"GRAVEL": A New Ongoing Series by Warren Ellis

Official Press Release

Warren Ellis' next ongoing series will launch in January with GRAVEL

#0 published by Avatar Press. GRAVEL features the combat magician

Sgt. Major William Gravel in his own monthly series, beginning with

the specially priced #0 issue which is available for only

$1.99. Like the launch of Ellis' hugely popular Black Summer series,

Gravel #0 is not a preview, but is actually the opening part of this

new Gravel saga. The full-size regular series will follow with issue

#1 in March. Mike Wolfer (Streets of Glory) will co-write the title

with Ellis, and the full-color first issue and regular series will

feature interiors from the artist of Ellis' critically-acclaimed

graphic novel Crecy and Doktor Sleepless wraparound covers, Raulo Caceres.

"Black ops, blacker magic, cold-blooded slaughter and ruthless

betrayal: the ongoing adventures of Warren Ellis' biggest bastard to

date," says fellow creator Garth Ennis, who has been a fan of

Gravel's early saga in the Strange Kiss/Kisses/Killings

series. "It's like someone made a comic just for me."

"Every time the weird bastard steps into the daylight, people come

out to see what he's up to for some reason," says GRAVEL creator

Warren Ellis. "It's funny how a character created for a single

story, STRANGE KISS, has hung around. I'm creating a whole new

mythology and Occult Cosmology for GRAVEL, the series. And also

having some fun with The Sigsand Manuscript, the preferred Ancient

Occult Text of Thomas Carnacki, the supernatural detective created by

William Hope Hodgson (who was a great influence on Lovecraft -- go

on, google them all)."

"William Gravel has generated quite a following of die-hard fans, who

have eagerly awaited the next disturbing chapter in the STRANGE

KISS/KISSES/KILLINGS series," notes series co-writer Mike Wolfer,

"They have been loyal and quite vocal, and at last Warren Ellis,

Raulo Caceres and I are able to deliver what the fans have asked for,

for the first time in full color and with no punches pulled." Sgt.

Major Gravel first appeared in Ellis' mini-series Strange Kiss in

late 1999, and the combat magician working deniable-op's would later

be the focus of six collected editions. Gravel's missions, and the

occasional cash-in-hand work, bring him to toe-to-toe with the most

profane and brutal depths of the criminal world. Thank Britain this

military trained sorcerer is ready to blast the hell out of the

blokes. All 6 original TPB's are in print, they are: Strange Kiss,

Stranger Kisses, Strange Killings, Strange Killings: Body Orchard,

Strange Killings: Strong Medicine, and Strange Killings: Necromancer.

Wolfer promises readers, "This is the Gravel we all know, the same

lovable bastard, only (now) delivered in monthly installments."

Creator Warren Ellis launched the first Gravel saga, Strange Kiss, at

Avatar almost a decade ago as his first project with the

publisher. Since then, Avatar has published several other of his

properties including Black Summer, Doktor Sleepless, and multiple

titles under his Apparat imprint. Now back by popular demand, this

landmark creator-owned character is making his return in a

full-color, ongoing series.

Artist and collaborator from the original run Mike Wolfer will be

assisting Ellis in co-writing this ongoing monthly, relinquishing the

artistic responsibilities to a revolving art team. "Mike Wolfer is a

great professional," says artist Raulo Caceres. "He is one of those

designers that know that to make comics is more than to just draw

well... I value his perspective, the collaboration of the minds, and

their (Ellis and Wolfer's) talented visual language."

Wolfer admits, "I'm a bit protective of William Gravel when it comes

to his visual representation, as until now I have been the only

artist to draw him on covers or interiors. But Raulo's got the goods

and he draws an excellent Gravel, full of the same grimness that is

his trademark, and the heaviness of Raulo's inking provides the

perfect, dark mood that has pervaded Gravel's adventures through all

of the various mini-series." Artist Raulo Caceres will draw #0 and

the start of the full-size regular series. Caceres is best known for

his work on Ellis' immensely popular Apparat graphic novel, Crecy,

and his wraparound covers for the ongoing series Doktor Sleepless.

GRAVEL launches its full-color ongoing run with #0 in January,

specially priced at only $1.99. The full-size monthly begins in

March and will be available for $3.99. Written by creator Warren

Ellis and co-writer Mike Wolfer, GRAVEL revives a must-read indy

character, and will be drawn by Crecy artist Raulo Caceres.

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