Oni Puts More On Their 'Banana Sunday'

Before Bandette, there was Banana Sunday. Writer Paul Tobin and artist Colleen Coover have teamed up with colorist Rian Sygh for an all-new color edition of the beloved all-ages fantasy/humor book to be released October 24. This edition will also feature a brand-new introduction by Paul Tobin, and previously uncollected art from Colleen Coover!

Kirby Steinberg is having a bit of trouble fitting into her new school. Sure, there's the usual problems associated with being from "somewhere else," but this time the new kid also happens to be the guardian for three talking primates. Chuck, the professorial orangutan. Knobby, the love-stricken spider monkey. Go-Go, the befuddled golden gorilla. These primates have learned to speak, thanks to the scientific processes of Kirby's father. Or have they? What's their real story? That's what Nickels—Kirby's new best friend and unfortunately dedicated school reporter—would like to discover. Can Kirby find time to develop a relationship with Martin, the dashing nerd? Steer clear of Skye, the high school's #1 pillar of arrogance? Keep Knobby, Chuck and Go-Go from causing untold catastrophes? And, above all, will Kirby be able to hide the real origin of these three simians from Nickels? Oh, probably not.

“Banana Sunday, I think, speaks to the kid in each of our hearts, the kid who grew up wondering what it would be like if animals could talk, and what it would be like to truly be friends with them,” said Paul Tobin. “In Banana Sunday, the kid in our hearts finally gets those questions answered, and just like the adult in our hearts suspected, the answer is... chaos.”

“Banana Sunday holds a special place in my heart: it was the first time my work was accessible to readers of any age; it was the first major project I made with my husband Paul Tobin; it was the first story we made after leaving our day jobs in Iowa to move to Portland to become full-time comic creators,” said Colleen Coover. “I am thrilled to have this story available again, and with such gorgeous colors by Rian Sygh, it's even better than before!”

“I had so much fun spending time in the world of Banana Sunday while coloring the book,” said Rian Sygh. “It's a timeless classic with a lot of heart (and a lot of hijinks) and I'm so happy that the color edition gives the opportunity for Banana Sunday to find a new audience!”

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