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About


Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman returns in "Monsters", the new 2 issue story arc from Tom Ward and Luke Parker. 

Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman #7 Cover
Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman #7 Cover

Will Merrick survive his battle against the ancient Lovecraftian maggot deity Phu-ggogot? What revelations will be unearthed about his own past? 

"Monsters" is a Victorian pulp adventure joyride, and a great jumping on point for new readers.

Pin-up from Merrick #1 by Tiernan Trevallion based on the "Monsters" story arc
Pin-up from Merrick #1 by Tiernan Trevallion based on the "Monsters" story arc

Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman is a Victorian gaslamp pulp adventure comic set in 1880s' London. Based on a fictional version of the life of Joseph Merrick, it steps between historical facts and turn of the century folklore juxtaposed with the American superhero comic conventions of super powers, masks, secret identities and fantastic adventures. 

When Joseph Merrick’s pregnant mother was knocked down by an escaped elephant, the phenomenon of maternal impression caused her child to develop the toughness and strength of an elephant. 

Spurned by genteel society because of his thick grey skin and mis-shapen body he acquired the stage name of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman and travelled Europe as part of a sideshow, until his manager betrayed him and left him for dead. 

After dragging himself back to London on a quest for revenge, Merrick now finds himself embroiled with Dr Frederick Treves, one of the country’s greatest surgeons. 

Thanks to the amazing Kickstarter community, we have been able to create and release the first 6 issues of Merrick, a one-shot spin-off; Treves: A Restless Night AND a special cross-over issue; Merrick & Crowe: Birds of Prey. 

Now it's time to continue Joseph Merrick's story so we have returned to Kickstarter to hopefully fund the third arc.

If you've encountered any of our physical issues of Merrick I'm sure you have noticed the print quality and the nice distinctive feel they have, it's something we feel really passionate about. 

We're making a slight change to our single issues from #7 onwards, the whole book, including cover, will now be that gorgeous textured 120GSM uncoated bond paper you're familiar with. 

We're striving to make every issue of Merrick something special, an item that you will want to keep, these are not disposable comics.      

  • Both issues are beautifully presented, full colour, standard US size comics. Issue #7 comes in at 24 pages & #8 at 28 pages.
  • As with all single issues of Merrick, issue's #7 and #8 will be limited numbered runs of 500 never to be reprinted with the same cover. 
  • A maximum of 2 print runs for each issue. 
  • All single issues are shipped bagged and boarded to ensure they reach you looking as great as they went out. 
  •  We'll also send you digital versions of each issue in .pdf and .cbr formats so you can enjoy issues of Merrick on the move on your tablet, smartphone or PC.
  • Although issue #1 of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman is completely sold out, there is still a chance to build an impressive collection of single issues by picking up copies of #2 - #8 with less than 80 copies of Merrick #2 left! 

Don't worry about missing any story, you can download issue #01 in .PDF/.CBR absolutely FREE here.

Pin-up featured in Merrick #1 by Simone D'Armini, based on the "Monsters" story arc
Pin-up featured in Merrick #1 by Simone D'Armini, based on the "Monsters" story arc

The Merrick Vol.1 Trade Paperback 

+£12 UK
+£17 International

Joseph Merrick is The Elephantman, the most remarkable human being ever to draw the breath of life! Cursed with hideous physical deformities which grant him enhanced strength and toughness, his skin as thick as his namesake.  

Betrayed robbed and left for dead by his tour manager, Merrick drags himself back to London and once again finds himself in the care of Dr Frederick Treves, one of the most well respected surgeons in the country. But is the doctor all that he seems? And will the city's dark underbelly envelop him?

Treves: A Restless Night

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Before he met The Elephantman, before he came to be one of the most talented surgeons at the London Hospital, a young Frederick Treves travelled throughout India with a fellow doctor. One night as they set camp in a barren wasteland Treves' travelling companion recounts the tale of a previous encounter with a local who put his faith in a witchdoctor over modern medicine... 

Set before the events in Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman, A Restless Night is loosely based upon a true story taken from Treves' journals of his experience travelling through India. It recounts his first encounter with the unexplainable as he fights for his life against a vengeful curse.



T-SHIRTS

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All our tee's are screen printed on high quality Gilden Premium cotton t-shirts. 

All designs are available in men's sizes S/M/L/XL/XXL.
The white t-shirt is also available in women's sizes S/M/L/XL/XXL.

PRINTS 

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+£12 International

All prints are A3, printed on quality 300gsm recycled board and carefully dispatched in a poster tube.

 DIGITAL 'MAKING OF' BOOKS

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  • The Making of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman #01 (157 pages)
  • The Making of Treves: A Restless Night (174 pages)
  • The Making of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman #05 (142 pages)

Fantastic insight into the comic creation process. Each file includes

  •  Script / layouts / pencils / inks / colours / letters for every page.
  •  Additional 'directors cut' style notes. 
  • Character and logo concept designs.

WEBSTORE  

You can also always buy any of the existing items at our webstore.

"If Ward & Parker keep putting put books as strong as this, then they will deserve their growing reputation as one of the most exciting teams on the small press scene." 

www.pipedreamcomics.co.uk  

"Ward & Parker have nailed it and they’ve cemented themselves in the indie/small press scene as a creative team that can hit the heights consistently and by producing something that feels fresh and compelling. Give me more of this please….MORE, MORE, MORE!!!"

ComicsAnonymous  

"Brutality and poetry co-exist simultaneously on the same page. It has that sad quality that David Lynch’s movie features, but tackles it in a completely different way. Merrick steps up to the hatred of the city, powerful instead of weak and infatuated. He rails against the injustice of the times and sets out like a pulp novel character cutting a swathe of bloody broken bones through the Hellboy level weirdness of the times."

www.downthetubes.net  

"In a way, we all identify with the Elephant Man. How many of us truly enjoy seeing their own reflection? We all have doubts and insecurities about our own abilities and appearance, but what if someone were to come along and show you how to turn those things that you don't like about yourself into your greatest advantage? It's this inversion of the negative that I find empowering about this comic." 

You May be Dead and Dreaming


Tom Ward: Writer and creator of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman. Tom is also co-creator and writer of Doc Dino and has been published in Comichaus, The Grime, British Showcase Anthology and has a story in Rum Row later this year.

@highbrowtrash  

Luke Parker: Artist, colourist, designer and co-creator of Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman. (Sex, Image Comics; Winternational, Image Comics).

www.artofparker.com 
@artofparker 

Micah Myers: As a freelance comic book letterer, Micah has lettered a host of comics for Dark Horse, Zenescope, Alterna, 215 Ink and Devil's Due Entertainment. 

@micahmyers

Clare Lenton: Freelance editor and senior content designer, with a Masters degree in English Literature, specialising in Gothic literature.

@ClareLenton

Risks and challenges

This is not my first, second or indeed third rodeo, this is my SEVENTH Kickstarter.

I have delivered on all my previous projects and learnt a lot since starting out. I feel like I'm actually getting kind of good at it to be honest.

I've scheduled in plenty of breathing room on the completion date and I will always keep you updated on our progress.

I love making this comic, it really is a passion project for me and I am 100% dedicated to getting it finished and out to you all.

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