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Amazing Montage Press Comics

'TRESPASSERS delivers consistently, updating the sometimes staid mystery genre with a modern sensibility. Please note, though, that 'modern' does not in this instance mean 'gratuitous sex and violence.' Yes, if the plot warrants it, TRESPASSERS can be quite bloody, but only in service to the greater good - telling a fine, well-developed story. '
--Barry Lyga, PREVIEWS
Here is Ray, in trouble as usual, dodging bullets in a vacant football stadium... doncha think he could find some BETTER use for his time?  But no...

Oracle, A Trespassers Mystery

Our most recent entry in the TRESPASSERS saga is also the ideal place to start, because it's a prequel that details how series regulars Ray and Finn first met! Researching a ghost story in a quiet college town, Ray stumbles across a deadly secret, with terrifying results! Story and art by Zabel, lettering by Gary Dumm. Features four full-color covers! 96 pages, $4.95 plus $2.50 p&h: $7.45
(Click on price to order from CCNOW) This is a page from one of my longest scenes in ORACLE, a mostly silent sequence that was inspired by Hitchcocks NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

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The Trespassers and the Known Associates Mystery Series

Here is a portrait of my two main characters, Raymond Fish and Delphinia Morgan, the amateur sleuths who have starred in the comics series The Trespassers! Amateur detectives Raymond Fish and Delphinia Morgan starred in a series of short mystery thrillers prior to ORACLE, A TRESPASSERS MYSTERY. The first three of these were self-titled and grouped as the Known Associates Mystery Series; the following five were under the title THE TRESPASSERS.

Ray and Finn may try to get away from it all, but murder and mayhem always follow!  This by the way is the first image I ever created of them!

Wolf Run

Raymond Fish and Delphinia Morgan are introduced in this tale of gripping suspense. Steroids, backwoods political correctness, a stolen tent, and a kootie catcher are all factors in a brutal campsite murder! Story by Zabel, art by Zabel and Dumm. 32 pages, $2.50 plus $2.50 p&h: $5.00
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This page shows some of the quasi SF/Fantasy overtones of this issue, which are not typical of the rather realistic series.

The Green Skull

Ray and Finn find themselves in a luxurious mansion, confronting a locked-room puzzle, a secret society, a mysterious icon, and the world's most paranoid billionaire! Features one of our most talked-about covers. Story by Zabel, art by Zabel and Dumm. 32 pages, $2.50 plus $2.50 p&h: $5.00
(Click on price to order from CCNOW) No, this is not a superhero story, Finn is just dressed up for a costume ball!  This is my personal favorite painting from the Trespassers series.  I have a larger scan of it at the bottom of the info page of this website-- click here to go there!

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Finn pounds on the car windshield as an abductor tries to drive away-- is that a gun pointing at her?!?

Runaway

A semi-retired gumshoe recruits a team of amateurs to search for a runaway teen. Follow Ray and Finn on a puzzling trail of clues that leads to a rock concert, a thrilling car chase, and a tense standoff with a desperate killer! One of our favorite scripts of the series, introduces private detective Christopher Muggins and aspiring policewoman Pearl Jenkins. Story by Zabel, art by Zabel and Dumm. 32 pages, $2.50 plus $2.50 p&h: $5.00
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'What is of special interest about THE TRESPASSERS is that competently told mysteries are rare in this field, and this series manages it, seemingly without effort.'
--Maggie Thompson, COMICS BUYERS GUIDE
This sequence presented a delightful challenge-- depicting an avante-garde performance artist giving a sensational show!

The Trespassers #1

With this issue, the series changes from self-titled books to a regular ongoing title. In SOUNDPROOF, the murder of a performance-art diva plunges Ray and Finn into a deadly adventure. Story by Zabel, art by Zabel and Dumm. Also, the first installment of Dumm's MR. GREY series. 32 pages, $2.50 US plus $2.50 p&h: $5.00
(Click on price to order from CCNOW)That Finn-- such an uninhibited, free spirit!  When she has the urge to tackle somebody, sending both him and herself plummeting over a waterfall into a deadly descent... when she has an urge like that, she doesnt think about it, she just DOES IT!

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A tense scene, intended to suggest a violent murder that is not shown directly.

The Trespassers #2

In FAX OF DEATH, find out why the modern fax machine is the most deadly piece of office equipment since the letter opener, as Ray plunges into his most harrowing adventure yet - holding down a 9-to-5 job!!!! Story by Zabel, art by Zabel and Dumm. Also, the 2nd installment in Dumm's MR. GREY saga. 32 pages, $2.50 plus $2.50 p&h: $5.00
(Click on price to order from CCNOW)This cover is a favorite among computer programmers; in fact the whole issue has kind of a Dilbert flavor to it!

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The technical challenge with this cover was to depict snow in a colorful way; I painted it blue and grey and more blue, but almost never pure white.

The Trespassers #3

MURDER AT THE CANTERBURY INN is Ray's and Finn's most macabre mystery yet, climaxing in a cat-and-mouse game with a psychotic known as the Catman! Story by Zabel, art by Zabel and Dumm. Also, Gary Dumm's MR. GREY! 32 pages, $2.50 plus $2.50 p&h: $5.00
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An unusual cover in that it depicts several panels; I got this idea from the old Lee and Kirby monster comics, which used to have covers that were panel breakdowns!

The Trespassers #4

In BANSHEE, a young woman's sabbatical in an isolated country house becomes a nightmare. Widely considered to be our strangest and most sensational story so far! Story and art by Zabel, lettering by Dumm. Plus MR. GREY by Gary Dumm! 48 pages, $2.50 plus $2.50 p&h: $5.00
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For this one I spent about two days solid painting nothing but bricks!  This cover is one of my favorites, mainly because with it I got over my fear of painting architecture.  Just because a wall is really flat, that doesn't mean you have to paint it flat!

The Trespassers #5

WHITE CANE DIARY is our longest and most dramatic story since BULLETPROOF - this is an issue you won't want to miss! A tarot card reading gets Finn involved in the deadly mission of a desperate but resourceful blind woman! Story and art by Zabel, lettering by Dumm. AND - the first story arc of Gary Dumm's MR. GREY saga comes to a mind-boggling climax! 64 pages, $2.50 plus $2.50 p&h: $5.00
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'Zabel's figure work has an uneven, 'underground' quality that successfully gives the characters a more natural quality. Since the characters seem less perfect than, say, a Steve Rude or Mark Schultz characterization, they seem more vulnerable for it.'
--Steve Conley, ICOMICS
What are these guys doing?  Why is the security guard allowing himself to be shot?  Those are the essential questions of this story!

Bulletproof

Our first and most critically-acclaimed book. A hoax by disgruntled security guards leads to disaster in this short graphic novel! Story by Zabel, art by Zabel and Dumm. 64 pages, $3.95 plus $2.50 p&h: $6.45
(Click on price to order from CCNOW)This cover is a blowup-- redrawn--of one of the panels in the inside story.

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Murder By Crowquill

Cover by Stephen Blue-- aint it beautiful?!? 24 great comics creators with one thing on their minds-- 'Who am I gonna kill tonight?!?'

MURDER BY CROWQUILL is the largest comics anthology ever devoted to the mystery genre. A diverse assortment of cartoonists have been invited to contribute, and each tackles the assignment with their own unique approach! Classic whodunnits, bizaare paradoxes, hilarious pastiches, and compelling crime dramas-- MURDER BY CROWQUILL has it all!

Contributors include Tim Truman and Joe R. Lansdale (JONAH HEX), Batton Lash (WOLFF AND BYRD, COUNSELORS OF THE MACABRE), Mack White (VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES), Alex Robinson (BOX OFFICE POISON), Jenni Gregory (DREAMWALKER), David Yurkovich (THRESHHOLD), Colin Upton (BUDDHA ON THE ROAD) and Steve Conley (ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS).

Other are Ben Adams and John A. Polacek (PRISONOPOLIS), Joe Chiappetta (SILLY DADDY), Tony Consiglio (DOUBLE CROSS), Charles Dougherty, Robert Humble and Mort Castle (THREADS), Gary Dumm (AMERICAN SPLENDOR), Scott Gilbert (TRUE ARTIST TALES), Michael Neno (THIS ETERNAL FLAW), Josh Neufeld (KEYHOLE), Jesse Reklaw (CONCAVE UP), and Joe Zabel (THE TRESPASSERS).

Cover by Stephen Blue (Image's THE AWAKENING); introduction by Do McGregor (DETECTIVES INC.); book design by Steve Conley; edited by Joe Zabel.Art by Charles Dougherty and Robert Humble from TIGRESS-- click on image to see more sample art in our annotated table of contents!

We've got a special section of this website devoted to Murder By Crowquill--click here to go there!

180-page trade paperback, b&w, color covers. $9.95 plus $2.50 p&h: $12.45
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Discount Packs

As a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund benefit book, MURDER BY CROWQUILL is not sold at a discount. However, as a special promotion, when you buy the anthology as part of one of our discount packs, the other books in the pack will be discounted 50%!

MURDER BY CROWQUILL Super Set-- Includes all of our titles! MURDER BY CROWQUILL, ORACLE, THE TRESPASSERS, and BULLETPROOF-- 11 books in all, a $38.85 value, only $24.40 plus $2.50 p&h: $26.90
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MURDER BY CROWQUILL Ray and Finn set-- includes ORACLE and THE TRESPASSERS; all of Ray and Finn's adventures! 10 books, a $34.90 value, only $22.40 plus $2.50 p&h: $24.90
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MURDER BY CROWQUILL and ORACLE-- 2 books, a $14.90 value, only $12.40 plus $2.50 p&h: $14.90
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MURDER BY CROWQUILL and THE TRESPASSERS-- Includes THE TRESPASSERS and KNOWN ASSOCIATES MYSTERY SERIES adventures. 9 books, a $29.95 value, only $19.95 plus $2.50 p&h: $22.45
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MURDER BY CROWQUILL and BULLETPROOF-- 2 books, a $13.90 value, only $11.90 plus $2.50 p&h: $14.40
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MURDER BY CROWQUILL and TRESPASSERS Pick 1-- Pick one issue of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $12.45 value, only $11.20 plus $2.50 p&h: $13.70
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MURDER BY CROWQUILL and TRESPASSERS Pick 2-- Pick two issues of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $14.95 value, only $12.45 plus $2.50 p&h: $14.95
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MURDER BY CROWQUILL and TRESPASSERS Pick 3-- Pick three issues of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $17.45 value, only $13.70 plus $2.50 p&h: $16.20
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'A very X FILES vibe runs through this expertly-drawn series.'
--Chris Yambar, MR BEATS

Other Discount Packs

Super Set-- ORACLE, THE TRESPASSERS, and BULLETPROOF-- 10 books, a $28.90 value, only $20.00 plus $2.50 p&h: $22.50
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ORACLE/TRESPASSERS set-- includes ORACLE and THE TRESPASSERS; all of Ray and Finn's adventures! 9 books, a $24.95 value, only $17.50 plus $2.50 p&h: $20.00
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TRESPASSERS set-- Includes THE TRESPASSERS and KNOWN ASSOCIATES MYSTERY SERIES adventures. 8 books, a $20.00 value, only $14.00 plus $2.50 p&h: $16.50
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ORACLE/TRESPASSERS Pick 1-- Order ORACLE and pick one issue of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $7.45 value, only $5.25 plus $2.50 p&h: $7.75
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ORACLE/TRESPASSERS Pick 2-- Order ORACLE and pick two issues of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $9.95 value, only $7.00 plus $2.50 p&h: $9.50
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ORACLE/TRESPASSERS Pick 3-- Order ORACLE and pick three issues of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $12.45 value, only $8.75 plus $2.50 p&h: $11.25
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BULLETPROOF/TRESPASSERS Pick 1-- Order BULLETPROOF and pick one issue of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $6.45 value, only $5.00 plus $2.50 p&h: $7.50
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BULLETPROOF/TRESPASSERS Pick 2-- Order BULLETPROOF and pick two issues of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. An $8.95 value, only $6.25 plus $2.50 p&h: $8.75
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BULLETPROOF/TRESPASSERS Pick 3-- Order BULLETPROOF and pick three issues of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. An $11.45 value, only $8.00 plus $2.50 p&h: $10.50
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TRESPASSERS Pick 2-- Pick two issues of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $5.00 value, only $4.00 plus $2.50 p&h: $6.50
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TRESPASSERS Pick 3-- Pick three issues of the TRESPASSERS series from the order screen. A $7.50 value, only $5.25 plus $2.50 p&h: $7.75
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Have a combo in mind that you can't find above? Let us know and we'll add it to our selections. Contact joezabel@hotmail.com.