Oni Press Brings Us The Long Con: An Apocalypse At A Comic Con
by Hannah Means Shannon
Oni Press have announced a new original graphic novel that focuses both on comic con culture and on the post-apocalypse. And no, that’s not just a euphemism for the experience of going to SDCC.
At The Long Con to be relsased in July 2018, we’ll find “post-apocalyptic societies inside convention life”.
Described as a “humorous action/adventure for teen and adult readers alike”, the OGN is written by Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Bite Me!) and film critic for The Portland Mercury, Ben Coleman, with illustrations by webcomic artist EA Denich, colors by M. Victoria Robado (Jem and the Holograms), and letters by Aditya Bidikar.
Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—including the attendees of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) comic convention. But unknown to the outside world, the con-goers not only survived, they kept the convention going. When proof of their survival surfaces, reporter Victor Lai is sent to investigate—after all, he was covering the con that fateful day and escaped mere minutes before everything went kablooie… abandoning his nerdy pal Dez in the process. So clearly he’s the perfect person for the job, and he won’t get trapped inside like some kinda idiot. Right?
Pop culture has an image of your average convention-goer, and that image is usually an awkward white dude in a superhero t-shirt, or a ‘sexy’ female cosplayer. That doesn’t correspond to the actual diversity of attendees we’ve met, or the passions that drive them to show up. We wanted to tell a story that reflects and celebrates that diversity while also asking: which media guests would we eat first?
There’s something really compelling about being trapped in a place you love. At first it’s great, but an hour in, it occurs to you that the long term nutritional value of convention center popcorn is limited and some of the goth teens are starting to craft improvised weapons. A pre-apocalyptic comic con already has dozens of factions, feuds, schisms and coups. We’re just making them a little less metaphorical.
Artist EA Denich adds:
This book absolutely is a love letter to all the pop culture we hold near and dear in our dorky little hearts—it’s a book about nerds, by nerds, for nerds. It’s a pleasure to work with an awesome writing team like Dylan and Ben, and been a blast to help construct our crazy little con world!
Look out for The Long Con on July 11th, 2018. Can you pick up a copy from Oni at SDCC? Most likely!