Joshua Hale Fialkov

Purveyor of sheer awesomeness.

Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award nominated writer of graphic novels, animation, video games, film, and television, including:

THE LIFE AFTER, THE BUNKER, PUNKS, ELK'S RUN, TUMOR, ECHOES, KING, PACIFIC RIM, THE ULTIMATES, I, VAMPIRE, and JEFF STEINBERG CHAMPION OF EARTH. He's also written for NBC's CHICAGO MED and SYFY's upcoming INCORPORATED.

Photograph by Heidi Ryder

Nashville City Paper says…

Nashville City Paper's Comic-Con Report has this to say about Elk's Run.

Elk's Run No. 1-3 By Joshua Hale Fialkov, Noel Tuazon & Scott A. Keating (Horse and Buggy Productions) www.elksrun-thecomic.com

Elk's Run, a very sharp and entertaining thriller, snuck up out of the indie comics world this past spring and keeps gaining momentum. It's about a town called Elk's Run that is run by a bunch of Viet Nam vets who decided they didn't want anything to do with the world and formed their own town in an old mining community. No strangers may enter, no townspeople may leave.

Each issue so far has focused on a different viewpoint - the first issue featured John, a teenager trapped in the town by his stern father. When a friend of John's accidentally gets killed, that sets off a trigger of events that look to bring a whole lot of trouble to Elk's Run. The next two issues focus on John's father and mother, respectively, and each is creepier than the last.

Fialkov and crew have an original book here with a strong sense of mood and style. There are some rough edges, sure, but there's also an energy in the pages that wouldn't survive in a more polished package. Tuazon's art is simple, cartoony at times even, but his rough linework and clear storytelling add to the book's charm.

An eight-part story, Elk's Run is just heating up and Fialkov seems intent on keeping things interesting. Hot new indie publisher Speakeasy Comics will be releasing Elk's Run from issue No. 4 up, and a compilation of these first three issues under a new Darwyn Cooke cover is going to be put out in October, so keep an eye out for it.