Sean O'Reilly

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Sean Patrick O'Reilly
Born (1974-11-26) November 26, 1974 (age 46)
OccupationCEO of Arcana Studio

Sean O’Reilly is the owner and operator of Arcana Studio, Canada's largest comic book company and also an animation studio.[1]

Through his abilities as a developer of transmedia properties O'Reilly has led Arcana Studio to winning The Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Publisher in their first year, as voted by the retailers and readers.[2] As well, Arcana Studio was nominated for a Harvey Award in its first year, a feat unheard of in the quarter century tenure of the award.[3] O’Reilly is also one of the most prolific independent comic book writers in Canada and his creations have been seen in over 1,000,000 comics published in eleven countries and in numerous different languages.[1]

O’Reilly resides in Coquitlam, British Columbia, has completed two degrees and his Masters and teaches college level courses both in Vancouver[4] and through UCLA[5] in addition to being a Mentor and Scriptwriting consultant for Telefilm[6] in 2008 he won the Top 40 Under 40 Award in Vancouver[7] and won a Moonbeam Award[8] as well as silver in the Graphic Novels & Comics category for the Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards[9] for The Clockwork Girl. In 2013, he won the Playback award for the Top Ten To Watch and Arcana Studio won Most Promising Company of the Year from the Digi Awards.

Notable graphic novels include Kade, which has gone on to be one of Arcana's top selling books. The first series, Original Sun, came out in 2005, followed by Sun of Perdition in 2007,[10] Shiva's Sun (2008), Rising Sun (2009), Red Sun (2010) and Prodigal Sun (2011). Kade has now been published in numerous countries including Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Croatia and Poland. In 2007, O'Reilly wrote The Clockwork Girl with co-creator Kevin Hanna and the steampunk fairytale and the book went on to win the gold medal in the Moonbeam Awards.[11] Sean followed up the success of The Clockwork Girl with The Gwaii after being inspired by the Queen Charlotte Islands. In 2010, Sean wrote a six book series called Mighty Mighty Monsters[12] through Capstone Publishers. The 18 book series Mighty Mighty Monsters lead to three 44-minute animated specials that Sean produced.

Sean produced The Clockwork Girl as an animated feature film which stars Alexa Vega of Spy Kids as the lead character Tesla, as well as Carrie-Anne Moss, Brad Garrett, and Jeffery Tambor.

Arcana Studio's animation division was created by O'Reilly in 2012 as part of his vision to bring the storytelling and artwork of Arcana's vast library of comic books to the big screen. Accordingly, Arcana Studio's animated projects are based on the graphic novels within their library. The animation division's first project was the animated feature The Clockwork Girl, based on the graphic novel, followed by a 13 episode mini-series of Kagagi: The Raven, which aired on APTN in September 2014. This was followed up by the animated feature Pixies in 2015, which included voice actors Christopher Plummer, Bill Paxton and Alexa Vega. O'Reilly wrote, directed and produced Pixies and also utilized his voice acting talents in the movie by voicing the main protagonist, Joe Beck.

In 2016, Sean wrote, directed and produced, Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom, the first in the three part trilogy. It was the first animated film adaptation of HP Lovecraft's work. The series was based on the graphic novel series written by Bruce Brown and published by Arcana.[13]

In 2018, Sean directed three animated features The Steam Engines of Oz, The Legend of Hallowaiian, and Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness.

Sean O'Reilly is a producer for all of the animated projects produced by Arcana and has written and directed a majority of the projects.

Comic book credits[edit]

TV credits[edit]

  • Kagagi: The Raven Season 1, Episodes 1 – 13 director/producer
  • HBO's Entourage Season 2 Episode 9 – set design and Angel Quest concept art
  • USA's Psych Season 1 Episode 8 – set design and Green Spirit concept art
  • SpikeTV's Red Lotus – producer, concept development and animation
  • Kagagi: The Raven - director, producer

Video game credits[edit]

Movie credits[edit]


Year Title Role Notes Source
2015 Pixies Joe Beck (voice) [15]
2016 Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues Tevius / Brother 2 (voice)
Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom Spot / Cthulhu (voice) [15]
2017 Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom
2018 The Steam Engines of Oz Heflin (voice) [15]
The Legend of Hallowaiian Mr. Griffith / Menehune (voice)
Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness Spot / Cthulhu (voice) Direct-to-video [15]
2019 Go Fish Alex (voice)

Selected awards[edit]

  • Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40 (2008)
  • Author and co-creator of The Clockwork Girl, winner of the Moonbeam Award for Top Children's Graphic Novel (2008)
  • Foreword Magazine's recognition as one of the top Graphic Novels & Comics for The Clockwork Girl (2008),[9] presented at Book Expo America[16]
  • Author of The Gwaii, winner of the Moonbeam Award for Top Children's Graphic Novel (2009)


  1. ^ a b Vancouver Sun: Arcana Studio draws on a dream 10 June 2006
  2. ^ Joe Shuster Awards: Arcana Studio results, 39% percent 7 October 2007
  3. ^ Harvey Awards: 2005 Harvey Award Nominees 7 October 2007
  4. ^ Georgia Straight: Free Comics Boost the Luck of O'Reilly 30 June 2004
  5. ^ UCLA Writing Instructors
  6. ^ Telefilm Mentors
  7. ^ SFU [1] April, 2008
  8. ^ Moonbeam Award
  9. ^ a b "2008 Foreword INDIES Winners in Graphic Novels & Comics (Adult Nonfiction)". Foreword Reviews. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  10. ^ [2] August 29, 2006
  11. ^ Moonbeam Awards [3] February, 2010
  12. ^ [4] 3 April 2011
  13. ^ Sims, Tony (2012-04-26). "Interview with Bruce Brown, Author of the Howard Lovecraft Graphic Novel Series". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  14. ^ Comic Book Resources: Clockwork Girl – Arcana's High-Tech "Romeo & Juliet 30 May 2007
  15. ^ a b c d "Sean Patrick O'Reilly – 9 Character Images".
  16. ^ "2008 Foreword INDIES Winners Press Release". Foreword Reviews. Retrieved 30 October 2018.