You have to give the Oni Press folks credit: They know when to run with a story.
When news surfaced last week of a possible new candidate for the true identity of the hijacker known as D.B. Cooper, Oni marketing director Cory Casoni jumped right on it, sending out an mock-indignant e-mail asserting that the D.B.-come-lately is nothing more than attempt to discredit the theory behind their D.B. Cooper comic. What, you didn’t know Oni was doing a D.B. Cooper comic? Well, you do now. Brian Churilla’s The Secret History of D.B. Cooper isn’t due out until March 2012, but it’s never too early to start shilling’.
Oni’s description sounds a bit like The Men Who Stare At Goats Hijack a Plane: The theory of the comic is that Cooper was part of a secret CIA program in which “altered states of consciousness were used to assassinate Soviet targets from afar,” but he wigs out and becomes a “rogue agent.”
Unfortunately, Churilla was unable to reveal the actual spark point for the book, saying, “In regards to the project’s impetus, that has become integral to the story itself; a breaking of the fourth wall that I’m unable to really get into because I would like to avoid being subpoenaed.
“In a way, the story chose me,” Churilla continued. “I apologize for being so cryptic, but it gets explained in the book.”