Cinema Purgatorio Collections Coming Soon

Cinema Purgatorio collection cover (same as issue 1 cover) – via Amazon

The eighteenth and, at least for now, final issue of Cinema Purgatorio came out last May. The logical next step should be a collected edition.

For whatever reason there’s no collection available as of mid-November 2019. There are a couple of collections in the works, though.

In early October, a listing for a $19.99 Cinema Purgatorio Collection Paperback (due out April 28, 2020) appeared at Amazon. Soon thereafter Bleeding Cool ran a brief story about it, with essentially no additional information. Based on the cover art shown at Amazon, the collection appears to include just the Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s Purgatorio stories.

This month, Previews World website announced a $39.99 Cinema Purgatorio Complete Story Box Set due in comics shops next week: November 27, 2019. Continue reading

Purgatorio 18 Annotations Up – Closing the Curtains

Panel from Cinema Purgatorio #18 – art by Kevin O’Neill

That’s all folks. AFAWK.

Cinema Purgatorio has come to an end. The initial eighteen-issue run has concluded.

Your hard-working annotations team have posted our once-through for all of the stories in issue 18. Access all the annotations via the index page. Let us know what we missed or got wrong. Continue reading

Basic Purgatorio 16 Annotations Up

Figuring out this issue – detail from Code Pru story in Cinema Purgatorio #16

We’ve published basic annotations for all the stories in Cinema Purgatorio #16. There are now only two more issues to go – so some of these plots are showing signs of nearing their conclusions. There’s a lot interesting stuff in this issue, from Superman to The Thing to Bubble Bobble to Admiral Farragut to a Kaiju named Baby. Find all the exciting pages via the annotations index page.

We hope you’re enjoying these annotations. Help us round them out by adding comments on what we missed or got wrong.

A peek at German Ponce’s unpublished ‘A More Perfect Union’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

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.