Watchmen Babies in… V For Vacation

•August 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

When not writing extended meditations on magic or creating pornography from his collected dirty thoughts, Alan likes nothing more than providing voices for syndicated cartoon strips. Here’s his recent stint on popular satirical cartoon The Simpsons

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Watchmen: Jukebox Jury

•July 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment

John Coulthart’s site is a veritable treasure trove of Alan Moore related articles. Here’s a great ’round-table’ debate about Watchmen with Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and some assembled nerds from the esteemed Fantasy Advertiser.

from John Coulthart's site

from John Coulthart's site

Watchmen Debate

On the same site there is a great little interview from Richard Norris (remember The Grid?) which he published in his fanzine Strange Things.

Strange Things

I’d highly recommend John Coulthart’s site. He often digs out some lovely pop culture and does some great articles on some of the more esoteric art connections in rock music. Here, Pilgrim!

Telegraph It To Me!

•July 19, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Nice interview from last year with Moorey from the Telegraph.

This Is Information

•July 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Here’s an adaptation of Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s This Is Information which was written for a 9/11 tribute book released by Dark Horse. Unfortunately, there are no images of Superman squeezing out a kryptonite tear or Captain America hiding his face behind his shield in silent disgust.

Quite a nice adaptation (even if they spell entropy wrong), although verges a little close to Baz Luhrmann’s trite Everybody Must Wear Sunscreen.

For The Record…

•July 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

In a seemingly continual campaign to rankle Alan Moore, DC have decided to forgo the inclusion of a promised vinyl record in the up-coming League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier Absolute Edition. The rumour is that a featured song is a little too close to comfort in terms of copyright to another more famous song. Strangely, this has never affected Sony’s thinking when releasing second-rate Beatle knock-offs by Oasis.

How the Absolute Edition of Black Dossier will differ from the standard edition (given that the 3D glasses and Tijuana Bible were included) is not known. Maybe they will pull the stops out on the cardboard slipcase to justify the hike in price and prestige.

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.3: Century Part.1: What Keeps Mankind Alive

•July 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment
Cover image from Century Vol.1

Cover image from Century Vol.1

Wonderful news! Here is the cover to the next thrilling installment to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Due in April 2009 (although anyone who remembers the protracted wait for Black Dossier will perhaps not be holding their breath) by Top Shelf Publications. The first part of a trilogy that follows the league from 1910, through to the lysergic 1968, culminating in a ‘terrifying’ conclusion in 2008.

Moore has revealed that the style and pacing of the comic will be markedly different to the other volumes, citing the removal of pressure from mainstream publishers (previous League incarnations were on the Warner/DC owned ABC/Wildstorm imprint).

Moore states ‘…while we were working within the confines of mainstream comics, we were perhaps unconsciously following the basic formulae of mainstream comics. There’s sort of an overall ethos in comics, in boys’ adventure fiction, that you must keep the action moving, which is not really the standards of serious drama or literature. So for this third volume of League, we’re pacing it differently. It’s got a lot more depth and resonance, a lot more drama for the money. And I think that the payoff of this first volume is that it will be frightening enough to make the reader forget the slower pace of its opening pages.’

Increasingly, with previous chapters of League (especially Black Dossier), Moore has included more adult themes which tended to make his former paymaster publishers squirm uncomfortably in their seats.

Moore has also revealed titbits of information regarding the subsequent chapters of Century. The second chapter, titled Paint It Black, appears to have a flavour of Nic Roeg’s Performance (wonderful sixties curiosity featuring Mick Jagger and Edward Fox) and reference rock music’s dalliance with the ‘Age of Aquarius’, LSD and a cast of characters from many strands of sixties related fiction. The birth of the Moonchild is promised!

Details on the third and final chapter of Century are sketchy as of yet but promises a raging nuclear-armed terrorist (from a infamous nautical family) and the rise to power of a terrible ‘magical child’ . Unfortunately, there appears to be no members of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen around to counter the threat.

Each issue is 72 pages long and is a self contained story to ‘…thus relieve readers from any kind of painful cliffhanger between issues’. However there is an over-aching plotline that connects the issues.

a page from Century

a page from Century

What Keeps Mankind Alive is set against a backdrop of London, 1910, twelve years after the failed Martian invasion and nine years since England put a man upon the moon. With Halley’s Comet passing overhead, the nation prepares for the coronation of King George V, and far away on his South Atlantic Island, the science-pirate Captain Nemo is dying. In the bowels of the British Museum, Carnacki the ghost-finder is plagued by visions of a shadowy occult order who are attempting to create something called a Moonchild, while on London’s dockside the most notorious serial murderer of the previous century has returned to carry on his grisly trade. Working for Mycroft Holmes’ British Intelligence alongside a rejuvenated Allan Quartermain, the reformed thief Anthony Raffles and the eternal warrior Orlando, Miss Murray is drawn into a brutal opera acted out upon the waterfront by players that include the furiously angry Pirate Jenny and the charismatic butcher known as Mack the Knife. Actually Chapter One revolves around the song Pirate Jenny (Seer√§uberjenny) from Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera. Characters in this chapter will burst into song at various points in the narrative. Moore has written new lyrics for Mack the Knife, Pirate Jenny, What Keeps Mankind Alive and Mack’s Plea From The Gallows. (from wikipedia)

Alan Moore Digs The Wire!

•July 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

In a recent interview with pop culture website Entertainment Weekly, Alan reveals his all consuming passion for HBO’s The Wire, hinting that if the conditions were favourable, he’d write his own TV show. He also adds to his continuing grumble over the Hollywood mauling of his funny books, especially the imminent Watchmen Movie.

For the rest of the interview read here