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 on the true story of 17th century Italian Joshua Javanel who leads a persecuted Christian sect known as the Waldensians against the oppression of a tyrannical duke.
“The Waldensians are Ruth’s ancestors, so the story of Joshua Janavel is a personal and important one to us,” said Christos Gage in a statement. “But it’s also a universal tale of the struggle for freedom, family and a safe place to call home. Jackie Lewis has done an incredible job capturing both the epic scope of the battles and the small moments that convey Janavel’s struggle between the simple man of peace he wanted to be and the brilliant general he became. We couldn’t ask for a better presentation than what Oni has given Lion of Rora. ”
We’re guessing you had not been familiar with the story of the Waldensians before, but after reading this, you’ll know all about their story.
• Oni’s main man Cullen Bunn is back with collaborators Drew Moss (Terrible Lizard), and Nick Filardi (Helheim, Brides of Helheim) with October’s Blood Feud a “Southern tale of vampires, necromancers, horrific spiders and family feuds that survive beyond the grave.” So add this one to the shelf of “southern gothic comics” along with Southern Bastards.
“Subtitled ‘A Vampire Yarn… With Spiders,’ Blood Feud is a book that means a lot to me on a lot of different levels,” says Bunn. “It’s a story that’s been with me for years, and the characters are, in one way or another, people who were important in my life, especially while I was growing up in rural North Carolina and Missouri. Spider Creek, the town in which this horrific little tale takes place, may be fictional, but it’s also very real. It draws bits and pieces from towns like Newton Grove and Dudley and Koshkonong and Thayer to form a place that might very well be the location for an invasion of blood-sucking demonic beasties. Blood Feud is also my chance to re-team with Drew Moss and Nick Filardi. This is a story of humor and horror in the vein of movies like Fright Night and Phantasm and Evil Dead 2, and I couldn’t think of two co-conspirators to bring this story to life!”
So there you go more good stuff coming from Oni and we haven’t filled out the brackets yet.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.