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Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman

A project in Liverpool, UK by Tom Ward

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Joseph Merrick: The Elephantman fights the occult, in a Victorian comic book tale of gin joints, black magic and carnival freaks.
Backers: 226
Average Pledge Per Backer: £22

Funded: £5,057 of £4,500
Dates: Feb 14th -> Mar 23rd (38 days)
Project By: Tom Ward
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Latest News


March 22nd - via:
GUYS! Last night we hit our goal! Thank you so much! It's amazing! We're gonna be able to make the next 3 issues of Merrick and get them out to you!We're working on bringing you a stretch goal if we hit £5000!We're thinking maybe some stickers or... (Read More)

4 Days Left!

March 19th - via:
Hey guys, we broke our most backers in a day record today! Brilliant! Welcome aboard new folks! Just £833 left to go! Love it!Congratulations to backer no. 36 Scott Rogers who wins tonights skull card draw!  Just to get the new guys up to speed,... (Read More)

6 Days to go! 75% Funded!

March 16th - via:
Hi guys! We've had an excellent couple of days on Kickstarter with lots of new pledges and on target to hit our goal! Welcome aboard guys!We've been running quite a few competitions so I thought I'd use this update to just do a quick recap!SKULL... (Read More)


March 16th - via:
Hey guys! It's the final week of the Merrick Kickstarter, we're currently hitting 70% which is awesome. Less than £1400 to go, we can absolutely nail this!We love all our backers so we're going to be running draws EVERY night this week. Everyone... (Read More)

Another chance to win!

March 13th - via:
Hey guys! We've nearly broke £3k! We're really excited about it! Thanks for your continued support! You guys are the best!Luke's done another trading card size sketch, which means another chance for one of you to win it! Everyone who has pledged... (Read More)

Original page of art competition!

March 12th - via:
Guys! How would you like to win a page of the original art from the comic? We've decided we're gonna give you a chance to win page 8 featuring Treves in his study! iThis is from the £90 reward tier, so it's a pretty good prize!  What do you have to... (Read More)

Another chance to win!

March 11th - via:
Congratulations to Darren Leonard who won last nights draw!Luke's done another trading card size sketch, which means another chance for one of you to win it! Everyone who has pledged £17 or more between when we started and up to Midnight GMT... (Read More)


March 9th - via:
Hello to all our new backers! thanks guys! We're doing awesome! nearly 60% backed! Just £1,890 left to go!If you want to read a little bit more about this project, my creative process or an insight into some of my personal favourite graphic novels... (Read More)

We broke 100 backers!

March 7th - via:
Hey guys!!! How you all doing? We broke 100 backers today, it's amazing!!! We've now reached 53% of our goal with loads of time to go. Thanks to EVERYONE who has backed, shared or tweeted us out! I've been working my way through sending you all a... (Read More)

New Pledge Reward: The Original Issue #01 Cover Art

February 27th - via:
We're over a third of the way to our goal! Thank you so much to all our backers! Myself and Luke have decided that to celebrate we're going to put up a new and very special pledge award.A one of a kind Item, the original Inks from the cover of issue... (Read More)

Elephantman: Week 1

February 21st - via:
First of all, I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has pledged, you are amazing! Merrick has been live for just over a week now, so far: We have raised 26% of our goal, this is AWESOME!!! Issue #01 has been viewed over 500 times on... (Read More)

Merrick the Sensational Elephant Man…a comic book review by Jason Webb.

February 16th - via:
When given this book I did not know what to expect, I am completely unfamiliar with any elephant man history. I suppose the first thing I can say about this book is it made me look into the history surrounding the lead character. (Read More)

Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman Issue 1 Review

Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman is a Victorian adventure/horror/cape gaslamp comic set in 1880s' London. Based on a fictional version of the life of Joseph Merrick, it steps between historical facts and turn of the century folklore juxtaposed with the American superhero comic conventions of super powers, masks, secret identities and fantastic adventures. (Read More)

This Week In Crowdfunding: Special Edition – Featuring Exclusive Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man Creator Interview

February 15th - via:
Every week I bring you crowdfunding campaigns that I think are worth a look, projects that I feel are worth your hard earned Paypal dollars. Every now and then though, one of those projects is so interesting, and intriguing, that I simply must get a little more behind the scenes, and if possible, talk to the creators involved. Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man is actually a project I found out about while researching for Future Comic Rock Stars – Tiernen Trevallion, and I’ve been a little more than obsessed since then, as my excessive amount of emails to writer Tom Ward will prove. (Read More)

Review: Merrick – The Sensational Elephantman #1

February 15th - via:
Looking at the cover you’re probably thinking “damn I didn’t know there was a new Mignola book?” Well this isn’t a Mignola book, but damn if it’s not close. Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman is the same vein as Mignola’s books, but by no means is it a carbon copy. (Read More)

Comics Review - "Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man" #1

February 14th - via:
A few months ago, when I stumbled onto a Facebook fanpage dedicated to "Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man", an upcoming independent comicbook, I knew that's one title to keep an eye on. The few graphics and bits of information available made the comic seem very promising, and much more exciting than many of the titles currently on the stands. Today, issue #1 of Ward and Parker's "Merrick" is finally available, and I'm here to review it! (Read More)

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