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NEWS: Lion Forge and Oni Press Announce NYCC 2019 Events

NEWS: Lion Forge and Oni Press Announce NYCC 2019 Events 1

Are you going to New York Comic Con? You lucky duck! NYCC is the largest comic convention in the Tri-State area, so there’s lots to do. Personally, I find it overwhelming and usually sit it out. Given what Lion Forge and Oni are offering this year, I’ll reconsider for next year, though!

Lion Forge began in David Steward II and Carl Reed as an outlet for ethnically diverse creators to publish stories about ethnically diverse characters. Lion Forge features a number of impressive titles in their roster: the original graphic novel Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven was nominated for three Glyph Awards, as well as the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. Lighter Than My Shadow was voted the 2017 Graphic Novel of the Year by Amazon. In 2018, the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning Upgrade Soul was selected as one of the year’s best books by Publisher’s Weekly.

Oni Press is known for featuring creator-owned works for all ages. Established in 1997, Oni Press’s curated line includes a variety of award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels, including: Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty™, Nickelodeon’s Invader ZIMScott Pilgrim,Queen & CountryCourtney CrumrinWastelandThe Sixth GunStumptownWet MoonLetter 44The BunkerThe Tea Dragon SocietyThe Coldest City, and Kaijumax.

Lion Forge and Oni Press merged in 2019 to form Polarity. The pair made headlines after a number of controversial layoffs during the merger.

See below for a full list of events and signings.

NYCC 2019 Events

Thursday, October 3
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Emily Whitten and Michelle Nguyen (The Underfoot)
3:00–4:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)

Friday, October 4
10:00–11:00 a.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty Vs. D&D)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Mags Visaggio (Morning in America)
1:00–2:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
2:30–3:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Kristofer Anka, D.J. Kirkland, Josh Trujillo, and Wendy Xu (Dream Daddy)

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Saturday, October 5
10:00–11:00 a.m.: Andrew MacLean (Rick & Morty)
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick & Morty Vs. D&D)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
3:00–4:00 p.m.: Gail Simone (Catalyst Prime: Seven Days)
4:00–5:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
5:00–6:00 p.m.: Tess Stone (Not Drunk Enough), Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (Johnny Wander)

Sunday, October 6
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins (Our Super Adventure)
1:30–2:30 p.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)

Lion Forge and Oni-related programming details can be found below.

Thursday October 3
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Location: Room 1B03

Uh Oh, It’s Magic: Supernatural Creator-Owned Comics 

Oni and Lion Forge present a panel of some of the year’s most anticipated creator-owned comics and graphic novels just in time for the Season of the Witch! Join editor-in-chief Sarah Gaydos, senior editor Jasmine Amiri, along with Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage), Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper), and Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes), for a “spirited discussion” on “the craft” of creating some of the most magical comics for teens and adults alike!

Friday October 4
Time: 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Location: Room 1C03 

Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons LIVE PLAY!
5th edition D&D meets Rick and Morty dimension-crashing sass! Dungeon Master Jim Zub (co-writer of Rick and Morty VS D&D) will run a panel of foolhardy gaming and comic guests through an encounter torn from the pages of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons VS Rick and Morty official RPG adventure. You’ll laugh, you’ll wince, you might even win some prizes – don’t miss it!

Also, Lion Forge and Oni creators will be appearing on the SyFy Wire Live Stage throughout the show!

Thursday, October 3
11:00 a.m.: Gail Simone w/Lion Forge co-founders David Steward II and Carl Reed
11:15 a.m.: Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage)
3:00 p.m.: Jim Zub (Rick and Morty VS D&D)

Sunday, October 5
2:15 p.m.: Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes)