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
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