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By Brian Jacks


Avatar Press has announced that it will be publishing an "evocative" drama from one of the most accomplished creators in the medium with Alan Moore's Another Suburban Romance.

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The graphic novel is scheduled to be published in April 2003 from Avatar with story by Alan Moore, art by Juan Jose Ryp (Alan Moore's Magic Words), and sequential adaptation by Antony Johnston (Alan Moore's The Courtyard) and Moore. Avatar's third Moore project in recent months, Alan Moore's Another Suburban Romance joins an Avatar Press schedule that includes work from several high-profile creators in early 2003 including Frank Miller, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Joe R. Lansdale and Tim Truman, and other projects from Moore himself.

"Another Suburban Romance is a project that shows the astonishing range of the creator whose career has encompassed the likes of Big Numbers, From Hell, and V for Vendetta," says Avatar Press editor-in-chief William Christensen. "Running from the 1920's Chicago style killings in "Old Gangsters Never Die," to the contemporary drama in the namesake piece "Another Suburban Romance," the scope of this graphic novel makes it accessible to every Moore fan, and also serves as an excellent introduction to the work of one of the most important creators in comics."

"Another Suburban Romance started life as a projected play sometime in 1976, which was the year that punk rock was taking off over here," notes creator Alan Moore. "It was a very exciting time in a number of ways, it was a very bleak time in a number of ways. We were starting to move into the long cold years of discontent with the Labour party that would lead us to Mrs. Thatcher three years later. Amongst the various projects that I was involved in at that time, the play Another Suburban Romance was a surrealist drama, I'm not even sure what it was about, or whether if it was even about anything. It involved a number of characters that were moving through this series of scenarios that involved meditations upon politics, sex, death and all of the other big issues. The play itself has not survived, but three pieces from it were of enough resonance for me to either remember them or keep them around as material used in subsequent bands and performances. The three pieces contained in this anthology are the very best, they're the things that if anything is to be remembered about that aborted project, these are the three pieces that I should most like to be remembered. I'm very, very much looking forward to seeing what Juan Jose has done with it. He's an excellent artist and I've been very enamored of his work of late and I'm looking forward to seeing what he's done with these old buried pieces that have been unearthed."

"Antony's adaptations have been another source of pleasure," adds Moore. "These were pieces that were not necessarily ever written with a mind to adaptation as comics, and those present a number of challenges for anyone trying to adapt them. I think Antony has met those challenges every time with some very inventive solutions. I think he's doing an excellent job and I look forward to seeing the future adaptations of my work as they come out."

"These three pieces are so different from The Courtyard -- and different from each other -- that Another Suburban Romance was a real challenge, but a highly enjoyable one," says frequent Moore collaborator Antony Johnston. "These pieces are very evocative and atmospheric, with a twist of the outright bizarre, and I'm proud to have been given the chance to do them justice in comic form. Alan and William both gave me a lot of freedom with this book, and the result is something very unique. There's always some trepidation when you work with an artist for the first time, and when you're both working on interpretations of a third person's work, that wariness is only increased. But when I saw the first few pages Juan had drawn from my scripts, that trepidation vanished. This book looks superb."

Alan Moore's Another Suburban Romance is a stand-alone graphic novel scheduled for release in April 2003 from Avatar Press, written by Alan Moore, with artwork by Juan Jose Ryp and sequential adaptation by Antony Johnston and Alan Moore.


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