Doug TenNapel's all-ages Image Comics graphic novel "GEAR" gets a 20th anniversary reprinting

Doug TenNapel's all-ages Image Comics graphic novel "GEAR" gets a 20th anniversary reprinting

I've been a fan of Doug TenNapel for a long time now.  Best known as the creator of the Earthworm Jim video game, his work on the television series of the same name was so hilariously dumb that it informed quite a bit of my sense of humor, in case you were wondering where it came from.

Today, Image Comics have announced that his all-ages graphic novel GEAR will receive a 20th anniversary reprinting.  The graphic novel, illustrated by Katherine Garner, follows four cats as they try and control a giant killer robot to win a war against dogs and insects.  It also apparently has mantis kung fu.  I am so in.

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ALL-AGES GRAPHIC NOVEL GEAR CELEBRATES A MILESTONE WITH A NEW PRINTING


PORTLAND, OR, 04/26/2018 — Writer/artist Doug TenNapel (CREATURE TECH, Ghostopolis, Cardboard) and colorist Katherine Garner (Ghostopolis, Nnewts, Tommysaurus Rex) will release a new printing of the full-color graphic novel GEAR this July—just in time for its 20th anniversary.

Four incompetent cats hijack a giant killer robot to change the course of a war between cats, dogs, and insects. But while these three species fight for control of the world, a powerful mechanical being named GEAR arrives to risk his own life to save the lives of good cats. 

“GEAR was the first graphic novel I ever made, and it’s why I fell in love with the medium,” said TenNapel. “Now with 17 graphic novels under my belt, I’ve yet to capture the raw energy of GEAR in another title. I was on fire back then, and GEAR is still on fire!”

“GEAR was the first of Doug's comic books I read, back when it was published in black and white,” said Garner. “I became a fan of his comic books because of it and never expected to be coloring them in.”

This 20th anniversary edition has it all: an action-packed story with robots, harpoon guns, talking cats, mantis kung fu—plus pin-up art by Rob Schrab and Mike Mignola! 

GEAR will hit comic shops on July 11 and other retailers on July 17.

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