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Hipster Priest: A Quietus Interview With Alan Moore John Doran , July 13th, 2010 08:12
In an interview originally printed in our sister paper The Stool Pigeon, John Doran delves into the mind of writer Alan Moore. Photographs of the subject by David Ma Add your comment »
"There had been a series of rapes in the underpass on the way to the station. Josie Long — who is a lovely woman — was playing The New Theatre. She said to me after the show: 'So I have to walk past the abandoned shops, past the old factory with
the broken windows, go through the underpass and then past the burnt-out pub to get to the train station? This area's a little rapey, isn't it?' We said we'd walk back to the station with her." Alan Moore is holding court. He has a terrifying work ethic that belies the myth of laziness often lazily ascribed to his sub-cultural fringe of writers, anarchists, psychogeographers, psychedelic bon vivants and occultists, and he doesn't usually have much time for interviews. This said, he is extremely good company and you can tell he enjoys playing the expansive raconteur all the more because he gets little opportunity to indulge himself. And while he is reassuringly genial, he is much bigger, more leonine and prestidigitatoresque than photos make out. He looks more like a Brian Bolland drawing of himself than himself. Even the permanently smouldering joints on which he tokes are much fatter and longer than you'd credit — although filled from a soft, dark block of Moroccan hashish resin the size of a cigarette packet, not some discombobulating new strain of super skunk.
He only darkens during a brief but measured aside about sexual assaults in the area and the way in which a visiting comedian dealt with the theme during a recent standup routine. Then he reveals a steeliness more in keeping with his status as the only comic book writer in the world who is regularly talked of in the same terms as some of the great novelists of the late 20th Century and beyond. Part of this reputation is built on the 1986 comic series turned graphic novel Watchmen, which indelibly changed the face of its industry and produced a leap forward in process and potential equivalent to those realised by Citizen Kane. That's not bad work for a lad who was kicked out of school while a teenager for dealing acid. He was turned-on by the hip psychedelic counterculture of the late-sixties and became a performance poet in a local multi-media collective, the Arts Lab. He was also an autodidact who pursued his love for imported American comics (which at the time were so worthless they were used as ballast in trans-Atlantic ships) into writing strips for Sounds, Doctor Who Weekly and then 2000 AD. Since his big break writing Swamp Thing in 1983, he has remained at the top of his field (completely in critical terms and mainly in commercial terms; some of his most ambitious work stalled before completion with the astounding Big Numbers frustratingly only reaching two issues), and he has done so by consistently kicking against the pricks. From insisting on having strong female protagonists (The Ballad Of Halo Jones), to writing about anarchy and insurrection (V For Vendetta), to exposing the illusory nature of modern histories (From Hell), to making pornography (Lost Girls), to introducing a discourse on perceptions of reality and free will into the 'low' form of the superhero comic (Watchmen) while maintaining a fiercely unpretentious and by turns disturbing, warm, profound and, at times, hilarious tone; he has booted down numerous doors… some of which others are yet to follow him through.
accompanied by a book of photographs by Mitch Jenkins. where the streets have no names. spoken word artist. Anyone from Gillingham or Swansea will recognise its pedestrianised town centre. And then phone his granddad up live on air to tell him about it. Alan Moore: It's very civilised. Steve Moore. Stuart Braithwaite. Shooter's Hill in southeast London. Justin Broadrick. of course. mid-afternoon joker) was born in 1953 may be directly in the middle of the country. This town where Moore (also a poet. just numbers. magician. you get the sense that he's not much interested in fashion but is keenly interested in how people present themselves to the world. I'm not keen on having to go to places where you . recognisable by his long mane of hair. Zach Hill and Crook & Flail. smoker. Thirty-five years ago. I'm going to rape him. It's almost a luxury to be able to smoke indoors these days." he says. Places like Harlow. toker.As he carries on the anecdote. illustrator. distinctive beard and black goth/punk/metal clothing. he's joking. Very daring of him. which triggered off an obsession with the Greek moon goddess Selene and the arcane history of his life-long home. vacant in the face of competition from rapacious out of town retail parks. magazine publisher. but it is not Middle England. fellow comics writer and cultist. "So next time Brand comes down here. has recently come full circle. laying mercilessly into another figure. it isn't long before he returns to the subject of Northampton. just in case we are the sort to judge him unfairly on this and not on his body of work." Whatever he talks about. Steve (no relation) bought an ornamental sword for use in a magic ritual. Anyone who lives in Leith or St Helens will instinctively know this place. their core industries long since gone and replaced with an insubstantial service industry varnish. He has returned to the spirit of the Arts Lab by releasing the spoken word piece Unearthing on LP and CD along with music by Mike Patton. streets pock-marked with boarded-up units. And this work. "Wouldn't stop. which has also taken in ritual magic. even though it was fresh in everyone's mind." He gamely signals that. the worship of a Roman sock puppet deity called Glycon and a subversive underground magazine called Dodgem Logic. The piece was originally commissioned by psycho-geographer/writer Iain Sinclair for his anthology London: City Of Disappearances (2006) and concerns his friend. "A few days later we had that Russell Brand here doing stand up at the same theatre and he started doing a routine about the local rapes.
but I very seldom leave Northampton. I like to think of myself as a traditional Englishman. I venture out into town. I practically mistrust any technology that came after the buggy. He didn't look favourably on us and he pulled down our castle. There has been a great levelling. it has practically become a great pop culture icon of the times. I don't want to be connected to that all-pervasive kind of cyber culture any more than I want to be connected to the physical world that is around me. You could even be forgiven for thinking that some of these councils are actually trying to divert the life and activity away from town centres to the more profitable retail parks which are surrounding most of our conurbations nowadays. co-creator of Lost Girls]. although probably not to the same degree to which we have them here. We have the same brand names reiterated in all of our shop fronts.have to stand outside to have a smoke. just people's happiness. I can see that it may have some disadvantages. I can see a few problems arising from it. What I tend to think is that the internet is fine for everyone else in the world. and then onto late-adopters such as bands like Hard-Fi. People complain about passive smoking but they don't realise that my passive smoke has a measurable retail value. you. That certainly seems to be the case in Northampton. I smoke indoors. Cromwell turned out to be even worse than Charles I and he only lasted for 15 years before we had Charles II back on the throne.' It's this kind of sub-Orwellian theatrics that just make people more annoyed than anything else. of course. 'Pick that cigarette butt up. more than I can help it [laughs]. I'm thinking about charging people to stand next to me. All of them have the surveillance cameras. That said. as it has gone through the last two or three decades. at least in so far as the traditions of Northampton go. two decades later. AM: There are an interesting number of people turning up at protests these days dressed as V [Guy Fawkes mask-wearing protagonist of V For Vendetta]. by and large. everybody in the entire world apart from me uses the internet and seems to get on quite well with it. I know there is the Anonymous Group down the bottom of Tottenham Court Road barracking . We've got ones that talk. it now looks like a lot of other places in Britain with its pedestrianised shopping centre. but. to see that. I'm largely a solitary creature. just by nature and by my work. Do you think. They say things like. on the quiet. Is it important that not only is Northampton close to the physical centre of the UK but. It's been noted before that you successfully predicted the pervasive intrusion of CCTV cameras into all aspects of urban living as far back as 1982. Does this 'traditionalism' tie in with your mistrust of the internet? I find it slightly odd that someone who is renowned for working in speculative fiction and near-future writing isn't interested in a tool with such potential. For my part. But we have been on somebody's shit list since about 1263 and we only made matters worse by supporting Cromwell during the Civil War and making the boots for the New Model Army — for which I don't think we were even paid! And then. They don't alter crime. you're a lot more of a traditional Englishman than people might presume? AM: That depends on which English tradition you're going for. the one in the anorak. AM: I'm practically Amish when it comes down to it. In fact. We're all practically living in the same place.. and she's moved in with me. Yes.. and local family-run businesses closing down? AM: That's it. I guess you only have to look at the graffiti of figures such as Banksy and other loosely anti-capitalist aligned artists. I guess he took it to heart that 'we' had chopped his dad's head off. when you started V For Vendetta. I have relented and will open a window now. Although since I got married to Melinda [Gebbie. chain stores moving in. the same chain stores in every town.
Ha ha ha! AM: I think he removes clamps from cars and things like that. We're rubbish. 'Look. They have them in America as well. like in V For Vendetta... I think this is the same whether you have the advantage of carpet ..' because personal computers and mobile phone devices are things that only Bat Man and Mr Fantastic would have owned back in the sixties. I guess. I've come to the conclusion that what superheroes might be — in their current incarnation. but it also looks pretty fucking cool as well. right? AM: It's a pretty good look. philosophically and politically.. apparently. at least — is a symbol of American reluctance to involve themselves in any kind of conflict without massive tactical superiority. but not the comic book version. In the past I've tried to say. a good bunch of lads and lasses! But I've also seen some pictures recently from the Climate Change Summits and the anti-globalisation demos and there appears to be a growing phalanx of people wearing Guy Fawkes masks and wigs. And like in the same way serial killers would be caught with The Bible on them or a copy of John Fowles's The Collector. I've heard of urban superheroes springing up across the world. even though we are as gods. there is a common link between vigilante heroes: all these little urban superheroes have copies of Watchmen! Have you turned your back on superheroes now? AM: I'm interested in the superhero in real life. isn't it? And of course it preserves your identity. Everybody is becoming [a superhero]. I've had some distancing thoughts about them recently. that not only does it tie in morally.the scientologists [who sometimes adopt his disguise]. It's handy. We've all got this immense power and we're still sat at home watching pornography and buying scratch cards. I think the idea that we can all be superheroes if we want might still be contagious. I think there's one in London called Angle-grinder Man. we are all crappy superheroes.
Superman had a dog in a cape! He had a city in a bottle! It was wonderful stuff for a sevenyear-old boy to think about. along with yourself doing spoken word which is like performance poetry. no London. You know: people wouldn't bully me if I could turn into the Hulk. 'Sounds good to me. I was wondering how much you've come full circle and returned to your days back in the Arts Lab in the late-sixties. I've often found that if you write self-referential stories that feedback into your actual life then all sorts of weird things start to happen. The only thing I had lying round was Unearthing. The next day. because it was such a strange project to begin with. Apparently it was just because of a chalk fault that collapsed on the north side of the hill and that's what created the Thames Valley. Then Mitch Jenkins called round. it does become a work of psychogeography as well. I said. which. He used it to ask for guidance and perhaps a confirming dream. I suppose it could be argued that I'd never really gotten away from the Arts Lab. no river Thames. they represented a wellspring of the imagination. It was certainly an odd little story that was self-referential. Well. saying that he wanted to realise it as this huge book of photographs. AM: Very much so. but he told me he'd got to a point in his photography career where he was pretty much at the top of his field.bombing from altitude or if you come from the planet Krypton as a baby and have increased powers in Earth's lower gravity. starting off as a piece for an anthology put together by the pyschogeographer Iain Sinclair to how it stands now with these amazing photos and music by great musicians. To me. He was bored of getting all these commissions to re-touch the irises of the latest American TV star. but certainly over this last year I have very much returned to my roots. I had something to write about. Your latest project Unearthing has gone through a number of different stages. in 2004. And yet it's this fairly isolated little hill. The etymology of the place name? AM: Absolutely. this is a bit big and unwieldy but there might be something in there. It all really commenced with Steve Moore himself — the subject of the writing. The multi-media explosion of Unearthing rather took me by surprise. So without that. he woke up with a voice in his ear saying the word 'Endymion'. But I suspect that a lot of superheroes now are basically about the unfair fight. So we do go very thoroughly into what Shooter's Hill is. and there are lots of strange little places on it. Is Unearthing a work of psychogeography? AM: It's more of a human excavation than the excavation of a place. This started the bizarre course that Steve's life would take in many respects. right back to the basic geology of how it formed. when Iain Sinclair asked if I wanted to contribute something to his London: City Of Disappearances book.' Mitch came back in a state of excitement. so he asked if I had any pieces of text that he might be able to turn into a series of photos. That's not what superheroes meant to me when I was a kid. It began his unusual relationship with Selene. but because Steve Moore has lived his entire life in one house on top of Shooter's Hill and he currently sleeps no more than four paces from the spot where he was born. 'Look. Back in 1976 he bought a Chinese coin sword made of 108 coins all tied together and used it in this very simple magical ritual which he came up with on the spot. So. I said. he later found out. was the title of a John Keats poem. We look into the place. or at least appear to start happening. really. but it's more an excavation of Steve's peculiar life which crosses into all sorts of different areas and crosses over with my life to a certain degree. the Greek Moon Goddess. I'm always a sucker for anything that Iain suggests. I hadn't seen Mitch for years.' How did it expand from that into music? .
Steve has a new love interest. a long time ago. The piece has this ending where you describe sending the first draft of the piece to Steve and the instructions that he had to follow on opening the envelope. His brother contracted motor neurone disease just after Unearthing had come out and a couple of weeks ago Steve finally buried his ashes in the back garden. And. this was a different world. I basically began stalking him and wrote him a couple of letters and we began a correspondence that has lasted for years. And in one of the fanzines that came in my introductory package there was an actual address for Steve Moore. Sunny Steve Moore. I was there with a number of the characters from the story. It would have been around 1967. AM: He first read it exactly as it's described in Unearthing itself. Unearthing itself was a big part of that in that there were people Steve had known for decades. so I would have been 13 and I was a comic fan. he's completely ruined my life! . for the first time with him. Well. I came to this studio and recorded the various passages which the music was then composed around. or listen to it. When I decided to move from being a cartoonist to being a writer. I was probably too young to attend that.. They used to re-print black and white versions of the American Marvel titles. The thwarted love interest in the story read it and she was quite upset by it at first. which were mainly published by Odhams. yes. And I would also buy the very few interesting British comics that were around then. this will eventually lead to a sequel. And there was an announcement in one of the issues of Fantastic that their new tea boy. and he did.. as I'd already described in my creepy selfreferential story. Now. who did not know how very. which sounded fantastic. but their relationship and their friendship recovered and became a lot stronger and healthier because of it. In many ways. I sent it to him in an envelope with the ending already written that was actually telling him to go out for a walk around this neighbourhood. He said he felt very weird. you would. When I was starting out he was an invaluable help. which meant that I paid some money and got all the literature. it was Steve who read through my early scripts and told me to lose half the words and gave me a lot of pointers on how to do it. Every Saturday I'd go out and buy all of the Marvel or DC comics that had been shipped over from the States as ballast.AM: Mitch said he'd been talking to the people at Lex records and they suggested all these wonderful musicians. He went all the way round to the burial ground and stood with his back to it.. Would it be right to say that he's your best friend and he's been crucial to your career in a lot of ways? How did you first meet him? AM: Oh yeah. I have told Steve that I want to write a story called Earthing. You read it. very strange he is. but I became an associate member. And then later it was him who inspired me to become a practising magician. Well. wouldn't you!? AM: He did actually feel a shudder run through him when he was standing with his back to the burial ground and since then his life has changed drastically. had got together with some friends and had put on the first UK comic convention. and lived with in the case of his brother..
you've been associated with David J of Bauhaus and have even released records yourself. A bit more paranoid. as your mind could change.This isn't the first musical project you've done. it made me realise that actually reality was a state of mind and that. I am a huge exponent of psychedelic culture. so I tended to gravitate towards writing and drawing. In the past. I suppose that a lot of my work since then has been soldiering on with the same basic agenda. I saw a quality of hallucination that was only like that for a few years. The experience had become more crystalline and hard-edged. AM: Yeah. All of these names have a very psych rock feel to them. But it didn't mean that I liked everything — far from it. As much as this could either be a cliché or a truism: to what extent do you feel that taking LSD as a teenager acted as a catalyst or a key as it were? AM: Of course you can never say what would have happened if it had gone otherwise. a few years later — I'm sure that the acid was exactly the same — it was the landscape that had changed. then with [cult Northampton psych musician] Mr Liquorice of The Mystery Guests and then The Emperors of Ice Cream. yes. There was a time when I thought I might be a superstar poet. and I also think I realised that my perceptions about art and writing and music when I was in those sorts of states were wonderful. so could your reality. Very much like a Martin Sharp [of _Oz_ magazine] illustration. When I first took acid. Then I thought 'rock star'. I don't care whether it's fashionable or not but the ethos that was around [in the late-sixties] was an incredibly productive and benign one. I would say that it had a tremendous impact on my life. That just seemed to be the easy way in although. This was something that would have a big influence on my later thinking. then I realised that was an oxymoron and that would never happen. But then. yeah. I have been involved with various musical projects — The Sinister Ducks. It was very liquid and drifting. I . Is there any sense in which you are a frustrated rock star? AM: Well. yes. I mean. until I realised that I couldn't play an instrument. back in the Arts Lab days all I wanted to do was to be able to support myself through being creative. But.
. And for some of them a chasm opened up between their desire and their circumstances that they fell into and didn't get back out of. It used to be a fashion statement. I don't know. as you say. Did you ever see the really bad side of acid? I don't just mean feeling a bit weird or paranoid. whatever it was. Now. I'd already done 50 or 60 trips in a year up to that point and I was probably starting to have some strange ideas. So. there hasn't been a more sophisticated comic released in the 25 years since. You're proud of your status as a hipster. Initially Watchmen gained a lot of its readership because it was taking an unusual look at superheroes. why haven't people flooded into the room? AM: Er. I laid off the acid around the time that I got expelled from school. but I would enjoy the piece of art. that's probably true. But after the weekend was over.. and it's given me a pretty comprehensive education.. much stronger and more profound. but actually it was more about redefining comics than it was about redefining one particular genre. which I find profoundly . I learned it myself. which was wanting to be hip.. that was the eye-opener. Do you still take acid? AM: I take magic mushrooms. I suddenly realised that the combination made the magic work and made the drug much. I think both me and Dave Gibbons [artist] had a lot of knowledge about that scene and we were able to take it and change it around to our advantage. on a much more profound and glowing level. There just doesn't seem to be any point in doing it otherwise. And indeed some of them will have done courses on my books. they would have to go back to the council estates that they were trying to escape from. And since then I've only taken mushrooms in ritual circumstances. that's an elegant formula and I'm sure that an awful lot of art in the history of the world has been created in this way. 'Yeah.became quite critically acute. In the West. mysticism. well. I thought. science fiction. I guess if there's one thing that pushed your career forward more than any other thing then it was the 12 Watchmen comics.' I'm sure that's what Wilkie Collins was doing and I'm sure that's what Samuel Taylor Coleridge was doing. It was a watershed in how people looked at comics in general and shifted them into becoming acceptable for adults to read them (as long as they were referred to as graphic novels. it's always going to be in the context of getting out of your head. well. of course). So I think I probably resolved to try and write or draw or create for people in the same kind of condition as I probably was when I'd created those words. I could probably hold my own intellectually with most people who have had university or college educations. Now I am an autodidact. but I did have plenty of bad trips. I would find out about these movements that I had heard about. and that led me to read this incredibly diverse array of books on science. But this was only ever recreational. literature. And.. which is a great word. pejorative term now? AM: Has it? Yeah. despite the fact my 'education' ended at 16. Say in the case of eighties' rave culture… you would get kids going to raves and having a blissful experience — an experience of satori [Buddhist term for enlightenment]. but having the full-blown simulacra of paranoid schizophrenia? AM: Not quite that bad. It's a bit like Jason Spaceman and Sonic Boom from Spacemen 3 back in the day when they wrote 'Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To'. The first time I combined them with a rudimentary magical ritual. art. I had hipsterism. I got an incredible education starting from the point at which I was thrown out of school.. Do you regret the way it's become a disparaging. They were still there. but it was information as a fashion statement which is probably going to do you more good than the clothing you wear. But if Watchmen kicked these particular doors off their hinges.
We were thinking. 'Are we doing something new with the storytelling? Are we doing something that hasn't been seen before?' You talked about the link between drugs and environment and culture before. absolutely. In every issue. there was a new way of telling a story. you know. We got the balloon from the news vendor. Whereas the brutality of From Hell or the sexuality of Lost Girls might be taking people into areas which they're not comfortable with. It wasn't necessarily planned at the time. because it was intended to be something that expanded the possibilities of comics rather than what it has apparently become — a massive psychological stumbling block that the rest of the industry has yet to find a way round. we did that complicated thing with Dr Manhattan where we were slicing up time and rearranging it to achieve a kind of specific effect. This is good. at least the superhero thing is accessible to a wide variety of people. It did codify a lot of things. The radiation sign was being screwed onto the wall on the other side of the street and they were all in this dance together. We just intended to do a really good superhero book and then when we got to issue three.. We can take this further. I think we got to issue three and. it's just that they're not in as mainstream a genre as superheroes. You know. apparently not! But. there were all these things coming together. Things like From Hell or Lost Girls are in some ways as complex and as subtle as Watchmen. AM: Yeah. When originally reading Watchmen in comic form. And then we thought. on the first page. In the mid-eighties.. And then we made the issue that was entirely symmetrical. I would have thought that sex would have been a more mainstream preoccupation than superheroes but. was it serendipity that you chose to use the smiley badge on the front cover of the comics just before it was adopted wholesale by acid house fans? AM: That was just one of the many strange little coincidences that seemed to happen. I got the impression that the plot was being written as it went along.' And so with the next issue. 'This is new. . we suddenly realised that we potentially had something much bigger on our hands. Making all the scenes mirror each other from front to back. AM: Well. We got the captions from the pirate comic [within the comic]. yeah.depressing. we were trying to push it a bit further.
which I don't think had been depicted previously. They were nice people. little coincidences like that haunt your life. Tim Simenon from Bomb The Bass put a splash of jelly across one of the eyes in homage. One of the academics at this conference was saying that he was working on a book which was about Watchmen as a post-9/11 text. But I can remember walking through town wearing an old Watchmen T-shirt with the sleeves ripped off and somebody shouting 'Aciiieeeeeeed!' at me from the other side of the street! Which was a pleasant and engaging experience! Working as a writer. you do find that a lot of odd.. I mean. Two of them.. One of my friends over there.When Watchmen came out. It might be entirely in my head. but it seems significant. So I went down with Melinda. said that they were just waiting for the authorities to find a giant alien sticking half way out of a wall. even in science fiction terms it was perhaps unimaginable! Yes. one of the reasons I got into magic was because you start to notice this feedback between the writing and real life. 2001 and he was asking them if they were alright and what it had been like.. It was academics coming from all over the world to talk about me and my work. there was a conference last weekend in Northampton called Magus. Ha ha ha.. fucking hell! AM: There was that atmosphere of a cataclysmic event happening in New York. said he'd been talking to some people on Ground Zero on September 12. I can see what he means to a degree. Like 984 people like this. independently of each other. . Bob Morales.
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it really sells the other great comics writers short. Reply to this Admin Justin Jul 13. Reply to this Admin John Doran Jul 13. and that's just limiting the field to a single episode of The Simpsons. as always. . Looking forward to Unearthing rather a lot. 2010 5:08pm Is he wearing a Brat Pack shirt in that picture? Reply to this Admin Thermidor Jul 13. 2010 12:14pm Alan Moore interviews are the best interviews. Reply to this Admin Stephen Michael Mallaghan Jul 13. but when people use hyperbole like "the only comic book writer in the world who is regularly talked of in the same terms as some of the great novelists of the late 20th Century and beyond". 2010 9:03pm In reply to Thad: Thad: I'm a fan of those guys but I was referring specifically to a New York Times list of top 100 novels of the 20th Century which features Watchmen. 2010 8:45pm I like Moore as much as the next guy. Thanks Mr.he makes me think (which is a good thing!).Priest: A Quietus Interview With Alan Moore' Leave Comment » Rich M Jul 12. what an inspiration. 2010 8:11pm Incredibly engaging. Moore :) Reply to this Admin Thad Jul 13. Dan Clowes and Art Spiegelman match that description too. 2010 1:02pm always interesting to hear what alan has to say -. Reply to this Admin Suzy Jul 13. 2010 4:34pm As illuminated as ever.
Reply to this Admin josh p Jul 14. but to say lit snobs ONLY acknowledge Alan Moore is just silly. a quick Google search for "literature spiegelman" turns up FOUR PAGES of articles on the guy at the New York Times -. something that can't be said for Ghost World or Maus. Ah. 2010 3:11am I remember thinking that cell phones would finally make the world more like STAR TREK...but that's kind of the way it is. I'm not. Reply to this Admin Todd Haney Jul 14. as I've said repeatedly. deserves as much rep but the fact remains that Watchmen is THE revered graphic novel when it comes to literary types. Hell. Very likeable bloke. for example. 2010 9:52am God Bless Alan Moore Reply to this Admin Geraint Williams Jul 14.Personally I think Maus. Reply to this Admin John Doran Jul 14. Maus won a Pulitzer. A search for "literature clowes" shows a link to tickets to a talk he recently gave at Harvard...it's not like they ignore him. but it just became another way for people to get into auto accidents. I'm in complete agreement with you but the actual situation speaks for itself. it was and is a cultural phenomenon. .and I don't . 2010 4:25pm In reply to Thad: Hi Thad. try the same google search with Alan Moore and compare the number of hits. Everyone knows what Watchmen is.. 2010 3:51pm In reply to John Doran: @John Doran: The New York Times list of top 100 novels of the 20th Century is a rather arbitrary place to draw the line. Reply to this Admin Thad Jul 14. Someone who should have been talked about this way as well perhaps is Harvey Pekar RIP. well. I'll certainly grant that the comics world doesn't always get the fair shake it deserves from the literary establishment.. Like I say. 2010 11:01am Enjoyed that immensely. You may not agree . as well as numerous college lit curricula that include Ghost World. any chance we'll ever see a re-release of THE BIRTH CAUL and THE MOON AND SERPENT EGYPTIAN GRAND THEATRE OF MARVELS CDs? One lives in hope. On another note.
.wordpress..making a qualitative judgement.. maybe it's different. Id sooner think of" preacher" and "maus" Reply to this Admin Xavier Nov 29.. Watchmen runs a close second to Sandman. other great novels have continued the tradition. 2010 12:34pm alan moore has helped make the graphic novels a profound and insightful medium.com Reply to this Admin neil Jul 26.a superhero webcomic in prose http://wereviking... 2010 3:27pm Yo Reply to this Admin Al Hutchins Aug 11. 2010 8:10am you are what you believe that is the message he transmits Reply to this Admin Donald Feb 5. 2010 10:56pm Fascinating stuff ! Reply to this Admin Tim Walker Aug 18. unfortunately id have to say "ghost world" is not one i consider insightful (but each to there own. 2011 12:42am In reply to John Doran: On Fridays. It's just the way it is.. 2010 1:49pm Splendid! W Zephyr -. On Saturdays. Reply to this Admin Wereviking Jul 17... Reply to this Admin .
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