Rob Liefeld, former head of Awesome Entertainment and MaximumPress, has sold the book rights to Alan Moore-scripted runs of the titles Supreme and Youngblood in a three-book deal with independent graphic novel house Checker Book Publishing Group. Checker has scheduled the first collection under the new agreement, Supreme: The Story of the Year (ISBN 0-9710249-5-2, $26.95 paperback), for November publication - featuring a cover painted by Alex Ross.
Moore, widely acknowledged among the finest comics writers of his (or any) generation, took over the writing duties on Supreme with its 41st issue in 1996, lending it his creative magic and immediately turning it into an award-winning fan favorite. The Story of the Year is notable for its clever use of perfectly rendered flashback homages to comics eras past.
"We're extremely pleased to be putting our imprint on the work of AlanMoore," said Checker publisher Mark Thompson. "We were overjoyed to publish Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman and Chuck Dixon already, and this just rounds out a tremendous first year for Checker."
Checker Book Publishing Group specializes in the publication of graphicnovels with dual appeal to the comicbook direct and booktrade markets.Checker pursues book rights to comics material previously unpublished,underpublished, or out-of-print in book form, and empahasizes titles byrenowned fiction and comics writers with first-rate illustration, inestablished categories like horror and science fiction. The company islocated in Dayton, Ohio.