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“A Call To Arms” #2 – Pages 19-20


THE BLACK COAT is America's first superspy! Set in New York City in the days before the Revolutionary War, The Black Coat fights against the British and forces of the occult to protect the burgeoning nation. It's action packed fun that Chuck Dixon calls " kind of comics!"

The Black Coat was originally published by Ape Entertainment in 2006. Over the next 8 years, several series, one-shots, and graphic novels were printed and met with critical success. In the summer of 2020, we'll begin an exciting journey and publish the entire collection online in webcomic format, 4 pages every week. So whether you're new to the series or a long-time Black Coat fan, stop back every MONDAY and THURSDAY for new page uploads and enjoy the complete adventures of The Black Coat!

A Call to Arms #1 online for FREE

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Black Coat Poster Promotion

Hey Folks! Be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign to keep up with all the latest news about the new project-in-waiting! We’ve even got a special way for you to help get the word out AND get your name in the book at the same time! Here’s the skinny: 1. Visit this link and download one of the posters. 2. Get it printed (either the 8.5×11 at home or the 11×17 at your local print shop – Staples or OfficeMax can print an 11×17 color image for under $2.) 3. Take it to your local comic book shop and ask them to hang it up. 4. Take a picture and post it on our facebook page or send it to us in email.   And that’s it! Thanks to everyone that’s backed the project so far and be sure to tell your friends!

New Black Coat book now on Kickstarter!   Hey folks! Big news! We’ve launched our first Kickstarter campaign and, if successful, will be working on a new 66 page graphic novel telling the further adventures of The Black Coat. Check out the Kickstarter page and consider making a contribution – or just help spread the word! Here’s the official press release! =================================== Monday, December 3, 2012 For Immediate Release: The Black Coat slashes his way onto Kickstarter The creative team responsible for The Black Coat comic book launched their first Kickstarter campaign today and plan to produce a 66 page graphic novel that tells the further adventures of America’s first superspy if funded. “We’ve always wanted to pick things up where we left off,” said Black Coat co-creator Ben Lichius, “but producing a book like The Black Coat can be cost prohibitive in many ways and so it just hasn’t been a possibility for us to this point.” The creators are looking toward Kickstarter as a way to raise both funds and awareness for the character and help ease the minds of some eager fans at the same time. “I still get emails on a regular basis asking when we’re going to do more books,” Lichius added. “I think that Kickstarter is a special way for old and new fans to get involved with a project that they love, and in a way they never could before. Obviously the funding is a big part of it, but one of the great things about crowdfunding is the level of interaction that fans get to have – it’s a literal forum for them, as actual investors, to talk about the project, share their thoughts and concerns with the creators, help spread the word about the project… It actually makes fans into fellow creators and I think that’s really cool.” The new book would be written by Ben Lichius, illustrated by Dean Kotz, and colored by Diego Rodriguez. Ape Entertainment has already agreed to publish the book upon completion. If successful, the team expects the book to be on shelves by early October of 2013. For more information about the campaign, visit the Kickstarter Page: You can follow the campaign’s progress on the Black Coat’s website or on Facebook at: And to learn more about Ape Entertainment, visit their website The Black Coat was created by Ben Lichius and Francesco Francavilla. ===================================

Trailer for Ben’s new book “Hero of Alexandria” online

Check out the trailer for Ben’s latest comic project! Hero of Alexandria #1 32 PG | Full Color | $3.99 | Sandard Comic ISBN #: 978-1-937676-17-9 DCD ORDER NUMBER: AUG12 0779 Writers Name: Ben Lichius Artist Names: Roberto Ali Colors: Diego Rodriguez Cover Artist: Roberto Ali About this book: When an enigmatic scientist named Heron invented the steam engine in 60 A.D., he began an industrial revolution nearly 2000 years ahead of schedule. After Heron’s mysterious disappearance, his only living relative, a boy named Hero, sets out to find him in an amazing journey that will take him around the world! It’s ‘Amazing Race’ meets ancient, industrialized Rome in an incredible adventure that will test the limits of one man, shake the most powerful Empire on Earth to its core, and rewrite the history books!