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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Knockabout (27 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861661842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861661848
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Moore is a magician and performer, and is widely regarded as the best and most influential writer in the history of comics. His seminal works include From Hell, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen, for which he won the Hugo Award. He was born in 1953 in Northampton, UK, and has lived there ever since.

Cover artist Eddie Campbell created the Bacchus comic series and the semiautobiographical Alec graphic novels, and is the artist behind From Hell (created with Alan Moore). Campbell lives in Australia. The print and ebook editions of The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains include Campbell s original art throughout. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Great reading, a novel nearly in size in itself - the perfect collaboration of works and explanations on From Hell are contained here in this single book on the subject and graphic novel. If you desire to know more, then this is the essential companion!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1656c0) out of 5 stars From Hell Companion 12 July 2013
By Teresa Gore - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e165c90) out of 5 stars A Fantastic Archive 17 July 2013
By Dr. C - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x9e165f00) out of 5 stars More Moore 27 Jan. 2015
By Todd W. Glaeser - Published on Amazon.com
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You know how the current theory/ common wisdom is that we only use 10% of our brain? It seems we've only ever read about 10% of what Alan Moore has ever written.

This book is a perfect reason why someone, somewhere, needs to do what Eddie Campbell gives us a taste of here and that's start publishing the COMPLETE ALAN MOORE SCRIPTS. To Quote from E.C.'s introduction,

"These scripts are rich with incident and information that didn't always, or couldn't find its way onto the printed page... Some very fine writing is buried in these scripts, and nobody has ever read
it except me." (pg 12)

Details like the color and rational for the color of clothing, (in a work that he knew would be done in B&W) the psychological underpinning for buildings in the background, amazingly details which is up to the artist to portray in a way he finds possible. (E.C. addresses this in his text, what he kept and what he couldn't)

Frustratingly this is only a taste of what it could have been. As E.C. describes, "I have selected what I find to be the most memorable pages, ninety out of a possible five hundred and one..." (pg 12)

If this isn't enough for you you can try to hunt down a copy of "From Hell: The Compleat Scripts" [9781880325070] but they're rare and only include the scripts for the first three chapters.
HASH(0x9e165f0c) out of 5 stars Riveting 17 Feb. 2016
By tom d fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
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Love Alan Moore stuff. Great graphic novel from which the movie, "From Hell" was made...great movie too. The story of course, a mix of fact and fiction. It got me interested in the ripper however and got me reading everything I could find on the subject. Learning the characters from this novel made reading other works that much more enjoyable. I highly recommend the latest book on this subject, "They All Love Jack"...perhaps the best researched book to date on Jack the Ripper, I believe this latest book solved the case. IMO only of course.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e165e4c) out of 5 stars Ebook disappoints on Kindle for iPad (1st gen) 19 Nov. 2013
By Michael Grabowski - Published on Amazon.com
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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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