Chris Samnee teams with co-writer Laura Samnee and colorist Matthew Wilson for an ongoing middle reader adventure series, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters in June.
Exploring the drive and boundaries of rebuilding a family after disaster strikes, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters follows a tag-team of brawn and brains as two sisters, Rainbow and Jonna, strike out into the unknown on a hunt for their missing father, who was taken a year before.
Battling treacherous territory as the planet around them mysteriously dries up, Rainbow and Jonna will have to combat monsters as they struggle to rediscover their trust and sisterly bond after a year of separation, they struggle to find people in this new world they can trust to help them along the way.
Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters is an ongoing series for ages 8 years and above, available in comic shops everywhere in June.
Oni Press has found success with a day-one sellout of the debut issue of Sanrio’s Aggretsuko!
Aggretsuko #1 reunites Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland, the team behind the widely acclaimed graphic novel, The Black Mage. bringing Kirkland’s colorful anime-influenced style to Aggretsuko, the hit Netflix show in production for season three. Aggretsuko stars Retsuko the Red Panda, a young office worker stuck in a thankless job, whose only stress release is singing heavy metal at the local karaoke joint. With the help of her friends, can she ever find the job satisfaction she craves – – not to mention adventure, the approval of her mother, and even… love?! These comics explore all these issues and more, with each issue brought to life by a revolving team of today’s top talent!
Oni Press is going back to print with a brand-new cover by D.J. Kirkland, available for order now to arrive in stores alongside the second issue on March 11. Orders are due from retailers on both the #1 reprint on Monday February 17.
Oni Press has announced the United States publication of Quebeçois creator François Vigneault’s graphic novel Titan, coming on September 15, 2020. The sci-fi thriller took Vigneault five years to work on while he was living in the United States whose history and social current events inspired the story.
When MNGR First Class João da Silva arrives on the moon of Titan to take charge of Homestead Station, he finds the massive mining colony plagued by tensions between the giant, genetically-engineered Titan workers and the Terran management. As anger mounts, what began as a routine posting quickly turns into something far more dangerous.
Phoebe Mackintosh thought she left her fighting days behind her when she turned her back on the “mixing” circuit. Now, she finds herself caught between a past she’d rather forget and a future she can’t predict.
Together, they must find a way to pull Homestead back from the brink of disaster… Or Titan might be the spark that sets the entire solar system ablaze.
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Adler #1 (Titan Comics) – Sherlock’s love Irene Adler is on a mission to take down Moriarty!
Backtrack #1 (Oni Press) – A cross history car race allows the winner to erase one mistake from their life.
Conan: Battle for the Serpent Crown #1 (Marvel) – Conan’s in the modern world and heads to Vegas. The story itself is a typical fantasy adventure but the setting and characters makes it stand out.
Dark Agnes #1 (Marvel) – Robert E. Howard’s creation comes to comics and it’s a really fun debut with lots of action and great pacing and dialogue.
Doctor Doom #5 (Marvel) – One of Marvel’s best comics out right now. Each issue has been fantastic as conspiracy reigns.
Going to the Chapel #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The off the rails wedding wraps up and how it ends, we have no idea! A fantastic comic series that we hope to see on the big screen.
The Man Who F’ed Up Time #1 (AfterShock) – A lab worked decides to take advantage of the prototype time machine at work. The title pretty much says how that goes.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3 (BOOM! Studios/IDW Publishing) – Just a fun series taking the two properties and bringing them together. If you’re a 90s kid, this is a must.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) – While the main Star Wars series shows the events post Empire Strikes Back from the Rebels’ perspective, this companion series shows it from Vader’s.
X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel) – The clash between the teams has been foreshadowed for a while but what the ramifications will be is what the real draw here.
Sanrio’s latest great creation, the lazy egg Gudetama, comes to comics in Gudetama: Love for the Lazyby Wook-Jin Clark. This comic is hilarious, relatable, and sometimes pretty weird as this surprisingly thick raw egg mascot. Gudetama is a collection of short stories and vignettes where Gudetama gives dating advice, and there are some actual great ideas in here sprinkled in with the obvious trolling.
Wook-Jin Clark’s background working on adorable licensed properties like Bee and Puppycat as well as the food-centric comic Flavor serves him well in this book where Gudetama can go from hiding in its shell to be a part of a very yummy bowl of ramen. He understands that the raw egg works best as a kind of “host” for these stories a la Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, but more of a slacker and interjects with one-liners and weird transformations when the story needs it.
At times, Gudetama is an aspirational figure. It’s effortlessly cool and laid back, and people like it in spite of it not trying so hard. Gudetama is a cross between an angel and devil on your angst-ridden saying, “Take it easy, and don’t take things too seriously.” It’s great making a Tinder profile.
Gudetama: Love for the Lazy is at its best and most wholesome when it’s in short story mode. There’s the saga of two cosplayers falling in love, another story about the struggle of dating solely “IRL” instead of in the online world, and one about partners dealing with a cat affection issue through the power of hugs. My personal favorite one features the gamer Tobi, who wants to go from being married to a centaur to dating in meatspace. His story has a lot of humor with his sushi date featuring an actual nightmare human, who hunts animals for a living, and Wook-Jin Clark nails the awkward half hug, half handshake from a date that didn’t really have many sparks. However, Clark gives the conclusion of the story a warm underpinning as he turns its gamer aesthetic to eleven and has Tobi find real connection while on another date at an arcade bar. This confirms my theory that arcade bars are fantastic date spots even if you suck at most video games like yours truly.
Another reason why Gudetama: Love for the Lazy resonated with me is that it’s a romance comic disguised as a licensed comic. Its tales of relationship woes in pitfalls between short advice column-esque sketches and supplemental material, like a game where you progress through the various post-breakup stages. Wook-Jin Clark uses Gudetama as a vessel to show the awkwardness of dating (Especially the online kind.) and building connections and relationships while also providing hope with the sarcasm.
Gudetama: Love for the Lazy is Modern Love for anxious slackers who would rather be flirting with their Twitter crushes, playing a video game, or going to town on a bowl of ramen than dealing with the rituals of dating in 2020. Wook-Jin Clark’s writing and art is sharp, yet gentle and shows that a raw egg with a nice butt and an even better attitude can make anyone smile. (Gudetama needs a nap though.)
Story: Wook-Jin ClarkArt: Wook-Jin Clark Letters:Tom B. Long Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Cullen Bunn debuted some of his earliest work with Oni Press and this April he launches Rogue Planet with Andy MacDonald and Nick Filardi.
Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. Somewhere on this hostile rock is a payload fit for a king. To attain it, though, the crew of the Cortes must brave razor rock, poisonous vapors, treacherous footing, and… the most mind-numbing horrors imaginable. Something nightmarish is at work on Lonely Orphan. Something cruel. Something hungry.
Rogue Planet #1 arrives in finer comic shops everywhere on April 1, 2020, and is currently available for order in the February dated Diamond PREVIEWS catalog. Reserve your copy with your local retailer now.
DC the 80th anniversary of Batman‘s debut in Detective Comics #27 with its publication of Detective Comics #1000, the best-selling comic book published in 2019, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.
Featuring stories and artwork from creators such as Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, and more, this oversized issue presented the best in Batman stories, spanning past, present, and future.
Annual comic book sales in the comic book specialty market increased in 2019 by nearly 4% over 2018 while graphic novel sales declined by 2%, for an overall increase in print over the previous year by 2.23%.
Marvel Comics was 2019’s top publisher in the comic book specialty market, with a 40.20% dollar market share and a 44.72% unit share. Marvel Comics’ top comic book for the year, Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu’s X-Men #1, ranked #3. Overall, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten comics of the year, including Black Cat #1 at #4; Absolute Carnage #1, the first issue of Marvel Comics’ winter event, at #6; Marvel Comics #1000, a special issue celebrating the 80th anniversary of the publication of Marvel Comics #1 in 1939, at #7; Hickman and Pepe Larraz’s House of X #1, beginning Marvel’s X-Men relaunch, at #8; Powers of X #1 at #9; and War of the Realms #1 at #10.
DC was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2019 with a 29.29% dollar market share and a 30.74% unit market share. DC had two of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to Detective Comics #1000, DCeased #1 ranked #5 for the year. On the graphic novels chart, DC charted five titles; thanks to interest from HBO’s acclaimed adaptation, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen returned the top of the year’s sales charts. Also among the top graphic novels were Tom King and Mitch Gerards’ award-winning Mister Miracle at #5, Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight at #7, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke at #9, and Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Black Label title Batman: Damned at #10.
Image Comics was the year’s third largest comic book publisher with an 8.04% dollar market share and a 7.69% unit market share. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #300, featuring contributions from Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell, and Jerome Opeña, was the year’s #2 comic book. Image Comics had four of the year’s top ten best-selling graphic novels, led by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 1 at #2, followed by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress Volume 1 at #4, Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker at #6 and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 31, the final volume of the series, at #7.
IDW Publishing was the year’s fourth largest publisher with a dollar market share of 3.55% and 3.29%. Their top ranked comic book for the year was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 which ranked #66 for the year.
With a dollar market share of 3.19% and a unit share of 2.33%, Dark Horse Comics was the year’s fifth ranked publisher. Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s Umbrella Academy Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite, adapted to television by Netflix in 2019, was their best-selling graphic novel at #3.
BOOM! Studios was the sixth ranked publisher at 2.56%, and Dynamite Entertainment was seventh at 2.16%. Viz Media, Oni Press, and Titan Comics rounded out the top ten comic book publishers for 2019.
Oni Press will publish 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 must-read memoir arrives in finer bookstores and comic shops in January 2020, and deserves a place on the bookshelves of every parent.
Oni Press adds one of the most celebrated webcomics to its catalog of print collections of online comics and creators from around the world, with the announcement of an all-new omnibus series of Chris Onstad’s Achewood!
The New York Times Bestselling comic returns to print in this massive new omnibus series, collecting the complete comics from start to finish! Volume 1 includes the first 600+ strips in chronological order, alongside a wealth of rare additional material including recipes, short-fiction, maps, posters, never-before reprinted comics, and much more! Edited by Toronto Comic Art Festival founder Christopher Butcher, this gorgeous new hardcover collection features an all new Achewood short story by series creator Chris Onstad, and a foreword by The Magicians author Lev Grossman.
Tremendously influential and darkly hilarious, Achewood quickly and expertly subverts the genre expectations of the daily strip with razor sharp with and deeply human explorations of depression, relationships, masculinity, death, and selling your soul to the devil to become a billionaire.
Achewood will be released in an all-new omnibus format in June 2020, with future volumes and special editions to be announced in the coming months.
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.