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Top Shelf will debut three new books at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month, including the new Nate Powell book, new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Infinite Kung Fu. In addition, James Kochalka will at their booth with his entire family signing a special family portrait print, and Craig Thompson will sign the new hardcover and softcover editions of Blankets.
Check out the debuts below.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol III): Century #2 – 1969
by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is back! Our merry metafictional marauders continue their bestselling adventures through the 20th century! In this volume, the League must battle dark cultists amid the sit-ins, sitars, and psychedelics of 1960s swinging London.
Ahoy, there! You’re looking at a page from the next installment in Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s decades-spanning, mind-expanding adventure The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, unveiled this afternoon during co-publisher Top Shelf’s spotlight panel at Comic-Con International. (See the full image after the break!)
Slated for a 2011 release, this second chapter show an ever-dwindling League navigating the perilous waters of late-’60s swinging London, as criminals, hippies and occultists jockey for power over the impending birth of the Antichrist. Moore spoke with Comic Book Resources at length about the series last year: Here’s part one and part two. Who needs Watchmen sequels, right?
Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, collaborators on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in separate interviews share the horrors of their experiences with Hollywood. And, in Moore’s case, with American comics publishers.
Moore, to Total Film: “We had one particularly dense Hollywood producer say, ‘You don’t even have to do the book, just stick your name on this idea and I’ll make the film and you’ll get a lot of money -– it’s… The League Of Extraordinary Animals! It’ll be like Puss In Boots!’ And I just said, ‘No, no, no. Never mention this to me again.’”
O’Neill, on the LOEG movie script, to Times Online: “They sent me a screenplay. I read the first few pages and I thought, ‘I’ve got the wrong one. I don’t recognise any of this — the Bank of England, Venice.’ The character names were similar, but they added Tom Sawyer. It was a bit of an odd thing.”
Moore, of course, reserves some of his sharpest words for American superhero comics: