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Alan Moore

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Image novel writer and artist whose best-known works include Watchmen and V for Vendetta. His focus on DC Comics’ Swamp Thing offered the type depth and dimensions. He founded America’s Greatest Comics within the 1990s. He was an designer for DC Comics early in his profession, but he later on left behind mainstream comic publication work. His period with DC created such classics as Whatever Occurred to the person of Tomorrow? and Batman: The Getting rid of Joke, which efficiently finished the crimefighting profession of Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl. His visual novels inspired movies such as for example 2001’s From Hell, 2003’s The Little league of Amazing Gentlemen, and 2005’s V for Vendetta. He and his 1st wife, Phyllis, experienced two daughters, Leah and Amber. He and Phyllis distributed a lover called Deborah. Their romantic relationship finished in the 1990s when both ladies remaining him. He wedded his second wife and regular collaborator, Melinda Gebbie, in 2007. His Watchmen personality Edward Blake was performed by Jeffrey Morgan in this year’s 2009 film.

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Full Name Alan Moore
Date Of Birth November 18, 1953
Place Of Birth England
Profession Novelist
Education Northampton School for Boys
Nationality British
Spouse Melinda Gebbie, Phyllis Moore
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Admits he was going through a period of depression when he wrote ''Watchmen''.
2Writing the 3rd volume of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" graphic novel series, entitled "LXG: Dark Dossier." [February 2005]
3Rorschach of ''Watchmen'', possibly his most popular original character, was based on elements taken from Steve Ditko's creations The Question and Mr A, who held a strict Black and white ideology that Moore despised. He also took elements from Batman and Travis Bickle, Robert De Niro's character in ''Taxi Driver (1976)''. Despite the intent of the character's creation, Ditko praised the character as being faithful to his Mr. A, only with the only major difference of him being insane.
4His graphic novel ''Watchmen'' is listed on Time Magazine's list of ''The 100 greatest novels''.
5Close friends with Neil Gaiman.
6He is a vocal supporter of the ''Occupy Wall Street'' movement.
7He has said that he is pleased that the mask worn by arguably his most famous character, V from ''V For Vendetta'' has become a popular symbol in protest groups.
8In addition to his socio-political themes and well-developed characters, his most (in)famous aspect is his painstaking attention to detail. He is famous for writing entire pages of description for the images in his comics, and has been known to send pieces of fabric to the artists so that they can use them as reference for wallpapers in the backgrounds of his comics.
9He has had long hair since his teenage years and his trademark beard since early adulthood.
10Stated that he was pleased with Watchmen (2009)'s lackluster reception at the box-office, due to his belief that the graphic novel is incapable of being adapted into a live-action motion picture feature. Despite the fact that he refuses to watch the film.
11Notoriously despises movie adaptations of his work, especially after the adaptations of his works, From Hell (2001) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). Since then, Moore has refused both official credits or any licensing fees for any film adaptations of his works on principle. The sole exception is the animated adaptation of his Superman story, Justice League: For the Man Who Has Everything (2004), because the producers asked his permission before production and he was pleased at the reasonable changes done to the story.
12Created the character "John Constantine", who was adapted into the movie, Constantine (2005), starring Keanu Reeves.
13Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 138, pages 326-332. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
14Asked that his name be taken off the credit for V for Vendetta (2005).
15Lived in an 'experimental' relationship for several years with his wife Phyllis and their girlfriend Debbie. When his relationship ended, Phyllis and Debbie moved away with the children. He now has a long term relationship with comic-book artist Melinda Gebbie.
16His daughter Leah Moore has now followed in her fathers footsteps with her first comic book "Wild Girl", co-written with John Reppion.
17Is known for writing definitive stories for Superman, Batman, and other popular comic superheroes. Also widely considered to be the best current comic writer with "Watchmen" being his magnum opus.
18Often uses bookends in his comic layouts.
19Refuses to work with Marvel comics on the grounds that his British comic series "Miracle Man" had to have its title changed from the original "Marvel Man" due to copyright problems.
20Worked on a screenplay, called "Fashion Beast", with The Sex Pistols' manager, Malcolm McLaren, but it never was completed.
21Won the British Eagle Awards for Best Comics Writer in 1982 and 1983 for his work on Marvelman (known in the United States as Miracleman) and V For Vendetta.
22The oldest son of brewery worker Ernest Moore and printer Sylvia Doreen.
23Married in 1974. Has two daughters, Amber and Leah Moore.
24Has his own publishing company, America's Best Comics (ABC). He publishes: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Tom Strong, Tomorrow Stories and Top 10 among others.
25First comics author to win the prestigious Hugo Award (1988) for "Watchmen" (though he was not the only one; comic writer Neil Gaiman won the Hugo in 2002, albeit for a novel, and not a graphic work). The day after he was awarded it, they changed the rules so that comics can no longer be considered.
26Alan Moore lives in Northampton, England; The same town in which he was born.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Justice League Dark2017Video character: John Constantine - uncredited completed
Constantine 2characters announced
Batman: The Killing Joke2016based on the graphic novel written by - uncredited
Good Evening, London2015Short
Batman: Arkham Knight2015Video Game story: "The Killing Joke" - uncredited
John Constantine: Hellblazer - The Soul Play2014Short creator
Constantine2014TV Series character: John Constantine - uncredited
His Heavy Heart2014Short
Jimmy's End2012Short
Act of Faith2012Short writer
Tales of the Black Freighter2009Video short graphic novel "Watchmen" - uncredited
Under the Hood2009Video short graphic novel - uncredited
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh2009Video Game graphic novel - uncredited
Watchmen2008-2009TV Series graphic novel - 12 episodes
Watchmen2009graphic novel - uncredited
Justice League Unlimited2004TV Series comic book story - 1 episode
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen2003comic books
From Hell2001graphic novel

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
By Our Selves2015
Whispers2013/IIShort
Jimmy's End2012ShortFrank Metterton
The Simpsons2007TV SeriesAlan Moore

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jimmy's End2012Short executive producer
Act of Faith2012Short executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
V for Vendetta2005graphic novel writer
Spawn: In the Demon's Hand2000Video Game co-creator: Admonisher and the Phlebiac Brothers - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bird of Steel!special thanks filming
El defensor2011Short the director wishes to thank
Dogma1999humble thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Anti Gravity Room1996-1997TV SeriesHimself
The Media Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Signals1989TV Series documentaryHimself
Grandes maestros del arte popular1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Swandown2012Documentary
HARDtalk2012TV SeriesHimself
Lint the Movie2011Himself
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle2011TV SeriesHimself
HypaSpace2006-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Comics Britannia2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
In Search of Steve Ditko2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
SexTV2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Don't Get Me Started!2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Mindscape of Alan Moore2005DocumentaryHimself
Masters of Darkness2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
SF:UK2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Other Side2000TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Co-Creator, Watchmen
The Replacement Gods2012Video documentaryHimself - Writer for DC Comics
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics2010Video documentaryHimself

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#Quote
1I've always had my problems with genre, and I am coming to the conclusion that genre has really only ever been a convenience.
2[on the flimsy origin stories of superheroes] People, I'm sure, have had their parents killed in front of their eyes. I think that would probably lead to a life in analysis, and probably all sorts of personal problems... it probably wouldn't lead to you becoming a bat-themed vigilante.
3I believe that every single individual human being should probably make their own peace with the universe. I mean, we're all of us different emotionally, we're all different physically, intellectually... it would be really odd if we were all the same spiritually. So that's why I have a problem with religion per se, because "religion," the very word, it comes from the same root word as "ligature" and "ligament" and it means, "to be bound together in one belief" which I find a bit creepy and a bit unnatural.
4To me, all creativity is magic. Ideas start out in the empty void of your head - and they end up as a material thing, like a book you can hold in your hand. That is the magical process. It's an alchemical thing. Yes, we do get the gold out of it but that's not the most important thing. It's the work itself. That's the reward. That's better than money.
5Much as I love the medium, I despise the industry. I've always despised it to a certain degree but after this last few years and all this nonsense with the films, I believe it to be a completely poisonous place that isn't really going anywhere. I did once feel I was part of a movement that wanted to change comics into something was valuable to culture, but I don't really feel that kinship in the way I used to. -- on the comic book industry
6There is something about the quality of comics that makes things possible that you couldn't do in any other medium. Things that we did in Watchmen on paper could be frankly horrible or sensationalist or unpleasant if you were to interpret them literally through the medium of cinema. When it's just lines on paper, the reader is in control of the experience - it's a tableau vivant. And that gives it the necessary distance. It's not the same when you're being dragged through it at 24 frames per second.
7I left school at the age of seventeen and my first job was hacking up sheep carcasses for the Co-Op Hide and Skin Division. It certainly gave me an insight into life, because we had to turn up at 7:30am and drag these blood-stained sheepskins out of these vats of freezing cold water, blood, and various animal byproducts. Then we used to mutilate them in a variety of strange ways... but, oddly, a form of concentration-camp humor arose, and many was the happy hour that we had throwing whacked-off sheep's testicles at each other.
8You couldn't do it. There certainly couldn't be the violence [of the book]. That would be too much. It would be just unpleasant. The blood is black and white in the comic, which provides a necessary distancing. -- on translating the level and detail of violence in "From Hell" to a film
9Wanted people to have some idea of what it would be like to spend two hours in a room cutting up a woman. There was no possible sense of glamour about it. That seemed to be the only honest way to do it. -- on the violence in "From Hell"
10The idea was to do a documentary comic about a murder. I concluded that there was a way of approaching the [Ripper] murders in a completely different way. I changed the emphasis from 'whodunit' to 'what happened'. I'd seen advertisements for Douglas Adams' book "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency". A holistic detective? You wouldn't just have to solve the crime, you'd have to solve the entire world that that crime happened in. That was the twist that I needed. -- on "From Hell"
11... But at the end of the day, Watchmen was something to do with power, V for Vendetta was about fascism and anarchy, The Killing Joke was just about Batman and the Joker - and Batman and the Joker are not really symbols of anything that are real, in the real world, they're just two comic book characters. -- on "The Killing Joke"
12... it was done while I was doing Watchmen, or just after or something, I'm not sure which but it was too close to Watchmen. I mean, Brian [Bolland] did a wonderful job on the art but I don't think it's a very good book. It's not saying anything very interesting. -- on "The Killing Joke"
13There is a certain amount of darkness in magic but there is much more radiance and light. And it is purely about the world of ideas. -- on magic
14I think what I said after Watchmen and that, was that I no longer felt the super hero form was really the best way to tell important meaningful stories. That if I wanted to do a story on the environment, I think it would be better without the swamp monster in it, if I wanted to do a story about politics, it would be better not to have a bunch of superheroes in it. I believe that the superhero icon still has a valuable power in it. It kind of transformed my childhood. Its a talisman of the imagination.They were powerful as a way of opening up rooms in my imagination when I was a child. They were very very valuable to me. And the fact that you can use them to tell allegorical stories or whatever, that doesn't mean you should. "Batman: The Killing Joke", which still sells, and I believe that it has been accepted that it was the main influence on the first Batman film, for what's that worth, is a terrible book. I mean, it doesn't say anything. Its talking about Batman and the Joker, and says that yes, psychologically Batman and the joker are mirror images of each other. So? You know. You're never going to meet somebody remotely like either of those two people. You're not going to meet people who have been driven mad in that way. -- on the superhero genre
15I was starving. I've always liked comic books. Since I as 6 or 7. I'd discovered American comic books at age 7. I later came to appreciate comics as an art form, and realized that even with glorious exceptions like Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtz, this was a field that was still largely untouched. . Its great work still lay in the future at that point.And I was working for a subcontractor to the gas board. Miserable office job. This was in the late 70s. I'd been through a series of fairly miserable jobs after my hurried removal from the grammar school that I was in. -- on deciding to become a comic writer
16The majority of films feel like a waste of two hours of my life. This is probably because I'm an increasingly cranky and reclusive weirdo.
17I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying. It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The 'Watchmen' film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can't we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change.
18The main reason why comics can't work as films is largely because everybody who is ultimately in control of the film industry is an accountant. These people may be able to add up and balance the books, but in every other area they are stupid and incompetent and don't have any talent. And this is why a film is going to be a work that's done by dozens and dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of people. They're going to show it to the backers and then they're going to say, we want this in it, and this in it... and where's the monster?
19We had one particularly dense Hollywood producer say, 'You don't even have to do the book, just stick your name on this idea and I'll make the film and you'll get a lot of money - it's... The League Of Extraordinary Animals! It'll be like Puss In Boots!' And I just said, 'No, no, no. Never mention this to me again.'
20There is more integrity in comics. It sounds simplistic, but I believe there is a formula that you can apply to almost any work of modern culture...
21100 million dollars - that's what they spent on the Watchmen film which nearly didn't come out because of the lawsuit, that's what they spent on The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen which shouldn't have come out but did anyway. Do we need any more shitty films in this world? We have quite enough already. Whereas the 100 million dollars could sort out the civil unrest in Haiti. And the books are always superior, anyway.
22The League film cost 100 million because Sean Connery wanted 17 million of that - and a bigger explosion that the one he'd had in his last film. It's in his contract that he has to have a bigger explosion with every film he's in. In The Rock he'd blown up an island, and he was demanding in The League that he blow up, was it Venice or something like that? It would have been the moon in his next movie.
23A real writer doesn't just want to write; a real writer has to write.
24[on being disassociated with the film adaptations of his work]: "I want them to say, 'We're not going to give you any money for your work, you're not going to get any credit for it and we're not going to put your name on it.' To see a line of dialogue or a character that I have poured that much emotional involvement into, to see them casually travestied and watered down and distorted... it's kind of painful. It's much better just to avoid them altogether."
25League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was the reason why I decided to take my name off all subsequent films.
26I'm perhaps overstating my case here a bit, but I think I lent an awful lot of literary and intellectual credibility to the American comics business and to the comics business in general when I entered it. I don't feel the same way about comics any more, I really don't. I never loved the comic industry. I used to love the comics medium. I still do love the comics medium in its pure platonic, essential form, but the comics medium as it stands seems to me to have been allowed to become a cucumber patch for producing new movie franchise.
27It is important to me that I should be able to do whatever I want. I was kind of a selfish child, who always wanted things his way, and I've kind of taken that over into my relationship with the world.
28"I also wanted to write about power politics. Ronald Reagan was president. But I was worried readers might switch off if they thought I was attacking someone they admired. So we set "Watchmen" in a world where Richard Nixon was in his fourth term - because you're not going to get much argument that Nixon was scum! For me, the '80s were worrying. 'Mutually assured destruction'. 'Voodoo economics'. A culture of complacency...I was writing about the times I lived in". (on the political approach to the Watchmen comic book series).
29I'd rather my work maintain my only profile. It doesn't really matter to readers whether I exist or not, now does it? It's only the work. I don't want them to admire my haircut. I don't want them to admire my complexion or my trim physique. If they enjoy the story, then that's great. The contact between me and them has been successfully completed, you know?
30"The answer I always fall back on is to quote Raymond Chandler. People said: 'Raymond, don't you feel devastated by how Hollywood has destroyed your books?' And he would take them into his study, point to the bookshelf and say, 'There they are. Look, they're fine.' The film has got nothing to do with my work. It has a coincidental title to a book I've done and they've given me a huge wedge of money. No problem with that" - on the subject of how he feels of Hollywood's treatment of his works.
31Media and fame, they're like an element as much as water and fire are. They're 20th century elements, they're the ones that we didn't have before in this way, and the people who are thrown into that grinder are still being thrown in without and preparation, without any understanding of what it is they're being asked to face.
32"It's 1988 now. Margaret Thatcher is entering her third term of office and talking confidently of an unbroken Conservative leadership well into the next century. My youngest daughter is seven and the tabloid press are circulating the idea of concentration camps for persons with AIDS. The new riot police wear wear black visors, as do their horses, and their vans have rotating video cameras mounted on top. The government has expressed a desire to eradicate homosexuality, even as an abstract concept, and one can only speculate as to which minority will be the next legislated against. I'm thinking of taking my family and getting out of this country soon, sometime over the next couple of years. It's cold and it's mean spirited and I don't like it here anymore. Goodnight England. Goodnight Home Serve and V for Victory. Hello the Voice of Fate and V for Vendetta." - from his 1988 introduction to V For Vendetta.
33The world of ideas is in certain senses deeper, truer than reality; this solid television less significant than the Idea of television. Ideas, unlike solid structures, do not perish. They remain immortal, immaterial and everywhere, like all Divine things. Ideas are a golden, savage landscape that we wander unaware, without a map. Be careful: in the last analysis, reality may be exactly what we think it is.
34[on "worshipping" the Roman snake god Glycon] "The only references there are to him in the literature, which are very disparaging, are in the works of the philosopher Lucien. Lucien explains that the whole Glycon cult was an enormous fraud, and that Glycon was a glove puppet. And I've got no reason to disbelieve that whatsoever. To me, I think that's perfect. If I'm gonna have a god, I prefer it to be a complete hoax and a glove puppet because I'm not likely to start believing that glove puppet created the universe or anything dangerous like that."

#Trademark
1Painstaking attention to detail in his comics
2His very long, messy hair
3Unmistakeable, deep, heavy Northampton accent
4Stories as Deconstructions of standard Comic Book figures (Masked Heroes,Villains,etc)
5Infuses more depth to his characters than many writers
6Often features realistic, sympathetic female protagonists
7Stories dealing with Social Issues
8Extremely long beard


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