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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
it was pretty cool.

 

 

     Throbbin Robbin, Norman, OK

      Monsieur Shropshire et al.,

      I felt a great compulsion to share some thoughts about the Birth
Caul and defend its supremacy over Promethea and the bulk of the ABC
output. First, let me begin by saying that I am really pulling at hairs
(the short ones, even) because I can see that you have a great respect
for Mr. Moore and his groundbreaking work.
      But, I think that the Birth Caul is the best thing that I have
ever read from Alan Moore. Why? First of all, Moore is not writing out
of a tradition here. Much of what makes him so powerful to read is his
masterful re-working of themes that have been hammered on since the
onset of the comic era. This, however, breaches completely unknown
territory but in a much more effective way than the Alan Moore
songbook.
      Upon my first reading, I was immediately reminded of T.S. Eliot's
The Wasteland in the amazing scope of this piece. I, like many, live
under the sad impression that I have a lot in common with Moore (the
hair, the red eyes, the need for Howard Hughes-like privacy). From
beginning to end, I felt like Alan had reached inside my own life and
culled this material from its remnants. This feeling is one I equate
with great art, because the author is able to remove their own ego and
discuss what it means to be "human", even while using extremely
personal anecdotes to do so.
      I think Promethea is certainly the best ABC title, even though I
love them all. I think Promethea is revolutionary in both its portrayal
of women and the supernatural. I think Promethea is a lot of things but
it is definitely not better than the Birth Caul. Ultimately, without
the language and symbols of superherodom, Promethea means nothing.
     The Birth Caul, though, should and maybe will be included in anthologies
used to educate our children about what it will mean to be a part of this
world.
     Besides, when's the last time that someone sat down and wrote
and poem about "LIFE" that a) was comprehensible to the reader upon its
completion and b) didn't bore you to tears. The fact is, most people
can't be bothered by poetry anymore. It's slow and dense to digest.
Using pictures to expound on the symbols within is perfect and extends
a tradition last visited by the great William Blake in the 18th century.
     Great site. Hail the Mighty Moore. Legalize hemp and don't forget to
eatyour vegetables.

	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.