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V Isn’t for Alan Moore

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We’ve never really gotten into graphic novels for all the usual reasons people don’t get into graphic novels that we won’t get into in order to avoid upsetting anyone. But we did find this article interesting in the NY Times on Sunday about Alan Moore, the artist/writer who created V for Vendetta which is soon to be a movie. The story is about how much garbage it sounds like he’s put up with as it travels down the chain of publishing to movie makers. And it’s convinced us that even though we do like the posters for the film, we’re not going to see the film. Actually, this writer didn’t have the slightest interest in seeing the film in the first place, but it’s nice to pretend to have a specific grudge against something. Here’s a bit:

With inventions like these, and a body of writing that spans nearly three decades, Mr. Moore, a 52-year-old native of Northampton, England, distinguished himself as a darkly philosophical voice in the medium of comic books — a rare talent whose work can sell solely on the strength of his name. But if Mr. Moore had his way today, his name would no longer appear on almost any of the graphic novels with which he is most closely associated. “I don’t want anything more to do with these works,” he said in a recent telephone interview, “because they were stolen from me – knowingly stolen from me.”

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