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NYCC 2016: Action Lab’s SPENCER & LOCKE Twists Childhood Classic Into A Hard-Boiled Crime Saga

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A hard-boiled detective. A brutal murder. And a six-foot-tall imaginary panther.

SPENCER & LOCKE, a hard-boiled crime comic from writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr., is scheduled for release in 2017 from Action Lab: Danger Zone. Fans at New York Comic Con can get in on the story early and purchase an exclusive convention edition of SPENCER & LOCKE #1 by artist Joe Mulvey at Action Lab’s booth (3044)!


Main Cover by Jorge Santiago, Jr.

Main Cover by Jorge Santiago, Jr.


Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Colorist: Jasen Smith
Letterer: Colin Bell
Cover Artists:

  • Main Cover by Jorge Santiago, Jr.
  • Variant Cover by Maan House
  • NYCC Exclusive Variant Cover by Joe Mulvey

What if Calvin & Hobbes grew up in Sin City? Find out in SPENCER & LOCKE, a dark four-issue crime thriller from Action Lab Entertainment’s Danger Zone imprint. Written by David Pepose and illustrated by Jorge Santiago, Jr., SPENCER & LOCKE follows Detective Locke, who returns to the scene of his horrific upbringing when his grade-school sweetheart, Sophie Jenkins, is found dead in a lonesome back alley. But when Locke’s investigation dredges up menacing figures from his traumatic past, there’s only one person he can trust to help him close the case — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer.

The twisted nostalgia of SPENCER & LOCKE comes to comic shops and digital devices in March 2017, or be one of the first to dive into the story this weekend with an exclusive New York Comic-Con variant of SPENCER & LOCKE #1 by artist Joe Mulvey!

32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $10 (NYCC var.)

Variant Cover by Maan House
NYCC Exclusive Variant Cover by Joe Mulvey

Find out what fans are saying already about

A suspenseful crime drama well told.”
Mark Waid (Daredevil, All-New, All-Different Avengers)

A clever and compelling take on some familiar characters we grew up with, now all grown up. Well done, and smartly done.
John Layman (Chew, Detective Comics)

SPENCER & LOCKE really sets itself apart with an innovative look at what’s real and what’s not, a terrific cast of characters and an even more talented team that brought it all to life. Highly recommended!
Vince Hernandez (Charismagic)


Follow SPENCER & LOCKE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for the latest news, and join in on the conversation using the hashtag #spencerandlocke.

About the Creators:

v3zbwlfe_400x400David Pepose has worked for numerous entertainment companies around the country, including CBS, Netflix, Universal Studios and DC Comics. When not developing properties for comics, TV and film, David has also written and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Gotham Comedy Club and PUNDERDOME 3000. A St. Louis native and a former New York City transplant, David now resides in sunny Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @Peposed.


bcer1n6y_400x400Born on the desolate planet of El Paso, Texas, Jorge Santiago, Jr. began training in the Comic Arts at 17. After self-publishing for years, he left for the planet Georgia, where he earned his MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has been practicing making the perfect comics. He graphic designs by day and makes comics by night, and is best known for his popular webcomic, CURSE OF THE EEL. Follow him on Twitter at @JorgeSantiagoJr.


zlx_2pnc_400x400Born in Elk City, Oklahoma in 1982, Jasen Smith has been drawing his entire life. After serving as a newspaper writer, cartoonist, and voice jockey, Smith later moved to Arizona and became a freelance graphic designer, leading him to a career as a full-time colorist in 2013. He has since worked with the biggest comic book publishers in America, including Top Cow, Aspen Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, and more. Follow him on Twitter at @Jasen_Smith.


_jqxhc4d_400x400Along with his lettering work for publishers such as Image Comics, Dark Horse and BOOM! Studios, Colin Bell is known for being the SICBA Award-winning writer behind the popular all-ages title DUNGEON FUN (Comic Book Resources’ 61st Best Comic of 2013) and back-up strips for Titan Comics’ DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR. Follow him on Twitter at @ColinBell.


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nycc-action-lab-featureABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT– Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business.  Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment.  Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis.  Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, MIRACULOUS (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Katie Cook’s GRONK and Gayle Middleton’s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Lab’s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, VAMPBLADE and ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDY LAND.

*** info courtesy of Action Lab Entertainnment

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