Abiogenesis Press are proud to announce the publication of Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman, shipping in May 2003.
This massive 352-page trade paperback contains contributions from a star-studded line-up of over 100 of the world’s top authors, artists and comics creators paying tribute to the master of comics writing to celebrate his 50th year, with all proceeds being donated to charity.
This incredible volume includes brand new, specially created comic strips, illustrations, essays, anecdotes, stories, poetry and personal recollections, from Alan Moore’s closest collaborators and high profile creators from all corners of the comics industry. Also included is rarely seen work by Moore himself, previously unseen photographs, interviews, articles and a brand new 12-page comic strip biography by the creator of Strangehaven, Gary Spencer Millidge.
The amazing array of creators participating include Michael Moorcock, Iain Sinclair, Darren Shan, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Bryan Talbot, David Lloyd, J H Williams III, Kevin O’Neill, Will Eisner, Howard Cruse, James Kochalka, Adam Hughes, Peter Kuper, Dave Sim, Rick Veitch, Sean Phillips and Jeff Smith to name just a few, with an introduction provided by internationally renowned filmmaker Terry Gilliam.
Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has given the project his blessing and full cooperation.
100% of all publisher’s net profits and all creators’ royalties from proceeds of this book are to be donated to the following charities in aid of Alzheimer’s disease:
ADI – Alzheimer’s Disease International
AIMA – the Italian Association for Alzheimer’s disease
The project is the brainchild of Italian comics guru smoky man who has been devoting a special section of his website Ultrazine to Alan Moore and his works since the year 2000. In association with Black Velvet publisher Omar Martini, smoky planned an Italian language print version of the project to include the best pieces from the site, before approaching Millidge with the idea of publishing an English language version. With Millidge’s help the project quickly grew from the initial idea of a 32 page comic-book format magazine to the massive trade paperback tribute that will be published in May.
Millidge was also one of the people behind another charity comic project, Food For Thought, published in 1985 under his Flying Pig Enterprises imprint. It was the first charity comic in aid of Ethiopian famine relief and preceded Heroes for Hope and Heroes for Hunger by some distance.
Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman provides a unique and revealing insight into of one of this era’s greatest creative minds, which no fan of Moore’s work would want to be without.
The book measures 6 x 8 ½ inches and includes a colour section, with the cover price set at $14.95 US/£10.99 UK and is scheduled for publication in May 2003. It has been edited by smoky man and Gary Spencer Millidge, with the assistance of Omar Martini. Design and production work on the English edition is also by Millidge.
It will be available in bookstores and comic stores worldwide, or direct from the millidge.com shop or Top Shelf Productions, Inc. Distributors include Diamond Book Distributors, Diamond Comic Distributors, FM International, Red Route Distribution and Cold Cut Distributors.
ISBN: 0 946790 06 X
The book will be available in an Italian language version to be published by Black Velvet Editrice of Bologna, tentatively scheduled for June 2003.
Update: Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman from Abiogenesis Press shipped on 21 May to arrive in comic stores on 28th May.
In a modification to its previously announced specifications, the book will now run to a mammoth 352 pages containing contributions from 145 writers, artists and cartoonists from across the world of comics.
[Updated 1 May 2003]