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Global Blake: Suellen Cordovil da Silva
In this presentation Suellen Cordovil da Silva shows some of the ways that Alan Moore's From Hell draws upon Blake.

The graphic novel From Hell was written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Eddie Campbell and originally published in serial comic magazines between 1989 and 1996 in Taboo magazine, as well as being published in a single-issue format by Eddie Campbell Comics in 1999. Moore develops a creative work from the arts of William Blake for comics: thus, the works of the two authors in dialogue allow readers to observe this procedure of recovering the signs of William Blake’s works by Moore and Eddie Campbell. To develop this understanding of graphic novels, I use some reflections of Groensteen (2007), Barbieri (2017) and Postema (2018) and others to explore two topics. In the first, I present the two authors and their works from the perspective of the concept of From Hell. In the second, I analyze the graphic novel itself, exemplifying the references to the author William Blake as a character inserted in the work and through his biography. Then, I present the creative process of the A ghost of a flea and Visions of the Daughters of Albion by William Blake as examples that reverberate in From Hell’s graphic story, and so help to explain this creative project by Alan Moore. This interdisciplinarity in the works of Blake composes some links between the visual and the textual that attracts several artists to look at their illuminated engravings, as it will be exposed in the work of Alan Moore.

Suellen Cordovil da Silva has a Ph.D. in Letters from the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) in relation to the works of William Blake and Alan Moore. She studies at the University of Northampton (UON) and interviewed Alan Moore for her thesis. She has been an effective English Language and Literature Professor since July 2014 at the Federal University of the South and Southeast of Pará (Unifesspa) based in the city of Marabá/ State Pará/ Country Brazil.