|Majic 12 Letters And Observations|
Random Notes: I highly recommend that you check out the
La Weekly overview on comics. Their Alan Moore feature is
particularly impressive. It also has a stunning page of Promethea that you have to scroll
down to. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, then enlarge this image. On a
related note, there's talk again of turning
Watchmen into a feature film. Personally, I wish that Watchmen would be done as a 12
episode limited series by HBO. Let Terry Gilliam direct and get out of the way. It
would perfectly complement The Sopranos and Watchmen needs that kind of time, unless Peter
Jackson wants to do it in nine hours (But I kind of hope he does the Foundation trilogy
next...Just a dream spoken out loud.) Gandolfini would make a great Comedian by the way.
Hmmm....Christian Bale or William Hurt as Ozymandius (Longshots: Chris Walken, Julian
Sands or Sting.). Dennis Hopper must be Rorshack. Russell Crowe as Doctor Manhattan. Alec
Baldwin, Jeff Bridges (Beau?) or Bill Macy as the newer Nite Owl and Gandolfini would make
a good Nite Owl as well...And speaking of Star Trek: I like the new Enterprise series but
I hate that theme. Suggestions: How about "Maiden Voyage" by Herbie Hancock? It
sounds futuristic and its on point theme wise. Or why not let Beck remix and sing it? I
appreciate that you're trying to go modern, but a song that sounds like Loverboy or
Journey isn't modern, it's mediocre corporate rock, sung by an opera star no less. The
themes for both "Earth: Final Conflict" and "Smallville" are way
better. And if you're looking for a real goddamned theme then check out the Cartoon
Network's "Cowboy Bebop". That rocks....By the way, I now have a message
board here so feel free to loath me in real time.
Not everybody was nonplussed by Alan Moore's Birth Caul. Throbbin' Rob thought
Throbbin Robbin, Norman, OK
Shropshire et al.,
Thank you, Throbbin Rob Vollmar, Norman Oklahoma "The human countenance at such extremes of its transition, is a fearful holy thing, a moment of eclipse we may not view except through the necessary filters, lest we are made blind" AM (You can check out more of Rob's work at: http://www.comikaze.com/reviews)
Gosh, I don't know what to say. Maybe I was wrong and should give it another read. Keep in mind that I really like Alan Moore's non superheroey stuff.
I thought Brought To Light and Big Numbers were extraordinary. In fact, Big Numbers blew me away. I heard that they're going to complete that series in an interview comic that featured Bill S. I also think both of these books are a lot better than the Birth Caul. The other point you bring up here and on your website is that this is work that stands apart from genre hero comics. But when ever that happens you have to compare this work with the great body of literature that's out there. Autobiographical stream of consciousness might be a new cate- gory for comics, but not for literature.
Generally speaking, I think Alan Moore beats the Steve Engleharts and John Byrnes of the Earth anyday of the week. But autobiographical stream of consciousness? Does it beat Kerouac or Ginsberg or Henry Miller? Please, gimme a break. Hey, I'll give you the Wasteland, but Tropic of Capricorn, no way. But I'll read it again, maybe I'm missing something.
Odds n Ends:
There are new issues of both the Comics Journal and Locus out on the stands. The new Locus features an interview with the legendary Arthur C. Clarke. The Journal also appears this month and its chockful of some interesting features. You know, its weird, but the Journal is actually a better magazine than Locus. I enjoyed the Clarke interview, timed with the release of his newest collection of essays--over a 40 year span--but I kind of wish Arthur had done a comic or two. Because if AC appeared in the Journal it would just be incredibly in depth, there would be eerie Watchmen like photos of the early years, and it would top out at 40 pages or so. I would learn everything I needed to know about AC. As it turns out, I will learn everything I wanted to know about John Severin...If I finish the interviews in my lifetime. No offense to Mr. Severin, but it seems to me that science fiction luminaries like Clarke should be getting the in depth stuff. Life ain't fair I guess. Hey, Delany has done some comics...Now there's an idea.
Flinch, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Four, Tomorrow Stories 2:
You know, I'm supposed to write something more at length about these books, but there really isn't a whole lot to say. All of the Flinch books have been wondrously drawn, but the stories were not that memorable. For my money, the best horror comics I ever read were the Clive Barker adaptations. Not to much to write about concerning League.There really isn't anything different from the past excellence. I would probably rate it as a four or above. There was one surprise: Turns out that Professor Moriarity is running the whole show. Where's Holmes? And how does Alan write about these guys without violating copyright law? As for Tomorrow Stories, you should only buy if you're an Alan groupie like myself. The first story featuring Greyshirt was certainly the best. Still feels a lot like Eisner's Spirit and he used a stunning storytelling technique to tell the story. The other stories were professional, but still, not Moore at his best stride.