Jay Stephens to Publish Restricted Sequence ‘Dwellings’ with Oni Press

Starting this summer season, a number of Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Oni Press will publish Dwellings, a bi-monthly restricted collection from the Emmy Award-winning animator and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Jay Stephens (Tutenstein, Jetcat Clubhouse). Re-formatting Stephens’ acclaimed self-published collection into three prestige-format chapters, Oni’s new launch of the mission marks the Canadian cartoonist’s return to the writer that performed an early, pivotal position in shaping his profession.

Every of the three outsized, status format points will embrace two full tales inside their 72 pages. The collection facilities on Elwich, an oasis of small-town perfection the place the faculties overflow with cheery-eyed youngsters. Lovingly adorned properties 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 supply—and behind each dwelling awaits a horrifying new story to be instructed. 

“As a younger collector within the days earlier than the web, earlier than our city even dreamt of a comic book store, I bear in mind strolling the prepare tracks on weekends, searching again points at storage gross sales and flea markets, choosing up no matter I might discover,” mentioned Stephens. “Although thought of uncool, I used to be magnetically drawn to the irresistibly lovable Harvey comics… Casper, Spooky, Wendy and Scorching Stuff specifically… and all the time stored a watch out for that one concern the place they lastly revealed who murdered Casper the pleasant Ghost. If the definition of nostalgia is to ‘return dwelling in ache,’ Dwellings is probably 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 horrifying.”

“It is a honest pleasure to welcome Jay Stephens again to Oni with one of many scariest, funniest, most twisted comics collection of the last decade,” provides Oni Press President & Writer, Hunter Gorinson. “Like SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN pressure fed by way of a woodchipper with a stack of previous 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 collection for the higher a part of 20 years. Even if you happen to’ve learn tens of 1000’s of comics, I can assure this: You’ve by no means seen something like Dwellings earlier than… and are not prefer 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 concern in comedian retailers in every single place on August 9, 2023. The primary concern will characteristic all-new, never-before-seen customary 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 Degree (Batman Vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham).

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