Knockabout Comics, in partnerhsip with Top Shelf, are to publish the complete The Bojeffries Saga by Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse in April – a collection that will feature an all-new 24-page story.
“Think The Munsters written by Alan Bennett high on episodes of Coronation Street,” is how The Independent’s Mike Moran decribes the story, “all beautifully rendered in a style equal parts Robert Crumb and the Bash Street Kids’ Leo Baxendale.”
The Bojeffries Saga began in Warrior magazine in 1982 and has not been collected for many years. Jobremus Bojeffries is like any other father – trying to keep the peace in a house stuffed with two kids (Ginda and Reth), uncles Raoul and Festus, a baby and old Grandpa Podlasp. Never mind that one’s a werewolf, one’s a vampire, Grandpa is in the last stages of organic matter, and the baby puts off enough thermonuclear energy to power England and Wales…
All right, they’re no ordinary family. And this is no ordinary 96-page book, with stories spanning decades, a whole chapter written as light opera, a Christmas episode, and an all-new, glorious 24-page comic bringing the Bojeffries up to the present day. On every page, the wry and anarchic creativity of the creators shines through: Alan Moore’s affectionate and penetrating grasp of human nature (and British culture) creates a kind of desperate poignancy in the characters, brought to memorable life by Steve Parkhouse’s deft and articulate line work.
It’s all there, untutored, unpolished, ramshackle and always on the edge of collapse. Very much like Britain itself.
“Throughout its entire run the Bojeffries has been sheer, unmitigated fun,” notes Steve Parkhouse in his intorduction to the collection. “It’s been tough, it’s been demanding – but the end result has always made me laugh.”
Alan Moore’s many writing credits include V for Vendetta, From Hell, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen who had his start in the British underground comics scene. Steve Parkhouse is an artist who got his start drawing strips for Marvel, which lead to working on the Doctor Who comics strip for Doctor Who Magazine. He went on to do work for 2000AD on such works as Big Dave and The Journal of Luke Kirby and is currently working on the Resident Alien series with writer Peter Hogan, for Dark Horse Comics.
• The Bojeffries Saga by Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse, published by Knockabout Comics (UK) / Top Shelf (USA) in April 2014
• Knockabout Comics: www.knockabout.com