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Moore Moore Moore

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Alan Moore’s a really good writer. That’s the considered opinion I’ve come to after rereading Watchmen. Not very incisive criticism, I know. It’s a bit like saying The Beatles are good. But you take it for granted after a while. I was struck by how sad the chapter about Doctor Manhattan is, how utterly disconnected the guy is from the rest of humanity and how he can do nothing about it. And that’s in the space of 26 pages! You should read it, you really should.

I was prompted to read it again, of course, by the release of the trailer to the upcoming film adaptation. I’ve always thought that such a thing could never work, but that trailer looks badass! Every shot in that thing is taken from the book (albeit a little pumped up – with action scenes added to the tenement fire and prison break sequences, apparently), so it’s looking to be a pretty faithful adaptation. As a fanboy it’s hard not to get overexcited.

 

Well, they did it with Sandman...

Well, they did it with Sandman...

 

 

But. Alan Moore isn’t. He wants nothing to do with it. To be fair, it’s not difficult to see why the writer of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a book mutilated by an execrable movie adaptation, might be a little disenchanted by the film industry. Seriously, how could you fail with that premise? Somehow they managed it!

So do you boycott the movie like Alan will be doing, or do you go along and geek out (and avoid thinking about the fact that it will probably be just another one of a slew of disappointing comics adaptations)

I recently came across this video from 1987 on youtube, and I think I remember seeing this programme at the time. Yeah I know, I’m old. Watching this again I’m struck by two things: For one there is the constant talk of impending nuclear apocalypse. Kids today are into bluetooth, High School Musical and knife crime, but back in the day all we had for entertainment was trying to get your head around the looming shadow of global destruction and/or the possibility of trying to live in a radioactive, post apocalyptic wasteland. Actually I think this documentary may have put me off reading Watchmen at the time, as it makes it look like it’s just a collection of images of people getting obliterated by a nuclear blast. Bleak!

The other thing is that Moore talks about his work being for children. I don’t have any figures to hand but I’m pretty sure kids don’t read comics these days. It’s a shame. If more kids took a look at his mindbending tales of ecological philosophy like Swamp Thing, or his later, convoluted take on the limitless power of the human imagination in Promethea, they might stop happy slapping eachother for five minutes.

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The Dark Third

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I bet Dan Brown is shitting himself! Yes the new Hope For The Future collected edition is out now, and courtesy of our pals at Fallen Angel Media Printing, it looks fantastic. Including issues 9-12 (with the customary cleaned up art and occasional redrawn panel), as well as Crystal Tips (from Judge Dredd Megazine issue 256), Godiva Jones, Warrior Princess of Mars (from the UK Web & Minicomix Thing Anthology 2009), and various previously unpublished strips. You can get it from us over on our shop page or pick one up at the forthcoming UK Web & Minicomix Thing this March 27th at London’s Queen Mary University in Mile End.

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Cover Your Nipples!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

And now it’s time for some shameless self promotion. We here at Hope For The Future and Flying Monkey Comics love to give you, the British (and International) public the best in comics entertainment. But that shit’s hard, yo. So in the meantime, while you’re waiting for our glacial, Brian Bolland like progress on the next issue, why not console yourself, wrapped in the womblike comfort of one of our fantastic T shirt designs from Zazzle? Classic Rock fan? We gots Homo  Superior and Metallic styles!

 

WesternyTentacular and Forked designs for your ass. And you can’t get any more Hipsterlicious than our all purpose “That Band You Like” shizzle. Zazzle shizzle. Zizzle.

 

Also, cover your iPad, iPhone or Laptop with one of our awesome illustrational escapades. And that thing that never made it onto the fanart section of The Decemberists’ website.

 

and, as they say, much, much more. You can even get this stuff in the UK! Although why anyone in other countries would even be reading this is beyond me. Ahem. You can also request a design – want a T shirt of some fucker in the background of issue 5? Just let me know, Joe, we won’t judge you. Look, we iconoclastic unprolific comics artists gotta eat!

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