Can I just say that Alan Moore is not an anarchist. Does he own his home? NOT an anarchist. Has he renounced all property -his books and chattels? No? NOT an anarchist.
"The greatest graphic novelist in history".....please, I feel nauseous. A graphic novel is a very over-sized comic book (paperback or hard back) of 120+ pages. A graphic novel is a self-contained story. Will Eisner, who I think it is safe to say literally created the graphic novel, wrote and drew several and just one of these has far more merit than, say, the last six League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TLEG) books. Fagin The Jew, The Building and A Contract With God --just one of these blows Moore right back to the margins of creativity.
A "magician"? Bollocks. I have met and talked to witches and even "warlocks" and at least two black magic practitioners and compared to Moore...well, it is insulting even comparing Moore to them.
It's all fantasy and the statement that Hollywood has not had an original idea in 20-30 years...Sorry? Let me just see how much Moore 'created' based on his own ideas for TLEG...in fact, I'd need a very very long posting to list them all from the first volume up to the last.
Moore created Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde? Mina Harker? The Invisible Man? Alan Quartermain? Bond?? Orlando? Feckin' heck -Alan Moore obviously invented time travel and adopted different guises in different eras to plant the seed of his creations. Or he could just be a fantasist loving all the attention while droves of almost lobotomised followers hang on to his every word -he must really love that?
Watchmen, by the way, was NOT a graphic novel. Watchmen was a trade paperback. That is a book collecting parts of a series into one unit. Eisner created graphic novels.
Don't get me wrong, as certain small IQ'd folk tend to do. I loved Tom Strong. I loved Watchmen. There are a good few things I like that Moore wrote. I still read through some if and when I get the time.
When I have been on radio talking about comics I invariably hear "Now you are a graphic novelist" I've drawn some but I always -ALWAYS- correct the presenter with "Well, we need to be honest here. I have drawn some graphic novels and a couple of adult best selling comics but it is far more accurate to say that I write and draw comics -'graphic novelist' and 'graphic illustrator' are very grand titles. I write and draw comics." I love the fact that this then throws them off. They need their buzz-words.
From this day forth (and, boy will I be having hysterics behind the straight face) in any interviews I shall be describing myself as "The UKs foremost graphic novelist"......ooh. In the Midlands someone just started screeching!
I actually feel slightly sorry for Moore at times. His own -his OWN- internal demons prevent him from becoming truly one of the best comic book writers. I'm reminded of promoter Ray Santilli who I had to investigate when he started touting about the notorious fake Roswell alien autopsy footage. Over and over again he was proven a hoaxer but he kept going and, do you know what? People STILL believe that was a genuine alien autopsy because Santilli still insists it was.
And he likes living in Northampton because "It keeps me grounded" -BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Moore needs to concentrate less on spouting false 'facts' and whoring himself to the media as the new messiah and get back to doing what he used to do: write comics that entertain and give enjoyment.
To me, now, the subject of Alan Moore, until he writes more comics, is dead to me.