If you’re looking for a terrific “mature readers” comic to read for free, then check out Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman a comic by Tom Ward and Luke Parker. The first issue is available now for free via Issuu and elsewhere, and if you like what you see, why not give them some backing over on Kickstarter so they can publish the next three issues?
The comic stars Joseph Merrick: The Elephant Man as he “f**** up the occult”, in a Victorian tale of gin joints, black magic and carnival freaks. (Yes, we did tell you it was for mature readers).
It’s a great-looking gas lamp tale set in 1880’s London which steps between historical facts and figures and turn of the century folklore juxtaposed with the American superhero comic conventions of super powers, masks, secret identities and fantastic adventures.
Merrick: The Elephant Man, is a comic book brought to you by Tom Ward, “just a regular guy who likes comic books, punk rock and DIY ethos” and Luke Parker, who specialises in strong detailed line work using pen and ink. Luke mixes paper textures and digital colour/techniques to create graphically striking images. They’re ably assisted in their endeavours by Nic J. Shaw (Nicholas Shaw), a freelance comic letterer, writer, and reviewer. And a very busy guy.
• Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman! a comic by Ward & Parker, Issue #01 is now available for FREE download!
Suggested for mature readers.
• Joseph Merrick: The Elephant Man Kickstarter to fund the next three issues: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ourtom/merrick-the-sensational-elephantman
• More info on Facebook and follow them on Twitter: @MerrickComic
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.