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.

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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

Basic Purgatorio 11 Annotations Up

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