Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore

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Aurum Press Limited, Dec 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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For over three decades comics fans and creators have regarded Alan Moore as a titan of the form. With works such as V for Vendetta,The Watchmen and From Hell, Alan has repeatedly staked out new territory, attracting literary plaudits and a mainstream audience far removed from his underground origins. His place in popular culture is now such that major Hollywood players vie to adapt his books for cinema, regardless of his contempt for their attempts. Yet Moore's journey from the hippie Arts Labs of the 1970s to the bestseller lists was far from preordained. A principled eccentric, who has lived his whole life in one English town, he has been embroiled in fierce feuds with some of the entertainment industry's biggest corporations. Just when he could have made millions ploughing a golden rut he turned instead to performance art, writing erotica, and the occult. Now, as Alan Moore hits sixty, it's time to go in search of this extraordinary gentleman, and follow the peculiar path taken by a writer quite unlike any other.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Beardless Youth
13
2 Eight yeaRS LateR
41
3 Realistic Weird Warrior
75
4 Script Robot Alan Moore
105
5 Heads Up America Here I Come
145
6 That Isnt Funny Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
183
7 Watchmen II
205
8 I Mage
253
9 Pictopia
301
10 Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
337
References
383
Images
412
Thanks
414
Index
415
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

LANCE PARKIN is a British author, best known for writing fiction and reference books for television series, most notably Doctor Who. He is an Alan Moore completist, having followed the comics maestro's career since the 1970s, and in 2001 he wrote an acclaimed guide to Moore's work, which has since been updated and reissued. In addition to contributing pieces to magazines such as TV Zone, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine, he is also the co-author of Dark Matters, a guide to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. He lives in the USA.

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