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BARRY KAVANAGH: The character Evey says about [...] V, 'Whoever you are isn’t as big as the idea of you' [...] So, it was like the real battle was between ideas, almost as if all the physical violence was incidental.

ALAN MOORE: When we started to do
V, the entirety of the original idea was that we would have a dark, romantic, noirish adventurer [...] and yeah, somewhere out of this we realized we were doing something about the contrast between anarchy and fascism, that there were lots of moral questions being asked and that yes, it was very much centred upon the world of ideas as being in some ways more important than the material world, which is I think a notion which has probably born fruit recently in other areas of my work.
--The Alan Moore Interview: V for Vendetta, Blather.net, Oct. 17, 2000.

'There isn't time for fear, for me or anyone.' )
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"[P]olitically I'm an anarchist; at the same time I didn't want to stick to just moral blacks and whites. I wanted a number of the fascists I portrayed to be real rounded characters. They've got reasons for what they do. They're not necessarily cartoon Nazis. Some of them believe in what they do, some don't believe in it but are doing it anyway for practical reasons. As for [...] V himself, he is for the first two or three episodes cheerfully going around murdering people, and the audience is loving it [...] At which point I decided that that wasn't what I wanted to say. I actually don't think it's right to kill people. So I made it very, very morally ambiguous. And the central question is, is this guy right? Or is he mad? What do you, the reader, think about this? Which struck me as a properly anarchist solution. I didn't want to tell people what to think, I just wanted to tell people to think."
--Alan Moore, The Beat interview, March 15, 2006

Warning for racism, homophobia and graphic descriptions of crimes against humanity.

'We deserve to be culled. We deserve it...' )
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"I was talking earlier — about anarchy and fascism being the two poles of politics. On one hand you’ve got fascism, with the bound bundle of twigs, the idea that in unity and uniformity there is strength; on the other you have anarchy [...] where the individual determines his or her own life. Now if you move that into the spiritual domain, then in religion, I find very much the spiritual equivalent of fascism. The word "religion" comes from the root word ligare [...] and basically means "bound together in one belief." It’s basically the same as the idea behind fascism; there’s not even necessarily a spiritual component it. Everything from the Republican Party to the Girl Guides could be seen as a religion, in that they are bound together in one belief. So to me, like I said, religion becomes very much the spiritual equivalent of fascism. And by the same token, magic becomes the spiritual equivalent of anarchy, in that it is purely about self-determination, with the magician simply a human being writ large, and in more dramatic terms, standing at the center of his or her own universe. Which I think is a kind of a spiritual statement of the basic anarchist position."
-- Alan Moore, in Margaret Killjoy, Mythmakers & Lawbreakers (2009).

Warning for misogynistic slurs and child abuse.

'The flames of freedom. How lovely. How just.' )
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'When I wrote "V," politics were taking a serious turn for the worse over here. We'd had Margaret Thatcher in for two or three years, we'd had anti-Thatcher riots, we'd got the National Front and the right wing making serious advances. "V for Vendetta" was specifically about things like fascism and anarchy. Those words, "fascism" and "anarchy," occur nowhere in the film. It's been turned into a Bush-era parable by people too timid to set a political satire in their own country [...] It's a thwarted and frustrated and perhaps largely impotent American liberal fantasy of someone with American liberal values [standing up] against a state run by neo-conservatives — which is not what "V for Vendetta" was about. It was about fascism, it was about anarchy, it was about [England] [...] So perhaps it would have been better for everybody if [the Wachowskis] had done something set in America, and instead of a hero who dresses up as Guy Fawkes, they could have had him dressed as Paul Revere.'
--Alan Moore, MTV.com interview, 2006

Warning for racism, homophobia and sexual assault.

'Everybody is special. EVERYBODY.' )

The Mule

Oct. 2nd, 2017 09:48 pm
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For my first Hallowe'en post of the month, a story from the Vertigo anthology Flinch. I chose it for its mix of psychological and supernatural horror.

'It was the shape of the stitches that scared me the most.' )
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Right about now, I'm at exactly the right age to start pursuing all the Classics in comic-book history in hopes that I'll become better at winning arguments with other comic book nerds on the Internet. And when it comes to the Classics, there's only one name for someone as myopic as me: Alan Moore.

Sure, Moore's star has faded for many fans today, but his mastery over dialogue, pacing, and plotting alike still leaves roughly 80% of comic-book creators today in the dust, and I've never read more than a fraction of his work. No time like the present to fix that.

And since I'm an obsessive little bastard, I insist on poring over (almost) every little bit of Mr. Moore's extensive bibliography, starting from the very beginning. I'd originally planned on doing this series in strict chronological order, but I quickly realized that that wouldn't quite work, so I'm doing it by franchise instead - though still in rough chronological order. And because all reading and no discussion makes Lego go crazy, I invite all of you well-read S_D'ers to come read along with me.

We'll be beginning with his five backup strips for Doctor Who, a series that I know and cherish well, as is mandatory of every geek on the Internet. Seriously, it's about a space cop who goes flying around in a phone booth fighting the Borg, right? Right?

Behind the cut: my first real contact with Doctor Who. Thanks, Alan! )
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Some of the very, very best artwork David Lloyd has ever done, and a chilling story. In the real world.

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While I've tried to cover some of the breadth of the UK comics industry circa 1983 in my previous posts, many US fans think of a handful of creators when they say "British comics." And I know a few of you have been anxiously awaiting a post that would include one of them. Handily, the first three stories in "Warrior" #10 were all written by Alan Moore.



Alan Moore, Alan Moore, riding through the glen )

Next time: Three more stories, not by Alan Moore.

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character: Miracleman/Mickey Moran
creator: Alan Davis
creator: Alan Moore
creator: David Lloyd
creator: Garry Leach
medium: British comics
publisher: Quality Communications
title: Miracleman
title: V For Vendetta
title: Warpsmith
title: Warrior
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In solidarity with and support for the people of Iran, a moment of melodramatic liberation from Moore & Lloyd: the climax to V For Vendetta that the makers of the film didn't think was good enough.
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The Essence of V FOR VENDETTA's Adam Susan and V. And for that matter, totalitarianism vs. anarchy.

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