Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Alan Moore interview

Alan Moore is a British writer who is known for such successes as Watchman, V for Vendetta, among other comics, which were optioned into movies.  In 1984 he began writing for DC's Saga of the Swamp Thing, which is where I initially started reading him.  It's a wonderful run if you enjoy macabre, horror comics.  The art on it is exceptional too.  The disturbing gothic tone of storytelling and also treading the thin line of comic book censorship during the 80's (which seems a bit silly now many years later) set it apart from most comics on the shelf at the time.

The success of Swamp Thing led directly to Watchman, illustrated by Dave Gibbons, is a superhero tale set against a doom-laden holocaust fomented on the inside from one of their own members.  I'll admit that it does resemble some of the plot from one of the old Twilight Zone episodes, Architects of Fear, but Watchmen, like most of Moore's output, is densely layered, ambitious, and greater than the sum of its parts.

He gone own to create other works, but prefers doing things by his own terms and pursuing his own interest as well.  Here's a recent interview.  Scroll down the page to read it. 


At 10:27 PM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

Authors/musicians/artists traditionally were concerned with creating a "body of work" rather than just a singular success or two. In a day when we tend to pluck just the highlights (how many people listen to a whole album nowadays rather than just the trending 99 cent single for download?), it's good sometimes to step back and look at the larger pile.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

I don't know Richard, not having any youngsters around to view younger trends, but you're probably right. I think there are a lot of distractions these days, from movies, to gaming, to books, etc.

I was talking to a friend about what media provided the best bang for the buck as far as longevity, and we both thought gaming might yield the best bargain.

At 7:42 PM, Blogger Drew said...

I've read lots of Alan Moore's comic work over the years...he seems like a very strange person but his work is for the most part fantastic. He certainly was one of the people (among others) responsible for lifting comics to an even more mature art form in the 1980s and 90s.

At 6:02 PM, Blogger El Vox said...

I agree Drew. I can't ever figure out if Moore believes half the crap he talks about as far as that magic stuff goes or he's just blowing bubbles. He's hard to second guess, but at the same time he strikes me as someone with integrity and intelligence, so I cut him some slack, plus I really have enjoyed some of his work in the past. But either way, he's had several of his works turned into movies, and I'm pretty sure that paid him a pretty penny.


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