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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Zander Cannon’s ‘Kaijumax’ returns for second season next May

Trade paperback collecting season one arrives in February for $9.99.

Oni Press has announced that Kaijumax, Zander Cannon’s excellent giant monster/prison mash-up comic, will return next May for a second season. In addition, the first season will arrive in trade paperback in February, for the low introductory price of $9.99.

“You like monsters? YEAH! You like prison? MAYBE! C’mon in and join me for Kaijumax Season 2; the first trade is big yet cheap so people can jump aboard, and I will try not to brutalize or kill off any beloved characters this season. No promises,” Cannon said in the press release.

Kaijumax, which probably shares more in common with Oz or Orange is the New Black than it does a Godzilla movie, features a prison for giant monsters that’s made up of all sorts of interesting characters, from the various monster inmates to the guards who keep an eye on them. Its large cast includes some of the most inventive characters we’ve seen in a long time, both visually and personality wise, and it mashes together genres to create something that embraces the silliness and seriousness of both. If you haven’t checked it out, the priced-to-move trade may be up your alley.

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Dead Hemingway headbutts an angel in ‘Exodus: The Life After’ preview

Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo created one of the past few years’ most interesting and original premises in The Life After, a story set in Purgatory where a man teams up with Ernest Hemingway to fight the divine powers that be.

The revolution continues Nov. 4 in Exodus: The Life After, a new miniseries that once again stars Jude and Ernest Hemingway, as Jude’s “life” is reset in Purgatory. Here’s how Oni Press describes the first issue:

Jude has been sent right back where he started: Purgatory. With no memory of his previous adventures or relationships, Jude’s existence is stark and empty. Yet, just outside his awareness, his friends—including the late, great Ernest Hemingway and a very tenacious preteen girl—struggle to free him. Because in the quest to overthrow God himself, the only person who stands a chance is his son.

Check out a preview of the first issue below. If you missed the first series, it’s been collected and can be found at finer comic shops or on comiXology.

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