Bear-ing your heart: Oni announces new graphic novel from Ribon & Farris

Due next April, ‘My Boyfriend is a Bear’ features a woman who falls for a 500-pound American black bear.

Oni Press has announced a romantic comedy of a different breed — My Boyfriend is a Bear, by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris. Fed up with the dating scene, Nora starts dating a 500-pound American black bear. Comedy ensues.

“The comics market right now has a lot of very dark, serious stories,” Farris said in a press release. “I’m really excited to help put a story out there that is silly and sweet. Something that hopefully makes people smile. It’s not every day you get to sell people a book about a girl dating a literal bear, and I hope folks are as charmed by this story as I have been while working on it.”

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‘The Damned’ returns this week for a buck

Check out a preview of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s new ongoing featuring gangsters and demons.

If you have an extra buck tomorrow at your comic shop or on comiXology, be sure to check out the first issue of Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s latest, The Damned. The comic started as a series of miniseries back in 2006, but after a long hiatus, the book returns tomorrow — as an ongoing series.

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How about a monster-sized preview of ‘Kaijumax Season 2’?

The second miniseries of Zander Cannon’s “giant monsters in prison” comic from Oni Press gets collected on Wednesday. And boy is it worth your time.

Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax is one of the more oddly awesome comics out there, about a prison for giant monsters and all the crazy prison drama they get into. With the “season two” trade paperback set to arrive on Wednesday, Oni Press has released a 22-page preview, which you can see below.

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Oni Press to publish supernatural murder mystery ‘Spectacle’

Megan Rose Gedris tells the story of a circus psychic in a three-volume graphic novel series.

In addition to Dead of Winter and Made Men, Oni Press also announced a new young-adult graphic novel series called Spectacle this week.

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Tobin and Susini’s ‘Made Men’ digs itself up in September

One of Frankenstein’s descendants looks for revenge in Detroit in the new miniseries from Oni Press.

The dead will return in September thanks to Paul Tobin, Arjuna Susini and Gonzalo Duarte, as Made Men arrives from Oni Press. The miniseries revolves around Detroit special ops officer, who happens to be a member of the Frankenstein family, looking for revenge.

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Starks, Gabo warm up for ‘Dead of Winter’ from Oni Press

Plaid Hat Games’ popular board game comes to comics.

In advance of this year’s C2E2 convention in Chicago, Oni Press announced that Kyle Starks and Gabo will team up for a new horror-comedy mini-series based on the board game Dead of Winter by Plaid Hat Games.

The story will feature Sparky, a former canine TV star turned undead killing machine, as he tries to help survivors out during the zombie apocalypse. I couldn’t tell if he’s a fixture of the games or not, but if so, boy do I want to play them now.

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Oni to publish Joey Weiser’s ‘Ghost Hog’

Here’s some very welcome publishing news: Mermin creator Joey Weiser will soon be working on his next project, Ghost Hog, which Publisher’s Weekly reveals will come out from Oni Press in 2018.

The story stars Truff, a young boar killed by a hunter, as she navigates the afterlife and tries to let go of her desire for revenge. “She’s a bit of a grump, but you would be too given the circumstances,” Weiser said on Tumblr. “Ghost Hog, naturally, is a little darker in concept than my past work, but will still have a similar tone to Mermin, The Ride Home, etc.”

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Love ain’t just in the air: ‘Fresh Romance’ heads to print

The romance comic anthology returns with a new Kickstarter and publisher, Oni Press.

Fresh Romance, the romance comic anthology that raised more than $50,000 via crowdfunding last year, returns to Kickstarter today to raise funds for a print collection.

The collection, which will be published by Oni Press, will include all the stories that appeared in the digital anthology thus far in a 6×9 paperback format — or hardcover “if we hit our goal early in the campaign,” the project page reads. In addition, series editor Janelle Asselin is making sure the original creators receive a piece of the reward:

With these talented creators on board, Fresh Romance forges a new future for romance comics with modern characters, stories and a wide array of genres. These stories are all creator-owned and the creators have been paid a page rate for their work already thanks to our previous Kickstarter, which covered the cost of producing six issues. The primary use for the funds raised from this Kickstarter is the cost of printing and distributing the physical book. Anything we earn above and beyond the goal will go to creating more FRESH ROMANCE comics.

Still, paying creators fairly is a cornerstone of the Rosy Press business model; we wouldn’t exist without the hard work of creators, so we firmly believe they should be compensated fairly and retain control over their work. So when we hit our goal and for every $10,000 we go over our goal, every single creator whose work is included in this collection will get a one-time bonus of 2x their page rate.

Here’s a rundown of the comics that have appeared in the anthology; “Beauties” and “The Ruby Equation” were my favorites:

  • School Spirit by Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Amanda Scurti, and Taylor Esposito. School Spirit is the story of four teens embroiled in keeping their love lives secret from everyone around them. It’s never quite that simple, though, and complications for this group include bigoted parents and witch-y powers!
  • Ruined is an historical romance by Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Ryan Ferrier featuring a couple entering a loveless marriage at the prompting of society and their families. The future looks bleak for Andrew and Catherine, but there’s more to each of them than either one knows. (Just chapter 1 — 60 pages of story — will be included)
  • The Ruby Equation stars a cynical matchmaker from another dimension who has to learn to believe in love for real! But is a coffee shop the right place to learn lessons of love? Written by Sarah Kuhn, drawn by Sally Jane Thompson, colored by Savanna Ganucheau, and lettered by Steve Wands.
  • Beauties by Marguerite Bennett, Trungles, and Rachel Deering takes readers to a lush fantasy world where the beautiful are beastly and the beasts are beautiful — and true love can be either.

The print edition will feature a cover by Kevin Wada, which you can check out below:

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For more information or to pledge, check out the Kickstarter page.

Brahm Revel’s ‘Guerillas’ returns for third tour of duty

Brahm Revel and his simian soldiers will return to the jungles of Vietnam next spring with the release of a third Guerillas graphic novel from Oni Press. The creator, who also recently worked on a Marvel Knights: X-Men series for Marvel, announced the third volume on his blog.

Guerillas started as a series at Image Comics in 2007, then moved to Oni Press in 2010, who published the first and second volumes as graphic novels. Revel also ran a Kickstarter to bring the second volume to life. In Guerillas, Private John Francis Clayton is thrown into the Vietnam conflict and manages to survive thanks to an experimental troop of chain-smoking, gun-wielding chimps who come to his rescue. On the surface, it’s an action-packed war story where the Alex Toth-like black-and-white artwork brings the conflict to life. Digging deeper, it’s a well-crafted story about the horrors of war, experimentation and the human condition … featuring apes with machine guns. Let me emphasize that last part: APES WITH MACHINE GUNS.

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