Alphabetical Index of Oni Press

Choose Your Own Adventure: Forecast From Stonehenge

I had fond memories of the Choose Your Own Adventure books from childhood, so I was curious how well the stories translated to a comic. Not too bad, it turns out. Choose Your Own Adventure: Forecast From Stonehenge feels like what I remember — a weird collection of endings, some of which kill you or are otherwise unpleasant, a few of which end positively, some of which are surprisingly non-specific. The narrative logic is all over the place, but this […]

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The Happy Shop

The Happy Shop, by Brittany Long Olsen, has a fable-like feel that I appreciated. Darcy has just moved to a new country because of her mother’s job. (It’s not stated, but given the pound price tags and complaints about fog, I assumed it was England.) She’s lonely and grumpy when she stumbles into the Happy Shop, stocked with a whole bunch of jars full of glowing dots. Sisters Flora and Frida sell happy feelings. Darcy accidentally breaks some of the […]

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent

Isabella Rotman presents an incredibly important subject in straightforward, understandable fashion in A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent, fourth in the series of Quick & Easy Guides. Sargeant Yes Means Yes from the Consent Cavalry helps various couples get past assumptions to better understand how important (and fun) consent can be. The situations are common, the questions often unspoken but necessary, as the Sergeant points out. Topics covered include “what is consent?”, particularly affirmative consent. We learn about the […]

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Cheer Up! Love and Pom Poms

Cheer Up! Love and Pom Poms is the perfect graphic novel for fans of the cult classic movie But I’m a Cheerleader. As written by Crystal Fraiser and illustrated by Val Wise, Cheer Up! is a sweet teen romance. The outcome isn’t a surprise; don’t worry, there’s the expected happy ending. Only now, thank goodness, it’s not the only story around about a lesbian cheerleader. Or the only one featuring a trans character. We’ve come a long way, particularly in […]

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Quick and Easy Guides From Limerence Press: Queer & Trans Identities, Sex & Disability

Limerence Press, an imprint of Oni Press dedicated to “quality erotica, sex education, and gender and sexuality studies comics,” has a line of guides on tricky topics. Suitable for older teens and adults, these graphic novels aren’t afraid to tackle issues of current interest, and they’re written from knowledgeable perspectives, with creators that can personally speak to the subject matter, giving them an autobiographical overlay that makes the material easy to relate to, no matter one’s previous familiarity with the […]

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The Black Mage

St. Ivory Academy, a magical boarding school run by Mr. Lynch, has accepted its first Black student as a recipient of a minority scholarship. His name is Tom Token, his familiar is a crow named Jim, and you may have already gathered from the names that this is not a subtle story. But who says it should be? As written by Daniel Barnes and illustrated by D.J. Kirkland, the book opens with Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and John Henry in […]

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Dewdrop

Katie O’Neill’s latest project has the charm of her previous Aquicorn Cove and The Tea Dragon Society, but in an abbreviated form for younger readers. Dewdrop is an axolotl, or a cute pink lump, who has a number of aquatic friends, including a turtle, a newt, and some fish. It’s time for the sports festival, and Dewdrop’s friends are competing, writing songs, and cooking. Each enjoys these activities, but the pressure gets to them, and they begin questioning themselves and […]

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Ghosts: A Not-So-Scary Roundup

It’s that time of year, when we start thinking about ghosts and goblins and jack-o-lanterns and things that go bump in the night. There are plenty of comics and graphic novels with ghosts in them, but not all are scary. Here are some great reads that happen to have spirits in them. Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz, Oni Press After struggling with mental health issues, Celeste takes an archivist job at a creepy local museum. A ghost […]

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