Oni has a new comic out today with an unusual pedigree.  Dream Daddy is an adaption of the video game Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator from the folks at Game Grumps.  And the comic and game are about what the name implies: single dads dating other single dads.

Even more unusual in the current market is the distribution on Dream Daddy.  It’s primarily a digital comic, which even has distribution on Steam.  (It’s a video game comic, so Steam might be its most natural distribution channel.)  There is a print edition, however.  Please note that I did not say a Direct Market edition.

The print edition will only be available two places: a convention that Oni is attending (so you can get it from Oni at the PAX West/Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle this weekend) or ordered directly from the Oni website.   That’s really not so different from Kickstarter distribution without the pre-order if you look at it from the airplane view, but it’s definitely an interesting wrinkle.

Official PR follows and then a preview:

Will you go out with Teacher Dad? Goth Dad? Bad Dad? Oni Press welcomes Dream Daddy, a new comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game co-created by Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray! Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads.

You can pick up the first print issue, with a cover by Kris Anka (Runaways), at the Oni Press booth #6305 all weekend at PAX West (Penny Arcade Expo) in Seattle, WA. If you’re not attending, don’t worry! The issue will also be available in the Oni Press online shop. All subsequent print issues will also have covers by Kris Anka, and will be available via the Oni Press store and convention appearances at RCCC, NYCC, and PAX Unplugged. Digital versions of each comic are available monthly on Steam, Comixology, Kindle, and more! Fans can sign up for Dream Daddy comic alerts here.

“There are so many more stories we wanted to explore in the DDADDS universe,” said Vernon Shaw. “And Oni is giving us this amazing new outlet to tell them. Hope everyone likes Dad jokes!”

“It’s always been a dream of mine to work on a comic book series,” said Leighton Gray. “I couldn’t be happier that we got to make all these cool new Dad stories with such cool people!”

The debut issue is available now on your digital platform of choice –

Issue #1: “Much Abird About Nothing” (Aug. 29)

(W) Wendy Xu (A/C) Ryan Maniulit

It’s college reunion time! Who’d have thought that it’s already been fifteen years since Keg-Stand Craig and the new Dad on the block went to college? This one’s like a buddy cop comedy, only there are no cops and more avoiding old flames while trying to stifle an existential breakdown, bro.

Issue #2: “Let The Right Dad In” (Sept. 26)

(W) Lee C. A. (A/C) Jack Gross

There’s a new Dad in the cul-de-sac… and he’s already sunk his fangs into the neighborhood! But Robert knows a vampire when he sees one, and he’s armed with enough garlic and rewatches of F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Issue #3: “Dream Ad-y” (Oct. 24)

(W) Leighton Gray, Vernon Shaw (A) Jarrett Williams (C) Jeremy Lawson

Sales are dropping at the Coffee Spoon, and Mat is looking for a way to drive new customers to the shop. Thank goodness the rest of the neighborhood is filled to the brim with enough seasoned craftsmen of the film industry to create the best local ad Maple Bay has ever seen! Just kidding, have you ever asked a Dad to take a picture of you? What can we say? The Dads and their kids try their best.

Issue #4: “Fair Deal” (Nov. 21)

(W) C. Spike Trotman (A) Drew Green (C) Reed Black

The science fair is tomorrow, and Daisy hasn’t started her project yet! All she wants is a ride to the library and a participation ribbon. But Brian has bigger plans for her: wind turbines, working replicas of Mount Vesuvius, human genome editing. Turns out Daisy’s not the only one who procrastinated, and Joseph is out to force Christian and Christie to become the next science superstars. Can the kids get their presentations ready before the librarian kicks them all out for a no holds barred Dad-off?

Issue #5: “Dungeons & Daddies” (Dec. 19)

(W) Josh Trujillo (A) D.J. Kirkland (C) Matt Herms

Hugo has been preparing for this moment for months, and it’s finally here. He’s wrangled all of the Dads to play an extremely popular but non-descript tabletop role playing game together! And with his carefully laid plans, Hugo is sure he’ll be the best Dungeon Master they’ve ever seen… as long as they all take the game as seriously as he does.

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator was released on July 20, 2017 for Windows and macOS, and on September 22, 2017 for Linux.

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