May 26, 2021

Barry Windsor-Smith on Moore's perspicacity

Marvelman by Barry Windsor-Smith
In 2000 legendary artist Barry Windsor-Smith sent me a short text contribution for the Alan Moore special that I was running on my site (not online any more).
The intelligence and perspicacity of Alan Moore's MARVELMAN was responsible for bringing me back into the field of comics. For that, I'm torn between loving and hating him. I've admired all of Alan's work from the 1970s to the present, with the ABC line. 
 I highly recommend BWS' new book Monsters, a masterpiece 35 years in the making

May 23, 2021

New Italian Voice of The Fire edition

Edizioni BD announced a new Italian edition of Voice of The Fire to be published this June. 
The novel will get a new translation by Leonardo Rizzi who translated several Moore comics and was the co-translator of the previous, now out of print, edition (also published by Edizioni BD in 2006).
This new edition will launch 451, Edizioni BD new editorial label focused on sci-fi novels by contemporary writers. More info here (in Italian).

May 22, 2021

Brian Bolland on The Bojeffries

Below, a text published by Brian Bolland on his FB page few days ago:
There's a writer that I'm quite keen on - Alan Moore. And an artist I'm partial to - Steve Parkhouse. Together they make a combination never bettered. I loved the series back when it first came out in Warrior. This collected and added-to edition only arrived in the post today and so far I'm loving it just as much. I've never met Steve. If I ever did I'd tell him what a big fan I am of his superlative art. Littered, as it is, with a fine drizzle of ironies, scattered circumstances and serious events. If, like me, you're sick to the back teeth of men in spandex and long for stories about accountancy and rent collecting - then this comes highly recommended for you.

May 21, 2021

Vanilla Moore Music

Vanilla Comics Magazine
In recent times I found out that Vanilla magazine, produced and published by Kali Discorporation in 2017, included a fantastic interview with Alan Moore focused on his music memories and influences . 
The whole magazine is quite an interesting reading: I highly recommend it!!!
Vanilla is available as both an 80 page Physical Magazine and a Digital pdf.
The Magazine costs £6.99 with £5.50 postage (UK Post Office International Standard - received within 3 - 5 working days). The Digital pdf costs £5 (file size: 17.9MB).

The Alan Moore Interview consists of 13 pages, including illustrations, and focuses on Moore's experiences with both Magic and Music.
For purchase, contact directly Vanilla's editor, Andy Williams at: andyxwilliams95 AT gmail DOT com
For more information about the creators and content, visit Vanilla's website: HERE.
Above, an excerpt from Moore interview.
VANILLA: What would be your earliest musical memory?
ALAN MOORE: It would probably be that strange morass of novelty songs by which children's radio in the 1950s was largely possessed. So, my earliest memories would be things like Nellie the Elephant and also much, much stranger things which nobody I've spoken to can remember; which leads me to suspect that I may have dreamed them. Those odd little songs that you sometimes remember from back then and they seem so strange by today's standards and tastes that they almost seem from a different universe.

I remember one, I Wuv You I Wuv You Said the Little Blue Man [The Little Blue Man by Betty Johnson]. It was about a woman who was plagued by some kind of hallucinatory Smurf, who apparently loved her, and it ended up with her throwing him off a building.

[...] It wasn't until the beat explosion of the early '60s that I really started taking notice, when I was about seven or eight. That was when the Beatles and The Rolling Stones and all other fantastic artists of the period were starting to emerge.

I wouldn't say that I had the best of tastes. I would buy Fabulous every week. This later become Fabulous 208; I don't know what the 208 was for. This mainly produced big colour pictures of all the top artistes of the day. So, at the age of seven or eight, I had one wall of my bedroom covered in cut-out figures of superheroes from the covers of comics and the other wall was plastered with pictures of The Swinging Blue Jeans, Manfred Mann, and some other bands which are probably forgotten. I remember Herman's Hermits being there. Cilla Black, at one point, back when she still seemed credible. I know that's a long time ago! [...]
For more information about the creators and content, visit Vanilla's website: HERE.

May 16, 2021

Miracleman by Steve Rude

Art by Steve Rude
A great Miracleman by the legendary STEVE RUDE

May 6, 2021

Alan and Ginda by Laurent Lefeuvre

Art by Laurent Lefeuvre
A great Alan Moore portrait (above) and a fantastic Ginda Bojeffries (below) drawn by amazing French comic book artist and illustrator Laurent Lefeuvre for my personal collection.
Grazie mille, Laurent!
Ginda Bojeffries by Laurent Lefeuvre
A slightly digitally modified and coloured version of Moore's portrait will be included as a special ex-libris for the French crowd-funding of The Bojeffries book to  be published by Komics Initiative.
Art by Laurent Lefeuvre

May 4, 2021

Expanding the empire of the word

Detail from a portrait by Farel Dalrymple
More details have been revealed about the upcoming new prose books by Moore.
Excerpts from an article published the 3rd of May on The Guardian site, here
Alan Moore [...] has signed a six-figure deal for a “groundbreaking” five-volume fantasy series as well as a “momentous” collection of short stories.

Bloomsbury, home to the Harry Potter novels, acquired what it described as two “major” projects from the 67-year-old. The first, Illuminations, is a short story collection which will be published in autumn 2022 and which moves from the four horsemen of the apocalypse to the “Boltzmann brains” fashioning the universe. Bloomsbury said it was “dazzlingly original and brimming with energy”, promising a series of “beguiling and elegantly crafted tales that reveal the full power of imagination and magic”.

The second acquisition is a fantasy quintet titled Long London, which will launch in 2024. The series will move from the “shell-shocked and unravelled” London of 1949 to “a version of London just beyond our knowledge”, encompassing murder, magic and madness. Bloomsbury said it “promises to be epic and unforgettable, a tour-de-force of magic and history”.

[...] Speaking about his book deal, Moore said that he was at a moment in his career when he was “bursting with fiction, bursting with prose”.

“I couldn’t be happier with the new home that I’ve found at Bloomsbury: a near-legendary independent publisher with a spectacular list and a fierce commitment to expanding the empire of the word,” said Moore. “I have a feeling this will be a very productive partnership.”
The complete article is available here.