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->''"Life isn't divided into genres. It's a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky."''
-->-- '''Alan Moore'''

Probably the most widely recognised (and ''[[CrazyAwesome insane]]'', although in that nifty-creative Howard Hughes and Creator/OrsonWelles way) ComicBook writer of all time, Alan Moore was born in Northampton, England in 1953, and got his start writing and drawing cartoon strips for magazines such as ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' and ''The NME''. He moved on to get regular work at Marvel UK, where he wrote the ''CaptainBritain'' comic, and ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'', where he wrote a series of acclaimed stories, including ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch'' and ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones''. This period included ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', about an anarchist planning to take down a fascist UK Government, and ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}'', a reinvention of a 1950s British superhero.

Moore was then encouraged by DCComics editor Len Wein to start work on ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', Wein's classic horror comic. Originally about a scientist, Alec Holland, who had been transformed into a living plant monster after an explosion in his lab, Moore proposed a radical revision that revealed that Alec had in fact died in the explosion, and that the swamp creature had been created by plant elementals using Holland's memories as a basis for its character. Swamp Thing was not a man turned into a monster; he was never a man at all! Moore then took the Swamp Thing through a number of unusual adventures, including an entire issue [[Main/{{Squick}} dedicated to psychic, psychedelic sex between Swampy and his human girlfriend, Abby.]] Moore also created the character of JohnConstantine for the comic. Along the way, he wrote a tiny handful of {{Superman}} stories which are now considered some of the very greatest ever written for the character (one was even adapted into an episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'') and set the groundwork for a more extensive examination of Superman later in his career, through the [[Main/{{CaptainErsatz}} pastiche character]] {{Supreme}}. Not to mention a tiny handful of Comicbook/GreenLantern stories that have become integral to ''its'' history ("Mogo Doesn't Socialize" and "Tygers").

''Swamp Thing'' proved to be a massive success, and in the last years of Moore's run on the title, he was also handed another gaggle of existing characters to play with. DC had recently acquired the properties of CharltonComics and Moore was asked to come up with a proposal for them. He came back with a dark tale that drew heavily on the mid-80s UsefulNotes/ColdWar angst, in which the Charlton heroes discover that one of their number has been killed and that his death is connected to something that could lead to nuclear armageddon. DC was impressed by the pitch but was worried that Moore's pitch would render a number of the characters unusable by the end of the story. Instead, they advised him to create an entirely new series, and so ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' was born. Mature beyond anything that mainstream comics had published up to that point and with a level of complexity that rivaled the most highbrow books of the time (and continues to rival the best that many writers can come up with), ''Watchmen'' proved to be a massive sensation, and with Frank Miller's ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', effectively launched TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. (Moore's Franchise/{{Batman}} one-shot ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' in 1988 was another big success in this regard -- its approach to the Joker became the TropeNamer for MultipleChoicePast.) It also contributed heavily to the growing realisation in the mainstream media that comics are an art form, along with other comics such as Art Spiegelman's ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'' and Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez's ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''.

Ironically, the popularity of ''Watchmen'' was the first nail in Moore's relationship with DC; the contract that he and artist David Gibbons had signed promised them that full rights to the comic would be returned to them if the book fell out of print for more than two years. At this point in time, paperback collections of comic books were virtually unheard of and the idea that ''Watchmen'' would remain in print that long was absurd. However, the book's popularity kept it in print from 1987 through to the present day, and neither Moore nor Gibbons ever received the rights. Moore's relationship with MarvelComics was also strained, and for similar reasons.

After ''Watchmen'', Moore moved into independent comics, writing ''Brought To Light'', a history of the CIA; ''Lost Girls'', a piece of highbrow erotica; and ''A Small Killing'', the story of a graphic designer who finds himself stalked by a strange little boy. In the mid-90s, he also began doing more work-for-hire writing for companies such as WildstormComics and ImageComics. Through Wildstorm, he published his own imprint, America's Best Comics (ABC), which included ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'', a 32-issue treatise on magic (Moore has been a practicing magus since his 40th birthday); ''TopTen'', a pastiche of PoliceProcedural TV series set in a superhero-populated city; and ''ComicBook/TomStrong'', a call back to a more innocent era of comic writing. Perhaps the best-known ABC comic, ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', is a Victorian-era superhero story set in a universe in which all stories exist alongside one another. Thus, the titular team comprises Mina Murray (Mina Harker of ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'', reverting back to her maiden name), Allen Quatermain (''Literature/KingSolomonsMines''), Captain Nemo (''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''), Hawley Griffin (''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'') and Dr. Jekyll/Mister Hyde ([[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde duh]]).

However, Wildstorm was bought out by [[Main/{{DCComics}} DC Comics]] and Moore subsequently parted from America's Best Comics. As of 2008, the only title he plans to write with any regularity is ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', which after ''The Black Dossier'', will be published through Top Shelf Productions. He is also currently working on his second prose novel, tentatively titled ''Jerusalem''.

[[SomethingPositive Apparently]], his amazing talent comes from Satan. [[MemeticBadass Not by selling his soul for it]], mind you, but because he used to beat Satan up for his lunch money until the Devil bribed Moore with genius to leave him alone. Additionally, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02132008.shtml Death is afraid of him]].

He is known, with a particularly vivid description of ''ComicBook/FromHell'', to have driven [[Creator/NeilGaiman Neil "Scary Trousers" Gaiman]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=337-ycZz6IM&feature=related leave a restaurant to go outside and get some fresh air so he wouldn't vomit.]] Twice. Gaiman also wrote [[http://lysad.blogspot.com/2007/08/neil-gaiman-writes-alan-moore.html this]] short comic about him, which pretty much sums up how many people view him.

Did we mention he's also a [[{{Polyamory}} polyamorous]], vegetarian [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies anarchist]] and an accomplished ceremonial magician?

Sometimes goes by the name of Translucia Baboon to [[http://www.neilgaiman.com/mediafiles/exclusive/Audio/SinisterDucks-MarchoftheSinisterDucks.mp3 warn us all about ducks]]. Is the quintessential modern MadArtist.
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''Common themes and elements:''
* AppealToAudacity: Whether done deliberately by Moore is open to debate, this is one of the cornerstones of his works by his fans.
* ArcWelding: A big believer in this. When revisioning characters like ''Swamp Thing'' and ''Miracleman'' he took pains to make sure the earlier stories were referred to and fitted in the overall fabric while allowing him room to write freely. He believes that fans of earlier stories would otherwise feel that the stories they followed had no value. For an extreme example, TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen does this for all of recorded literature and popular culture throughout the ages.
* AuthorAppeal:
** MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: Vary from work to work but more than one fan can describe him like this.
** Magic, especially as a supernatural expression of information.
** Anarchy as a positive force. He's actually quite proud of the Guy Fawkes mask becoming a symbol.
** Wordplay (and imageplay).
** Synchronicity.
** Making heavy use of the MatchCut technique to present a united narrative.
** The effect of the presence of superheroes or the supernatural on "real world" culture and society. This involves averting ReedRichardsIsUseless and CutLexLuthorACheck - the latter of which Moore's ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' run is the TropeNamer for.
** Reinvention of existing characters.
** Mixing fiction and historical fact.
** Drugs are great! His works often feature characters [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs using hallucinogens to positive effect]], such as Ozymandias in ''Watchmen'' and the cop in ''V for Vendetta''. Also, when Miracleman changes the world, he legalises all drugs.
** Lots of sex. ''Lost Girls'' and ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: The Black Dossier'' stand out.
** He also has a thing for RapeAsDrama. However, it is almost always done tactfully. But some scenes in his current ''ComicBook/{{Neonomicon}}'' project take explicit rape to NauseaFuel lengths.
* BlackComedy and KafkaKomedy: A lot of his work from his early days at ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' is overflowing with this (especially ''DR & Quinch'' and his collection of ''Tharg's Future Shocks''). These themes remain in his later works, but they are not nearly as prevalent as they are in some of his oldest stories.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Along with FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', Moore's earlier works - notably ''Comicbook/TheKillingJoke'' and ''ComicBook/Watchmen'' - have been credited with [[FollowTheLeader leading]] [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the trend.]] Note that his works, while often dark, are almost always idealistic, and his later works were often lighter (while always retaining an edge). He also very much regrets his role in driving the industry to such a dark place.
** What he regrets is the {{Flanderization}} of his ideas into GrimDark without acceptance of context, intent and purpose. That said he does feel ''The Killing Joke'' was one of his weaker works, feeling that his application of his deconstructive ideas on a story and character that did not need it was more damage than it was worth. This is not the opinion of the [[MagnumOpusDissonance book's]] fans though who consider it the definitive Joker story and one of his best works.
** DarkerAndEdgier accurately defines his reimagining of {{Miracleman}}, a children's comic that was a CaptainErsatz of [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] only submitted to a GenreShift into science-fiction explorations of {{Transhumanism}} and TheSingularity. A work which explores many of the themes that he followed up in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' and ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. It is many ways even darker and bleaker than what followed.
** He once submitted a proposal to DC that would have topped ''all of the above examples:'' TheTwilightOfTheSuperheroes - A {{Gotterdammerung}} for the '''entire DC Universe.'''
* {{Deconstruction}}, especially in the form of DeconstructionCrossover. Actually, Moore probably [[TropeCodifier codified]] the latter trope with his graphic novel series ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.
** ''From Hell'' was an ambitious work which deconstructed Victorian London and human sexuality on the whole, in addition to the pop culture mythology of Jack the Ripper.
* DeconstructiveParody: Some of his works fall into this. ''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'' taking on such pop culture sacred cows as Franchise/JamesBond and Franchise/HarryPotter, painting them in a decidedly less attractive light.
* HumansAreFlawed / CrapsackWorld: Every major character in his stories will always be guaranteed to have some kind of obvious flaw or otherwise unlikable trait, a variant of HumansAreBastards and HumansAreMorons perhaps being the two most common (but certainly not the only ones), while the city/world/universe his stories take place in are very grim and despairing places; no one ever really has much hope for anything in Moore's stories, let alone hope for their own personal ambitions or goals in the story (even if the story concludes with a genuinely happy ending).
** EarnYourHappyEnding: A more common refrain in his works, is that humanity can endure whatever tragedies and [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore world-historical social changes]] that technology and new social values will create, with the breakdown of the old order giving momentum for radical change. However, this is still carefully qualified and not entirely definite.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Chapter titles in his individual works occasionally follow a common theme. For example, ''V for Vendetta'' and words that begin with the letter V, ''Watchmen'' and its [[LiteraryAllusionTitle Literary Allusion Titles]], ''DR & Quinch'' and titling each separate story "DR & Quinch _______" and so forth..
* InsistentTerminology: When discussing his feelings towards ''Before Watchmen'' and why it was different from his own adaptations of pre-existing characters like ''Swamp Thing, Miracleman, League of Extraordinary Gentleman'' Moore feels that in the case of ''League'', there is a great deal of difference between adapting works by pre-existing authors and outright ''stealing'' them which is what he does. He notes that his later works merely take existing characters into entirely new contexts and situations outside their original stories and are ''not'' continuations or add-ons to a work belonging to the author under the same title.
** In the case of his adaptations, Moore stated that he had permissions and support from the original creators [[note]] which he did not give to ''Before Watchmen'' [[/note]] and tried as much as possible to respect their vision even ArcWelding their stories into his new vision and in the case of ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' giving Superman a FullyAbsorbedFinale by collaboration with the original Superman team.
* ManOfTheCity: How he feels towards his hometown Northampton. He is actively involved in all kinds of local issues there and his later works, especially his literary fiction, map out the history of Northampton and its importance.
* MugglePower : In his introduction to the special edition of ''Watchmen'' and in later interviews he noted that his interest gradually shifted from explorations of superheroes towards this. He stated that the development of technology effectively gave normal people some of the abilities and capacities that we ascribe to superheroes. This led to ''Top Ten'' a city where everyone has powers and nobody's special.
--> ''" 'Look, we are all crappy superheroes,' because personal computers and mobile phone devices are things that only {{Batman}} and [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Mr Fantastic]] would have owned back in [[TheSixties the sixties]]. We've all got this [[HumansAreSpecial immense power]] and we're still sat at home watching pornography and [[MundaneUtility buying scratch cards]]. We're rubbish, even though [[DareToBeBadass we are as gods.]]''
* OrphanedSeries: A number of Moore works were never completed due to publishers failing, or Moore falling out with his publishers or collaborators. The most notorious example is ''Big Numbers'', a hugely-ambitious literary graphic novel that only made it to two of the proposed twelve serial installments because Moore's self-publishing venture failed and two successive artists suffered CreatorBreakdown. Others include ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones'' (which did reach a fairly satisfying ending point, but was intended to be three times as long), ''1963'', and ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'' (which was revived much later with other writers continuing on from Moore's final issue).
* PromotedFanboy / RunningTheAsylum: Alan Moore criticizes the fact that contemporary comics seem to be written more by fans who long for their childhood comics heroes rather than professional writers with craft and skill.
** He admits that he himself was this. The young Alan Moore was a serious comics collector who affirms that {{Superman}} was his favorite character growing up. His love for the latter character and identification with its creators struggle, led to his famous, poignant story ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' which Neil Gaiman noted was a farewell to the Superman that existed in Moore's heart and who he believed would fade away with the CosmicRetcon that followed afterwords.
* {{Reconstruction}}, especially considering how some of his more famous deconstructive works ushered in the DarkAge. His works such as 1963, his runs on Supreme and Youngblood as well as Tom Strong are clear examples.
** ''Lost Girls'' was an attempt at reconstructing pornography, treating it as a valid form for exploring sexuality and trying to correct some of the stigma associated with it.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Sometimes literally. His works mix and match low culture and high culture with incredible aplomb. He's as deeply influenced by the likes of JamesJoyce, BertoltBrecht and ThomasPynchon as he is by JackKirby and pulp fiction. He grew up as a working class autodidact and absorbed information all throughout his life and is nearly a RenaissanceMan in his wide knowledge of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, history, art and all kinds of minutiae that he peppers his works with. He generally believes that writers should avoid SmallReferencePools and incorporate ideas from different mediums and fields of interest.
* SurrealHorror: Several of his later works contain heavy doses of this.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: A real believer and practitioner of this, though never to TrueArtIsIncomprehensible levels but a lot of the references in works like ''Promethea'' and ''League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'' will fly over people's heads providing readers with a FetchQuest to unearth all the meanings and quotations themselves in the hopes that audiences have an UnconventionalLearningExperience.
* Experimentation with form: symmetrical and chiastic story structures (e.g. the pirate comics in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''), playing with the chronological order of events (the fourth chapter of ''Watchmen'', which jumps back and forth between the past, present, and future), as well as layouts enabling dialogue to be read in different orders (e.g. the Mobius strip segment in ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'').
* Disinterest in [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptations]] of his work and Hollywood in general.
** However, he ''did'' like the ''[[JusticeLeagueUnlimited JLU]]'' adaptation of his {{Superman}} story "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything". This was possibly because they weren't his characters, and the producers bothered to ask him first. Notably, his name actually appears in the credits for the episode.
** He's also stated explicitly that he does ''not'' think as poorly of them as he is generally reputed to. Generally, his opinion is more along the lines that his works are made specifically to be comic books, and will [[AdaptationDecay not hold up in transition]]. This was an opinion that Creator/TerryGilliam shared as well. Moore admired his work and when they met, both agreed that a movie adaptation would be a bad idea.
*** Though he certainly fed this reputation with his statement on Zack Snyder's ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie. After Snyder commented that the most he could hope for at least was that "He'd accidentally catching a couple seconds of it while changing channels in [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]]".
---> '''Moore''': [[DeadpanSnarker Well I don't know who's got my DVD player in ''London]]''- [[note]] Moore famously lives in '''Northhampton'''[[/note]]
---> '''Moore''': -but I'm ''never'' watching the fucking thing!
* Freemasonry, often with ominous undertones.
* And, of course, DoingItForTheArt. He ''never'' does it for anything else.
** Except for a period during TheNineties, which was more a case of "doing it so he doesn't starve". Also, {{Neonomicon}}.
** Along with this, BlackAndGrayMorality is pretty much a given.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent and {{Expy}} characters abound in many of his works.

''Selected bibliography:''
* ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}'' (AKA ''Marvelman''; 1982-1984)
* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' (1982-1988)
* ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch'' (1983-1985)
* ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones'' (1984-1986)
* ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' (1984-1987)
* ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'' (1985)
* ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' (1986)
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' (1986-1987)
* ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' (1988)
* ''Lost Girls'' (1991-1992 partially, 2006)
* ''ComicBook/FromHell'' (1991-1996)
* ''NineteenSixtyThree'' (1993)
* ''Voice of the Fire'' (novel; 1996)
* ''YoungbloodJudgmentDay'' (1997)
* ''{{Supreme}}'' (1997-1998)
* ''TopTen'' and various spin offs (1999-2001)
* ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' (1999-2005)
* ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' (1999-2006)
* ''ComicBook/{{Neonomicon}}'' (2010)
* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' (1999-present)
* ''ComicBook/TheBojeffriesSaga'' (198? - 2014)
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