Crowdfunding Spotlight: Elephantmen – Yvette, by Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin

After ninety issues and twenty collections at Image Comics, 20 issues at Comixology Originals and one trade collection at Dark Horse Comics, Comicraft’s next Elephantmen comics will be published by… Comicraft via Kickstarter.

The campaign for Elephantmen: Yvette, a brand-new 48-page adventure written by Comicraft studio founder Richard Starkings, with interior art by Axel Medellin, has already hit its target, ending on 2nd June 2024. Don’t miss out, and do check out the add-ons – they’re fantastic!

Elephantmen - Yvette Cover Gallery
"Bold, Mythic & Heartbreakingly Cool - Starkings' universe is a bred apart" - Andy Serkis on Elephantmen

The latest chapter in the long-running Elephantmen scifi adventure story, which made its debut back in 2002, centres on Yvette, one of the saga’s most popular characters who led the French Resistance against the Elephantmen in 2239, when the war they were created to fight was being waged throughout Europe.

Long time readers will be excited to learn this story features not only Yvette but Ebony Hide, Hip Flask and Shorty, and a character perhaps you weren’t even expecting…

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“22 years ago, long before crowd-funding, long before social media, I published the first issue of Elephantmen, Hip Flask: Unnatural Selection, under the Comicraft imprint. Now it’s time to go back to basics and for Comicraft to publish a new bumper issue of Elephantmen on Kickstarter.” says creator and writer Richard Starkings.

“This campaign is a first for us, but Elephantmen has been available in comic shops since 2002,” Richard also said, “and there are over a hundred issues available in more than twenty paperback collections. But you don’t have to know anything about the Elephantmen universe to read and enjoy this new standalone adventure.” 

Rewards include a whole grab bag of add ons, including stickers, prints and digital options, plus a gorgeous 24″x 36″ screen print by The Goon creator Eric Powell, ready for framing, as well as exclusive original watercolour paintings by Elephantmen artist Axel Medellin.

Elephantmen - Yvette Screenprint

If you’re new to Elephantmen, this could be a great place to start diving into the story. Head over to Kickstarter to see more preview pages, and make a pledge.

You can also check out the latest collections here on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link).

“After this new issue, later in the year we will be crowd-funding the second Comixology Originals collection,” Richard reveals. “The print rights to the series have reverted to Comicraft, so expect that and some special POD collections later in the year!”

And what about the long awaited final issue of the Hip Flask series by Ladrönn? “I’m happy to say that Ladrönn has finished issue #5 of the series,” says Richard, ” a”and we are putting the finishing touches to that this summer!”

Elephantmen - Yvette - Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin

Richard Starkings is the creator/writer of Image Comics’ Elephantmen and co-creator of The Beef and Ask for Mercy! The former Editor-in-Chief at Marvel UK, he’s worked as a lettering artist on just about every mainstream comic book you might care to mention since the mid 1980s, including Astro City, The Avengers, Batman: The Killing Joke and Spider-Man, and his company Comicraft currently letters a whole bunch of comics, from Conan the Barbarian to League of Legends and Star Wars Adventures.

Comic book and concept artist Axel Medellin has worked for Heavy Metal, Metal Hurlant, Zenescope and Boom! Studios, among other stuff, as well as Elephantmen series.

Check out Elephantmen: Yvette on Kickstarter

Check out the latest Elephantmen collections here on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link).

Web Links

ElephantmenFacebook / BlueSky / Instagram / Threads / Twitter
• ComicraftFacebook / BlueSky / Instagram / Threads / Twitter

Richard Starkings:  Facebook / BlueSky / Instagram / Threads / Twitter
Axel MedellinFacebook / BlueSky / Instagram / Twitter
Abigail Jill HardingFacebook / BlueSky / Instagram / Threads / Twitter
• Carlos DearmasFacebook / BlueSky / Instagram / Twitter
• Boo CookFacebook / Instagram 
• Eric PowellFacebook / Instagram / Threads / Hive

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