|Copyright 2006 Lew Stringer
It's my great pleasure to announce that 27 years from his first appearance in a UK fanzine, a brand new series of FULL COLOUR
Brickman strips are now appearing in a top new American comic.
BRICKMAN RETURNS is a one page back up strip which started in issue 2 of ELEPHANTMEN (August 2006), the new title being
packaged by Active Images and published by Image Comics.
The main strips in ELEPHANTMEN expand the universe previously seen in Active Images' HIP FLASK comics by Richard Starkings
and Ladronn. The new Elephantmen strips feature various guest artists. BRICKMAN will be a seperate entity from that universe
and I'll be handling the whole strip, from script, art, lettering and colour.
Entitled BRICKMAN RETURNS the short self-contained humour strips initially expand on the early years of Brickman's crime-fighting
career for the benefit of the majority of readers who will be unfamilar with this particular Batman spoof. This is Brickman's
largest readership to date, so it's important to start anew.
However, the strips will not be mere re-treads but instead delve into unknown aspects of Brickman's world. The first strip
reveals for the first time the identity of the person who threw the brick that lamped Loose Brayne on the nut way back in
1979. The second strip features the origin of the Brick-Cave, and the third introduces Tina Trowel.
Following strips will reintroduce the rogue's gallery of The Poker, Gnatwoman, etc. The possibility of setting stories
after the events of the BRICKMAN BEGINS! graphic pocket-novel are also being considered, but at present it's a case of one
step at a time.
Brickman first appeared in 1979 in my comics fanzine AFTER IMAGE, and then moved on to various other fanzines and mini-comics
throughout the 1980's. In 1986 Harrier Comics published a BRICKMAN one-shot, and the character vanished from the scene for
ten years before returning in the YAMPY TALES small press comics in 1996. In 2005 the character resurfaced again in a 152
page collection, BRICKMAN BEGINS, published by Active Images (see details on other pages of this site). Although Brickman
has been around irregularly for 27 years his return in ELEPHANTMEN is Brickman's first appearance in a full colour comic and
his first major exposure to the American audience.
ABOUT THE COMIC:
ELEPHANTMEN is written and edited by Richard Starkings, who a couple of decades ago was my editor at Marvel UK when I
was producing Combat Colin for THE TRANSFORMERS fortnightly. Since moving to Los Angeles Starkings has trailblazed computer
comic book fonts with his Comicraft business and published several impressive graphic novels under the Active Images imprint.
ELEPHANTMEN is on sale in comic book stores (not newsagents) priced at $2.99. Each issue features two "flip covers",
one on the front by regular cover artis Ladronn and one on the back by guest artists.
- Lew Stringer, June 2006
ELEPHANTMEN No.5 featuring a special Christmas Brickman page will be on sale in UK comic shops on DECEMBER 21st.
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