • Amour - Volume 1 and 2 (2012)
  • Amnesia (2011)
  • Ant (comics): Days Like These (2004–2005)
  • Arcana Studio Presents (2004-current, Free Comic Book Day annual)
  • Ark (2013)
  • Banzai Girl (2007)
  • Blank Slate (TBD)
  • Blood, Shells, & Roses (2011)
  • The Book (2012)
  • Burn (2008) [1]
  • Champions of the Wild Weird West
  • Chaotic Soldiers (2010)
  • Corrective Measures (2008)
  • Creepsville (2011)
  • Dark Horrors (2006)
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales (2005–2006)
  • Deadly Harvest (2012)
  • Dragon's Lair (2006–2007)
  • El Arsenal: Unknown Enemy (2005–2006)
  • Eve: Vampire Diva (2007)
  • The Evil Tree (2012)
  • Ezra:
    • Ezra: Egyptian Exchange (2004–2005)
    • Ezra: Evoked Emotions (2006–2007)
    • Ezra vs. 10th Muse (2006)
  • Frozen Wasteland (2007)
  • Gearhead (2007)
  • Grunts (2006)
  • Helen Killer (2008)[2]
  • Howard and the Frozen Kingdom[3]
  • John Henry and The Steam Age (2012)
  • Jova's Harvest (2005–2006)
  • Kade:
    • Kade: Identity (2004–2005)
    • Kade: Sun of Perdition (2006–2007)
    • Kade: Shiva's Sun (2007–2008)
    • Kade: Rising Sun (2010)
    • Kade: Red Sun (2010)
    • Kade: Prodigal Sun (2011)
    • Kade: Mourning Sun (2012)
    • Kade: Tribal Sun (2014)
    • Kade: Children of the Black Sun (2014)
  • Koni Waves (2006)
    • Koni Waves (2006)
    • Koni Waves: The Headdress of the Undead (2007)
    • Koni Waves: First Wave (2007)
    • Koni Waves/Demonslayer (2007)
    • Koni Waves: Ghouls Gone Wild! (2008)
    • Avengelyne vs. Koni Waves (2009)
  • Lethal Instinct - Volume 1 (2012)
  • Marlow (2008)
  • Paradox (2005–2006)
  • Penance: Trial of the Century (2008)
  • Poe & Phillips (2011)
  • Shadowflame (2007)
  • SideShows (2011)
  • Space Ace:(2009)
  • Starkweather: Legacy (2004–2005)
  • Stranger Danger (2009)
  • Sundown: Arizona (2005)
  • The Art of ReBoot (2007)
  • The Fix (2009)
  • The Network (2008)
  • The Truman Virus(2012)
  • Velvet Rope (2008)

All Ages Titles[edit]

  • Clockwork Girl (2007)[4]
  • Mwumba (2008)
  • The Gwai (2008)
  • Pixies (2012)
  • Ralph Filmore, Paranormal Investigator (2011)
  • Gordon The Giraffe (2012)
  • A Cat Named Haiku (2010)
  • A Cat Named Haiku 2: The Dust Bunny (2013)
  • My Best Friends a Booger (2011)
  • Scrooge and Santa (2011)
  • The Ancient Oak (2012)
  • Summer and Monkey
  • Turning Tiger (2012)
  • Howard and the Frozen Kingdom (2009)
  • Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom (2012)
  • Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness (2014)

Animated Films, Television Series, and Shorts[edit]

Arcana began producing their content in 2012 with the TV series Kagagi [1]. Arcana receives tax credit benefits for Canadian content productions.

Short films[edit]

  • The Gwaii - Based on Haida Gwaii, and The Graphic Novel of the same story.
  • MemoMemo is a series of 30 second segments aimed at children.
  • Polkarella – A short about an umbrella/creature hybrid.
  • Pixies – A short film is based off the comics and Graphic Novel of the same name

Animated Television Series[edit]

  • Kagagi: The Raven (Airing 2014 on APTN) – a First Nations super hero is based off the graphic Novel of the same name. With support and backing from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and with support from Canadian Tax Credits, this 13 part television series is Arcana’s first television series.

Animated Features[edit]

The Clock Work Girl – In joint production with Legacy films and Luximation, The Clockwork Girl was Arcana’s first full length Animated Film. The Clockwork Girl is based on the Graphic Novel written and Created by Sean Patrick O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, and is published by Harper Collins. The Clockwork girl is a Steampunk tale of Romeo and Juliet and features the voice talents of

Pixies (In Pre-production) – Pixies is Arcana’s first fully created feature film. Based on the Graphic Novel, and short film of the same name comes Pixies, created by Sean Patrick O’Reilly.

Live Action Features[edit]

Paradox - Based on the Graphic Novel of the same name, Paradox is the story of homicide detective Sean Nault, a cop on a parallel Earth whose technology is powered exclusively by magic. Sean investigates a baffling series of murders committed by a means he's never seen before: science. The television movie was aired in 2010 and the cast includes

Motion Comics[edit]

Arcana has turned some of their comics and graphic novels into motion comics. Arcana motion comics that are currently available are;

The Arcanaverse is the world all the Arcana Characters live in. Currently over 3000 individual indexed characters and creatures who call the Arcanaverse home. From the Arcanaverse stem new stories and adventures including the comic book series The Intrinsic.

The Intrinsic[edit]

The Intrinsic was debuted on Free Comic Book Day 2012, and was the first Arcanaverse title. The series features hit Arcana Characters; Kade, Philosopher Rex, Kore, Candice Crow and cameos from lots of others. The Intrinsic also make a guest appearance in the animated TV series Kagagi (2014). The Intrinsic Volume 2 debuts at Free Comic Book Day 2014 and is written by Sean Patrick O’Reilly, and Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt.

Awards[edit]

Arcana won the Shuster Awards for publisher of the year in 2005.

Arcana was a finalist for the CME's two years in a row.

Arcana has been awarded a Mom's Choice award for three titles so far – The Clockwork Girl (2010) [2], The Gwaii (2010) [3] and Pixies (2013)[4].

Arcana was named Most Promising Company at the 2013 Digi Awards. Arcana’s CEO, Sean Patrick O’Reilly was also named a finalist for Executive of the year at the 2013 Digi Awards. [5] [6]

Arcana CEO, Sean Patrick O’Reilly, received Playback (website)’s Ten to Watch award in 2013 [7]

Arcana was named Best Visual Features 2013 by Arlene Dickinson's YouInc [8]

The Steam Engines of Oz[edit]

The Steam Engines of Oz was Arcana’s first experience with a crowd-sourcing project. The Steam Engines of Oz, was first introduced for Free Comic Book Day, 2013 [9]. The idea was to release issues FCBD, 1, 2, 3 the collected trade, then if the Kickstarter campaign proved to be a success a second Volume of The Steam Engines of Oz would be released [10]. The Steam Engines of Oz: The Geared Leviathan was successful and was produced thanks to the supporters on Kickstarter.

Notable People/Companies Arcana has worked closely with on projects[edit]

Charitable Work[edit]

  • Donated thousands of Clockwork Girl comics to the Boys and Girls Club of America under the REACH Literary Program.[5]
  • Arcana is participates in Free Comic Book Day's additional services of supplying Libraries and Military services with free comics.

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