Feb 5, 2016

Warren Ellis, Howard Chaykin and... Big Numbers

Big Numbers N. 2 cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Excerpt from Warren Ellis' "[ORBITAL OPERATIONS] 31jan16" newsletter.

"[...] And Alan Moore had a famous "big piece of paper" for BIG NUMBERS. Here's a curiosity - in the early 80s, Alan visited New York, and wrote about meeting Howard Chaykin and learning that Chaykin painstakingly worked out AMERICAN FLAGG's structure in advance. There were no more details than that, but at the end of that decade Alan was structuring a book on a vast graph (Gene Ha has a photo) [...]"

Feb 3, 2016

Feb 2, 2016

Cinema Purgatorio

Art by Kevin O'Neill.
CINEMA PURGATORIO, is an horror anthology comic book - published by Avatar Press - including new work by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill and others such as Garth Ennis, Max Brooks, Christos Gage and more.

The anthology is currently being funded on Kickstarter (the campaign will end the 17th of February): here

In his introduction Moore writes: "[...] CINEMA PURGATORIO is an unholy resurrection of the backstreet bug-hutches and fleapits practicing their eerie silver mesmerism on our post-war predecessors, drenched in atmosphere and other less identifiable decoctions. The threadbare arenas to a generation’s adolescent fumblings and upholstery-slashing rage alike, these peeling Deco temples were the haunted, flickering spaces where were bred the dreads and the desires of those Macmillan days; Eisenhower nights. Varnished with blood and Brylcreem, in our razor-collared cutting edge collection we restore the broken-bulb emporiums where, in the creaking backseats, modern terror and monstrosity were shamelessly conceived. In our worn aisles and glossy pages the most individual and inventive talents in contemporary comics are delivering a landmark midnight matinee in monochrome, intent on pushing both the genre and the medium beyond their stagnant formulas and into shapes that suit the unique shadows and disquiets of our present moment. [...]"

Moore is also the main actor in the fantastic video that promotes the project!

Jan 25, 2016

The League of Extraordinary Writer

Art by Caio Oliveira.
Above a fantastic private commission by Brazilian artist CAIO OLIVERA
Titled "A Liga do Escritor Extraordinário" (The League of Extraordinary Writer), it features Moore surrounded by some of his creations: (top left-to-right) Promethea, Tom Strong, V; (middle left-to-right) Nite Owl, Rorschach, The Invisible Man; (bottom) John Constantine, Miracleman.

Jan 10, 2016

Jerusalem's blurb

Photo by Mitch Jenkins.
Excerpt from Alan Moore's blurb for his upcoming novel Jerusalem to be published in September. You can read the complete text here.

[...] An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake’s eternal holy city. Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, this is the tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter. [Alan Moore]

Dec 29, 2015

Evil twin brother of Father Christmas

Photograph: Phil Fisk for the Observer.
Moore's third person autobiography from the pages of The Saga of Swamp Thing N. 25 (1984).

"He currently lives in Northampton, England. For relaxation he enjoys staring at a fixed spot in the middle distance for hours at a time, fainting, and talking about himself in the third person. When he is an old man, he will look like the evil twin brother of Father Christmas."

Dec 16, 2015

Alan Moore by Daniele Serra

Art by Daniele Serra.
Above a creepy awesome Alan Moore portrait by acclaimed Italian illustrator and comic artist DANIELE SERRA, from my personal collection.

For more info about Daniele Serra visit his website: here.

Dec 15, 2015

Alan Moore re-engaged with poetry

Test Centre Six, cover artwork by Ross Adams.
The the sixth issue of Test Centre magazine contains a poem by Alan Moore, the first poem he has published for many years. The issue is dedicated to poet Lee Harwood, and features a number of pieces written for and about him

Jess Chandler, co-director of Test Centre Publications, revealed that "The poem is called 'The Town Planning in Dreams' and is 3 verses of 6 lines. In his biography at the end of the mag, Alan says that 'After a forty-five year diversion he is currently attempting to re-engage with poetry.' So we're hoping that there will be more to follow soon!"

The magazine - A4, stab-stapled, 64pp., published in a limited edition of 250 copies - can be ordered HERE.