CCI, Day 3 - Pirates, Prohibition, and Past Lives: Oni Press Panel at CCI

Oni's James Lucas Jones opened the Oni Press panel by introducing the large group of creators gathered to introduce their projects and indicated a number of creators in the crowd would come onstage to talk about their work. Lucas then began a PowerPoint slide show.

The first project presented was "Local," a 12 issue maxi-series by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly.

"Local is similar to 'Demo' in structure," Wood said. "It's a 12-issue series with stand-alone storylines." Each issue of "Local" will be set in a different city. There will be a reoccurring female character but the story will still maintain its stand-alone issue feel.


The next slide showed the cover for the first issue of "The Damned," a five-issue mini-series by Bryan Hurtt and Cullen Burn. The series is set during the Prohibition era and reveals the criminal gangs running wild during at the time were actually pawns of demon clans. The star of the series, Eddie, is trying to escape both his criminal life and the supernatural clutches of his secret employers.

"Strange Town" is a new ongoing series co-written by Ian Shaughnessy and Chyna Clugston and drawn by Clugston.

"It's basically kind of set up in a 'Love and Rockets' style," Shaughnessy explained, "Where it's multiple short stories per issue that kind of tell an ongoing story about this town called Grangeton, Oregon." The comedic series follows Venora, a girl who is not native to Grangeton.


Artist Christopher Mitten presented "Wasteland," an ongoing post-apocalyptic sci-fi western set in a ravaged America. Earlier, "Wasteland" writer Antony Johnston spoke in-depth about the project with CBR News.

"Polly and the Pirates" is a six-issue mini-series from "Courtney Crumin" creator Ted Naifeh. Polly, the series star, is Shanghaied from her private school by a motley group of pirates. She reluctantly agrees to lead the group of buccaneers on their comic misadventures when she discovers her long-lost and deceased mother was once their captain.

"Borrowed Time" is the first in a new graphic novel series by Neil Shafer, who described the first 87-page book as an eclectic "Twilight Zone" story about a man who falls through a seam in the Bermuda Triangle. The seam leads to a different world and the man, a journalist, chronicles his encounters with other inhabitants of the world and his attempts to escape.


"Off Road" is a graphic novel written and drawn by Sean Murphy. The book is a screwball comedy following the mishaps of three guys as they go off roading and get their jeep stuck in a swamp.

"Armageddon and Son" is an original graphic novel written by John Layman poking fun at the spy genre.

"It's like 'Queen and Country' for retards," Layman jokingly described the book. The star of the book is a slacker who discovers his father is a menacing James Bond style villain.

Jones described "The Adventures of Fearless Grigs" by Andy Helms as the love child of Mike Mignola and Alan Moore. The graphic novel is set in the Victorian Era and follows the adventures of an intrepid scientist.

Up next was "Past Lies," a murder mystery involving reincarnation. Co-written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Chris Weir.

"The victim walks into a private investiagtor's office and says, 'Find out who killed me,'" DeFillipis said. "Through a post-hypnotic suggestion, the victim remembers his past life and hires the detective to solve the murder of who he was in a previous life."

"Gray Horses" is an original graphic novel from Hope Larson.

"Love the Way you Love" is a manga-style semi-regular series by Jamie S. Rich. The book follows Tristan, a budding rock star who frequently pops up in Rich's prose work, and follows his pursuit of the love of his life, Isabelle, and the dirty deals of the record business.

"Side Scrollers" is an original graphic novel by Matthew Loux. The title comes from the three main characters (all of which are high school students) who love side-scrolling video games. The characters get themselves in all sorts of bizarre scrapes, like having to fight off insane gophers.

"Street Stupid," by Bryan Lee O'Malley, stars two estranged sisters who must save pop culture by foiling a secret society's attempt to sink California into the ocean.

"Leading Man" from B. Clay Moore and Jeremy Haun is a five-issue action-adventure series. The series satirizes the conventions of Hollywood action movies and stars a character who is both a superstar actor and a super-spy.

Lucas dimmed the lights to show the audience a feature film styled trailer for the comic "Ojo," directed by the books creator Sam Kieth. Look for that on CBR in the coming days.

When the lights came back up, Corey Lewis told the crowd about "Ping," a comedy about the playground sport of kickball and features bizarre characters like a zombie.

Lucas opened the panel to questions. Greg Rucka was asked about what's happening with his Oni book "Queen and Country." Rucka apologized for any delays and said they were his fault and said "Private Wars," the direct sequel to his "Queen and Country" novel "A Gentlemen's Game," hits stores October 25th. Issues 29-33 of the comic detail a mission mentioned in "Private Wars."

Issue 33 is the final issue of "Queen and Country," Vol.1. After that, Rucka plans to tell the origin of Tara Chace in the next volume of "Queen and Country: Declassified." Once the mini-series is complete, Rucka will launch "Queen and Country" volume 2, featuring covers by Tim Sale.

A member of the crowd asked Rucka his reaction to recent bombings in London, which frighteningly mirrored the beginning of his novel "A Gentlemen's Game."

"I got that scenario off a friend at the State Department," Rucka said. "The immediate thought wasn't 'Oh my God, I wrote that.' It was, 'Jesus Christ, I hope the friends I know in London are OK' and they were."

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