Official Press Release
BERKELEY, CA — 22 February, 2006 — Rosario Dawson, David Atchison
and Tony Shasteen announced today that their new comic book
miniseries, the OCCULT CRIMES TASKFORCE, will now be published
through Image Comics, starting this July!
“We are very excited about our new home. Image Comics and the guys
at 12 Gauge are helping us make the book the best it can possibly be.
The interest Speakeasy Comics showed in publishing the “O.C.T.” was
greatly appreciated. However, due to recent changes in their
direction, we didn’t feel our book fit with them at this time,” said
12 Gauge Comics President Keven Gardner added, “When we found out the
“O.C.T.” was looking for a home, we jumped at the chance to be
involved. We’re proud and honored to be a part of what promises to be
an industry-expanding event.”
Thanks to his long-standing association, Gardner brought the book to
Image Comics, where it was accepted to appear in the July catalog.
Gardner added, “Releasing this book in July works out perfectly, as
Rosario will be making convention appearances with us to help promote
the book. Look for announcements on that front very soon.”
Dawson had this to say: “I’m excited about this adventure we’re about
to take, and I’m really excited about meeting all the comic fans.
I’m also excited to be working on a project that’s fun, but not
necessarily a film. This is a completely different genre, but is no
The Occult Crimes Taskforce follows the exploits of rookie Detective
Sophia Ortiz (modeled after Rosario Dawson), who is recruited into
the ranks of a covert police investigation unit established to
monitor and control supernatural activity in the Manhattan
Underground. The series is co-created by Rosario Dawson, written by
David Atchison and illustrated by Tony Shasteen.
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by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has
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States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik
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is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane
Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central).
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