Eddie Campbell talks about the upcoming From Hell Companion volume, and makes it sound like a pretty tempting book indeed:
I mean to say that I’ve used excerpts from Alan’s scripts and thumbnail sketches, but I haven’t just dumped them in there in separate sections. I’ve woven it all together in narrative sequence, with technical commentaries, short essays and speculations, as well as anecdotes, photos and previously unseen artwork of mine. Plenty of digressions. The rarest thing I have is a 15,000 word synopsis that Alan wrote describing the second half of the book for the benefit of the movie production company. They bought the rights when we were only up to chapter 8, you see. The attraction of this synopsis is that it has a few sequences that play out differently from the finished book that everybody is familiar with. Again, I’ve worked these in where they belong narratively.
I’ve long thought that From Hell is Alan Moore’s best work – In large part because of Eddie Campbell’s wonderful art, which humanizes the writing in a way that other collaborators haven’t managed to – so I’m really curious and, yes, just a little excited about this book, and seeing behind the scenes.