(sorry, I missed the update yesterday…)
I’m not sure if this particular book counts as “obscure,” but I’m relatively certain it’s not a household name either: A1 issue #3:
A1 was a British anthology, published by Atomeka Press, and edited by Garry Leach and Dave Elliott. Each issue was square-bound and usually clocked in at 100 pages or more, featuring such amazing creators as Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Dave McKean, Glenn Fabry, Grant Morrison, Moebius, John Bolton, and Brian Bolland.
Mr. Bolland, by the way, provided the cover to this issue.
If you’re a fan of anthologies, or the 90s wave of British creators, you owe it to yourself to track down the back issues of A1. There were 6 issues of the series published, plus a one-shot titled The A1 True Life Bikini Confidential . Apparently there was another 4-issue series published in 1992 by Marvel’s Epic label, in full color, and an A1: Big Issue 0 from Image in 2004, though I haven’t seen those later books.
Charlie Adlard took over art duties on the runaway indie hit, The Walking Dead, very early on in the book’s life. Here’s an interesting and telling anecdote about his decision, from a short interview with him:
1- Easiest question: did you really think when you started on The Walking Dead that you would be drawing the same series almost ten years later?
Of course not!
To be honest, I didn’t think I’d last the first 6 issues. When I first got offered the book, I simultaneously got offered Warlock from Marvel. Foolishly I believed that “obviously” Warlock would be the one that would last and consequentially got in touch with Robert and Eric to say that I’d do the 6 issue arc of TWD and then carry on with the Marvel book. If it wasn’t for VERY persuasive e-mails back from them asking for me to stay, I’d have finished TWD and then have Warlock cancelled from under me 4 issues in. Thankfully, I decided to do both at the same time – Warlock was cancelled – which left the way forward for TWD.
Can you imagine what I’d be feeling now if I’d have done what I’d originally planned?
You just never know, kids.