bannière

bannière

11/20/2011

Alan Moore Storyteller by Gary Spencer Millidge



This oversize book, published in 2011 by Universe (320 pages), comes with a flap jacket and a black hardcover.




It coutains too numerous different kind of material to be listed here. Here are some examples.





Nevertheless one's could say that one of the main highlights is its flap pages with a chronological  bio/bibliography...


... and a reproduction of the entire oversized poster synopsis of Big Numbers.


And let's not forget that a cd is included at the end of the book (compilation of songs and performances).

8/16/2011

Marshal Law Graphitti Designs Limited Edition

Script Pat Mills, art by Kevin O'Neill. All material is ©Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill



It's not really a much oversized book, and probably not the most hard to find, but this is surely the dearest in my heart because it featured my favorite comic book character.



the fully illustrated flap  jacket
On the flaps is written an introduction by original Epic Comics editor D.G. Chichester, dated January 1991, 

And this is the inner book, published in 1991 by Graphitti Designs (ISBN: 0-936211-24-5, 7 x 10.2 inches or 18 x 26 cm, cover price $45.95, 230 pages) with its black faux leather design:






Second and third of covers reprint respectively the enpapers used in volume one and three of the French edition for Fear and Loathing. This edition was strictly limited to 1500 copies, individually signed by Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill on one of the opening page (mine is #671). A picture below is for size comparison with original issue #4.

front endpaper

the book was printed and bound in the USA

back endpaper



the book was printed and bound in the USA


This edition collects the two first stories Fear and Loathing with its prologue eight extra pages, and Crime & Punishment: Marshal Law Takes Manhattan, re named here Crime & Punishment: Fear and Loathingin New York.

Let's begin with Fear and Loathing which is printed on thin glossy paper. This edition reprints Clive Barker's 1990 introduction written for the Marvel TPB (truth is, this part is an exact reprint of the TPB). All covers are reproduced here in their virgin form.

credit page used in the Marvel Epic TPB

Clive Barker introduction

cover for original issue #1





right, cover for original issue #6


right, new Sleepman illustration

Now let's take a look at Crime & Punishment, printed on mat paper like it was originally. Oddly, original cover and back cover displayed just below are not reprinted here.



left, original front endpaper






This edition also features a 18 pages bonus section commented by the authors, with preparatory sketches and extra material used in the French edition (among other things). This section was compiled and designed by Kevin O'Neill, Pat Mills and Richard Starkings.
  • page 1 (picture above): cover used for volume one of the French edition
  • page 2 to 5: O'Neill preparatory sketches and Mills plot proposal extracts

pages 2 & 3

page 4

  • page 6: cover for UK magazine Strip #1 plus a small Archie Goodwin sketch (manager at Epic Comics)
  • page 7: frontispiece for volume one of the French edition plus early character notes on Marshal Law

pages 6 & 7
  • page 8: cover for US magazine ARK #25, early character notes on Gangreen gang, and Suicida T-Shirt design
  • page 9: more rough designs and sketches, unused illustration for back cover of Epic TPB, and thumbnails from the original series

page 9

  • page 10: cover used for volume two of the French edition, early character notes on The Sleepman, and a few sketches
  • page 11: cover for UK magazine Strip #3

pages 10 & 11

  • page 12: B&W illustration of the cover of Fantasy adverstiser #109, illustrations used for the 100th issue of Speakeasy and volume four of Maxwell The Magic Cat, and early character notes on Celeste

page 12

  • page 13: illustration from the 1989 UK Comic Art Convention, early character notes on The Sleepman's Mother, and a small O'Neill drawing
  • page 14: cover used for volume three of the French edition and its frontispiece, early character notes on The Public Spirit
  • page 15: cover for UK magazine Strip #7
  • page 16: illustration for a Marvel Poster
  • page 17: O'Neill original pencils for some pages of Crime & Punishment

page 17

  • page 18: back cover used for volume three of the French edition

left, page 18


For more informations on this book, or anything related to Marshal Law don't hesitate to visit my blog here (older version), or here (new version, work in progress).

7/31/2011

Lost Girls Three-Volume Slipcase Limited Subscription Edition

Warning, strong adult content.

Script by Alan Moore, art by Melinda Gebbie and lettering by Todd Klein. All material is ©Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.




back of the slipcase




slipcase top (and bottom)

This book is one of my favorite piece. It comes with three volumes enclosed in an illustrated slipcase (ISBN: 1-891830-74-0, 8.5 x 12.8 inches, 21.5 x 32.5 cm for the "absolute" size slipcase, 260 pages). In 2006, to finance the first printing of the complete Lost Girls, Top Shelf had launched a subscription limited to the first 500 customers. Instead of $75 cover price, I had to pay $150 for the set, but it came with a signed lithography (mine is #452).


Although the content of this edition is the same as the regular box set edition, each of the three books comes with a certification seal (see further in this article), and on the back of the slipcase, one's can see it's a numbered edition (picture above). 

Common overall features of these three books will be described at length for the first one.




Indeed, let's begin with Book 1: Older Children




Each hardcover clothbound volume has its own fully illustrated dust jacket, where the porn back cover mirrors the more well-behaved front cover.




The inner book comes with a canvas hardcover (back cover is plain white), and the same background endpapers that only change in color from book 1 to book 3. There is a picture below for size comparison with the original issue #1 of Lost Girls, out of only two produced, published in 1995 by Kitchen Sink (after a prepublication in Taboo comic anthology). Another picture shows the great quality binding (this edition was printed in Hong Kong).







The velum like paper used in this set is very thick and soft on touch. The numerous opening pages are ideal  to prepare the reader to a voluptuous journey.







Lost Girls in its final form is divided in three books, each book featuring ten chapters of exactly eight pages each. For each chapter the setting is different and singular in term of panel construction. Homage to famous artists/painter/writers of that era (pre First World War) are often used. Book 1 reprints the two Kitchen Sink issues. In the ten years that separate the two edition, the art has been reworked for the better in terms of colors, caption and lettering (see the two corresponding pictures above).


left hand side: Top Shelf edition, right hand side: Kitchen Sink issue #1


left hand side: Top Shelf edition, right hand side: Kitchen Sink issue #2




Oz Dorothy's flashback theme

Peter Pan Wendy's characteristic flashback theme

Alice's characteristic flashback theme



the certification seal for book 1


Before going further here are pictures of the 1995 Kitchen Sink comics that display some material not reprinted in the present Top Shelf 2006 edition. In particular, issue #1 proposes a 5 pages sketchbook section (there is no extra section in issue #2).

front cover

back cover of the Top Shelf edition is the opening page of the comic

book 1 Older Children opening page not reused in this edition




another echoing illustration not reused in the Top Shelf edition

end page for issue #1

front cover exclusive to this comic

second of cover mirroring the front cover illustration

after Wendy, notice the key hole them reused for Alice

back cover for issue "2



Now we can move to Book 2: Neverlands






After the mauve color theme, we move to the pink one.






The pornographic tone goes crescendo from book 1 to 3. In my personal opinion, I am grateful that Moore & Gebbie haven't made a simple erotic work, but have gone way beyond that. Flashbacks scenes for our three heroines kept an overall characteristic panel theme from book to book.










the certification seal for book 2


And finally, here is Book 3:





Green color theme it is.







With this third book only one word comes to mind, apotheosis.










the certification seal for book 2