Arcana formed in 2004 when Sean 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 its current library, covering all genres and 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, opened in 2012, with its workforce located in Vancouver, B.C. It currently has an animated feature film in post production, Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom, which is based on the graphic novel of the same name. Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom is slated to be released on Halloween 2016. It is based on the graphic novel of the same. The inspiration comes from the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, regarded as one of the most significant 20th century authors in the genre of horror fiction.
Additional recent projects include Kagagi: The Raven, which airs on APTN and made its debut in 2014, and Pixies, an animated feature, released in 2015. Pixies is based on the previously released graphic novel of the same name. Pixies is written and directed by Sean Patrick O'Reilly, who was nominated for the 2016 Leo Awards for best Direction in an Animation Program for his work on the film.
Upcoming projects include The Steam Engines of Oz, Howard Lovecraft & The Undersea Kingdom and Howard Lovecraft & The Kingdom of Madness.
Since its founding in 2004, Arcana has produced and acquired over 250 titles.
- 100 Girls: The First Girl (2004–2006)
- All Fall Down (2011)
- American Wasteland (2007)
- Amnesia (2011)
- Amour - Volume 1 and 2 (2012)
- Ant: Days Like These (2004–2005)
- Arcana Studio Presents (2004-current, Free Comic Book Day annual)
- Ark (2013)
- The Art of ReBoot (2007)
- Banzai Girl (2007)
- Blank Slate (TBD)
- Blood, Shells, & Roses (2011)
- The Book (2012)
- Burn (2008)
- 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: Egyptian Exchange (2004–2005)
- Ezra: Evoked Emotions (2006–2007)
- Ezra vs. 10th Muse (2006)
- The Fix (2009)
- Frozen Wasteland (2007)
- Gearhead (2007)
- Grunts (2006)
- Helen Killer (2008)
- Howard and the Frozen Kingdom
- John Henry and The Steam Age (2012)
- Jova's Harvest (2005–2006)
- 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)
- The Network (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 Truman Virus (2012)
- Velvet Rope (2008)
All ages titles
- The Ancient Oak (2012)
- A Cat Named Haiku (2010)
- A Cat Named Haiku 2: The Dust Bunny (2013)
- Clockwork Girl (2007)
- Gordon The Giraffe (2012)
- The Gwai (2008)
- Howard and the Frozen Kingdom (2009)
- Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom (2012)
- Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness (2014)
- Mwumba (2008)
- My Best Friend's a Booger (2011)
- Pixies (2012)
- Ralph Filmore, Paranormal Investigator (2011)
- Scrooge and Santa (2011)
- Summer and Monkey
- Turning Tiger (2012)
Films, television series, and shorts
Arcana began producing content in 2012 with the TV series Kagagi. Arcana receives tax credit benefits for Canadian content productions.
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom - This is Arcana's most recent production, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Bruce Brown. It is the first feature film to bring the works of HP Lovecraft to the big screen.
The Clockwork Girl – In joint production with Legacy Films and Luximation, The Clockwork Girl is Arcana’s first full-length animated film. It is based on the graphic novel written and created by Sean O’Reilly and Kevin Hanna, and published by Harper Collins. This steampunk "Romeo and Juliet" tale features the voice talents of:
- Alexa Vega - Tesla
- Jesse McCartney - Huxley
- Carrie-Anne Moss - Admiral Wells
- Jeffrey Tambor - Wilhelm the Tinkerer
- Brad Garrett - T-Bolt
Pixies – This is Arcana’s first fully created feature film, based on the graphic novel and short film of the same name, created by Sean O'Reilly.
Paradox - Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Paradox is the story of homicide detective Sean Nault, set 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. This television movie was aired in 2010 and the cast includes:
Animated television series
- Kagagi: The Raven (airing 2014 on APTN) – a First Nations superhero is based on 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.
- The Gwaii - Based on Haida Gwaii, and the graphic novel of the same story.
- Memo – A series of 30-second segments aimed at children.
- Polkarella – A short about an umbrella/creature hybrid.
- Pixies – A short film based on the comics and graphic novel of the same name.
Arcana has turned some of its comics and graphic novels into motion comics:
- The Steam Engines of Oz
- The Gwaii
- The Clockwork Girl
- Abiding Perdition
The Arcanaverse is the world all the Arcana characters live in. Currently over 3000 individual indexed characters and creatures call the Arcanaverse home. From the Arcanaverse stem new stories and adventures, including the comic book series The Intrinsic.
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, and Candice Crow, as well as cameos by many others. The Intrinsic also made a guest appearance in the animated TV series Kagagi (2014). Volume 2 of The Intrinsic debuted at Free Comic Book Day 2014 and was written by Sean O'Reilly and Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt.
Arcana won the Shuster Awards for Publisher of the Year in 2005.
Arcana was a finalist for the CMEs two years in a row.
CEO Sean O’Reilly received Playback’s Ten to Watch award in 2013.
Arcana was named Best Visual Features 2013 by Arlene Dickinson's YouInc.
Kickstarter: The Steam Engines of Oz
In Arcana’s first experience with a crowd-sourcing project, The Steam Engines of Oz was first introduced for Free Comic Book Day, 2013. The idea was to release issues FCBD, 1, 2, and 3 of the collected trade, and then if the Kickstarter campaign proved to be a success, a second volume of the comic would be released. The Steam Engines of Oz: The Geared Leviathan was successful and was produced, thanks to the supporters on Kickstarter.
Arcana has worked closely on projects with the following people and companies:
- Tony Lee – The Gloom
- Bill Paxton – 7 Holes For Air
- Gene Simmons – Simmons Comics Anthology, Zipper vs Dominatrix, House of Horrors
- Roddenberry – Worth, Days Missing
- LA Kings – mascot design
- Doc Wyatt – Creepsville, The Intrinsic Volume 2
- Alex Ross – art commissions
- Tim Bradstreet – art commissions
- Graeme Base - Breather
- Don Bluth - Space Ace, Dragon's Lair
- Vancouver Opera – Opera Manga
- RainMaker Entertainment – The Art of ReBoot
- The Vladar Company - HeadSmash
- Arcana has donated thousands of Clockwork Girl comics to the Boys and Girls Club of America under the REACH Literary Program.
- Arcana participates in Free Comic Book Day's service of supplying libraries and military services with free comics.
- Camilla d’Errico Feels the "Burn", Comic Book Resources, May 22, 2008
- Review of Helen Killer, Comics Bulletin
- Pitts, Lan (March 19, 2010). "Indie Writer Tells an H.P. LOVECRAFT Story... For Kids?". Newsarama. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
- Clockwork Girl profile, samples and interview with Sean O'Reilly, Comic Book Resources, May 30, 2007
- Arcana Donates All Ages Books
- Arcana Studio's official website
- Arcana's Twitter Page
- Arcana's Facebook Page
- Outlaw Scorn official website
- American Wasteland Myspace
- Vancouver Sun article about Arcana Studio
- Five Years of Arcana - And Five to Come, Newsarama, December 3, 2008
- Chaotic Soldiers