Alan Moore — writing comics What comics is and what it is not. If compared to literature, it can fall short of scope, depth and purpose.
You can read the previous two parts of this interview at the links below. On the Occupy Movement, Frank Miller and Politics ————————————— If you were starting out today in the writing world, or even the comics writing world, how would it be different from when you first started out?
Well, when I first started, one of the first things that I realised, when I was making a go of initially being a comics artist and writer, was that the comics field of that time was full of seasoned professionals, who were much better and much quicker at doing the work than I was.
What I did was to kind of get in by the back door. They accepted and that was the beginning of an education. I had to meet a deadline every week, I had to write an episode every week, I had to draw it, and after a few years of that I fortunately realised that I was much better at the writing than I was at the drawing and made a change of career accordingly.
It was a different culture back then. Then you can hone your talents. You can get a reputation for at least keeping a deadline that might serve you well when you do try sending some work to something that you actually want to pursue.
British comics had a quite standard format. They were all anthologies. Some of them would be longer, some of them shorter. So this was what new writers were encouraged to do. It teaches you so much as a writer.
In a short story you have to develop all of the characters, you have to develop the situation and bring it to an interesting conclusion, all in three or four pages. So you have to do all of the things that you will have to do in a bigger work but in a much more constrained space, which teaches you an awful lot that you can then expand should you get the opportunity to turn it into a bigger and more ambitious work.
One of the things about becoming a writer, in the current climate, is the idea of self-publishing. It might have seemed a lot better to me because the prospects for it are more easily available.
If you just keep at it then with enough willpower and determination you probably will get there. Yes, I think that we can. I think our mistake has been thinking, in the 20th and 21st century, of the big cultural providers, like television or Hollywood, as culture.
Just ordinary people, what they do. You take responsibility for it and all of a sudden you have control over it. And I think it extends to other things as well.
As it turns out, my ideas have been communicated to a fair number of people. But back at the beginning, that was far from obvious.
All that you had was your own belief in yourself. That is the philosophy of a natural-born slave in many respects. There are people out there who are doing a lot of work to change things and they seem to be getting some reasonable results. You can look at my early work and see for yourself.
So put the work in and believe in yourself, believe in your ability to change yourself, if not the world, because changing the world does actually start with changing yourself.
Over the course of your career, what was your favourite project to work on? What made it special for you? There have been a few, and they all had their charms.
I enjoyed working on Promethea. I also enjoyed working upon Lost Girls which was probably just as well as I was working for a long time on Lost Girls. Which would be Jerusalem.
The way the characters look, the way that they sound, the way that the environment looks, the weather, everything. And that is quite exhilarating.At an anti-library closure protest, local magician and comics legend Alan Moore had some surprising words for those who hope to break into the wide world of published writing.
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I recently gave a talk at the Bristol Comic Expo about how I started writing for AD by pitching Future Shocks scripts. I’ve written up my notes as the following blog, covering everything from submission tactics to coping with rejection and why there’s really no such thing as ‘breaking in’.
Welcome to the third and final part of our interview with Alan Moore. In this concluding section, we speak to the Watchmen and V for Vendetta creator about comics, the work he has enjoyed most, the state of modern culture, the trick to making it big in the comics world, the potential of comics as a medium, and how he’d like to be remembered.
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