Yesterday, Oni Press announced they will be bringing Dwellings, cartoonist Jay Stephens‘s horror anthology series, to comic shops this fall. The series will ship bi-monthly as three 72-page, prestige-format issues which repackage and reformat material previously self-published by Stephens. Today The Beat is pleased to offer a first look at a trio of variant covers for the first issue of the series.
Here’s how Oni Press describes Dwellings:
Welcome to Elwich – an oasis of small town perfection, where the schools overflow with cheery-eyed children, lovingly adorned homes line the historic boulevards… and only the crows can see the deep, festering rot that lurks beneath the pristine surface. Murder. Demonology. Possession. Obsession. Elwich has them all on offer—and behind every dwelling awaits a horrifying new story to be told.
The newly-revealed variant covers for the first issue of the series come from artists Joe Palmer, Jenna Cha, and Brian Level. The issue will sport a main cover by Stephens, as well as a bloody variant also by Stephens.
In a statement announcing the arrival of Dwellings at Oni Press, Stephens described his inspiration for the series:
“As a young collector in the days before the internet, before our town even dreamt of a comic shop, I remember walking the train tracks on weekends, hunting back issues at garage sales and flea markets, picking up whatever I could find,” said cartoonist Jay Stephens. “Though considered uncool, I was magnetically attracted to the irresistibly adorable Harvey comics… Casper, Spooky, Wendy and Hot Stuff in particular… and always kept an eye out for that one issue where they finally revealed who murdered Casper the friendly Ghost. If the definition of nostalgia is to ‘return home in pain,’ DWELLINGS is the most nostalgic work I’ve ever produced. And my re-imagining of that darker Harvey Comics backstory has festered and intertwined with my personal fears into something truly frightening.”
Dwellings marks a return to Oni Press for the Canadian cartoonist, whose previous work for the publisher includes Jetcat Clubhouse and Atomic City Tales, among others.
Check out the three newly-revealed variant covers for Dwellings #1, as well as Stephens’s bloody variant for the issue and a trio of interior pages, below. Look for the issue to arrive in stores on Wednesday, August 9th.