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‘FROM HELL’ TO DOWN UNDER:

JACK THE RIPPER TALE BAN LIFTED

[From Hell]

Australian fans of Alan Moore hungry for his hefty Jack the Ripper saga, “From Hell,” will soon be able to get their hands on the once-banned book, in a more consumer-friendly, not-dealing-with-the-vagaries-of-Customs edition.

“From Hell” artist Eddie Campbell announced the news late Sunday night in a press release.

The book, which features Moore working through various theories as to the identity of the 19th century (presumably) English serial killer, was prevented from entering the country by Australian customs. In his release, Campbell says he spotted a loophole in the decision: The book wasn’t prohibited from being published in the country, just brought in through Customs. So Campbell set to work.

“I knew that Random House was going to be the best place for me,” Campbell said in the release, “When the lad answering the phones interrupted my introductory pitch with ‘Wait, are you the Eddie Campbell who draws Bacchus?'”

Before Random House had made the decision to publish the book, Australia’s Office of Film and Literature Classification lifted the ban Perth Customs had slapped on the book. Imported copies of the book are now available in the country, but Bantam (a division of Random House) is publishing the Australian edition of “From Hell.” The book is scheduled to arrive in stores on June 1.

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IMMONEN, ANDERSON DO ‘RISING STARS’

[Rising Stars #5]

While Top Cow‘s “Rising Stars” has brought fans J. Michael Straczynski’s writing with each issue, readers haven’t been blessed with a consistent art team. That’s about to change, with not one, but two fan-favorite artists, Stuart Immonen and Brent Anderson.

“Stuart will be doing issue 14, and Brent will be coming in at 15 to finish up the rest of the book (to issue 24),” Straczynski told the Comic Wire on Sunday. “I’m very excited about both coming in, having enjoyed Stuart’s work in the past, and I’m a HUGE fan of Brent’s from Astro City, which has been one of my favorite books for both the art and the storytelling.”

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WHERE THE COMIC BRIEFS ARE

There’s a lot of you reading this column today that don’t read the Thursday edition of the Comic Wire, for whatever reason. Last Thursday was a particularly good Comic Wire, if we do say so ourselves, so take a look at what you missed:

  • DeCARLO v. ARCHIE SUIT DISMISSED
  • McCLOUD ENDS FAN-PARTICIPATION STRIP
  • ‘HEROBEAR’ RETURNS THIS SPRING
  • ‘MARTIAN MANHUNTER’ MINUS MANDRAKE
  • ‘GEN13: SCIENCE FRICTION’ LIFTS OFF

With that aside, here’s what’s news and press releases in CBR’s Comic Brief since the last edition of the Comic Wire, with all of the pleasure and none of the guilt:

  • Violent Messiahs #5 includes ‘Red Star’ interview, plus #2 McGuiness Cover sells out
  • Top Shelf Productions solicitations for product shipping June, 2001
  • Jhonen Vaquez’s Filler Bunny Returns for “Revenge”


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Thanks to Scott Tilson.

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