May 19, 2024

Polsino and The Extraordinary Gents

Art by Polsino
Above, a super illustration by Italian comic book artist Leonardo Lotti AKA Polsino. It features several characters and moments from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.
This extraordinary homage is included in Francesco Pelosi's essay, Alan Moore: Mappaterra del Mago. Highly recommended!

For more info about the artist visit his Instagram.

May 18, 2024

Swedish Monsters, Maniacs & Moore

Art by Christoffer Hjalmarsson
Above, a poster drawn by Swedish comic book artist and illustrator Christoffer Hjalmarsson for the screening of 1987 documentary Monsters, Maniacs & Moore.
 
For more info about the artist, visit his DeviantArt and Blog page.

May 15, 2024

La Came From Hell

Art by La Came
Above, a gorgeous, sooty illustration by Italian comic book artist and illustrator Laura "La Came" Camelli. This homage to From Hell is included in Francesco Pelosi's essay, Alan Moore: Mappaterra del Mago.

For more info about La Came: Mammaiuto page - Instagram

May 14, 2024

Alan Moore between the lines by Matteo Alagna

Art by Matteo Alagna
Above a great portrait of Alan Moore by Italian art director and illustrator MATTEO ALAGNA. On the background you can read the final lines from Voice of the fire's first chapter.
This is part of Alagna's 5-portrait project titled Between the lines (2019):
5 writers, 5 quotes, 5 colored inks. Minimal and iconic portraits of some of my favorite authors. On the background, significant quotes from their writing. Because what the ink draws on the paper can last forever.
You can admire the complete project HERE
For more info about the artist: Behance - Instagram

May 10, 2024

Tom Strong and Tomorrow Stories by EMME

Art by EMME
Above, a spectacular illustration by Italian comic book artist Francesco Maria Ghedini aka EMME featuring Tom Strong and Tomorrow Stories' characters First American & U.S.Angel, Jack B. Quick, Cobweb, Splash Brannigan and Greyshirt. 
The illustration, in black and white, has been printed in Francesco Pelosi's book, Alan Moore: Mappaterra del Mago. The image is a clear homage to the Crimebusters' meeting in Watchmen.
 
For more info about EMME visit his Instagram page, HERE.
Art by EMME
The Crimebusters. Panel from Watchmen.

May 5, 2024

On the tombstone

Art by Alpraz
Above, Moore portrait by Italian artist Alpraz. The illustration is included in Pelosi's Moore book.
 
Below, a small excerpt from an interview originally published on Honestpublishing.com in 2011.
How do you want to be remembered?
Alan Moore: I don’t really much care, because I won’t be around to glory in it. I don’t know, as somebody who was a good writer, a decent magician and who tried to follow his path with integrity to the best of his ability. And also that I was really sexy. That would do. Put that on the tombstone. 
You can read the complete interview HERE.

For more info about Alpraz: official site.

Apr 29, 2024

The Great When description and covers

UK edition
The Great When
is the first book in the Long London series of five fantasy novels.
It will published on the 1st of October by Bloomsbury. Covers and book description are a bit different for the UK and the US edition. See above and below. Enjoy!
A dark and beguiling tour through the streets of a magical London by the Sunday Times bestselling master of modern fantasy, Alan Moore

The year is 1949, the city London. Dennis Knuckleyard is a hapless eighteen-year-old who works and lives in a second-hand bookstore. One day, on an errand to retrieve rare books, Dennis discovers that one of them does not exist. It is a fictitious book, yet it is physically there in his hands nonetheless. How? It comes from the Great When, a dark and magical version of the city that is beyond time. There, epochs blend and realities and unrealities blur. If Dennis does not take this book back to the other London, he will be killed.

So begins a journey delving deep into the city's occult underbelly and tarrying with an eccentric cast of sorcerers, gangsters, and murderers, many of whom have their own nefarious intentions. Soon Dennis finds himself at the center of an explosive series of events that may alter and endanger both Londons.
Mystical, magnificently written and hilarious, The Great When is Moore's most imaginative work yet and the first in the fantastic new Long London series.
From the New York Times bestselling author and legendary storyteller Alan Moore, the first book in an enthralling new fantasy series about murder, magic, and madness in post-WWII London.

Dennis Knuckleyard is a hapless eighteen-year-old who works and lives in a second-hand bookstore. One day, his boss and landlady, Coffin Ada, sends him to retrieve some rare books, one of which, Dennis discovers, should not exist. A London Walk by Rev. Thomas Hampole is a fictitious book that appears in a real novel by another author. Yet A London Walk is physically there in his hands, nonetheless.

Coffin Ada tells Dennis the book comes from the other London, the Great When, a version of the city that is beyond time. In the Great When, epochs blend and realities and unrealities blur, while concepts such as Crime and Poetry are incarnated as wondrous and terrible beings. But, Coffin Ada tells Dennis, if he does not return the book to this other London, he will be killed.

So begins Dennis' adventure in Long London. Delving deep into the city's occult underbelly and tarrying with an eccentric cast of sorcerers, gangsters, and murderers, Dennis finds himself at the center of an explosive series of events that may endanger both Londons.

Mystical, hilarious, and magnificently imagined, The Great When is an unforgettable introduction to the consciousness-altering world of Long London.
US edition

UPDATE: Cover artist is Nicolas Delort. Visit his site HERE.
More info at EW.com here.
Art by Nicolas Delort

Apr 24, 2024

Romantic Moore by Alessandro Aroffu

Art by Alessandro Aroffu
You should already know about Francesco Pelosi's upcoming book about Moore (details here). What you don't know (yet) is that my intro is enriched with a gorgeous illustration by my dear friend and excellent artist Alessandro Aroffu. You can admire it above. Below, some wip material.
 
The illustration pays a clear homage to Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer above the Sea of Fog showing Moore in the company of some well-known beings from Idea-Space. Enjoy!

Alessandro loves creating stories and drawing comics. He is also a... beekeeper. All things are related!
For more info about Alessandro, visit his Instagram: HERE.

Apr 16, 2024

La Mappaterra del Mago... THE BOOK!

Cover art by Francesco Frongia

My dear friend, musician, comic book author and scholar Francesco Pelosi did it! 
He revised, expanded and collected the Mappaterra series of essays he wrote for the online magazine Quasi (in Italian, of course), and they will be printed in book form! In this volume (as he did in the articles) Pelosi traces a map of Moore's work, investigating his stories under the lens of Eternalism, spacetime theory, magic and the power of imagination. You can still read the complete series HERE. I think they could disappear from the Web sooner or later (paper rules!), so... hurry up!
 
The 268-page book will be released on the 30th of April, published by Odoya. It's highly recommended, especially if you can read Italian! ;)
With a fantastic cover by Francesco Frongia, the volume is enriched with amazing illustrations by Italian artists (in order of appearance) Alessandro Aroffu, La Came, Alpraz, Christian Galli, Claudio Calia, David Bacter, Francesco Frongia, Polsino, Emme, Chiara Raimondi, Lorenzo Palloni, Alessio Ravazzani, Titta D’Onofrio, Federica Ferraro, Sara Vincenzi, Officina Infernale, and Rise. 
Afterword by Paolo Interdonato and a foreword by... yours truly! Grazie mille, Francesco!

Please note that Pelosi contributed to the Alan Moore: Portraits with a "remixed" essay from the Mappaterra series. So, you can read it there in English! No excuses!

Apr 12, 2024

The Double Life of Private Strong

Below, a short excerpt from the 1-page intro that Moore wrote for ShieldMaster: Blast To The Past comic book. Get a copy, if you can! More info about the Kickstarter project HERE!
[...] When I was six or seven years old and becoming rapidly addicted to the American comic-books that would sporadically find their way across the Atlantic as ballast on cargo-ships, it was always, I later realised, this pair's work [Joe Simon and Jack Kirby] that made the deepest and most lasting impression. So electrified was I by my first glimpse of The Double Life of Private Strong, with its hero leaping towards us in a manner that elegantly avoids the hail of machine-gun bullets he is diving into, that I persuaded my mother to make me a vague simulation of the character's stars-and-stripes vest, and immediately commenced my superhero career. It lasted less than a week, but this was in no way the fault of the costume. Luckily, I wasn't fired on by a machine-gun during those few days. [...]

Alan Moore
Northampton
September 9th, 2023