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Danny O'Brien and Quinn Norton are the guest bloggers on Boing Boing for the moment. One of their first finds was this link, a set of annotations for Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's wonderful League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The current series, volume 2, is pitting Mina Harker and her compatriots against the Martian war machines that have arrived in Woking. It's a wonderful layered affair, mixing pulp fiction and history in a similar manner to Kim Newman's Anno Dracula novels. And that's where the annotations come in, extracting every fine bit of detail from Moore's story and O'Neill's art, educating and surprising as we travel through the interstices of history...

It's all superb stuff, and the annotations are incredibly researched and detailed,showing just how deep Alan Moore's research goes... And how much knowledge is to be found on Usenet...


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Oct. 10th, 2002 04:12 pm (UTC)
*nods in emphatic agreement*
I've been a big fan of Moore for a long time; I began following him during his run on Swamp Thing, and continue to keep up with him today. He's able to nicely balance a well told story- I admire the way the current book is faithful to the original War of the Worlds- with a very deep and complex game of Spot The Reference.
I really liked what he did for the trade paperback version of From Hell: he included a lengthy footnote section, and annotated his own work, explaining minutae of Victorian life and Ripper scholarship.

If you like Jess Nevins' annotations here, you might enjoy his other work at

He annotates other comics and maintains webpages focussing on pulp magazine heroes and Victorian characters.
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