Official Press Release
Oni Press is pleased to announce the return of Terry Highland and the rest of the superpowered gang from Shuster Academy in a new trade paperback and one-shot available this summer! June sees the release of the book collecting the first three SIDEKICKS comics by writer J. Torres (COPYBOOK TALES, ALISON DARE) and artist Takeshi Miyazawa. Plus, the duo reunite in July for SIDEKICKS: THE SUBSTITUTE, an all-new one-shot! In an effort to prime fans and retailers for the pair of new projects, Oni Press will be making the first 24 pages of SIDEKICKS material available as part of their FreeComic online initiative.
"When we found out that SIDEKICKS was looking for a home, we jumped at the chance to make it part of the ever-expanding Oni line," commented Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich. "This was one of our favorite miniseries of 2000 and we're pleased as punch to be bringing it out from under the general comics radar."
"J. and Takeshi are a perfect creative team," added collection editor James Lucas Jones. "Their teenagers talk, move, and dress like real kids. Sure, these students have special gifts and powers but they have more in common with the kids of GILMORE GIRLS than the costumed characters that dominate comics."
Terry Highland isn't like other kids. Or is she? Sure, Terry is the daughter of an ex-superhero sidekick and, yeah, she has powers of her own, too, but when you're a new student at a school like Shuster Academy that's hardly out of the ordinary. Terry's classmates include a pyromaniac firestarter in homeroom, a werewolf in Geometry, killer robots in gym-- and that's just before lunch! Sounds like a superteen's dream come true, doesn't it? There's just one catch. In order to make the grade at this school, you can't use your powers. So when three new vigilantes burst on to the scene calling themselves "Biff," "Bam," and "Pow," it has the whole student body buzzing and the administration on the lookout for the kids who would dare to break the Academy's number one rule. Can Terry and her friends solve the mystery without getting caught in the middle?
"I couldn't be more excited about the return of SIDEKICKS," commented writer J. Torres. "To have all the original issues available again in a snazzy new book for snazzy new readers… It feels like my birthday! And to have an all-new one-shot out just a month later? That's just icing on the cake."
SIDEKICKS: THE SUBSTITUTE picks up where THE TRANSFER STUDENT leaves off and sees Terry and the gang dealing with a new kind of fill-in teacher! Who is more qualified to run a classroom filled with rambunctious "gifted" youngsters? Why a reformed supervillain, of course! But how will the kids, administration, and PTA deal with a teacher who's more accustomed to crafting diabolical schemes than she is to creating interesting lesson plans?
"School may be out for summer," concluded Jones, "But I'm jazzed to finally have classes back in session at Shuster Academy!"
SIDEKICKS: THE TRANSFER STUDENT TP will ship to comic book stores on June 26, 2002. It has 96 pages of story and art in a 6"x9" book and is priced at $8.95. The first chapter of the story will be available for downloading at http://www.onipress.com/freecomic March 25, 2002.
SIDEKICKS: THE SUBSTITUTE is scheduled to ship on July 24, 2002. It is a standard comic book with 32 pages of black-and-white story and art, and retails for 2.95.