One of the biggest names in the history of British comics has decided to briefly come out of retirement to contribute to a brand new anthology that’s set to raise money for survivors of 2017’s disaster at Grenfell Tower.
Alan Moore, the writer of Watchmen will be among the contributors for 24 Panels, an illustrative follow-up to 24 Stories, the fund-raising short story collection which featured new work by the likes of Irvine Welsh, Christopher Brookmyre, and A.L. Kennedy.
Curated by prize-winning comics writer Kieron Gillen, 24 Panels asked contributors for work that sought to promote themes of hope, community, positivity and unity in aid of PTSD related needs of Grenfell Tower survivors.
Moore has submitted a Boris Johnson-inspired illustrated poem entitled If Einstein’s Right…, with his wife Melinda Gebbie providing what Gillen tells the Guardian is “one of the most politically charged pieces in the book,” which, in a book about a disaster that is increasingly understood through the lens of contemporary politics, is saying something.
The anthology will contain work from established names in the comics world, alongside material provided by artists who responded to a previously posted call out for submissions.
24 Panels will be published by Image Comics on 21 November 2018 and all proceeds will go directly to Trauma Response Network, a not-for-profit service which provides free therapy and support to people affected by mass trauma events.
Watch a video of Gillen discussing the project, below.