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SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003) Drumfish Productions

cover:  Luciano Vecchio
Rich Bernatovech
ISBN 0-9745885-0-4
Date: Dec 2003
Cover Price:  $14.95

Featuring FIVE George Perez pin ups.
(12/01/2003): Printing errors delayed the release to December 17th, 2003.
(12/17/2003): Interior is in black and white.

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    "Footsteps" (216 pgs) 
    writer:  Rich Bernatovech
    art:  Luciano Vecchio
    Rich Bernatovech
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    SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)
    Drumfish Productions

    SENTINELS (2002)
    art by Pérez, published in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)

    SPLASH (2003)
    art by Pérez, published in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)

    TEMPLAR (2003)
    art by Pérez, published in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)

    ELECTRON (Jun 2002)
    art by Pérez  at NY SCI-FI & FANTASY CREATORS 2002, published in SENTINELS #1 (Dec 2003)

    HARLETTE (2003)
    art by George Pérez, published in SENTINELS #1 (Dec 2003)

    Bernatovech and Vecchio Interview at CBR
    News Thu, 11 Jan 2007 16:51:28 CST Rich
    by Arune Singh, Staff Writer
    Posted: January 11, 2007


    SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)
    Drumfish Productions

    SENTINELS #3: ECHOES (Nov 2005)
    Drumfish Productions
    In 2003, CBR News brought you word of a new superhero project, "Sentinels," that stood out for two main reasons: the writer worked for the New York Times newspaper and the story of this super-team was to be told in original graphic novel format. "Sentinels" debuted to a strong response from fans, making writer Rich Bernatovech a regular fixture at the conventions and creating a lot of buzz for subsequent volumes. As 2007 begins, fans await the March-shipping "Sentinels Book 4: Hope," which concludes the tale by Bernatovech and artist Luciano Vecchio. The fourth volume will wrap up all the major plot threads, while also introducing some elements for perhaps future tales, though Bernatovech & Vecchio weren't about to give away any details. The duo were, however, happy to speak with CBR News about "Sentinels" and the feeling of finishing a four-year-long project.


    News: Sentinels Forum

    February 16, 2005 12:41 am
     From Rich Bernatovech
    I wanted to let you know that Sentinels now has a Forum where you can post whatever you like about the book. The Forum was generously offered to us by Philip Clark from Dreamchilde Press. They publish Quantum: Rock of Ages, another independent comic.

    The Forum is new, but I think it will be very interesting to anyone who likes comics, especially independents and anyone thinking about publishing their own comic.

    I don't often send out e-mails like this, but I thought you might be interested.

    The Forum is at:

    If you have any problems joining the board there, please let me know and I will try to help if you are interested in joining. It's free and easy and you'll meet some great people.

    News: Interview With Bernatovech on Newsarama

    January 01, 2005 01:01 am
     From Newsarama
    12-31-2004 12:49 PM
    by Ryan McLelland


    First off, a little 101 – as previously mentioned, the Sentinels is the name of the team of superheroes who suddenly disappeared without warning. The children of these superheroes decide to continue in their parent’s footsteps and carry on the good fight. An feature of the book is that it is never dumbed-down for the reader, the story simply launches, taking readers along for the entire ride. As twists are thrown in at a mile a minute, readers watch as these new second generation heroes are tossed into fights they are perhaps not ready for while finding themselves starting to try and find out what truly happened to their parents.

    Sentinels is a labor of love for Bernatovech who has loved comic books since he was a young boy. It was this love of comic books, specifically The New Teen Titans, which led him to Titantalk. “I was a big fan of George Perez and that got me to join an APA called Titantalk at age 12,” said Bernatovech. “It really fed my creativity to be around all the other creative people in the club. It's pretty funny that Titantalk has so many alumni in the business: Rob Liefield, Hank Kanalz, Devin Grayson and Jay Faerber to name a few. I don't know what it was about that APA, and whether you like those people's work or not, you can't deny that there must have been something different going on there for so many professionals to come out of it. For myself, I learned a lot about dedication and discipline. It was a great training ground.”

     August 09, 2004 07:50 pm | Sentinels Creators at San Diego Comicon
    From Titans Tower
    The Sentinels of ComiCon
    Saturday, August 07, 2004 2:49:48 PM


    Sentinels Book 1: Footsteps was published in 2003. The series is written by Rich Bernatovech with art by Luciano Vecchio.

    I first saw Sentinels at a convention in New York. Luciano's art caught my eye immediately. I chatted with Sentinels' author and creator, Rich Bernatovech, to discover he is a major Titans fan. He was a longtime member of the old TTalk APA [Amateur Press Alliance] in the 1980s and 1990s. TTalk was a fan-club-by-mail before the internet days, where Titans fans would trade stories, art, and gossip about the Titans series. I was a member myself in 1995, during the last year of TTalk.

    Sentinels is a superhero team book with divergent characters and an intricate backstory. The current Sentinels are the children of the first Sentinels team, who were obliterated in a mysterious mission. The team gathers together once again, to encounter demons, aliens and more. Think Infinity Inc. crossed with Titans mixed with Elementals.

    [ Read more The Sentinels of ComiCon ]

     May 25, 2004 12:22 am | Sentinels #2 Cover
    From Rich Bernatovech

    SENTINELS #2: MASKS (Jul 2004)

    I thought you'd like to get a sneak look at the cover for Sentinels Book 2: Masks.

    It should be out late July!

    Vu: See also: (not accessible at the moment)

     December 23, 2003 | Bernatovech Interview at CBR
    From Comic Book Resources

    by Arune Singh, Staff Writer
    Posted: December 22, 2003


    Self-publishing a book is definitely not an easy task, so why did Bernatovech decide to go the self publishing route? Did he shop it around to various publishers? "This has got to be the hardest part of doing this book. Getting people to take you seriously and even look at your work is the hardest part of the comic business. I had contacted a few 'established' publishers, but none of them ever even looked at the book. Only two people at DC, Bob Schrek and Frank Miller, ever took me seriously. Both of them offered me great advice and really encouraged me to keep going. It was Frank that convinced me to try self-publishing after hearing his stories of working in the industry and it was Bob who told me a lot of the ins and outs of actually doing it. I think the best promotion is actually word of mouth. You can invest thousands in doing color ads in magazines or other comics and if the work isn't liked you've lost. But with the Internet and all the great fans site out there, buzz can be generate better press I think. …I did do a mass mailing of postcards to comic book stores and also handed them out at conventions. The postcards advertised the website which I think is kind of key in our promotion too. We have a great flash animated trailer for the book on there that really tells and shows what 'Sentinels' is about. I also had longtime comic idol, George Perez, do a bunch of illustrations for me. George is the best in the biz. I've know him since I was about 15 and he has always been nothing but encouraging. Having him do some pinups for the book has really been helpful in getting us some attention, too."

     December 22, 2003 | Sentinels By George Perez
    From Sentinels Online

    SENTINELS (2002)
    art by Pérez, published in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)
     December 21, 2003 | Lorenz's Sentinels #1 Review
    From Tony Lorenz (email)

    Sentinels Book 1
    posted 12/21/03 6:22 PM

    Hi everyone, I just want to give my two cents on Rich Bernatovech's massive book SENTINELS. I bought the book Friday and read it Saturday (started vacation). I really enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to future issues. The book starts off with an excellent designed cover, that's a biggy when trying to sell a new unknown book. The production and printing is also top notch.

    Now on to the meat and potatos. Rich has created a quite unique bunch of characters, with each having his/her own personality, which is very important for keeping the readers interested in the story, especially a book of this length. Rich's character remind me a lot of the great New Teen Titan's of the the 1980's, not a bad book to be influenced by. Rich has created quite an epic. I'm really interested in what happened to Gospel. Originally I sat down just to start reading the book, being it was such a big book. Before I knew it, I finished it.

    Great combination of characterization and action through out. Great job Rich. Now on to the artwork by Luciano Vecchio and Rich. The artwork was down in a very clean and interesting style. Like the story the characters were drawn in there own unique original style, Luciano has a good grasp at drawing good looking people. The page layouts were quite good, good use of different angles. That always makes for a more interesting comic, especially one of this size.

    Now the biggest area for improvement is in the background art, for the most part there was none, there were a lot of fake effects and what backgrounds there were could have used a little more research to make them look more believable. Do more life drawings, the more you take from the real world the better the art will be. The perspective for the most part was fine. Fine tune on the backgounds and man the art will really jump out at you.

    Overall all a great effort. At a $14.95 cover price this book is a quite a bargain. Help support the future stars of the comic industry, and besides you get four or five really nice drawing of Rich's characters drawn by George Perez. So my overall rating would be 4.5 out of 5. I would love to hear what other people thought of the book.

     December 17, 2003 | Sentinels #1 Released Today
    From Vu

    SENTINELS #1 was released today.

    The book is in black and white, which I forgot, because I was used to seeing the same George Pérez art in color on their official website.

    The fifth George Pérez artwork featured in the book is a drawing of the entire team (10 characters) and was commissioned in 2002.

     December 9, 2003 | Sentinels #1 To Ship Dec 17
    From Diamond

    Shipping Next Week: December 17

    The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores next week. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

    OCT032388 SENTINELS BOOK 1 TP FOOTSTEPS (Of 4) (MR) $14.95

     November 30, 2003 | Sentinels Delayed Until 12/17
    From Rich Bernatovech

    I was looking at your site and saw you have Sentinels listed as upcoming to be in stores on December 3. Unfortunately, due to a printing problem we are coming out on December 17 now. Sorry about that! I just wanted to let you know.

     November 17, 2003 | Site Update
    From Rich Bernatovech

    SPLASH (2003)
    art by Pérez, published in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)
     October 21, 2003 | Harlette Commission
    From Rich Bernatovech

    HARLETTE (2003), art by George Pérez. Published in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)

     October 3, 2003 | Site Update
    [ Art ] From Rich Bernatovech

    TEMPLAR (2003)
    art by Pérez, published in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)
     September 26, 2003 | Sentinels Advertisement
    From Vu

    As previously mentioned, SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS will feature five pinups by George Perez. It is also listed in the latest PREVIEWS vol 13, #10 (Oct 03).

    You can find their solicitation under Drumfish Productions, on page 294, with a full page advertisement on page 295:

    A colored version of this ad can also be found here on Luciano Vecchio's website.

    For more information see

     September 22, 2003 | Sentinels GN
    From Rich Bernatovech

    SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)
    Drumfish Productions

    ELECTRON (Jun 2002), art by George Pérez,  at NY CONVENTION 2002. Published in SENTINELS #1: FOOTSTEPS (Dec 2003)
    I wanted to let you know about some Perez work I have on my site. My name is Rich Bernatovech and I am self-publishing a graphic novel called Sentinels. It is a 216 page book in black and white, written and inked by myself with pencil work by Luciano Vecchio.

    George Perez has been a huge inspiration on my work and I've known him for a good 15 years through Titantalk.

    Sentinels will be released on December 3, 2003 and is solicated in the new Previews magazine that comes out of Wednesday of this week.

    The book will have 4 pin-ups of some of the characters in the book and 1 color team shot all drawn by George Perez.

    If you get a chance please check out our website at and view the flash animated trailer we have done to promote the book. If you like that then look throughout the site and in the gallery section we have the first Perez pin-up.