The A1 Annuals first launched in 1989, a collection of new and old material featuring creators from all across the world of comics – from Alan Moore and Grant Morrison to Joe Kubert and Dave McKean. The A1 Annuals established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, a curation of intelligent and challenging comics which strayed to the sides and offered readers ideas and experiments that suggested a new approach to how comics should be read and enjoyed.
Decades after that first launch, the A1 Annual returns this year with an new edition published by Titan. Conducted as ever by creator and editor Dave Elliott, the new A1 Annual features creators like Bill Sienkiewicz, Alan Moore, D’Israeli, Joe Simon and Jim Steranko [and come back on Thursday for our interview with Steranko himself]. To celebrate the launch, I spoke to Elliott about what inspired him to bring back the Annual, why he feels it’s lasted for so long, and where he sees the comic industry as a whole.