Feb 15, 2017

Feb 14, 2017

Alan Moore talks Doctor Who!

Vworp Vworp! Vol. 3 (cover by Martin Geraghty).
From editor Colin Brockhurst:
Volume 3 of Vworp Vworp!: exclusive in-depth interview with world’s greatest comics writer Alan Moore, free Dalek CD, new comic strips, and much more!
We’re back and this time with a special bumper 208-page edition! In this issue, we explore Alan Moore’s Doctor Who backup strips, published in Doctor Who Weekly and Monthly in 1980 and 1981. Featuring the Cybermen, the Autons and the Time Lords, these strips were not only Alan’s very first professional work, but would go on to influence both comics and Doctor Who in ways he could never have foreseen.
Here, Alan recalls his 1980 tale, Black Legacy: “I decided that if I couldn’t use Daleks then the next biggest Doctor Who enemy would probably be the Cybermen... As I understood it, the main part of the Cybermen ethos was efficiency, and a kind of a hygiene. Physical and mental disease would be completely unknown to the Cybermen. So I thought, what if there was something that could reintroduce these forgotten terrors to this race that has evolved beyond the fear of mental and physical illness?”

Vworp Vworp! is edited and designed by Colin Brockhurst
Published by Gareth Kavanagh/Malevilus Publications

You can buy a copy HERE.

Feb 13, 2017

SHITTY WATCHMEN!


Shitty Watchmen is a formalist exercise analyzing the language of comics as utilized by Alan Moore and, more importantly, Dave Gibbons. Created by Dave Baker, Nicole Goux, Rachel Dukes, Malachi Ward, Nick Diaz, Emilie Vo, Sam Ancona, Chuck Kerr, Colby Bluth, Robert Negrete, and Sabrina Deigert, Shitty Watchmen seeks to scrutinize the masterful use of composition and panel breakdown within the most undeniably complex comic book ever created. The means by which these staggering artistic achievements are deconstructed? Super shitty drawings.

Thus...

Shitty Watchmen.
 
You can buy the book here; archive is available here.

Feb 3, 2017

Moore and Knockabout in 2017 (and beyond)

A page from Lost Girls. Art by Melinda Gebbie.
Excerpt from Brit Comics rock - Graphic novels coming from UK publishers in 2017 posted in Forbidden Planet blog.

[...] Tony [Bennett] from Knockabout warns us that these dates are rough at the moment, but of course we’ll have more on them closer to publication times:

Lost Girls, by Melinda Gebbie (expected October)
This will be a new edition, complete with a new cover and some thirty two new pages of art as well. 352 pages hardback. 30.5 x 23 cm. isbn 9780861662609

These titles are in the planning stage but there’s no fixed date quite yet:
[...] Absolute League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil (date tbc)
This is probably a goer again, having been previously dismissed but happily now seems to be back on the planning board..

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 4, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
This will be serialised as six comics, but no start date is sorted as yet. Alan has the story in his head but has yet to write it, so it may not be until very late 2017. (again I’m pretty sure we – and probably every other comics site! – will be mentioning this one again when publication details are firmer)

Jan 30, 2017

Watchmen 3

Excerpt from an interview conducted by Mike Cotton and published on Wizard Zero magazine in 2003.

WIZARD: What's going on with Watchmen 3?
Alan Moore: Excuse me?

Well, everyone always asks about Watchmen 2 so I figure I'd move on.
That's very clever. [Chuckles]

Jan 20, 2017

America’s Best Comics Artist Edition

America’s Best Comics Artist Edition.
Excerpt from JH Williams III site.

[...] It features an array of original art reproductions of numerous America’s Best Comics stories, including the infamous Promethea #10 unedited. Which has my work in it. And there is a small surprise of something in there previously unpublished involving that same issue." 

America’s Best Comics Artist Edition is published by IDW

Jan 10, 2017

Comic Book Legends: Alan Moore and Dez Skinn

The naked artist.
Excerpt from page 96 of The Naked Artist...And Other Comic Book Legends, a fantastic and hilarious book written by Bryan Talbot and illustrated by Hunt Emerson, published in 2007 by Moonstone (an expanded edition has been released in 2014). 

[...] During a Forbidden Planet party one night at UKCAC I was propping up the bar after several pints when Dez [Skinn] ambled over, equally sozzled, and the talk turned to Alan.
"Listen Dez," I ventured, "the British comic industry isn't big enough for this falling out. It needs Alan working in Warrior. You must sort out your differences."
He was nodding sagely at this as Alan arrived in the pub in the company of Karen Berger, who'd just taken him out for dinner, having headhunted him for DC.
"Look," I said to Dez, "there's Alan. Now's your chance! Go over and make it up with him!"
He looked at me, determined.
"By God! You're right! I'll do!" he said and strode over to Alan, who stopped stock still and stared stonily down at him from his great hairy height.
"Alan," Dez began, "I'm sorry if I've done anything to offend you. We need to continue our work together. Let's put aside our differences. Let's be friends."
Alan regarded him gravely.
"Dez," he rumbled.
"Yes?"
"Fuck off."

Jan 4, 2017

Alan Moore's letter from... 1968!

Journey Planet 31.
Excerpt from a previously unpublished Alan Moore's letter sent to Irish comics fanzine Heroes Unlimited in late 1968, shortly after his 15th birthday. 
The letter has been included in Journey Planet 31- Tony Roche & Merry Marvel Fanzine/Heroes Unlimited! (pdf available here), a special issue co-edited by Moore's renown scholar Pádraig Ó Méalóid.

Alan Moore: [...] As regards your other new feature, the controversy spot (incidentally the Wertham argument was groovy, fantastic, great, etc) I like it, and for further features you could enter into the D.C/Marvel feud, or discuss the merits of the Golden Age comics, as opposed to todays mags.
One more thing (can I hear sighs of relief?) why not have an article or two on the newspaper strips, British and American. I think it would probably be even better than the other idea I was going to propose: “Captain Remus Discovers the Alan Moore!” No? Oh well!
[...]

Read the whole story here.