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Alan Moore's final comic book work is due on shelves this fall, in the Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic

The Watchmen and From Hell writer has been working on this project for decades

The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic
Image credit: John Coulthart/Top Shelf Productions

Although he famously retired from the comics industry some time ago, there still one more book to come from Alan Moore, the mind behind Watchmen, From Hell, and V for Vendetta — and it’s arriving in stores this fall.

Co-written by Moore and his mentor, the late Steve Moore (no relation), it’s safe to say that The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic could be described as “long-awaited”; it’s been a project in the works for years at this point — Steve Moore died a decade ago, to give you an idea of just how this book has been gestating — and it’s easy to see why: a mix of prose, illustration and comics that spans 352 pages and features contributions from artists John Coulthart, Steve Parkhouse, Rick Veitch, Ben Wickey, and the late Kevin O’Neill, the Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic is nothing less than a guide to the supernatural and unknown from two writers who have firsthand experience.

The book will be co-published by Top Shelf Productions and British publisher Knockabout Ltd., with Top Shelf editor-in-chief Chris Starks releasing a statement saying, “One of the great honors of my publishing career has been to work with Alan Moore on so many monumental projects, like From Hell and Lost Girls. The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic represents an amazing capstone, created by Alan and Steve, and brilliantly brought to life by five unforgettable artists. It’s been a privilege to watch those magical minds spend years building this grimoire, and I’m proud to join Knockabout in finally sharing it with the world.”

The book, gloriously described by Top Shelf as a “clear and practical grimoire of the occult,” will finally be unleashed on the world in October. Take a look at John Coulthard’s cover below.

The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic
Image credit: John Coulthart/Top Shelf Productions

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Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan: Popverse Editor Graeme McMillan (he/him) has been writing about comics, culture, and comics culture on the internet for close to two decades at this point, which is terrifying to admit. He completely understands if you have problems understanding his accent.


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