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Guy Fawkes Day: Anonymous marches on Parliament, Moore releases single

Today is Guy Fawkes Day, and what used to be an occasion for bonfires and begging pennies from the neighbors has become a day of protest thanks to Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s graphic novel V for Vendetta; the Guy Fawkes mask worn by their anonymous revolutionary V has become a symbol of protest worldwide. The protest group Anonymous plans a march on the British Parliament this evening to re-enact the final scene from the graphic novel. The event, dubbed “Operation Vendetta,” will be live-streamed here.

Meanwhile, Moore will be marking the occasion with the release date of his first single “The Decline of English Murder.” The song can be downloaded from Occupation Records, the record label that came out of the Occupy movement; it’ll set you back a quid, but he also released a video, which features clips of Occupy protests. (Ironically, it starts with an ad.) The Guardian calls the song “a gloomy and at times opaque ballad that likens the stark economic inequities challenged by Occupy to the work of a killer … The song, with Moore half-speaking, half-singing his words to a musical backing by Joe Brown, is as mournful as you might expect from something that namechecks a motorway service station near Preston in its first line.”

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alan moore spit hot fire!

I may be completely wrong, because I read the comic quite a long time ago, but aren’t they enacting a scene from the movie where all the people wore Guy Fawkes masks? I think that scene isn’t in the Moore/Lloyd original?

We live in strange times, but if one were to begin making a list of weird, I think that recent contenders would have to include the bizarre storyline of Alan Moore, V for Vendetta and Occupy:

In the 1980s, Alan Moore writes a grim story about a fascist Britain; along with his subsequent Watchmen, it becomes an influential herald of the whole “grim, gritty and dystopian” themes which have shaped mainstream Anglophone comics ever since.

Moore himself went on to repeatedly express dismay over the result, and regret about his part in it, while also finding himself in ongoing struggles over the rights to his work, which led to turning his back on mainstream comic publishing and even distancing himself from works like Watchmen and V for Vendetta…

…particularly when Hollywood began a phase of infatuation with large-budget film adaptations of Moore comics, with which the author steadfastly and increasingly vehemently refused to have anything to do.

The V for Vendetta film, however, nonetheless turned the title character’s Guy Fawkes mask into an international icon for various protest movements whose members felt some measure of political solidarity with Moore and his views…

…to which the author eventually decided to respond, so that we now have the spectacle of an alliance between anti-establishment protest groups and anti-establishment author Alan Moore which is symbolized by mass-produced plastic masks popularized by a corporate adaptation which Moore disowned of a graphic novel which he spent a decade or so expressing regret about.

Could anyone have made this up?

Plus it looks cool to wear.

The mask is a symbol. They are so cheap, anyway, that no one could make much of a profit off of it. What it represents is entirely more significant than the company that your six quid go to.

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