More on Moore

Enormous and highly interesting transcript of an interview with comic book/graphic novel writer Alan Moore. I'm about 1/3rd through it. Some pretty massive spoilers for Watchmen, Lost Girls and V for Vendetta, so far. I'm guessing probably a lot of other pieces.

Moore is crazy in a really interesting way. He has an advanced and completely off-the-wall cosmology and worldview (it revolves around the idea of language as a sort of magic putting you in touch with a Platonic shared "idea space" which humans tap into, where life-forms are just condensed ideas in some sense) which is completely fictional - something he would be the first to admit - but still works and enables him to function in the world and be prolifically creative and artistically successful. It seems to function as an understanding of the world, despite leading to some very poor fashion choices. In my book, that's not just as good as being true, it's the same thing.

Anyway, his philosophy is expounded on at great length in the Promethea series which I should warn you is only for the specially interested, but also does some things with the comic book form that are astounding. The short version can be found in this immense and very interesting interview.


Blogger Mikkel said...

It never ceases to amaze me how the author of arguably the best graphic novel in the short history of graphic novels is also the author of indisputably the saddest attempt at illustrated pornography in the far longer history of illustrated pornography.

"So me and my girlfriend decided that I wanted to use my good name and godgiven talent to help her publish her soft watercolour erotica, because we both think mainstream pornography is just too dirty and amoral."

Because that's what the world needs: Inoffensive, politically correct "erotica" that seems to be aimed at prepubescent British girls, or maybe people who are generally so afraid of sex they need to buy badly drawn comic books which would never in a million years arouse anyone.


July 31, 2008 12:14 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

I can't really say I have a hard and throbbing opinion about Lost Girls, but politically correct it most certainly is not, what with the positively-portrayed incest and all.

August 06, 2008 6:57 pm  

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