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CannyLads Lands Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s The Bunker

The Bunker
Cover by Joe Infurnari

Deadline broke the news that Julie Anne Robinson has launched five projects through her CannyLads production company. One of which is The Bunker based on the comic series by Joshua Hale Fialkov.

The project is coming from Universal Television which is a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. Robinson has a first-look deal with them.

Fialkov will exec produce The Bunker which he co-created with Joe Infurnari.

The story is about a group of friends who discover a bunker in the woods that shows proof that in the future the friends are responsible for a global apocalypse. From there, they must decide if they can change the future and how they will suffer for it. There’s of course so many more twists and turns, we’re not spoiling the surprise.

The series published by Oni Press is one of the many series that have been a shock they haven’t been snatched up already for development.

Fialkov is no stranger to television. Beyond comics, he’s written episodes for Alibi, The Code, Young Justice, Skylanders, Chicago Med, Ultimate Spider-Man, and so many more. He is also the co-producer on the 2019 television series The Code.

Kurtis Wiebe and Justin Osterling Launch Dryad in March 2020

Best-selling writer Kurtis Wiebe, newcomer artist Justin Osterling, and Oni Press have announced the launch of a new ongoing fantasy series, Dryad. The first issue will be available on March 4, 2020. 

Dryad

An elf and a human find solace in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook where they plant their roots. But thirteen years later, their twins, Griffon and Rana are inexplicably drawn to an ancient door and discover more than they bargained for, inadvertently turning their world upside down. Now, they’ll have to answer for their parents’ mistakes and find that the past has a way of finding you, no matter where you hide.

NYCC 2019: Lion Forge and Oni Reveal Signings and Panels

Ahead of the opening of the exhibit hall at New York Comic Con 2019, Lion Forge and Oni have revealed a full slate of signings, giveaways, and programming at this year’s convention.

Fans will get multiple chances to meet some of their favorite creators throughout the show, with days and times outlined below:

Thursday, October 3
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Emily Whitten and Michelle Nguyen (The Underfoot)
3:00–4:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)

Friday, October 4
10:00–11:00 a.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty Vs. D&D)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Mags Visaggio (Morning in America)
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
2:30–3:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Kristofer Anka, D.J. Kirkland, Josh Trujillo, and Wendy Xu (Dream Daddy)

Saturday, October 5
10:00–11:00 a.m.: Andrew MacLean (Rick & Morty)
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty Vs. D&D)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
3:00–4:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Tess Stone (Not Drunk Enough), Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (Johnny Wander)

Sunday, October 6
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)

Lion Forge and Oni-related programming details can be found below.

Thursday October 3
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Room 1B03

Uh Oh, It’s Magic: Supernatural Creator-Owned Comics 

Oni and Lion Forge present a panel of some of the year’s most anticipated creator-owned comics and graphic novels just in time for the Season of the Witch! Join editor-in-chief Sarah Gaydos, senior editor Jasmine Amiri, along with Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage), Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper), and Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes), for a “spirited discussion” on “the craft” of creating some of the most magical comics for teens and adults alike!

Friday October 4
Time: 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Location: Room 1C03 

Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons LIVE PLAY!
5th edition D&D meets Rick and Morty dimension-crashing sass! Dungeon Master Jim Zub (co-writer of Rick and Morty VS D&D) will run a panel of foolhardy gaming and comic guests through an encounter torn from the pages of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons VS Rick and Morty official RPG adventure. You’ll laugh, you’ll wince, you might even win some prizes – don’t miss it!

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CBLDF

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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Oni Press Logo

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.

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