Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The 1st ever 12-Gauge Previews ad!

Official LUKE MC BAIN solicitation

LUKE MC BAIN #1 (of 4)

"Back to Eden" Part 1 of 4

Country superstar TRACE ADKINS is LUKE MC BAIN, a man who makes the hard decisions. He doesn't say much, but he'll kick your ass if you get out of line. He's returned to his Northern Louisiana hometown to settle a score, but the town has changed, and the people he grew up with need his help. God help anyone who gets in his way.

Trace Adkins has sold over 10 million albums. He competed on "Celebrity Apprentice." You've heard his voice on "King of the Hill." But you've never seen Trace Adkins as LUKE MC BAIN -- an American hero for our times, in a story of right and wrong in the tradition of "Billy Jack" and "Walking Tall". Don’t miss the newest title from 12 GAUGE COMICS, the company that brought you THE RIDE, BODY BAGS, and THE O.C.T.!

Written by David Tischman ("Red Herring," "Bite Club") with artwork by Kody Chamberlain ("30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales," "Punks") and covers by Brian Stelfreeze (“Batman,” “Wednesday Comics”).

LUKE MCBAIN is ™ and © 12 GAUGE COMICS, DAVID TISCHMAN, and TRACE ADKINS, 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Jason just wrapped up his PUNISHER annual (featuring SPIDERMAN!) and it looks amazing. Writer Rick Remender had this to say about the art team of Jason Pearson and our good friend Dave Stewart:

"Let's face it, I don't care what anyone says to the contrary: comic books' success is entirely dependant on the artist," Remender insists. "A comic artist has to tell a clean and immediately understandable visual interpretation of a story the same as a storyboard artist, but a comic artist also has to make each page a well-refined illustration. Comic book art is the hardest form of art in the world.

"That said, Jason Pearson is one of the great living comic guys on the planet. He tells a clean dynamic story with the polish of a world-class illustrator, stylized and exciting. It's been an absolute treat to get to work with him as well as one of the greatest colorists of all time, Dave Stewart. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. You miss this Annual and you'll be missing something very special. Everyone brought the A-game."

Click on the title above to see a stack of awesome preview pages, then go order this book at you local comic shop.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


David Tischman, a good friend of 12 Gauge (and writer of our upcoming LUKE McBAIN series) has a new book on the stands today, drawn by the amazing Phillip Bond. Check it out if you get the's a review from Newsarama:

Well, it's true, as David Tischman says in a recent Newsarama interview, Philip Bond knows how to draw sexy women. So does David Hahn. That's how we lead into Wildstorm's latest cool caper comic, Red Herring. A young woman in a lacy bra has just slipped into a pump while chatting on her cell phone. Her languorous pose is surrounded by little bits of intimate narration: "It's been crazy-busy at the office and talking to your mother calms you down." We proceed a few pages as Maggie MacGuffin tries to find the right outfit while keeping in mind, as the story title suggests, "Blue Makes Her Look Fat."

With such a stylish beginning, we smoothly move through what is a top-notch sly and sexy story. One goal of this opener is to connect Maggie MacGuffin with male lead, the titular Red Herring. As characters, they could not be more different. They seem to only share the fact that their names represent literary dead ends, false clues in a mystery, but they prove to be very much alive. They are not meant for each other but that could be fun too.

I haven't had quite as much fun with a comic since another Wildstorm series, Mysterius the Unfathomable. This is a totally different scene, the world of high rollers and espionage in Washington D. C., but it's definitely got a similar ultra-cool and clever style. Where Mysterius was very good with details about magicians, Red Herring provides the right balance of insider dealing and conspiracy theorist satisfaction.

We already know that things are never quite as they seem so it makes perfect sense to spice up the ambiguity by having fate bring together a party girl with a conscience, Maggie MacGuffin, and an earnest gumshoe secret agent, Red Herring. Couldn't make matters any worse, could do it? Well, maybe so. Did I mention there is a possible alien subplot and people are already trying to kill Red before he kills them? Yeah, things could get very messy.

This first issue is probably chock full of MacGuffins and red herrings. As for the details that add texture, they build up quite nicely. The narrator mocks Maggie as she struts her way to Capital Hill. "Compromise is the ESSENCE of politics. That's what your AP History teacher said." Maggie works down in the lower levels of Congress "where the offices are small and the salary's even smaller. Two weeks barely pays for a good pair of shoes." At first, we see Maggie filing away papers but then we come to find out this meek office worker is actually the lover of a high powered Congressman.

The tempo slows down for some procedural scenes with the no-nonsense Red Herring. So far, Red is proving to be a little too dry for his own good. But he has this thing about his glass eye and so he may prove to have some interesting issues. . Red is supposed to be about ten years older than Maggie and the plan, according to David Tischman, is to keep these two platonic. That could be a pity. Or maybe it's a red herring. on the BOONDOCK SAINTS comic series

Underdog cult hit "The Boondock Saints" took its time finding an audience before it came to to DVD, but now the religiously charged crime drama starring "Spider-Man" villain Willem Dafoe looks to be spawning a sequel film, as well as a comic book prequel. When "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" hits theaters in 2010, 12 Gauge Comics will launch an accompanying comic telling the origin of Il Duce, father of the first film's vigilante heroes Connor and Murphy McManus.
"We’re just waiting on Sony for release date for the film," 12 Gauge president Keven Gardner told regarding the comic's release date.
Previously-rumored "Thor" cast member Clifton Collins Jr. will be joining the sequel's cast, along with returning stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, and Billy Connolly, who played Il Duce. Writer/director Troy Duffy will co-write the comic as well.
"The only fans more rabid than 'Twilight' fans have been the 'Boondock Saints' fans," Gardner said of panel's audience.
Though 12 Gauge has previously released comics through Image, their "Boondock Saints" title will come out solely under its own label. There's no word yet, though, on how the sequel or comic's body count will compare to the impressive heights achieved in the story's first installment. 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.”

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

James O'Barr

A few years ago James O'Barr (legendary creator of THE CROW) and I met at a comic convention. He was a big fan of THE RIDE and I had been a big fan of his for years...a few phone calls later we announced he would be doing an original RIDE story for 12 Gauge. A few years have passed and I get asked about it all the time (which just shows how passionate his fans are and what he means to our industry). I talked with James a few months ago and he said he was still plugging away. The great (but scary) thing is the page count grows every time I talk with him. It started as a 22 pager...and here is what he just told a panel at Wizard Chicago (from a CBR report):

To begin, O'Barr was asked about his upcoming comic book projects. "I've been working on this gothic western. It's called ‘Sundown in Hell.’ Yes, I still have a fetish for Joan Jett 30 years later. And there's this series called 'The Ride.' It follows the life of this '68 Camaro," said O'Barr, noting his affection for the vehicle after owning several and working on cars for three decades.
O'Barr mentioned that "Sundown In Hell" will be a 300-page fully-painted project, while "The Ride" will run between 90-100 pages. The projects have been announced for some time, and O'Barr acknowledged have taken him awhile. "It takes me a little longer [to finish a comic], but to me it's worth it to have complete control and not have to compromise on anything."

I've seen some of the is amazing. I can't wait until I get to post that it is done! I don't know when, but I do know it will have been worth the wait.