British comics writer Alan Moore (b. 1953) has a reputation for
equal parts brilliance and eccentricity. Living hermit-like in the
same Midlands town for his entire life, he supposedly refuses
contact with the outside world while creating his strange, dense
comics, fiction, and performance art. While Moore did declare
himself a wizard on his fortieth birthday and claims to have
communed with extradimensional beings, reticence and seclusion have
never been among his eccentricities. On the contrary, for long
stretches of his career Moore seemed to be willing to chat with all
comers: fanzines, industry magazines, other artists, newspapers,
magazines, and personal websites. Well over one hundred interviews
in the past thirty years serve as testimony to Moore's willingness
to be engaged in productive conversation.
"Alan Moore: Conversations" includes ten substantial interviews,
beginning with Moore's first published conversation, conducted by
"V for Vendetta" cocreator David Lloyd in 1981. The remainder cover
nearly all of his major works, including "Watchmen," "V for
Vendetta," "Swamp Thing," "Marvelman," "The League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen," "Promethea," "From Hell," "Lost Girls," and the
unfinished "Big Numbers."
While Moore's personal life and fraught business relations are
discussed occasionally, the interviews chosen are principally
devoted to Moore's creative practices and techniques, along with
his shifting social, political, and philosophical beliefs. As such,
"Alan Moore: Conversations" should add to any reader's enjoyment
and understanding of Moore's work.
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