Achewood, the beloved and poignant webcomic from Chris Onstad is getting an omnibus treatment from Oni Press. The first volume, collecting the first 600+ strips in chronological order is coming in June 2020. It includes a bunch of rare additional material including recipes, short-fiction, maps, posters, never-before reprinted comics, and much more. The collection is edited by Toronto Comic Art Festival founder Christopher Butcher and features a foreword by The Magicians author Lev Grossman. It also includes an all new Achewood short story by Onstad.
Christopher Butcher says:
I’ve been a fan of Achewood since the first year, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss heading to the site to look for new strips every day or two. One of the best surprises for me in editing this book is just how much new Achewood there is for me to enjoy, as the strip was joined by Ray’s advice column Ray’s Place, by the blogs, by the zines, the prose work, the recipies, the rare strips for other websites, and so much more. It’s an absolute trip to get to read all of Achewood chronologically as I help to put this volume together, and I think fans old and new are going to love it just as much as I do when it arrives in print next summer.
Achewood subverts the genre expectations of the daily comic strip. This is not Peanuts or Family Circle. It explores deeply human feelings of depression, relationships, masculinity, death, and selling your soul to the devil to become a billionaire. Let’s see Garfield do something like that.
Oni Press Publisher James Lucas Jones added:
I am incredibly proud to add Chris Onstad and Achewood to the Oni Press library. Onstad’s daily strips paved the way for many webcomics creators, and showed that you could build a sustainable audience for serialized comics outside of the traditional periodical publishing model. These strips remain every bit as irreverent and insightful today as they were nearly 20 years ago, and these meticulously assembled books promise to expose a whole new generation of readers to Onstad’s dark and witty brand of humor while giving existing fans the classy archival treatment they already know this work deserves.
Achewood: Volume 1 is set for release in June 2020. More volumes will be announced in the coming months.