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Outbreaks of Violets

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Apr. 25th, 2008 | 08:20 pm

In 1995 Alan Moore wrote the text for a set of 24 cards, called Outbreaks of Violets, which were given away at the MTV Europe Music Awards 1995, and have since become something of a Holy Grail for fanatical Alan Moore completists. Like me. The last time a set came up on eBay I bowed out of the bidding at £200, and the item eventually sold for £800, if I remember correctly. Another set has come up for auction, which you can see here, with a starting price of £800. This is its second time being listed, having failed to sell the first time.

In the meantime, Rich Johnston of Lying in the Gutters has managed to get scans of all of the fronts and backs of them. I've grabbed the images, like a few others have, but I'm dogged enough to have edited them all down to individual images, and have matched up fronts and backs, so you have both the images and the accompanying text. As ever, I've posted them up at the largest size I can, although you'll notice that the fronts and backs were obviously scanned at different resolutions...

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MTV Europe Music Awards 1995


The artists responsible for the cards are as follows:

01) Mique Beltrán
02) Max Cabanes
03) Mick McMahon
04) Baru
05) Francesca Ghermandi
06) Javier Mariscal
07) Jean-Philippe Stassen
08) Kellie Strøm
09) Francois Avril
10) Isabel Kreitz
11) Rachael Ball
12) Max Andersson
13) Stefano Ricci
14) Francois Boucq
15) Jamie Hewlett
16) Max
17) Edmond Baudoin
18) Ed Pinsent
19) Loustal
20) John M. Burns
21) Pirinen
22) Lorenzo Mattotti
23) Christian Gorny
24) Ever Meulen

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Jumbo

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from: jamesb
date: Apr. 26th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
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Thats pretty damn cool.
Thanks

james

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Pádraig Ó Méalóid

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from: slovobooks
date: May. 4th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Now updated with the last four backs added.

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Jumbo

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from: jamesb
date: May. 4th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Cool

so have you made a set yet?

J

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Pádraig Ó Méalóid

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from: slovobooks
date: May. 4th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Do you mean printing them out and pasting them together? Nope, not yet! I did, mind you, write to the man who's selling them with a modest offer if they didn't sell the second time. Which they didn't, so now I'll have to see if he gets back to me...

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Outbreak of Violets

from: anonymous
date: May. 7th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Hello there, seller of Outbreak here, sorry I didn't get back to you, I'll be honest I thought I had.

The folder, there's more than the Alan Moore stuff is still sitting at the back of my wardrobe.

Would you still be interested?

Graham

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glycon

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from: glycon
date: May. 7th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Yes, absolutely! If you write to me at pomealoid[at]yahoo[dot]com we can talk about it.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 26th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
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Nice one brother,

charmageddon it is !!!!!!!

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ÆON

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from: mzflux
date: Apr. 26th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
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So wonderful. Thank you.

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from: anonymous
date: May. 26th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
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What you may not know is that there was an eveb rarer portfolio version. If there is a holy grail, that has to be it. My daughter has one. I have the more common version.

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artwork

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 29th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
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The other thing that is missing here, of course, is the actual full page artwork all the famed comic artists did for this book. They are much larger and more elaborate than the artwork on the cards that you are showing here.

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from: jlroberson
date: May. 7th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
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Glycon, I want to have your babies. Though it's physically impossible.

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Pádraig Ó Méalóid

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from: slovobooks
date: May. 7th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
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Too too kind. And I'm sure they'd be wonderful babies, if only those pesky biological laws weren't aganist us.

(I'm also glycon, in case you're wondering.)

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Ltd edition outbreaks of violets for sale

from: anonymous
date: Jun. 4th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
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Hi there, I have a pristine Ltd edition outbreaks of violets portfolio. It's the gatefold portfolio with looseleaf a3 prints and the st of cards sealed in an envelope on the other side. I'm trying to get it valued and possibly sell it. Anyone have any ideas, I'd really appreciate it. You can contact me on Natt@teamexiles.com. Many thanks in advance.
Natt

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