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    It's Alan Moore's 60th birthday today. Good wishes, memories of favorite Moore stories, fan drawings, and other praise for one of the comics world's most influential men is welcome here.
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    I love Moore's early Image stuff. It's so unlike most of his work, so stripped bare of the depth and complexity he's known for. It's like he was inventing a new language. It's like a beautiful woman stripping off all the makeup.

    The Violator miniseries. The Violator goes to Spawn for help. Spawn gives him his power back, then gets booted off-panel the next page. "oh yeah I forgot..." walks back... BOOT!

    Fighting his brother. Bites off the hand. Chomp! Offers the hand to him to shake. "put 'er there." Then beats him with it. This was in the middle of the whole debate between McFarlane and Byrne over whether comics should be serious!

    Grabs his brother by the neck. Rips the head off, spine rolls out with it. Holds the base of the spine and beats the head on the ground like a whip. Then screams out his name. "Violator!" Then does it over and over again. Bang bang bang bang. "Violator Violator Violator Violator!" This was years before the modern interpretation of Deadpool. He wasn't afraid to go there.

    Happy birthday.
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    Have been lucky enough to see Alan Moore talk at Northampton Museum a few years ago, talking about folklore. He was esoteric, charming and funny. Also on his home-turf so it was a chance to learn a lot about his perspective of Northampton which he sees as central to the history of the British Isles.

    I do like this impersonation by Warren though.

    Warren Ellis does Alan Moore
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2013
    He's on the Infinite Monkey Cage next week on BBC radio 4
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2013
    Christ, he's only 60? My parents are seriously older than Alan Moore?

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    The period where Alan Moore most impressed me was America's Best Comics. Tom Strong, Promethea, and Top Ten, all at the same time, with Greyshirt and Jack B. Quick tearing up Tomorrow Stories? How the hell does one person do that!?

    I keep hoping that he'll decide to give comics another serious run one of these days. Not because there's any particular need for him to do so, but pure personal greed for that kind of brilliant creativity.
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    From Hell is comparable to 2666. I don't know higher praise.

    If I could, I'd give him the present of never answering another question about Watchmen.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2013
    I met the bloke in the late eighties, and got him to sign my first copy of Watchmen. Miracleman was probably one of my favorite reads ever, so Mr Moore is alright with me.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 25th 2013 edited

    ... ta-da?
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    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2013
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2013 edited
    I recently learned, to my surprise, delight, and no small amount of horror, that my mom had not only read the first two volumes of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but had bought copies for herself after reading my own copies.

    My mom volunteers at the school, goes to church, votes Republican, and is in almost all ways your average small-town American homemaker housewife.

    And she thinks that Moore's take on Captain Nemo is the coolest thing on the planet.

    So, good job, Mr. Moore. It was easy getting me to like you - it was harder and weirder getting my mom to like you.