Monday, April 27, 2015

ONI young adult titles earn three Eisner Award nominations

EDITOR’S NOTES:  It plays to the strengths of the ONI line that three of their young adult / kids titles earned this special recognition. It is this type of graphic novel, aimed at younger readers without playing down to them, that will grab and hold the attention of prospective and budding comics fans. Libraries, please take notice!  It’s these books that will keep young comics readers coming back and looking for more, much more so than a watered-down, G-rated version of a superhero title.  It may be time for me to dig these three titles out of my pile foe a closer look.         
         from the official press release . . . . . . . . . .



PORTLAND, OR April 27, 2015 – Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, today celebrates three Will Eisner Comic Industry Award nominations for I Was The Cat, Meteor Men and Mermin Book Three: Deep Dive. All three titles are on sale on ComiXology until 11 pm EDT on Monday, 4/27. These nominations speak to the strength of young adult and kids titles in the Oni Press library.


I Was The Cat, written by Benjamin Dewey and illustrated by Paul Tobin, follows Allison Breaking, a talented journalist with her own blog and a lot of bills to pay. When she receives an offer from a mysterious stranger named Burma to write his memoirs, it's an offer she can't refuse, not even with all the red flags popping up. But Burma is quite literally unlike any man Allison's ever known... because he's a cat. This cat has stories to tell about how he, over the course of a few lifetimes, has shaped the world and another, darker story that Allison must risk all to uncover. A story of what this particular cat has been doing with the last of his nine lives.



Meteor Men, written by Jeff Parker, illustrated by Sandy Jarrell and colored by Kevin Volo, begins on a summer night, as Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. His teenage adventure becomes something more when the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet?



Mermin Book Three: Deep Dive by Joey Weiser, takes us to Mer, the underwater kingdom where Mermin the merman was born. Due to a rising conflict with the people of Atlantis Mermin is needed back home immediately, which means that his human friends get to accompany him and see all its aquatic wonders. Once again, Mermin is tight-lipped about his past... even when it’s swimming right in front of him. There are enemies lurking in the seedier depths of Mer, who’ve got their sights set not only on Mermin but on Pete and his friends.

About Oni Press
Oni Press has been Portland’s premier indie comic book publisher since 1997. Home to a range of rad comics including Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty, Stumptown, Princess Ugg, Letter 44 and The Bunker, Oni Press strives to create comics for you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SONY Pictures and Valiant Entertainment announce five movie deal

from the official press release . . . . . .

Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures today announced a deal to bring two of Valiant's award-winning comic book superhero franchises— BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER—to the big screen over the course of five feature films that will culminate in the shared universe crossover film, HARBINGER WARS.
BLOODSHOT, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to HARBINGER WARS and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski ( John Wick) from a script by Jeff Wadlow ( Kick Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer ( Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film ( The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers.
HARBINGER will follow shortly thereafter from a script by Eric Heisserer ( Story of Your Life). Sony and Valiant remain tight-lipped about potential directors. Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film ( The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce.
Both BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER will be followed by sequels before the title characters confront each other head on in HARBINGER WARS—a motion picture directly inspired by Valiant’s critically acclaimed 2013 comic book crossover of the same name. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the five-picture HARBINGER WARS initiative for Sony Pictures.
“Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of comics, and Neal is one of the best action producers in the business today. This is a formidable partnership that will bring two incredibly commercial franchises with global appeal together on the big screen,” said Sony Entertainment Motion Picture Group President Doug Belgrad. “The long-term plan that begins with BLOODSHOT will be a considerable priority for Sony in the months and years to come.”
Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology by private security contractor Project Rising Spirit, Bloodshot is a nearly unstoppable killing machine equipped with enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing. Created by Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin, and Bob Layton in 1992, Bloodshot is one of the most successful new comic book characters of the past two decades with more than 100 issues published and lifetime sales of more than 7 million copies in multiple languages around the world. After returning with a sold-out new series in 2012, Bloodshot’s latest chapter recently began with the release of Bloodshot Reborn #1 in April—the first issue of a new series from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mico Suayan.
Centered on telekinetic teenage runaway Peter Stanchek and his recruitment into the mysterious Harbinger Foundation by secretive CEO and philanthropist Toyo Harada, Harbinger was created by former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and artist David Lapham in 1992. Having sold more than 5 million copies worldwide in multiple languages across more than 60 issues, Harbinger returned with a new series in 2012 to multiple sold-out printings and widespread critical acclaim.
Bloodshot and Harbinger collide in Harbinger Wars—Valiant’s 2013 crossover event from writers Joshua Dysart and Duane Swierczynski with art by Clayton Henry, Clayton Crain, and Pere Perez. Valiant’s first crossover of the modern era, Harbinger Wars would go on to become the year’s best-selling crossover event from an independent publisher and spawned multiple sold-out printings.
“Bloodshot and Harbinger are two of the great untapped franchises anywhere in comics,” said producer and founder of Original Film, Neal H. Moritz. “In partnership with Sony and Valiant, we look forward to building the next great generation of superhero films.”
“Sony Pictures and Neal Moritz are the ideal partners to bring the world of Bloodshot and Harbinger to life,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “They understand exactly what makes these characters tick and the exciting potential that they hold. These films are just the first step in partnership with Sony to bring Valiant’s biggest heroes to new audiences worldwide.”
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Valiant is one of the most successful comic book publishing companies in the history of the medium with more than 81 million comics sold and a library of more than 2,000 distinct characters. Established by a brain trust of legendary comics creators, Valiant’s heroes and villains inhabit the largest independently owned superhero universe anywhere in comics. Re-established in 2005 as Valiant Entertainment, the company returned to great commercial and critical success in 2012, winning a Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year and numerous industry awards and accolades. To date, Valiant’s titles consistently rate among the best reviewed in comics.
Valiant’s comic book universe—which includes the best-selling superheroes Bloodshot, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, Shadowman, and Archer & Armstrong, among many others—is characterized by a grounded, character-driven approach to storytelling. Its stories take place in a world only subtly removed from our own—one inspired by real-world science and inhabited by morally ambiguous heroes that often forgo capes and secret identities.
In March, Valiant announced that it partnered with Beijing-based entertainment company DMG for nine-figures of film financing capital for the production of theatrical films and television programs based on Valiant’s library of iconic superhero characters.
With over fifty films released, Neal Moritz’s worldwide box office gross exceeds $7 billion. His hits include: the Jump Street franchise , The Fast and The Furious franchise, I Am Legend, XXX, Click, Sweet Home Alabama, S.W.A.T., Battle: Los Angeles, and The Green Hornet.
In addition to BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER, and HARBINGER WARS, Moritz also has several films in development with Sony Pictures, including Passengers, Christian the Lion, 23 Jump Street, Cliffhanger, Rockets Red Glare, and A Prophet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Attention Creators!!! ONI PRESS open submission guidelines


On May 1st, 2015, Oni Press will be opening submissions to the public. We are on the hunt for new stories from new creators, featuring characters that reflect the diversity of the world around us. Oni Press has always valued content and execution, and we are looking for creators and projects that can support our goal to publish excellent, varied and original work.

PITCHES - Cartoonists and writers, we’re looking for pitches. If you’re a cartoonist who can write and draw we’d love to see what you have. Writers, this is the day you’ve been waiting for—we are looking at story pitches without necessitating an artist attached. If you already have an artist lined up you think is up to snuff, fantastic! But if you’re a writer who needs help finding an artist, if your pitch is THAT good, we will help partner you up.

PORTFOLIOS - Illustrators and colorists! If you think your work is up to snuff and you are looking to be paired up and you think your artwork would fit in amongst some of the best storytellers in comics, now is your chance to prove it.

Anyone with a unique perspective and a firm grasp of the comics medium.

An excellent sense of storytelling and well-developed characters with a definite perspective.

I got my start in literary journals and feminist pop culture critique (shoutout to Bitch). I’m looking for complicated and nuanced characters with a developed perspective. I want to see diversity and originality, and I want stories with underrepresented characters—all I had in my formative years was Livejournal and The L Word, and no one should have to rely on The L Word to see themselves reflected in media. I’m a big fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and literary fiction fan, but most of all I want to read something I haven’t seen before. My favorite movie is Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, because life is a rich tapestry.

I started off in the YA/Children’s book world and I think that world has a lot of crossover with the comics world in terms of story and execution. I want fully-realized characters (not necessarily “strong” or even “likable”) with agency and direction. I want unique perspectives and different takes. I’m into a lot of different genres: high fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, literary, romance, coming-of-age, and anything that has to do with weird food-based Battle Royales. Or Battle Royales in general. (I wrote my graduate thesis about point of view choices in Battle Royale and The Hunger Games.)

The biggest thing I would like to see from incoming submissions is more diversity in not only the voices we publish, but also the kinds of stories and characters in our books. For too long a period of time, we’ve seen way too much of the same ideas from the same narrowing demographic of creator get pitched to us, and the only way to change that is to evolve the pool of creators we are talking to. If you are a female writer or artist, someone who identifies as a person of color, or LGTBQ, consider this an invitation and please come pitch us. We’re not looking for affirmative action in our books by any means, but with the readership growing larger by day, it’s important we find space for new voices who bring new ideas to the table while still maintaining the same level of pop appeal that defines the Oni Press library. As the tentpole and genre focused member of editorial, I’m hoping to find fast-paced and ambitious books that center around grounded, believable characters with the same diversity as the world we live in, and most of all, books that are fun, accessible, and original.

Oni Press has always been a place focused on publishing comics for an audience inclusive of a wide demographic. With other publishers finally catching up, it’s important for us to continue to break boundaries and continue to grow the diversity of our line. Our catalog has always been diverse, but it’s time for that variety to be reflected in the characters starring in our books and the creators making them. I’m looking for inventive stories with rich characters, a thoughtful approach to comic book storytelling, and a dedication to craft. You should be pitching us fully realized, considered pitches that continue the long Oni Press tradition of character-driven narratives that don’t fit in with other publishers’ conventions.

Superheroes! They have their place but their place is not with us.
Avoid pitching long-form series or stories in oversaturated genres such as supernatural noir, zombies, vampires and gritty detectives with a dark past.
Please also avoid delicate subjects such as rape and sexual abuse as fodder for exposition in genre stories--using rape as a plot point betrays not only a lack of sensitivity but also a lack of creativity when creating compelling female characters.
We are not accepting any prose or poetry -- we’re a funnybooks publisher!

- The submission periods will operate on a two-months open, two-months closed schedule. Our first submission period will be open from May 1st to June 30th.
- All submissions should be submitted electronically through our Submittable site, located here: Any physical submissions will be destroyed without reading. Please do not email (or tweet at) editors directly with pitches. It will just make us grumpy.
- All submissions should should have your name, email and phone number on every page. They should also begin with a cover letter telling us who you are, who your project is for and how it fits at Oni Press. Also feel free to include any previously published comics work or comic-related education.
- Expect a response to your submission within one month. Everyone will get a response but not all responses will be personalized—we simply don’t have the time to do so.

- Writers:
- Pitches should be:
- A logline - [what’s the idea/concept]
- A one-page synopsis / overview - A short summary that contextualizes who your project is for and how it fits into the marketplace
- A 3-5 page outline - give us the full beginning, middle and end of your story so we can see your execution.
- A sample comic script containing at least two scenes, consisting of at least eight pages and no more than twenty pages. This should be a comic book script, NOT a screenplay.
- Artists:
- Submissions should be:
- A portfolio with at least eight sequential storytelling pages with FINAL LINE ART / INKS. No pencils, just final inks [or the digital equivalent] by you.
- No covers, pinups, etc. SEQUENTIALS ONLY. We only care about your ability to tell a story. Adding pin-ups of Marvel/DC superhero characters are not an opportunity to wow us, it’s mostly just wasting our time. Again, SEQUENTIALS ONLY.
- Please make sure your sequentials include characters of both genders and at least one person of color.

- Cartoonists or Writers w/ Artists: Combine the two categories above!
- Pitches or submissions should be:
- A logline - [what’s the idea/concept]
- A one-page synopsis / overview - A short summary that contextualizes who your project is for and how it fits into the marketplace
- A 3-5 page outline - give us the full beginning, middle and end of your story so we can see your execution.
- A sample script containing at least two scenes, consisting of at least eight pages and no more than twenty pages.
- At least 8 sample pages of sequentials from the project being pitched.
- Note: The creative team in your pitch is the one we expect to see actually working on your book. No switcheroos!

- Colorists:
- Submissions should be:
- A portfolio with at least eight pages, containing at least two different scenes, from at least two different artists.

* Sorry, we are not currently taking submissions from pencillers, inkers, or letterers.

That’s it! We hope to hear from you soon.

The Oni Press Editorial Team

James Lucas Jones, editor in chief
James Lucas Jones

Charlie Chu, senior editor
Charlie Chu
Senior Editor

Robin Herrera, editor
Robin Herrera

Ari Yarwood, associate editor
Ari Yarwood
Associate Editor

About Oni Press

Oni Press has been Portland’s premier indie comic book publisher since 1997. Home to a range of rad comics including Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty, Stumptown, Princess Ugg, Letter 44 and The Bunker, Oni Press strives to create comics for you.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Today is last chance to vote for RONDO HATTON AWARDS XIII



EDITOR’S NOTES:  For some years now, we have participated in the voting for the Rondo Hatton Awards, a very worthy and fan-based recognition of classic horror creations for a particular year.  Today is your last chance to make your picks for the beset of 2014.  We’ve voted, and will share both our picks and the final winners in a future article.

Here’s a link to the ballot.  Read further below to learn more information and details.


from the official web site . . . . . .

Since 2002, the Rondo’s have been fandom’s only classic horror awards — decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee below is being recognized for significant work or achievement in the year 2014. 

HOW TO VOTE: – All voting is by e-mail only.  Simply copy this ballot and send an e-mail with your picks to me, David Colton, at by Sunday night at midnight, April 19
– You can cut-and-paste the ballot and highlight your choices, or place an X next to your choices; or you can type your choices in an e-mail.
– And no, you do not have to vote in every category.

– Send your votes to –

– One vote per person, please. Every e-mail must include your name to be counted.
– All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or personal information will ever be shared with anyone.
– Feel free to spread the word about Rondo nominations — place Rondo banners on websites, go social on Twitter or Facebook, urge fans and friends to vote. But please remember that overly organized voting campaigns (mass duplication of ballots, for example), are prohibited. Let’s try to keep this a fun vote.
–Finally, thanks as always to the thousands of fans, pros and friends who have voted year after year. We look forward to hearing from you again. Let’s make RONDO XIII the best ever.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

To make sure LACKLUSTER WORLD does not lack support, read on . . .

EDITOR’S NOTE:  From time to time, I invest in some worthy projects and contribute to various Kickstarter campaigns.  I really know very little about Eric Adams.  I just received his email request for Kickstarter support, and it was so clever and amusing that I visited the website and made a contribution. Now it’s your turn to be charmed.  Read on . . . . . .


GRAPHIC NOVELIST ENJOYS THE ANXIETY OF CROWD-FUNDING, REALLY, IT FEELS GREAT! Cincinnati, OH (April 9, 2015) -- Eric Adams had cold sweats again last night. The chilly dampness woke him and he instinctively checked his phone for new backer alerts. This has been happening nightly since he launched the Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of his graphic novel, LACKLUSTER WORLD.


          To Eric's delight, there had been one new backer since he last checked 90 minutes ago! They had selected the HARDCOVER BOOK + SHIRT reward level for $55. The graphic novel is 380 pages and it's beautiful. Plus, it's well-written. It's clear why this backer was interested. The tee shirt options are funny too. It was nice of that backer to go for something extra.

          "Time to celebrate!" he attempted to think. He shuffled into the kitchen and lizard-brained into a pack of saltine crackers. Wearing only his underpants, he was cold, so he folded himself into a little ball in the corner of the floor. He shivered, rocked back and forth and mumbled incoherent things while shoveling in the crackers and dryly mashing on them.

          LACKLUSTER WORLD is a dark satire about an albino man using vandalism and journalism to manipulate his world all while trying to evade his fanatically religious siblings. Tonally, it's FIGHT CLUB meets OFFICE SPACE in PLEASANTVILLE. Eric liked this pitch. Not only was it confirmed to be accurate by readers, but it had hooks, man.

          He really wanted to check for new backers again, but left his phone on his nightstand. Back in the bedroom, he tried to lie down, but recoiled from the moistness. Ugh, the sweat. He knew what to do. He grabbed a bath towel. His girlfriend slept like she was dead. That, or she really was dead. He didn't check.


           Lying on top of the protective towel, he checked the Kickstarter again and WOW, two new backers! What was going on?! He moved to the couch with his laptop, where one of his cats slept. It woke and judged Eric harshly for being too aggressive with his social media promotion earlier this evening. Eric felt the guilt and feared he had ostracized friends and family by posting the link to the Kickstarter too often.

          The two new backers both chose the DIGITAL BOOK reward for $15. It made sense that some people would choose the digital book instead of the hardcover version. LACKLUSTER WORLD was, after all, a great creator-owned graphic novel regardless of the format. There's this scene with Jesus and a talking bear that everyone loves! So funny. Anyway, three backers in such a short period of time all in the middle of night? Somebody must have said something and it must have been on the Internet. He searched Facebook and Twitter and Google. Nothing. Coincidence is possible, right?

         He stared off as this thought transformed into other thoughts about his promotional strategy for the next few days. Maybe he should even post something right now? Obviously, there are people out there supporting Kickstarter campaigns in the middle of the night, so why not?! He checked for more backers. His cat told him to stop, but he knew that was wrong. He needed to know if there more, didn't he? He searched the Internet again for new mentions. Refreshed the Kickstarter page. Retrieved more crackers. Refreshed. Pet the cat. Made graphics in Photoshop. Crackers. Cat. Refresh. Look at other Kickstarter campaigns. Pace. Talk to cat. Lie down. Stand up walk around refresh crackers kickstarterrefresh reFresH refresh refsresh RefHsfh RehSFH HsHSFHREfrwsh HH::"#:$WETK o;jJ O OJNKLL.SND.dsjfg sdhblsdk

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          The next morning, his girlfriend woke him up. She wasn't dead. "Any new activity overnight?" she asked. "Yes, but let me check again," he replied. Eric Adams' Kickstarter campaign for the 380-page hardcover "Director's Cut" edition of his graphic novel, LACKLUSTER WORLD, runs through April 17, 2015. At the time of this press release it is 84% funded with 9 days to go. Eric is very confident the campaign will be successfully funded and that he will be able to print the book he has spent 10 years making, but it doesn't stop him from thinking what if OH GOD WHAT IF IT DOESN'T. And even if it's funded, will it reach a stretch goal? Is it a bad sign if it doesn't reach a stretch goal?

          You can find the Kickstarter campaign at: Eric Adams is the co-founder or Narrier, a publishing and distribution company focusing on post-genre entertainment. He's the creator of the award-winning, creator-owned graphic novel, LACKLUSTER WORLD and other comics including PECKING ORDER, RUMSPRINGA and GOODBYE WEATHER. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

INKWELL AWARDS: Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge Art and Fundraiser

from the official press release . . . . . . . . .


(New Bedford, MA/USA—April 8, 2014) The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the art of inking, will be revealing the unique results of its fifth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge in a series of fund-raising online auctions beginning Saturday, April 11.  This is the ‘main event’ to the recently announced Sinnott Spring Celebration of auctions running from March through May contain2015sinnotchallengewolverinejgerardy72ing Joe Sinnott donations.

 Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA "The Inkwells"), said, "The fifth time's the charm! This year not only did the word of mouth participation and support increase exponentially, but we have drawn in even more new veteran professionals as well as enthused, fledgling amateurs, all ready to meet the Challenge as never before.  We even have Joe's son Mark and daughter-in-law Belinda involved in all their inking glory."

To best exhibit what inkers do, industry legend Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four, Avengers, Captain America, et al.) pencilled a drawing of Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man, as well as a “breakdown”, or rough sketch, of its most popular X-Man, Wolverine.  His art was scanned and sent in blue-line form to various inkers around the globe.  The ink artists were invited to embellish the Silver Age great, whether staying faithful to his original lines or reinterpreting them.  All resulted in unique pieces of comic art.. Most also sport a classic, hand-lettered logo to resemble a cover.


The list of ink artists contributing their skills is the longest ever and includes: Andy Smith, Dan Parsons, Mark Pennington, Jack Purcell, John Dell, Keith Williams, Mark McKenna, Neil Vokes, Bob Wiacek and many other professionals as well as eager and skilled amateurs. (The list changes each year.)

All submitted art, from last year's to the current pieces, can be viewed at The Inkwell's ComicArtFans gallery here = 

All pieces for this challenge are personally signed by the generous Mr. Sinnott and include a certificate of authenticity. The first wave of inked blue-line original art from this Challenge will be on the auction block beginning Saturday, April 11 at the Inkwells' eBay store here =

Subsequent waves will begin each week thereafter. The art will later be collected into book form.


The Inkwell Awards also offers Sinnott Inking Challenge book collections of previous art with various editions available for donations to the organization.


Prices and availability of these and other merchandise can be found at the Inkwells' Web Store here =

The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in its seventh year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Web site:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mark Hamill promotes Free Comic Book Day 2015

Editor’s Note:  I recently visited the Free Comic Book Day website and came across this video worth sharing featuring actor Mark Hamill promoting the event.   Hamill makes some good points regarding why comic readers need to patronize local comic shops and the benefits of doing so. Please check it out . . . . . .

Video courtesy of the Free Comic Book Day official website. The content below is shared from the official website.

What are you doing on May 2nd, 2015?  Mark Hamill has a great idea that you need to hear!
Watch now as the actor, famous for being Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, tells you all about Free Comic Book Day at
your local comic shop!

Also make sure to catch Mark as he reprises his role as The Trickster in an upcoming episode of The Flash TV series on the CW!
Follow Mark Hamill on Twitter

Find a comic shop near you to celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2015!