November 27, 2008

The BODY BAGS: ONE SHOT has finally arrived and so far the response has been fantastic!  Thanks for all the emails and kind words…it means a lot to both Jason and me that you feel this comic was worth the wait.  Here is the first review, from Hannibal Tabu at CBR:

Body Bags One Shot: Automatic Jump from the Read Pile.

Best comic of the week, hands down.  Jason Pearson really, really needs to be doing this more regularly -- with only a few panels to make it right, he introduces the lead characters Panda and Clownface while setting up the scenario for ... well, what's actually happening here is kind of weird as well, but it does cast a whole new light on the assassin-filled world, especially in a post-"Wanted" industry.  Given that Pearson's a self-contained one stop shop, providing story and art (with really good coloring from Dave Stewart), this is an even bigger accomplishment -- essentially a killer action movie in your hand, a thick and substantial 44 pages of pulse-pounding, gun-toting action for six bucks.  The wonderful callbacks that Pearson uses, stringing in elements from earlier into the work at a later point, even to the point of poeticism, is excellent, and a treasure like this comic is really something to be thankful for.

October 16, 2008

Hey all!  The first review of 13 CHAMBERS is up at Newsarama, done by Troy Brownfield:

"Recently, Newsarama spoke with the creator and writer of this series, Christopher "Mink" Morrison, and he explained what it was all about. Well, I read the first issue this week and I'm interested in how it will play out. "Chambers" is a western set in an alternate history during 1860's. In this universe, thirteen U.S. marshals, each carrying a high-tech 13-chambered pistol, have been enforcing the law until a new president deemed the weapons too dangerous. 13 Chambers is the point of view from the 13th Marshall, who was assigned to retrieve the other weapons and return them to President Jackson so they could be archived. All is going according to plan, until the Marshall arrives in a town known as Four Corners, where a tyrannic mining tycoon named York has killed the 12th Marshall and stolen one of the Peace Keeper pistols. Now, the Marshall must retrieve the pistol and bring the tyrant to justice...or die trying.

The issue starts off with a diagram of what one of the Peace Keeper pistols looks like. Beautifully drawn by Matthias Haddad, it shows how the chambers work with the multiple triggers on the handle. Denis Medri's style resembles a mix between modern artists Mark Brooks and J. Scott Campbell. Amazingly drawn figures as well as solid panels, complemented by Romina Denti's coloring skill, makes for one spectacular looking book. The first issue establishes the tone pretty well. A classic Western tale, similar to Michael Fleisher's run on Jonah Hex, with a little bit of Indiana Jones sprinkled in.

The line between good and evil is drawn pretty well here. The hero is tough and handsome, the villain is sinister and resembles a combination of Voldemort from "Harry Potter" and Tex Hex from BraveStarr, making it easy to read and recommend. Perhaps I'm slightly biased, being a fan of the western genre, but I really appreciated this book and I am looking forward to what this title brings to the table. With the market saturated with tie-ins and continuity-heavy books, 13 Chambers is a pleasant addition to anyone's pull box.

October 8, 2008

New book out today!  13 CHAMBERS is an action-packed western set in a familiar, but original universe.  Here’s an interview with writer/creator Christopher ‘mink’ Morrison at Newsarama.  This will give you a great glimpse at what is in store for you if you pick up a copy.

October 7, 2008

Just a quick FYI:  The BODY BAGS: ONE SHOT is out of our hands and on the way to the printer.  Make sure to reserve your copy today, because this title is always under ordered and always sells out.  I’ll update you with an exact ship date as soon as I have one, but this book will ship in November unless something beyond our control goes down.

September 24, 2008

Way too long with no updates…sorry about that folks.  As you may have heard, the BODY BAGS: ONE SHOT is finally complete and solicited.  In fact, we’ll be turning the book into the printer in under two weeks.  This makes me a very happy man!  Jason has done a few interviews with new preview art over the last few days.  Check them out here and here.


July 21, 2008

12 Gauge Comics blasts into Comic-Con 2008! 
Eisner-Winning colorist and special guest Dave Stewart will be at our booth coloring pages from the highly anticipated (and soon to be released) BODY BAGS: ONE SHOT!  Don’t miss this very unique Comic-Con experience, as you can watch one of the most celebrated colorists in the industry perform his magic!
Creators signing throughout the show include:

Steven Grant and Victor Riches (THE SAFEST PLACE)
Doug Wagner (THE RIDE)
Jason Pearson (BODY BAGS)
David Atchison (THE O.C.T.)
Davide Fabbri (DUST)
Jason Latour (LOOSE ENDS)
Cully Hamner (THE RIDE) *Sunday only

Be sure to stop by early and get your THE SAFEST PLACE t-shirt…FREE with every purchase of THE SAFEST PLACE OGN, while supplies last! 

We’ll also have previews of new books and cool freebies, exclusively at the 12 Gauge Comics booth, #2547.  See you there!

June 18, 2008

The 12 Gauge crew is heading to HEROESCON!  This year we’ll be joined by special guests Chris Brunner, Jason Latour and Rico Renzi; the creative team behind the upcoming LOOSE ENDS.  We’ve printed up a nice preview ashcan that will debut at the show, so be sure to stop and take a look at the amazing pages Chris has been knocking out of the park.

Jason, Doug, Cully, Brian and I will be there, as well as David Atchison and Tony Shasteen.  Look for all of us in the 12 Gauge Comics/Gaijin Studios island. 

Can’t wait to see all of you this year!

June 17, 2008

We’ve had a busy week!  Last Wednesday THE RIDE VOL II trade was released.  This Wednesday you’ll find the DUST VOL 1 trade and THE SAFEST PLACE OGN at finer comic shops across the country.  Make sure to give the books a look!

May 22, 2008

THE SAFEST PLACE should have been in your hands by now, but it was delayed at the printer and is currently on a slow boat headed across the ocean.  We took great pains to ship this book on the day we promised.  100% of the OGN was finished and sitting on the Image ftp when the book was solicited.  I’ve been very open and honest about the times a book has shipped late because of us, but this is not one of those times.  As I understand it we’re looking at a mid-June shelf date.  I hope this won’t deter any of you from picking up the first ever 12 Gauge OGN.  It is a really good read and I’m looking forward to getting it in your hands—I don’t think you’ll be disappointed

April 19, 2008

In an effort to raise awareness and create new fans, we’ve placed the first two issues of THE RIDE on --- and you can download and read them for free!  If you aren’t familiar with Wowio, it is a place where you can download all kinds of books and comics to your computer free of charge (and read them over and over).  Go here and register for an account.  Once you are approved, just go search for ‘THE RIDE’ and it should pull right up.  It is a pretty simple process and it helps guys like us continue to do what we do by putting a little cash in our pockets.  Please give it a try and tell a few friends.  If the demand is there we’ll offer more and more books down the line.

March 6, 2008

International Action Thriller THE SAFEST PLACE COMES from
Image & 12 Gauge in May

Birmingham, AL (March 6, 2008)  – “CHINATOWN meets BABEL - THE SAFEST PLACE is a hard-edged, modern-day mystery that will pull you across the globe, riding shotgun with a war photographer who's sucked into the world he's only photographed.” – Geoff Johns

There will be no safe place in May when the explosive graphic novel, THE SAFEST PLACE hits the stands!  Legendary comic creators, Steven Grant (THE PUNISHER) and Tom Mandrake (BATMAN), team-up with new scribe, Victor Riches, to redefine the genre of action-thriller graphic novels with this harrowing, intense tale.  12 Gauge President Keven Gardner said, “Producing our first original graphic novel has been quite an undertaking, but the payoff has been worth the effort. We knew this had to be a homerun, and the creative team really answered the call.  I’m very proud to say that all 112 pages of the novel have been delivered to the printer and look fantastic!”

THE SAFEST PLACE follows war photographer Matthew Castle, who suffered a brutal event in his past that closed him off emotionally, but granted him a special gift:  He cannot feel physical pain

Allied with a beautiful, but secretive news reporter, Matthew uses his unique ability to track down the kidnapped daughter of a wealthy San Francisco family.  His daring journey leads him to the Sudan, where a brutal showdown with the girl’s sadistic father pushes Matthew to the brink.  Forced to confront his past, not only is the kidnapped child’s safety at stake, but Matthew’s sanity as well.

“This was a unique opportunity for me to experiment with a tough, gritty, black and white style. I'm very excited about both the project and the results!” said illustrator Tom Mandrake, who has taken his art to a new level with the strikingly rendered battles of a good person coming face-to-face with man’s inhumanity to man.

The prose by Grant and Riches captures the suspenseful mood of Matthew’s struggles and the psychological impact of shifting oneself from removed witness to active savior.  “It's rare to come across a genuinely new sort of action hero,” Grant said, “but Victor came up with one, and it was great fun to go all Robert Ludlum on him, to structure it as an actual novel, and to cut loose with a terrific, complex thriller and a villain just as interesting as the hero.”

The graphic novel will be released on May 14, 2008 by Image Comics and 12 Gauge Comics, with a retail price of $12.99.  It is available for pre-order at comic book stores with Diamond order code MAR082078 and all book stores with ISBN #978-1-58240-943-6

February 23, 2008

Our good friend Tomm Coker’s (THE RIDE: THE KEY TO SURVIVAL) first feature film hits DVD this week.  It’s called CATACOMBS and comes from Lions Gate and Twisted Pictures.  It isn’t very often that a comic book creator gets a shot at writing and directing a feature film, so please run out and buy or rent a copy ASAP.  If you’re a horror fan I think you’ll really enjoy the film and the DVD has a great commentary with Tomm, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Here’s a quick description and trailer:

In CATACOMBS, the new hair-raising thriller from the producers of the hit film SAW, Victoria (Shannyn Sossamon, star of "A Knight's Tale") heads to City of Lights to visit her wild sister Carolyn (Alecia Moore a/k/a music superstar Pink).

One night, Victoria is swept into the Parisian underground rave scene, literally under ground into the city's Catacombs. It is here--among the bodies of the dead which have rested undisturbed for centuries--that the easily frightened Victoria finds herself lost in the darkness, pursued by someone or something more terrifying than she could have ever imagined...

February 20, 2008

In case you missed the news a while back, Jason Pearson’s Clown Face and Panda are now action figures, thanks to the Marvel Toys’ Legendary Comic Book Heroes line.  Jason worked with the Toy Biz guys on this from day one and approved everything associated with his characters; from the sculpting and the paint colors, all the way to the scale and packaging art.  Jason is thrilled with how they turned out and hopefully you will be as well.

We’ve scored a few boxes of the toys and have put them up for sale right here.  Jason is autographing and drawing head sketches of both Mack and Panda on each set, so if you want a really cool BODY BAGS collectible, this might be the thing for you.

February 14, 2008

Good news!  Mr. Stelfreeze finished up his last page of THE RIDE: DIE VALKYRIE #3 a few weeks ago and it is sitting at the printer.  It looks like it will be in stores the first Wednesday in March (possibly sooner).  Preview pages are available on The Ride page, or click here to view them directly.

January 21, 2008

THE AMORY WARS #5 is on the shelves and it wraps up the first volume of this Sci-Fi epic.  It was quite a ride for all of us at 12 Gauge.  The fans of Coheed and Cambria are rabid and it has been great to see their enthusiasm for this project.  Hopefully some of those fans have jumped on the 12 Gauge bandwagon as well.

This was the first time our little company was part of creating a comic series for someone other than ourselves.  It was a great learning process for me and one that is going to help 12 Gauge as it continues to grow as a company.

Now for the ‘news’ portion of the blog: 12 Gauge and Evil Ink (Claudio’s publishing company) have parted ways.  We fulfilled our end of the contract and the folks at Evil Ink have decided to produce the next arc of THE AMORY WARS in-house.   As I understand it, the creative team will remain the same and new comics will be on the way soon.  There are no hard feelings…it was simply a business decision.

I would like to thank Claudio for the faith in 12 Gauge.  I’d also like to thank the entire creative team and the hard working people at Evil Ink. 

To all the AMORY WARS fans, thanks for the support!  I’m sure many of you have experienced comics for the first time because of Claudio Sanchez. My hope is that some (if not all) of you will become fans of this medium and the amazing stories that are here for you to enjoy.

All the best!

December 18, 2007

We’ve got a new project in the works called LOOSE ENDS.  It is written by Jason Latour, with art by Chris Brunner (you may remember him from his critically acclaimed THE RIDE Volume 1 TP story ‘Language Barrier’) and colors by Rico Renzi.  I usually don’t start talking about something this early in production, but the art is just too cool not to share.

Loose Ends Thumbs.   Loose Ends Pencils.   Loose Ends Color Tests.

It will be a gritty crime drama set in the south…and I guess that is about all I should say for now. 

December 17, 2007


I just got off the phone with Stelfreeze and he has two of the pages we’re waiting on out of the way…looks like some light at the end of the tunnel.  We should have this one to the printer at the first of the New Year.  I’ll keep you posted.

October 27, 2007

Great interview with Tomm Coker over at Newsarama. Big thanks to Chris Arrant for putting this together:

by Chris Arrant

Moses Christian is the kind of guy your mom warned you about as a kid… with good reason.

In the first ever horror tale in the Ride saga, cartoonist Tomm Coker has produced a chilling one-shot titled "The Key To Survival". Publisher 12 Gauge Comics' solicitation text says it best, "A young woman is kidnapped—bound, gagged and fearing for her life. Her captor is a deranged man named Moses, looking to satisfy his burning desire to kill. Can she outsmart this maniac before he succeeds?"

If you like great comics, then you should've heard of Tomm Coker by now. His career in comics began in the early nineties working on such books as Gen 13: Bootleg, Nightfall: The Black Chronicles and the talent he showed from the beginning blossomed on later books such as The Monolith and Stormwatch: Team Achilles and the creator-owned series Blood & Water with writer Judd Winick. But comics weren't his only career; he's spent his time in Hollywood doing storyboards for Men In Black, The Watcher, The Mummy. After his first live-action short film "A Day Between" won several awards on the festival circuit, Coker was hand-picked to direct a feature film entitled Catacombs which is scheduled for release in 2008.

But now he's back, with this Ride one-shot under his belt and a Moon Knight special coming soon from Marvel. With The Ride: Halloween Special currently in stores, we caught up with him for a chat about this comic.

Newsarama: Let's get right to it, Tomm. The story centers around a social misfit known as Moses who kidnaps a girl and takes her home. Moses is a bit of a religious nut, to say the least. Can you tell us about him?

Tomm Coker: I think that a lot of people would take offense to the term “religious nut”.

Just because Moses is a hard working, salt of the Earth type guy that believes in taking care of his family, has a strong moral code and puts his faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – that makes him a nut?

Sure he might – Ride Halloween Special:  The Key To Survival!on occasion - torture, rape and murder the occasional innocent woman (pronounced -- dur-tee hoor) but with Moses you gotta understand, it’s coming from a place of compassion. One might even say love.

With that said, Moses Christian is an uneducated, white-trash, red neck with a bad meth habit living in a single-wide 1950’s camper trailer somewhere off the 99, south of Fresno, north of Bakersfield.

His parents are both “presumed” deceased and his only living relative is a sister (horribly mutated due to her mothers habit of “huffing” super-glue) living at the bottom of the family well, feeding on the necrotic remains of Moses’ victims.

Pretty straight forward --

NRAMA: I see. As a long-time fan of your work reaching back to the Gen13/Maxx issue, I'm doubly impressed with this one shot. I found a much grittier, darker tone in both the story and your illustrations. It reminds me a bit of the trailer to your upcoming movie Catacombs in terms of the feel. Pardon my pontificating, but how did this idea coalesce for you?

TC: I think that whatever differences you might be noticing in the work is just a byproduct of me having fun.

Keven and 12 Gauge gave me the opportunity to cut loose and do what ever I wanted – the only provision being that the Camaro had to show up at some point. That allowed me to really push in new directions and see how far I could go with the art/story-telling... etc.

Having said that I should thank Keven and 12 Gauge for being so supportive of the story and giving me the time it took to do it.

NRAMA: The story itself is a tried-and-true horror idea of a woman in danger from a socially inept man, but in your story you really made it more than what could have been a cliché. Did you actively work against the stereotype out there, or what generally informed how you took the story?

TC: I don’t think I tried to reinvent any clichés. I just did what I do – try to get inside the characters heads and figure out what they would do or say in any given situation. If you can get to the point where the characters are telling you what to do then, for the artist, it becomes more about getting out of the way and just letting it happen.

Also this is the first comic I’ve ever written for me to draw and that was an incredible challenge. I found that I wrote too much and that half of what I wanted to do had to be cut in order to tell the best story I was capable of in the 22 pages allotted.

It was an incredible learning experience. Trying to figure out how much (or how little) I could achieve on each page and how that affected the rest of the story drove me crazy. But in the end I’m pretty happy with the results. It was tons of fun.

NRAMA: Each story in The Ride contains the use of a 1968 Camaro as a unifying element. How do you feel that works for you in creating the story, and as the artist what did you do to ensure it was drawn correctly?

TC: The car was a tough thing to figure out. I didn’t want it to be a hero or a villain but I also wanted to make it something more than just a way to get the characters from point A to point B.

One day while I was working on The Ride story (an earlier idea that ended up never going anywhere) this image of a guy opening the trunk of a car and revealing a girl, tied and bound, obviously a victim, came to mind. For about a week every time I sat down to work this same image kept coming back to me over and over again.

Eventually I started trying to figure out where that story would go – if there was enough there to dedicate an entire issue to – and I realized that the car could be a tool. It could be the goal of the story rather than a character or prop.

Angela needs the car in order to survive. That’s it. After that the story came together pretty easy.

As far as the accuracy of the car, it took a while to figure out. I can remember getting notes from Keven because I had drawn the grill of a Super Sport (SS) and not a Rally Sport (RS) on a few pages and suddenly having to really understand that there were all of these small differences I had to be aware of in order to get the Camaro right.

In the end Keven sent me a scale model he owns and I used that to make sure everything was spot on.

I also spent a lot of time researching the environments and the bric-a-brac scattered about the interior and exterior of the trailer, trying to create a world where this story could take place and feel convincing.

NRAMA: At the end, the issue is dedicated to Archie Goodwin, Angelo Torres and Bernie Wrightson. Can you elaborate on the reasoning behind tipping your hat to these three for this story in particular?

TC: When I was first approached about doing the The Ride Halloween Special my mind immediately raced back to the Creepy Magazines I read as a kid. Aside from being the best comic ever with the best talent ever (!!!) the stories were scary.

The creators always presented a fairly typical scenario and then within six to ten pages they’d manage to turn the idea completely on its head. Twisting the short into some sort of wonderfully gruesome parable.

I would never compare myself, or my work, with Creepy Magazine. But this is definitely my tribute to those great comics that kept me up nights as a kid. Those books (and those three creators in particular) had such a profound impact on me and the direction my career ended up taking that I felt I had to tip my hat to them, acknowledging the influence they had on this story.

NRAMA: Now that you've finished this issue and the movie Catacombs is due in theatres next year… what's next for you?

TC: I just finished a Moon Knight Annual that should be out in a few weeks and right now I’m working on a Punisher series that should be out next year.

On the film front I’m writing and designing a new project that will hopefully be up and running some time next year.

October 26, 2007

Not a lot going on today, but I did want to give a quick update on THE RIDE: DIE VALKYRIE #3.  It pains me to have this book ship late, since the entire 12 Gauge crew did so much to make sure it was in stores on time.  As I type, Brian Stelfreeze has four pages left to draw and this baby will be off to the printer.  Brian will be wrapping up the last few pages over the next two weeks if all goes according to plan.  I’ll make sure to let you all know the minute the last finished page shows up in my email Inbox. 

October 17, 2007

We’ve got a great new book hitting the shelves this week… THE RIDE: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL from writer/artist Tomm Coker.  It is a chilling horror story in the vein of the old CREEPY stories I loved as a kid.  I’m very, very proud of this book and I urge you to give it a look, even if you’ve never read an issue of THE RIDE.  It is a stand-alone tale, so you have nothing to worry about as far as continuity goes.  Hell, even if you don’t want to read it, pick it up and look at the beautiful art.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything that looks better on the rack.

August 13, 2007

It was very exciting to hear that DUST #1 completely sold out from Diamond.  Image did an aggressive overprint and the book was wiped out in 2 weeks.  That is impressive!  I knew Paolo and mink had a cool concept on their hands when I got the proposal a while back and it is great to see all their hard work pay off.  What you’ve seen so far is just a taste of what is to come, so get ready for more exciting news on the DUST universe…as always, right here at the 12 Gauge site.  Oh, and as a ‘Thanks’ for all the support on the book, Paolo and mink want to give everyone a free downloadable wallpaper of the gorgeous sold-out incentive cover of our favorite soldier Koshka. Just scroll down to the bottom of the Downloads page and choose your size!

August 11, 2007

Rosario Dawson’s film DESCENT just got a glowing review from THE NEW YORK TIMES and is now playing in limited release in Los Angeles (Laemmle Music Hall - 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, 90211) and in NYC (City Cinemas Village East, 181 2nd Ave.).  It is a very powerful picture that she both starred in and produced so if you get the chance make sure to check it out.

August 10, 2007

This is a fun interview from Comic-Con that featured THE O.C.T. on Yahoo’s THE 9: click here to check it out!

August 9, 2007

The San Diego Comic-Con!  I think all of us that survived are just now getting back up to speed.  It was a lot of fun, but lots and lots of work.  The whole thing is a monster that takes no prisoners and I just feel lucky to have made it out in one piece.

As for the show, since movies seem to rule this con, the question I got asked by many of the producers stopping by (as well as lots of the fans) was "is THE RIDE and/or BODY BAGS going to make it to the big screen?"  The answer to that question isn’t an easy one, but things are in motion, we just don’t have anything we’d like to talk about yet.  I see lots and lots of comics that get deals ‘announced’, but in reality the only thing that is for sure is that a producer wants to sell a specific comic property to a film studio.  I’ve never wanted that kind of PR because people get disappointed when you get a few years down the road and there is still no film.  So I’ll make you this promise:  if you ever read about a 12 Gauge property getting optioned, you can rest assured that we are close to turning on the cameras and making the movie a reality.  Hopefully that will happen, but if not we’ll continue to make good comics.  You can take that to the bank.


Back to the show--- we had lots of signings at the booth and had a big hit on our hands with the BODY BAGS: ONE-SHOT preview ashcan.  It was nice to see the fan reaction to this highly anticipated story.  We also got a great response to Tomm Coker’s THE RIDE: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.  We handed out tons of postcards featuring these sweet pages.  I just can’t tell you how proud I am to be publishing this comic---the first horror book that 12 Gauge has produced! 

And, for the record, I think our new book DUST is going to be around for a while.  Paolo Parente and mink had long lines all week, and it was nice to hang around guys that just love to be in comics, and love being new members of the 12 Gauge family.  Speaking of family, I have to give a quick shout-out to Jana Cook, Vincent Kukua, and Alex Klein who helped run our booth.  This wonderful crew really saved Doug Wagner and me from the hounds that kept swarming our tables looking for autographs and cool swag!  A very special thanks to our buddy Jonathan Chan at Image who answered our cry for help and hooked us up with these fine friends of his.  We owe you one!


Last but not least, I met a lot of creators who were looking to make 12 Gauge the home for their new comic projects.  Hopefully over the next year a few of these deals will come together and you’ll end up with some great comics in your hands.  Keep your eyes right here for more details as they become available.

July 27, 2007

We barely have time to breathe here on the Comicon floor, but we wanted to get up this link--of a video of Rosario Dawson being interviewed by the guys at G4. Check it out!

July 23, 2007

12 Gauge Comics blasts into Comic-Con International, packin’ more heat than ever before!  The stable of talent locked-and-loaded at booth #2547 includes 12 Gauge members Brian Stelfreeze, Jason Pearson, Cully Hamner, Doug Wagner and Keven Gardner---but that’s just a start!  Scheduled signings include the creative team from the OCCULT CRIMES TASKFORCE: Rosario Dawson, Tony Shasteen and David Atchison.  They’ll be joined by SIDEKICK’s Paul Jenkins and Chris Moreno, DUST’s Paolo Parente and mink, THE RIDE’s Dexter Vines, and writer/artist Tomm Coker announcing his new 12 Gauge Horror-project!

Friday features a 5:00 appearance by HELMET frontman Page Hamilton, actor/producer C. Thomas Howell, and creators Rob Prior and Paul Jenkins, all promoting their feature film TATUA and signing a free preview ashcan of the 12 Gauge TATUA comic!

Plus, you won’t want to miss your chance to buy all new collectible sketchbooks from Pearson, Stelfreeze, and Hamner, and an exclusive, limited-edition ashcan of the all-new BODY BAGS: ONE-SHOT! 

Don’t miss all the excitement at 12 Gauge booth #2547!


7:00 – 8:00 Paolo Parente, mink (DUST)
8:00 – 9:00 Rosario Dawson, David Atchison, Tony Shasteen (O.C.T.)


10:00 – 11:00 Paul Jenkins (SIDEKICK, TATUA)
11:00 – 12:00 Rosario Dawson, David Atchison, Tony Shasteen (O.C.T.)
1:00 – 2:00 Paolo Parente, mink (DUST)
2:30 – 3:30 Chris Moreno (SIDEKICK)
3:30 – 6:30 Paolo Parente, mink (DUST)


10:00 – 11:00 Tomm Coker, Dexter Vines (THE RIDE)
11:00 – 12:00 Rosario Dawson, David Atchison, Tony Shasteen (O.C.T.)
12:00 – 1:00 Paul Jenkins and Chris Moreno (SIDEKICK, TATUA)
1:00 – 2:00 Tomm Coker (THE RIDE: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL)
2:00 – 5:00 Paolo Parente, mink (DUST)
5:00 – 6:00 Page Hamilton, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Prior, Paul Jenkins (TATUA movie/comic)


9:00 – 11:00 Paolo Parente, mink (DUST)
11:00 – 12:00 Rosario Dawson, David Atchison, Tony Shasteen (O.C.T.)
1:00 – 2:00 Paul Jenkins (SIDEKICK, TATUA)
2:00 – 3:00 Tomm Coker, Dexter Vines (THE RIDE)
3:00 – 5:00 Paolo Parente, mink (DUST)
5:00 – 6:00 Chris Moreno (SIDEKICK)
6:00 – 7:00 Tomm Coker, Dexter Vines (THE RIDE)


10:00 – 12:00 David Atchison, Tony Shasteen (O.C.T.)
12:00 – 2:00 Paolo Parente, mink (DUST)
2:00 – 3:00 Paul Jenkins and Chris Moreno (SIDEKICK)
4:00 – 5:00 Dexter Vines (THE RIDE)

July 19, 2007

Just confirmed for Comic-Con:

Everyone at home needs to tune into G4 TV’s live Comic-Con broadcast on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 Eastern (4:00 Pacific) for a very special interview with our own Rosario Dawson!  Rosario will kick off the show with an interview about her O.C.T. comic; live from the G4 stage, right in the middle of all the action at Comic-Con!  Get more details at Or check out their press release below:

"For the second year in a row, G4 will deliver the unique sights and sounds of Comic-Con with live reports that give viewers a first-hand look at this year’s event, including sneak peeks at the most eagerly anticipated films, comics and TV series, exclusive interviews, in-depth reviews and footage from around the jam-packed show floor. Two consecutive days of “Comic-Con ’07 Live” coverage begin Thursday, July 26 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT, and continue Friday, July 27 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on G4.

With more than 100,000 attendees in 2006, attendance at this year’s convention is expected to break new records as hordes of eager fans unite in San Diego to experience the ultimate pop culture party.  For the millions who can’t travel to the event or don’t make it into the sold-out convention, hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn will provide a complete Comic-Con overview that provides the scoop on everything from industry trends to the best (and worst) homemade costumes. 

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July 18, 2007

Comic-Con is almost here, so get ready for the updates!  First of all, we’ve got two panels with a 12 GAUGE connection:

The first up is the Thursday O.C.T. panel with the whole creative team from the series at 1:00 in room 6A (Whoo!). 

On Friday at 3:30, Paul Jenkins and Rob Prior will be holding a panel about their new movie, TATUA.  Why is that a 12 GAUGE thing?  Because we’ll be doing the comic prequel to the film AND giving away free TATUA ashcans all weekend long!  Here are the details:

1:00-2:00 Rosario Dawson: Occult Crimes TaskforceActress Rosario Dawson (Grindhouse, Clerks 2, Sin City) is joined by her creative team, writer David Atchison and illustrator Tony Shasteen, as well as Gus Vazquez and 12 Gauge Comics' Keven Gardner (The Ride), for a Q&A session about their hit comic series Occult Crimes Taskforce. With their first trade paperback in stores now and new stories on the horizon, the O.C.T. is just gearing up! Find out about the upcoming miniseries and get an update on Dimension’s Occult Crimes Taskforce feature film. Room 6A

3:30-4:30 Comics to Film: TATUALegendary comic book creators Paul Jenkins (Wolverine Origin, Frontlines) and Rob Prior (Spawn The Impaler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV Show EFX) present their original new motion picture TATUA. Actors C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, Soul Man) and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise), and metal band Helmet featuring Page Hamilton (Unsung, Milquetoast) will talk about the movie and the unprecedented impact that comic writers currently have in Hollywood. Q&A will follow, as well as a video presentation on movie projects by Jenkins and Prior, plus the premiere of Helmet’s latest music video. Room 6A


July 2, 2007

Lots of people at HEROESCON were asking me about the James O’Barr book we announced last summer, INERTIA’S KISS.  Folks, this one is like fine wine, and it is going to take time---but you’ll be pleased when you finally get a taste!

I talked to James yesterday to see where he’s at on the book.  I’ll preface the answer with a little history on the project; when I first started talking with James about doing something at 12 Gauge, we were looking at a short story (for THE RIDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL--- a project I’ve been wanting to do since THE RIDE was first conceived).  James wanted to write and draw his story and he started thinking about what to do.  He called me one Saturday afternoon and gave me a pitch.  I quickly figured out he wasn’t talking about an 11 page story.  He was hoping it could be pulled off in 24 pages and I was all for it.  A few months later it had grown into a 48 page story.  Now, almost a year later, James is working on page 42.  That’s right…42 pages are complete of the first new James O’Barr book in 15 years

But (isn’t there always a ‘but’) there is a catch.  James tells me it is now a 64 page story (give or take a few pages) and who am I to tell him to stop creating?  He is thrilled with his writing, in love with the characters, and swears it is the best art he has ever produced.  I don’t know about you, but I’m more than happy to wait and see where this goes.  James also pointed me to a video interview he did with FanboyTV where he talks about THE CROW and this new 12 Gauge project, so go check it out.

Finally, if you want to see some of the concept work, we’ve got a sketchbook for sale over in our Store, all signed up by Mr. O’Barr.  Enjoy!



June 20, 2007

A good time was had by all (which is par for the course) at HEROESCON in Charlotte, NC this past weekend.  It was an honor for 12 Gauge to be part of the 25th HEROES CON--- the fans were great, all the pros were treated like honored-guests, and across the board the convention staff was all amazing.  We had long lines at our booth (much longer than last year, believe it or not) as Rosario Dawson, Tony Shasteen and David Atchison signed copies of the new O.C.T. trade.  We sold lots of new 12 GAUGE comics, Jason Pearson knocked out tons of sketches (and made lots of folks who had been anxiously waiting very happy), and we had a special ‘FREE SIDEKICK HEAD SKETCH’ session with the super-cool and very talented Chris Moreno--- not to mention signings of THE RIDE: DIE VALKYRIE #1 with Doug Wagner and Brian Stelfreeze.  We also hosted a screening of the independent film DESCENT that filled up the ballroom and was followed by a Q & A with Rosario, who produced and starred in the film.  Next up for us on the con circuit is the San Diego Comic-Con, so check in here for updates as the show gets closer.  It looks like the whole 12 Gauge crew will be making the trip to Cali, so it should be a blast!


June 18, 2007

Lots of THE AMORY WARS news on the net.  Catch up on the history of COHEED and CAMBRIA and the original books over at Silver Bullet Comics. Claudio did a nice panel at WIZARD WORLD PHILLYand you can read all about it by hitting the link a few words back. If you’re interested in picking up a copy of the first issue, you should run to the comic shop today.  This one is selling very fast from what I’m hearing. 

June 1, 2007

There are good days and bad days in comics publishing (shock!).  It seems like most of them are hard at the very least---
But, all the hard work pays off once in a while and reminds us why we do this.  Today, that reminder comes from Hannibal Tabu at CBR.  I’ll let his review do the talking:

The Ride: Die Valkyrie #1

When you pick up a comic book, and turning the pages is a pleasure because it means you'll get more of what you're reading, and at the end of it you have a kind of sated, pleased feeling ... well, chances are you should probably own that comic book. This comic, the first of a three-issue mini series, is not technically a confection (under sheer technical considerations, it's perhaps closest to a "crime" comic, given the guns and excitement) but it also doesn't strive to solve the ills of the world. It takes a simple story and complicates it just the right amount, telling it in two tableaus that of course seem destined to intersect, showcasing some of the best things -- girls, guns and of course fast cars. Brian Stelfreeze's art is revelatory, so evocative and well conceived in its storytelling, even in its stylized moments (the page with Becca's dad is surely not what they taught about anatomy, but it works). Perhaps the only significant problem is that it will apparently take until July to get the second issue. Confounding in its addictiveness, but you know you love it.

To read more, jump on over to the ComicBookResources site , and while you are there check out this fantastic interview with 12-Gauge artist PAOLO PARENTE about our new book DUST. Lots of new art to see and you’ll find out some pretty cool stuff about an amazing artist.

May 18, 2007

In the rush to get the new site up and running, and to get all the comics to the printer for a June release (plus a few trades to boot), I almost forgot to mention a little project of ours that hit a few weeks ago: The Ride: Savannah.

This was a real labor of love and a book I’m very proud of for many reasons.  First and foremost because it allowed all of us at 12 Gauge Comics to do something for a fantastic institution, the Savannah College of Art and Design.  John Lowe, the Sequential Art Department Chair at SCAD, actually taught a class (I like to call it RIDE: 101) where some of the top students at the school competed for a chance to be published in an actual RIDE comic.  The field was strong and picking the winners was tough, but at the end of the day we put together a quality 40 page book (featuring two stories and four artists) and the best part of it all is that 100% of the proceeds are going to the Sequential Art Scholarship Fund at SCAD.

Check out the preview images here (how ‘bout that cover from SCAD alum Chris Brunner?) and if you like what you see run on down to the comic shop and pick one up or have them order you a copy.  You’ll get a nice read with some great art and you’ll be helping support the next batch of talented professionals headed to our industry.

April 23, 2007

Dusty just added some new content to the site, so I figured it would be a good time to check in and tell you about it.  12 Gauge is launching its second new title of 2007 with Paolo Parente’s DUST.  DUST is the brainchild of Paolo, who was Versace's lead illustrator for many years and is an absolutely amazing artist.  He is joined in this venture by film and music video director ‘mink’, who is a fantastic creator himself (he’s worked with Snoop Dogg, Slum Village, Sheryl Crow, Steven Segal and many others).  Together they are bringing you a Sci-Fi / WWII adventure that is truly a site to see.  There are a lot of ways to describe it, but I think the best would be a HEAVY METAL version of GI JOE, if it was set in WWII and full of robots, monsters and zombies.  Sounds cool, huh?  Check out the DUST page and get a look at the preview art and the cover.  We’ll be adding more images soon, so be sure and check back and please click here or on ‘DISCUSS’ on the left side of the page if you want to share your thoughts on the newest addition to the 12 Gauge family.

Welcome to the all-new 12 Gauge Comics website!

If you’re here for the first time, I’m guessing you just read about our newest title, THE AMORY WARS, created by ‘Mr. COHEED AND CAMBRIA’ himself, Claudio Sanchez.  This was a unique opportunity for 12 Gauge, since we’d never assembled a creative team that had to please anyone but us (not like that is easy---we’re all bull-headed).  Claudio has a distinct vision for his creation and he asked our help to make it come alive on the comic book page.  It was a long process, but we feel we put together a top-notch team and one bad-ass finished product.

If you’re a fan of COHEED AND CAMBRIA's music, this comic will be a blast!  And if you’re a comic fan wondering why you should pick it up, I’ll try and help you out:

THE AMORY WARS is a sci-fi epic; set in a world similar to our own, but much darker.  You’ll find a splash of STAR WARS or DUNE, but peppered with strong horror-influences.  Check out the preview pages in THE AMORY WARS section here on the new site.  If you like what you see, the first issue will be on the shelves June 6th.  Claudio is doing a few interviews on the project as well, so we’ll link those to give you as much info as possible.

Now, if you’ve been a fan of 12 Gauge for a while, we’ve got lots of great things coming your way (hey—we couldn’t launch a new site without lots of big news)!  Peek around and see what you think.  You’ll find that Paul Jenkins’ SIDEKICK now lives here, with a little info about the new story on the way.  And yes, before you ask, issue #5 of the original SIDEKICK limited series is wrapped up and headed to Image.  Chris Moreno finished drawing it weeks ago, so you’ll soon find it on your store shelves.  I’m also happy to report that Chris is hard at work on the new SUPER SUMMER SIDEKICK SPECTACULAR limited series---and don’t worry about any delays---you’ll have all the SIDEKICK you can stand soon enough, and it will all be on time.

Speaking of timeliness, we’ve shipped our fair share of late books over the years.  Some with good reason, some with no good reason…but at the end of the day late is late.  The good news is every book we’re soliciting is either done (THE AMORY WARS, THE RIDE) or deep into production (SIDEKICK).  We’ve learned our lesson and hope to never ship a late book again if there is anything we can do to avoid it.  It just isn’t fair to the fans or retailers, period.  At the end of 2007, my hope is to have shipped every book on time.  We’ll see soon enough, but I really think we’re on track to do just that!

I’m not going to ramble about everything today, but I do encourage you to read all the free comics we’ve put online and grab some of the free wallpapers for your computer.    

If you like what you see, click over to our message board and give us some feedback.

Thanks for dropping by---

Keven Gardner
President, 12 Gauge Comics