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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.

Instagram Webcomic The Mrs. Frollein Collection: Small Hours Comes to Oni

Throw on your sweats and get comfy on the couch! Branching out from its devoted Instagram following, the Mrs. Frollein webcomic creator Valérie Minelli and Oni Press are pleased to announce that the internationally adored comic is coming to print for the first time in February 2020 as The Mrs Frollein Collection: Small Hours.

The tremendously popular Mrs. Frollein comics have been stirring emotion in people all over the world with heartfelt and earnest strips making fun of the mundane. These perfectly poignant webcomics find inspiration in the everyday, encompassing rainy coffee mornings, playful relationship adventures, and quiet introspective moments— the small, unexpected minutes that quilt life together.

In addition to many of the most recent fan-favorite Mrs. Frollein strips, Small Hours also includes thirty all-new, never before released comics as well as a foreword from fellow web-comic luminaries, Jonathan Kunz and Elizabeth Pich of ‘War and Peas’. Mrs. Frollein began in 2016 on Instagram and continues to be updated regularly three years later with 417k followers. The Mrs. Frollein Collection: Small Hours will be available online and in stores on February 18, 2020.

The Mrs. Frollein Collection: Small Hours

TV Review: Stumptown S1E4 Family Ties

Stumptown

Stumptown‘s fourth episode picks up on the third with Dex trying to protect her client and baby from an abusive and slimy real estate mogul. That also pits her against Artie Backs, her former mentor when it comes to private investigation.

The episode is a good one and interesting in that it explores a lot of the different characters.

First, there’s the main story featuring Dex and Artie. Cobie Smulders is fantastically pitted against Donal Logue. The two actors just work against each other so well and the playful competition is great. There’s a ratcheting up of actions against each other and it’s just an entertaining tête-à-tête. There’s also some depth added to Artie that while he’s scummy, there’s more than just being a stereotypical private investigator. Hopefully, we’ll get more of Logue in the series as he’s just amazing in everything he’s in.

There’s also a story having to deal with Detective Cosgrove. A prisoner escapes and we learn a connection to Cosgrove’s past but also to Grey and his friend that was murdered. The series gives the storyline a decent amount of the show’s time and in doing so again gets us away from the Dex show and being just another police detective show. Stumptown has been smart in its use of its secondary characters and teasing their history.

The episode wraps up all of the various plot threads in satisfying ways either concluding them or taking them to the next level. The episode is a key one taking the secondary characters and putting them front and center, a lot of the characters. It’s a show that really is about the full cast delivering an entertaining hour and one of the best new shows of the year.

Overall Rating: 8.0

TV Review: Stumptown S1E3 Rip City Dicks

Stumptown

In hopes of becoming a certified private investigator, Dex seeks mentorship from veteran PI Artie Banks; Hoffman grows suspicious of Grey after evidence proves that he has a connection to a victim in his case.

Stumptown has been fun the first two episodes and the third gets more entertaining with the addition of actor Donal Logue as Dex’s mentor Artie.

Cobie Smulders as Dex delivers something really entertaining in her delivery. Logue goes toe to toe with her in the screw-up/sarcastic department and every scene has me wanting Logue to be a regular. There’s a great chemistry there that somehow has upped the game of the episode.

What’s great about Artie is that he pushes Dex in various ways but a specific scene that triggers Dex’s PTSD really brings it all home. There’s such depth to the character that’s teased out and part of her without it being on display at all times. Instead, scenes like this remind us Dex is more than just PI wannabe.

Grey’s storyline of his murdered friend moves along as well. It’s solid that the series has something strung out throughout the season instead of just delivering a standard weekly one and done storyline. It helps bring in other characters and give them something more to do than just being the background for Dex.

All of that is good and then things drop in the last ten minutes or so when everything comes together. That takes a really good and entertaining episode into great. There’s something so good about the twist. It all really adds to both characters in so many ways.

And that ending! I’ve got the power.

Overall Rating: 8.0

NYCC 2019: Oni Announces Fights from Joel Christian Gill

Oni Press has announced the publication of the next book by Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History creator Joel Christian Gill, detailing his upbringing and relationship to the violence that surrounded it.

Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence is Joel Christian Gill’s visceral and deeply affecting memoir chronicling his youth and coming of age as a poor Black child in a chaotic southern landscape of rough city streets and foreboding backwoods during the crack cocaine boom of the 1980s.

Propelled into a world filled with uncertainty and desperation, young Joel is pushed toward using violence to solve his problems by everything and everyone around him. But fighting doesn’t always yield the best results for a confused and sensitive kid who yearns for a better, more fulfilling life than the one he was born into.

This memoir arrives in finer bookstores and comic shops in January 2020.

Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence

TV Review: Stumptown S1E2 Missed Connections

Stumptown

Dex is hired by a wealthy man to search for a woman whom he recently met, but she quickly learns that the task is not as simple as it seems: Dex and Grey’s history unfolds.

The second episode of Stumptown is an interesting one with a case that juxtaposes nicely with learning more about Dex and Grey’s past.

A wealthy individual pays Dex to find a girl he clicked with and while I expected one thing, it turns out to be something completely different. In a good way. Then there’s a revelation of Dex and Grey’s romantic(ish) past.

The two together share a theme of relationships of the unhealthy type. And each is that in their own way. It’s an interesting framing of it all and a step above the usual procedural detective show.

There’s also the laying out of a deeper story involving Grey, one that’s unexpected and adds a narrative that’ll thread through multiple episodes in a “big bad” sort of way.

The episode does a solid job of focusing on characters. At times it feels like the case is secondary to it all. That’s a good thing. The series is focused on its characters first and everything else second which makes it stand out from the pack.

Stumptown continues to be a fun hour of television and is a solid comic live adaptation.

Overall Rating: 8.0

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!

NYCC 2019: Oni Announces a Partnership with Sanrio

Oni Press has announced the first-ever comic books of any kind to feature Gudetamaä, the beloved “lazy egg” currently taking pop culture by storm, with Gudetama: Love for the Lazy by writer/artist Wook-Jin Clark.  

Timed to Valentine’s Day, this release is the first in a series of Gudetama’s Comics Guides, with each focusing on a different aspect of modern daily life. Every volume will vary in subject matter, mixing Gudetama’s lazy but lovable personality with humorous advice that is always tongue-in-cheek, yet relevant and entertaining. Oni will release at least 3 volumes a year, formatted in a 48-page 5.5 x 7.5” full color hardcover original graphic novel, priced affordably at only $9.99!

Gudetama: Love for the Lazy will offer advice for young adults (and those young at heart!) on everything from setting up an online dating profile to selecting that perfect first date outfit, and of course all that falls in-between!

NYCC 2019: Lion Forge Launches Mooncakes with Signings

Just ahead of the release of an all-new collection of the beloved queer Chinese-American fantasy romance from co-creators Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu, Lion Forge has announced signings and events at New York Comic Con, and a launch event at New York’s Books of Wonder on October 14!

Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu will appear in the Oni/Lion Foge booth #2028 with daily signings throughout the show. Their full New York Comic Con signing schedule can be found below.

Thursday, October 3: 5 PM – 6 PM
Friday, October 4: 10 PM – 11 PM
Saturday, October 5: 12 PM – 1 PM
Sunday, October 6:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM 

Additionally, fans can see the co-creators in conversation Oni editor-in-chief, Sarah Gaydos and others on the below panel on Thursday October 3: 

Uh Oh, It’s Magic: Supernatural Creator-Owned Comics
Thursday October 3
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Room 1B03

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!

Off of the show floor, Books of Wonder will be hosting a tie-in event to New York Comic Con on Sunday, October 6 at 6pm. Details can be found below:

Books of Wonder is thrilled to be hosting a special New York Comic Con at BoW event! Join us on October 6th at our 18 West 18th street store for this fantastic panel with eight amazing authors! Stop by on Sunday, October 6th 6-8pm for your chance to meet Garth Nix for Angel MageMackeni Lee for Loki: Where Mischief LiesJess Rothenberg for The Kingdom, Heidi Heilig for A Kingdom for a StageWendy Xu and Suzanne Walker for Mooncakes, and Zoraida Cordova for A Crash of Fate; moderated by Dhonielle Clayton for The Everlasting Rose.

NEW YORK BOOK LAUNCH EVENT
Tuesday, October 14 @ 6PM
Books of Wonder

Mooncakes
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