Los Angeles, CA -- Jun 21, 2006 -- Active Images is pleased to announce that a brand-new series of full-color BRICKMAN comic strips will begin starting in issue #2 of ELEPHANTMEN, the new title by Richard Starkings and Moritat and published by Image Comics. The new strip is entitled BRICKMAN RETURNS. Brickman, a spoof of a certain caped crusader, first appeared 27 years ago in the British small press, and is also the star of BRICKMAN BEGINS!, published by Active Images. The strip has received acclaim from such industry luminaries as Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and Alan Davis.
"I'm having a lot of fun," said BRICKMAN creator Lew Stringer. "The short self-contained humor strips will initially expand on the early years of Brickman's crime-fighting career for the benefit of the majority of readers who will be unfamiliar with our zero, um, Hero!. This will be BRICKMAN's largest readership to date."
"I love Brickman, me... and I love Lew, because he's so much bolder than I am. Oh, sorry, I mean balder than I am," said Active Images publisher and ELEPHANTMEN writer Richard Starkings, "and I'm thrilled to be able to bring Lew's work to so many new readers. I know they'll fall in love with the adventures of Loose Brayne and his alter-ego Brickman as he fumbles his way through story after story."
Brickman first appeared in 1979 in Stringer's small press 'zine AFTER IMAGE, and then appeared in a string of, er, Lew Stringer mini-comics throughout the 1980s. BRICKMAN appeared in a special black and white one-shot in 1986, and the character then vanished from the scene for ten years before returning in YAMPY TALES in 1996. Brickman finally returned in the 152-page collection, BRICKMAN, um, BEGINS in 2005 (Active Images, ISBN 0-9740567-8-2, $9.99, digest size).
ELEPHANTMEN (Image Comics, $2.99, 32 pages, ongoing monthly series) is written and edited by Richard Starkings with art by Moritat. The new series begins this July. Future issues will feature such artists as Henry "DREDD/ALIENS" Flint, Tom "GODLAND" Scioli, Duncan THE NIGHTMARIST" Rouleau, David "SPAWN" Hine, and a whole issue by Joe "SUPERGIRL" Kelly and Chris "X-MEN" Bachalo . For more on ELEPHANTMEN, go to http://www.hipflask.com/issues/elephantmen01/index.html Issue #2 (Aug 2006) features a flip cover by Ian Churchill.
To see it, go to http://www.hipflask.com/issues/elephantmen02/cover.html
HIP FLASK: UNNATURAL SELECTION, the book that started it all, has now sold over 26,000 copies. HIP FLASK: MYSTERY CITY and HIP FLASK: UNNATURAL SELECTION are available in finer comic book stores and on Amazon.com.
ABOUT ACTIVE IMAGES
Active Images (www.activeimages.com) is the publishing arm of COMICRAFT, the lettering and design studio founded by 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 and Justin Norman), The Spiral Cage (Al Davison), Ballast (Joe Kelly and 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, was launched to great critical acclaim and is currently in development at Paramount Pictures.