Image & 12 Gauge Comics Announce "Shotgun Summer"

Official Press Release

BERKELEY, CA -- 5 May, 2005 -- Image Comics and 12 Gauge Comics are proud to announce SHOTGUN SUMMER! Featuring a fantastic line-up of books, 'Shotgun Summer' is not a crossover, but an event among creators associated with 12 Gauge Comics. July titles include:

GUN CANDY, a two-issue miniseries by Doug Wagner and Brian Stelfreeze, featuring an exclusive flip book installment of THE RIDE by creators Phil Noto, Jason Pearson, Sanford Greene, Rob Haynes and Chuck Dixon.

ARTXZILLA "TASTY TREATS" 2005, a high-end sketchbook featuring art from Artxilla Studio members Ed McGuinness, Keron Grant, Sanford Greene and LeSean Thomas.

BODY BAGS: FATHER'S DAY by Jason Pearson, a two-issue miniseries reprinting the original WIZARD TOP TEN comic.

Kicking off 'Shotgun Summer' will be the June release of THE RIDE, VOL. 1 trade paperback, collecting the critically acclaimed series, featuring a forward from industry legend Howard Chaykin!

"It is really exciting to put together such an exciting batch of books!" said 12 Gauge Comics' Keven Gardner. "We plan on focusing a great deal of our efforts on the summer months for years to come, and hopefully this will be the start of a great tradition with Image. Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Phil Noto, Ed McGuinness and all the fantastic talent featured in the inaugural 'Shotgun Summer' event think this is something all of us are extremely proud of."

"There's no questioning the level of talent involved in these books," added Image Executive Director Eric Stephenson. "Keven and the guys have really put together some top notch material for this event, and we're absolutely thrilled to be involved."

Details on the July-shipping books, available now for preorder:

BODY BAGS: FATHER'S DAY #1 (of 2) - 48 pages - FC - $5.99

GUNCANDY #1 (of 2) - 48 pages - BW - $5.99

ARTXILLA "TASTY TREATS" 2005 - 64 pages - FC - $6.99

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.

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