As revealed at ComicsPRO in Portland, Oregon, Oni Press will release Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters, a new middle grade series from Chris Samnee, co-written by Laura Samnee and colored by Matt Wilson.
Co-Creator Chris Samnee says:
Reading books like Mike Maihack’s Cleopatra in Space, Judd Winnick’s Hilo series and Jeff Smith’s Bone with our kids really lit the fire under me to get started making something of my own. I’ve always had the urge to do something creator owned, but seeing how much the kids were enjoying these comics made me want to make something I could share with them.
Set to debut in June 2020, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters explores the drive and boundaries of rebuilding a family after disaster strikes. It follows two sisters, Rainbow and Jonna as they strike out into the unknown, hunting for their missing father who was taken a year ago. They fight through treacherous territory as the planet around them mysteriously tries up. Along the way they’re face monsters and struggle to rediscover their trust and sisterly bond.
Oni Press publisher James Lucas Jones added:
Chris and Laura have long been friends of Oni, and we are thrilled to have them work with us on a series that will delight readers both young and old. With Chris’s years of acclaim drawing legendary comic book characters, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters is a unique opportunity for comic shops and fans to embark on a fantastic journey with the Samnees telling a story in a way they never have before.
Since the comic stars two sisters, it makes me wonder why only one of them is in the title. In any case, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters is intended for readers aged 8 and above.
Chris Samnee continued:
Ultimately we wanted to create a book that we could read with our children but something that would appeal to adults as well– and give me a chance to draw some monsters! Oni and James Lucas Jones were the first company to really take a chance on me by giving me my first real printed comics work— and it felt like a natural choice to come back to Oni with my first creator owned work.