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 And there is a small surprise of something in there previously unpublished involving that same issue."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.
"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Excerpt from a previously unpublished Alan Moore's letter sent to Irish comics fanzine Heroes Unlimited in late 1968, shortly after his 15th birthday.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.

Jan 2, 2017

Paul Rivoche and Moore's scripts

Art by Paul Rivoche.
Excerpt from an interview with Canadian artist PAUL RIVOCHE published on ImageTexT site in 2016. The complete interview is available here.

Paul Rivoche: [...] Drawing comics is a lot of work, and if you're stuck drawing out someone else's visions, they'd better be interesting and well-crafted, because you have to live inside them for a good long while. But in my admittedly limited experiences with production-line comics, most scripts I was handed weren't that well-crafted. Some, such as Alan Moore's of course, were . . . they were a joy to work on, professional; he understands what an artist needs, even if his scene descriptions do tend to go on at great length!

Dec 31, 2016

French Alan Moore

Gonzaï n.18.
Above, cover of Gonzaï n.18, a French magazine about pop culture. The issue include an article about Moore and the French transcript of the famous Brian Eno interview conducted by the Northampton writer in 2004.
Pages from Gonzaï n.18.

Dec 27, 2016

Alan Moore by Daniel P. Carter

Art by Daniel P. Carter.
Above and below, two great Alan Moore's portraits by Daniel P. Carter used as covers respectively for Part I and Part II of a long interview with the writer realized for Carter's Someone Who Isn’t Me series.
Art by Daniel P. Carter.

Dec 24, 2016

The 21st century hasn’t started yet

Alan Moore: [...] The thing is, counter cultures are assimilated by the prevailing culture, but obviously if you assimilate anything, if you eat anything, it’s going to have an effect upon you, and if you can make a counter culture that is either toxic enough or psychedelic enough, then the prevailing culture is going to be altered by ingesting it. And I think this is the way that culture works, this is the way it changes, and renews itself.

I would say that where we are now, 2016, is more or less where were in 1916. At that juncture of the 20th century, the modern world was about to happen. There was the First World War, arguably the first modern war, where you had prototypical tanks alongside bows and arrows. In Lost Girls, me and Melinda incorporated Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring which was completely changing our perception of music, at the same time Einstein was completely changing our perception of physics, you had the modernist writers starting around then, Eliot writing about a broken country during World War 1, Joyce – all of these people, they emerged around then. I would hope that there is where we are in our current culture because it seems to me, that after skipping hurriedly through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, with our automotive tail fins that looked like rocket ships, with our science fiction, we were kind of hurrying through those decades trying to get to this promised, Jetsons future and then, around 1990-95, when the internet was starting to become a reality, we suddenly realised that we had arrived, and this was now the future and we froze.

As a culture, we froze, we had no idea what would be appropriate to this new era that we found ourselves on the brink of. So culturally, we decided, it seems to me, to mark time. We marched upon the spot. We started recycling the culture of the previous era that we were most comfortable with. Obviously that’s a sweeping generalization, there’s always committed artists and musicians and writers who are trying to break into new territory, of course there are, but the dominant mainstream of culture seems to be paralysed and anxiously repeating itself because it can’t think of what else to do; it can’t think of a culture that would be adequate to this new century.

I’d say that in cultural terms, the 21st century hasn’t started yet. We are hopefully seeing its beginnings in this current period of turbulence that we’re going through, just as they were going through a considerable period of turbulence a century ago.

[The complete interview is available here]

Dec 22, 2016

Alan Moore by Luis Fernando

Art by Luis Fernando.
Above, a magical Alan Moore portrait by Mexican artist LUIS FERNANDO
The illustration has been published as variant cover for issue N. 14 of Mexican comics magazine Comikaze: here you can admire the making-of.
Art by Luis Fernando.
More info about the artist here
Luis Fernando and his Moore portrait.