Gargoyles (comics)

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This article is about the comic by Slave Labor Graphics. For the 1995 series by Marvel Comics, see Gargoyles (TV series)#Marvel.
Gargoyles
Cover of Gargoyles #1 by Greg Guler
Publication information
Publisher Slave Labor Graphics
Schedule Bi-monthly
Genre
Publication date 2006 - 2009
Number of issues 12
Main character(s) Manhattan Clan
Creative team
Writer(s) Greg Weisman
Penciller(s) David Hedgecock
Greg Guler
Nir Paniry
Karine Charlebois
Gordon Purcell
Colorist(s) Will Terell
Dustin Evans
Stephanie Lostimolo
Creator(s) Greg Weisman (uncredited) and others
Editor(s) Jennifer de Guzman

Gargoyles is a comic book series by Slave Labor Graphics and Creature Comics which appeared between 2006 and 2009. It was based on the 1994 animated television series Gargoyles, and was written by Greg Weisman. The comic continued the storyline of show from the first two seasons, ignoring much of the ABC Network third season, when the show was retitled Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles.

Storyline[edit]

The comic acted as a continuation of the animated series after episode 65, picking up after the climactic second season finale, "Hunter's Moon, Part III". The first two issues of the comic translate episode 66 "The Journey", which was the only third season Gargoyles episode Weisman considers to be canonical (and which was also the only Gargoyles episode Weisman ever wrote). Issue #3 of the Gargoyles comic then began an completely new storyline, which deliberately ignored the rest of the events of the televised third season.

Weisman has confirmed that the in-universe timeline of 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.

Production[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Spin-offs[edit]

One of Greg Weisman's planned Gargoyles spin-offs, Bad Guys, appeared as a black-and-white six-issue limited series in 2007/08. The first issue was released on November 28, 2007. The series was 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.

Issues[edit]

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

Gargoyles[edit]

Title Issue # Release date
"Nightwatch" 1 June 21, 2006
Pencil artist: David Hedgecock
Color artist: Will Terrell
Cover 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 Terrell
Cover 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 Evans
Cover 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 Evans
Cover 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 Lostimolo
Cover 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
Reprint: November 14, 2007
Pencil Artist: Gordon Purcell
Color artist: Dustin Evans
Cover 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 Bevard
Cover 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 Bevard
Cover 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 Bevard
Cover 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.[3]
"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 Guys[edit]

Title Issue # Release date
"Strangers" 1 November 28, 2007
Pencil artist: Karine Charlebois
Color artist: Karine Charlebois
Cover 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[4]
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.[4]
"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

Collections[edit]

Title Volume # Release date
"Clan-Building, Volume One" 1 of 2 January 23, 2008
Pages: 168
Price: $19.95
Cover 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[5]
Pages:
Price:
Cover Artist:
Cover Color Artist:
Collects issues #7-12, completing the Clan-Building Arc.
"Bad Guys: Redemption" 1 of 1 August 2009[6]
Pages:
Price:
Cover Artist:
Cover Color Artist:
Collects issues #1-4 including the planned #5 and #6 as bonus material.

Awards[edit]

Award name Year Status
Ursa Major Award - Best Comic Book 2007 Won[7]

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