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A Lesson in Alan Moore

I have a few rather uninteresting things to say, but I’ll be saving those bits until the end of this entry.

Allow me to first list a few of the many reasons why Alan Moore is one of the most important comic book creators in the history of the medium.

Watchmen
V For Vendetta
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
From Hell

This is merely a short list of of the many contributions Moore has made to comics in his nearly three decade long career, but what a list it is. Watchmen alone is considered to be one of the single greatest graphic novels out there.

These facts are, of course, arguable. There are probably many people who consider Moore to be overrated, at best, or perhaps even a complete hack, at worst. But one thing that cannot be argued is this: Alan Moore has left his mark on this industry.

Those of you reading this who have not read Watchmen, go. Go forth, now, and procure a copy immediately. Sit somewhere quiet, with a cup of tea or coffee, and read. Be sure to clear your calendar first, as those who begin reading Watchmen seldom set it down before finishing it.

Watchmen is not a perfect graphic novel, but it sure feels close.

Something I’ve discovered only recently, but I’m told has been online for some time now, is this. It’s Alan reciting one of Rorschach’s diary entries in Watchmen. It’s eerie and wonderful.

One more reason Alan Moore is cooler than most human beings walking the planet currently:

Yes, he worships a snake god.

Now the boring bits:

Snow is expected tomorrow. I very nearly cried when I heard those words. It seems mother nature does not want me to experience a Spring unscathed by snow and cold winds.

It also appears that the devil tree beside our house will live to see another day.

A list of the Locus Awards nominees has been released. It’s good to see names like Terry Pratchett and Gene Wolfe appear a few times.

Guillermo Del Toro is officially directing “The Hobbit”.

If Peter Jackson won’t do it, I don’t think we could ask for a better replacement.

Suddenly and inexplicably, I find myself in the mood to read a little Harlen Ellison. Sadly, I don’t own any Ellison.

Maybe a trip to the library is in order.

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