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Alan Moore's Magic Words

Credits: Written by Alan Moore and Illustrated by various artists
Publisher: Avatar Press


Ignore the slightly over-the-top cover if you can, and be advised that it relates directly to one of the seamier songs in this collection of Alan Moore lyrics (he's been involved in music longer than he's been involved in comics -- his formative influence was in the community of Arts Labs in Britain in the Sixties and Seventies, where cultural mix-and-match was encouraged) adapted by a string of European and South American artists heretofore unseen in Anglophone comics.

I originally got to see a bunch of this stuff, because (full disclosure) Alan asked for me to write the book's introduction, and it's gorgeous. Not the same as an Alan Moore comic per se, since the artists are doing their own sequential-art interpretations of his songs, but, frankly, any Alan Moore writing is better than no Alan Moore writing.

His songwriting goes from the affecting, like Town of Lights, to... well, The March Of The Sinister Ducks isn't collected here, but it's pretty much the polar opposite to anything.

Anything. Anywhere.

-- Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis has written around thirty graphic novels, comics, prose fiction, journalism, videogames and screenplays. Sometimes he take photographs. He also creates and co-creates websites, including this one. He has awards and stuff, he's been in big magazines and newspapers, and he's been published in Nature, which he always mentions because it makes him laugh. He's on the web at warrenellis.com and diepunyhumans.com.


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