Oni Press announced Friday at Comic-Con International that it will publish print collections of popular webcomics Diesel Sweeties and Double Fine Action Comics, and teased new online projects by Jamie S. Rich and Natalie Nourigat, and Ananth Panagariya and Tessa Stone.
In April, Scott C’s long-running Double Fine Action Comics, which follows the adventures of the Two-Headed Baby, Knight and Muscleman, will receive a new edition of its scarce 2008 volume, followed by new-to-print volumes 2 and 3. “I am getting super pumped about Oni Press, you guys,” Scott C. said in a statement. “I think Oni Press and the Double Fine Action Comics will make an incredibly powerful team worthy of any battle against anything.”
The publisher also will collect R. Stevens’ beloved Diesel Sweeties in a series of volumes based not on when they appeared during the comic’s 12-year run, but rather by subject matter and sensibilities. The first themed collection will debut next summer.
Promising more details in October at New York Comic-Con, Oni also teased A Boy & A Girl by Rich and Nourigat, and Buzz!, by Panagariya and Stone, upcoming comics that apparently will appear online before being released in print.
“None of these are webcomics – they’re just comics,” said George Rohac, Oni’s operations director. “This is an incredibly simple concept we’ve seen get ignored time and time again. Frequently comics that were online first have been relegated to imprints or treated as an outside entity. It is as though the fact that a physical tome did not exist first makes the comics being featured some sort of riddle of the Sphinx.”