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From Hell Companion, The [Paperback]

Alan Moore , Eddie Campbell
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27 Jun 2013
The From Hell Companion is a fascinating read of almost 100,000 words and the same page size as From Hell itself, with illustrative material on every spread. The main thread in it is a selection of the best of Alan Moore's actual script sequences but this is supported with a generous selection of Moore's thumbnail sketches from his private notebooks for individual pages. Includes commentary from Eddie Campbell and two 16 page colour sections featuring brand new artwork. All arranged in narrative order, the reader will feel they have read From Hell from a fresh perspective.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Knockabout (27 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861661842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861661848
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 18.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for From Hell fans 29 Aug 2013
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From Hell is one of my favourite comics of all time so I totally loved this. It was like sitting in a room with Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell for Hours and Hours and hearing them talk about the book. The book was largely comprised of Alan's scripts to Eddie detailing how the panels should look and what should be in them. This should have been quite dry but it was fascinating, there was insights into the characters, the history, jokes, and beautiful passages of prose. I learned a lot about the creative process that went into making the book and how it was written and drawn, so much detail and so much work. This is definitely one I'd recommend to fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Archive 17 July 2013
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Eddie Campbell, the artist of the original comic, FROM HELL, takes us on a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the creation of the comic by presenting commentary, art, and long excerpts from Alan Moore's legendary scripts. This book is "script-heavy," which is a good thing. We get to see Moore's descriptions for most all of the key scenes from the book, and we often get Campbell's explanations for why he sometimes chose to depict things differently. One of the ongoing pleasures lies in seeing Moore occasionally call for emotional or dramatic images only to be replaced by Campbell's more restrained, matter-of-fact style. The contrast is fascinating, and by the end you get a good sense of Campbell's artistic philosophy.

Honestly, for anyone with a serious interest in FROM HELL, this should be your first supplemental purchase.

I will add, for what it's worth, that I ordered the Kindle for Mac version. There are many illustrations in the book, but I was not able to enlarge them to a readable size. (I'm not sure if it's possible to do so or not.) However, I simply read it with my original hard copy of FROM HELL nearby and enjoyed it immensely.

[I should add that I finally was able to try the book on an iPad and the pictures enlarge to full size perfectly, so my problems with the Kindle for Mac version may just be my own ignorance.]
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Hell Companion 12 July 2013
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If you plan on reading the graphic novel FROM HELL, I would strongly recommend getting the FROM HELL COMPANION. This is the first graphic novel that I have ever read; but so far, I must say that I am absolutely fascinated with this particular book because the story of the novel, FROM HELL, is a theory speculating upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper. This unsolved serial murder case has always enthralled me through the years; so when I casually picked up the book and perused the copy it piqued my curiosity. Having never read a graphic novel, I initially found it difficult to understand and make inferences about what was taking place in the story; however, located next to the copy of the FROM HELL book was the FROM HELL COMPANION; so I began to analyze the information the companion covered. This book is a MUST purchase if one decides to read the graphic novel. Why ?, you ask. Writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell conducted ten years of research and traveled thousands of miles through three countries on a collaborative journey in an attempt to collect, investigate, and coalesce copious amounts of information specifically related
to the Whitechapel murders. The result is a graphic novel of daunting complexity; the FROM HELL COMPANION contains a selection of the original writings, notes, artwork and photographs as well as additional information to assist the reader work their way through a mesmerizing narrative of madness, murder, deception and life in the dark Victorian world.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Not great Kindle version. 6 Mar 2014
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A must read for "From Hell" fans. Lower rating for low resolution images and lack of page numbers in Kindle version. I recommend getting the print version or having a better copy of "From Hell" at hand while reading.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ebook disappoints on Kindle for iPad (1st gen) 19 Nov 2013
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Eddie Campbell is a great talker about comics. From Hell is one of the novel-length comics works of lasting significance from the 1990s. This book, combining excerpted pages from the work along with Campbell's commentary and Alan Moore's original script, is a great way to explore the creation, publication, and reception of From Hell. I don't know how many of Moore's scripts for any of his works are readily available to read, so it's fascinating here to see how much thought he puts into the world he imagines--conjures--even if there's no hope of the artist including every detail. Also included are some of Moore's original rough layouts (which Campbell didn't see until much later), numerous photos of the actual locations, and a few relevant stills from the film. This is a very thorough and entertaining look at the decade-long production process of the novel. It earns five stars from me.

However, I read this on the Kindle for (1st gen) iPad app. I found it to be a disappointing experience. The reproductions of the comics pages do not look nearly as good as the same pages from the digitized novel available through at least one popular digital comics sales website. Those pages with this version are usually slightly blurry and the lettering is difficult to read. Additionally, the captions for individual photos and drawings don't always appear on the same page as those photos and drawings, so you have to flick back and forth to see all the information. (The e-book edition from a leading competitor has similarly bad comics images, but the captions do appear alongside the photos and drawings at least.)

So one star removed for a disappointing experience reading this on Kindle for iPad. It's possible a later version of the iPad or a real Kindle may provide a better experience for you.
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