Image Comics and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) are two friends are more than familiar with one another. The two have joined forces in the past for a worthy cause and they're at it again. Elephantmen: Shots #1 is another collaboration between the two, a collection of Elephantmen one-shots by Richard Starkings and illustrated by Dougie Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Boo Cook, Shaky Kane, Moritat, Tim Sale and Dave Sim. The proceeds of this book will go toward helping protect the First Amendment rights of comics creators, publishers, and retailers.
“I’m sure I wasn’t the only comic book creator affected by the Charlie Hebdo massacre earlier this year. It was a deeply shocking and terrifying event that sent ripples throughout the cartooning world. It really made me realize the importance of supporting organizations like the CBLDF, who stand vigilant for cartoonists whether there’s a traumatic event capturing our attention or not,” said Starkings. “I counted up the strips that we’d produced for The Hero Initiative, Thought Bubble and, of course CBLDF’s own Liberty Annual and decided that, rather than do nothing but worry, I could put out a special issue of Elephantmen to benefit the CBLDF. Eric Stephenson at Image Comics agreed and… voila!"
Led by Sale’s nine-page When the Night Comes, this special Elephantmen: Shots #1 collects all the Elephantmen strips from Hero Comics, Liberty and The Thought Bubble Anthology. The collection also features the hard-to-find Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Marine Man crossovers and beautiful covers by J. Scott Campbell and Sale. All proceeds earned from Elephantmen: Shots #1 will go toward supporting the CBLDF's important work defending the rights on which our community depends.
Elephantmen: Shots #1 arrives in stores on May 27 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150521. Full press release below.