Oni Press announces 'Courtney Crumrin' TPB and new series in December

[Courtney Crumrin - Mystics]Following up the success of last spring's popular miniseries, Oni Press and Ted Naifeh are happy to announce December 2002 as COURTNEY CRUMRIN Month! Getting the party started is the new trade paperback reprinting the first four frightening issues of Naifeh's grumpy gal in COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE NIGHT THINGS. Following hot on the heels of that creepy collection, COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE COVEN OF MYSTICS #1 starts Courtney on a new adventure filled with hobgoblins, evil mages, and a council of the town's most powerful witches and warlocks!

"I wanted people's first taste of COURTNEY to be something fun. Each issue was a bite-sized portion perfect for just about any palette," Naifeh said. "With the second series, I wanted to keep that same flavor, while at the same time delivering a much larger meal."

This time around, rather than focusing on four separate adventures, Naifeh has decided to take Courtney and readers on a longer trip. Each issue will still stand tall on its own, but the plot thread running throughout THE COVEN OF MYSTICS will deal with the suburban council of conjurers to which Courtney's Uncle Aloysius belongs. Like any organization, this coven is rife with infighting, maneuvering, and all-out backstabbing. Somehow, despite Aloysius' efforts, Courtney finds herself in the middle of the political conflict.

[Courtney Crumrin - TPB]"Like another child magician we all know and love, Courtney just can't seem to stay out of trouble," Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack said. "But at the core of all the fairy-tale adventures is a character anyone can relate to--a character who has been thrown out of her natural element into a world of privilege and snobbery, but in the process has finally found a family member who can serve as both friend and mentor. Uncle Aloysius provides a welcome role model to young Courtney and a gateway into a world beyond her wildest imagination."

"It's easy to try and pigeonhole comics into a specific genre or demographic," concluded series editor James Lucas Jones. "But you don't have to be a goth to enjoy COURTNEY anymore than you have to fly around in your underwear to enjoy SUPERMAN. Ted's created a completely accessible world that readers young and old can hop into with ease. Just be careful-once you're in Courtney's neighborhood, the charming characters and the spooky but gorgeous settings make it impossible to leave."

COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE COVEN OF MYSTICS #1 (of 4) is a 32-page, black-and-white comic, wrapped in a full-color cover and retails for $2.95. COURTNEY CRUMRIN & THE NIGHT THINGS is a 120-page, black-and-white trade paperback reprinting last spring's critically acclaimed miniseries. It retails for $11.95. Both books by Ted Naifeh arrive in stores December 26, 2002.

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