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Preview: Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection

OUR CATS ARE MORE FAMOUS THAN US: A JOHNNY WANDER COLLECTION

(W) Ananth Hirsh
(A/CA) Yuko Ota
AGE RATING: Teen, 13+
GENRE: Autobiography, Humor
PRICE: $39.99
416 PAGES

In 2008, Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota launched the auto-bio webcomic Johnny Wander. Eight years, four cats, and three moves are chronicled in this gorgeous hardcover omnibus, which includes a foreword by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Ghosts). Hirsh and Ota’s charming reverie about new adulthood will appeal to fans of Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), and Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son)—along with anyone who’s just winging it.

Oni Announces The Damned and Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us. Check out Previews.

Oni Press has released an extended advanced preview of two upcoming graphic novels: The Damned: Three Days Dead from the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated creative team of The Sixth Gun, and Our Cats Are More FamousThan Us: A Johnny Wander Collection from the creators of the critically-acclaimed Lucky Penny!

THE DAMNED VOLUME 1: THREE DAYS DEAD

(W) Cullen Bunn
(A/CA) Brian Hurtt
(C) Bill Crabtree
Diamond Code: NOV161703
Final Order Cutoff: 2/13/2017
On Sale: 3/8/2017
Genre: Horror, Crime
Age Range: 16 and up
Price: $9.99
152 Pages

During prohibition, gangsters grew rich on our vices, and rivalries between criminal organizations resulted in open war. But unknown to the masses, a more sinister power controlled the crime cartels, using greed, gluttony, lust and other sins to fuel a more lucrative trade: mortal souls. Enter Eddie, a mortal who lost his soul long ago. Caught in the middle of competing demonic families, any other human would’ve gotten the ax long ago. But Eddie’s got a special talent that keeps him on his feet. One man’s curse is another man’s gift.

This trade paperback kicks-off the start of the new ongoing series, with The Damned #1 in comic shops in May 2017!

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OUR CATS ARE MORE FAMOUS THAN US: A JOHNNY WANDER COLLECTION

(W) Ananth Hirsh
(A/C/CA) Yuko Ota
Diamond Code: NOV161717
Final Order Cutoff: 3/6/2017
On Sale: 3/29/2017
Genre: Humor, Autobiography
Age Range: 13 and up
Price: $39.99
416 Pages

In 2008, Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota launched the auto-bio webcomic Johnny Wander. Eight years, four cats, and three moves are chronicled in this gorgeous hardcover omnibus, which includes a foreword by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Ghosts). Hirsh and Ota’s charming reverie about new adulthood will appeal to fans of Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), and Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars: Jedi Academy)—along with anyone who’s just winging it.

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Review: Lucky Penny

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Lucky Penny, a new graphic novel from Oni Press, is the ironically-titled tale of Penny Brighton, who is a complete and utter human disaster. The story spins out of Johnny Wander, an ongoing webcomic by writer Ananth Hirsh and artist Yuko Ota.

Lucky Penny began as a webcomic in 2012. The print edition collects all of Penny’s misadventures as Penny tries to figure out where to go and what to do after losing her job and her apartment in the same day. The story bears some resemblance to Brian Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series in terms of bumbling, young main characters, but that’s about where the comparison ends. All of the characters are charmingly dorky and relatable, and Penny is unflaggingly optimistic despite her poor luck. Her narrative is chuckling-under-your-breath-in-public funny. We’ve all been Penny at some point or another, where nothing is going right and you get kicked out of your apartment and are forced to live in a storage unit. You know. The usual.

The characters in Lucky Penny work so well because they’re quirky, but the narrative highlights these quirks rather than putting characters down for them. One of her definitive traits is her penchant for reading romance novels, and instead of looking down the nose at her for reading steamy romance, Penny herself celebrates the romance novels (one of two things she inherited from her grandmother, she says) and the other characters do (or learn to) as well.

This novel is appropriate for young adults and up, and readers of all ages will likely find it humorous. It’s a fun, lighthearted read. Readers will be rooting for Penny within the first few pages, because we all know someone with her abysmal luck. This is partly what makes the book so enjoyable–the desire to see Penny succeed, but it’s also in large part due to the visual humor and the art.

Yuko Ota’s art is consistently good throughout the whole book. All of the art is black and white, but the shading gives the characters dimension and the style is very clean. Ota and Hirsh work incredibly well together in terms of storytelling, and it shows in the finished product. All of the characters are wonderfully expressive, giving them another element of relatability.

Lucky Penny is a fast but uplifting read, and readers of all ages will be able to relate to the characters and their respective quirks.

Story: Ananth Hirsh Art: Yuko Ota
Story: 7.5, Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Lucky Penny

LUCKY PENNY

(W) Ananth Hirsh
(A/CA) Yuko Ota
Price: $19.99
Age Range: 13 and up
Genre: Comedy, Romance

If Penny Brighton didn’t have bad luck, she’d have no luck at all. She lost her job. And her apartment. In the same day. But it’s okay, her friend has a cozy storage unit she can crash in. And there’s bound to be career opportunities at the neighborhood laundromat—just look how fast that 12-year-old who runs the place made it to management! Plus, there’s this sweet guy at the community center, and maybe Penny can even have a conversation with him without being a total dork. Surely Penny is a capable of becoming an actual responsible adult, and if she can do that her luck’s bound to change! Right?

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Oni Press announces two new YA titles: Lucky Penny and Graveyard Quest

Oni Press has announced two books with almost nothing in common: Lucky Penny by writer Ananth Hirsh and artist Yuko Ota, and Graveyard Quest by KC Green. Originally serialized online, these tales are about as different as day and night, although in the end they’re both the tale of a sad sack down on their luck.

In Lucky Penny, if Penny Brighton didn’t have bad luck, she’d have no luck at all. She lost her job. And her apartment. In the same day. But it’s okay, her friend has a cozy storage unit she can crash in. And there’s bound to be career opportunities at the neighborhood laundromat—just look how fast that 12-year-old who runs the place made it to management! Plus, there’s this sweet guy at the community center, and maybe Penny can even have a conversation with him without being a total dork. Surely Penny is a capable of becoming an actual responsible adult, and if she can do that her luck’s bound to change! Right?

Well, at least this print edition is fully toned and includes extra goodies like excerpts from Penny’s collection of HOT FANTASY ROMANCE BOOKS, OH MY! (Did you hear George Takei when you read that? I hope you did.) Lucky Penny is perfect for fans of Scott Pilgrim, another slice-of-life comic about a kinda-sorta lovable loser!

Lucky Penny arrives in stores on March 9, 2016.

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Running the family business in the shadow of your father can be a drag, especially when you’re a gravedigger and that shadow is actually your dad’s overly critical ghost. From creator KC Green’s hugely popular webcomic Gunshow, Graveyard Quest follows a blue-collar skeleton and his mole buddy on their journey to Hell and back to retrieve his most prized possession. It’s a story about the things we do for love, and the many mistakes we make along the way.

Including a never-before-seen epilogue, Graveyard Quest is Dante’s Inferno for the Internet generation, and fans of Perry Bible Fellowship will love to laugh at the gravedigger’s pain like the terrible people they are (just kidding, you’re all wonderful, go be you).

Graveyard Quest arrives in stores on March 23, 2016.

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