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Perez pencils Sojourn / Lady Death! - 4/02/2004
They’re strong, skilled and sexy--and when they collide, George Pérez will deliver all the action!

Hot on the heels of JLA/Avengers, the legendary artist known for illustrating comics’ greatest superhuman slugfests will pencil SOJOURN/LADY DEATH, an electrifying event pitting Arwyn’s mystical bow against the supernatural spitfire’s enchanted steel blade. On sale May 12th, the two-issue miniseries features a colossal creative team completed by co-writers Chuck Dixon (EL CAZADOR) and Lady Death creator Brian Pulido.

Star of the best-selling fantasy series SOJOURN, the avenging archer Arwyn seeks to destroy Mordath, the wicked warlord responsible for the death of her family. Battling beasts in the pages of LADY DEATH: A MEDIEVAL TALE, the young woman named Hope uses her magical powers to help the two races that have rejected her. Both warrior women oppose evil...so why is Arwyn aiming her exploding arrows at the ghostly gal who defied the grave? Blame Mordath, who figures if one alluring adventurer is challenging his grip on the world of Quin, why not destroy her with her own dark twin? (Read More)

The Ghouly Boys Find a Home at SLG Publishing - 1/02/2004
It's hard to fit in when you're a reanimated boy, a bat too fat to fly, a werewolf by day, a third-generation boogey man or an aquaphobic sea monster. The Ghouly Boys are outcasts and outsiders, looked upon with disdain and suspicion and thrust to the margins of society. The Ghouly Boys, the new comic book series by Christopher, tells the stories of five young misfits -- Zombie Boy, Fat Bat, Puppy, Sammy Hain Boogie and Fishboy -- who search for their place in the world, discovering a friendship that is untouched by fear and prejudice on the way.

At the heart of The Ghouly Boys is the charm and innocence that the boys hold onto as they face their demons and defeat the feelings of doubt that years of loneliness and alienation have caused. Getting to know young people who were troubled by depression influenced Christopher's decision to create a comic in which characters overcome dejection and estrangement. As the webmaster of Roman Dirge's website, Spookyland, Christopher sometimes received email from fans needing someone to talk to about difficult times in their lives. He would do his best to help them, sometimes chatting with them all night just to make sure they would be all right.

"I saw that there was perhaps a certain responsibility I had as a creator to speak to them through my work when I got the chance," said Christopher. "Even if it's as simple a message as 'you are not alone,' it can really help someone in time of need."

Christopher supports the emotional core of The Ghouly Boys with expressive character design and cartooning, as well as with dynamic panels and layouts, which show the influence of comics legend Will Eisner, whom Christopher calls "everything I want to be when I grow up." Christopher's cartooning method, however, is different from that of traditional cartoonists like Eisner. While the pencils of The Ghouly Boys are drawn by hand on paper, Christopher uses the computer program Adobe Illustrator to "ink" the comic. The result is a comic book that is nearly entirely computer-generated, but maintains a traditional brushed-ink look. (Read More)

An open letter from the Blue Monday cast re: The new series - 1/02/2004
An open letter from the cast of the Oni Press series BLUE MONDAY arrived in my inbox this morning. Here it is, presented in its entirety:

Dear comics reader:

Oni Press is releasing a new BLUE MONDAY series in April. It’s called PAINTED MOON. It’s by that Chynna Clugston-Major person. She’s okay. We like her all right. It’s those sweaty boys at Oni Press that get on our nerves.

First off, we know this is supposed to be a press release, and there actually was one written. That Jamie Rich guy, the whiny one with the big belly and bad hair and like eighteen ulcers, he wrote one and it’s got all these quotes about how excited we are to be doing BLUE MONDAY: PAINTED MOON, to be back after Chynna left us to do her “solo record.” SCOOTER GIRL made us feel like the other members of Bon Jovi when he did that YOUNG GUNS soundtrack. Not that we would listen to that, but everyone always complains that we don’t like music that anyone has heard of, so we’re compromising here. But we digress…

Oni’s publisher Joe Nozemack stepped away from his desk. I think his martini glass got empty, or he was going to club a baby seal or something. He’s a publisher, and they’re eeeeeevil. So, we hijacked his computer, deleted the marketing hype, and we’re sending this out. (Read More)

Andi Watson’s Love Fights gets collected, but the fists keep flying - 21/01/2004
Andi Watson’s ongoing series for Oni Press, LOVE FIGHTS, is going to have its first trade paperback collection this coming April. Comprising the first six issues of the romance-among-the-superheroes series, it introduces unfamiliar readers to Jack and Nora while refreshing long-time readers’ memories for the new stories to come. With the seventh issue due in two weeks, LOVE FIGHTS is still swinging, with many more installments of this cape-and-tights soap opera on the way.

"The best thing about LOVE FIGHTS is its organic storytelling," said Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich. "Andi has let the story grow on its own, exceeding his own expectations of where it might go. As the series has become both a fan and critical favorite, this only means more great comics for everyone. The new tpb is simply a volume 1, meaning we have a lot of pages to go before we find out if our lovers every make it to the altar!"

"I approach each issue as an individual unit," Watson explained, "and keep in mind that there are still people reading these month-to-month. I want each chapter to be a good story. At the same time, any serialized work is going to be better appreciated in one big chunk. I think in having this much of the story in one go, a reader is going to probably notice a lot more of the subtleties."

The concept for the book is simple: two people in a world where superheroes are real fumble through a relationship, their lives constantly interrupted by men in tights beating the living heck out of each other. Jack is the penciller of the official comic book adventures of The Flamer, an old school crime fighter whose popularity is on the wane due to his involvement in a love-child sex scandal. Nora is the up-and-coming reporter with the scoop. Neither Jack nor Nora are aware of each other’s connection to the hero when they meet, but as their courtship progresses, it only proves to complicate matters. Additionally, Jack’s cat Guthrie disappeared for a while and came back…different. And we all know how cats demand attention! (Read More)

Three Strikes, but a new TPB is Whats out this March from Oni Press - 15/01/2004
Just as the pros are warming up their arms and oiling up their gloves after a long winter off, Oni Press is examining three strikes of a different kind with a new trade paperback collection of the critically acclaimed miniseries THREE STRIKES. Written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir (NEW MUTANTS, SKINWALKER) and illustrated by Brian Hurtt (DC's HARD TIME, QUEEN & COUNTRY) this book tells the tale of college student Rey Quintana and bail enforcement agent Noah Conway as they’re set on a collision course that will change both their lives forever. Utilizing a distinctive split narrative style, THREE STRIKES examines the difference between law and justice through two very different eyes in the aftermath of a single lapse of judgment.

"Some people excel at writing angry," editor James Lucas Jones commented. "Greg Rucka is probably the king of this in comics. Exposing social injustices just gets his creative juices flowing. With THREE STRIKES, Nunzio and Christina prove that Greg doesn't have an exclusive on channeling righteous rage into excellent storytelling. In fact, they just might capture his crown if he's not careful." (Read More)

Oni Press announces two new online comics - 14/01/2004
For a couple of years, Oni Press hijacked the tradition of delivering new comic strips on Sunday mornings by posting brand new, free content on its website. Used as both an avenue to promote books like BLUE MONDAY and JINGLE BELLE and a place for creators like Bernie Mireault and Bryan Lee O’Malley to try something different, the Sunday Comics soon became a favorite of Oni’s online fans. That all ended this past summer, as the program quietly faded into oblivion.

But now it’s back—and with a vengeance! Oni Press has lined up two new features for an all-new cavalcade of cartoonery! And it’s set to begin this Sunday, January 18, 2004.

First up is a three-part original story by Oni editor in chief Jamie S. Rich and artist Patrick Scherberger. Known to many as the winner of Comic Book Idol, a talent contest run by Comic Book Resources in 2003, the strip will be Scherberger’s first sequential work since the contest closed. Entitled "Chance Meetings," it’s a romantic comedy about just what the title suggests—how people meet and sometimes miss each other.

"I really wanted to give Patrick something he could show off with," Rich said. "I wanted it to be a showcase for both of us, and I tried to make it a complete narrative. It was a lot of fun seeing the pages take shape. Patrick put everything he had into what could’ve been a small assignment. I think people will really take notice." (Read More)

Forums downtime - 8/01/2004
Due to a technical difficulties with our web host, the Graphic Action Forums are currently offline. We expect to have the forums operating again by the start of next week.

Update: We've recovered from the server crash and the Graphic Action Forums are back online. Head over there to have your say!

Street Angel Comes Up from the Underground to SLG! - 4/01/2004
Street Angel, the urban drama/teen comedy/tragedy/action-adventure/sci-fi/political satire/slice-of-life comic with its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, is bursting forth from its underground roots into the realm of "legitimate" comics as a full-sized, ongoing quarterly series by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca from SLG Publishing. Described by its creators as "Bruce Lee meets Dan Clowes crossed with Watchmen, if Tony Hawk and Clint Eastwood had a child, and the Matrix crossed with Punky Brewster," Street Angel is a comic series defies any single genre or high-concept description to pin it down.

Creators Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, who published the Eugene Day Memorial Prize-nominated mini comic version of Street Angel with Aweful Books under the name "Dick Troutman," created the comic to bring fun back to superhero comics. Among the influences artist and co-writer Rugg names for Street Angel are "imaginary memories of Silver Age comics" and Jack Kirby, a sensibility that SLG Publishing won over SLG Publishing's president Dan Vado.

"The only things that could make this comic better are an alien with a giant brain and a talking gorilla," said Vado. "And who's to say those won't show up?"

"There's definitely a lack of fun in comics these days. In some ways Street Angel is a reaction against what I see in the superhero mainstream today," said Rugg. "I think the book has some unique qualities even as a superhero book. It's extremely flexible and open to incorporating elements from other genres like horror, noir, comedy."

Co-writer/creator Maruca agrees, saying of the conception of Street Angel, "We just wanted to take the superhero, use all of the conventions and try to make it entertaining and easier to relate to." (Read More)

Hawthorne and Oni Press hysterical this February! - 19/12/2003
Mike Hawthorne is on a roll. THREE DAYS IN EUROPE, his romantic comedy with writer Antony Johnston, is due to hit stores in the next few weeks. His work on Beckett Comics’ RUULE: GANGLORDS OF CHINATOWN is currently flying off shelves. And his first issue of Greg Rucka’s QUEEN & COUNTRY has met with rave reviews. Well, Hawthorne isn’t satisfied with stopping there! This February he’s breaking out in his own one man anthology, HYSTERIA, VOLUME 1.

"It’s been such a pleasure to watch Mike over the last couple years," said editor James Lucas Jones. "He’s grown so much both in popularity and in his skills as a storyteller—it’s just been a joy. He’s been working hard for years and it’s extremely gratifying for me to see him attain new levels of success."

Forget New York. Push Rio De Janeiro out of your head. Cross Amsterdam off the map. Port Asteria is officially the craziest place on Earth. Malicious madmen, courageous cops, and charming chupa cabras—they all call this peculiar place home and they all spring from the gregarious grey matter of manic Mike Hawthorne! (Read More)

Spider-Man 2 Teaser online - 17/12/2003
The trailer for Spider-Man 2 is now online at http://advision.webevents.yahoo.com/sony/spiderman2/. The movie is scheduled to be released in Australia on the 1st of July, 2004.

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