Dave Gibbons is an icon of the comics industry, with writing and artistic credits on hundreds of British and American comics, but there’s one story Gibbons has yet to tell: his own. That changes later this year, as Dark Horse Books has announced Confabulation: An Anecdotal Autobiography, a collection of prose and artwork by Gibbons, presented in alphabetical order, that follows his life and career. The hardcover will arrive in stores in October.
Here’s how Dark Horse describes Confabulation: An Anecdotal Autobiography:
Presented alphabetically, with informally written anecdotes that can be read from cover-to-cover or simply dipped into, Gibbons reveals unseen comics’ pitches, life as the first Comics Laureate, adventures in advertising and album cover design, and his journey from fanzine artist to infiltrating DC Comics in the 1970s. This book covers everything from his work on Doctor Who and meeting Tom Baker to his induction into the Eisner Hall of Fame. Gibbons also discusses, for the first time anywhere, the end of his relationship with fellow Watchmen co-creator Alan Moore. Packed with over 300 iconic, rarely seen, and unpublished art pieces and photographs, Confabulation: An Anecdotal Autobiography not only entertains, but peels back the layers of a fascinating career in comics.
Along with solo work on books like The Originals, Dave Gibbons has worked with dozens of legendary comics creators over his four-plus-decade career, including Frank Miller, Len Wein, Walt Simonson, and Mark Waid. It’s his collaborations with writer Alan Moore on Watchmen and the iconic Superman story “For The Man Who Has Everything” that Gibbons is perhaps best known for, though, and Confabulation promises to reveal more about the pair’s relationship than ever before. While that’s definitely a draw to bring readers to the book, there’s sure to be more interesting insight into Gibbons and his career than just his work on those handful of books.
The 325-page hardcover of Confabulation: An Anecdotal Autobiography is set for release on Tuesday, October 25th.