Jan 15, 2018

Jim Baikie and Alan Moore

Art by Jim Baikie.
Above, the illustration drawn by Scottish comic creator JIM BAIKIE as contribution to Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman (2003, Abiogenesis Press).

Jim Baikie passed away the 29th of December 2017: this post is a little tribute to the man and his art. You can read more about Baikie and his work here

Baikie collaborated with Moore on Skizz and First American.
"I’ve worked with some of the comics industry’s finest writers, and I have good things to say about all of them, but the sheer amount of extra effort Alan puts into communicating with the artist makes his scripts a joy; each one reads like a fraternal letter rather than workaday instruction for stage-dressing. Alan is writing one more instalment of ‘First American,’ and I know I’ll be laughing like a hyena as soon as the first closely typed page emerges upside down from my fax machine." [Jim Baikie, Alan Moore: Portrait, 2003].

UPDATE - Jim Baikie: An Appreciation by Alan Moore: HERE.

Jan 11, 2018

Medical advice for Dean Martin

Dean Martin
A short poetry that Moore read during his performance at "Future Exiles Return to a Last London" event in September 2017. It's a funny piece - Moore has a great sense of humour - with an obvious reference to a famous song by Dean Martin. "I thought it up while I was walking towards the stage at the last Arts Lab poetry reading that we did in Northampton.", said Moore. After that he continued with "older works" reading an intense poetry he wrote dedicated to William Blake, titled "Experience". The complete performance is available HERE, in video.

Medical advice for Dean Martin
by Alan Moore

When the moon hits your eye
like a big pizza pie

that's actually... synaesthesia!

Watch the video HERE.

Jan 9, 2018

Alan Moore by MagisterLudi

Art by MagisterLudi.
Above, "Unearthing Moore" by MagisterLudi. More info about the artist here.

Jan 6, 2018

Alan Moore by John Bolton

Art by John Bolton.
Above, Alan Moore's portrait by John Bolton
The illustration was printed in Words Without Pictures, 1990, a prose anthology which included Moore's The Hypothetical Lizard.

Dec 8, 2017

Dreadful Beauty: Alan Moore on Jacen Burrows

Art by Jacen Burrows.
Excerpt from the intro written by Alan Moore for Dreadful Beauty: The art of Providence (Avatar Press, 2017).

"[...] Jacen Burrows is, in simple terms, the finest stylist to emerge from American comics in the 2lst century. His art, combining a realistic grasp of space, form and anatomy with the more usually humorous cartoon delivery and precision of the European ligne clair school, achieves a kind of perfect balance that is almost archetypal; makes the style appear somehow familiar despite its bold originality, as if it’s always been there. And indeed, if it had always been there -- if Jacen Burrows, born fifty years earlier, had been amongst the ranks of brilliant individualists that formed the classic E.C. Comics line-up, say-- it wouldn’t have seemed out of place. The artwork and the atmospheres it conjures have a timelessness, a blindingly apparent mastery that would distinguish them in any era. Burrows’ work, eschewing half-tones, hatching and all other modelling or shading styles as if they were a kind of visual noise, emerges as pure signal, albeit a signal lent immense intensity and power by the extraordinary weight of information and exquisite detail it is carrying. His almost forensic line, impeccably controlled, refuses any ambiguity and in this way conveys a sense that what is seen upon the page, no matter how alarming or impossible, has a verisimilitude that borders on the photographic. It might be thought to embody the exacting realism that’s required in presentations of the weird or the fantastical as posited by Lovecraft’s rigorous aesthetic, and as such made Jacen the only conceivable delineator for an opus as demanding and definitive as Providence would prove to be. [...]

Dec 2, 2017

Out from the Underground

Alan Moore, Out from the Underground
Cartooning, Performance, and Dissent
by Maggie Gray

"This book explores Alan Moore’s career as a cartoonist, as shaped by his transdisciplinary practice as a poet, illustrator, musician and playwright as well as his involvement in the Northampton Arts Lab and the hippie counterculture in which it took place. It traces Moore’s trajectory out from the underground comix scene of the 1970s and into a commercial music press rocked by the arrival of punk. In doing so it uncovers how performance has shaped Moore’s approach to comics and their political potential. Drawing on the work of Bertolt Brecht, who similarly fused political dissent with experimental popular art, this book considers what looking strangely at Alan Moore as cartoonist tells us about comics, their visual and material form, and the performance and politics of their reading and making."

Nov 25, 2017

The Green Side of Moore by Sergio Ponchione

Above a gorgeously stunning portrait of Alan Moore in the shape of Swamp Thing or vice-versa, guest-starring John Constantine, by Italian amazing comic book artist SERGIO PONCHIONE.

PONCHIONE is a regular collaborator of Bonelli publishing house, currently contributing as artist on the cult-series Mercurio Loi. He also recently released his last graphic novel, Memorabilia.
His works has been published in English by Fantagraphics.

Grazie infinite, Sergio, for the fantastic portrait! Viva Glicone!

Nov 6, 2017

Italian edition of Jerusalem... in November

Rizzoli Lizard is going to release the Italian edition of Alan Moore's Jerusalem this 9th of November.

It's a huge hard-cover book, 1540 pages. Translated by Massimo Gardella.
Pictures are from Rizzoli Lizard Facebook page, here.