Ian Churchill (flip) covers Image's "Elephantmen!"

Official Press Release

Los Angeles, CA -- June 12, 2006 -- ELEPHANTMEN #1 will be charging into stores this July courtesy of Image Comics, and with #2 following right behind in August, what better way to draw more converts than with an Ian Churchill flip cover! That's right, Active Images has paired Churchill (of Prelude to Infinite Crisis and Supergirl fame) with HIP FLASK and Eisner-nominated artist Ladronn to provide two stunning covers.

"Can it get any better than this?" asks Richard Starkings, President & First Tiger of Active Images and the writer of ELEPHANTMEN. "Ian [Churchill] and I have been friends for years and as long time fans of HIP FLASK know, Ian has had a hand in the creation of the character since the very beginning. Ian finished this piece for us as a special favor and I couldn't be happier. It's the perfect complement to the interior art by Moritat and Henry Flint -- this will be one beautiful book!"

Check out both covers, from pencils to colors, here:



Elephantmen: genetically engineered to be supra-human weapons of mass destruction, now they must live with the very people they were created to destroy. Hip Flask and Ebony Hide count amongst their number.


Story by Starkings, art by Henry Flint, cover by LADRÖNN. HENRY 'JUDGE DREDD/ALIENS' FLINT delivers eight pages of all-out action as Hip Flask takes on the Croc Elijah Delaney above and below the waters of the Los Angeles canal!


Story by Starkings, art by Moritat, flip cover by IAN CHURCHILL. Mouth Almighty Herman Strumm and his delectable sidekick, Rabbi, entertain satellite radio listeners when Elijah Delaney stops by Dogstar Radio to deliver an exclusive interview!

ELEPHANTMEN #2 -- look for it in June Previews page 151 (Image Comics, $2.99, 32 pages, ongoing monthly series begins this July), for more on ELEPHANTMEN, go to http://www.hipflask.com/elephantmen/

HIP FLASK: UNNATURAL SELECTION, the book that started it all, has now sold over 26,000 copies. HIP FLASK: ELEPHANTMEN and HIP FLASK: MYSTERY CITY are still available in finer comic book stores.


Active Images (www.activeimages.com) is the publishing arm of COMICRAFT, the lettering and design studio founded by President & First Tiger Richard Starkings and Secret Weapon John 'JG' Roshell in 1992. Active Images entered the world of print publishing in 2002 with Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection and in only a few short years became a publisher of great note, putting out a compelling and eclectic line of graphic novels featuring some of the most talented and up-and-coming creators in the industry, including: Solstice (Steven T. Seagle & Justin Norman), The Spiral Cage (Al Davison), Ballast (Joe Kelly & Ilya), Strange Embrace (David Hine), Temptation, Skidmarks, Gunpowder Girl and the Outlaw Squaw, The Fly Chronicles, and Brickman Begins. Industry legends Dave Sim, Alan Moore and Will Eisner are just a few who have sung the praises of Active Images's lineup. Active Images's most recent graphic novel. THE NIGHTMARIST, by Duncan Rouleau, has received high praise.

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