So if you’ve never heard of author Alan Moore, you truly have missed out on one of the true creators of this time. His literature, mostly in the graphic novel medium, has re-invented the way good storytelling is thought of and his works have gone on to make him something of a superstar. Many of his works, including V for Vendetta, Watchmen, From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, and others, have been made into feature films that have done phenomenally well in theaters, but to limit the perspective to the shallow re-interpretations of his work would do him no justice.
Moore is an all around magician when it comes to storytelling, taking on works that are immense in nature, challenging his readers to do a little bit of thinking on their own in order to come to just conclusions as to what might have happen off the page, and directly engaging in confrontation with the common held beliefs. In his massive graphic novel, The Lost Girls, Moore created an erotica – or as he calls it, a big porno book – basically exploring sexual culture in a medium that was supposed to be about super-heros and action. It wasn’t for the faint at heart because one look at the nudity and language used to explicitly describe sexual acts would turn the liberals and smooth talkers away.
Works such as From Hell and the Voice of the Fire almost blur the lines between reality and fiction, leaving the reader with a massive research project of his own and an unquenchable desire to no more. Alan Moore doesn’t tell cop-out stories that are about what happens next. He tells stories that challenge the readers to re-evaluate themselves and how they fit into the world that they cling to.
One of my favorite quotes from the author, and my closing statement, is this:
“The trap of reputation, for example. In this scenario, having garnered a considerable reputation or level of acclaim, one becomes paralyzed by the dreadful thought of losing it all by doing something… undignified. Uncool. This is a trap. Reputation is a trap that will turn you into a lifeless marble bust of yourself before you’re even dead. And then of courses there is reputation’s immortal big brother, Posterity, worrying about which has driven better women and men than you into the asylum. All these things… reputation, posterity, cool… should be tested to destruction by a course of deliberate sabotage. As the often-illuminating Escape and New Musical Express cartoonist Shaky Kane once remarked, “Don’t be cool. Like everything.” If you find yourself in danger of being taken seriously, then try to do something which undermines or sabotages that perception in some way. If your talent is of any genuine worth, it should be able to weather squalls of unpopularity and audience incomprehensio. The only thing that might seriously endanger either your talent or your relationship with your talent is if you suddenly found yourself fashionable.”