Over the past few years Zac Gorman has made a name for himself paying tribute to his favorite video games with his comic Magical Game Time. This October the cartoonist will be spreading that same magic into his first graphic novel, Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers, a companion narrative to Double Fine's 2010 Costume Quest RPG. While Costume Quest followed a human kid and their friends as they battled candy-stealing monsters called Grubbins to recover their kidnapped sibling from another dimension, Invasion of the Candy Snatchers will flip the script and see what the non-evil Grubbin Klem got up to that Halloween. CA got in touch with Gorman to learn more about his first official video game project and how he's taken to working on his first longer form comic.
In an open letter posted to its Tumblr Tuesday and signed by the full editorial staff, comics publisher Oni Press announced it was ending its relationship with ULine, the supplier of Oni's office and packaging supplies for years, over ULine's ties to Family-PAC, a political organization based in Illinois that describes itself as "pro-family."
In particular, Family-PAC lobbied heavily against the recently enacted law that legalized gay marriage in Illinois. Oni described the organization as one whose "core espoused beliefs run counter to the beliefs we hold vital and true." See the full letter after the jump.
In case you missed the flyer we were spamming for two weeks before the event, ComicsAlliance teamed up with Oni Press and Emerald City Comicon for an epic crossover event that took the form of a convention kickoff party last Thursday in Seattle. The affair was very well attended, with comics pros, bloggers and readers rolling in throughout the night to party/laugh/smile/chill/drink. The party was DJ'd by our own Senior Editor Andy Khouri, whose playlist was peppered with Oni-related works from the Scott Pilgrim film soundtrack, 8-bit versions of Daft Punk and even a track performed by Bryan Lee O'Malley himself (you can see the full setlist here).
The event was photographed by local shooter, comics reader and notoriously friendly human being Ed Peterson with John Kieltyka. The sense of fun and friendship conveyed by their photos very accurately document the overall vibe of ECCC, and his work helped set the tone for one of our favorite shows in recent memory.
When it comes to the pre-apocalypse/apocalypse/post-apocalypse, we've seen our share of unlikely scenarios play out in comics, video games and film. One thing we haven't seen yet? Scouting troops contending with man-eating mutants. Leave it to Writers Michael Tanner and Greg Smith, and artist Zach Lehner to hash out how the conflict might play out in Junior Braves of the Apocalypse at Oni Press. The only hitch? You're going to have to wait until early 2015. But don't worry, we've got an early look at pages to help you pass the time.
Check your longbox for space because this September Oni Press is going to bring some competition for your back issues of Marvel Comics spinoff of a certain superhero movie starring Robert Townsend with Meteor Men by writer Jeff Parker and artist Sandy Jarrell. Known for their collaboration on DC Comics' Batman '66, the duo have something quite a bit different in mind in this original graphic novel... namely the potential obliteration of the human species by strange visitors from another world (who don't wear red shorts).
Following two volumes of mostly surface-dwelling adventures the fish-out-of-water story of Mermin the, well, Mer-kid, is set to submurge its star and his human friends far beneath the waves. Mermin Book 3 Deep Dive by Joey Weiser is due out in September from Oni Press, which will take readers to Mermin's native kingdom of Mer... along with its rival kingdom Atlantis. Oni has provided ComicsAlliance with a first-look at the latest installment of the Mermin epic that sees the young hero confronted with the responsibilities of his station. It... may not go well.
Longtime comics writer Nick Almand passed away this fall following a battle with cancer, but his memory lives on with the release of his full-length graphic novel with artist Jake Myler. Coming this December from Oni Press is Orphan Blade, a tale of a young swordsman caught between powers beyond his understanding as he works to triumph over personal tragedy. To commemorate the announcement, Oni has provided CA with an exclusive first-look at a selection of pages from the upcoming OGN, which you can click through to check out in full.
Comic conventions are often fun places where people can come together and celebrate their shared interests, but unfortunately things can turn sour when someone's behavior simply goes too far and harassment rears its ugly head.
The creative minds at Oni Press have stepped in to help. Taking a page from the yellow and red cards soccer referees pull out when players violate the rules, Oni has released a set of penalty cards that creators and convention attendees can use to let people know they're crossing a line. Check out the full set after the jump.
This Wednesday Wook Jin Clark destroys much of downtown Atlanta with Megagogo Vol. 001, the debut chapter of his new ongoing graphic novel series from Oni Press. The destruction's a matter of love, though, and it's the kind you could only get from a native -- a native who also happens to love live action Japanese superhero shows. Clark's new story takes the conventions of his favorite tokusatsu and drops them into the city he grew up loving for a compelling original work that moves at the speed of cosmic-powered kicks. ComicsAlliance got ahold of Clark to see what went into launching the new series and to otherwise get to the heart of its mecha-minded action. You can read the full interview, plus a preview of Megagogo Vol. 001, after the jump.
Growing up in Kansas, the hate-mongering picket practices of Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church were an almost omnipresent source of annoyance, so I was happy to discover that Oni Press had taken note of the group's noted interest in comic book culture by sending them an envelope full of reading material. What kind of reading material, you ask? Try half a dozen copies of The Auteur #1 by writer Rick Spears, artist James Callahan and colorist Luigi Anderson. They're going to love it!