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Preview: SLAM!: The Next Jam #1

SLAM!: The Next Jam #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Marina Julia
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Veronica Fish
Subscription Cover: Jen Bartel

Get ready for another lap around the track in this follow-up series to Pamela Ribon’s critically acclaimed SLAM!

After breaking one of the biggest rules in derby (not to mention an actual collarbone), Knockout and CanCan have a lot of work to do to rehabilitate their bodies and improve their standings in the league.

Oni Press Announces Five New Titles for Spring 2018

Oni Press is expanding its line of comics with five new titles to release Spring 2018 including: The Altered History of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor, Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz, Sci-Fu by Yehudi Mercado, Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon, and Matthew Seely, and My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris.

The Altered History of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor (January 17)

What happens when you can finally get everything you ever wanted? Willow Sparks and her best friend Georgia Pratt are at the bottom of the social ladder at Twin Pines High School, just trying to get through each day relatively unscathed. But when Willow finds a mysterious book that allows her to literally change her life, it feels like her luck is finally turning. As she becomes more and more popular with each entry into the book, her old life, including her friendship with Georgia, seems miles away. Yet as Willow will discover, every action has a reaction, and the future has unusual—even dangerous—ways of protecting itself.

Tara O’Connor is a New Jersey-based cartoonist. She is the author of Roots, which will be available September 2017 from IDW Publishing’s Top Shelf imprint. This her first graphic novel with Oni Press.

Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz (March 7)

After losing her job at the library, Celeste Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she’s never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for help…

As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing out—the job is becoming dangerous, but she can’t let go of this mysterious woman. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the power to save her when she’s still trying to save herself?

Philadelphia-based writer Ivy Noelle Weir and St. Louis-based illustrator Steenz have collaborated on numerous comics projects together including a short for the series Princeless. Steenz’s artwork has been featured in the critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology Elements: Fire, as well as Ham4Pamphlet, a collaborative illustration project inspired by the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, while Weir has written numerous articles for Women Write About Comics, American Libraries magazine, and NoveList in addition to her fiction writing. Both Weir and Steenz have worked both as librarians as well as being involved with The Valkyries, an online group for women who work in comic shops around the world. Archival Quality is their first Oni Press graphic novel.

Sci-Fu by Yehudi Mercado (March 14)
Hip-Hop, Sci-Fi, and Kung Fu all hit the turntables for the mash-up mix of the year! Cartoonist/force of nature Yehudi Mercado sets his sights on 1980s Brooklyn and Wax, a young mix-master who scratches the perfect beat and accidentally summons a UFO that transports his family, best friend, and current crush to the robot-dominated planet of Discopia. Now Wax and his crew must master the intergalactic musical martial art of Sci-Fu to fight the power and save Earth. Word to your mother.

Yehudi Mercado, a Los Angeles-based writer and illustrator, has previously worked on other projects such as Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon for Marvel/Disney Interactive, and Rocket Salvage and Pantalones, TX, with BOOM! Studios and their Archaia imprint.

My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris (April 11)

Nora has bad luck with men. When she meets an (actual) bear on a hike in the Los Angeles hills, he turns out to be the best romantic partner she’s ever had! He’s considerate, he’s sweet, he takes care of her. But he’s a bear, and winning over her friends and family is difficult. Not to mention he has to hibernate all winter. Can true love conquer all?

Pamela Ribon is a best-selling novelist, and has written comics such as Rick and Morty™ for Oni Press and her original series Slam! for BOOM! Studios. After over a decade working in television, she became a member of Disney Animation’s StoryTrust, where she worked on Moana and is currently co-writing the upcoming Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Cat Farris is the creator of the webcomic The Last Diplomat and the minicomic series Flaccid Badger, has worked for companies such as Amazon and Rovio Entertainment, and illustrated Dark Horse Comics’ Emily and the Strangers.

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon, and Matthew Seely (April 25)

Deep in the Oregon wilderness sits Camp Bloom, a weight-loss camp where “overweight” teens can “get in shape.” Jesse would rather be anywhere else, but her parents are forcing her to go. Noah isn’t sure if he wants to be there, but it’s too late to turn back. Tony is heartbroken at the thought of giving up his phone and internet. And Kate… well, she likes the hikes, at least. As far as these four teens are concerned, it’s just another boring summer. Until one night, when Jesse and Noah witness a beloved counselor’s murder. The body’s gone by the next morning, but a blurry photo leads to one clue—the murderer is one of the camp’s staff members!

But which one? As Jesse, Noah, Kate, and Tony investigate, they quickly discover that everyone’s got their secrets… and one of them would kill to keep theirs hidden.

Terry Blas’ work has previously appeared on comic book covers for Bravest Warriors, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, Rick and Morty™, and The Legend of Bold Riley. Matthew Seely’s animation has previously appeared on MTV’s Greatest Party Story Ever. Molly Muldoon’s current projects include the forthcoming Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf.

Preview: SLAM! Vol. 1 SC

SLAM! Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Veronica Fish
Cover Artist: Veronica Fish
Price: $14.99

Bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and retired Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon (Going in Circles, Why Girls Are Weird) joins artist Veronica Fish (The Wendy Project, Spider-Woman) for a tale of friendship, heartbreak, and truly epic jams.

In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, and a better friend—if the competition doesn’t tear you apart!

Collects the first limited series.

Bear Meets Girl in New Oni Press Graphic Novel My Boyfriend Is A Bear

Oni Press has announced a new graphic novel My Boyfriend Is A Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris. This romantic comedy of bear meets girl stars 28-year-old Nora, frustrated with the dating scene until she meets the perfect boyfriend—a 500-pound American black bear.

My Boyfriend is a Bear will be available in comic shops, bookstores, and ComiXology in April 2018.


Preview: SLAM! #4

SLAM! #4

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Veronica Fish
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Veronica Fish
Incentive Cover: Audrey Mok
Price: $3.99

CanCan and Knockout are living separate lives after their friendship fizzles…until Knockout volunteers to ref a bout with CanCan’s team and appears to be calling extra penalties on her old friend.


Pamela Ribon ‘SLAM!’ Signing at Derby Dolls Fundraiser this Sunday in LA

Pamela Ribon will appear at the Derby Dolls Fundraiser: “Whip It” Plus Cast Q&A to sign limited-edition SLAM! prints to help the L.A. Derby Dolls raise money to keep their league rolling.

Published by BOOM! StudiosSLAM! is the critically acclaimed comic book series by Ribon and artist Veronica Fish that follows two friends as they navigate the world of roller derby.

Ribon is also currently a member of the L.A. Derby Dolls and skates under the name “May Q. Holla.”

FEB. 12, 2017 (Sunday) — 7:30pm-10pm

The Regent
448 S Main St
Los Angeles, California 90013
(213) 488-0599

For ticket information and additional details, visit the Facebook event page.

The 11″ x 17″, limited-edition posters below will be signed by Pamela Ribon and sell for $15 each. All proceeds will go to the Derby Dolls.

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Preview: SLAM! #3

SLAM! #3

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Veronica Fish
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Veronica Fish
Incentive Cover: Jen Bartel
Price: $3.99

CanCan picks up a snarky attitude from her mentor, which rubs Knockout the wrong way. Everything comes to a head on the track, which eventually leads them to realize that the only thing holding them back from their potential…could be each other.


Preview: SLAM! #2

SLAM! #2

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Veronica Fish
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Veronica Fish
Incentive Cover: Natacha Bustos
Price: $3.99

Now that best friends Knockout and CanCan are on separate derby teams, their paths go in different directions, with the pressure putting a strain on their relationship both on and off the track.


Review: Slam #1

slam_001_main_pressModern roller derby is a growing phenomenon. In consideration for the 2020 Summer Olympics and the focus of the 2013 film Whip It, it’s not hard to find multiple leagues skating in major cities these days. In fact, one of my roommates has competed as “Halting Problem” in men’s leagues in both Atlanta and Austin.

Which is why it’s surprising that there hasn’t been a comic series with a focus on derby until now. Sure, Harley Quinn has Harley skating derby in Coney Island sometimes and A-Force introduced Dazzler playing derby down in Florida, but there’s been no stories revolving around derby in the sense of Whip It. Lucky for all of us though, Pamela Ribon, Veronica Fish and Brittany Peer have brought us Slam! through BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint.

Slam! #1 follows Jennifer Chu and Maisie Huff as they finish up their training for the East Side Roller Girls and get drafted to teams. The issue zips back and forth chronologically, showing how the two were drafted to the league and their individual lives before and after they were drafted to derby. Specifically, how derby has helped their lives. For Jennifer, it’s given her more connections outside of her originally lonely life getting her masters. For Maisie, it’s a sense of life and purpose after being dumped by her fiance, believing her to be “debateable.” Which, of course, doesn’t help when Maisie is put on a probational draft to a different team than Jennifer.

After one issue, I already love Jennifer and Maisie. Their loving and supportive friendship is one that is often hard to find in comics and to see it flourish over the first issue is such a joy, especially when Jen reaches her hand out to Maisie while she’s having pre-first bout anxiety. Friendship between women, especially in terms of competitive sports, is such an important thing to portray and one that should be portrayed more often.

Another breath of fresh air in the first issue is Fish’s art. The variation on athletic bodies is something that can easily be observed in derby and seeing it portrayed in comics form is pretty amazing. She also gets down to the nitty gritty, with bruised muscled backs, wedgies from derby shorts, and shaking nerves. Peer’s colors especially give life to this bright new world of violence and camaraderie in a way that I can’t imagine another colorist doing.

While roller derby is its own world, Slam! #1 gives a glimpse into how that world can have positive effects on the people in it. Following the journey of Maisie and Jen as they first start out and heading into their new lives on teams is absolutely joyful and should absolutely set precedent for how women’s sports comics handle competition and friendships. Of course, now that Jen and Maisie are no longer on the same team, how will they handle flying on their own?

Story by: Pamela Ribon Art by: Veronica Fish and Brittany Peer
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: SLAM #1

SLAM! #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Veronica Fish
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Veronica Fish
Incentive Cover 1: Lissa Treiman
Incentive Cover 2: Jen Bartel
Price: $3.99

Best-selling novelist (Why Girls Are Weird, You Take It from Here), animation writer (Moana, the Wreck-It Ralph sequel), and comics writer (Rick and Morty) Pamela Ribon and artist Veronica Fish (Archie, Silk, Spider-Woman) dive into the fast-paced, hard-hitting world of roller derby!

Jennifer Chu and Maise Huff (aka Knockout and Ithinka Can on the track) have been best friends since their first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, but when they get drafted for two different teams they’ll have to figure out if the bond between them is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line.

You get slammed on the track and slammed in life, and in both cases you have to take your hits and get back up again!


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