Elite powers cashing in on actual historical crises whose failures literally led us to where we are today.
When comics influential Karen Berger left DC Comics after leading its mature, visionary imprint Vertigo into the history books, I wrote at Wired that Vertigo would soon follow. I was on or off by a few years, give or take a few years.
“There’s something quaint about these attempts to control us today, in a period where we are boiling with information and complexity, both of which have reached levels that could be called fractal, if that wasn’t a polite way of saying chaotic.“
Digital dragnets like Stellar Wind, PRISM and other psy-fi boondoggles have evidently not been surveilling enough of neither Us nor Them to predict or prevent terrorist attacks.
“I’m remote from most technology to the point that I’m kind of Amish,” admits the legendarily bearded author without an Internet connection.
The visionary whose work has found its way from comics to blockbusters to Occupy to Anonymous launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund and wrap Jimmy’s End, his indie film series.
Fans of Alan Moore and his prescient comics like V For Vendetta and Watchmen knew he’d one day anchor a revolution.
DC Comics has lost one of its most influential tastemakers with the news that executive editor Karen Berger will be stepping down.
When it comes to comics, asserting that all of these things are true is often the same as saying none of them are true.
Nearly 30 years after publishing V for Vendetta, writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd are throwing their support behind the global Occupy movement that’s drawn inspiration from their comic’s anti-totalitarian philosophy and iconography.
“When the state started to take us seriously and initiated countermeasures, the majority of us folded like bitches.”
Straight-up supersoldiers, jingoistic nationalists, unrepentant terrorists and even clueless dunces
“We all grow out of the environment and times which we are born into.”
“They offered me the rights to Watchmen back, if I would agree to some dopey prequels and sequels.”
“I have largely, completely given up on the comics industry,” Moore said. “I really don’t believe it is going to do anything to address the modern world.”
This list of five books and comics that may now inherit Watchmen‘s mantle as what Alan Moore called the most “unfilmable” texts around was a popular read.
But the dystopian comic blockbuster isn’t dead yet. Far from it.
But there is one wild card working in the Watchmen film’s favor, and it is a glaring one: The comic.
From Mars’ Galle crater to comics, literature, music, politics and even quantum physics, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons borrowed from a stunning wealth of sources.
The slightly good news is that some of the music that made it into the film, but not the comic, didn’t make it to the soundtrack. The bad news? Some lousy songs made both the film and the soundtrack, but never made the comic at all.
If only it were that simple.
When acclaimed artist Dave Gibbons sat down to create epochal comic book series Watchmen with writer Alan Moore, neither had any idea what was to come.
They are standing in the way of history, trying to turn everything, politically and spiritually, back to a medieval vision of the world. Whereas they’re perfectly entitled to have whatever worldview they like, I would suggest that humanity is moving in a forward direction.