MATT CHATS: Jeffrey Burandt on Music in Comics with Oni Press

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As a medium that requires you to listen, music doesn’t seem like it would meld with traditional comic book storytelling. That assumption, however, has been challenged by a number of writers and artists who want to share their passion for music with comics readers. One such author is Jeffrey Burandt, who I spoke to about […]

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SDCC ’15: Less than 1% of Open Submissions Might be Published

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Scott Pilgrim and Sixth Gun publisher Oni Press made waves a few months back when they announced the opening of their open submission program, which is notable for its focus on writers as well as artists.  Today, at their SDCC panel, they gave a sobering update to all those hopeful scribes. More @OniPress stats (they love their […]

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SDCC ’15: Oni Press Announces Three New Series: Another Castle, Over the Surface, and The Mighty Zodiac

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Today, Comic Book Resources broke the news that Oni Press would be publishing three new series. First up, Another Castle, which is written by Andrew Wheeler and features art by Paulina Ganucheau. “When Princess Misty is captured by the evil Badlug, she quickly mounts an escape and is nearly out the door when she discovers that her […]

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SDCC ’15: Invader Zim is back, and he’s brought variant covers

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The first issue the Invader Zim comics, based on Jhonen Vazquez’s cult cartoon, arrives on July 8th, and Oni is making a big deal out of it because…well it is a big deal. The alien conqueror’s return will be celebrated in several ways: A panel The Return of Invader Zim, Saturday 7/11 at 2 pm in Room […]

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Ready, Steady, DRAW! Oni Announces Guidelines and Schedule for Open Submissions

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A month or so ago, Oni Press announced that they would start taking Open Submission for new series. This essentially means that ANYONE can send them a comic pitch and someone will eventually look at it. Not too much else was discussed, but it certainly caused a buzz. Today, Oni Press posted their submission guidelines for their first wave and the date when people can let loose the floodgates.

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MATT CHATS: Gabo Gabs about Writing and Drawing Micro-Fiction

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Welcome to MATT CHATS, a weekly interview series in which I talk to a creator, consumer or seller of comics. This week I spoke with Gabriel “Gabo” Bautista, who is working on several projects right now including The Life After for Oni Press and Albert the Alien for Thrillbent. During that time he also managed […]

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Oni announces Lion of Rora and Blood Feud

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Two more of Oni’s clever March Madness PR event with two more new books announced: • Lion of Rora is a graphic novel by Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil, Avengers Academy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine), Ruth Fletcher Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil, Law and Order: SVU), and Jackie Lewis comes out on August 5th. It’s based […]

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Oni to publish print version of Towle’s Oyster War

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We’ve covered Oyster War here quite a bit, Ben Towle’s historical fantasy webcomic about 19th century Chesapeake bay oystermen engaged in a territory war with some magical assistance— it’s part Scalped, part Sailor Twain. Towle alluded to a print publisher a while and ago and Oni just made it official: the print, color version is coming in September for SPX! Towle is a three time Eisner nominee for books like his Amelia Earhart bio, and this is a fun, frolic of a book.

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Hopeless Savages is back with Break

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More Oni Press news! Jen van Meter’s Hopeless Savages, a family drama about the kids of a punk rock family growing up and coming of age, has run since 2000, a very early example of a comics genre now common. Along the way it picked up some pretty amazing artistic collaborators in Christine Norrie, Chynna Clugston, Andi Watson, Bryan Lee O’Malley, and Vera Brosgol. Now it’s back in an updated story with older character. Van Meter writes, Meredith McClaren draws, and original artist Christine Norrie does the flashbacks.

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May Madness: Oni announces open submissions

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So what will all those newly promoted editors at Oni be doing? Reading a lot of email it seems. A new open submissions period has been announced. It’s good to see Oni getting back into the game a bit, especially with the diversity that they always supported becoming the industry norm.

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Oni promotes three as it ramps up

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Oni has just announced the promotion of three of its editors in preparation for new creator owned and licensed titles. While all the promotions are well deserved, they might also serve as a preemptive hedge against DC’s talent raid on West Coast editorial offices. The short version: Charlie Chu has been promoted to Senior Editor, Robin Herrera to Editor, and Ari Yarwood to Associate Editor. And the books they will be working on include Kaijumax, Invader Zim and Rick and Morty. PLUS they got portraits by John Allison! It is a day of winning.

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Books A Million Selling Variants Online and Getting DC from Diamond

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This may well spoil things for people trying to flip variants on eBay, but it looks like Books A Million will let you order (and pre-order) variant covers off their website.  And it looks like they’re expanding how many different publishers they’re getting variants from:

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Invader Zim and Jhonen Vasquez are back from Oni Press

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Jhonen Vasquez is a comics superstar, with a huge fan base for his dark gothic creations, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, which ran as a comics from Slave Labor, and Invader Zim, a cartoon on Nickelodeon. His profile has been pretty quiet of late, but that should change quickly with Invader Zim coming back in comics form from Oni in July. The comic will be written and drawn by Vasquez and published in conjunction with Nickelodeon.

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Image Does Humble Bundle Once Again

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By Bruce Lidl Lost somewhat in the initial burst of news from last week’s ImageExpo was the announcement of a new Image Humble Bundle offering, beginning that morning and lasting until January 21. The “Humble Image Comics Bundle 2: Image Firsts” is a massive collection of digital comics that can be purchased for whatever price […]

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Help wanted: Oni Press is hiring a Director of Publicity

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Photo via Benjamin on Flickr After some personnel shuffling, Portland’s Oni Press is hiring a Director of Publicity—if you want to get involved publicizing a strong line of proven comics, this could be a great gig. Oni Press is looking for a new addition to our crew! Do you love talking up great comics and […]

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John Schork leaves Oni

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Oni publicity guy John Schork has left, as announced in a model of grown-upness via social media

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