Dapper John

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151

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December 2011

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This book is a digital exclusive Expanded Version!

• Essential reading for Eddie Campbell fans and those interested in the small press of the 80s!

Dapper John: In the Days of the Ace Rock ’n’ Roll Club
follows the lives of a group of teddy boys in Southend in the 70s – characters who could mythologise their walk down the street before they got to the end of it. The stories are a direct precursor to Campbell’s Alec series and are essential reading for any Campbell fan.

Dapper John was an inspiration for John Constantine from
Swamp Thing. And it was with Eddie Campbell that Moore created the magnificent From Hell. Eddie Campbell, of course, is now recognised as the one of the world’s most talented comics artists, with his Alec stories included in the Comics Journal’s list of the 100 most important comics published. His graphic novels The Fate of the Artist, Bacchus, and The Playwright have all drawn great critical acclaim.


• Eddie Campbell writes:

”The package contains, in addition to the core stories, all the relevant small press covers, with their hand-colouring, the Alan Moore review in full, a couple of 7-page tangent stories, all the extra introductory pages in comics form both for the Harrier 1988 printing (cover and six pages- never reprinted), the Fantagraphics 1993 collected edition (cover and three pages, which was the last time I ever drew Dapper John until the cover for the App above), a wise introduction by me at the front and a decent interview with me at the back in which my editor attempts to extract exactly what that ’Rock’n’roll’ thing was all about. There is a selection of old photos and news cuttings relating to the subject, with a running humorous commentary by me. And the interview is adorned with some previously unseen pieces of painted colour art. My editor was so pleased with all the extra stuff I supplied that he bought me an iPad! Now I can find out what an app is. When I get the thing off my daughter Erin.”


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"A fabulous package collecting all of the “Ace Club” stories in one place and adding a whole bunch of extras ... certainly one of he best presentations of comics on the iPad I’ve seen." – John Freeman

Four Realities

•Comics blog

"You can see the sensibility that would later be employed to great effect in the next few decades of Campbell's work ... A worthwhile purchase even if you already have the print edition ... the extras section more than doubles the size of the book."

Neil Gaiman

•Author of Sandman and American Gods

"I read and really loved Eddie Campbell's Dapper John on the iPad."