Posts Tagged ‘Alan Moore’

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Alan Moore gets almost nothing but bad reports and updates from pop culture media and blogs these days, and understandably so. Moore has done nothing but tear DC and Marvel new ones, criticizing how they treat their creators and characters. Amongst all of the hate, there seems to follow an acknowledgment, which states in one form or another – “Alan Moore did great things for comics, BUT…” I do the same thing because we all want to make sure we give credit where credit is due. We’d be remiss if we didn’t.

However, sometimes fandom can be harsh and creators have no where else to go except to those they’re closest. Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, while having never published anything together, have worked and colaborated on projects in the past. Gaiman comes out and let’s the world know Moore is the one who helped him in learning the art of comic book script writing. Alan Moore is an ass, but respect for his past and present work should still be given…

“I knew what a movie script looked like, I’d seen them. But I couldn’t get my head around what a comic script was. And eventually, a marvelous comics writer, probably the finest writer of comics there’s ever been, a man named Alan Moore just showed me how to write comics. He sat down and said, ‘Right, right now, you write Page One, Panel One. And then you say everything that is happening in that panel.’ In this case, you know, you’d say, ‘Page one, panel one, Neil Gaiman and Tom Ashbrook are sitting in a studio, there’s paper all over the desk, there are great big microphones. Neil is talking, waving his hands around, doing an impression of Alan Moore. Tom is nodding sagely.’

It’s stage directions, and it’s a letter to an artist. And then underneath, you’d write Tom: ‘It’s stage directions’; Neil: ‘It’s a letter to an artist’ and those would be what would go into the word balloons. And Neil, thought balloon: ‘I’m so glad they got me that cup of tea.’ You put everything. As far as I was concerned, and still to this day, as far as I’m concerned a comic script is a 10,000 word letter to an artist. I would always get puzzled when people would say to me, ‘So you write comics! So you write the words that go in the balloons.’ And you’re going, ‘That’s absolutely the tip of the iceberg.’ What I’m doing is building the cake, and in those words I will tell the artist everything I want to be in the panel — the size of the panel, the shape. What you’re also doing is working with some of the most creative people in the world.”

– Neil Gaiman is best known for his books American Gods, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Coraline, and his graphic novel series – The Sandman

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Alan Moore is a weird man, that much has always been true. He’s also been exceptionally vocal about his dislike of the comics industry since the 90’s and continues to publicize his viewpoints in questionable ways. It’s obvious he has his own ideas about what superheroes should stand for and is unwilling to allow for change and evolution of the genre.

In an interview with the Guardian a few days ago, Moore is quoted as calling “adult” comic book fans as subnormal. Whether or not he meant this as an insult or a simple “statement of fact” is uncertain, but it’s clear he has no intention of rethinking his opinion on the current state of the superhero genre.

“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen,” he told The Guardian. “I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations.

“They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their 9-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently.

“These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not 9 to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year-old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it – they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal.

“This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”

Genres change. Sometimes for better, sometimes not so much. However I do believe that the evolution of story telling is necessary in order for new ideas to come about as well as to meet the literary needs of readers. While Alan Moore remains as one of my favorite authors, I can’t respect an opinion which hopes to keep the superhero genre stagnate and unwilling to grow into something more than what it used to be.

I hope Moore continues to pump out more LXG books as well as any more fun stories that he’s famous for producing.

Alan Moore is best known for his graphics novels, Watchmen and V for Vendetta.