Welcome back to WWAC’s official Oni Press Pubwatchm brought to you by me, Jazmine. If you are new to WWAC’s Pubwatches, they are a summation of what a comics publisher has been up to in the past month. Life got a bit wonky last month, and due to health reasons this will be my last Pubwatch, but I will be going out with a bang! I give you Oni Press MEGA-PUBWATCH part DEUX! This Pubwatch will be bursting at the seams with October and November news and announcements from the illustrious indie publisher. So let’s get to it!
The Tea Dragon Saga Continues
It was announced by Oni Press in mid-October that Katie O’Neill will be creating a companion graphic novel to the two-time Eisner award-winning book The Tea Dragon Society, called The Tea Dragon Festival. Set to be released in September 2019, The Tea Dragon Festival follows Rinn, who “has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.”
When talking about this new tale to enter her Tea Dragon Universe, Katie O’Neill said, “I am so thrilled to continue the story of the Tea Dragon world with The Tea Dragon Festival. This companion story touches a lot on matters of identity and purpose, and is as dear to me as the first book was. I hope readers will enjoy meeting new characters, as well as learning something new about familiar ones. And of course, learning a lot more about Tea Dragons!”
Webcomics For All!!!
Oni Press also kicked off October with the launch of their all-ages free webcomics program at webcomics.onipress.com. There you can find titles such as Spectacle, Kim Reaper, Draw The Vote, Banana Sunday, and much more! Be sure to click the link and head over to Oni Press to read some great books.
Oni Press’s Summer 2019 Lineup is Announced
October also saw the announcement of Oni Press and Limerence Press (Oni’s adult imprint, which I affectionately call ‘Oni Press After Dark’)’s Summer 2019 lineup. Seven new titles—Ghost Hog by Joey Weiser, Dream Daddy by Leighton Gray, Vernon Shaw, and others, Emiline: Knight in Training by Kimberli Johnson, Our Super Adventure: Video Games and Pizza Parties by Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins, The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland, Little Witches: Magic in Concord by Leigh Dragoon, and the latest Limerence Press title, Super Fun Sexy Times, Volume 1 by Meredith McClaren—are all ready to hit the shelves in time for next year’s summer break.
Wet Moon Is Back!
After five years Sophie Campbell returns with the final volume of her critically acclaimed graphic novel series Wet Moon Book 7: Morning Cold. Released November 14th, book 7 picks up with Trilby, Cleo, Mara, Audrey, and Martin where it all left off in book 6. Campbell remarks on her long journey with Wet Moon and its characters: “I’ve been working on Wet Moon since 2004, so Volume 7 being the last book feels really strange for me. Even though Volume 7 is the ending to this story, I can see myself picking Wet Moon back up in the future, maybe revisiting the characters in their thirties or something like that. Oh my god, maybe a story about Penny’s daughter grown up and she visits Aunt Cleo and Aunt Trilby?! I better start outlining that.”
You can find the finale to Wet Moon at your local comic shops or Oni Press’s website.
Oni Press will be at PAX Unplugged Convention this year November 29th through December 2nd. They will have exclusive covers of Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons by Nate Taylor and many more comics exclusives at their booth. You can also find copies of their card games based on popular comics like Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game by Keith Baker and The Tea Dragon Society Card Game by Steve Ellis and Tyler Tinsley. If you’re at PAX be sure to stop by the Oni Press booth and say hi!
And now we have gotten to the part of the Pubwatch where you get to read my thoughts about some of Oni Press’s October and November Releases. I call this bit Jazmine’s Reading Corner. Now gather around kids while I tell you about some cool stories…
October Mini Reviews
Aquicorn Cove follows a girl named Lana and her father who return to their former home, a seaside town to help her aunt clean up after a big hurricane has just swept through the area. Katie O’Neill’s use of earthy tones and colors give the small town a warm, welcoming feeling. Immediately you can understand why Lana is so enchanted by its charm and inhabitants.
At the root of the story, Aquicorn Cove is about grief, love, the ocean, and our responsibility to the world around us. O’Neill does a beautiful job weaving all of these seemingly complex ideas into a cohesive and beautiful story. The art has a storybook quality that that pulls you under its spell. When Lana finds the tiny Aquicorn washed up in a tide pool, it has stark yellow coloring in contrast with the dusty dark greens of the algae surrounding it. I immediately fell in love with that adorable creature, and the story unfolding in front of me.
If you want to read a beautiful story with breathtaking art encapsulating a world that is a delight to explore, Aquicorn Cove is a comic to check out.
Kim Reaper Vampire Island #2
So last month I may have picked issue #1 as one of my reviews, but don’t you want to know if issue #2 holds up? Well whether you do or not I am going to dive into the next book in Sarah Graley’s fantastic Vampire saga Kim Reaper Vampire Island #2.
We pick up right where we left off in the last book. Becka and Tyler are being whisked away to safety by a mysterious vampire in their bat form. Tyler is now convinced that Kim Reaper is a terrible partner for Becka declares his hate for her, especially after she abandoned them previously at a vampire party. I love how Graley depicts the interpersonal workings of everyone’s relationships with one another, all within this fantastical setting.
We learn Charlie (the helpful Vampire) is an old friend of Kim’s, but not just any friend, her best friend. The exploration of friendships and romantic relationships is so well done. Balancing and combining both of those sides of one’s life can be tricky and Graley does a terrific job illustrating a moment many of us are familiar with.
Kim Reaper Vampire Island continues to be beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written. If you haven’t checked out this series, you need to hop on the Kim Reaper train.
November Mini Reviews
Drawn to Sex: The Basics
Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan
Reading Erika and Matthew’s graphic novel Drawn to Sex: The Basics was a surprising experience. I like to see myself as a very sex-positive person who is well read on most sexual topics. But picking up this book I quickly knew that there was so much more to learn about.
Every once in a while it is a great idea to brush up on the basics, especially with sex. As humans, we sometimes get stuck in patterns of repeated behavior and lose sight of the vastness of sexuality, and that is what Drawn to Sex: The Basics brings to the forefront. This book is not only a great teaching aid and informational guide for those who have just embarked on their sex education journey but a fantastic refresher for the more experienced reader.
Moen and Nolan made sure to not make a dry step by step guide; I found myself chuckling while reading, and coming across terms that gave me insight on my sexuality. This book is not just an extremely thorough, well laid-out blow by blow (pun intended) of sex and the many facets it holds. It is also a lovely, and humorous comic that is a joy to read.
Dream Daddy #4
C. Spike Trotman (Writer)
Drew Green (Art)
Reed Black (Colors)
Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letters)
Issue #4 of Dream Daddy, “Fair Deal,” focuses on Brian and his daughter Daisy. Written by C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics, Yes, Roya) we embark on a quest in which a Dad just wants to help his daughter win the science fair, even though she would rather take a B- and go on with her life.
Issue $4 is very different from the ones that come before. Instead of focusing on the burgeoning relationships between the Dads, “Fair Deal” is more about the father-daughter relationship between Brian and Daisy. I enjoyed the change of pace and focus in this story. Admittedly I wanted more than just the lusty gazes across panels that we have seen in the previous issues. I wanted to know how these dads truly interact with the world around them and that includes their kids. Trotman executes the blind need for parents to help their child, whether they want it or not, expertly. Drew Green’s art captures the characters interactions perfectly.
Reed Black’s use of pinks, purples, and blues within the panel create a similar vibe to watching a cartoon. The colors give the art movement, and they all make Trotman’s words more exciting to read. This issue of Dream Daddy is worth getting your paws on.
That’s all for the Oni Press MEGA-PUBWATCH part DEUX; be sure to come back and check out the rest of WWAC’s amazing Pubwatch lineup.