NYCC: Oni Press Mega-Announcement Part TwoA comics news article
By Natalie Parker
And we're back. Is everyone sitting comfortably? Good for drinks? Smashing. On with the Oni Press Mega-Announcement!
As mentioned in our previous article, Oni Press editor in chief James Lucas Jones promised us "a host of new projects involved in our 2013 re-envisioning of OniPress.com" the company's website and digital information network.
He wasn't kidding, either. Oni Press are embracing digital publishing in a big, big way.
In January, OniPress.com will be transformed from a simple marketing resource for Oni's print lines into a full-fledged digital content hub, with comic updates five days a week and exclusive digital-first series.
It's a bold step forward for digital comics, and publisher Joe Nozemack talks us through the thinking behind the initiative. "We saw the transformation of the music industry over the last decade and we see comics experiencing a comparable metamorphosis. We believe there's opportunities for new models to emerge alongside the existing ones giving both established and new readers comics that engage and entertain."
"We love comics and we want to share that love with as many people as possible," adds Jones. "The web is the perfect tool to help us deliver great comics to a global audience."
The “new model” of business is more than simply making print comics available to digital users. Initially, OniPress.com will offer two brand new serials in a week, along with three additional classic serials pulled from the company's 15-year back catalogue of titles.
January's new serials were announced as A Boy & A Girl, by Jamie S. Rich & Natalie Nourigat and Buzz by Ananth Panagariya & Tessa Stone; both were previously teased at this year's Comic Con International in the summer, with details released in full today.
A Boy & A Girl poses the question "have you ever met the girl of your dreams, only to have her disappear into a crowd?"
The book explores one wild day and night in a future where real people are steadily being supplanted by life-like androids; where the need for an emotional connection can become all-consuming.
Buzz promises to be considerably more off-beat, painting a cut-throat world of (wait for it) one-on-one competitive spelling bees!
Nope, we weren't expecting that either. But it sounds crazy. We suggest putting Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" on while you read this next part.
"The comic follows new high school student Webster as he finds himself thrown into the highly competitive world. Webster's vast vocabulary throws a powerful punch as he trains for the biggest Bee of his life and a showdown with the most feared speller the world has ever known."
The OniPress.com announcement doesn't stop there though; the second wave of Oni's digital first serials was also announced, due for arrival in April.
We have MEGAGOGO by Wook-Jin Clark to look forward to. I'll confess, I have no idea at this moment in time if the title is supposed to be capitalized, but reading the synopsis I can only see the name in huge, sweeping letters.
"MEGAGOGO is an American Shonen story featuring a super sentai style team operating out of Atlanta, Georgia. Once upon a time, they were heroes, but it’s been 10 years since the last battle that left the city and the team in ruins. Now, they must assemble a new lineup that can reverse the city's scorn and defeat the kaiju monsters and amped up bigots that threaten the metropolis they call home!"
Clark promises: "Giant Mech battles! Car chases! KKK robots! Wooo!" He's very excited, and it's infectious.
And last, but by no means least, is Down! Set! Fight! from writers Chris Sims & Chad Bowers and artist Scott Kowalchuk. Editor Charlie Chu describes it as "one of the craziest comics in the history of crazy comics," going on to say "this is SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI level nuts."
I was going to detail the synopsis, but there's protagonist "Fearless" Chuck Fairlane fighting a man in a bear costume with a frying pan. It says everything I could and more.
OniPress.com undergoes it's metamorphosis in January.