Welcome to the official Oni Press Pubwatch here at WWAC. I, Jazmine, will be your guide through the wild landscape of Rick and Morty comics, Invader Zim tomfoolery, and the wonderfully cute Kaijumax series. Now, this is just gonna be your standard Pubwatch scenario. Nothing too out of the box, I’m just gonna jump in and tell you what’s what, and who did it, if you know what I mean.
Buuuuut… with one slight change for my first Pubwatch outing. This is a MEGA Pubwatch. You may be asking yourselves, “Jazmine, what in the heck is a MEGA Pubwatch?” Well, folks, it is three glorious months of Oni Press news and comics shoved into a usually one-month piece.
So let us just hop in!
The months of June, July, and August were jam-packed with news from Oni Press, with conventions, new hires, and tons of new book announcements; expect to feel like an expert on the goings on at Oni by the end of this.
July kicked off with the 20th anniversary of Oni Press! The publisher got a new book distributor for its 20th, calling Simon & Schuster their new home. They also have a few new additions to their team, like Director of Sales Margot Wood, coming from Epic Reads. Sarah Gaydos became the Editorial Director of Licensed Publishing, hailing from IDW, and Marketing Design Manager Sandy Tanaka, formally from Dark Horse, rounds out the new hires. With all these new additions, Oni kicked off their 20th anniversary in style at Rose City Comic Con.
But speaking of Cons, we can’t forget to mention Oni’s presence at the biggest convention of the year, San Diego Comic Con 2018. Oni celebrated this year at the Eisners with Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection by Colleen Coover (part of their imprint Limerence Press) and The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill both being nominated. O’Neill took home two Eisners for her enchanting book that night.
Oni had a great time at PAX West Seattle, coming to the convention days after their surprise August 29th release of Dream Daddy #1 written by Wendy Xu, illustrated and colored by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, based on the game Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator released by developer Game Grumps. The release was met with fanfare and excitement across comics, including from me. The floppies promptly sold out at PAX and on Oni Press’s website, but you can still grab a digital copy on the publisher’s site.
But enough with conventions, let’s talk announcements.
Oni Press announced that Scott Pilgrim fans will be getting a treat for the 15th anniversary of the publisher’s classic title, which is coming in the Spring of 2019. Expected April 10, 2019, Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life will return to print in full, wonderful color. Three individual color collections, as well as a box set of three collections with art by Bryan Lee O’Malley colored by Joe Shuster, will be available at your local comic shop or bookstore.
Both The Tea Dragon Society and Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life got the card game makeover. Renegade Studios in partnership with Oni Games came out with both card games just in time for PAX, but don’t worry—you can still get your hands on these fun games through your local comic shop or head over to Renegade Games’ website.
An awesome announcement that fluttered from Oni Press’ Marketing emails was My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribbon being optioned by Legendary Entertainment. For those of you who haven’t heard of this comic, it is about a woman named Nora who after a string of bad relationships almost gives up hope of finding the one, when she falls in love with a 500-pound American Black Bear. Here is what Pamela Ribbon said about having her book optioned:
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Nora and Bear’s story to the live-action world. It’s a unique challenge, and we are so excited to see where we can take their unforgettable romance.”
I also can’t wait to see what they do with this great story on screen.
Oni Press After Dark
Oni Press’s sexier imprint Limerence Press (which describes itself as “an imprint … that publishes quality erotic and sex education comics that reflect a wide variety of emotional and intimate experiences”) announced a new book to join their ranks. Open Earth, written by Sarah Mirk with art by Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre, is a sex-positive science fiction comic about Rigo, a woman who works on an air farm and explores her desires. This book is scheduled to publish this month September 26, 2018.
So now you are entering my comic recommendations from the last three months of Oni Press. Since three months is a whole lot of comics, I decided for this first go-around I will give you two comics from each month with a micro-review for each. Let’s do it!!!
A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
This book is just as the title tells you: Archie and Tristan give a snarky and well illustrated educational comic about using gender-neutral pronouns. It is a great book for those who are curious about the subject but are hesitant to ask their non-binary friends, and we recently reviewed it here.
Rick and Morty Krombopulos Michael #1
Daniel Mallory Ortberg, CJ Cannon, Nick Filardi
I am a Rick and Morty fan and was excited to pick up this one-shot featuring the strangely good-natured assassin Krombopulos Michael. This book is an origin story about a man who just wants to kill. With all the same dry Rick and Morty humor, Krombopulos Michael is an entertaining, and weird as hell ride.
The Long Con #1
Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman, EA Denich, M. Victoria Robado, Aditya Bidikar
The Long Con follows this journalist named Vic who is new to the comics industry. He gets a pass into The Long Con, a major comic convention that he needs to cover for his outlet, but something apocalyptic happens and society is thrown through a loop. It’s now ten years later and Vic finds out that The Long Con never ended. This book is funny, with gorgeous illustrations, and a fantastic story. I highly recommend you get your hands on this book if you are familiar with con culture and love a weird dystopian story.
Justin Wagner, Warren Wuninich
How do I even begin to explain Pizzasaurus Rex? This comic is what comics are meant to be: a wacky, weird, and fun experience to be had by all. We follow misunderstood scientist Dr. Duderman as he unveils his new device, the Reality Alternative Dimensionator (RAD for short). But the machine goes on the fritz and transports Pizzasaurus Rex from his Rad dimension into Duderman’s life, bringing with him all kinds of adventure. If you like pizza and dinosaurs, then this is a story I would highly recommend.
Dream Daddy #1
Wendy Xu, Ryan Maniulit, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Now to the review I knew you all have been waiting for: Dream Daddy. This comic picks up right after your first date with Kegstand Craig. It’s a cute comic full of sexual tension, romantic moments, and, if you were able to get your hands on a physical copy, a nice centerfold. Wendy Xu does well capturing the feeling of the game while still creating a world where the comic can coexist nicely with its predecessor. Check out this steamy comic.
Rick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons
Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub, Troy Little, Leonardo Ito, Robbie Robbins
In true Rick and Morty fashion, Morty decides that, in order to get the respect of a girl he likes, he must learn the complex game of Dungeons and Dragons. And Rick embraces Morty’s new ambition and throws him into multiple D&D Trails. As someone who has never played a game of D&D, this comic opened up a world I had never really understood. Patrick Rothfuss does a great job laying out the game for the reader, speckled with signature Rick and Morty humor. I enjoyed this comic because it was a gateway into a game I have always been curious about, and I am sure it carries tons of hidden jokes and quips for those who are avid players of D&D.
And that is all for my first Oni Press Pubwatch! Join me next month as I dish about all the goods Oni Press had in store for us in September.