If you read my stuff you know that while I enjoy a good digital comic I find it a less satisfying experience than reading it in print. So when a company takes the risk and brings a great comic from digital to print I get really excited.
Oni Press has made a great decision in bringing The Bunker to comic shops. Check out the press release:
Fialkov and Infurnari’s THE BUNKER Comes to Oni Press!
The Hit Digital Series Sees New Life in Print
Portland, OR (November 15, 2013) – “One thing caused the end of the world. You.” So reads the first letter extracted from THE BUNKER. A group of friends on the verge of starting their adult lives get a shocking glimpse of what they may cause. This is the gripping question posed in the critically-acclaimed, smash hit digital series THE BUNKER.
Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s creator-owned series burned up the ComiXology charts as one of the most successful titles of their fledgling Submit program earlier this year. Pairing an epic sci-fi scope with the grounding of a tight, personal drama, THE BUNKER offered fans a fresh, new perspective and an instantly engrossing plot from two comics veterans.
Now Oni Press is thrilled to announce that their pioneering work will see a new release in print beginning in February of 2014.
“This book has been a passion project for Joe and I from the start, and we took the decision of a publishing partner extremely seriously,” says writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, best known for his Eisner-nominated graphic novel Tumor as well as work on The Ultimates, and I, Vampire. “We had such a great experience doing it on our own, with ComiXology’s support, that we wanted to continue that journey. In Oni Press, we’ve found a group of the hardest working folk in comics, who want our vision delivered to as big an audience as possible. We could not be happier.”
THE BUNKER #1 will collect the first five chapters of Fialkov and Infurnari’s digital series, reformatted and remastered for a traditional comic book size and clocking in at 48 pages for $3.99.
After this perfect introductory issue, THE BUNKER’s twisting, mysterious tale will continue on as an ongoing series. In addition to portions of the existing pages being updated and redrawn to share new secrets of the Bunker, Infurnari is also enhancing the color palette to the previously single toned pages.
“THE BUNKER is the kind of smart, character-driven genre fiction we love,” said Oni Press’ Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones. “From the moment our Publisher Joe Nozemack read the first issue, he knew it was something we needed to publish. We’re excited to be embarking on the next phase of THE BUNKER with Josh & Joe and can’t wait for readers in both the print and digital markets to see what they have planned.”
Simply put, THE BUNKER is one of the most engrossing and original series to hit comics in recent memory, and Oni Press is proud to have it join the ranks of their rich library of creator-owned comics.
In February of 2014, the future ends here.
Talk about turning the industry on its head? Did you catch this line “reformatted and remastered for a traditional comic book size and clocking in at 48 pages for $3.99“. It’s almost a perfect rewording of what’s said every time a comic goes digital. I wish them all the luck in the world with this, and you can bet The Bunker #1 will be on my pull list come February.
Read our review of digital version of The Bunker #1 (reviewed by Ed Gambichler in May)