Alan Moore

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Alan Moore

Born

11/18/1953, Northampton, England, UK

Birth Name

Alan Moore

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Curt Vile, Jill de Ray
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  • Trivia

    • Moore drew inspiration for V for Vendetta from a comic strip, called The Doll, he submitted to DC Comics about a transsexual terrorist when Moore was 22.

    • (August 30, 2006) Alan's "Lost Girls" project, started in 1991 with illustrator Melinda Gebbie, the first six chapters of which were printed in "Taboo" magazine, with two collected volumes of reprints from the magazine were published in 1995 by the Tndra imprint of Kitchen Sink Press, is finalized with the other two planned volumes being released in a hardcover edition along with the first by Top Shelf Productions. The series centers around the erotic adventures of the grown-up characters Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice, from the books of "The Wizard Of Oz," "Peter Pan," and "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland".

    • Alan's first contribtions to major publications were for "Dr. Who Weekly" and "2000 A.D.," starting place of Britain's most popular comic character, Judge Dredd.

    • (2006) Alan has agreed to produce the artwork for a poster for the Defend Council Housing Group, in Northamptonshire, England, with the original artwork to be auctioned on eBay.

    • Alan worked with the Sex Pistols' manager, Malcolm McLaren, on a screenplay called "Fashion Beast," but never finished the work with him.

    • Alan was the first comic writer to receive the Hugo Award in 1988. The day after he won, the Hugo rules committee changed the rules to have comics no longer allowed as sources for the award.

    • Alan created that America's Best Comics line for Wildstorm Publications.

    • Alan has received the Will Eisner Award for Best Writer 9 times since 1988.

    • Alan used the pseudonym of Jill De Ray when he wrote the "Maxwell The Magic Cat" cartoon for the Northants Post newspaper.

    • Alan was an cartoonist for music magazines before deciding he would make a better living writing.

    • Alan claims to have worshipped a Roman snake-deity named Glycon.

    • Alan was expelled from high school for selling LSD.

    • Alan has two daughters, Amber and Leah.

    • Alan's father was a brewery worker, and his mother was a printer.

    • Alan won the 1982 and 1983 British Eagle Awards for Best Writer for his work on "Miracleman" and "V For Vendetta."

    • Alan wants no further connection to comic works he did for DC adapted to screenplays after a particularly ugly lawsuit concerning "League Of Extraordinary Gentleman" in which he was forced to prove he was the creator of that story, and "V For Vendetta," the film adaptation of which he called "absolute rubbish." He asked that his name be taken off that film and now insists that only artists he has worked with at DC Comics receive any royalties for adpatations as he feels they are no longer his original work/concepts.

    • Alan's daughter Leah has done her own comic book, "Wild Girl," with co-writer John Reppion.

    • Alan refuses to work with Marvel Comics, because in the 1980s, when he revitalized the old British character MarvelMan for Eclipse Comics, Marvel sued and he was forced to change the character's name to MiracleMan.

    • Alan based his character John Constantine, star of the "Hellblazer" comic by DC Comics, on himself, H.P. Lovecraft, and Sting, the rock singer.

    • Alan is interested in the occult and considers himself a practicing mage.

    • Alan lives in Central England.

    • Alan recieved many awards for his work including: Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, and Swamp Thing.

    • In the October 24, 2005 issue of Time Magazine, Critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo listed the 100 Best Novels from 1923 to the present. Moore's Watchmen was on that list, and was the only comic to be featured on Times list.

    • Alan is most recognized for his groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen. It changed comic books forever.

  • Quotes

    • (on his approach to his "Watchmen" maxi-series)
      Alan Moore: I also wanted to write about power politics. Ronald Reagan was president. But I worried readers might switch off if they thought I was attacking someone they admired. So we set Watchmen in a world where Nixon was in his fourth term - because you're not going to get much argument that Nixon was scum! For me, the '80s were worrying. 'Mutually assured destruction.' 'Voodoo economics.' A culture of complacency. I was writing about the times I lived in.

    • Alan Moore: I'm perhaps overstating my case here a bit, but I think I lent an awful lot of literary and intellectual credibility to the American comics business and to the comics business in general when I entered it. I don't feel the same way about comics any more, I really don't. I never loved the comic industry. I used to love the comics medium. I still do love the comics medium in its pure platonic, essential form, but the comics medium as it stands seems to me to have been allowed to become a cucumber patch for producing new movie franchise.

    • (about Hollywood's re-writing his works)
      Alan Moore: The answer I always fall back on is to quote Raymond Chandler. People said: 'Raymond, don't you feel devastated by how Hollywood has destroyed your books?' And he would take them into his study, point to the bookshelf and say, 'There they are. Look, they're fine.' The film has got nothing to do with my work. It has a coincidental title to a book I've done and they've given me a huge wedge of money. No problem with that.

    • (from the preface to the 1988 hardcover collection of his "V For Vendetta" series)
      Alan Moore: It's 1988 now. Margaret Thatcher is entering her third term of office and talking confidently of an unbroken Conservative leadership well into the next century. My youngest daughter is seven and the tabloid press are circulating the idea of concentration camps for persons with AIDS. The new riot police wear wear black visors, as do their horses, and their vans have rotating video cameras mounted on top. The government has expressed a desire to eradicate homosexuality, even as an abstract concept, and one can only speculate as to which minority will be the next legislated against. I'm thinking of taking my family and getting out of this country soon, sometime over the next couple of years. It's cold and it's mean spirited and I don't like it here anymore. Goodnight England. Goodnight Home Serve and V for Victory. Hello the Voice of Fate and V for Vendetta.

    • (after being forced to testify for 10 hours to prove he was creator of "League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen")
      Alan Moore: I would have been treated better if I had molested and murdered a busload of retarded children after giving them heroin.

    • Alan Moore: Media and fame, they're like an element as much as water and fire are. They're 20th century elements, they're the ones that we didn't have before in this way, and the people who are thrown into that grinder are still being thrown in without and preparation, without any understanding of what it is they're being asked to face.

    • Alan Moore: A real writer doesn't just want to write; a real writer has to write.

    • Alan Moore: The world of ideas is in certain senses deeper, truer than reality; this solid television less significant than the idea of television. Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful: in the last analysis, reality may be exactly what we think it is.

    • Alan Moore: It is important to me that I should be able to do whatever I want. I was kind of a selfish child, who always wanted things his way, and I've kind of taken that over into my relationship with the world.

    • Alan Moore: I'd rather my work maintain my only profile. It doesn't really matter to readers whether I exist or not, now does it? It's only the work. I don't want them to admire my haircut. I don't want them to admire my complexion or my trim physique. If they enjoy the story, then that's great. The contact between me and them has been successfully completed, you know.

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