Hippo Fairy Tale in the works

Active Images, the innovative US comics company run by former Marvel UK talent Richard Starkings, has begun promoting an unusual fairy tale – starring hippopotamus hero, Hip Flask.

Captain Stoneheart and the Truth Fairy Hardcover by Ben 10 creator Joe Kelly and X-Men artist Chris Bachalo ships in January 2008. The 80 page book is described as “a grim but beautiful tale of Broken Bones and Broken Hearts, featuring characters created for Richard Starkings’ Elephantmen series.”

This special oversized hardcover edition features Bachalo’s pencil artwork, Joe Kelly’s full script and a special Audio CD reading of the story.

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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