Portland-based independent comic book publisher Oni Press announced today that of the collaboration between Parker and artist Sandy Jarrell has sold out at the distributor level and will be returning to press for a second printing. The Meteor Men graphic novel was recently awarded a nomination for the 2015 Eisner Awards, and demand has surged in the wake of the announcement.
While not rare for a graphic novel to sell out its first edition, the success of Meteor Men is a strong sign for Oni, which has been taking steps to greatly ramp up its output and performance in a bid to strengthen their position in an increasingly competitive independent comic book market.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
EISNER-NOMINATED METEOR MEN SOLD OUT DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND; SECOND PRINTING AVAILABLE JUNE 2015
PORTLAND, OR May 29, 2015 – Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today a second printing for the Eisner-nominated Meteor Men by Jeff Parker (SHAZAM, BATMAN ‘66) and Sandy Jarrell (JUNGLE JIM). Available in June, librarians and retailers are encouraged to place orders early for the critically acclaimed young adult science-fiction graphic novel.
Meteor Men by Jeff Parker and Sandy Jarrell, nominated for a 2015 Will Eisner Award in the category of Best Publication for Teens (13-17), is a tale of first contact with an alien race and a test of humanity in the face of armageddon. On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history, a celestial event which brings travelers who will change the world completely. When Alden connects to one of these visitors, he discovers the true purpose behind their migration—and what it will mean for all life on earth.
Praise for Meteor Men:
“A strange, brilliant and utterly compelling cosmic fable. I couldn’t put it down.”
— Lev Grossman, New York Times best-selling author of THE MAGICIANS.
“…optimistic and disquieting, and will likely provoke strong reactions and discussion.”
— School Library Journal
“I love alien stories, coming-of-age stories and Southern stories. This book is all three and then some. A beautifully-rendered tale of a boy longing for connection.”
— Peyton Reed, director of BRING IT ON, ANT-MAN
Oni Press editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones added, “We’re over the moon with the Eisner nomination for what we consider one of the best science-fiction young adult graphic novels ever published, and we’re excited for new readers to discover the magic and wonder of this story both at retail and in libraries.”