803 began as a partnership between Charlie Brown and Steven Prouse as a way to get their work in print. Together, they gathered 12 different artists and writers to create a single issue anthology collecting four stand-alone stories of different genre and art styles. What emerged was a fan-favorite book that received rave reviews from independent and mainstream media outlets. It was the birth of what would later become 803 Studios.
803 became the flagship open-genre anthology from 803 Studios collecting independent talent. While limited in scope, the three issues of 803 collected action, superhero, horror, and fantasy stories from some of the comic industry’s best unheard-of and unpublished talent.
803: Volume 1 collects four stories:
American Empire is written and created by Charlie Brown with a writing style that mixes harsh realities of today's world with the classic hero, penciled by DRE whose talents breathe life and emotion into American Empire’s characters with a raw urban style, and inked by Loki Dolza who is inking the upcoming comic the Green Lama. Loki has spent the last ten years as a world traveler studying all spectrums of art. American Empire introduces us to Jewel, a freedom fighter battling against an oppressive “Big Brother” shadow government in the very near future.
Dr. Impossible is created and written by Chad Bowers and penciled by Chris Nye. The duo brings a classic silver age style of story telling to 803 with a fresh new character, with Inks by Loki Dolza. Dr. Impossible is the first in-print appearance of Chad’s character. Chris has published the creator owned title Brother Destiny. In this story, Dr. Impossible is on a mission to find a missing person when he comes across Frankenstein’s monster.
Hand Me Downs was created by brothers, Eric and Greg Woodard and written by Steven Prouse. It is penciled by Eric Woodard and inked by Keith Barnett. Eric is the publisher of the ongoing anthology Stranger’s Tale. Keith has worked with such companies as Dark Horse and Caliber Comics. His most recent work is Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Lover’s Walk”. “As one hero falls, another will rise” is the message of Hand Me Downs as Mithra, a hero that received her powers from a fallen hero of her childhood, battles the same invading alien horde.
Rounding out the book is Graffiti created and written by Steve Prouse, penciled and painted by Anthony Hightower and inked by Clayton Brown. Steven’s tale Graffiti reflects the fears and ignorance of man that hinders our intellectual, spiritual and artistic accession. Anthony Hightower has worked on many games including Dune, Star Trek, Legend of the Five Rings, Vampire, Werewolf, and Warhammer 40,000. Clayton Brown as worked on such titles as G.I. Joe, Voltron, Transformers, Micronauts and Angel.
803: Volume 2 collects two stories written by studio members Charlie Brown and Steven Prouse and features cover art by Anthony Hightower:
Dave Dumeer is artist and co-creator of Hero Hunters, a short story from Charlie Brown, about a sidekick employed to hunt down and capture or kill rogue heroes. This is a story for every sidekick lover out there.
Anthony Hightower returns with inker Clayton Brown on Breaking the Seal, an eleven page short story based on writer/creator Steven Prouse’s series K. I. P.: Knowledge Is Power. Breaking the Seal follows two main characters, Aradia and Cernunnos, to India as they track down and attempt to recover an ancient Indus Valley seal depicting a mystical yogic position that bridges dimensions.
803: Volume3 collects stories from writers Chad Bowers and Steven Prouse with a cover by new-comer Chris McJunkin:
“Hero House is the true story of a house in Daring City where six heroes live and have their lives and adventures caught on tape just for you.” These are the opening words of Chad Bowers’ short story. Read the final adventure of the of the Hero House cast with a guest appearance of an old 803 friend. Pencils by Sammy Lopez with Inks by Clayton Brown.
Born Again tells the tale of a convicted serial killer named Hariel on his long final walk on death row illustrating his belief in a dark supernatural mandate and an even darker future. Written by Steven Prouse with art and letters by Chris McJunkin