AUSTIN, TX: November 8, 2023—LibraryPass, Inc. has announced a distribution agreement with Oni Press to make its digital catalog available to libraries and schools through Comics Plus, consolidating the existing backlist titles from Lion Forge Comics under one banner. With Comics Plus, readers can access thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga through their school or library, with unlimited simultaneous access for online and offline reading.
“We’re honored to be expanding our diverse collection to include all of Oni’s excellent backlist and are looking forward to the many exciting releases they have coming out in the near future,” said Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Chief Content Officer at LibraryPass.
“Oni Press is proud to partner with LibraryPass and Comics Plus who are doing amazing work in one of the most important areas of book publishing: educational and public libraries,” said Spencer Simpson, VP of Sales at Oni Press. “We’ve seen firsthand the power of bringing graphic storytelling to students and patrons alike and we’re excited to share our full catalog of published works through Comics Plus, from classics such as Tea Dragon Society, Mooncakes, and The Sixth Gun along with upcoming releases such as The Happy Shop, Covenant, and Hobtown Mystery Stories.”
Founded in 1997, Oni Press has a 25-year history as one of the industry’s most respected and acclaimed publishers of award-winning comic books and graphic novels with titles including Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, K. O’Neill’s Tea Dragon Society, Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt’s The Sixth Gun, Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer, Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Upgrade Soul, Brenna Thummler’s Sheets trilogy, and many hundreds more. In 2019, Oni Press merged with Lion Forge Comics – the Eisner Award-winning independent comic book publisher founded by Academy Award-winning producer and entrepreneur David Steward II – to create one of the largest, independent libraries of comics content anywhere in media. The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group now exists as a publishing subsidiary of Steward’s diversified global media company, Polarity.
The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group publishes more than 60 original and licensed graphic novels annually, in addition to an extensive list of periodical comics. Many notable titles from Oni Press are already available on Comics Plus, like Action Journalism, Gender Queer, No Ivy League, Puerto Rico Strong, Sheets, and Upgrade Soul, with more to be added in the months ahead, including the complete Scott Pilgrim.