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Comics A.M. | Alan Moore to make rare convention appearance

Alan Moore

Creators | Alan Moore will make a rare convention appearance in September — his first in 25 years, according to this article — at the inaugural Northants International Comics Expo in Northamptonshire, England. To attend Moore’s hour-long talk on writing comics or the hour-long question-and-answer session, convention-goers are required to donate graphic novels to the Northamptonshire Libraries, which will have a table at the event. [Stumptown Trade Review]

Creators | Mark Waid gets the NPR treatment, as Noah J. Nelson interviews him about his digital comics initiatives. “I got news for you: I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and this is the hardest writing I’ve ever had to do,” Waid says of creating digital comics. [NPR]

Publishing | Abrams ComicArts editorial director Charles Kochman discusses the publisher’s spring lineup, which will include William Stout’s Legends of the Blues, Darryl Cunningham’s What the Frack, a history of Bazooka Joe comics, and a Will Eisner artbook written by Paul Levitz. [ICv2]

Dark Horse

Publishing | Veteran editor Diana Schutz discusses her career at Comico and Dark Horse, developing a relationship with creators, attracting female readers, and working in a traditionally male-dominated industry: “When I first came to Dark Horse, I found out that the day before I started, Mike [Richardson] forced his almost all-male staff to take down their Playboy pinups from the wall. Eleven years ago, when I first taught my Comics Art & Literature course at PCC [Portland Community College], I had only two girls in a class of 35 students. Now women routinely make up half the class. []

Creators | John Shirley, the original writer for The Crow film, talks to Alex Dueben about writing the new comic series The Crow for IDW Publishing: “Working with an artist as opposed to producers/director, it’s different! But I did feel more like the real author of the tale than I would if it were for television. In television things are more committee oriented. There are showrunners and other writers to filter through. In comics there is a lot of input from the editors but one can be more of a creator true to one’s vision in comics, at least more than one can in television.” [Suicide Girls]

It Girl

Creators | Brian Truitt interviews collaborators Jamie S. Rich and Mike Norton about It Girl and the Atomics, the new Image Comics series set in Mike Allred’s Madman universe. (Robot 6 contributor Tim O’Shea chatted with Rich earlier this week). [USA Today]

Creators | Deb Aoki talks with film producer F.J.DeSanto, who is writing a graphic novel for American audiences based on the classic manga Cyborg 009. []

Creators | Richard Gehr interviews New Yorker cartoonist Arnie Levin; his name may not be familiar to most readers, but his style will be. [The Comics Journal]

Anti #1

Creators | The Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Ann Hurd discusses her transition from film to comics and her latest comic Anti, published this week by 12 Gauge: “‘It’s another creative outlet for storytelling. The idea initially was what better way to create, whether it’s ultimately a television series or a feature film, than to have essentially the storyboards already done? And it was a fantastic story.'” [USA Today]

Graphic novels | Torsten Adair pulls out the graphic novels from Barnes & Noble’s top 1,000 selling books; predictably, The Walking Dead does well, and there are three manga from Viz Media on the list. As he points out, any graphic novels in the top 100 should be considered best-sellers, and there are two: The Walking Dead Compendium and vol. 9 of Yu-Gi-Oh GX. [The Beat]

Nostalgia | Drew Friedman recounts his visit to the offices of MAD Magazine at the age of 15: He met publisher Bill Gaines, and while most of the staff was too busy to chat, Sergio Aragones made time not only to talk but to do a drawing for him. And he winds it up with a piece he drew for MAD years later, in which Gaines is a stand-in for God. [Drew Friedman]



It seems like an odd move to me, you get to see Moore in person and ask a question, price; entry fee and one of your comics. It’s for a good cause granted, but chances are they will get a bunch of books the owners considered rubbish (or went out and got cheap for the occasion).
Other than that it amazes me more that Moore hasn’t eaten his own beard in frustration.

God he looks horrible.

From the looks of that pic of Moore attendees should prepare themselves for a reading of some kind of manifesto.

Just flipped thru the last installment of League: Century over the weekend. Intentionally or unintentionally, that thing is filled with so much irony (in light of the Before Watchmen controversy) it took me out of the story repeatedly.. From the bastardization of currently trademarked characters (under the guise of parody I assume..) the denouement of the story; which was literally shot for shot the denouement of the League movie he claims to have never seen and summarily despises.. Love the man’s work as a whole.. but of late he’s riding the razor’s edge self parody, himself..

Moore looks like he’s ready to kick the bucket what’s even worse he’s not even 60

Alan Moore really knows how to rock the hobo look.

He could play a Walker and not need any make up.

That’s actually a terrible photo of Alan. Not really sure why you think it’s odd Outside_85. Far as I can tell it’s a comic convention that’s trying to do something for the community and Alan wants to help with that. I’ll agree they will probably get some crap books, but in general I think people will be quite decent and donate stuff that will at least be mediocre, and everything donated will be matched with another brand new book. I’ve bought my ticket and will be donating around 5 graphic novels that I no longer read, so that’s 10 books to go on library shelves that I’m sure someone out there will enjoy.

You going?

I’m definitly going to that convention, particularly because it’s only about 5 miles from my house!

Jake Earlewine

August 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Poor Alan. He really doesn’t look very healthy in that photo.

I hope he’s taking good care of himself, because he’s by far the greatest writer to ever write comic books, and I’d love to see him survive to produce more works of genius.

Anybody who’s going to this want to do me a solid favor? I need a handful of my cards signed by Mike Ploog and clint Langley, and would compensate handsomely anyone who would make that happen. Send me a line on Facebook if you are that person.

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