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It turns out he comes from a Lord of the Rings, hobbit-infested fantasy world that is a composite of every drippy fantasy story you've ever read. It's got elves, unicorns, questing heroes. It does for the fantasy genre what Neopolis does for the super-hero genre. -- Alan Moore

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I wanted something that was plain and old-fashioned and thought it would be funny to call something America's Best Comics. If it turned out to be crappy, then I could claim that it was ironic. It was a fallback position, a post-modern joke. -- Alan Moore

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What's best about the better American cop shows is the fact they can focus on life in a big city upon a completely street level, gritty area of focus. That aspect would be lost if all the cops in the precinct are having to shoot out and battle Galactus or somebody. So then it occurred to me that if I made everybody in the city a superhero or a junior partner or a super-pet or a villain or a comic character-related-person in some way, that then it would be quite fantastic. Because if everybody in the city was a super-hero, the super-hero will kind of become invisible. -- Alan Moore

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"It struck me the other day, we mention a bar in Neopolis, Captain Billy's. I used that name before in the Pictopia story that I did with Don Simpson, some time back, in a benefit book for Fantagraphics. It was a story about a town that was in essence the comics industry, and was in danger of having the original inhabitants kind of cleared out, to make room for a swamp of new super heroes. It was a melancholy picture of the comics industry as I saw it at the time. The fact that the same barroom is used in both stories, made me wonder if Neopolis was what was eventually built over the town depicted in Pictopia." - Alan Moore

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"Whereas traditionally comic readers will tend to remember characters according to there powers or costume, I'd almost like it better in Top 10 if the powers where second most important. I want the personalities rather than the powers to be what people are remembering." - Alan Moore

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"If every bag lady, shop owner, drug dealer were super powered costumed characters, you'd have strange things happening all the time. The dynamics of a normal super-hero comic, where the heroes were the center of attention would disappear, and superheroes would become mundane. That idea led to some incredible twists of the narrative and dialoge. I'm having a lot of fun with it, it's amazing how a simple twist of the idea can suddenly open up all these new possibilities." - Alan Moore

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"There's the possibility for grimness, but the fact that all of these people are wearing ridiculous costumes with stupid powers and are working in dead end jobs, I don't think that the atmosphere gets too grim at all. In the first issue, there are little glimpses of Capt. Barbecue, who works in the canteen and cooks all of the hot dogs with his laser vision, which if you think about it, what else would laser vision be good for? You'd have to get a job welding cars or as a short order chef. There's lots of room for background details like that that make it quite funny." - Alan Moore

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"I had written down the phrase 'Top 10,' a while back, and at the time, I was probably thinking of a more conventional Top 10 in the sense of the Fantastic Four - a group of 10 superheroes rather than what the idea actually turned out to be. I was thinking about super hero teams and how everybody likes team books apart from the fact that they are seldom much good." - Alan Moore

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"Alan Moore was too sick to write much Top 10 for me, so he wrote one page of script of Peregrine getting ready for work while listening to the news. The second page was a top down shot of Peregrine leaving her flying mansion, looking directly down on all of Neopolis. Every inch of the page had to be covered with cityscape. It took me four days working all out to get this finished. By then he’d recovered and had to figure out the rest of the story." - Gene Ha, on this issue

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"I hadn't thought about [any similarity] until you mentioned it; now I'm completely terrified. If people feel it's like Astro City, then it's going to feel like Astro City, but they are very different ideas. They both feature a city that has a lot of superheroes in it, like from what I know of Astro City, Kurt Busiek has created a city that perhaps is like a more populous version of Metropolis. It's a normal city which has a higher than average rate of costumed crime fighters. Top 10 has a different feel - the book is about the sheer ridiculousness of having nobody but super heroes. There are no normal characters in Top 10 at all, so I don't see why they should be compared other than they both feature a city." - Alan Moore

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"With the ABC books I was trying to do comics that would have perhaps appealed to an intelligent 13-year-old, such as I'd been, and would still satisfy the contemporary readership of 40-year-old men who probably should know better." - Alan Moore

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"When I found myself working, even remotely, under the auspices of DC [after the Wildstorm purchase], I had very different intentions. Well, maybe they were the same intentions: to do progressive comics that adults could enjoy. But by then I'd become very tired of the wave of grimness that seemed to have been unleashed by Watchmen. When I was working upon the ABC books, I wanted to show different ways that mainstream comics could viably have gone, that they didn't have to follow Watchmen and the other 1980s books down this relentlessly dark route." - Alan Moore

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♫I’m tired of trampling Tokyo. No interest remains
In eating cars or tearing down the elevated trains
And I long for Monster Island
In the late Cretaceous silence
Where every night between the perfect stars
The tiny twins hold hands and sing
While Mothra play guitar.

I’m bored to death when my every breath sets the boulevard on fire
I’m saving my residuals and I’m planning to retire
Far away on Monster Island
In the radioactive twilight
Sipping X-rays underneath a cocktail sky
Where the surf booms like Hiroshima
And the fishes really fly.

Me and Robert Oppenheimer, we shared a drink the other night
I told him, Bob, if you quit your job, or if things aren’t going right
Come with me to Monster Island
Where the palm trees gleam like pylons
Where the luminous lagoon night never ends
And all my monster friends
Are singing Gojira! Gojira! Go!
And I’m so tired of trampling Tokyo.♫

- Alan Moore

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"I had been thinking about why superhero team-up comics almost never work, and I think it is because you have to set your team against ever-escalating menaces. And I had been thinking about the ensemble in cop shows." - Alan Moore

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"I remember being a kid in the early 60s. And Batman got a computer. He put in facts and got punch type. Mr. Fantastic, Man from Uncle, all these superheroes got computers. It was part of their super powers. Now everyone has computers. And soon we’ll all be hovering, if forecasts are to be believed. Compared to where we were in 1960, we are all super heroes now, and we still can’t solve our problems. We still have disasters even though we can sum up more computing power than even Isaac Asimov imagined. That’s the appeal of Top 10. It’s a fantastic city full of unbelievable people, what a modern urban city feels like." - Alan Moore

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Top 10 #1

Feb. 6th, 2018 10:06 am
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"I was a big fan of Homicide and NYPD Blue. And I was thinking about superhero groups, why they don’t work. But Steven Bocho seems to be able to handle huge casts of characters very well. So I was thinking it through. Why don’t groups work? Hill Street Blues works. So what if you could have a superhero cop book – at that point the light came on. It can be really funny and you can talk about stuff you can't talk about in super hero books." - Alan Moore

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This is from the America's Best Comics Top 10 prequel, The Forty-Niners by Alan Moore and Gene Ha. The story concerns the early days of Neopolis, the superhero-only city that was founded after World War II. One of the major subplots involves Steve Trainor, the young aviation hero known as Jetlad (think Airboy) and his growing awareness that he's attracted to Wulf of the Skysharks (think Hendrickson of the Blackhawks). This scene takes place at the end of the story, after Steve has helped save the city from Sharkey, the PTSD-afflicted former head of the Skysharks who had attempted a military takeover of the city.

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