Friday, May 12, 2023


jay stephens comic book dwellings

Keep your eyes on the lookout this summer for the republishing by Oni Press of Emmy Award-winning animator and Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Jay Stephens (TUTENSTEIN, JETCAT CLUBHOUSE) DWELLINGS comics. The originally self-published stories written and illustrated by Stephens are being re-formatted into three bi-monthly prestige format issues with the first one arriving at comic book shops on August 9, 2023. 

DWELLINGS 72-page August 9th debut first issue will be published with all-new, never-before-seen standard and "bloody" edition covers by Jay Stephens himself, alongside brand-new variant covers by Joe Palmer (TIME BEFORE TIME), Jenna Cha (BLACK STARS ABOVE), and Brian Level (BATMAN VS. BIGBY! A WOLF IN GOTHAM). DWELLINGS #1 will have two creepy stories – "They Know" and "Second Tongue." Don't be haunted by missing out on picking up Jay Stephens' DWELLINGS by Oni Press while the issues are on store shelves. 

jay stephens dwellings comic books

What is DWELLINGS about?  Welcome to Elwich – an oasis of small town perfection, where the schools overflow with cheery-eyed children, lovingly adorned homes line the historic boulevards… and only the crows can see the deep, festering rot that lurks beneath the pristine surface. Murder. Demonology. Possession. Obsession. Elwich has them all on offer—and behind every dwelling awaits a horrifying story to be told.

Jay Stephens is a Canadian cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Guelph, Ontario. He is best known as the creator of Discovery Kids’s animated television series Tutenstein, Cartoon Network’s The Secret Saturdays, and the Jetcat animated shorts for Nickelodeon's anthology series, KaBlam!. Aside from his work in animation, Jay is recognized for several comic book projects, including SIN, The Land of Nod, Atomic City Tales, and Jetcat Clubhouse, and has written and drawn for licensed properties such as Alien, Star Wars, Felix the Cat, and Teen Titans. Jay is the creator of the comic strips, Oddville!, Chick & Dee (in Chickadee magazine), Xtra-curricular and Arrowhead (in OWL magazine), and (with writer Bob Weber Jr.) the daily newspaper strip Oh, Brother!.

“As a young collector in the days before the internet, before our town even dreamt of a comic shop, I remember walking the train tracks on weekends, hunting back issues of Harvey comics at garage sales and flea markets, picking up whatever I could find,” Jay Stephens commented to “Though considered uncool, I was magnetically attracted to the irresistibly adorable Harvey comics... Casper, Spooky, Wendy and Hot Stuff in particular... and always kept an eye out for that one issue where they finally revealed who murdered Casper the friendly Ghost. If the definition of nostalgia is to 'return home in pain,' DWELLINGS is the most nostalgic work I've ever produced. And my re-imagining of that darker Harvey Comics backstory has festered and intertwined with my personal fears into something truly frightening.”

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If you appreciate Stephens' Harvey Comics inspired artistic style and horror stories, check out DWELLINGS when its first issue leaps out at readers this summer. Note though that while the stories feature kids as characters the mature content of DWELLINGS make these comic books not suitable for reading by kids. For more information about DWELLINGS and other future releases from this publisher, go to

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