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Speakeasy Presents: “The Black Coat” mini-series in 2006

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Speakeasy Presents: “The Black Coat” mini-series in 2006

Official Press Release

Gunpowder Press and Speakeasy Comics are proud to unveil 10 stunning
pages from their upcoming series The Black Coat: A Call to Arms. The
pages, from issue 1 of the 4-issue mini, mark the debut of not only
the title character but also the talented creative team behind him.
Newcomers Ben Lichius and Adam Cogan provide the story while the
artwork is being handled by Francesco Francavilla.

“We’re excited to show off these pages” says Ben Lichius, who is also
the book’s co-creator and editor. “There aren’t a whole lot of comics
out there right now that are offering what we have to offer. The art
is terrific and like nothing else on the shelf. The stories are
intense. The characters are exciting and just plain cool… When you put
all those things together, I really feel that we can strike a chord
with just about anyone that reads and enjoys comics. If you give the
book a try, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”

Lichius also added a statement to retailers, saying “We know it’s hard
for retailers to take a chance on a new book, especially with the
large number of comics coming out right now. So, for any retailer who
wants to see more, just send me an email ( We
have the entire first issue available for you to read… online… right
now! Lots of retailers around the country have already jumped at the
chance and the response has been very positive. We understand how
important it is for retailers to be able to make informed decisions,
so we’re doing everything we can to give them the opportunity with The
Black Coat.”

The solicitation for issue 1 reads:

New York, 1775 – the American colonies are on the brink of revolution.
In a desperate move to regain control, the British have allied
themselves with the dark forces of the occult. Assisted by his network
of agents, the fledgling nation’s only hope is the mysterious masked
spy known as “The Black Coat”…

Written by Ben Lichius and Adam Cogan with art by Francesco Francavilla.

The Black Coat: A Call to Arms #1 is due out in March 2006.

Diamond Item Number: JAN063242

32 pgs. | Black & White | $2.99

For more information about The Black Coat, go to or
The Black Coat was created by Ben Lichius and Francesco Francavilla.


Formed in 2004 by Adam Fortier, Speakeasy Comics offers a new option
for creators to publish their projects and is the new premier
publishing house for all graphic literature.

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