As the launch of Oni Press’s EC Comics revival draws near, the publisher has announced an online retailer event on June 27 to offer a preview of their plans for the next two years, including announcements to be made at Comic-Con in San Diego. All retailers who participate will be eligible to receive a variant cover for Epitaphs from the Abyss #1 by an artist to be revealed later.

Oni also announced it will offer 10 sets of retailer variant covers by Robert Hack for Epitaphs from the Abyss #1 and Cruel Universe #1. The retailer variants will have a minimum order of 250 per issue per retailer.

The online event will be restricted to retailers with active Diamond or Lunar accounts, and Oni noted that the information on the call will be considered confidential; retailers who leak the information to the public may be excluded from further events.

“So far, the public has only glimpsed the very first steps of Oni’s ambitious, long-term plan to restore the legendary EC Comics to its rightful place as one of the industry’s most fearless, boundary-breaking forces,” said Oni Press President & Publisher Hunter Gorinson in a statement accompanying the announcement. “A project of this importance and scale wouldn’t be worth doing without a multi-year roadmap for the future, and we will feel strongly that our retail partners have the first opportunity to look ahead at – and provide valuable feedback on – the battle plan for the revitalized EC line that we’ve built to extend well into the years ahead – doubly so as we prepare to introduce a new generation of readers to the power and intensity of EC with Epitaphs From The Abyss #1 on July 24th. Trust me when I say: the future of EC Comics has many secrets yet to be revealed.”

Oni announced its EC Comics line, created in cooperation with William M. Gaines, Agent, Inc., in February (see “Oni to Launch New EC Comics Line”), and the first titles will be released in July.

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