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Invader Zim Sees Its Final Original Single Issue Comic in Summer 2021

Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group and Nickelodeon bring the final installment of the Invader ZIM original single-issue comics in time for the 20th anniversary of Invader ZIM — Invader ZIM: The Dookie Loop Horror, written by Jhonen Vasquez and Eric Trueheart, with illustrations by Aaron Alexovich, colors by Fred C. Stresing, and lettering by Warren Wucinich. The oversized single issue will be out in August 2021.

In Invader ZIM: Dookie Loop Horror, up in the sky, something…BLUE approaches. And it smells HORRIBLE. It turns out that interdimensional creatures called Chrono-Dumpers eat time and use our dimension as a toilet, creating an infinite time loop. There is no escape from the time poop loop, forcing Dib and ZIM to live the same TERRIBLE day forEVER. They wake, the tuxedoed pig farts, the world ends. And the key to fixing the loop is GIR. We are all DOOMED.

Variant covers of the oversize 32-page final issue will feature art by Jhonen Vasquez, Cole Ott, J.R. Goldberg, and Aaron AlexovichInvader Zim: The Dookie Loop Horror will be available on August 4, 2021, in stores and online via comiXology.

Invader Zim: The Dookie Loop Horror

Travel to Hotel Immortal with Rick and Morty in July

Coming soon from the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group and Adult Swim, a brand-new Rick and Morty comic crashes into comic book shops in July 2021 with Rick and Morty PresentsHotel Immortal from the creative team of writer Alejandro Arbona, illustrator Marc Ellerby, and colorist Leonardo Ito, with lettering by Crank!. The next installment of the Rick and Morty Presents series kicks off with a whodunnit in Rick and Morty PresentsHotel Immortal. When Cornvelious Daniels checks in for some R&R at the Hotel Immortal, bodies start dropping—and accusations start flying!

Rick and Morty PresentsHotel Immortal will be available online and in stores on July 14, 2021.

Rick and Morty

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1 Heads Back to Print

The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group is thrilled to announce that the first issue printing of the all-ages single-issue series Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters, in which two sisters struggle on a journey against incredible “unpossible” monsters of all shapes and sizes from the creative team of Chris Samnee, Laura Samnee, Matthew Wilson, and Crank!, has sold out at the distribution level and is heading for an immediate reprint. The second printing features the already-iconic first issue cover by Chris Samnee as reimagined by colorist Matthew Wilson.

Rainbow has been searching for her sister, Jonna, for a year. The last time she saw Jonna was also the first time she saw one of the strange monsters that now roam the planet. They’re big, ugly, and dangerous creatures that have driven humanity to the brink of extinction. Though there isn’t much hope for survival out in the wild, Rainbow knows that her sister is out there somewhere—and she’ll do anything to find her.

Print copies of Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1 continue to be available at your local comic book store. Digital copies are available for purchase from comiXology and other digital retailers.

The final order cutoff for the Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters issue #1 reprint is March 22, 2021, it will be available in stores and online on April 14, 2021. The Diamond Previews code for Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1 second printing is FEB218316. Final order cutoff for Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #2 has been updated to March 29, 2021, in light of the second printing of issue #1, with a new on-sale date of April 21, 2021.

You can read our review of Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1.

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1 2nd printing

Early Review: The Sprite and the Gardener

The Sprite and the Gardener

I am an avid reader of all types of fiction. Regardless of genre or format, I love to discover the debut works of new writers. The cover art alone got me excited to read The Sprite and the Gardener when I was presented with the opportunity to review this book. Then I read the solicitation text and my excitement rose exponentially. In this original graphic novel, writers Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt’s debut their talents in a spectacular way. Published by Oni Press, The Sprite and the Gardener is set to release on May 5th.

The Sprite and the Gardener is a celebration of nature, told from the perspective of sprites. The sprites used to be the guardians of all plant life. Now, humans tend their own gardens. Wisteria, the graphic novel’s main character, must learn to work her magic right alongside humankind. After all, they all have the flowers’ best interests at heart.

I was glad to see a lot of visual storytelling as I read through The Sprite and the Gardener. There are times when whole pages fly by without a single word of dialogue. Yet, the reader can always tell exactly what’s happening. The story itself is a bit simplistic though. There’s never really any tension. There’s a little interpersonal conflict between the sprites but it doesn’t add much to the narrative. The plot just sort of unfolds, though luckily it does so at a very fast pace. Despite its simplicity, the graphic novel has a very cute and touching ending.

The Sprite and the Gardener is the type of book that could be enjoyed for its art alone. Abrego pulls double duty, writing the book alongside Whitt, while also illustrating and coloring the book. Abrego draws each panel in exquisite detail. She uses subtle colors, but the subdued shades still pop off the page and catch the reader’s eye. Abrego’s characters are so vibrant and full of life. They’re also incredibly adorable. The sprites are full of life and magic in equal measure. The font Crank! uses for the book’s narrative text has an olde-school, hand-written look. This style adds greatly to the magical aesthetic Abrego and Whitt have created.

At only ninety pages, The Sprite and the Gardener is a quick read. However, the art is so beautiful that once you finish it, you’ll want to immediately flip back through it, just to take in the artwork again. The story is a little on the simple side, but it’s never hard to follow the plot. The best way to describe this graphic novel would be, it’s like a picture book for adults (though kids would love it too). Put this title on your pull list so you can add it to your collection when it releases on May 5th.

Story: Rii Abrego and Joe Whitt Art: Rii Abrego Letterer: Crank!
Story: 5.0 Art: 10 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation Buy (for the artwork!)

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Oni-Lion Forge Reveal its Children’s and Young Adult Summer Lineup

The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group has revealed several upcoming children’s and middle-grade graphic novels coming summer 2021.

Courtney Crumrin returns in an all new series by Ted NaifehThe Crumrin Chronicles Vol 1: The Charmed and the Cursed, in June.

In The Crumrin Chronicles, this time it’s not just Courtney that stumbles into trouble— helping her little brother Will navigate high school might be the death of her.

The Crumrin Chronicles Vol 1: The Charmed and the Cursed

Also in June, everyone’s favorite heavy-metal-karaoke-singing red panda is back as Sanrio’s Aggretsuko stars in her first original graphic novel in Aggretsuko: Little Rei of Sunshine from Brenda Hickey.

The office queen of karaoke meets her match when Retsuko’s favorite band reunites for a special concert. The Brides of Resonance return, but why do they want to take over the karaoke bar? Retsuko and friends have to fight for their right to party in a metal vs. metal vocal battle that pits Retsuko against a shadowy enemy. Will Gori survive a night of metal and moshing? Is Haida truly in love? Find out in Aggretsuko: Little Rei of Sunshine!

Aggretsuko: Little Rei of Sunshine

And Dragon Racera brand-new graphic novel from Joey Weiser, creator of Ghost Hog, brings back fan-favorite characters Truff, Claude, and Stanley, along with a brand-new friend, Vern! Vern is a racer at heart, even if he’s never quite won a race before—but he knows he’s ready!

 Dragon Racer

July finds readers going out of this world in Star Beasts by Stephanie Young and Allyson Lassiter, as they tell the (sorta) true (not really) story of why Pluto is no longer a planet.

Young puppy Bandit leaves his family behind on Earth to join the secret order of Star Beasts, cosmic creatures sworn to protect Earth—only not everyone is as welcoming as he thought they might be, and Bandit finds himself having difficulties fitting in. But when powerful galactic relics are stolen, the Star Beasts will need to come together before Pluto’s evil emperor’s plans are realized and everyone on Earth is wiped out!

Star Beasts

Early Review: One Soul Tenth Anniversary Edition

One Soul

Can you believe it’s been ten years since One Soul was originally published? Fans of the graphic novel or Ray Fawkes’ work probably said something along the lines of, “My gosh, it’s really been ten years?” Then there are people like me who completely missed it the first time around. Lucky for us, Oni Press is releasing a commemorative edition on February 24th. In One Soul, Fawkes uses an experimental narrative structure to explore the lives of eighteen individuals. These people are spread out across different periods of time but their stories play out simultaneously.

One Soul grabs the reader’s attention from the very first page. It begins with two pages of nine black panels. Next comes a series of black panels filled with white ink blots. It’s like a Rorschach test that is given context as soon as the narration begins. This narration is written like poetry. I’ve read several novels written in verse but this is the first graphic novel I’ve read that’s written in this style. After finishing this one, I can honestly say that more graphic novels should be written with poetry.

I love a good nine-panel grid page layout. Each of the characters is assigned the same single panel in the eighteen panels across each two-page spread. This is a very creative way to tell a story, though since I was reading a digital PDF, I found it a little difficult to keep track of all the various narratives. Fortunately, the unique setting and time period of each character helped clarify the story to a certain extent. The narration is laid out in the same fashion. As a result, it can be read in different orders, either as it’s laid out across the page or from one character’s panel to their next assigned panel.

Fawkes uses a minimalist illustration style but still manages to make the most out of each panel. He plays with space and perspective, yet despite the differing images in each panel, each individual page has a visual uniformity. That being said, I did notice that sometimes the characters look a little bit misshapen. Considering how obviously well plotted and thought out the rest of the book is, I have to assume this choice was intentional on Fawkes’ part. No two people look the same in real life and I assume Fawkes was trying to reflect this in his art. Although I can appreciate the artistic choice, I did sometimes find a character’s physical quirks to be visually off-putting.

Whether it’s tracking the narration or taking in the artwork, One Soul is a book that can be, and should be, read multiple times. Fawkes weaves together eighteen perspectives into a single beautiful narrative that explores what life is all about. No two lives are the same but from birth to death, we are all connected by similar experiences. We may be different people but universally, we all share one soul. Throughout the graphic novel Fawkes stretches his creative muscles through his beautiful poetry and by drawing an expansive catalog of objects, settings, and situations. It’s a challenging read but well worth the effort. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the One Soul Tenth Anniversary Edition when it releases on February, 23rd.

Story: Ray Fawkes Art: Ray Fawkes
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Ray Fawkes’ One Soul Sparks New Book, Coming Summer 2021

The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group has announced the tenth-anniversary edition of Ray Fawkes‘ critically acclaimed and deeply moving graphic novel One Soul, as well as the upcoming One Line, a brand-new book from Fawkes. Both One Soul: Tenth Anniversary Edition and One Line will be available in 2021.

One Soul details the lives of eighteen individuals throughout history whose lives unfold simultaneously. Comprised entirely of double-page spreads split into eighteen panels, with each panel featuring one character’s life, cartoonist Ray Fawkes uses an experimental narrative structure to artfully craft eighteen linear stories into one non-linear masterpiece. Nominated for the 2012 Eisner Award in the New Graphic Album category, One Soul is a powerful and life-affirming story about the way human beings all over the world are connected. The tenth-anniversary edition of One Soul will be available as a metallic foil-stamped hardcover.

As One Soul followed eighteen people from birth until death, showcasing their common joys and pains as well as their unique experiences, the upcoming One Line follows eighteen families through four centuries, showing how traditions, ethics, and prejudices are handed down from generation to generation. Some families will interact, some will join together, some will remain alone. Some will persist, and some will die out. One Line will be published as a beautifully designed foil-stamped hardcover edition.

One Soul: Tenth Anniversary Edition will be available in stores and online on February 24, 2021, with One Line to follow in the summer on July 21, 2021.

Choose Your Own Adventure Graphic Novels in August 2021

In a dynamic and exciting move, Chooseco, publisher of the world-famous Choose Your Own Adventure interactive book series, and Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group have announced their upcoming partnership with the launch of Choose Your Own Adventure graphic novels in August 2021.

The series will kick off with the classic Choose Your Own Adventure: Eighth Grade Witch from the creative team of E.L. Thomas, Andrew Gaska, Valerio Chiola, and Thiago Ribeiro. In true Choose Your Own Adventure form, the reader is immersed in the story as Rabbit, the new kid on the block who enters a ghoulish world of nightmares, witches, and ghosts. From learning about the mysterious witch Prudence Deadly, trouncing through spooky graveyards, meeting ghostly ancestors, or channeling some witchcraft with classmates, the readers will choose which adventure or nightmare they’ll embark on. No one path leads to the same destination, and readers will face choices that will either lead them to the light—or a gruesome end. Choose Your Own Adventure: Eighth Grade Witch will release on August 25, 2021 with the long-standing Chooseco classic Journey Under the Sea as the next title in the official line.

Choose Your Own Adventure graphic novels