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Comics Unmasked: UK Comics’ Rebel Edge At The British Library

Photograph by Tony Antoniou, courtesy of the British Library.
Photograph by Tony Antoniou, courtesy of the British Library.

Comics have seized center stage at the venerable British Library in London this summer in an exhibition celebrating the history of British comics and the work of British creators. Subtitled, 'Art and Anarchy in the UK', the Comics Unmasked exhibition places an emphasis on protest, outsider culture, and anti-authoritarian voices.

Curated by Adrian Edwards, Paul Gravett, and John Harris Dunning, Comics Unmasked draws heavily on the British Library's own collection to establish and define Britain's relationship to the comics art form -- stirring up nostalgia, scandal, and some surprising discoveries along the way. And Kieron Gillen's giant head.

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IDW Offers A Super-Limited ‘Watchmen: Artifact Edition’ & Dave Gibbons Dinner For $500, Can You Afford NOT To Buy It?

Watchmen Artifact Edition, IDW

One thing that you can say about San Diego's Comic-Con International is that it provides plenty of unique opportunities to meet with your favorite creators, and definitely a lot of pricey pieces of merchandise to remember those occasions. This time, though, IDW Publishing may have topped it with their new "Artifact Edition" of Watchmen, the classic 1986 story by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Similar to the publisher's line of Artist's Editions, the 12" x 17" hardcover, published in cooperation with DC Comics, will feature over 100 story pages from Watchmen, reprinted from the original artwork at full size, with numerous extras. An extremely limited run of 25 copies is being produced specifically for Comic-Con.

This SDCC-exclusive limited edition Artifact Edition will be sold for $500, or roughly the cost of fifteen complete runs of Punisher 2099.

Of course, while $500 is a pretty serious chunk of change (one and a half PlayStation 4s or one eighth of a foam replica of the Batcave's giant penny for your house, minus shipping), it's actually not a bad deal, mainly because the offer also includes dinner.

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Top Shelf Titles ‘Wizzywig,’ ‘From Hell’ And ‘March Book One’ Are A Steal In New Humble Bundle

Top Shelf Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle

Image Comics' Humble Bundle offer, which ended about two weeks ago, was a notable success with tens of thousands of readers naming their price for contemporary comics. Top Shelf Productions is part of the site's newest book offer, which will benefit Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Buyers can snag three Top Shelf books through the site: March Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell; From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell and Ed Piskor's Wizzywig.

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Alan Moore Announces Open-Source Digital Comics App ‘Electricomics’


Writer Alan Moore is teaming up with a team of researchers and an app developer to create "Electricomics," a new platform that a press release claims will enable "digital comics to be made by anyone."

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The Expert’s Guide To HBO’s ‘True Detective’ And Weird Comic Book Fiction

HBO True Detective Weird Comic Book Fiction Morrison Moore Guide

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto has claimed that Alan Moore Moore and Grant Morrison were the first writers to excite him about the possibilities of storytelling.

With everyone looking to solve the many remaining mysteries of True Detective, it’s tempting to ask: are comic books the key? Pizzolatto’s spectacular Moore crib aside, I’d go with with a big no. Ain’t nothing going to settle the debate around Carcosa let alone Marty Hart’s hot dating skills, but comics do represent a largely unexplored and appropriately strange route into the show. So without further ado here’s our by no means exhaustive guide to True Detective and weird comic books.

SPOILER WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for True Detective, Top 10, From Hell and some of The Invisibles.

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‘Tank Girl’ Co-Creator Jamie Hewlett Makes Promo Art For British Library Comics Exhibit

Jamie Hewlett Library Exhibit
Jamie Hewlett

With the massive success of Gorillaz, the animated band he co-created with Blur frontman Damon Albarn, Tank Girl co-creator Jamie Hewlett arguably has one of the most identifiable art styles of any comics artist in the world.

Which is likely why the British Library in London has tapped him to to illustrate a huge banner for its new exhibit, "Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK," which kicks off May 2. Check out the piece used for the banner, which features a brass-knuckle wearing superheroine leaning against an alley wall, and another piece (which Hewlett is calling his second panel) after the jump.

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Yanick Paquette’s ‘Terra Obscura’ Sketches Add A Little Black Terror To Your Life [Art]

Terra Obscura, DC Comics

Good news for fans of public domain "science heroes" -- and as weird as that description might sound, I'm definitely one of them. This week, the first adventures of Tom Strange and his crew of two-fisted crimefighters has been collected with the release of Terra Obscura: S.M.A.S.H. Of Two WorldsAlan Moore, Peter Hogan and Yanick Paquette tell the story of a group of heroes resurrected after decades in suspended animation as they're pit against the villains who run the world in their absence, and it's as good an adventure story as you're likely to find.

To celebrate, we're taking a look behind the scenes at some of Paquette's sketches, along with a rundown of the series. Check it out below!

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New ‘League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ Spinoff Book Coming In March

Nemo the Rose of Berlin
Top Shelf

Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's 2013 follow-up to their League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century series was a bit of a left turn for the series. Nemo: Heart of Ice was a spinoff featuring the new Captain Nemo traveling in the antarctic.

Top Shelf announced today that the team is continuing the spinoff series with a new world-spanning adventure for Janni Dakkar, this time in 1941 Germany (of sorts). The book, titled Nemo: The Roses of Berlin, will be out in March, and is available for pre-order now.

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Link Ink: A Questionable Wonder Twins Movie Poster, Alan Moore’s 60th And S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ratings Drop


Wrap up your week with some links after the cut.

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Confirmed: Alan Moore’s Work To Be Included In Marvel’s ‘Miracleman’ Reprints

Miracleman 1

Though the response from readers was overwhelmingly positive, last weekend's announcement that Marvel will republish Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham's scarcely available work on Miracleman, as well as allow the writer and artist to finally finish their long-incomplete story, led very naturally to one question: what about the Miracleman work of Alan Moore, which is similarly unavailable?

Fortunately, a press release sent out today by Marvel states quite clearly that the publisher will reprint the entire long lost Miracleman run of the 1980s, starting with the work of Moore. The confusion as to whether or not the Moore material would be included stems from the fact that Marvel has not mentioned the writer's name in any press.

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