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Themes in the Works of Alan Moore

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Transcript of Themes in the Works of Alan Moore

A Brief Welcome
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
as Commentary on Copyright
Jackson Ayres argument

The Modernists meet Alan Moore

Public domain and creative control

Correlations between the plot of LoEG and copyright law changes

The Blazing World

Harry Potter is the antichrist, James Bond is a rapist
Promethea
& Redemptive Transgression
Mathew Green's thesis

Moore's Apocalypse

Deconstructing Sex and Gender

Materialism
From Hell
: An Example of Psychogeography at Work
Moore's definition of psychogeography

The 1st tour of London

The 2nd tour of London
Biography
Born into poverty on November 18, 1953 in Northampton, England. Father, Ernest, worked in a brewery. Mother, Sylvia, worked as a printer. Alan's religious and superstitious grandmother influenced his esoteric thinking.
Began publishing in fanzines in the late 1960's. Developed his own called
Embryo
.
Media
Themes in the Works of Alan Moore
Welcome to the site, thanks for participating! We're
going to take a quick look at Alan Moore's biography,
then explore some videos related to his work in the field of comics and graphic novels, and finally take a close look at some of the themes explored in
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
,
Promethea
, and
From Hell: A Melodrama in Sixteen Parts
. I was astonished at the level of meta-thematic work in these titles. I hope you find the ideas inspiring!
Early publications appeared in Sound and NME, under pseudonyms Curt Vile, Jill De Ray, and Translucia Baboon.
Recognition came with publication in
Warrior
, a British anthology magazine.
Awarded British Eagle for Best Comics Writer in 1982 and 1983 for
Miraclemen
and
V for Vendetta
.
In 1984 he began his first American series,
Saga of the Swamp Thing
. Introduced themes of ecology and psychogeography.
Released
The Watchmen
in 1986, considered by many to be the best graphic novel ever created.
While contributing to DC comics
Batman
and
Superman
, Moore started his own publishing imprints, Mad Love Publishing in 1988, and America's Best Comics in 1999.
The American Superhero Genre
Language, Writing and Magic
Culture is Turning to Steam
Alan Moore and Stewart Lee on Batman, Superman, and Doctor Who
Alan Moore is a rather brilliant orator with some interesting views! Browse these videos as you will, they were chosen because they are short yet powerful.
Sophie Bangs as metascholar

Immateria
“…signs are everywhere, to such an extent that meaning itself is immediately deconstructed: the overabundance of meaning signifies its meaninglessness”(Howell, 2015, p. 387).
References
Alan Moore. (2012). FamousAuthors.org. Retrieved from http://www.famousauthors.org/alan-moore

America’s Best Comics. (March 27, 2013). Comic Vine [wiki page]. Retrieved July 20, 2016 from http://comicvine.gamespot.com/americas-best-comics/4010-731/

Ayres, J. (2016). The Integrity of the Work: Alan Moore, Modernism, and the Corporate Author. Journal Of Modern Literature. Retrieved from http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=114193923&site=eds-live&scope=site

Farmer, R. (2011, Nov. 28th). Alan Moore-Language, Writing and Magic [Video file]. Retrieved from

Green, M. A. (2011). 'She brings apocalypse': Sex, imagination and redemptive transgression in William Blake and the graphic novels of Alan Moore. Literature Compass. Retrieved from http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mzh&AN=2012420243&site=eds-live&scope=site

Ho, E. (2006). Postimperial Landscapes 'Psychogeography' and Englishness in Alan Moore's Graphic Novel 'From Hell: A Melodrama in Sixteen Parts'. Cultural Critique. Retrieved from http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.4489248&site=eds-live&scope=site

Howell, T. L. (2015). The Monstrous Alchemy of Alan Moore: Promethea as Literacy Narrative. Studies In The Novel. Retrieved from http://login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edspmu&AN=edspmu.S193415121530004X&site=eds-live&scope=site

Moore, A., & O'Neill, K. (2011). The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: [#2]. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions.

Moore, A., & O'Neill, K. (2009). League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century : 1910. Marietta, Ga: Top Shelf Productions.

Moore, A., Williams, J.H., & Gray, M. (2008). Promethea 5. New York, NY: America's Best Comics.

Moore, A. (2007). The black dossier. Place of publication not identified: America's Best comics.

Moore, A., Mullins, P., & Campbell, E. (2006). From hell: Being a melodrama in sixteen parts. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions.

Moore, A., Williams, J. H., & Gray, M. (2005). Promethea: Book 4. New York, NY: America’s Best Comics.

Karpas, M. (2014, Oct. 24th). Alan Moore: General bibliography. Retrieved from http://www.enjolrasworld.com/HTML%20Bibliographies/Alan%20Moore%20Bibliography.htm

Moore, A., O'Neill, K., Dimagmaliw, B., & Oakley, W. (2003). The league of extraordinary gentlemen: Volume two. La Jolla, Calif: America's Best Comics.

Moore, A., Williams, J. H., & Gray, M. (2002). Promethea: Book 3. La Jolla, CA: America's Best Comics.

Moore, A., Williams, J. H., & Gray, M. (2001). Promethea: Book 2. La Jolla, CA: America's Best Comics.

Moore, A., & O'Neill, K. (2000). The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Vol. 1, 1898. La Jolla, CA: America's Best Comics.

Moore, A., Williams, J. H., & Gray, M. (2000). Promethea. La Jolla, CA: America's Best Comics.

Rickdickboy. (2011, June 24th). Alan Moore and Stewart Lee on Batman, Superman, and Doctor Who [Video file]. Retrieved from

Roel. D. (2013, May 19th). Alan Moore and Psychogeography [blog]. Retrieved from http://disinfo.com/2013/05/alan-moore-and-psychogeography/

Rufiansk8. (2011, May 21st). Alan Moore-Culture is turning to steam [Video file]. Retrieved from

Sim, D. (March 29, 2014). Alan Moore’s Mad Love. [Blog]. Retrieved from http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.ca/2014/03/alan-moores-mad-love.html


SkullyTheHypnoSkull. (2016, April 23rd). Alan Moore: The American superhero genre [Video file]. Retrieved from
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