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Preview: The Long Con #9

The Long Con #9

(W) Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) Fred C. Stresing
(CA) EA Denich with Fred C. Stresing
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Humor/Action-Adventure
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

Victor and Dez face a deadly trial by nerd pub quiz! Odious fanboy Judge Decky will send one hero to a dark, noticeably sticky oblivion, while the other gets an express trip to a verdant, verbose paradise. Both are confronted by unexpected offers—but at what cost to the people of Long Con? Will our heroes give in to temptation, or will they seize their best, last chance to take down the Special Guest?

The Long Con #9

Preview: The Long Con #8

The Long Con #8

(W) Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman
(A) E.A. Denich
(C) Fred C. Stresing

(CA) EA Denich with Fred C. Stresing
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Humor/Action-Adventure
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

Flix Bixby has always had a chip on his shoulder… specifically, Midshipman “Chip” Nimitz, the spunky wunderkind he played on SkylarksMAX. So it’s no surprise when a cult obsessed with his performance kidnaps Flix and Dez, and he becomes a bargaining chip in their high-stakes canon purity trial. When a challenger enters the courtroom, Flix must fight to save his life’s work from being written out of the timeline… or let the chips fall where they may. Meanwhile, Dez chips away at an escape plan with a little help from some of her favorite Afrofuturist lesbian space-angels…

The Long Con #8

Preview: The Long Con #7

The Long Con #7

(W) Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman (A) EA Denich (C) Fred C. Stresing
(CA) EA Denich with Fred C. Stresing
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Humor/Action-Adventure

Price: $3.99—Page Count: 32

BATTLEFOXES, HO! It’s axes versus blasters when Victor and Dez’s sci-fi captors run afoul of an ambush set by a deadly squad of high-fantasy warrior women. Who are these mysterious figures in (surprisingly supportive) chainmail bikinis? Does their fledgling resistance movement stand a chance against the might of the Skylarks? And will Victor and Dez survive to tell the tale?

The Long Con #7

Review: The Long Con Vol. 1 TPB

The Long Con Vol. 1

The world is over, but the con has just begun.

Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center — right in the middle of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) pop culture convention. Underdog reporter Victor Lai barely escaped with his life, but his nerdy friend Dez Delaney — publicist for an indie darling comics publisher — wasn’t so lucky.

Now, Victor finds himself with the story of a lifetime — that the con-goers not only survived inside the center’s cavernous Cold War-era halls… they kept the convention going.

It doesn’t take long for Victor to get trapped inside, find Dez, and run afoul of a totalitarian sci-fi fandom ruled by a mysterious figure known as “the Special Guest.” Breaking out is impossible, and resistance is futile — but maybe, just maybe, Dez and Victor can recruit some unexpected allies from the warring factions of fans, pros, and D-list celebrities that still roam the show floor…

Things get strange in the first volume of The Long Con as Victor returns to the Los Spinoza Convention Center where he ran from five years ago. Victor, as well as the readers, find out what was believed to be a dead zone inside a no-mans land is teaming with life. The life being former con attendees living in a make-shift geek inspired post-apocalyptic endless comic con. The series showcases both past and present as Victor chases a story, that he may not live to publish as we learn more about Victor and what happened.

The series, written by Ben Coleman and Dylan Meconis, does a great job of using geek culture for the basis of the adventure and laughs but at no point really making fun of the topic. There’s a send-up quality about it all that never crosses the line into mean-spirited.

The art by E.A. Denich manages to balance the past and the present, as Victor returns to the convention center. The art pokes enjoyable fun at the more obsessive side of geek culture and uses the details to tell as much of the story as anything else.

This first volume is a send-up of the chaos that is a convention and uses it for an interesting twist, loving fandom for what it is and never crossing the line from respect into meanness.

Story: Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman Art: E.A. Denich
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Long Con, Volume 1

The Long Con, Volume 1

(W) Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) E.A. Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Humor/Action-Adventure

Price: $19.99—Page Count: 136

The world is over, but the con has just begun.

Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—right in the middle of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) pop culture convention. Underdog reporter Victor Lai barely escaped with his life, but his nerdy friend Dez Delaney—publicist for an indie darling comics publisher—wasn’t so lucky.

Now, Victor finds himself with the story of a lifetime—that the con-goers not only survived inside the center’s cavernous Cold War-era halls… they kept the convention going.

It doesn’t take long for Victor to get trapped inside, find Dez, and run afoul of a totalitarian sci-fi fandom ruled by a mysterious figure known as “the Special Guest.” Breaking out is impossible, and resistance is futile—but maybe, just maybe, Dez and Victor can recruit some unexpected allies from the warring factions of fans, pros, and D-list celebrities that still roam the show floor… Collects issues #1-#5 of the Oni Press series THE LONG CON.

The Long Con, Volume 1

Preview: The Long Con #6

The Long Con #6

(W) Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) Fred C. Stresing
(CA) EA Denich with Fred C. Stresing
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Humor/Action-Adventure

Price: $3.99—Page Count: 32

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, flashback! Victor reveals his memories of the day the world went kablooie, while Editor Supreme Helvetica Caslon reveals her mysterious past as a former Skylarks writer who left the glamorous world of 80s TV for the glamorous world of modern-day superhero comics. All for the sake of the master plan that will get Dez and Victor through the rest of Long Con unmaimed!

The Long Con #6

It’s Your Chance to Experience The Long Con this February

Oni Press invites readers to pick up the acclaimed action-comedy story about post-apocalyptic life inside a never-ending comic convention in The Long Con, Volume 1. For teen and adult readers alike—con-goers or not! Written by Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman, film critic for The Portland Mercury, with illustrations by webcomic artist EA Denich and colors by M. Victoria Robado.

The world is over, but the con has just begun.

Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—right in the middle of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) pop culture convention. Underdog reporter Victor Lai barely escaped with his life, but his nerdy friend Dez Delaney—publicist for an indie darling comics publisher—wasn’t so lucky.

Now, Victor finds himself with the story of a lifetime—that the con-goers not only survived inside the center’s cavernous Cold War-era halls… they kept the convention going.

It doesn’t take long for Victor to get trapped inside, find Dez, and run afoul of a totalitarian sci-fi fandom ruled by a mysterious figure known  as “the Special Guest.” Breaking out is impossible, and resistance is futile—but maybe, just maybe, Dez and Victor can recruit some unexpected allies from the warring factions of fans, pros, and D-list celebrities that still roam the show floor… and get out of Long Con for good.

In 2018, issue #1 was such a hit it received a second printing for $1. There was also an amazing SDCC variant by the talented Sara Richard (My Little Pony), and the series prompted the exciting Oni-hosted panel Tales from the Long Con, where comic creators and comic industry powerhouses share their convention adventures—horrific, romantic, and comedic—from comic cons across the globe in an epic storytelling event.

The Long Con, Volume 1 is available February 12th in bookstores and February 13th in comic book shops.

Preview: The Long Con #5

The Long Con #5

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman, (A) EA Denich, (C) M. Victoria Robado (CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure—Price: $3.99—Page Count: 32

GET READY FOR FIGHTS AND/OR TIGHTS. Saddled with obnoxious child actor gone to seed Flix Bixby and pursued by con authorities and a cabal of cannibal celebs, Dez and Victor need allies, and fast! Enter Capetown: the genre-exclusive hall where superhero cosplayers act out their elaborate power fantasies, rooftop brawls and all. Who better to fight for truth and justice, right? Right??

Preview: The Long Con #4

The Long Con #4

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

A bloodbath at the hands of a murderous cosplay squad is interrupted by… another murderous cosplay squad? Dez and Victor flee into a network of secret tunnels once used to whisk celebrity guests to their appearances without pressing the flesh of normal mortals. Now the tunnels echo with mysterious screams, and those who enter are never seen again. What semi-famous horrors will Dez and Victor discover in the darkness? And more importantly, when was the last time those horrors ate?

Preview: The Long Con #3

The Long Con #3

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

The only way through Long Con is with a badge, so after a run-in with a murderous cosplay goon squad, Dez, Victor, and Loren set out to procure some. Luckily, there’s a sizable black market running out of the old Salad Saloon. Unluckily, murderous cosplay goon squads are more difficult to shake than previously thought. Plus, a flashback reveals the super secret origins of boob windows!

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