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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier – 3D section by Ray Zone

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Originally scheduled to appear in October 2006, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill is now set to be released on November 14, 2007. For more details, go here.

Why should you care? Don't hold the bloated big screen adaptation against the LoEG franchise, it had very liitle connection to its source material; this is entertaining comics done right. This edition features a state-of-the-art 3D section, conversion work done by the master himself, Ray Zone.

THE BLACK DOSSIER is an elaborately designed, cutting-edge volume that includes a "Tijuana Bible" insert and a 3-D section complete with custom glasses, as well as additional text pieces, maps, and a stunning cutaway double-page spread of Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine by Kevin O'Neill.

The premise for LoEG is that fictional characters from many genres and sources co-exist in one alternative world. They band together to form a precursor to the Justice League team concept in comtemporary comics, a group of first tier and second (or third) tier super-heroes who battle outsize menaces that would overwhelm them individually.

(BTW: did you know that Marvel and DC comics jointly hold the copyright on the word "super-heroes?")

In the LoEG the heroes are almost always taken from works that are in the public domain to avoid messy issues of copyright. The heroes in the first series were Allan Quartermain, Mina Murray (from Dracula), Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man.

When a character that is required is still under copyright, efforts are made to change them into a more generic version of hero or villain. This was done with Fu Manchu in the first series from 1999.

Alan Moore is probably the single comic book writer best known by the general public and the author of the award-winning Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta and Swamp Thing.

Kevin O'Neill is a grown man who draws comic books for a living. His career has been marked by controversy almost from the start when he was a favorite artist in the wildly popular British series 2000 A.D. beginning in the late 1970s.

To get completely up to speed with this ongoing series, go here.

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