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Heavy Metal band Helloween Teams with Incendium for Comics and Action Figures

Pumpkin fans, unite! Helloween and Incendium are teaming up for the launch of Seekers of the Seven Keys, a supernatural horror-fantasy comic book that explores the iconic cast of characters depicted on album covers from the legendary German heavy metal band, known as the “godfathers of melodic speed metal.” Incendium has also announced a line of collectible Helloween action figures inspired by the bands’ cover artwork and lyrical lore: The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, The Witch, and Jack O. Lantern.

Published under Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, Seekers of the Seven Keys is crafted by horror masters, writer Joe Harris and artist Axel Medellin, and features cover artwork by Santi Casas.

In Seekers of the Seven Keys, the mystical Seven Keys have been lost, and the Keeper wants them back. But he’s not the only one looking. And when teenage siblings stumble upon the quest, they embark on a 1980s-style science-fiction, fantasy adventure filled with the horror tropes, campy characters, and throwback humor for which the band is known.

The debut of the comic book comes in the wake of the recent release of Helloween’s self-titled album, which has climbed to the top of the charts across the world. The album is reminiscent of all eras of the band’s history, and unites their three vocalists Michael Kiske, Andi Deris and Kai Hansen. The band’s sixteenth studio album was released in June by Nuclear Blast Tonträger Produktions- und Vertriebs GmbH.

The first print edition of Seekers of the Seven Keys will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering.

The first printing of the comic will be limited to 2,000 copies at $19.95, and is available to order. It is available to order now and ships by October 31, 2021. The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, The Witch, and Jack O. Lantern action figures are also available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping spring 2022.

Kick Off the New Year with a Dozen New Digital Comics

ComiXology has you covered on the first day of the new year with a dozen new digital comics that you can get right now. You can start shopping now or check out the individual releases below!

Bringing Up Babies

Written by Emma Goldrick
Art by Megumu Minami
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Hope starts working as a live-in housekeeper as a way of proving her worth to her successful family. Upon arriving at the mansion, she’s surprised to meet Ralph Browne, the owner of the estate. He was the boy who tore her dress in the middle of the dance floor in high school! Now she has to live with him? And on top of that, he won’t stop whispering sweet nothings in her ear!

Bringing Up Babies

Comic Book Lettering The Comicraft Way

Written by J.G. Roshell, Richard Starkings
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68 pages!
From the award-winning Comicraft studio, this full-color, step-by-step guide of comic book lettering tips and tricks is superbly illustrated with two Hip Flask strips – one by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen, and the other by Jeph Loeb and Ian Churchill!

Comic Book Lettering The Comicraft Way

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 1

Written by Richard Starkings
Art by Axel Medellin
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Collects ELEPHANTMEN #51-55!

A new arc, a new slim trade paperback format for ELEPHANTMEN, and, at $9.99, a great opportunity for new readers to start reading the book they’ve heard so much about! Jack Farrell is a private detective who never gave a second thought to the Elephantmen-until he was paid to.

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 1

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 2: The Red Queen

Written by Richard Starkings
Art by Axel Medellin
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EVOLUTION! Sahara is in hiding, ready to give birth to Obadiah Horn’s baby. Her father, Joshua Serengheti, is intent on hunting her down to prevent a hybrid child from coming into the world…Hip Flask, Jack Farrell, and Hiromi Kiyoko are perhaps the only people who can stop him. Collects ELEPHANTMEN #58-62.

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 2: The Red Queen

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 3: Learning To Be Human

Written by Richard Starkings
Art by Axel Medellin
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Collects ELEPHANTMEN issues #50, 56, 57, 63 & 64.

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 3: Learning To Be Human

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 4: All Coming Evil

Written by Richard Starkings
Art by Axel Medellin
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There are new transgenics in town and the Elephantmen are due for “retirement.”

Collects ELEPHANTMEN #65-69

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 4: All Coming Evil

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 5: Up Close & Personal

Written by Boo Cook, Richard Starkings
Art by Boo Cook, Axel Medellin, Carlos Pedro
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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Collects ELEPHANTMEN 2260 #70, 71 & 73-76

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 5: Up Close & Personal

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 6: The Least, The Lost & The Last

Written by Richard Starkings
Art by Abigail Jill Harding, Axel Medellin
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Fallen Soldiers in downtown Los Angeles take Hip Flask and Jack Farrell to a mass grave in the desert, which ultimately leads Hip into a confrontation with his creator, Nikken.Collects ELEPHANTMEN #72, #77-80

Elephantmen 2260 Vol. 6: The Least, The Lost & The Last

Heirate lieber mich! Vol. 4: Brides and Belles

Written by Sharon Kendrick
Art by Kazuko Fujita
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Ich erhebe Einspruch gegen die Ehe!” Erin zitterte, als seine Stimme durch die Hochzeitskapelle hallte. Dimitri Makarov! Der gutaussehende Geschäftsmann ist für zweierlei bekannt: Seine ausgezeichnete Geschäftsführung und seine skandalöse Lebensweise. Wunderschöne Frauen, Wettspiele, rebellisches Verhalten – er fügt sich der gefahrvollen Verführung. Erin war einst seine Sekretärin und verbrachte eine Nacht mit ihm. Er sagt, es sei ein schwerwiegender Fehler, also verschwindet sie, mit seinem Kind im Bauch. Jetzt, sieben Jahre später, ist er wieder da. Ausgerechnet auf ihrer Hochzeit!

Heirate lieber mich! Vol. 4: Brides and Belles

Her New Year Baby Secret

Written by Jessica Gilmore
Art by Rie Nakamura
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Pursuing her dream of becoming a designer, Sophie dedicates her life to work. One snowy day, she bumps into dreamy Italian gentleman Marco, who offers her a high-end cashmere coat. For just one night, she lets herself indulge…

When she is presented with the opportunity to see the textiles and craftsmanship Venice has to offer, she can’t help but say yes, but a little secret threatens to interrupt this vacation…

Her New Year Baby Secret

The Italian’s Christmas Child Vol. 1: Christmas with a Tycoon

Written by Lynne Graham
Art by Shion Hanyu
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When Holly gets into a predicament one stormy Christmas Eve, a man named Vito helps her out and offers her a place to stay at his villa. He’s clearly wealthy, and she’s just a waitress… They have nothing in common, so why can’t Holly take her eyes off him? Finally, in the face of Vito’s powerful desire, Holly offers herself to him, a gift she’s never given to anyone else. The next day, she quickly puts the villa behind her, afraid of a cold morning-after treatment. It doesn’t occur to her for an instant that she might be carrying his child…

The Italian's Christmas Child Vol. 1: Christmas with a Tycoon

Rendez-vous galant avec mon boss

Written by Barbara Hannay
Art by Sae Nanahoshi
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Afin de se libérer de sa famille étouffante, Sally quitte la campagne pour Sydney. Elle trouve alors un boulot de secrétaire chez Black Corporation. Mais voilà que, de façon assez surprenante, elle se retrouve à enseigner la valse à son boss, Logan Black ! Ils sont seuls, rien que tous les deux, dans la salle de réunion… Elle sait qu’elle ne devrait pas, qu’elle n’est pas ce qu’il recherche, mais l’attirance est bien là. Et dans ses bras, la musique l’ennivre, et les rares sourires de Logan lui font tourner la tête.

Rendez-vous galant avec mon boss

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ComiXology Original Elephantmen 2261 Season 3 Goes Documentary

Are you ready for the Elephantmen documentary? It’s coming your way—in Season 3 of the acclaimed comic book series written by Richard Starkings, with art by Axel Medellin, featuring covers by Boo Cook. Available from comiXology OriginalsElephantmen 2261 Season 3: Theo Laroux Meets The Elephantmen debuts on July 7, 2020.

In Elephantmen 2261 Season 3: Theo Laroux Meets The Elephantmen, British documentarian, Theo Laroux is making a documentary about the Elephantmen. Laroux arrives in California to begin interviews. He seeks out SKYCAB driver Miki in an effort to understand her apparent infatuation with one of the more well-known Elephantmen, Hip Flask and asks for her help in making the introduction to his first subject: LAPD Lieutenant Trench. Trench is a no nonsense, one-eyed zebra/human hybrid who takes him on a ridealong on the darker side of Los Angeles, 2261. But has Laroux unwittingly stumbled upon another story with much broader implications for all the Elephantmen?

Elephantmen 2261 is available upon release, at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 60-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 60-day free trial.

Elephantmen 2261 Season 3: Theo Laroux Meets The Elephantmen

comiXology Originals Elephantmen and Ask For Mercy Get Second Seasons

ComiXology and Comicraft announced today Season Two of the hit comiXology Originals series Elephantmen and Ask For Mercy, with Elephantmen 2261 Season Two: The Pentalion Job #1 out today, and Ask For Mercy Season Two: Ask For Budgie One-Shot debuting May 8thand Ask For Mercy Season Two: The Center Of Everything That Is #1 debuting this summer.

Elephantmen is written by Richard Starkings with art by Axel Medellin and covers by Boo Cook whileAsk For Mercy is written by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding – both series were part of the creator-owned comiXology Originals launch last June. Elephantmen 2261 Season Two: The Pentalion Job #1 is digitally available to read now for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, with Ask For Mercy Season Two: Ask For Budgie One-Shot also available for members upon release, May 8th.

Today, Elephantmen 2261 Season Two: The Pentalion Job #1 kicks off the next adventure of the long running pulp science fiction series featuring the human/animal hybrid Elephantmen.Weapons of the war between Africa and China’s transgenics have surfaced and are being transported from the East Coast to the West Coast to be delivered to the Museum of Tolerance. In the vein of a Western heist, thisnew 4-issue miniseries follows ex-con Burba on a mission to steal three Pentalions (giant robotic exo-suits) before they reach their intended destination. The finale of this story will be the 100th issue of Elephantmen and with issue #1 artist Axel Medelin surpasses the 1,000 page mark!

And starting May 8th, the new season of Ask For Mercy kicks off with Ask for Mercy Season Two: Ask For Budgie One-Shot – spotlighting the breakout star of Season One, posing the questions: who is he and where did he come from? Following that, Ask For Mercy continues this summer with Ask For Mercy Season Two: The Center Of Everything That Is – a 5-issue miniseries in which Kasa takes Mercy, Ratmir and Budgie on an adventure where the course of history is at stake! Summoned by Lakota shaman, Medicine Bear, Mercy and her band of monsters discover that Ikto’mi, the Spider-trickster, is interfering with the lives of the people of the Black Hills and the American soldiers intent on driving the Indians out!

Additionally, Elephantmen 2261 Season One: The Death of Shorty – collecting the 5-issue whodunnit miniseries, where Hip Flask and Jack Farrell are drawn into the curious death of an Elephantman known to his friends as “Shorty”– is available today for the first time in print from Amazon.com print-on-demand, and digitally for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for sale on comiXology and Kindle.

Ask For Mercy Season One: The Key To Forever – a World War II fantasy horror story in which Mercy is snatched from her own place and time to join a team of Monster Hunters who are actually Monsters themselves, and together they have to take on a Pantheon of Hideous Creatures summoned to our world by Nazi evil – will also be available print-on-demand via Amazon.com, for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for sale on comiXology and Kindle, starting May 8th.

ComiXology Originals offer new, exclusive comic book content across Amazon’s subscription services of Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 20,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members.

Elephantmen 2261: Holiday Special comes to comiXology Originals this December

On December 12, 2018, ComiXology Originals releases Elephantmen 2261: Holiday Special, the first ever Elephantmen holiday issue by the long time creative team of writer/letterer Richard Starkings, artist/colorist Axel Medellin, with a stunning cover by Boo Cook, and a holiday backup story by Richard Starkings and Superfreaks artist Margaux Saltel.

Hip Flask’s fellow Information Agent, Vanity Case, lost her father when she was just a child… and Hip’s friends Savannah, Hunter and Jet lost their grandfather just over a year ago. In Elephantmen 2261: Holiday Special, Hip decides it is his job to cheer them up for the holidays…

But that’s not all. This stand-alone one-shot includes a special holiday short story outside of the Elephantmen universe written by Richard Starkings with art by Margaux Saltel titled, MARZIPAN! about a little alien who meets a little girl. Girl falls in love with little alien. Alien falls in love with Marzipan. Little girl loses little alien!

Not familiar with Elephantmen? Elephantmen are human/animal hybrids designed to fight a war. But the war is over, and now they live among us. Debuting nearly 15 years and 80 issues ago from Image Comics, comiXology recently released the 5-issue who dunnit miniseries Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content. Both Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty #1-5 and Elephantmen 2261: Holiday Special are included in Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and available for purchase only on comiXology and Kindle.

comiXology Moves to Print with New Creator-Owned comiXology Originals

After some teasing, comiXology announced today it is releasing creator-owned comic books and graphic novels for the first time as part of its comiXology Originals program. The service announced four new titles which can be read for read through Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. They can also be purchased through Kindle and comiXology.

What’s particularly interesting is these comics are available digitally as well as in print. Yes, the leader in digital comics is moving into the “physical space” with print comics which will be print on demand.

The new comiXology Original releases include: Savage Game created by NFL player Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, and art by Chris B. Murray; Superfreaks from writers Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, with newcomer artist Margaux Saltel; Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty from writer Richard Starkings, and artists Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; and Ask For Mercy from writer Starkings and newcomer artist Abigail Jill Harding.

The debuts feature a host of industry firsts, including:

  • All issues of the Superfreaks series are available to read now – perfect for binge reading
  • In addition to digital, Savage Game is available in print exclusively through Amazon.com via Print-on-Demand
  • Collections of Elephantmen and Ask for Mercy will also be available in print via Print-on-Demand, with future comiXology Originals trade collections and graphic novels also available in print
  • Savage Game sees noted cover and fine artist Chris B. Murray’s interior art debut
  • Superfreaks artist Margaux Saltel also makes her series debut
  • Ask For Mercy artist Abigail Jill Harding makes her series debut

Also noted is the inclusion of Elephantmen from Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin. The series had been released through Image Comics and this is a steal for the digital publisher.

The company also teased the next wave of comiXology Original titles to be released in the coming months, announcing an impressive list of creators, including: Tyler Crook, Kristian Donaldson, Alti Firmansyah, Sam Humphries, Megan Kearney, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, Mike Norton, MK Reed, Mark Sable, Tim Seeley, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, and Magdalene Visaggio. More details on upcoming releases will be unveiled during Comic-Con International San Diego 2018.

Check out the details on all of the launch series below:

Savage Game

Created by Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, with art by Chris B. Murray

From NFL player Ryan Kalil and his company Strange Turn comes an original 60-page sci-fi graphic novel that is a high tech version of The Island of Dr. MoreauWhat happens when a rogue titan of Silicon Valley creates his own island nation with no laws to hold him back? You get the Savage Game, where audiences watch genetically modified hybrid creatures fight to the death in a fantastic gladiator-style battle. But Conner Bowen isn’t having it. He’s on a quest to stop his mad father and the Savage Game. But is it too late?

  • Original 60pg Graphic Novel – $4.99 on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Available in print for $6.99 as a Print-on-Demand graphic novel exclusively on Amazon.com

Superfreaks

Written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet with art by Margaux Saltel

An all-new 5-issue superhero mystery debuting digitally in its entirety – a thrilling story perfect for binge reading – with art by rising star Margaux Saltel. All the world’s superheroes have disappeared overnight, and it’s up to their untrained, largely overlooked teenage sidekicks to find out what happened – while dealing with the biggest crisis Earth has ever known — much to the public’s displeasure. Can they save the day?

  • 5-issue series – all issues available to binge read now
  • Issue are $2.99 each on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited

Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Axel Medellin and Boo Cook

The iconic Elephantmen debuts as a comiXology Originals title with issue 1 of Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, a 5-issue monthly mini-seriesDescribed by J.J. Abrams as “An Awesome and Unexpected Story. You Must Check it out!” and lauded by Andy Serkis as “Bold, mythic and heartbreakingly cool, Starkings’ universe is a breed apart!”, Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, is the next adventure of the pulp science fiction series Elephantmen, which debuted nearly 15 years and 80 issues ago from Image Comics. This all-new story is a whodunit that draws our heroes, Hip Flask and Jack Farrell, into the curious death of an Elephantman known to his friends as “Shorty”.

  • 5-issue miniseries – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

Ask For Mercy

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding

An action-packed and artistically stunning dark fantasy story from Elephantmen creator, Richard Starkings and breakout talent, Abigail Jill Harding. Ask For Mercy is a World War II fantasy horror story in the tradition of John Carpenter’s The Thing and Sandman. Mercy is snatched from her own place and time to join a team of Monster Hunters who are actually Monsters themselves, and together they have to take on a Pantheon of Hideous Creatures summoned to our world by Nazi evil!

  • 6-issue series – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand on Amazon.com

Preview: Elephantmen #63

Elephantmen #63

Story By: Richard Starkings
Art By: Axel Medellin
Cover By: Boo Cook
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JAN150682
Published: April 8, 2015

Miki and Farrell meet perhaps the strangest Elephantman of all.

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Preview: Elephantmen #61

Elephantmen #61

Story By: Richard Starkings
Art By: Axel Medellin
Cover By: Boo Cook
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUL140544
Published: January 7, 2015

Sahara, the Red Queen of the City of Angels, must deal with some Demons.

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Preview: Elephantmen #60

Elephantmen #60

Story By: Richard Starkings
Art By: Axel Medellin
Cover By: Boo Cook
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUN140550
Published: October 22, 2014

Our 60th issue celebrates the Wedding of Obadiah Horn and Sahara.

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Preview: Elephantmen #58

Elephantmen #58

Story By: Richard Starkings
Art By: Axel Medellin
Cover By: Boo Cook
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAR140570
Published: July 2, 2014

Sahara is ready to give birth to Obadiah Horn’s baby.

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