Oni sent over today the artwork they showed during their San Diego presentation on Saturday. I posted the cover for the next Scott Pilgrim book already, and the main site has my Oni panel report up in the comic section if you’d like more details on each project. I’ll try to add some extra commentary, though, in my post here.
So let’s see what they have coming up …
First up, here’s Billy Smoke:
Billy Smoke is by B. Clay Moore and Eric Kim, and will be turned into a movie starring Matthew Fox from Lost.
Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us …
This is a five-issue mini-series by Chynna Clugston, who was really shy during the panel.
Here are a couple of early concept pieces for The Hollows by Cullen Bunn and Jeremy Haun:
Bunn is the writer of The Damned, which I read the other night and thought was really well done. This one is set in the Ozarks, where he’s from. Haun commented that they wanted to make a horror comic that really delivers on the “horror” part.
Here’s Ghost Projekt by Joe Harris and Steve Rolston …
I called it “Ghost Project” in my panel story, as I didn’t see the logo while typing. The “k” gives it that old Soviet Union feel. The story revolves around the U.S.S.R. trying to use ghosts as weapons of mass destruction back during the Cold War … the artwork is of a Mongolian ghost they resurrected and couldn’t control. After that failure, they switch to raising and killing off kids.
Joe Harris’s other Oni project is The Hashishian … emphasis on the “hash.”
Imagine Jay and Silent Bob finding magical pot, smoking it and having flashbacks to the Crusades. Then a Hasishian assassin shows up and wants his stash back. Plus he’d like to kill the president.
Let’s see if I can spell this one right this time … Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad:
This one’s by Jeffrey C. Burandt and Zack Finfrock. You might remember Finfrock as the artist on the back-ups in the Atomic Robo mini-series from Red 5. Burandt is a native of Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas; I grew up not far from there. You might remember back in the 1990s Clinton called out Plano as being the perfect little town or something like that; meanwhile, MTV ran one of their news specials on Plano being the Heroin capital of the country.
That’s kind of the dicotomy they’re going for with this book — everything looks great from the outside, but really it’s just a front for something far more sinister. In this case, it’s a science fiction-esque R&D plant. When Burandt mentioned it, I immediately thought of EDS, as I used to work across the street from them. They’re a huge government contractor that used to be owned by Ross Perot.
Here’s The Return of King Doug:
It started as a movie script, was turned into a graphic novel, and has already been optioned as a film with Ben Stiller (or at least he’s producing; I’m not sure if he ever said he was starring as well).
And here’s some early concept art for Bad Medicine, part of Oni’s color monthly comics initiative that launched next year:
It comes out in the spring, along with Stumptown and the color relaunch of Resurrection.
And finally, Timeshare (Or maybe Time Share), which is about time travelers … this is also early concept art: