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Oni Launches Erotic Comics Imprint; Zenescope to Sue for Trademark Infringement

Written by Jude Terror on Monday, May 09 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

Oni Launches Erotic Comics Imprint; Zenescope to Sue for Trademark Infringement

"This line is committed to publishing books that are feminist, inclusive, and queer-friendly—comics that readers feel good about recommending to their friends!" ~Oni Editor Ari Yarwood.


Source: Press Release

According to the latest press release from Oni Press, the publisher is launching a new imprint called Limerence Press that will publish a wide variety of erotic and sex ed comics. And by wide variety, they mean three volumes of the acclaimed Oh Joy Sex Toy by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan. Not that we're complaining - if there's one thing we love more than comics, it's sex toys. Limerence Press, according to the press release, will "focused on positive, diverse, and approachable stories that reflect a wide variety of emotional and intimate experiences."

The plans have raised the hackles of competing publisher Zenescope, which takes a simpler approach to erotic comics, under the mission statement of "bewbs and butts on every cover." Though it's unclear how much Limerence Press's new comics will impact Zenescope's target demographics of "dudes who really want to fuck Red Riding Hood," "dudes who really want to fuck Alice from Alice in Wonderland," and "dudes who really want to fuck any fairy tale character drawn by J. Scott Campbell," the company isn't taking any chances and is reportedly considering a lawsuit for trademark infringement.

Personally, we think the two companies will be able to get along fine, and there's plenty of space available in the erotic comics market for both. Here's the press release from Oni:

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May 9, 2016, PORTLAND, OR – Oni Press, Portland's premier independent comic book publisher, is proud to announce Limerence Press, a new erotic and sex education comics imprint focused on positive, diverse, and approachable stories that reflect a wide variety of emotional and intimate experiences. Limerence Press is launching with printed editions of volumes 1–3 of Oh Joy Sex Toy, a popular sex education and sex toy review webcomic by creators by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan.

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Oh Joy Sex Toy Volumes 1 & 2 by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan.

 

"I'm incredibly excited to be helming Limerence Press!" said Oni Press Managing Editor Ari Yarwood. "There was a point in my life where I was either going to work in comics or work in sex education, and while I obviously ended up working in comics, Limerence Press is the combination of both those passions. As a queer lady, I'm invested in publishing erotica and sex education comics that reflect the wonderful spectrum of human sexuality."

"Matthew and I are ecstatic to now be working with Oni Press and Limerence!" said Oh Joy Sex Toy creator Erika Moen. "Our shelves have been full of beautiful Oni books for years and we're both so honored and delighted for the opportunity to put our books alongside theirs. We are a small, two-person comic-making team, and with Limerence we're looking forward to having our work reach a broader audience of people who crave fun sex positivity and bad puns in their life. This deal isn't just about getting accessible sex education into more hands and Oni isn't just a comics-printing giant, we're all local and Portland based, so with this deal we're making work happen with both our peers and friends alike, and, well, thats just plain awesome. We couldn't be happier."

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Oh Joy Sex Toy Volume 3 Oni Press cover illustrated by Erika Moen.

 

Limerence Press is printing Moen and Nolan's Oh Joy Sex Toy Volume 3Kickstarter books, helping the creative team reduce costs. The unique and limited-Kickstarter edition cover will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers, and serve as the books that Moen and Nolan sell directly online, at conventions, and at book signings. A separate Limerence Press cover will be distributed to comic shop retailers, bookstores, and specialty shops—avenues previously inaccessible to the creators.

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"Here in the office, we couldn't be more pleased to be partnering with Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan on Oh Joy Sex Toy to help their fun, punny, educational, and sometimes very sexy book reach more bookshelves," said Yarwood. "Future titles from Limerence Press will embrace the excitement and positivity Oh Joy Sex Toy embodies, and we're delighted to have it be our launch title."

"Throughout my time at Oni Press, our focus has been creating quality inclusive stories of all sorts," said Oni Press Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones. "With Limerence Press, we are bringing that same passion for diverse, premium content to the world of erotica and sex education for all readers in the same inclusive manner that is our hallmark."

"We're challenging ourselves to find books and creators who intrigue and arouse the reader's emotions, every bit as much as they engage them on a physical level," said Oni Press Publisher Joe Nozemack.

"The idea of 'limerence,' that giddiness of falling head over heels for someone, is something we hope to capture with this imprint," said Yarwood. "Erotica comics can be fun and inviting, as well as sexy, and my goal is that readers will find that titles from Limerence Press have real emotion and affection in them. This line is committed to publishing books that are feminist, inclusive, and queer-friendly—comics that readers feel good about recommending to their friends!"

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"We owe a debt of gratitude to C. Spike Trotman and the webcomic creators who are already publishing awesome sexy comics for paving the road ahead, and I hope that Limerence Press will add another venue and voice for erotica and sex education comics with the quality that Oni Press is known for," said Yarwood. "I'm looking forward to the coming years and the fantastic comic creators whose work Limerence Press will have the privilege to showcase."

Follow Limerence Press on Twitter and Tumblr and look out for announcements for future titles this summer!

 

OH JOY SEX TOY VOLUME 1 (ISBN 978-1-62010-362-3) and VOLUME 2 (ISBN 978-1-62010-363-0) goes on sale at local comic book shops on Wednesday, October 5, and will be available for $29.99 each. It can be ordered by comic shop retailers from Diamond Book Distributors on May 18. Both will also be available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

OH JOY SEX TOY VOLUME 3 (ISBN 978-1-62010-361-6) goes on sale at local comic book shops on Wednesday, November 9, and will be available for$29.99. It can be ordered by comic shop retailer from Diamond Book Distributors in the #334 July Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue. It will also be available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.





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