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Berkeley-based independent comic book publisher Image Comics has announced that the will publish a one-shot collection of Elephantmen comic strips, with all proceeds being directed toward the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
The CBLDF was founded in 1986 to “[defend] individuals whose First Amendment rights are threatened for making, selling, or even reading comic books.” Image, like many publishers, offers specials on a regular basis to support the CBLDF.
For more information on CBLDF, we recommend checking out their website here.
The Elephantmen one-shot will collect many of the early stories from the series, and will hit stores on May 27th.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
THE CBLDF PRESENTS:
A collection of hard-to-find stories to support a good cause
Image Comics and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) join forces once again to bring readers an ELEPHANTMEN one-shot collection in SHOTS #1, written by Richard Starkings and drawn 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.
Led by Tim 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 Tim 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.
“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!”
ELEPHANTMEN: SHOTS #1 arrives in stores on May 27 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150521.