AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS TO DEBUT WITH PAUL TOBIN AND PJ HOLDEN’S “GUNSUITS”
Famous Monster’s new comic book imprint, American Gothic Press, is out the door and hitting the cement with the first issue of GUNSUITS, a science fiction epic packed with robots, personality, and—appropriately—giant monsters.
From a script by Eisner winner Paul Tobin (COLDER, PROMETHEUS), GUNSUITS is a whirlwind ride of mechs, monsters, and alternate universes, adapted from the short story “Wormholes”. The story follows Cassandra “Potts” Potter as she battles gigantic, scaly bio-weapons while simultaneously searching every available dimension for a way to win. “I always try to keep in mind that heroes [like Potts] are regular people,” says Tobin. “They’ve been forced into a situation, but ‘Serve justice!’ isn’t what’s paramount in a hero’s mind. It’s more ‘don’t get shot or eaten’ and ‘don’t let my friends get shot or eaten’.” Both are distinct possibilities in GUNSUITS when Potts is introduced to a group of soldiers called The Tombstones and tensions begin to run high.
The series, which will run monthly for four issues, will be illustrated by JUDGE DREDD alum and NUMBERCRUNCHER co-creator PJ Holden. “PJ has been great,” says Tobin. “He’s brought the grunge that I wanted. These mechs have dirt to them. Scars. It’s like in football, when you look at the bench and there are a few players with torn jerseys, bloodstains, caked dirt; and then there are the players with fresh white pants. Our mechs are the former: we need the dirt and the blood and the feel that these things are patched together, a thin line of technology that stands between the pilot and instant destruction—a thin line that might be erased at any moment.”
GUNSUITS is hard-hitting, robot-heavy Sci-Fi that will appeal to fans of PACIFIC RIM, EVANGELION, and ALL YOU NEED IS KILL.
As announced earlier this month, American Gothic Press is Famous Monster’s first foray into original comics since Forrest J Ackerman co-created VAMPIRELLA in 1969. GUNSUITS is the first title scheduled to ship from American Gothic.
Issue #1 will ship with two covers.