Legendary British artist Kevin O’Neill (whose work includes Nemesis the Warlock for 2000AD and Marshal Law) has confirmed that he will come to Bristol to sign the first volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, written by Alan Moore.
His appearance at the Expo is in partnership with publishers Top Shelf and Knockabout.
Century is a 240-page epic detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues, spanning almost a hundred years. Divided into three 80-page chapters – each a self-contained narrative to avoid frustrating cliff-hanger delays between episodes – this monumental tale takes place in three distinct eras, building to an apocalyptic conclusion occurring in our own, current, twenty-first century.
Chapter one is set against the backdrop of London, 1910, twelve years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man upon the moon. In the bowels of the British Museum, Carnacki the ghost-finder is plagued by visions of a shadowy occult order who are attempting to create something called a Moonchild, while on London’s dockside the most notorious serial murderer of the previous century has returned to carry on his grisly trade.
Working for Mycroft Holmes’ British Intelligence alongside a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain, the reformed thief Anthony Raffles and the eternal warrior Orlando, Miss Murray is drawn into a brutal opera acted out upon the waterfront by players that include the furiously angry Pirate Jenny and the charismatic butcher known as Mac the Knife.
“This is the first convention Kevin has been to for years,” says organiser Mike Allwood. “This century in fact!”
• A Marshal Law Omnibus is scheduled to be published later this year by Top Shelf, described as a 512-page definitive collection of the groundbreaking series by Pat Mills and Kevin.
• More Bristol Comic Expo Information:
• Festival Web site: www.fantasyevents.org
• Fallen Angel Media
For information on the small press event contact malATthefallenangel.co.uk for full details
• Ramada Hotel, Bristol
• Mercure Hotel, Bristol
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.