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By Brian Jacks


Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, along with their artist, Jose Garibaldi, and their publisher, Oni Press, are cordially inviting fans to their new original graphic novel, MARIA’S WEDDING, Wednesday, the ninth of July, Two Thousand and Three at a comic shop near you. Sounds like fun already, right?

Few events exude as much joy, happiness and hope as a wedding, and for the Pirellis these ceremonies mean even more. Pirelli weddings are about tradition and family as much as they’re about the happy couple—or at least they used to be. When Joseph Pirelli married Matthew it rocked the clan to its knees. Now a year later, the tension and downright animosity between different factions of the family have turned Maria’s special day into a powder keg. And poor Frankie, Joseph’s outspoken brother, is holding the match. But while some fear the fuse being lit, others in the family are ready for and secretly looking forward to the blow-up. Frankie, on the other hand, thinks his reputation for speaking his mind is undeserved. He just wants to see his favorite cousin get married and maybe rekindle his childhood romance with Maria’s maid of honor, Brenna. Can Frankie balance the Pirellis expectations of him with his own or will the scales tip and bring the whole ceremony crashing down?

“More than anything, MARIA’S WEDDING is about family,” Weir commented. “Our families make us laugh. They make us cry. They soothe us when we’re upset and they can certainly make us mad. What’s unique about family is that they can do all these things at the same time.”

“This book proves that Nunzio and Christina can do anything,” said editor James Lucas Jones. “They started their careers with the super-natural thriller SKINWALKER, followed it with a tense crime tragedy in THREE STRIKES and Marvel’s coming-of-age superhero book—NEW MUTANTS, and now they’ve moved effortlessly into a totally different kind of story. MARIA’S WEDDING perfectly balances comedy with drama to show how one set of vows can rip a family apart, while another can mend the deepest wounds.”

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Rounding out the DeFilippis/Weir wedding party is artist Jose Garibaldi. While this is Garibaldi’s first long-form comic work, the man has been honing his cartooning skills for years through his commercial illustration work and comic strips featured on both OniPress.com and MadTerroristPress.com.

“Jose saw the tone we were going for and nailed it completely,” said DeFilippis. “His characters convey the over-the-top emotion of our tale perfectly without going so far as to make it hard to relate to. His artwork was exactly what Maria and her family needed to come to life. Christina and I are lucky to be working with such a talented guy!”

“This book continues the strong new tradition of OniGNs,” Jones concluded. “Nunzio, Christina, and Jose have created a graphic novel that everyone’s invited to! Come have a good time! You don’t even have to buy us a gift. And who knows? You might even catch the bouquet!”

MARIA’S WEDDING is a 88-page, black-and-white graphic novel. With a cover price of $10.95, it will arrive in comic book stores on July 9, 2003. It contains harsh language and mature content.


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