When it launched in early 2010, Omega Comics Presents had only one mission: To provide a platform for underexposed comic book creators. Behind the quirky stories of mobster ghosts, stranded astronauts and wartime vampires were a number of creators who would go on to find success both with independent endeavors and mainstream projects, including Jason Copland (Kill All Monsters, POP), Ed Brisson (Murder Book, Sheltered) and John Bivens (Dark Engine, Old Wounds).
After a brief hiatus, Omega Comics Presents is back, beginning with the all-ages standalone tale, “Stranger,” written by Russell Lissau (Old Wounds) with art, colors and letters by Dirk I. Tiede (Paradigm Shift). Debuting Oct. 13 on ComiXology and other digital comics platforms—with a limited-release print edition following Oct. 21—Omega Comics Presents: Stranger leads off an entire season of new comics and books from Pop! Goes the Icon.
On Nov. 18, the trade paperback collection of Russell Lissau and John Bivens’ acclaimed murder-mystery series, Old Wounds, will hit comic and book shops, offering an additional 20 pages of new and rare content, including behind-the-scenes sketches, essays, and a reprinting of Lissau and Bivens’ previous collaboration, “One of Us,” from the first volume of Omega Comics Presents.
Then, just in time for the holiday season, Paul Mattingly and F. Andrew Taylor’s illustrated story, Christmapus: The Christmas Octopus, comes to bookstores on Dec. 1. This rhyming tale of what happens when Santa’s famous hat lands on an unwitting octopus’ head puts a twisted spin on traditional children’s holiday books, offering humorous fun for adults and less-impressionable children alike.
Omega Comics Presents then returns on Jan. 13, 2016, as Albert the Alien co-creator Trevor Mueller teams with artist Francesco Iaquinta for “Los Ojos,” the story of a hitman whose senses allow him to see the true nature of his targets. The digital-first release of Omega Comics Presents: Los Ojos will be followed by a print edition on Jan. 20.