"Rather than proffer a straightforward biography, Sir Alfred instead serves up a collection of vivid anecdotes about the master of suspense, some apocryphal, some flattering, some humorous, several decidedly none of the above. It’s all presented here in the same gag/slapstick format, though, with Hensley working in a pratfall — literally or figuratively — whenever he can." — The Comics Journal
"Sir Alfred No. 3 paints a portrait of a master of the craft of cinema by using comics as an equally complex storytelling tool. Hensley uses the visual medium of comics to great effect, for instance in a recurring gag that Hitchcock says something so outrageous, a gust of wind literally knocks people onto the ground. Exploring Hitchcock as a cartoon figure is inspired and completely appropriate for his character. " — Comics Beat
"I don't think I've enjoyed a comic in some time as much as I took pleasure in Tim Hensley's beautiful, accretive biography of Alfred Hitchcock, Sir Alfred No. 3, built from casual anecdotes and ridiculous stories from the director's colorful public profile." — The Comics Reporter
"Film fans and lovers of golden age comics familiar with the sources of this material will find this completely compelling, as will anyone who appreciates graphic design and beautiful print production." — Slings & Arrows
Read the exhaustive Comics Journal review of Sir Alfred No. 3.
Read Comics Workbook's The Hensley Interview.
Please note: the remaining stock are lightly damaged from shipping and are being offered at a discounted rate. They may also be missing some of the items listed, such as the giclee print, beverage coaster, etc. Final sale. No refunds or exchanges.
The final publication of Pigeon Press
In the last months before comics impresario Alvin Buenaventura passed away, he completed publishing Sir Alfred No. 3, an oversized comic book/graphic novel by the brilliant Tim Hensley (author of the acclaimed 2010 Fantagraphics release, Wally Gropius).
Sir Alfred No. 3
is an oblique biography of the world's most famous film director, Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, despite being numbered "No. 3," no other issues exist. The comic book is composed of multiple gag strips based on anecdotes found in tomes of film lore in the public library and used book shops. As Hensley's previous work Wally Gropius
referenced the '60s teenager genre, Sir Alfred
pays homage to '50s personality comics and movie tie-ins. It ends up being something of a cross between Marge Buell's Tubby, who bears an unforeseen resemblance to the famous director, and Miss Beverly Hills of Hollywood. The book includes cameos by Salvador Dali, Greta Garbo, Joseph Cotten, Joan Fontaine, David O. Selznick, Edith Head, Gregory Peck, Bernard Herrmann, Francois Truffaut and a cast of thousands.
It should be emphasized that Sir Alfred No. 3 is more than just a comic book: it is a signed and numbered, limited edition bundle that was produced with a variety of printing processes including offset, letterpress, and giclee printing, as well as blind embossing, handstamping, and diecutting. Each copy of this strictly limited and signed/numbered edition of 1,000 comes with a correspondingly numbered giclee print suitable for framing and a custom beverage coaster, all packaged in a mylar sleeve.