Atomeka Press

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ATOMEKA Press
Industry Publishing
Founded 1988
Founders Dave Elliott and Garry Leach
Headquarters London, England
Key people Mike Lake
Products Comics

Atomeka Press is a British publisher of comic books set up in 1988 by Dave Elliott and Garry Leach. Atomeka initially ceased publishing in 1997 and was then briefly revived in 2004. In 2013 Atomeka relaunched their flagship title A1 in two formats through Titan Books. The first was a six issue series serializing three strips over six months that are being collected in 2014. Those strips are CARPE DIEM, ODYSSEY and WEIRDING WILLOWS. Then came a separate 160 page tome, A1 volume 1: World's Greatest Comics. Also relaunched at the same time was MONSTER MASSACRE, an anthology for those who love B.E.M. comics (Bug Eyed Monsters). Monster Massacre is a twice yearly anthology while A1 is an annual.

History[edit]

Atomeka was established as a company offering creators complete freedom over their material, as well as the opportunity to own all the rights to their creations.

Their first title, A1, was an anthology featuring the likes of Ted McKeever, Alan Moore, Glenn Fabry, and Simon Bisley. Seeing who was involved in the project it was natural that A1 contained some stories that were continuations of Warrior strips such as The Bojeffries Saga and Warpsmith, written by Alan Moore with art by Steve Parkhouse and Garry Leach respectively. During its run A1 won several awards, including the 1990 Harvey Award for best anthology.

During the 1990s, Atomeka continued publishing A1, as well as related specials such as A1: Bikini Confidential. They also published some of Simon Bisley's creator-owned work during this period, in titles such as Monster Massacre and Heavy Metal.

Dave Elliott solo edited a four-issue sequel to A1 in colour for Marvel's Epic imprint.

As Tundra UK's Publisher, Dave Elliott used the Atomeka title to establish their own identity within the larger company and were responsible for titles with all the UK comic creators. Dave brought the two titles he started at John Brown Publishing, Lazarus Churchyard and White Trash, with him to complete.

In 1997, Atomeka ceased publishing, as Elliott and Leach pursued other projects.

2004 relaunch[edit]

In 2004 the two men resurrected the company, in cooperation with Ross Richie, publishing A1 Big Issue Zero, Bricktop, Mister Monster: Worlds War Three, and Stalkers, featuring a mix of reprint material. Richie generated his own new projects under the Atomeka banner, such as Hero Squared and G.I. Spy as well as new work from the likes of Mike Mignola with Jenny Finn. The team-up didn't last long, as Richie left to form his own company, Boom! Studios, taking Squared, Spy, and Finn with him.

In late 2004 the A1 Sketchbook was released in part by the artist responsible for re-creating Marvelman with Alan Moore, Garry Leach and Atomeka Press. It contained four Marvelman-related pin-ups (although the pin-ups were not directly said to be Marvelman for possible legal reasons). A variant of the sketchbook was also produced, and it featured a Marvelman front cover and Kid Marvelman back cover by Leach.

In 2005 they published a three-part re-issue of Ted McKeever's Eddy Current, and also one (of three planned) "Bojeffries Terror Tomes", reprinting The Bojeffries Saga by Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse, and featuring additional work by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli, Ramsey Campbell and David Lloyd, Michael T. Gilbert and Dave Dorman, Warren Ellis and Steve Pugh, and also including Ted McKeever's Eddy Current and a solo tale of Eddy Current's Nun.

Titles[edit]

  • A1 (1989)
  • A1 Bojeffries Terror Tome (2005)
  • A1 Sketchbook (2004)
  • A1 True Life Bikini Confidential (1990)
  • Bisley's Scrapbook (1993)
  • The Bogie Man: Chinatoon (1993)
  • Bricktop A1 Special (2004)
  • Carnosaur Carnage (1993)
  • Dan Norton's Space 1958 (2004)
  • Eddy Current (2005)
  • Hero Squared X-tra Sized Special (2005)
  • Jenny Finn: Doom (2005)
  • The Dave Johnson Sketchbook (2004)
  • Lazarus Churchyard (1992)
  • Maximum Force (2002)
  • Monster Massacre (1993)
  • Mr. Monster: Who Watches the Garbagemen? (2005)
  • Mr. Monster: Worlds War Two (2004)
  • Night Vision (1992)
  • Stalkers (2005)
  • Sugarvirus (1993)
  • Sweet Meats (1993)
  • White Trash (1992)

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