Media Release — Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, is excited to announce THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, the next original graphic novel by Katie O’Neill, creator of PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER (currently ranked the #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com’s Gay & Lesbian graphic novels category, and #10 in the Fantasy Graphic Novel category)!
“The Tea Dragon Society is about a young blacksmith apprentice, Greta, who is learning her craft but isn’t entirely sure what use it has in modern society,” O’Neill told The Mary Sue in today’s announcement. “When she encounters a tea dragon and becomes closer to those who raise them and grow their tea, she learns about the dying art form and how it enriches the lives of those she meets—and eventually her own. With the experiences and the memories she makes, she begins to wonder if there’s a value in craft all of its own.”
The announcement follows yesterday’s release of O’Neill’s debut graphic novel Princess Princess Ever After, adapted from her popular webcomic about two very different princesses on a journey to find out what “happily ever after” truly means.
THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY will be available in local comic book shops and bookstores in November 2017. It will be available to order through Diamond, Ingram, and Baker & Taylor.
PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER is available now in local comic book shops and bookstores, and ComiXology. It is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million, on sale September 20. It is available to order through Diamond, Ingram, and Baker & Taylor.
O’Neill will post weekly teaser pages of The Tea Dragon Society starting on Wednesday, September 14, at http://teadragonsociety.com/.
Read more about THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY and PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER in O’Neill’s interview with The Mary Sue!
Follow Katie O’Neill on Twitter @strangelykatie and Tumblr http://strangelykatie.tumblr.com/
Awards and Selections for
PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER
Amazon.com Best Seller:
#1 in Gay & Lesbian Graphic Novels
#5 in Contemporary Women Graphic Novels
#10 in Fantasy Graphic Novels
Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Award for Best Graphic Novel/Book, 2014
Praise for PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER
“O’Neill delivers an alternative fairy tale that challenges conventions with every twist of the plot but doesn’t veer into heavy-handed preachiness that pulls readers out of the story. […] a royal winner.” Kirkus Reviews
“A delightful take on the traditional fantasy tropes, Princess Princess flips the script and never looks back. […] The story of Sadie and Amira is a must read for fans of Revolutionary Girl Utena, Steven Universe, Princeless, or young readers looking for something outside the normal fantasy fare available.” Diamond BookShelf
“Princess Princess Ever After is a wonderful story that’s great for any comics readers among you, as well as a great gift for any young comics readers in your life of any gender.” The Mary Sue
“Are you tired of fairy tales with princesses who are just sitting around and waiting to be rescued? Well, Princess Princess Ever After might be your jam just as much as it’s mine then. Two princesses join forces to defeat a great foe, all while exhibiting inclusivity and diversity on every page of this comic. The fact that it’s categorized as an all-ages—and I mean all ages, not just for kids. I loved it!—comic is just icing on the cake.” Book Riot, “5 Graphic Novels to Watch for in September”
“Princess Princess Ever After is a brilliant all-ages comic […]. It’s delightfully cute and wonderfully fun. ” Autostraddle
“There’s so much good about this book… I don’t know where to begin. […] This book is absolutely incredible. There is no way to skirt around that. It’s the kind of graphic novel that I very much wish I had as a kid. […] It’s lighthearted, funny and carries such a great message that you’ll want to read it over and over again.” Rogues Portal
“Princess Princess Ever After isn’t just funny and charming, it’s a timely story, and like any good fairy tale shows a world where happy endings are always possible, no matter who you are.” Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Star Wars: Goodnight Darth Vader)
“This book is the kind of story I wish I’d had growing up; a fun, vibrant adventure that also happens to be an adorable love story between princesses.” Kate Leth (Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat, Fresh Romance)
“Princess Princess Ever After is as bright, sweet and positive a fairy tale as you could hope to read, a big-hearted fable where the boxes we’re expected to fit into are simply dragons to be slain.” John Allison (Giant Days, Bad Machinery)
“A sweet, funny, and heartfelt story.” Sarah Ryan (Empress of the World)
About Oni Press, Inc.:
Oni Press is a premier comic book and graphic novel publisher located in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1997, Oni Press is run by Founder and Publisher Joe Nozemack and Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones. Oni Press’s curated line includes a variety of best-selling, award-winning, original and licensed comic books and graphic novels, including: [adult swim]’s Rick and Morty, Nickelodeon’s Invader ZIM, Scott Pilgrim, Queen & Country, Courtney Crumrin, Wasteland, The Sixth Gun, Stumptown, Wet Moon, Letter 44, The Bunker, The Life After, The Coldest City, and Kaijumax.