The GeeksverseNEWS | Alan Moore on Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Superman, Batman, and more

NEWS | Alan Moore on Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Superman, Batman, and more
Published on Friday, September 13, 2013 by
Influential comics creator talks to the BBC’s Today show about British impresario Malcolm McLaren, Moore’s latest comics series Fashion Beast, as well as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, the rise of the graphic novel, his prose work, and hints at a future graphic novel about H.P. Lovecraft.

Some highlights from the nine-minute audio interview:

  • On what he was trying to do with Watchmen:

Firstly, to question the limitations of the [comic book medium] itself, to see what comics could be used for that they had not been traditionally used for in the past. Yes, I was aware that it did give me a platform to discuss more serious things than people who wear their underpants over their trousers. We were talking mainly about power. Power in the world, how it’s exercised, and we were using these—fairly dope-y—superhero characters as an interesting symbol. Of course, these days, with hundreds and hundreds of masked anarchists swarming over the world’s political stage, I guess at least some of these people were amongst my readership.

  • On people wearing the Guy Fawkes masks popularized in V for Vendetta in protests and demonstrations:

I was pleased to think that a symbol, an image, that I’d come up with 30 years ago could be useful for the protest movement today. Yet I can’t take any credit for it, it’s them who’re doing all the work. They’re the ones who are out there sleeping in parks and on the steps of some pubs. I’m in relatively comfortable circumstances. But I would say that they’re doing it for all others and that it needs to be done.

  • On graphic novels being included on literary prize short lists and the implication that they are now accepted as high art:

I have to say that I have never read a [graphic novel] that is on a literary prize short list. That is, to my mind, not where culture is happening… That’s certainly not anything to do with me. I really didn’t want comics to become… a high-end style accessory? I was only ever interested in the medium and its possibilities, which I continue to be interested in.

  • On the Superman and Batman franchises and his writing Superman and Batman comics:

I’m not proud of it. I have nothing but abhorrence for the superhero as a figure. I think that there is something wrong with our culture. These aren’t responsible adults, and they are thrilling to concepts and characters and stories that were written to entertain the 12 year-old boys of fifty years ago. I think it says something a little bit disturbing if we just want to regurgitate the culture that we grew up with and takes us back to our happy place. I really thought that comics was about something more than that.

To listen to the full interview, click here.

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