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The weekend is almost here and we’re hopefully heading to Small Press Expo! If you’re in the Washington, DC area, it’s a show that’s a must to go to. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBLDF – CBLDF Welcomes Bob Schreck As Deputy Director – An interesting addition.

The Beat – Zack Soto joins Oni Press as Editor – Interesting.

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Batman Universe #3
CBR –
Levius

SDCC 2019: Oni Press Announces its Signings and Programming

Oni Press

A little over two weeks ahead of the doors opening to preview night at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Oni Press has revealed a full slate of signings, exclusives, and programming at this year’s convention.

Fans will get multiple chances to meet some of their favorite creators, including Eisner nominee Katie O’Neill throughout the show, with days and times outlined below:

Thursday, July 18
10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: Ivy Noel Weir & Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Archival Quality)
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: Cat Farris (My Boyfriend is a Bear)
12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.: Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America)
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons)
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley & Stef (Our Super Adventure)
4:30 p.m.–5:30p.m.: Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon Society)

Friday, July 19
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Sarah Graley & Stef (Our Super Adventure)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon Society)
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Zander Cannon (Kaijumax)
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons)
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim)
4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.: Andrew MacLean (Rick & Morty)
5:30 p.m.–6:15 p.m.: Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu)

Saturday, July 20
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Vernon Shaw & Leighton Gray (Dream Daddy)
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Sarah Graley & Stef (Our Super Adventure)
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon Society)
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: Invader ZIM Group Signing

Sunday, July 21
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu)
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons)
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley & Stef (Our Super Adventure)
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Katie O’Neill (Tea Dragon Society)

Licensed vs. Creator-Owned Comics: The Pluses, Minuses, and Honest Opinions, Thursday, 7/18/19, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 8
Comics is a medium full of diverse content and voices working on both company-owned characters and franchises, as well as original creations from the creators themselves. So, what is the real difference for the people behind the stories we love to read? Oni editor-in-chief Sarah Gaydos leads a panel of accomplished comics creators who have worked in both fields to discuss their experiences, recommendations, and how to craft the best story either way. 

Katie O’Neill Spotlight, Friday, 7/19/19, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 28DE
Join Eisner Award-winning children’s cartoonist Katie O’Neill (The Tea Dragon Society, Aquicorn Cove) in conversation with her editor Ari Yarwood, as they discuss Katie O’Neill’s evolving career, webcomics, craft, representation in children’s literature, and their favorite Tea Dragons.

Shirley Special Events Suite @ The San Diego Public Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Feminist Comics that Rock,Friday, 7/19/19, 12 p.m.–1 p.m
Let’s celebrate the diversity of strong female characters, authors, and publishers in contemporary kids’ comics! Raina Telgemeier (Guts), Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America), Jennifer Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice), Peggy Burns (publisher, Drawn & Quarterly) are in a conversation moderated by Candice Mack (Eisner Awards Jury, LA Public Library). Sponsored by CBC Graphic Novel Committee

LGBTQ+ YA Graphic Novels, Friday, 7/19/19, 1 p.m.– 2 p.m.
Join Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me), Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper), Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America) and Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass) in their discussion of LGBTQ+ in Young Adult Graphic Novels. From developing authentic visual stories, to comics as a safe space for all identities. Moderated by Amanda Melilli (ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table). Sponsored by CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

IDW & Oni Press: Rick & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons, Saturday, 7/20/19, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 25ABC
Oni Press, IDW, and Dungeons & Dragons are busting out the twenty-sided die for a second roll at Rick and Morty™vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape this fall, and we’re giving Comic Con attendees an exclusive sneak peak! The world’s greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world’s most dysfunctional animated family in the newly announced second series! Fan-favorite dice-dependent writer Jim Zub is joined by editor Chase Marotz, and Wizards of the Coast game designer Nathan Stewart for a full hour guaranteed to be more fun than any line for convention exclusives!

Invader Zim Panel, Saturday, 7/20/19, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m., Room: 24ABC
Celebrate four years of Invader ZIM comics with Oni president and publisher, James Lucas JonesJhonen Vasquez (Invader ZIM creator and overlord), Eric Trueheart (Invader ZIM writer), Sam Logan (Invader ZIM comics writer) and more! Gain exclusive insight into Invader Zim comics, including information about the fabled Issue #50 coming out in December!

The Craft: Magic in Young Adult Comics and More, Sunday, 7/21/19, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 23ABC
The appeal of magic is undeniable, but how do you make your magical story unique? Epic Reads founder Margot Wood leads a discussion with Gene Ha (Mae), D.J. Kirkland & Daniel Barnes (Black Mage), Preeti Chhibber (Peter & Ned’s Ultimate Travel Journal), Sarah Graley (Kim ReaperGlitch), Samuel Sattin (BezkampGlint) and more. This panel of experts from comics and prose will discuss what magic brings to the page, how to develop a unique viewpoint, and where their inspiration comes from.

iPhones and Wands: Can Tech and Magic Coexist? Sunday, 7/21/191:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., Room 25ABC
Featuring Gene HaKatie O’Neill, and more. Moderated by Lilah Sturges.
In a world where technology is almost magic, where people are instantly and constantly in touch, maps guide the way everywhere and the answer to almost any question is just a voice command away, can magic truly feel special? When a story is guided by a quest, a savior, or a long-standing curse, what place does technology have? If Bran could have texted Ned Stark that it was Jaime that pushed him out the window, would that change who sits upon the iron throne? Could Frodo have used a drone to drop the one ring into the fires of Mount Doom? Hear from Comic-Con special guests how they embrace or shun modern technology to create fantastical takes beloved by all.

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited about? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news to start your day.

The Daily Beast – Oni Press Promised Inclusive Comics. Then, Amid ‘Chaos,’ It Shut Out Marginalized Employees. – A lot is known but a lot is new in here.

AV Club – The best comics of 2019 so far – Agree? Disagree?

CBLDF – Idaho School Bans The Walking Dead Comics – This isn’t going to go over well. Lawsuit incoming in 3…2…1…

Sequart Organization – JLA: New World Order Revisited or, What Makes a Story Essential? – An interesting look at this storyline.

Graphic Policy Weekly Episode 1: Pilot

Welcome to the launch of Graphic Policy Weekly, our new weekly show going over the biggest comic news out there.

On this debut episode:

  • Last week and this week’s comics!
  • Marvel Celebrates 80 Years
  • Dark Horse and Netflix cut a first look deal

Main story:

  • Polarity, Lion Forge, and Oni Press, this past week’s biggest comic news. We dissect what it means, why it happened, and why you shouldn’t believe the spin.

Preview: Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

(W/A/C/CA) Zander Cannon
Age Rating: Mature Audiences— Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

SEASON FINALE! The female wing of Kaijumax prison is seething with hatred between monster-sized gangs, former intergalactic allies, and exploited inmates with a taste for revenge. Warden Shui Bao attempts to fuse her five-robot MegaBoard of Directors for a problem-solving summit, but her right hand—White Tiger Wu—refuses to cooperate. Dr. Zhang finally gets the chance she’s been waiting for, but will she take it? Also: Torn-off limbs! Split-screen technology! Magical shrinkage! And… an adorable demi-robot?

Kaijumax, Season 4 #6

Preview: Morning in America #3

Morning in America #3

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A/C/CA) Claudia Aguirre
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Action-Adventure/Sci-Fi/Horror
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

After one of their own is taken, the Sick Sisters team up to figure out the source of the monsters that plague their town. Could the secrets be hidden in the pages of The Mortal Divide, the science fiction book that Ashley loved? Or is it a grand conspiracy between the police and the new factory? Hopefully, nothing a little breaking and entering won’t solve.

Morning in America #3

Polarity’s Oni Acquisition Leaves Staff Scrambling for Jobs, to Pay Bills, and Medical Coverage

While some were praising the acquisition of Oni Press by Lion Forge‘s new parent company Polarity, there was a very human side to the story as individuals were laid off just hours after the announcement. That’s even after the initial press announcement article said staffing decisions were still being made about that.

While many rightly pointed out those fired were women, queer, disabled, and people of color, they are also human beings with bills to pay and medical expenses to cover. They need our help in the short term and jobs in the long term.

While an official butcher’s bill isn’t know, we’ve been told from those in the know that most of Lion Forge’s staff has been laid off along with some of Oni’s. In essence, Oni was acquired to absorb Polarity’s comic publishing arm and run that operation out of their Portland office.

The firings undermine the quote from a damage control interview where Polarity/Lion Forge founder David Steward II has said:

…there are things that we have to do, unfortunately, from a business standpoint to make sure that the organization stays healthy and that we’re able to continue to keep on our mission going forward.

Part of the initial announcement of Polarity was one of investment and funding. While the elimination of redundant positions would be expected in a merger/acquisition, this mass layoff, including another 11 laid off recently at Lion Forge, signals a business hemorrhaging money, a comics and entertainment dot com bubble in the making. It’s a sign of weakness, not strength. It also has become the story of the acquisition.

It looks like those fired are again in the double digits leaving talent out their for other publishers to snatch up including award winning creators. Some of that talent directly responsible for the diversity in creators and content that the company claims is a priority.

The layoffs also make little sense unless production is also being cut, otherwise you’d have a smaller staff producing the content of two publishers. No matter the careful spin by Polarity, there’s many questions they haven’t answered.

Below are just some of those looking for work or need our help to help cover medical expenses (if there are more, please comment below or contact us so we can add them):

This is just some of those laid off and the real people behind corporate decisions beyond their control.

There’s much more to come to this story.

Layoffs Have Already Begun Due to the Oni/Lion Forge Merger

Update: We’ve been told of many more layoffs but attempting to confirm the extent so as to not exaggerate. If anyone has more specific details or can confirm what we’ve been told, please contact us.

The press release and announcement isn’t even 2 hours old and already staff are losing their jobs due to the merger of Oni Press and Lion Forge. We’re told there’s multiple staffers who have been let go of the around 40 staff involved. In the initial story staffing decisions were mentioned but it’s happening much sooner than expected.

Mergers will lead to staffing cuts as positions overlap but decisions can take weeks, months, or longer to shake out. The Disney/Fox merger for instance is expected to cause up to 10,000 jobs lost over the next year as decisions are made.

We’ll let the Tweets below do the talking.

https://twitter.com/swindlesoiree/status/1126173121348694016

Lion Forge and Oni Press Merge Under Polarity

Rumors have been swirling of buyouts and mergers in the comics publishing world for some time and this year it looks like some of that is finally play out with today’s announcement that Lion Forge and Oni Press have announced a merger. Polarity, the parent company of Lion Forge, will become the majority owner of the new combined entity, with James Lucas Jones serving as president and publisher and the Oni team leading creative and business operations.

The combination of the two companies creates an industry player focused on creator-owned, cutting-edge licensed partnerships and original content. Both companies are known for engaging diverse and under-served audiences. In March 2019, Oni Press held 0.74% of the dollar share and 0.64% of the unit share for Diamond Comic Distributors. In 2018, the publisher made up 0.83% of the dollar share and 0.54% of the unit share.

The deal, which streamlines and concentrates the editorial, marketing, production and operations in Portland, OR, was orchestrated by Polarity president, Edward Hamati, who oversees administration and corporate development for Polarity.

As part of this transition, Joe Nozemack is stepping down as president and will move to a board and advisory role with the company. Sarah Gaydos will be serving as editor in chief of the new company. The staffing of the two companies is still up in the air as both have about 20 employees.

The move comes after the announcement of Polarity, Lion Forge’s parent company and its focus on expanding its reach into other media such as games, television, and film.

Rick and Morty #50 Comic Variant Covers featuring Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon to be Revealed at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn

Join Oni Press and Cartoon Network Enterprises for the grand unveiling of two very exclusive Adult Swim Rick and Morty™ #50 Julieta Colás comic variant covers, Tuesday May 21st, at Bottleneck Gallery (60 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249), from 7-9pm.

In celebration of the 50th issue of the Oni Press and Adult Swim comic book, the full Rick and Morty comic cover art exhibit will include 50 original comic book covers, printed and framed, and will run at the gallery for 30 days. 

Artist Julieta Colás has been illustrating the trade paperback variant covers for Oni Press’s Rick and Morty collections, Volumes 1-7, Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar, and Rick and Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It, exclusively sold at conventions as well as the Oni Press Shopify storefront. Placed over a simplistic tan backdrop, Julieta’s headshot portraits carefully and playfully craft the biology of different Rick and Morty characters, exposing them from the inside out.

Bottleneck Gallery will be selling 100 limited edition and numbered 16 x 20 prints of the first 5 issue covers on giclee. 

Rick and Morty #50 hits stores May 29th and is now available for preorder.

Rick and Morty #50 Bottleneck Gallery
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