Earlier this summer, CBR News spoke with actor and director Eriq La Salle, best known for his work on “ER,” about his teaming with 12-Gauge Comics on a new three issue miniseries “25 to Life.” We discussed the crime comic that teams an FBI unit with racist militia leader serving a life sentence in order to hunt down a serial killer.
Now, with the series’ first issue in stores today, we’ve spoken with the rest of the creative team about the title’s origins, story and more. Keven Gardner is the publisher of 12-Gauge Comics, and has worked with Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Trace Atkins, Rosario Dawson and many other creators on a wide range of titles. “25 to Life” scripter Doug Wagner has written numerous comics throughout his career, including 12-Gauge’s “The Ride,” and is working on one of the upcoming “Red” prequels for Wildstorm and a “World of Warcraft” graphic novel. Artist Tony Shasteen is best known for his work on “The Talisman,” based on the Stephen King and Peter Straub novel, and 12-Gauge’s “The O.C.T.” Series colorist JD Mettler has worked extensively with Tony Harris, including coloring the just-finished “Ex Machina” in addition to comics like “Justice League: Generation Lost,” “H-E-R-O” and “The Talisman” where he worked with Shasteen.
CBR News: Just to start, how did you connect with Eriq La Salle and where did this “25 to Life” come from?
Keven Gardner: Eriq has a production company called Humble Journey Films and had contacted 12-Gauge about one of our properties. Through that conversation, he told us about “25 to Life,” which was an idea he was developing and wanted to see if we would be interested in doing it as a comic book. He sent his script over and I really responded to it. The concept was just unique and it works in a kind of “48 Hours” meets “Silence of the Lambs,” which is a really cool dynamic for a story. It was a really cool process, because we went to Doug with the idea and he responded to it. Tony was our first choice, and he jumped on board. JD was able to come in and color. A great, really cool creative team from the top down. It’s been a really nice project for us to put together.
“25 to Life” #1 is on sale now.