Author and lettering guru Richard Starking signs tonight at Midtown.

Midtown Comics in New York City will present Richard Starkings signing copies of his new Image Comics book, Elephantmen: Man and Elephantman #1, at our Times Square location. These copies will be available one week early only to Midtown Comics and will be sold only during the signing event.

Richard Starkings is the creator of Image Comics’ hit series Elephantmen. Born and raised in England, Starkings worked for five years at Marvel UK’s London offices as editor, designer and occasional writer of Zoids, The Real Ghostbusters, Transformers and the Doctor Who comic strips featuring the Seventh Doctor. Although he lettered Batman: The Killing Joke with a pen, Richard is perhaps best known for his digital lettering work on Battle Chasers, Danger Girl, Batman: The Long Halloween and Generation X with his award-winning COMICRAFT design studio, which he founded in 1992. Starkings also co-authored the best-selling books Comic Book Lettering The Comicraft Way and Tim Sale: Black And White.

ELEPHANTMEN is an Eisner Award winning series from Image Comics created and written by Starkings, and featuring artwork by Ladrönn, Moritat, Axel Medellin and Boo Cook. The story of the Elephantmen takes place in Los Angeles in the not too distant future — in a world where human/animal hybrids were created to fight a war between Africa and China. Scarred by their experiences in war and seeking to somehow find their own humanity, thousands of Elephantmen are now scattered throughout the world amongst the humans they were created to kill.

ELEPHANTMEN: MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN #1: Hip Flask awakes one morning to find everything is not as it seems… a great jump on issue — in the style of INVINCIBLE RETURNS 1 — for new readers!