Wednesday, August 12, 2009 interview

I spoke with Mitlon Griepp of ICv2 during Comic-Con. Here are some highlights from the interview:

12 Gauge Comics will release a Boondock Saints comic in conjunction with the release of Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day in 2010. It will be co-written by writer/director Troy Duffy and Jason Love. The comic will be a side story to the films, and will tell the origin story of Il Duce, the father of the brothers MacManus, who act as vigilantes to clean up the streets of Boston.

According to 12 Gauge President Keven Gardner, the Boondock Saints panel at Comic-Con was a raucous affair. “There was a very, very good response,” he said. “The only fans more rabid than Twilight fans have been the Boondock Saints fans.”

12 Gauge is also releasing Luke McBain, a comic tied to country music star Trace Atkins. The first of four issues will be released in November, which ties into an Atkins tour. Atkins will be the fictional character in the comic, who will be drawn by artist Kody Chamberlain to Atkins’ likenesss. David Tischman will write. “It’s a Walking Tall, Billy Jack kind of revenge story,” Gardner told us.

Boondock Saints and Luke McBain will be released by 12 Gauge under its own imprint; previous titles have all been released by Image. “From a business model it made more sense to do these on our own,” Gardner said. “The Image model didn’t fit for what we needed to do for these particular titles.”

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