Sep 16, 2019

Moore Music in Blow up!

Blow UP. n. 254-255.
Issue 254-255 (July-August summer special) of Italian monthly magazine Blow UP. dedicated to "music and other side effects" included a 4page special about Moore's musical connections and works by well known music critic Vittore Baroni for his great "Cabinet of Curiosities" column. 
Well done, Vittore! Bravo!

Sep 5, 2019

Universal Moore by Angelo Secci

Art by Angelo Secci.
Above, a stellar portrait of our beloved Man from Northampton by Italian artist and experimenter ANGELO SECCI. You can see a selection of his works here

The illustration has been used as cover for an Italian collection of Moore's interviews (here).

Sep 2, 2019

Alan Moore by Gabriel Hernández Walta

Art by Gabriel Hernández Walta.
"Warming-up with Mr. Moore..." Posted by acclaimed Spanish comic book artist and illustrator Gabriel Hernández Walta on his Twitter page, here
¡Bravo! - ¡Muy bien!

Sep 1, 2019

Alan Moore on Blake's The Ghost of a Flea

Art by William Blake.
Excerpt from an article published on the Guardian. The complete piece is available HERE

Alan Moore: As imagined by the Lambeth angel whisperer, the threatening and somehow smug abomination is theatrical in its demeanour, consciously performing for the viewer. Glossed by Blake, the flea is the transposed soul of a murderer trapped in a form that, while both bloodthirsty and powerful, is too small to become a mighty engine of destruction. Thus condemned, it struts its miniature domain and makes a swaggering display of cruelties that it can no longer accomplish. With nothing save an acorn cap to represent its drinking bowl of blood, with nothing but a thorn to serve as improvised prison yard shiv, this former demon is demoted and no longer dangerous. In its fallen state, more mischievous than malefic now, the has-been homicidal maniac is almost poignant.

Aug 23, 2019

Warren Ellis on Moore's retirement and LOEG

Excerpt from Orbital Operations, Warren Ellis' newsletter, dated 21 July 19.

Warren Ellis: I note here the official retirement of Mr Alan Moore from the field, after the conclusion of his LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN in collaboration with Kev O'Neill, Ben Dimagmaliw and Todd Klein. He changed everything.  Anglophone comics went through a profound transformation due to his work in the field. We wish him a peaceful retirement from the comics form and an immortal lifespan to enjoy it in.

I also note the conclusion of LOEG itself, a work whose final sequence is entirely without human characters, because none of the players are human: simply names and costumes moved around a burning stage before an audience numbed by their terrible aspect, and therein lies the lesson.

Also posted here.

Aug 14, 2019

These Boots Are Made for Flyin' by Otto Gabos

Art by Otto Gabos.
Above, The Flying Boots by Italian comic book artist, illustrator and graphic novelist Otto Gabos.
The illustration is paying homage to Alan Moore playing the role of Mr. Metterton in Show Pieces. Mo(o)re also HERE.

Grazie, Otto! Great boots, mate!

Aug 12, 2019

The Tempest: Gosh Exclusive 3-D Bookplate

Art by Kevin O'Neill. Colours: by Ben Dimagmaliw.
This October Gosh will release an A5 exclusive bookplate to celebrate the conclusion of The LoEG: The Tempest and its release in hardcover volume format.

The A5 plate features an original piece of work by Kevin O'Neill, coloured by Ben Dimagmaliw, and processed for 3-D by Charles Barnard & Christian LeBlanc.
Limited to  500 numbered copies signed by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Final plate will have 3-D elements!

More info HERE! Pre-order HERE!

Aug 10, 2019

TCJ reviews The LoEG: Tempest

Art by Kevin O'Neill.
Excerpt from an article by Brian Nicholson published the 29th of July on The Comics Journal site.
The complete piece is available here.

"[... ] The story that Moore needs to tell is a different one. It is not about the psychology that motivates the electorate and their representatives, but it does understand that psychology to be a fraught mess. Everyone involved has a different framework they’re approaching things with, and these are in conflict with one another for multiple reasons, not the least being that many of them are completely deranged. This is depressing on a lot of levels but it also heaps absurdity atop absurdity, and so while times have never been darker and the stakes are incredibly high, almost everything being said by anyone with any degree of power is very stupid all the time now. So it follows that The Tempest often does not seem to drive itself forward using a logic based in realistic characterization or mimetic naturalism. It is written in a register closer to the humor strips Moore wrote in his Tomorrow Stories anthology than it is to From Hell. Tragedy is repeating itself as farce, and Moore knows the material he’s parodying far better than Donald Trump knows Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

The two most recent interviews of Moore’s I’ve seen support the notion that his current work should be read as a political project: He interviewed the writer Jarett Kobek for a Youtube video, wherein Kobek talked about his new book, where an author’s attempts to write a fantasy novel give way to tormented complaining about the overwhelming state of the world. Talking about the impossibility of telling a story at this point in time, Moore nodded in agreement, even though The Tempest does satisfy as a narrative in a way I assume Kobek’s text is disinterested in. A few days before the final issue shipped to stores, Moore appeared on the podcast Chapo Trap House, a show whose political concerns basically correspond to the complaints about milquetoast centrist punditry I’m offering now.
[... ]"

You can read the full article here.

Aug 8, 2019

The Lord of the Rings by LRNZ

Art by LRNZ.
Above, a stunning illustration created by sensational Italian artist LRNZ featuring our beloved Bearded One and his... rings! The illustration has been digitally colored starting from a commission he drew for a "fanatic" (guess who?): you can watch the whole drawing project here (grazie Lorenzo for sharing the link!).

LRNZ (aka Lorenzo Ceccotti) is an Italian artist based in Rome. He works in different fields of visual creativity: graphic design, motion graphics, animation, illustration and sequential art. He created Golem, published in US by Lion Forge, and contributed to Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network anthology for Kodansha Comics. 
For more info about LRNZ, visit his site here
LRNZ can draw!

Aug 3, 2019

Alan Moore on The Wire


EW: Do you ever relax and just watch television?
Alan Moore: Selectively, mostly on DVD. The absolute pinnacle of anything I’ve seen recently has got to be The Wire. It’s the most stunning piece of television that has ever come out of America, possibly the most stunning piece of television full-stop.

That’s a great example of storytelling that takes its time.
Absolutely, that is grown-up television! It’s novelistic. 
You get to find out about all these tiny different aspects of Baltimore, to build up a huge picture of the city with all of its intricacies — from the wharf side, to the kids in the projects, to the power structure with the boardrooms and police department and governor’s office. And it’s got some great writers: it’s got George Pelecanos and David Simon. And so many wonderful characters, Bubbles, Omar. So yeah, everything else looks pretty lame next to The Wire.

Aug 1, 2019

Enlightened is the Beard by Sergio Gerasi

Art by Sergio Gerasi.
Above, a hairy, hypnotic portrait of our beloved Man from Northampton by Italian comic book artist, illustrator and graphic novelist SERGIO GERASI. Below, a preliminary sketch.

Sergio Gerasi is a regular collaborator of Sergio Bonelli Editore and has drawn several issues of Dylan Dog and Mercurio Loi series. He is the author of In Inverno le mie mani sapevano di mandarino and Un romantico a Milano, graphic novels published by Bao Publishing. He has drawn for important Italian magazines and newspapers including La Gazzetta dello Sport, La Lettura and Sette. He is a drummer and founder of the punk rock band 200Bullets and performs in live painting with the theatrical duo Formazione Minima. Official web site: www.sergiogerasi.com.
Art by Sergio Gerasi.

Comics Writer No More! by Joe Linton

Art by Joe Linton.
Above, an imagined Moore retirement cover by Joe Linton.
Linton is a Moore expert and scholar, co-author of Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence; his blog is named The Periodic Fable.

The cover, which is also an obvious homage to Romita's cover of Spider-Man n. 50, contains a lot of "easter eggs" related to Moore's personal life and works.

Thanks to Joe for his permission to share the illustration here on this blog. Grazie.

Jul 28, 2019

Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg volunteer for Big Numbers

Jim Rugg and Ed Piskor.
From their Cartoonist Kayfabe!, their YouTube channel, comic book makers Jim Rugg and Ed Piskor volunteer for completing... Moore's Big Numbers, his "lost" masterpiece (the video is available HERE). 
This happened just few days after the release of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest N.6, (possibly) Moore's last comic book.

Ed Piskor said: "Listen, Alan. Your career is not done with this unfinished piece of work. You gotta let me and Jim finish this for you, man."

Furthermore, on Cartoonist Kayfabe! channel, several videos - under the banner "Read Moore Comix" - are available, investigating the works created by the Man from Northampton.
Go and watch them all!

Jul 19, 2019

Mixing Moore with Cthulhu by Paolo Massagli

Art by PAOLO MASSAGLI.
The great PAOLO MASSAGLI can't stop drawing Moore (see here and here too)!

Above his weird hybrid of Moore and Cthulhu. Moore fhtagn!

Jul 16, 2019

Moore & Veitch's lost Kirbyesque project

Art by and Rick Veitch.
In the second half of the Nineties, Alan Moore and Rick Veitch discussed the possibility to create together a comic project with a... Kirbyesque flavour. In the end, it was not realized and became... a lost project.

In March 2017, Veitch posted a drawing (above) on his Facebook page. 
He wrote: "Character design for an Alan Moore project we never got around to doing. It was conceived about ten years ago. Mostly as a vehicle to develop ideas Alan was interested in concerning time, space and higher dimensions in a Kirby flavored retro style. I don't think we ever had a title."

After a long search, few days ago I've finally discovered more details thanks to my Brazilian long-time friend, Alan Moore's scholar & collector, the amazing Flavio Pessanha who bought the sketches from Veitch.
You can admire them in this post for the very first time. Grazie, Flavio!
Flavio also said to me: "Moore and Veitch talked about it on the phone. While talking Veitch made those sketches. AFAIK there are no scripts for it. And yes, it was supposed to be an Image comic."

smoky 1000 grazie, amico! I am a bit jealous of your collection, I admit. ;)
 
 
Art by and Rick Veitch.

Jul 15, 2019

Moore doll by Uriel Valentín

Art by Uriel Valentín.
Above, an Alan Moore doll by Argentinian artist Uriel Valentín. Based on Moore famous photo wearing a hammer and sickle t-shirt.

More info about Valentín on his site and Etsy page.

Jul 14, 2019

UltraMice by Gene Ha

Art by GENE HA.
Above, an awesome copic sketch by GENE HA featuring three UltraMice and the Ultimate Pacifier from Top 10, the series created by Moore, Zander Cannon and Ha.

Ha wrote on his Facebook page: "The mice were never given names in the comics. In my original art side notes, RR was always Risky Rodent. I'm calling the other two Captain Atomik (that's #kimota, backwards :)) and Captain Mooncheese."

Jun 26, 2019

Evergreen Moore by La Tram

Art by La Tram.
Above, the colourful and shining Wizard of Comics as portrayed by Italian comic book artist and illustrator Margherita La Tram Tramutoli.

More info about La Tram at her site, HERE.

Grazie Margo!

Jun 24, 2019

Callum's Alan Moore anecdote

Art by Eddie Campbell.
Above, a panel from an unpublished page titled Callum's Alan Moore anecdote
Art and story by the amazing Eddie Campbell, of course! Published on Campbell's blog the 3rd of April 2008.

More HERE.

Jun 7, 2019

Smile!

Above, Brian Bolland’s self-portrait photo used as reference for his legendary cover of Batman The Killing Joke.

Jun 6, 2019

Swamp Thing by Matt Lesniewski

Art by Matt Lesniewski.
Above, a stunning Swamp Thing by artist Matt Lesniewski.

More info about Matt Lesniewski: Tumblr - Instagram

May 29, 2019

Magnetic Moore by Miguel Angel Martín

Art by Miguel Angel Martín.
Above, a fabulous, enigmatic and magnetic portrait of Alan Moore by Internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Miguel Angel Martín
I really, really love it! Grazie, Miguel Angel!

Below, the preparatory sketch.

For more info regarding Miguel Angel Martín, visit his site HERE.

Art by Miguel Angel Martín.

May 12, 2019

May 4, 2019

Fantastic Fictioneers: Alan Moore

Art by Pete Von Sholly.
This June PS Publishing will release a 2-volume collection about the "History of The Incredible" and its fantastic fictioneers.  
The books are compiled, edited & illustrated by acclaimed artist and writer Pete Von Sholly.

Volume Two includes an essay about Alan Moore by George Khoury.   

More info HERE.
 

May 1, 2019

Alan Moore and... Peter Cannon

Art by Caspar Wijngaard.
Above and below, two pages from Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt n. 4, a 5issue miniseries written by Kieron Gillen with art by Caspar Wijngaard, published by Dynamite.
It's basically a sort of unauthorised sequel to Watchmen and, as you can see, it also features our beloved bearded writer! And it also pays homage to Eddie Campbell's Alec series.

More info here and here.
Art by Caspar Wijngaard.

Apr 24, 2019

Scorpion Moore by Onofrio Catacchio

Art by ONOFRIO CATACCHIO.
Above, the Scorpion Moore, the original ink version, by Italian comics Maestro ONOFRIO CATACCHIO. You can also admire the colour version HERE.

In the past weeks I successfully performed a magic ritual so the artist spontaneously sent me his fantastic original art. Grazie mille, Onofrio! :)

I am a Scorpio boy too! ;)

Apr 22, 2019

Eddie Campbell on The Birth Caul

Excerpt from an interview I did in 2000 published on my Ultrazine.org (not online anymore).

EDDIE CAMPBELL: The Birth Caul is the best thing that Alan has ever written. He wrote it as a theatrical performance monologue which he performed in the old county court house in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on his 40th birthday. It was recorded and released as a CD and subsequently we adapted it into a comic. 
It is a dark and profound piece of poetry which made extraordinary demands upon me as an artist, particularly the chapters on childhood where he has re-created perfectly more than anything else I have ever read the feelings of growing up.
I had to come up with many unusual solutions to the problems of matching images to such an elusive text. In one instance I smashed up an alarm clock and glued parts of it to the page. In another I stitched together a miniature pair of child's pajamas and glued them to the page.

Apr 21, 2019

Cyclopic Moore by Brian Catling

Art by Brian Catling.
Above, a recent portrait of Alan Moore as a cyclops by poet, sculptor, writer, performance artist, and educator Brian Catling

"[...] a revealing portrayal of a well-known warlock from Northampton, celebrating the singularity of his genius."

Apr 10, 2019

Extraordinary Moore by Jim Lee

Art by JIM LEE.
Above, the (rarely seen) stunning illustration drawn by superstar artist JIM LEE as contribution to the sold-out  Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman, published in 2003 by Abiogenesis on the occasion of Moore's 50th birthday.

I remember we received the art at the very last moment, probably just few days before going to print and... we were totally blew away by it!

Grazie mille, Jim!

Feb 27, 2019

Wide-eyed Moore

Art by Paolo Massagli.
Paolo Massagli did it again! Above you can admire his new stunning portrait of the Northampton based writer.

Paolo Massagli is known for his indie works which combines horror with sensuality; his most recent comics have been published in Italy by Hollow Press (here).

Feb 18, 2019

The Tempest hardcover

Art by Kevin O'Neill.
Above, Kevin O'Neill's cover for the hardcover edition of The Tempest, the final adventure of the LoEG. The volume is scheduled for October release.

More info HERE.

Jan 25, 2019

Alan Moore by Joseph Michael Linsner

Art by Joseph Michael Linsner.
Above a stunning portrait of Alan Moore by comic book artist and illustrator Joseph Michael Linsner. The piece is contained in Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes written by Christopher Knowles and illustrated by Linsner.

In the illustration you can also notice Glycon and... a sinister duck, too!

For more about Linsner: blog - Twitter.

Jan 23, 2019

Tempestuous covers

Cover for issue n.6. Art by Kev O'Neill.
Above and below, in reverse order, the six covers drawn by Kevin O'Neill, for The Tempest, the final story of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series, co-published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout (UK).

The conclusive sixth issue is scheduled for May 2019 release.
Cover for issue n.5. Art by Kev O'Neill.
Cover for issue n.4. Art by Kev O'Neill.
Cover for issue n.3. Art by Kev O'Neill.
Cover for issue n.2. Art by Kev O'Neill.
Cover for issue n.1. Art by Kev O'Neill.

Jan 9, 2019

Alan Moore on Fgius!

Art by Sudario Brando.
Above a gorgeous Alan Moore portrait drawn by Italian artist Sudario Brando as a customized cover for his self-produced comics magazine Fgius! n.1.
See more pictures below.

Sudario Brando's blog here
Fgius! n.1 standard cover. Art by Sudario Brando.