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This book-length celebration and analysis of the Artistic Event of the Century includes an exclusive interview and introduction by League of Extraordinary Gentlemen co creator and author Alan Moore; commentary by co-creator a nd illustrator Kevin O'Neill: detailed, panel-by-panel annotations of the first League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.
Paperback, 239 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Monkeybrain
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Brenton Nichol
Apr 21, 2008 Brenton Nichol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
This volume is comprised of the exhaustive annotations to the first collected volume of Alan Moore's unprecedented graphic novel series League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a forward by Moore himself, a couple of essays by the author, and an interview of Moore conducted by the author.

Jess Nevins is a librarian who also happens to be an expert on and enthusiast of Victorian era literature. Nevins originally posted his exhaustive annotations online, and, after receiving additional submissions from o
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Rustin Parr
Mar 08, 2008 Rustin Parr rated it really liked it
Half the genius of LoEG are the innummerable literary, etc., references hidden within. Nevins supplement opens up the in-jokes to all of us laymen so that we too can be part of the club. This work allows one to much better appreciate the effort Moore and O'Neill put into the books. The additional material in this volume also provides solid backgrounds on LoEG's major players, which is right handy for those of us not completely familiar with all of the original material. Smashing interviews to bo ...more
Zac
Feb 06, 2014 Zac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great, and quite necessary, companion to the first LoEG volume, which has definitely piqued my interest in 19th century (and older) fiction. The annotations are a little more detailed and refined than on Nevins' website, but I did like seeing the guest contributions and the kind of progress and piecing together of the puzzle that I got from reading the web version. The essays were interesting, but tended to just refer to a list of other titles a bit much. The interview with Moore was excellent ...more
Helmut
Mar 04, 2013 Helmut rated it really liked it
Für Detektive und Neugierige

Dass Moore mit "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" einen modernen Klassiker des Comicgenres erschaffen hat ist wohl nicht anzuzweifeln. Das herausragende an diesem Werk ist die Einbindung von so vielen Quellen, versteckten Hinweisen, dass selbst bei intensiver Lektüre dem neugierigen und inquisitiven Leser Fragen offen bleiben. Diese Fragen beantwortet dieses Buch hier für den ersten Band von LoEG.

Welcher Vorlage folgt dieser Charakter auf Seite 23, Panel 2? In einem
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The other John
May 30, 2009 The other John rated it liked it
This is a read once kind of book--"The Unofficial Companion to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." If you've read LOEG, you know that is is packed full of characters from and references to other works of fiction. Mr. Nevins has gone through and made notes about them all. Since I'm not quite as well read as him, I loved paging through the book and finding out about the references I didn't catch. But now that I'm done, well, I doubt if I'll read it again. I mean, occasionally you get a referen ...more
Rick
Oct 28, 2007 Rick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror
Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to The League of Extraordinary Gentleman reprints all of the information from Nevin’s popular website plus biographies and analyses of all the major players, commentary by Kevin O’Neill, introduction by Alan Moore, and an interview with Moore. All this wrapped in a gorgeous John Picacio cover. Nevins’ book is not needed to enjoy League, but it will greatly enhance your reading pleasure.
Travis
Jess Nevins attempts to catalogue all the literary characters, places and things Alan Moore included in his 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comics.

He's a brave man and has created a reference book that is almost as much fun to read as the source.

As a literature geek, I knew a lot of this, but was glad to find out about the ones I missed or guessed wrong about.
Emily
Jan 01, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: victorian, fantasy, meta
Jess Nevins is my kinda man - a humble librarian interested in Victoriana and sci-fi/fantasy. Hot!

This book is, of course, fun only if you've read the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novel, which I admit might not be for everyone. But it's for me and Jess!
Jdetrick
A very helpful way to get the full experience out of the first volume of League of Extraordinary Gentleman. The essays in the back are a little less strong and ever towards the pompous a few times, but overall, they're informative and interesting.
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Feb 21, 2015 Variaciones Enrojo marked it as to-read
Shelves: ingles, loeg, ensayo, nevins
Anexo informativo del primer volumen de League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Gina
May 31, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it
The unofficial companion to volume I of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with panel by panel explication of the numerous literary and cultural references.
Chris
Nov 26, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Worth reading along with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume One by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.
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