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Introduction

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pp. vii-xix

Alan Moore’s privileged position in the history of comics is certain. It is also complex and contradictory. He is, perhaps, still best known for Watchmen (1986–87), though his prodigious output since has reduced that epoch-making series to just one of his many accomplishments in the field...

Chronology

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pp. xxi-xxvi

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From the Writer’s Viewpoint

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pp. 3-7

Until recently I had little real contact with the writers of scripts I was commissioned to work from. I’d hazard a guess that most of us on the illustration side of the business have little contact with writers and, consequently, we’re still largely unaware of their views and feelings in regard to their craft...

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Garry Leach and Alan Moore

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pp. 8-25

Well, you come up with your plot ideas first. Say we talk about Warrior and a series like V for Vendetta—what I did first was to sit down and work out the entire world, all the stuff that I’m never going to use in the strip, that you never need to know, but I’ve got to know it. You’ve got to have the whole world...

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Alan Moore

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pp. 26-43

Since the 1979 publication of Alan Moore’s first strip in a nationally distributed paper—the hilarious Roscoe Moscow, which he wrote and drew under the pseudonym “Curt Vile”—he has become not only one of the most respected comics scripters in Britain, but also the most prolific—working for...

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Alan Moore

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pp. 44-60

It’s the supreme and perfect irony, really. The fact that Watchmen was set in a parallel world aside, we were of course writing about our world in the 1980s. We found that in order to avoid treading on people’s toes in terms of their prejudices, it is easier to sidestep certain emotional reactions...

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Alan Moore Interview

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pp. 61-94

Pretty much. I’ve been in most of the restaurants of Northampton. I tend to do them on a circuit. I’ll eat at one of them for a couple of months and then get bored with it and go on to the next one. I’m less than electrifying today. I’ve been doing a lot of work this week and have not been getting to bed...

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Moore in The Onion Edits

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pp. 95-107

British writer Alan Moore was a comics fan from a very young age—“If you were working-class, you had comics. It was like rickets,” he says—and by the time he was in his twenties, he was making a living writing comics and comic strips. After winning awards for his V for Vendetta series, a grim story about...

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The Craft: An Interview with Alan Moore

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pp. 108-135

Having been graciously invited to his Northampton abode by the World’s Greatest Comics Writer, myself (Daniel Whiston), along with David Russell and Andy Fruish had a long and fascinating meeting with the Enlightened One, surrounded as we were by shelves groaning under the weight of books...

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Alan Moore Interview

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pp. 136-152

Jess Nevins is the author of a series of books that annotate Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In addition to the annotations, the books normally include several essays by Nevins about historical or thematic elements of the League and their nineteenth-century milieu and an interview...

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Moore: “We Wanted to Do Something Which Solved a Lot of the Abiding Problems That Pornography Has.”

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pp. 153-181

Well, that is quite an obvious question. It’s got a lengthy answer. I suppose that it originally started with me having done a number of mainstream comic books in which I felt that if the character was going to be completely rounded, even if that was a character like Swamp Thing, then there should be...

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The Mustard Interview: Alan Moore

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pp. 182-206

Alan Moore sinks into a chair behind the coffee table in his home, an unassuming terraced house in Northampton. Bookshelves, tables, and parts of the floor overflow with impressive looking volumes and occult paraphernalia. Comparatively, the kitchen—into which we follow him, tape recorder in hand...

Index

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pp. 207-222