History Quotes / AlanMoore

18th Jan '17 9:11:12 PM JulianLapostat
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-> ''Back in the 1960s (and yes, this worldview may have been caused by drugs or listening to ridiculous psychedelic lyrics or what have you), there was the feeling among young people that—particularly after [[Music/TheBeatles the Beatles]]-— a lot of things changed in British culture because here was a bunch of working-class youngsters from Liverpool who were nonetheless regarded as high culture. That changed everything. It made it seem as if there were potentially no limits, regardless of the heights, to which you might ascend. It seemed like there weren’t these things holding you back anymore. If the Beatles could do it, then I’m sure a lot of other working-class creators thought, “Maybe I could do it?” There was that sense of there being no ceiling to the world back then. You could climb as high as you wanted on your own efforts. These days I get more of the impression that the ceiling is very evident and, instead, the impression I get is [[FromBadToWorse that there is no floor. There are no depths to which you might not descend that creates a kind of anxiety, a state of fear. How bad is this going to get?]] Is Donald Trump going to get elected? Oh my God, surely we haven’t just exited Europe? All of these things. We have no idea how bad these things can get.''
-->-- '''Creator/AlanMoore''' [[http://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/blog/interviews/interior-human-head-infinite-conversation-alan-moore Rob Vollmar Interview]].
16th Jan '17 1:30:04 PM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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--> '''Creator/AlanMoore''', [[SelfParody parodying himself]] and his [[TakeThat vocal]] [[WriterRevolt anti-corporate views]] on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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16th Jan '17 1:29:43 PM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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-> " With the benefit of hindsight and a greater understanding of anthropoid behavior patterns, science fiction author Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer was able to demonstrate quite credibly that the young ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'' would almost certainly have indulged in sexual experimentation with chimpanzees and that he would just surely have had none of the aversion to eating human flesh that Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs attributed to him. As our political and social consciousness continues to evolve, ''[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan Quartermain]]'' stands revealed as just another [[MightyWhitey white imperialist]] out to exploit the natives and we begin to see that the overriding factor in ''Franchise/JamesBond's'' psychological makeup is his utter hatred and contempt for women. Whether most of us would prefer to enjoy the above-mentioned gentlemen's adventures without spoiling things by considering the social implications is beside the point. The fact remains that [[SocietyMarchesOn we have changed, along with our society]], and that were such characters created today [[ValuesDissonance they would be subject to the most]] extreme suspicion and [[UnfortunateImplications criticism]]."

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-> " With ''With the benefit of hindsight and a greater understanding of anthropoid behavior patterns, science fiction author Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer was able to demonstrate quite credibly that the young ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'' would almost certainly have indulged in sexual experimentation with chimpanzees and that he would just surely have had none of the aversion to eating human flesh that Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs attributed to him. As our political and social consciousness continues to evolve, ''[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan Quartermain]]'' stands revealed as just another [[MightyWhitey white imperialist]] out to exploit the natives and we begin to see that the overriding factor in ''Franchise/JamesBond's'' psychological makeup is his utter hatred and contempt for women. Whether most of us would prefer to enjoy the above-mentioned gentlemen's adventures without spoiling things by considering the social implications is beside the point. The fact remains that [[SocietyMarchesOn we have changed, along with our society]], and that were such characters created today [[ValuesDissonance they would be subject to the most]] extreme suspicion and [[UnfortunateImplications criticism]]."''


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-> ''You see what those [[ExecutiveMeddling bloody corporations]] do? They take your ideas and they suck them! Suck them like leeches until they've gotten every last drop of marrow from your bones!''
--> '''Creator/AlanMoore''', [[SelfParody parodying himself]] and his [[TakeThat vocal]] [[WriterRevolt anti-corporate views]] on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
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1st Jan '17 9:58:22 PM RaisenRhaasen
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-> ''I got quite [[BrokenBase a bit of criticism for that]]. I know that people were saying after reading the third book, that it was my equivalent of saying,"[[NostalgiaFilter It were old fields around here once]]" which it wasn't, that wasn't what I was saying. What I was saying was that I don't think it was unfair to choose '''[Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera]''' as representing a big important cultural event of 1910. I don't think it was unfair choosing [[Film/{{Performance}} Donald Cammell's Performance]] as representing a big important cultural event in 1969 and I don't think it was unfair choosing Creator/JKRowling's '''Franchise/HarryPotter''' as representing a big cultural event in the early 21st Century. I would say that it you were to plot those things along the graph -- the line isn't going up. I think that it's a fair comment that our approach to culture -- in the mainstream -- has degenerated ... I wasn't saying that all culture in the late 21st Century was rubbish or I wasn't saying that culture was doomed. I was saying that mainstream culture [[FollowTheLeader was becoming repititive]], was not having original ideas, would no longer be capable of coming up with a '''Film/{{Performance}}''', leave alone a '''[[Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera Threepenny Opera]]'''.''

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-> ''I got quite [[BrokenBase a bit of criticism for that]]. I know that people were saying after reading the third book, that it was my equivalent of saying,"[[NostalgiaFilter It were old fields around here once]]" which it wasn't, that wasn't what I was saying. What I was saying was that I don't think it was unfair to choose '''[Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera]''' as representing a big important cultural event of 1910. I don't think it was unfair choosing [[Film/{{Performance}} Donald Cammell's Performance]] as representing a big important cultural event in 1969 and I don't think it was unfair choosing Creator/JKRowling's '''Franchise/HarryPotter''' as representing a big cultural event in the early 21st Century. I would say that it you were to plot those things along the graph -- the line isn't going up. I think that it's a fair comment that our approach to culture -- in the mainstream -- has degenerated ... I wasn't saying that all culture in the late 21st Century was rubbish or I wasn't saying that culture was doomed. I was saying that mainstream culture [[FollowTheLeader was becoming repititive]], repetitive]], was not having original ideas, would no longer be capable of coming up with a '''Film/{{Performance}}''', leave alone a '''[[Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera Threepenny Opera]]'''.''
29th Jun '16 4:01:39 PM Anddrix
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-> " With the benefit of hindsight and a greater understanding of anthropoid behavior patterns, science fiction author Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer was able to demonstrate quite credibly that the young ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'' would almost certainly have indulged in sexual experimentation with chimpanzees and that he would just surely have had none of the aversion to eating human flesh that Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs attributed to him. As our political and social consciousness continues to evolve, ''[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan Quartermain]]'' stands revealed as just another [[MightyWhitey white imperialist]] out to exploit the natives and we begin to see that the overriding factor in ''Franchise/JamesBond's'' psychological makeup is his utter hatred and contempt for women. Whether most of us would prefer to enjoy the above-mentioned gentlemen's adventures without spoiling things by considering the social implications is beside the point. The fact remains that [[SocietyMarchesOn we have changed, along with our society]], and that were such characters created today [[ValuesDissonance they would be subject to the most]] extreme [[BaseBreaker suspicion]] and [[UnfortunateImplications criticism]]."

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-> " With the benefit of hindsight and a greater understanding of anthropoid behavior patterns, science fiction author Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer was able to demonstrate quite credibly that the young ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'' would almost certainly have indulged in sexual experimentation with chimpanzees and that he would just surely have had none of the aversion to eating human flesh that Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs attributed to him. As our political and social consciousness continues to evolve, ''[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan Quartermain]]'' stands revealed as just another [[MightyWhitey white imperialist]] out to exploit the natives and we begin to see that the overriding factor in ''Franchise/JamesBond's'' psychological makeup is his utter hatred and contempt for women. Whether most of us would prefer to enjoy the above-mentioned gentlemen's adventures without spoiling things by considering the social implications is beside the point. The fact remains that [[SocietyMarchesOn we have changed, along with our society]], and that were such characters created today [[ValuesDissonance they would be subject to the most]] extreme [[BaseBreaker suspicion]] suspicion and [[UnfortunateImplications criticism]]."
7th Apr '16 12:38:16 PM JulianLapostat
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->''"Alan Moore is simply stating a fact when he says that today’s popular superheroes were not created for today’s audiences. Virtually all the mainstay DC heroes were created around 75 years ago, Marvel’s are 50 years old. The DC characters we’d think of as ‘newer’, like ComicBook/{{Lobo}}, ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, and [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] are pushing thirty. Even Image and Dark Horse’s are over 20 years old at this point. You can see the glass half-full or half-empty here: at one level, it’s impressive that characters like Franchise/{{Batman}} have endured. And this isn’t something unique to comics: Franchise/SherlockHolmes, Franchise/JamesBond, and Franchise/DoctorWho were all created for previous generations. We’re also seeing confirmation bias at play: these are the characters who survived, and plenty of their contemporaries who were once household names have all but vanished."''
-->-- '''Lance Parkin''', [[http://sequart.org/magazine/41028/superhero-accessories-part-two-truth-justice-all-that-stuff/ Superhero Accessories]].
11th Feb '16 9:23:59 PM JulianLapostat
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-> ''I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do with them. It's an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men...I think it's a rather alarming sign if we've got audiences of adults going to see Film/{{The Avengers|2012}} movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.''



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-> ''I hate superheroes. I think they're abominations. They don't mean what they used to mean. They were originally in " With the hands benefit of writers who hindsight and a greater understanding of anthropoid behavior patterns, science fiction author Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer was able to demonstrate quite credibly that the young ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'' would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is almost certainly not nine to 13, it's nothing to do have indulged in sexual experimentation with them. It's an audience largely chimpanzees and that he would just surely have had none of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men...I think it's a rather alarming sign if we've got audiences of adults going the aversion to eating human flesh that Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs attributed to him. As our political and social consciousness continues to evolve, ''[[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Allan Quartermain]]'' stands revealed as just another [[MightyWhitey white imperialist]] out to exploit the natives and we begin to see Film/{{The Avengers|2012}} movie that the overriding factor in ''Franchise/JamesBond's'' psychological makeup is his utter hatred and delighting in concepts contempt for women. Whether most of us would prefer to enjoy the above-mentioned gentlemen's adventures without spoiling things by considering the social implications is beside the point. The fact remains that [[SocietyMarchesOn we have changed, along with our society]], and that were such characters meant created today [[ValuesDissonance they would be subject to entertain the 12-year-old boys most]] extreme [[BaseBreaker suspicion]] and [[UnfortunateImplications criticism]]."
-->-- '''Creator/AlanMoore''' ''The Mark of Batman'' Introduction to Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' anticipating many
of the 1950s.''


themes he would tackle in the League.
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3rd Dec '15 7:01:55 AM JulianLapostat
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-->-- ''On [[http://www.comicscube.com/2012/07/the-craft-interview-with-alan-moore-by.html how he collaborates with artists]]''

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-->-- ''On '''On [[http://www.comicscube.com/2012/07/the-craft-interview-with-alan-moore-by.html how he collaborates with artists]]''
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3rd Dec '15 7:01:39 AM JulianLapostat
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->''The majority of comics artists – some of the best ones, [[Creator/ECComics Harvey Kurtzman]], artist-writer, Creator/WillEisner, artist-writer, Creator/FrankMiller ... Creator/ArtSpiegelman, who I believe has been very vocal about – at least in the past – how the mainstream industry, mainstream comics could produce nothing of worth, because it was not the work of one individual, it was a conveyor-belt process, and thus soulless. I've got a great deal of respect for Art Spiegelman as an intellect, but I think he's wrong on that one. I mean, it depends how you use the collaboration process, I'm sure it can be soulless, I'm sure it can be a conveyor belt, but conveyor belt does not begin to describe the collaboration between me, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins on ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, it doesn't really describe the collaboration between me, John Williams, Mick Gray, Jeremy Higgins and Todd Klein on ComicBook/{{Promethea}} ... There's nothing soulless about the way that I approach collaboration – the exact opposite, I try to involve everybody so we've got everybody's energies pouring wholeheartedly into the book, because it is what they most want to do. And then you've got all of those energies in one harness, harnessed to one project, and you can take the story to lengths you would not have imagined possible.

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->''The majority of comics artists – some of the best ones, [[Creator/ECComics Harvey Kurtzman]], artist-writer, Creator/WillEisner, artist-writer, Creator/FrankMiller ... Creator/ArtSpiegelman, who I believe has been very vocal about – at least in the past – how the mainstream industry, mainstream comics could produce nothing of worth, because it was not the work of one individual, it was a conveyor-belt process, and thus soulless. I've got a great deal of respect for Art Spiegelman as an intellect, but I think he's wrong on that one. I mean, it depends how you use the collaboration process, I'm sure it can be soulless, I'm sure it can be a conveyor belt, but conveyor belt does not begin to describe the collaboration between me, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins on ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, it doesn't really describe the collaboration between me, John Williams, Mick Gray, Jeremy Higgins and Todd Klein on ComicBook/{{Promethea}} ... There's nothing soulless about the way that I approach collaboration – the exact opposite, I try to involve everybody so we've got everybody's energies pouring wholeheartedly into the book, because it is what they most want to do. And then you've got all of those energies in one harness, harnessed to one project, and you can take the story to lengths you would not have imagined possible.''
3rd Dec '15 7:01:23 AM JulianLapostat
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->''The majority of comics artists – some of the best ones, [[Creator/ECComics Harvey Kurtzman]], artist-writer, Creator/WillEisner, artist-writer, Creator/FrankMiller ... Creator/ArtSpiegelman, who I believe has been very vocal about – at least in the past – how the mainstream industry, mainstream comics could produce nothing of worth, because it was not the work of one individual, it was a conveyor-belt process, and thus soulless. I've got a great deal of respect for Art Spiegelman as an intellect, but I think he's wrong on that one. I mean, it depends how you use the collaboration process, I'm sure it can be soulless, I'm sure it can be a conveyor belt, but conveyor belt does not begin to describe the collaboration between me, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins on ''ComicBook{{Watchmen}}'', it doesn't really describe the collaboration between me, John Williams, Mick Gray, Jeremy Higgins and Todd Klein on ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' ... There's nothing soulless about the way that I approach collaboration – the exact opposite, I try to involve everybody so we've got everybody's energies pouring wholeheartedly into the book, because it is what they most want to do. And then you've got all of those energies in one harness, harnessed to one project, and you can take the story to lengths you would not have imagined possible.

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->''The majority of comics artists – some of the best ones, [[Creator/ECComics Harvey Kurtzman]], artist-writer, Creator/WillEisner, artist-writer, Creator/FrankMiller ... Creator/ArtSpiegelman, who I believe has been very vocal about – at least in the past – how the mainstream industry, mainstream comics could produce nothing of worth, because it was not the work of one individual, it was a conveyor-belt process, and thus soulless. I've got a great deal of respect for Art Spiegelman as an intellect, but I think he's wrong on that one. I mean, it depends how you use the collaboration process, I'm sure it can be soulless, I'm sure it can be a conveyor belt, but conveyor belt does not begin to describe the collaboration between me, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins on ''ComicBook{{Watchmen}}'', ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}, it doesn't really describe the collaboration between me, John Williams, Mick Gray, Jeremy Higgins and Todd Klein on ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' ...ComicBook/{{Promethea}} ... There's nothing soulless about the way that I approach collaboration – the exact opposite, I try to involve everybody so we've got everybody's energies pouring wholeheartedly into the book, because it is what they most want to do. And then you've got all of those energies in one harness, harnessed to one project, and you can take the story to lengths you would not have imagined possible.
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