An underground writer on trend
At the age of 63, this English man is at the cutting edge of graphic novels. A native of Northampton, he was firmly anchored in 70s counter-culture before being knighted in the world of comic strips. A teenage LSD-dealing anarchist and author at New Musical Express, he adopted the pen name Curt Vile. For the science fiction weekly 2000 AD and Warrior published by Marvel UK (1982-1985) Alan Moore, imbued with nostalgia for the costumed heroes of the 1950s, crafted utopias, and melancholic ballads blending chronicles of marvellous and dark fantasy. Enamoured with the work of Lovecraft and inspired by the Beat generation of William S. Burroughs, Alan Moore’s childhood was an impoverished one. The young man started out by drawing but writing was his destiny. Approached by the American editor Len Wein, creator of the famous Wolverine, Moore re-appropriated the flagging character of Swamp Thing (DC Comics). He increased sales and won over the critics. He followed the revivals of Green Arrow, Omega Men, Batman with the excellent Killing Joke, Joker’s ultimate burst of laughter, illustrated by Brian Bolland. All these works had him showered with literary accolades. In 1996, Alan Moore published his first novel, Voice of the Fire (Top Shelf Productions), and now 20 years later Jerusalem is the fruit of a decade of writing, an autobiography with fantasy elements, the most anticipated piece of literature this September.