OniPress.com gets facelift/debuts 'Lost at Sea'

Official Press Release

[OniPress.com]On Sunday, November 18, 2001, Oni Press will unveil a brand new comics property as part of its Sunday Comics series. Bryan O'Malley's LOST AT SEA is currently in development as a comic book miniseries with Oni, and this six-part comic strip-a new installment each Sunday-will give fans their first glimpse of the series. The strips will appear on the newly redesigned Oni Press website, www.onipress.com, in the "Sunday Comics" section.

"Bryan is a talent I've had my eye on for sometime," said Oni Press editor James Lucas Jones. "The comics he did as part of the website Thrilled to Be Here showed a ton of potential and when I got to see more of his work at Wizard World Chicago this past August I knew he was someone I needed to work with."

LOST AT SEA follows three high school friends and one acquaintance reunited after their first semester away at college. Ian, Stephanie, and Dave aren't sure what to make of Raleigh. They vaguely remember her from high school but how she ended up with them on their road trip up the coast is kind of a blur. Raleigh's just as confused. How did a loner like her end up with these three?

"I'm in love with these characters," O'Malley said. "When James started tossing around the idea of doing some webcomics, I knew right away that I wanted to start something with these kids. They're silly, and the subject matter may seem like just whatever random junk is on my mind, but there's a lot more beneath the surface, cliche as that sounds. And these light-hearted strips are only the first stop on a trip that's just getting started."

For the Sunday Morning Comics series, point your browser to www.onipress.com and look under "Sunday Comics." The first of six new LOST AT SEA strips will be available on November 18, 2001. The LOST AT SEA comic book series is as yet unscheduled, but is planned for some time in the second half of 2002.

But the online comics series is just one part of Oni Press' recently remodeled web presence. In addition to the interactive community, online store, and revolutionary free comic program, Oni had already established, the overhauled website contains a variety of new features. Its streamlined interface gives users access to regularly updated shipping information, order codes for the entire Oni Press library, and new ways to "Oni-ize" your desktop computer with wallpapers and AOL Instant Messenger icons featuring your favorite Oni characters.

"We see the web as one of our most powerful promotional tools," commented Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. "The OniPress.com website will continue to be a place where fans, retailers, and creators can go to interact, see sneak peeks of upcoming projects, and find information on the entire Oni line."

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