12 Gauge Comcis Signs James O'Barr & Cully Hamner

Official Press Release

12 Gauge Comics' President Keven Gardner announced today that his company has reached new working agreements with creators James O'Barr and Cully Hamner:

"This is exciting news for 12 Gauge!" Gardner said. "James O'Barr (creator of THE CROW, the best selling independent graphic novel of all time) is one of the most influential comic creators of the modern era and he is itching to get back on the scene. It's very good news for the industry that James is ready to write stories and do sequential art again."

James O'Barr had this to say: "12 Gauge is composed of people I like and admire and I'm happy to be counted among their pit-crew. In such worthwhile company, I look forward to having my turn behind the wheel of THE RIDE, taking on the challenge of adding my own special brand of depth, poetry -- and a whole bunch of violence -- to what is essentially one long car chase. I'm having fun doing comics again and that's what brings out my best work."

Gardner adds, "James is already at the drawing table and we should have something to show at the Heroes Con in Charlotte at the end of the month. James O'Barr fans everywhere will definitely be rewarded for their faithfulness!"

On another front, Cully Hamner, currently the artist of the smash-hit DC comic BLUE BEETLE, is coming on board at 12 Gauge as a creative consultant. Gardner said, "Cully was with us from day one, and has always been on hand to help and advise-its just time we made it official. He's had so many irons in the fire over the past few years that he simply didn't have time to commit in a way that worked for everyone. Recently, though, he's felt comfortable enough to accept the title of creative consultant, with his focus on talent relations and story editing. On top of that, he has a few ideas rolling around in that dome of his that we hope to turn into comic books down the road."

"I'm pumped to officially be with all my buddies at 12 Gauge" Hamner said. "I mean, who wouldn't want to be in the middle of all this talent and positivity? I can't wait for readers and fans to see the stuff we have in store for them."

About 12 Gauge Comics, LLC

12 Gauge Comics was founded by Keven Gardner in 2004 to produce comic books and graphic novels. Through a partnership with its publisher Image Comics, The Ride (the first 12 Gauge title) debuted as one of the top-selling black and white books of 2004. 12 Gauge members Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner and Cully Hamner are creating new and innovative concepts for the company, including the run-away hits Body Bags and Gun Candy. 12 Gauge Comics recently formed a partnership with actress Rosario Dawson to release The Occult Crimes Taskforce (or O.C.T.), a comic book she created with writer David Athcison and artist Tony Shasteen.

For more information, please visit www.12gaugecomics.com

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