Oni-Lion Forge Partners With Chooseco LLC For New Graphic Novel Line
by James Ferguson
Choose Your Own Adventure books have captured the imaginations of generations of young readers. Now they’re about to do the same in comics as Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group has announced a new partnership with Chooseco, the publisher of those famous interactive books, to create Choose Your Own Adventure graphic novels beginning in August 2021.
“Bringing the Choose Your Own Adventure gamebook series to graphic novels has been a challenge we’ve pondered for many years—going back to before we even began publishing independently!” said Melissa Bounty, Associate Publisher at Chooseco. “It took the experience and muscle of Oni-Lion Forge to crack this one, and we are thrilled with the fresh spin they have brought to our classic books.”
“As someone who didn’t grow up with the original Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks, adapting these stories into graphic novels has been an adventure in and of itself,” said Desiree Rodriguez, Editor at Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group. “They were a new experience to work on, and I hope readers unfamiliar with the originals like me can gain a new experience by reading them.”
The first book in this line, Choose Your Own Adventure: Eighth Grade Witch comes from E.L. Thomas, Andrew Gaska, Valerio Chiola, and Thiago Ribeiro. It follows Rabbit, the new kid on the block who enters a ghoulish world of nightmares, witches, and ghosts. Readers will choose to learn about the mysterious witch Prudence Deadly, trounce through spooky graveyards, meet ghostly ancestors, or channel some witchcraft with classmates. No one path leads to the same destination. Choices could lead to the light…or a gruesome end.
“As a kid who spent hours in the backseat of a car, head buried in Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks, this project is an absolute dream.” says Robert Meyers, Senior Editor, Licensing at Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group. “I’m thrilled to be able to bring the near endless fun of a classic Choose Your Own Adventure book to a new audience. We’ve got some great titles lined up, and a few surprises as well.”
Choose Your Own Adventure: Eighth Grade Witch is set for release on August 25th, 2021. It will be followed by another Chooseco classic, Journey Under the Sea next.