Brian Stelfreeze & Doug Wagner's THOMAS RIVER #1 Comic Book

Created by 12-Gauge Comics

Brian Stelfreeze & Doug Wagner's THOMAS RIVER #1-- A 48-Page Comic by the Artist of Marvel's BLACK PANTHER & the Writer of Image Comics' PLASTIC.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Our new KIckstarter is live!
over 2 years ago – Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 10:31:34 PM

Hello THOMAS RIVER crew!

First, I apologize if you are getting multiple emails about this new campaign. I know there is crossover from our different projects, but it's a "launch day" thing, and I believe many of you do want to hear about our new books (but I promise this will be all you'll hear from me for a while).

I wanted to reach out and let you know about our new campaign, featuring an original graphic novel by Doug Wagner & Daniel Hillyard, called NARCO.

NARCO is a suspenseful story of murder, love,  friendship, and betrayal—a ‘Hitchcockian’ thriller that will keep you on  the edge of your seat as you try to unravel the mystery of ‘who killed Jessica Wright?’ —all while our protagonist tries to keep from being the serial killer’s next victim.

This is a two-book campaign, where we're also offering a deluxe edition hardcover of Doug and Daniel's wildly popular serial killer series, PLASTIC. Here's a link to the campaign, and below that is a really special treat-- the entire first chapter of the NARCO graphic novel that you're getting to read before anyone else:

NARCO (original graphic novel) + PLASTIC: DELUXE EDITION Kickstarter Campain Page

NARCO - Chapter 1

Finally, from now until tomorrow at 12:12 pm EST, we're offering a free PLASTIC print to all backers. 

Thank you for your time and support.

-Keven Gardner

Books start shipping Friday + YUMI!
almost 3 years ago – Tue, Mar 09, 2021 at 11:35:53 PM

Very excited to share that we just got confirmation *your* books will start shipping Friday! If all goes according to plan you'll get your tracking# over the weekend, or Monday at the latest. Keep an eye out for an email from Backerkit with your shipping information as soon as your books are moving.

Also, in case you've missed it, our second (successfully funded!) Kickstarter, YUMI: SPY FATALE, BADDIE ROYALE closes Thursday afternoon at 3:30 ET/12:30 PT. 

We know the optics aren't great to have a second campaign going before the first one has been filled, but we just didn't expect so many crazy shipping delays with THOMAS RIVER, and had built the campaign launch for Yumi around Valentine's Day--  so we were kind of stuck. We all hoped that since your THOMAS RIVER digital copy had been sent that you at least knew the book was finished and we were trying our best to deliver.

Of course every book we do might not appeal to every one of our fans, but we'd sure love it if you gave YUMI a look. And we're so convinced that many of you will like Doug Wagner and Hoyt Silva's new book, you can read the first 28 pages of the 136 page graphic novel-- right now -- for free, at this link: 

If you like what you see, here's a link to the campaign where you can check out all the goodies: 

YUMI Kickstarter 

YUMI: SPY FATALE, BADDIE ROYALE by Doug Wagner & Hoyt Silva. Covers by Loish, Eliza Ivanova, & Chris Brunner.

Thanks again for all of your support on helping bring the Thomas River character to the world, and we can't wait to hear your thoughts on the comic when it shows up! 

Shipping Update
almost 3 years ago – Sun, Mar 07, 2021 at 05:15:32 PM

I'll start off with the best news-- as of today the books have arrived at our fulfillment center.  First it was COVID-related delays keeping the books in Korea for over a month after they were printed, then for multiple weeks once they arrived in LA-- and then the winter storm hit that caused a 5-day truck delivery to take 2 weeks.

But they have officially arrived (happy dance)!

We are in-line behind a few other projects that will go out before ours, but I'm told our books should be shipping to you by this time next week. 


More to come, but thank you all for being so patient.

Finally, if you haven't done your Backerkit survey, please do so now, as your book will not ship until you confirm your address and finalize shipping:

Backerkit Surveys - Please Complete
about 3 years ago – Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 09:38:18 AM

We still have a good number of incomplete surveys, so please go to Backerkit and confirm your shipping address. Click this link to have the survey re-sent if you need it:

As mentioned in our last shipping update, the books were unloaded from the boat at the port in Los Angeles and our printer told us they were about to be picked up and sent to our fulfillment partner. Unfortunately we were just informed that they were not released from the port warehouse for shipment as expected, but are hopeful that will happen in the next couple of days. Now that this has been brought to our attention we will be on top of it and keep you posted.

Also, in case you missed it, our new original graphic novel, YUMI: SPY FATALE, BADDIE ROYALE is currently live on Kickstarter. We are very excited about this super-fun action/spy story, and would love for you to check it out. We are *this* close to meeting our funding goal, and you can get on-board starting at just $15!


Finally, if you are looking for another irreverent, chaotic Kickstarter filled with immeasurable amounts of energy, Space Bastards—featuring art from our friend, The Boys own Darick Robertson, might be just what you're looking for. It’s a hilarious descent into sci-fi, about mail carrier mercenaries scrambling into space to murder each other in exceedingly inane ways. Highly recommended, and it's down to the last 48 hours, so get it while you can!

New Kickstarter TODAY!
about 3 years ago – Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 04:45:13 PM

“This is a limb-swinging, gun-toting, knife-wielding, pulpy blast. Yumi totally kicks ass!”  

- Liz Sagal, Writer on Netflix’s upcoming Cowboy Bebop series, Co-Producer & Writer on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

We hope that quote at least gets you interested in our new graphic novel,  YUMI: SPY FATALE, BADDIE ROYALE. This is a really fun action book by Doug Wagner and Hoyt Silva, with covers by Loish, Eliza Ivanova, and Chris Brunner (see below). Like THOMAS RIVER, the YUMI book is done, so there's no chance you won't get what you pay for, and everyone will have digital copies as soon as the survey portion of the campaign is complete.

And since everyone here backed our last campaign, we're giving you access to check out the campaign before we start promoting it online with official announcements. 

Here's a little info on the concept, and a link to the campaign at the end. We hope you dig it!

Yumi LOVES Richard!

But, Richard (MI-6’s greatest spy) has gone missing, and now Yumi will do anything to find him…burn down MI-6, send Paris into chaos, attack the city of Dubai, and even kill all his ex’s. Thinking about it, Yumi just might be the world’s greatest anti-spy.

It all started by chance, as Yumi met Richard at a coffee shop in Japan. It was love at first sight, and a storybook romance ensued. Yumi was head over heels in love. As the weeks went by, that love only grew stronger.

Until Richard disappeared without a trace.

Now, Yumi must find him at any cost, and that starts by taking matters into her own hands.

Did we mention that Yumi might be the most gifted hacker on the planet? And that she's been trained by one of the world's foremost experts in combat (that would be Ms. V.)? See, Yumi's dad is the founder and owner of the Tanuki Corporation, one of Japan's most prominent tech businesses, and he spared no expense training his daughter to be able to defend herself. The hacker part? Well, her dad was considered a tech-genius during his prime, so the apple didn't fall far from the tree; and in reality, Yumi is way more gifted than even he knows.

Needless to say, things are about to get crazy.

YUMI: SPY FATALE, BADDIE ROYALE is a modern-day spin on the spy-genre, told for a new generation. With a tone somewhere between Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and the Kingsman films, Yumi brings a breath of fresh air and an all-new spin on the action/spy stories we all love. 

YUMI: SPY FATALE, BADDIE ROYALE - Cover by Eliza Ivanova
YUMI: SPY FATALE, BADDIE ROYALE - Cover by Chris Brunner & Rico Renzi