Alan Moore

“There’s one at every convention or comic mart or work-in or signing, always one nervous and naive young novice who, during a lull in the question-and-answers session will raise one fluttering hand aloft and enquire, tremulously, “where do you get your ideas from?” And do you know what we do? We sneer. We lampoon and ridicule the sniveling little oaf before his peers, we degrade and humiliate him utterly and rend him into bloodied slivers with our implacable and caustic wit. We imply that even to have voiced such a question places him irretrievably in the same intellectual category as the common pencil-sharpener. Then, when we’ve wrung every sadistic laugh out of this pitiful little blot, we have the bailiffs take him outside and work him over. No, I know it isn’t nice. But all the same, it’s something that we have to do.

The reason why we have to do it is pretty straightforward. Firstly, in the dismal and confused sludge of opinion and half-truth that make up all artistic theory and criticism, it is the only question worth asking. Secondly, we don’t know the answer and we’re scared that somebody will find out.”

– Alan Moore
(transcribed from an article in Warrior #17)

It is with little doubt that Alan Moore pushed the boundaries of the comic book medium. The shaggy-haired magician started out as an artist but concluded his art was sub par and decided to try his hand at writing.

He contributed to British fares like 2000 AD and Warrior. It was under the latter’s imprint that Moore won a British Eagle Award for Best Comic Book Writer in 1982 and 1983 for Marvelman and V for Vendetta, respectively.

He was soon hired by DC Comics and retooled Swamp Thing; wrote the definitive Joker story, The Killing Joke and transcended the comic book structure with Watchmen, the only graphic novel that won the Hugo Award.

A vociferous raconteur, Moore refuses to have his name associated with movies adapted from his work and has divorced himself from the movie industry since.

Moore still lives in Northampton, England and will probably die there as well.


~ by croatoa on May 25, 2007.

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