United Forces • Issue #1

story & art by Gary Dufner & Phil Avelli

cover color by Brennan Wagner

Dreams of the Dead Come to LifeVETIKA

UNITED FORCES is a Double-Feature Flip-Book

and also includes Phil Avelli's LEAF ->


<- check out the original black & white WEBSKINZ series


   A cemetery caretaker’s midnight shift goes sideways when a dead man rises from his grave to give him a magical orb and a mission - to deliver the glowing orb to his Grandson Victor. Only two things stand in his way...Victor Vetika is a reclusive world famous singer and he currently resides in Enasni Hospital for the criminally insane for murdering a group of fans at one of his sold out shows. And, as he travels to Enasni Hospital, the caretaker discovers he is being stalked by the dead.


   United Forces was a combined concept that Gary Dufner and Phil Avelli were working on before they knew what it was to eventually to become. The two friends met in art college in NYC (School of Visual Arts) and would draw silly pictures of themselves wielding weapons and killing things.

   While Avelli worked on his own comic book, Leaf, Dufner started putting their characters in comic stories as “Gary ‘n Phil” eventually titling it “United Forces” - after the love of the band S.O.D. and their famous song.


Gary Dufner

After art school Dufner spent his time fronting many metal bands - his current project is Vetika. Gary is a professor of drawing and photography online for the Los Angeles Film School. He is also producing his own puppet show “Sock You!” with his LA Film colleague Tim Motter. In addition he helps Motter with his creation “Space Pirates of the Crab Nebula”. Every Tuesday night you can find Dufner co-hosting the show “Draw Drink’n Social Hour” on Youtube and Facebook Live.


Phil Avelli

Since graduating SVA, Avelli has worked in the entertainment distribution field. In addition to working on United Forces he currently writes and draws “Leaf“, and “Horror Island”. He is also working with Monarch Comics as a marketing consultant for Blake Seals' comic “Evil Monkey Man” and other titles. Every Tuesday night you can find Phil along with Gary co-hosting the show “Draw Drink’n Social Hour” on Youtube and Facebook Live.

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UNITED FORCES including all related concepts & images is © and TM 1990-2021 by Gary Dufner. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

LEAF including all related concepts & images is © and TM 1990-2021 by Phil Avelli. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.