RICHARD STARKINGS is an Eisner award winning comic creator who started out as a cartoonist and self publisher at the tender age of 17.
In amongst his cartooning he landed work as a lettering artist on the latter issues of Dez Skinn's WARRIOR magazine and thereafter for Marvel UK's TRANSFORMERS comic, HALO JONES for 2000AD, DETECTIVE COMICS with Alan Davis and BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE with Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. Within a couple of years, Starkings was group editor of the Boys' Adventure titles at Marvel UK and supervised weeklies such as SECRET WARS, THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, ACTION FORCE (GI JOE) and the monthly DOCTOR WHO comic strip, which he occasionally wrote under the pen name Richard Alan. During his time at Marvel UK Starkings broke in talent such as Bryan Hitch, Doug Braithwaite, Dan Abnett, Liam Sharp and Andy Lanning.
After moving to the US, Starkings created the COMICRAFT studio because he just couldn't bring myself to hack out pen lettering to meet the punishing deadlines imposed by Marvel and DC -- digitizing his lettering style allowed him to preserve the quality of his work and still deliver it on time. Comicraft fonts are now the mainstay of the comic book lettering industry and over 250 font families are available at Comicraft's online store, comicbookfonts.com.
But it was always Starkings intention to create and publish his own comic. Image Comics' sleeper hit, ELEPHANTMEN is that comic.
'ELEPHANTMEN' published by Image Comics