Starting this summer season, a number of Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Oni Press will publish Dwellings, a bi-monthly restricted sequence from the Emmy Award-winning animator and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Jay Stephens (Tutenstein, Jetcat Clubhouse). Re-formatting Stephens’ acclaimed self-published sequence into three prestige-format chapters, Oni’s new launch of the undertaking marks the Canadian cartoonist’s return to the writer that performed an early, pivotal function in shaping his profession.
Every of the three outsized, status format points will embrace two full tales inside their 72 pages. The sequence facilities on Elwich, an oasis of small-town perfection the place the colleges overflow with cheery-eyed kids. Lovingly adorned houses line the historic boulevards, and solely the crows can see the deep, festering rot that lurks beneath the pristine floor. Homicide. Demonology. Possession. Obsession. Elwich has all of them on provide—and behind each dwelling awaits a horrifying new story to be informed.
“As a younger collector within the days earlier than the web, earlier than our city even dreamt of a comic book store, I keep in mind strolling the practice tracks on weekends, looking again points at storage gross sales and flea markets, selecting up no matter I may discover,” mentioned Stephens. “Although thought of uncool, I used to be magnetically interested in the irresistibly lovable Harvey comics… Casper, Spooky, Wendy and Sizzling Stuff specifically… and at all times stored a watch out for that one difficulty the place they lastly revealed who murdered Casper the pleasant Ghost. If the definition of nostalgia is to ‘return house in ache,’ Dwellings is essentially the most nostalgic work I’ve ever produced. And my re-imagining of that darker Harvey Comics backstory has festered and intertwined with my private fears into one thing really scary.”
“It is a honest pleasure to welcome Jay Stephens again to Oni with one of many scariest, funniest, most twisted comics sequence of the last decade,” provides Oni Press President & Writer, Hunter Gorinson. “Like SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN drive fed by a woodchipper with a stack of outdated Harvey Comics and a half-empty bottle of absinthe, Dwellings is a nightmarish mixture of pathological violence, nerve-fraying depth, and day-glo suburban appeal – all from the pen of a grasp cartoonist who has been constructing towards this sequence for the higher a part of twenty years. Even for those who’ve learn tens of hundreds of comics, I can assure this: You might have by no means seen something like Dwellings earlier than… and are not wish to once more anytime quickly.”
Dwellings #1 will characteristic the 2 creepy tales “They Know” and “Second Tongue.” Oni Press will unleash the diabolical debut difficulty in comedian outlets in every single place on August 9, 2023. The primary difficulty will characteristic all-new, never-before-seen commonplace and “bloody” version covers by Stephens himself, alongside brand-new variant covers by Joe Palmer (Time Earlier than Time), Jenna Cha (Black Stars Above), and Brian Stage (Batman Vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham).
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