From Hell Companion, The Paperback – 27 Jun 2013
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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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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.
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.]
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"  but they're rare and only include the scripts for the first three chapters.
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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