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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603090630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603090636
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'As you would expect from a Moore/Parkhouse collaboration, the writing is deft, cutting and darkly amusing. It is hard to find a page that doesn't have a laugh out loud moment, or to reach the end of a strip without raising your eyebrows in wonderment. These are true little gems which rank highly among Moore's oeuvre and sparkle with his trademark wit and anarchy.' --Filmwerk

'It's witty, anarchic stuff with Moore using the inherently ridiculous setup to poke fun at a British nation and culture he clearly views as fundamentally absurd. The final story, a new one specially written for this collection, underlines that view with an utterly excoriating vision of Britain today. Ouch.'The List

'This is essential reading. The best thing Moore's ever written? Could be. A comedic masterpiece from Moore and Parkhouse …. without question.' --Forbidden Planet International

'It&aposs witty, anarchic stuff with Moore using the inherently ridiculous setup to poke fun at a British nation and culture he clearly views as fundamentally absurd. The final story, a new one specially written for this collection, underlines that view with an utterly excoriating vision of Britain today. Ouch.' --The List

'An unexpected delight - the scabrous sense of humour in its cartoons is not what one might expect from such a creator. The Bojeffries family must be one of the most unusual imaginable, and that's saying much in the world of sequential art. There are in-jokes, snide opinions about modern life and inventive displays of rudeness. Surely that must tempt you!' --Book of the month of The Bookbag --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Stephen on 10 April 2014
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Watchman Hah! V for Vendetta so-so! This is THE Alan Moore book to have, I remember meeting Alan in 1984 at a Glasgow convention and being regaled with stories of the Bojeffries Saga , Steve Parkhouse's work is a work of genius and the characters terrific if you only buy one Alan Moore collection buy this one..Then the rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy North on 19 Mar. 2014
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Is my favourite quote from this strip, if I remember correctly from my original reading. Wonderful strip from the Wizard of British graphic novels, Alan Moore, sympathetically illustrated in a delightfully quirky style. Don't forget the emergency blood vial....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grahame J. Hadden on 14 Sept. 2014
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A mixture of American Goth brought to Britain and Monty Python. Easily the funniest book I have read in a long time. Totally off the wall and strange. Would have liked to seen more of baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Ray on 20 April 2014
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Proper laugh out loud humour with old school Beano style artwork. What's not to like? Really enjoyed it. A lot.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Walker on 7 Feb. 2014
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this old Alan Moore strip. I've never been convinced of Moore's rare attempts at outright comedy, and despite his many other strengths as a writer, it's always been his weakest area for me. Yes, there's moments of genuine hilarity scattered around his other works, but those moments often work best because they're sandwiched between something more serious. It's rare that Moore should dedicate an entire series to frivolity and simple fun. (Although it does have a satirical side, to be fair.)

Long out of print, and largely unknown to most fans, this series harks back to 1983, and Warrior magazine, the same era as V for Vendetta. Despite my reticence, I've always wanted to read this series -- being one of the largest bodies of Moore's work to remain out of print for so long, and also one of the most unusual for the writer.

The BoJefferies Saga has a curious, but interesting tone; "Monty Python" meets "The Addams Family" meets a British council estate, and I'm very happy to report that it is, to my pleasant surprise, wickedly funny. The series has a successful low-key irreverence that regularly put a smile on my face, and that's accentuated by Parkhouse's subtle artwork. Reading it made me realise that most of the time that comedy is done successfully in comics, it's written and drawn by the same hand. As soon as someone else gets involved, subtleties and nuance are often lost, leaving something very heavy-handed and unfunny. It's great to report then that Moore and Parkhouse pull together in the same direction here, and are just about as successful at conveying its comedic subtleties as any self-drawn series I can think of.

This new TopShelf edition, while being incredibly reasonably priced (especially the Kindle version -- wow!
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