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Cover of Gargoyles #1 by Greg Guler

Gargoyles is a comic book series by Slave Labor Graphics and Creature Comics, based on the 1990s animated television series Gargoyles. It was written by series' creator Greg Weisman starting in 2006 and continued the storyline of show from the first two seasons, supplanting the ABC Network third season, The Goliath Chronicles, which Weisman and most fans regard as non-canonical.


StorylineEdit

The continuation of the animated series, which picks up after the climactic three-part series finale, "Hunter's Moon", at the end of the second season. The first two issues of the comic translate the only third season (The Goliath Chronicles) episode Weisman considers to be canon, "The Journey" (which he wrote), with issue #3 beginning the new storyline. Weisman has confirmed that the comic starts in 1996, just after the conclusion of the final episode of the series' second season. Issue #10 was the first issue set in 1997.

ProductionEdit

In June 2005, it was announced that a series of Disney-licensed, bi-monthly Gargoyles comic books would be created by Slave Labor Graphics in association with CreatureComics. Gargoyles #1 was released on June 21, 2006 and promptly sold out, ensuring a second printing. After an extended delay, Gargoyles #2 was released on December 13, 2006. Issue #6 contains an error: the artwork on page 12 and 16 was switched, even though the text is correct. Slave Labor has acknowledged this error, and the corrected issue was reprinted on November 14.

Greg Guler, character designer for the original TV series, and Stephanie Lostimolo have produced the cover art for each issue. Story art is primarily being produced by David Hedgecock and colored by Dustin Evans, although issues #4, #5, and #6 were drawn by guest artists. Gargoyles #6 used the unpublished script that Weisman wrote for the Marvel series.

In August 2008, Greg Weisman announced that, due to Disney increasing its licensing fees, Slave Labor Graphics would not be renewing its license of Gargoyles after it ran out on August 31, 2008. The final two issues of Bad Guys and four of Gargoyles were released in the comic trades collecting both series in August 2009. Weisman also stated that SLG President Dan Vado has not given up on the Gargoyles franchise, and hopes to pursue the idea of Gargoyles graphic novels in the future.

Spin-offsEdit

One of Greg Weisman's planned Gargoyles spin-offs, Bad Guys, has debuted as a black-and-white six-issue limited series. The first issue was released on November 28, 2007. The series is written by Weisman and drawn by Karine Charlebois, with cover art by Greg Guler and Stephanie Lostimolo.

Had the comics continued, Gargoyles: Pendragon would have been next in line, followed by Gargoyles: Timedancer. Each of these would have also appeared as a six-issue black-and-white limited series.

IssuesEdit

Note that Gargoyles issues #9–12 and Bad Guys issues #5–6 were only published in the collections.

GargoylesEdit

Title Issue # Release date
"Nightwatch" 1 June 21, 2006
Pencil artist: David Hedgecock Color artist: Will TerrellCover Artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Stephanie Lostimolo
As the public learns of the existence of gargoyles in NYC, the Manhattan Clan goes into hiding atop the Eyrie Building while an anti-gargoyle group known as the Quarrymen are formed by John Castaway. Meanwhile the police set up a task force led by Matt Bluestone to deal with the issue. When Goliath later visits Elisa to discuss their troubles, the two find themselves on the run from a squad of Quarrymen.
"The Journey" 2 December 13, 2006
Pencil artist: David Hedgecock Color artist: Will TerrellCover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Stephanie Lostimolo
Elisa and a wounded Goliath are pursued through Manhattan by the murderous Quarrymen, while a debate about gargoyles between ADA Margot Yale and "Lennox MacDuff" continues on the local news.
"Invitation Only" 3 March 28, 2007
Pencil artist: David Hedgecock Color artist: Dustin EvansCover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Stephanie Lostimolo
Xanatos arranges a Halloween costume party on top of the Eyrie Building, and the gargoyles plan to attend, pretending to be wearing gargoyle "costumes." However, Elisa and Goliath's relationship has taken a sudden turn. And the shadowy Illuminati are making plans of their own concerning the gargoyles.
"Masque" 4 May 16, 2007
Pencil artist: Nir Paniry Color artist: Dustin EvansCover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Stephanie Lostimolo
The gargoyles mingle with humans in the Eyrie building under cover of a costume party. Thailog returns from his supposed death to claim his "property", and Xanatos is absent from his own party, visiting the White House.
"Bash" 5 July 18, 2007
Pencil artist: Karine Charlebois Color artist: Stephanie LostimoloCover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Stephanie Lostimolo
The confrontation between Thailog, Goliath, and the clones turns violent, and Delilah must choose a side. Meanwhile, Xanatos meets with a mysterious man in Washington D.C.
"Reunion" 6 October 10, 2007</br>Reprint: November 14, 2007
Pencil Artist: Gordon Purcell Color artist: Dustin EvansCover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Stephanie Lostimolo
Thailog is told of a lost tale from the Avalon World Tour by his new executive assistant. The tale involves Goliath and company meeting up with Coldstone in the Himalayas. The issue ends with Xanatos meeting up with a familiar face.
"The Rock" 7 December 12, 2007
Pencil artist: David Hedgecock Color Artist: Robby BevardCover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Robby Bevard
Macbeth is aided by Lexington and Hudson to safeguard the Stone of Destiny while it's being taken from London to Scotland. Meanwhile Xanatos prepares for his mission from the Illuminati and recruits Coldsteel and Coyote (Now 5.0).
"Rock & Roll" 8 March 26, 2008
Pencil artist: David Hedgecock Color artist: Robby BevardCover artist: David Hedgecock Cover color artist: Jorge Molina
After Macbeth and the gargoyles make their acquaintance with the London Clan, they unite to protect the Stone from Coldsteel.
"Rock of Ages" 9 See Clan-Building, Volume Two
Pencil artist: David Hedgecock Color artist: Robby BevardCover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Robby Bevard
The Gargoyles, now joined by Coldstone and Coldfire, continue their fight to protect the Stone from Coldsteel, while their opponents implement the rest of their scheme. (This is David Hedgecock's last issue as artist for the series, due to his inability to stay on schedule.)
"The Gate" 10 See Clan-Building, Volume Two
Pencil artist: Greg Guler Color artist: Cover artist: David Hedgecock Cover color artist:
The Phoenix Gate returns to Manhattan, breaks into the Phoenix itself and whisks Brooklyn back to 997 Scotland in the first trip of his 40 year Timedance (which may eventually be created into its own spin off series, called Timedancer). Greg Guler guest pencils.
"Tyrant" 11 See Clan-Building, Volume Two
Pencil artist: Unknown Color artist: Cover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist:
"Phoenix" 12 See Clan-Building, Volume Two
Pencil artist: Unknown Color artist: Cover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist:
Brooklyn and Demona's clan join the fight against the usurper King Constantine. Back in 1997, Goliath's brooding about his clan's survival is interrupted by a pair of unexpected and joyous reunions and additions to the family.

Gargoyles: Bad GuysEdit

Title Issue # Release date
"Strangers" 1 November 28, 2007
Pencil artist: Karine Charlebois Color artist: Karine CharleboisCover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Stephanie Lostimolo
The Redemption Squad (Dingo, Matrix, Fang, Yama and Robyn Canmore/Hunter) is on its way to a mission when it comes under attack. The tale of how Dingo came to join the group after his first encounter with the Hunter is recounted.
"The Lost" 2 April 30, 2008
Pencil artist: Karine Charlebois Color artist: Cover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Robby Bevard
The Redemption Squad continues its mission. The rest of the issue details Yama's recruitment and ends with a familiar face visiting Fang in the Labyrinth.
"Estranged" 3 May 21, 2008
Pencil artist: Christopher Jones Color artist: Cover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Robby Bevard
As the title suggests, this issue mostly deals with Robyn Canmore's current relationship with her two brothers Jason and Jon with flashbacks to the night when their father was killed during a fight with Demona.
"Louse" 4 August 20, 2008
Pencil artist: Karine Charlebois Color artist: Cover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Robby Bevard
"Strangled" 5 See Bad Guys: Redemption
Pencil artist: Karine Charlebois Color artist: Cover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Robby Bevard
"Losers" 6 See Bad Guys: Redemption
Pencil artist: Karine Charlebois Color artist: Cover artist: Greg Guler Cover color artist: Robby Bevard

CollectionsEdit

Title Volume # Release date
"Clan-Building, Volume One" 1 of 2 January 23, 2008
Pages: 168 Price: $19.95Cover Artist: Greg Guler Cover Color Artist: Stephanie Lostimolo
Collects issues #1-6 of the Clan-Building Arc. Introduction by Wendy Pini.
"Clan-Building, Volume Two" 2 of 2 August 2009
Pages:  Price: Cover Artist:

Cover Color Artist:

Collects issues #7-12, completing the Clan-Building Arc.
"Bad Guys: Redemption" 1 of 1 August 2009
Pages:  Price: Cover Artist:  Cover Color Artist:
Collects issues #1-4 including the planned #5 and #6 as bonus material.

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