Moore Introductions/Reviews

Links to some Alan Moore introductions/reviews available online:

Brian Catling's The Vorrh, which you can also hear on Soundcloud

A review of the sequel, The Erstwhile

Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns

V for Vendetta

A review of Iain Sinclair's The Last London

Not a review, but a piece about William Blake, and the poet's contempt of Newton

A piece about HP Lovecraft, from Utopia/Valhall #1

Wanted below is the Introduction to:

Phil Baker's Austin Osman Spare

Colette Phair's Nightmare in Silicon

The soon to be released Folio Edition of The Works of HP Lovecraft

Show Pieces

I was going to write about Alan Moore's Providence when Show Pieces popped up in the mailbox a little more than a week ago*. Verdict in terms of final delivery: nice. It's particularly satisfying to finally get a hold on the soundtrack, considering that I was one of those fellas who looked all over the net for Broken Dreams ever since hearing it on Act of Faith.

I had to wonder though, especially given the project's modest budget, how oh how did the team go about securing the rights for all these songs? It wasn't until I looked up the credits section the book when I saw that Moore had in fact written *all* the lyrics to the songs, which added an extra layer of meaning, considering that he had written the screenplay too (and had a say in where the songs should be played). Maybe it had been mentioned before in some interview or other, but I missed it.

Broken Dreams (by Vince Shannon and The Black Notes):Collapse )

Reading through the songs, I realize that I've forgotten how good a wordsmith Moore is, because there are quite a few good solid pieces in here. It also becomes obvious that Marv Cougar & The Blondes' Dreamland is meant as a companion, albeit a creepy one, to Broken Dreams.

Dreamland (by Marv Cougar & The Blondes)Collapse )

It's hard not to look at these songs and not see them as being addressed to Faith alone, given that Broken Dreams is played in the prologue. Matchbright's sneer, in particular, comes to mind. Honey.

And therein lies the problem for Show Pieces for me, in that it's weakened by the inclusion of two leads, Siobhan Hewlett's character inadvertently drawing so much attention upon herself in Act of Faith that it diminishes James' entry in the title piece. The audience is told of James' earlier transgressions, nay, it's screamed at him across the room by a clown who's suffered a broken marriage, when a separate piece could have been better utilized to fill the role, even if it was merely hinted at obliquely. Instead, Faith gets another chapter, Upon Reflection, although her story is nowhere to be found in His Heavy Heart. Actually, for myself I would have been satisfied with one or two flashbacks of James' past during clown Guantanamo washdown, the camera looking up at James' menacing face as he dispensed violence to an unseen partner.

I've not sat down to watch the theatrical version, and maybe seeing it without the two other supporting chapters might go some way into changing the ultimate flavour of the story. But then again, maybe it won't. In this case it seems like Moore has effectively written a movie using the comic book format of instalments, rather than concentrate on the delivery of a single piece. But then again, it's called Show Pieces, rather than Show Piece.

*In case those of you who, like me, have signed up for more rewards and cannot find them anywhere inside that sleek little box, it's because, according to Lex:

The plan was that all backers receiving the boxset would receive all their rewards together. When the boxsets were manufactured it became clear that they required a bespoke cardboard box which could protect them in postage. This meant shipping the other rewards separately.

We have been working though the boxsets over the past two weeks and all of them have now been shipped. I have set this week aside for packing and dispatching the remaining rewards.

No sign about that Metterton and Matchbright Make You Sick stretchgoal, however.

†Mine's the regular edition.


Providence annotations

If you've started reading Providence then you may be interested to know that there is already a website that features annotations and links to interviews with the creators. You can find it here
I thoroughly enjoyed Issue 1 and I'm looking forward to Alan Moore tacking a longer narrative again.

By Our Selves


UK premiere of Andrew Kötting’s film By Our Selves, which retraces English poet John Clare’s journey from Epping Forest to Northamptonshire. Toby Jones, Iain Sinclair and a Straw Bear follow in Clare’s footsteps exactly 150 years after his death. En route they bump into Macgillivray, Dr Simon Kovesi and the wizard Alan Moore. Meantime the journey is narrated by Toby’s father Freddie, a maverick actor who featured in numerous David Lynch films. An epic march through hunger and madness, By Our Selves is an English journey to set beside ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress’. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Andrew Kotting, Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore and Toby Jones, hosted by Gareth Evans.

NEMO: River of Ghosts

In a world where all the fictions ever written coalesce into a rich mosaic, it’s 1975. Janni Dakkar, pirate queen of Lincoln Island and head of the fabled Nemo family, is eighty years old and beginning to display a tenuous grasp on reality. Pursuing shadows from her past—or her imagination—she embarks on what may be a final voyage down the vastness of the Amazon, a last attempt to put to rest the blood-drenched spectres of old.

With allies and adversaries old and new, we accompany an ageing predator on her obsessive trek into the cultural landscape of a strange new continent, from the ruined city of Yu-Atlanchi to the fabulous plateau of Maple White Land. As the dark threads in her narrative are drawn into an inescapable web, Captain Nemo leads her hearse-blackNautilus in a desperate raid on horrors believed dead for decades.


Alan Moore: Earthing

Mitch Jenkins has written up a kind post on his blog for the late Steve Moore, and in it he eludes to the possibility that Alan Moore might already be working on Earthing in light of Steve's recent passing, the proposed sequel to Unearthing. Seeing as how Jerusalem is meant to be a work that disproves death, this does strike a few interesting cords. Please? Say it's going to happen?

Unearthing, the photobook that Mitch and Alan originally planned to work on (before it became a performance piece) has been posted in full on Mitch Jenkin's site.