Frank Forte, publisher of Asylum Press, has announced that Asylum Press has joined with Conquest Studios and 803 Studios to publish Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns, an original graphic novel written by Chuck Brown and illustrated by Philip Nuendorf.

A preview can be seen here: Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns

“I’m really excited to be working with Chuck brown and Philipp Neundorf to publish this incredible story,” explains Publisher Frank Forte, “It’s very original, with a dark storyline and twisted characters. It’s exactly what Asylum Press wants to bring to the masses.”

Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns is set in a world filled with mech wielding gangsters, demonic Mafioso and demons that run wild on earth, a mysterious hit man named Trypp only relies on three things, his trenchcoat, his cigarettes and his shotguns. A new kind of crime family begins to emerge in New York City, one that uses ancient satanic rituals to gain the speed, strength and other attributes of demons from Hell. When the demonic mob murders the friend of a mysterious hit man named, Trypp; he begins to leave a path of death, destruction and blood to avenge her. But he also begins to embrace the darkness within his soul.

“Working with Philipp Neundorf was a writer’s dream,” explains writer Chuck Brown, “though we bumped heads now and again he was able to take the world of Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns to new heights. Assembling this book took a lot of sleepless nights, time & sweat. But in the end I thinks we created something unique and special. Take away all the demons, death, magic and mayhem in the book you’re left with a simple story about a grain of good trying to say afloat in a sea evil. Something I think a lot of people can relate to and enjoy reading.”

Artist Philip Nuendorf reminisces about creating Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns: “Doing a full color page a day for around three months is an intense period of time. Even more when strong personalities like Chuck and I meet. Often enough we were crushing our heads like Trypp the demons in the book. Back then, after bandaging my wounds and then looking at the pages, I felt it was worth the fight. And as I was looking at the book again for the occasion I still feel like that. Doing comics next to the big productions is tough. But damn worth the experience.”

The graphic novel will ship in June. It runs 88 pages and carries a retail price of $9.95.

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