A peek at German Ponce’s unpublished ‘A More Perfect Union’

Detail of German Ponce artwork for page 4 of A More Perfect Union for Cinema Purgatorio #8

Max Brooks’ A More Perfect Union Cinema Purgatorio story line changed artists on issue 8.

AMPU issues 1 through 7 were drawn by Michael DiPascale. DiPascale had done quite a bit artwork for Avatar Press, including drawing Absolution, God Is Dead, and lots of covers from Providence Weird Pulp variants to various Uber and Crossed covers. In September 2016, DiPascale posted that he had “severed all ties” with Avatar Press.

Beginning with issue 8, AMPU art duties shifted to Gabriel Andrade, who drew Alan Moore’s initial Crossed+100 arc, as well as Purgatorio‘s The Vast.

German Ponce’s A More Perfect Union cover for Cinema Purgatorio #9 was solicited, but never published

In between DiPascale and Andrade, Avatar Press had begun to work with artist German Ponce. Ponce’s AMPU cover artwork for issue 8 still appears on the publisher’s website. Several pages of Ponce’s internal AMPU artwork for issue 8 are viewable online, though none of his AMPU art appeared in print.

Purgatorio Annotato emailed with Ponce earlier this month to better understand the story of his unpublished A More Perfect Union artwork.  Continue reading

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Basic Purgatorio 14 Annotations Up

Detail of Cinema Purgatorio #14 Modded cover – art by Nahuel Lopez

The production crew has basic annotations up for all the stories in Cinema Purgatorio #14. The latest issue features Blue Skies, General Custer, a terraformer, Tod Browning and plenty more, including some minor errors we’ve noted at the nitpicks page.

Get all your favorite annotations via the encyclopedic Annotations Index page. Help us fill in more details by adding your comments.

Promotional Preview of Moore and O’Neil LOEG: The Tempest

Detail of LOEG: Tempest page 3 artwork by Kevin O’Neill

It’s not Cinema Purgatorio, but it is new material from the same great creators. Kevin O’Neill and Alan Moore are collaborating on the final volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest. The first issue, of six, is due out in June 2018 from IDW comics.

This week I (Joe) got my hands on a few copies of a special convention-exclusive LOEG: The Tempest preview ashcan.

See the full story at The Periodic Fable.

Basic Purgatorio 13 Annotations Up

Just who is Cinema Purgatorio’s mysterious protagonist? Panel from Cinema Purgatorio #13 – art by Kevin O’Neill

As always, we’ll continue to refine them, but we’ve got basic annotations up for all the stories in Cinema Purgatorio #13. The page for Moore and O’Neill’s Old Mother Riley yarn is pretty detailed; the others are sparser. Find all the annotations via the handy dandy Annotations Index page. Help us fill in the details by adding your comments.

Visiting Some Black Dahlia Sites

Photo of Elizabeth Short – via prairieghosts.com

Yesterday I bicycled out to check out some sites mentioned in “My Fair Dahlia,” Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s musical recap of the Black Dahlia murder in the Cinema Purgatorio #11 comic. This post is similar to my earlier post on visiting Thelma Todd sites, but frankly there is even less to see at the present day Dahlia sites.

The most important location associated with the Black Dahlia (one where several people have visited and posted accounts online – there are even tours that visit it) is the site where Elizabeth Short’s body was discovered. In January 1947, Betty Bersinger discovered Short’s mutilated corpse in a vacant lot. Today that lot is a neighborhood of modest single-family homes. The neighborhood is called Leimert Park, historically and still today a community where many African-Americans live.

The site is often described, including by Moore, as “39th and Norton.” (That’s even the title of a chilling Dahlia comics story published in Taboo #5 in 1991 – alongside Moore’s From Hell and Lost Girls.) That’s the closest intersection, but the site is actually mid-block on Norton Avenue between 39th Street and Coliseum Street. Today the address is 3825 Norton Avenue.  Continue reading

Visiting the Place Where Thelma Todd Died

Thelma Todd at her cafe. Photo via Indywire

I confess that I hadn’t really been aware of early film star Thelma Todd until I read Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s take on her in “Revelations of the Bat” in Cinema Purgatorio #9.

I live in central Los Angeles, not far from Hollywood. By this I mean the neighborhood Hollywood, which, down from the tony Hollywood Hills, is mostly not so glamorous. A few people I know are involved in “the industry” – the Hollywood film industry – though I can’t claim any ties to it.

It has been interesting reading Moore and O’Neill’s stories in Purgatorio, in part because they take place in the city where I live. A lot of Moore’s work – especially Jerusalem, Voice of the Fire, “Coal Memory“, Providence, and From Hell – is thematically rooted in a sense of place. He melds people, physical places, stories, histories, etc. to get at what makes a place tick. In doing so he explores universal truths, expressed in smaller microcosms.

More than any other Moore work, Purgatorio is Moore telling stories about my place.

In this spirit, last weekend, I set out to check out some of the places Moore introduced me to in his Thelma Todd tale: Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Cafe and the nearby home of director Roland West, where Todd was found dead.  Continue reading