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The misc. comics-related links thread: interviews, reviews, etc.

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  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    Grant Morrison chats with Playboy about the various characters he's either created or worked on.

    Note: there are no NSFW images on this page. Nevertheless, it is Playboy.com, and Playboy's excellent journalism is unfortunately overshadowed by its reputation for boobies. If you're at work, use your best judgment.
  • TizocTizoc Joined: Posts: 11,406Registered
    It's almost 3AM, Only Morrison (and Ponies) could keep me awake this late.
    Thanks for the link goody~
    Heh had to use Babelfish to access the site since Playboy is blocked by my ISP. Some very interesting stuff.
    "You have to be a badass if you ride a giant seahorse." -Grant Morrison on why Aquaman is badass
    "Game Over, Snively. ...Thanks for playing." -Dr. Eggman, Sonic Universe #40
    "I'm stinking of animal blood...As of now I'm a vegetarian. And this is Bat-cow." -Damian Wayne
  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    I found that there isn't much new if you're familiar with Morrison's previous interviews, but it's a good one-stop-shop allocation of his ideas re. superheroes and other characters he's done. It is pretty much the Morrison A-list, though I wish he'd said a few words about good ol' Buddy Baker.
  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    I'm currently reading Tim Callahan's career retrospective of Alan Moore.

    Here's one of my favorite observations so far:
    Alan Moore doesn’t have a problem with omnipotence.

    Even in his earlier work, from the “Star Wars” short stories to “Marvelman,” Moore plays around with characters who are more physically powerful than any obstacle they might face... And here he is writing the pre-Crisis Superman, the hero known for using planets as bowling balls and flying forward and backwards through time at a whim. But Moore doesn’t depower his characters just to humanize them, which is the trap writers so often fall into.

    So many writers tend to think that Superman, and his ilk, need to be stripped of their near omnipotence to become relatable. To struggle. But Moore punches holes through that lie... The struggle always exists. The person beneath the powers will always have doubts and fears, will always have passions and problems, no matter how much outward strength they exhibit. The humanity lies within the characters, not in the “Powers and Abilities” entry of their dossier.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    Yeah, those are some good write-ups he's got there. I enjoyed his latest one about Alan Moore's Spawn. I just read Spawn #8 when I was going poo last week. It's a good toilet read. Definitely not one of Moore's finest works, but I like Callahan's idea of just reading someone's entire bibliography and examining even the lesser works in context of an entire career. I think that's why I pursue particular creators regardless of the character or title they work on.

    That observation about Moore and omnipotence is particularly cognizant. I think it's not only writers who have a tendency to think that Superman (and other characters like him) have to be stripped of his power in order to become "relatable." I think a lot of fanboys feel the same way, and that's why they can't enjoy even quality Superman comics. Wasn't there just someone in the DC thread stating something to that effect recently?
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  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    It's one of those commonsense things that everybody knows, even though it's completely wrong.
  • TizocTizoc Joined: Posts: 11,406Registered
    Alan Moore wrote Star Wars comics? This I gotta look into.
    "You have to be a badass if you ride a giant seahorse." -Grant Morrison on why Aquaman is badass
    "Game Over, Snively. ...Thanks for playing." -Dr. Eggman, Sonic Universe #40
    "I'm stinking of animal blood...As of now I'm a vegetarian. And this is Bat-cow." -Damian Wayne
  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    Here's an interesting bit of treasure: an interview with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, conducted around the time Watchmen #3 was hitting the stands, conducted by a pre-Sandman Neil Gaiman.

    There isn't a lot of "new" info here, but it's nice to see it come from such an interesting source. And, of course, there is some stuff here that's funny/depressing in hindsight. I don't think I need to point to it.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    Good find. I enjoyed that old interview.
    This Ain't Kansas. Unabashed and unfiltered comic book commentary and reviews:
    http://madnessvest.blogspot.com/
  • Sheng-LongSheng-Long Joined: Posts: 1,397Registered
    Whole bunch of these Stan Lee interviews with comic book artists from the early 90s in YouTube.




  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    A treasure trove of Alan Moore news. For a retired guy, he's been quite the busy bee lately.

    (When I started this thread, maybe I should have just started an Alan Moore thread while I was at it.)

    The short-short version:

    * Iain Sinclair, a big inspiration for From Hell, will be doing an anthology on psychogeography. Moore will be contributing a piece about the home of his friend, Steve Moore. (No relation.)

    * Lost Girls is coming back into print. If anyone hasn't read it, it's a weird idea and a beautiful book that will inspire boners left and right.

    * The next LoEG book will be "Jules Verne meets H.P. Lovecraft [literally?] in a 48-page one-shot set in Antarctica, in the 1920s."

    * This is the big one for me: Moore and Eddie Campbell will be releasing an extensive companion/making-of book for From Hell, full of stuff from Campbell's personal archives.

    * This one's also pretty big: Jerusalem is almost done. If that statement has any meaning for you, you're probably excited, too.

    And here's the old-newish Wired interview that this article references a couple times. As with all Moore interviews, both with Wired and elsewhere, it's... big.
  • ZephyranthesZephyranthes Mad Mod Poet God Joined: Posts: 2,355Registered
    I'm looking forward to any new League comics. Just read Century 2009 over the weekend and that was some great stuff. I'm looking forward to the From Hell companion, too. It'll be fascinating to see any material related to it. It's probably one of the greatest comics ever produced but it just doesn't get the same type of love that Maus or Watchmen receive on a regular basis.

    I think that Lost Girls was a bit too much even for me. I knew it was a porno and everything, and I thought it was clever how Moore actually incorporated a semi-LoEG kind of tapestry through the story... But still, it was more than I could handle. Kids and kids, girls and animals, man on man... Yeah, I read that once and then I just felt I had to part ways with it. I had a first printing, too... Maybe I should've kept it sealed in an adamantium briefcase along with my copies of X-Force #1.
    This Ain't Kansas. Unabashed and unfiltered comic book commentary and reviews:
    http://madnessvest.blogspot.com/
  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    Yeah, Lost Girls isn't exactly something you need to read cover to cover more than once, but it's like an art book. It's worth having.
  • SanoSano I'm on the PSP! Joined: Posts: 12,260Registered, Moderators
    Old interview with Kirby and his wife. He brings up Ditko here, all the way towards the bottom.

    http://www.tcj.com/jack-kirby-interview/6/

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  • HavatchuHavatchu Resident Mega Man/ Mega Man X VGM Nerd Joined: Posts: 4,734Registered
    Nerds








    I am home.

    Tell no one.

    Why is this so goddamned funny?



    So is he the real life Dr. Doom?



    You mean to tell me Alan Moore doesn't reside in the Florida Everglades? He sleeps...in a house no less? Surely this is an elaborate rouse.
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  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    So is he the real life Dr. Doom?
    He's the real life Emperor Norton. I thought Neil Gaiman made him up.

    And maybe he did.
  • goodm0urninggoodm0urning #1 Joined: Posts: 11,229Registered
    I wasn't sure where else to put this, and it isn't even technically comics-related, but fuck it. Alan Moore is writing a serialized movie. Here's part one.



    (I haven't watched it yet, and while I didn't run into a content warning on the YouTube page, I've heard that the content is a bit risque. Use your judgment.)
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