Lancaster Comics Day 2017 Guest: Tom Ward

Tom Ward. Photo: Anthony Warner
Tom Ward. Photo: Anthony Warner

A strong DIY ethos and a little help from Kickstarter gave writer Tom Ward what he needed to finally create his first comic. Teaming up with artist Luke Parker, they began releasing their Victorian pulp adventure comic series Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman.

Joseph Merrick: The Elephantman fights the occult, in a Victorian comic book tale of gin joints, black magic and carnival freaks.

Stepping between historical facts and turn of the century folklore juxtaposed with American superhero comic conventions, Merrick was a cult success.

Since then, Tom has gone from strength to strength, not only releasing the first Merrick trade paperback but also managing to successfully Kickstart their one-shot spin off Treves: A Restless Night and his new endeavour, buddy comedy/medical drama Doc Dino.

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