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Monkeys, Mayhem and Mystery Come to Oni This July - 14/05/2005
Oni Press is pleased to announce the July debut of BANANA SUNDAY, a fun filled four-issue comic from Root Nibot and Colleen Coover (SMALL FAVORS).

Kirby Steinberg is having a bit of trouble fitting into her new school. It's hard enough being the new kid, but she's also the guardian of three monkeys who have all gained the power of speech, and will be attending school with her. When her new friend Nickels, a crack reporter for the school paper, decides there's something suspicious about the monkeys, the fun is just beginning. How do you keep track of three monkeys, make new friends and get good grades? Kirby shows us how in BANANA SUNDAY!

"Many of the ideas for Banana Sunday came about one day while I was at a zoo, watching an orangutan," Nibot commented. "I started thinking about how monkeys and humans would interact, if only monkeys could voice their ideas in ways we could understand. Boom, I wanted talking monkeys. And I wanted THREE monkeys because I needed an orangutan, as one was the catalyst for a lot of my thoughts. But I love gorillas, so I needed a gorilla. Also, I've had a bit of a fascination for spider-monkeys ever since one stole a pair of my sunglasses when I was a child. So, Chuck the Orangutan, Go-Go the gorilla, and Knobby, the spider-monkey. All of whom are monkeys, but represent different types of humanity." (Read More)

Capote in Kansas - 14/05/2005
Oni Press is pleased to announce the July release of CAPOTE IN KANSAS, an original graphic novel by Ande Parks and Chris Samnee. Like Parks' UNION STATION, this 128-page all-new story focuses on the effect that real life crime has on individuals' lives.

In 1959, Truman Capote traveled to Holcomb, Kansas to write a book about a pair of killers. The relationship that grew between he and the two men was something he never anticipated, and the result was arguably his most powerful work, IN COLD BLOOD. Heralded as groundbreaking, his "nonfiction novel" got inside the minds of the killers and the sad, disturbing reality of murder. But at what cost did his masterpiece come? In his own fictionalized account, Parks turns his eye to the story behind the story.

Parks explains," I felt this book offered a really interesting challenge. I needed to tell the story of the creation of a great piece of art without re-telling Capote's book. Believe me; Truman has already done the Clutter murder case and its aftermath. Rehashing the crime would be a waste of time.

"That's not to say that CAPOTE IN KANSAS doesn't touch upon the horror of the crimes, but this is not a crime book. It is a portrait of a great artist creating a great work of art, and a study of the sacrifices he had to make to do so. Truman himself said that he would never have stopped in Kansas if he had known what was in store for him there. IN COLD BLOOD cost him six years, along with, arguably, his artistic soul."

Oni Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones, commented, "CAPOTE IN KANSAS is a must read for any fan of Truman Capote's work, but you don't have to know anything about him to enjoy it. Ande's packed all the information you need inside these pages; just sit back and let him handle the introductions. "

Parks is joined by artist Chris Samnee. "As with UNION STATION, I was extremely fortunate to hook up with the perfect artist for CAPOTE IN KANSAS," Parks comments. "Chris is delivering really rich work that completely puts you in the setting without ever seeming stiff or dull. The finished product is something I am really proud of... the whole far exceeds my expectations as I wrote."

Jones adds, "We couldn't have found a better artist for this particular story. Chris really captures the atmosphere of these events, as well as the nuances of expression of each character. Combined with Ande's writing, you feel like you're right there with Truman as the events unfold."

Jones concludes, "Ande has yet again done what he does best, turned our view simultaneously to the individual results of crime and the universal themes they represent. Truman Capote would be proud."

Exploring themes of love, betrayal, and the sacrifices we make in pursuit of art and truth, CAPOTE IN KANSAS joins a growing library of OniGNs- original graphic novels with compelling stories and themes by veteran publisher Oni Press.

CAPOTE IN KANSAS is a 128-page trade paperback, featuring black-and-white story and art. It ships to comic book stores on mid-July, 2005 and retails for $11.95 US. The ISBN for the graphic novel is .

Dead Eyes Open at SLG - 6/05/2005
"Imagine if you died in your sleep tonight and woke up tomorrow not even knowing you were dead," said Matthew Shepherd, writer and co-creator of Dead Eyes Open, the new six-issue mini-series coming from SLG in July. "What would you do when you found out?" Shepherd continued. "And when other people discovered you were a living corpse? That's the premise of the comic, from the perspective of a loving father who comes back and wishes he hadn't."

Psychologist John Requin isn't your garden-variety undead, but there's really no way to get on with your life when you're technically dead. His patients are beginning to suspect something is wrong, his daughter won't let him near her, and now he and other "Returners" are being hunted down by vigilante groups. The world is in chaos, and the Returners need a spokesperson for their plight. Is John Requin that man? Or is the deal the U.S. government is offering him just an empty appeasement? The afterlife of millions depends on him.

Matthew Shepherd has teamed up with artist Roy Boney, Jr. to tell John Requin's story in the comic book mini-series Dead Eyes Open. Boney has gained what he describes as "a modestly sized, yet intensely loyal, audience" with his online comic Plugin Boy. In Dead Eyes Open, which is his, and Shepherd's, first published comic, he employs a dark, heavily inked style that portrays the decay of both the Returners and the society in which they live. (Read More)

A New Look for Nightmares and Fairytales - 6/05/2005
Delphine LaLaurie committed unspeakable atrocities within the walls of the house at 1140 Rue Royale in New Orleans. Her victims want revenge.

In June 2005, they will get their chance as Nightmares and Fairy Tales, SLG Publishing's best-selling ongoing series, embarks on a new saga of terror, haunting and retribution. Issue thirteen will launch the new six-issue story arc "1140 Rue Royale," written by Serena Valentino and drawn by Crab Scrambly, the artist on Everything Can Be Beaten and both writer and artist of The 13th of Never

The exact historical events of Marie Delphine LaLaurie's life and alleged crimes are uncertain, but her story is one of many that haunts New Orleans. In that account, Mme. LaLaurie was a beautiful socialite and popular hostess in New Orleans during the 1830s, but rumors that she abused her slaves cast a shadow on her reputation. Soon, evidence of her cruelty came to light, and Mme. LaLaurie fled New Orleans in disgrace. What history knows of Mme. LaLaurie ends here, but Serena Valentino has picked up the thread to pen "1140 Rue Royale," which speculates a future for Delphine LaLaurie and the ghosts of her victims, who still are said to still inhabit the house. As residents of New Orleans say -- "La maison est hante!" (Read More)

An Important Message from Graphic Action - 3/05/2005
Unfortunately, due to problems with our hosting provider our ordering system was malfunctioning during the first few weeks of April and we do not have a record of the orders that were placed during this time. If you placed an order through our site between April 3 and April 23 we regretably did not receive it. No funds will have been deducted from your credit card for any orders that were placed during this time.

We're very sorry for any inconvenience this problem has caused. Our ordering system is back online now and functioning 100% so we would like to encourage you to place your orders again and we will fulfill them as soon as possible.

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Wakanda invaded in BLACK PANTHER 4 - 27/04/2005
"Now that the back story has been set, the invasion of Wakanda is about to begin! Issues #4, #5 and #6 feature non-stop action delivered by the powerful pen of John Romita Jr.," enthuses writer Reginald Hudlin. "Since the debut of the new BLACK PANTHER series, I've gotten amazing support from retailers, top caliber artists, mainstream press, and most of all, the fans, who have taken a cult character and turned him into a top-selling book."

Indeed, both the comic book community and mainstream have trumpeted Hudlin's BLACK PANTHER series -- retailers are reporting sell outs from Los Angeles to London, and stories on the book have appeared in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today and Vanity Fair.

In BLACK PANTHER #4, Klaw unfurls his carefully orchestrated siege on Wakanda and there's no place to hide. Cutting a swathe through Wakanda's ground forces: the Rhino and Batroc. Slicing through Wakanda's aerial defensives: the Black Knight. Striking a blow where no one would ever expect: The Radioactive Man. Wakanda's protector has never faced a challenge like this. Can the Black Panther persevere?

The issue is penciled by the always amazing John Romita, Jr., and features a cover by the Astonishing X-Men's John Cassaday!

Carey and Lee on ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR 19 - 27/04/2005
Scribe Mike Carey and fan favorite Jae Lee take control of Marvel's First Family in issues #19 and #20 of ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR -- in which he introduces a classic Fantastic Four villain in Ultimate form, and turns the Baxter Building into a virtual trap set to eliminate the fledgling adventurers...and what of the other denizens of the skyscraper, including Johnny and Sue's father, Dr. Storm?!

Jae Lee's gorgeous interior artwork is presented under a cover by Utimates illustrator Bryan Hitch!

Email Interruption - 12/04/2005
Just a quick note to our Mail Order customers.
Due to a currently unspecified server error, Graphic Action Comics haven't been able to upload new emails from our server since the 5th April! (The Good News - sending emails hasn't been a problem!)
We are seeking to rectify this problem ASAP - but at the moment - any orders placed on or after the 5th April haven't reached us.
If you wish to follow up and complete any orders placed around this period - phone us on 02 49 295717, and we can process them over the phone.
Graphic Action apologises for any inconvenience.

Black Widow takes aim at the mainstream in Entertainment Weekly - 31/03/2005
Acclaimed science-fiction novelist Richard K. Morgan's take on BLACK WIDOW has grabbed the attention of countless new fans, including pop-culture mega-magazine Entertainment Weekly. "Smarter, funnier, and sexier than it has any right to be..." are among the accolades of EW reviewer Marc Bernardin.

Writer Richard K. Morgan (Altered Carbon and Broken Angels) and comics legend Bill Sienkiewicz (ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN) bring to readers old ghosts and new revelations about the original Black Widow - Natasha Romanova - in this hardboiled noir tale. The deadliest agent in the Marvel Universe has finally gotten out of the spy game, and she's not asking for much, just a life of her own. When a sudden assassination attempt provides a harsh reality check, the former Soviet agent tracks a string of international killings that will lead her back to a Russia she can barely recognize.

Morgan's BLACK WIDOW series has been SO well received, that a sequel is set for spring, 2005.

Spidey has a "riot" in SPIDER-MAN: BREAKOUT! - 31/03/2005
Yes, Spider-Man is having a riot...the BAD kind.

The New Avengers riot hits in SPIDER-MAN: BREAKOUT! #1 -- the jailbreak of the century causes havoc in the Marvel U, as a flood of the most dangerous villains on the planet pour into the streets of New York City...and our favorite web-slinger finds himself caught between two warring cliques of escaped convicts!

Writer Tony Bedard says of the SPIDER-MAN: BREAKOUT! chaos, "It's the best of both worlds, in that I get to play with some of the greatest icons in comics, like Spidey and Captain America, while at the same time getting my 'geek on' with some of my favorite lesser-known villains, like the U-Foes and Crossfire. BREAKOUT delivers all-out action, no less than ten villains, a complex mystery, and some truly outstanding art by Marvel's Next Big Thing, Manuel Garcia."

SPIDER-MAN: BREAKOUT! goes on sale late April, is written by Tony Bedard, pencilled by Manual Garcia, and sports a cover by fan-favorite Mike Deodato.

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