SDCC 2009: Oni Press

Published on July 30th, 2009

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Here’s some news you may want to know about the Oni Press panel from this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Oni Press is one of my favorite publishers in comics, and this year it’s all good news for us fans of the Portland based company!

  • Cory Casoni, the Sales and Marketing person for Oni Press, opened the panel with “Robbi Rodriguez, please report to the stage,” and “You’re in so much trouble, dude.” Talking about the artist of Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen.
  • Casoni talked about the Oni’s  iGoogle Web themes, which has art from Wasteland by Chris Mitten, Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston, and North World by Lars Brown.
  • Festering Romance by first time writer/artist Renee Lott was described by Casoni as a “graphic novel exploring people’s baggage when entering a new relationship.”
  • The next book of Ross Campbell’s popular series will be volume 5 of Wet Moon, and is entitled Where All Stars Fail to Burn. Campbell told  the panel it is like “Twin Peaks meets Saved by the Bell. No wait, Boy Meets World!”
  • Antony Johnson and Chris Mitten’s  Wasteland will collect it’s first 13 issues into the hardcover Apocalyptic Edition available to the public on August 12.
  • A hardcover  of Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen is now available.
  • From Jaime S. Rich and Joelle Jones (12 Reasons Why I Love Her) comes You Have Killed Me which will be a gritty noir crime graphic novel. It has been two years in the making.
  • Rich and Jones are working on a project called Spell Checkers. “It’s Mean Girls meets The Craft,” said Rich.
  • Ted Naifeh announced a new graphic novel for his fan favorite Polly & the Pirates series.
  • Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) is co-writing Frenemy of the State with Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. It’s described as, “What if Paris Hilton was recruited by the CIA?”
  • Philip Gelatt is  working on a graphic novel called Petrograd about the assassination of Grigory Rasputin before the Russian Revolution.
  • Greg Rucka’s Stumptown is “about a private detective who doesn’t know when to shut up .” It’s due out in October.
  • You can call the Stumptown Investigations offices at 1-503-389-2135…
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley  did not  reveal when the final volume of Scott Pilgrim will be released. Yet we found that Beck, Broken Social Scene, Metric, and a Japanese band called Cornelius will be part of the film soundtrack.
  • There is a  Scott Pilgrim video game in the works.

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So there you go! All the keynotes from this year’s Oni Press panel at San Diego Comic Con.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@comicimpact.com