Despite the good work that he has done within the realm of superhero comics with Watchmen, The Killing Joke, and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, there is an impulse to completely tune out Alan Moore’s recent caustic remarks about comic heroes and our continued fascination with them, but is there merit to what he says? (more…)
Oh, Alan Moore. Is there anything you don’t hate? The talented writer, seemingly the crankiest old man alive today, is once again voicing his opinion on why he disapproves of something. And this time around, it’s the popularity of super heroes that he’s bashing. Read on for all the fun times. (more…)
For those of you that have not heard of the Northampton Clown, here’s the back story. In the quaint British town of Northampton, a clown, and let’s face it, he’s a SINISTER looking clown, and he’s been popping up on street corners waving at passersby. The clown even has a Facebook page with over 150k followers. No one knows who this guy is because he doesn’t stay around long enough for anyone to find out.
There’s another famous resident of Northampton who many have wondered if there might be a connection between the two, Alan Moore. That’s right, Alan Moore, who’s been known to create some pretty creepy characters himself. Moore told the Northampton Herald and Post:
Apparently there had been a certain amount of comment on the internet suggesting probably some connection. No it’s not me.
I am getting kind of used to this.
After having a comic strip I wrote 30 years ago spewing masked anarchists across the global political stage for the past couple of years.
Things that I write do have a tendency to spill into reality.
Having heard about this apparently local clown epidemic then I wonder. However the fact that we don’t have anything to do with it will not stop us from exploiting this strange chance occurrence. Me and Mitch were quite tickled by that…
Now, we can be sure that it isn’t Moore beneath all that makeup, but whether or not he has a hand in this somewhere is not really clear. If you read the interview closely, he never officially states that he has nothing to do with the whole thing, just that the whole area is strange and weird things happen there all the time.
The Telegraph recently talked with a person purporting to be the clown, but how can we really know, I mean how could they? The Telegraph reported:
He said he felt people were misinterpreting his intentions to cause mischief around the town, and said he would continue to mysteriously appear for as long as people stay interested.
“Hopefully they will soon see it as a bit of harmless fun,” he said. “We shall see how it goes.
He added: “My actual age is two hundred and ninety eight and I come out of hibernation every thirty years.”
What do you think? I’m hoping that this doesn’t end with some drunk guys and a baseball bat beating the crap out of the clown, or a frightened parent over-reacting, or a scared kid running into the street and getting hit by a car.
Once word hit the Internet that Fox was planning on adapting Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic as a TV series, fans have been waiting for the Alan-Moore-Shoe to drop. Unsurprisingly, Moore isn’t exactly thrilled to see Hollywood messing around with another of his comic book creations, let alone tweaking it twice.
Entertainment Weekly picked up the baton and asked Moore about Fox’s plan to turn his iconic comic into a weekly TV show. In patented Moore style, he brought up the failure of the 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery to make his point and said:
Me and [co-creator] Kevin [O’Neill] have been chuckling about that one, we only heard about it the other day. When [DC Comics] did the recent Watchmen prequel comics I said all of sorts of deeply offensive things about the modern entertainment industry clearly having no ideas of its own and having to go through dust bins and spittoons in the dead of night to recycle things…
The announcement that there is a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen television series hasn’t caused me to drastically alter my opinions. Now it seems they are recycling things that have already proven not to work.
What surprised me the most is how relaxed the tone of Moore’s response was, usually he’s much more animated in style and word choice, perhaps he’s mellowing with age.
I have to agree with Moore concerning the 2003 movie though, it sucked balls compared to the comic series. There’s still the slim chance the producers of the TV show might stick close to the source material, but they certainly aren’t going to get any help from Moore on that account.
What do you think about the whole thing?
Some of us, particularly those of us who are diehard Alan Moore fans, remember the cinematic disaster that was the 2003 adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. What had a great set-up for a movie adventure – the gathering of such legendary literary heroes as Allan Quartermain, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and more – and a great story to steal from turned into a huge pile of crap that many of us had to turn our eyes away from for fear of weeping tears of blood. Well, it looks like maybe the League will be getting a second chance to impress, as FOX is looking to produce a pilot for a potential television show.
The pilot has been officially approved so now it’s only a matter of time before we’ll see what FOX can put together. Of course, if you’ve read the original comics, you know that there are parts of the story that you couldn’t possible air on prime-time television. This leaves me a bit worried as to what will surface and whether it will have the same level of complexity that Moore’s telling did.
What do the Nerd Readers think about it? Should The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen get a second chance? Or is FOX going to piss all over this one the way they did with the movie?
Thanks to Deadline for the heads-up.
The rich history of Superman places a burden on those who choose to sift through those 75 years of comics in search of identifying a finite batch of stories that define the character. Frankly, it is a fool’s errand that is guaranteed to rankle readers who have their own ideas about which Superman stories are must read, but that is part of the fun. So we have gone and done just that with an eye toward balance, historic significance, and good old fashioned quality.
Along the way, we hope that any missing tales don’t stand out like a beacon. With Superman’s 75 year history, an all inclusive list is difficult and impossible to narrow down to ten. What we hope to do is share these and maybe have you discover a few new tales or perspectives on the Last Son of Krypton that give new perspective on the hero.
Many call Superman a character that is often boring, over powered or impossible to relate to by those who haven’t looked deep enough into the character’s origins and his long journey from a scribble and a notion that fell out of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster‘s head. That is selling the story telling short. While the Man of Tomorrow is an orphaned alien from a distant world, he is a reflection of us, and has evolved with us for the last seven and a half decades.
The Superman “S” is the second most recognizable symbol in the world. He was the founding Father of the Superhero genre. A complex hero, an outcast, a Christ-like figure, a being comprised of unfathomable strength and virtue, a scared kid, a stoic old “man”, wounded, alone, a savior and someone who has been saved. Superman has been all of these things throughout his existence, and we hope that these stories demonstrate that, so without further ado, we present the Ten Superman Comics that Everyone Should Read. (more…)
After two decades of development and several different directors, Watchmen finally hit the big screen… And bombed. So what? One movie doesn’t make a difference, right? Well, let’s ask the game designer in charge of BioShock.
Kevin Levine was recently talking to Eurogamer about what was once to be the Gore Verbinski-directed adaptation of the popular video game. According to Levine, it was the less-than-stellar box office reception for the film version of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel that convinced the studio to think twice about going forward with a big budget BioShock movie.
Here’s what Levine had to say:
“My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film, then Watchmen came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film – and Gore didn’t want to make a $80 million film… They brought another director in, and I didn’t really see the match there – and 2K’s one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people. So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it…
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating,” he said. “Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!’… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”
Fans will undoubtedly be pleased to know that they didn’t get what might have ended up being a watered down version of their favorite game, but will there ever be a BioShock movie now, I wonder. Time will tell.
Bastards: What do you think of this development? Do you think Levine is right? What else do you think Watchmen killed?
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Alan Moore‘s had some harsh words lately about DC Comics and their utilization (or exploitation) of the writer’s Watchmen in a series of prequel graphic novels. Well, it may surprise you to learn that this is not the first time that Moore’s had harsh words for someone.
In 1983, Moore wrote an essay about Marvel Comics godfather Stan Lee called, “Blinded By The Hype: An Affectionate Character Assassination.” In it, Moore discussed the positives Lee brought to the comic book industry while he built the Marvel Age back in the 60s, but he also criticized some of the problems Lee’s tenure and influence created. Overall, I think it’s a rather fair appraisal, and let’s be honest, I don’t think there’s any move lost between Moore and the big companies.
Read the full text of Moore’s essay after the jump: (more…)
When celebrities speak, people listen. That’s a mostly ridiculous thing — particularly when they stray and try to speak on matters of actual importance (Shalom Dave Mustaine, you crazy motherfucker) — but it’s a part of the benefit of being beloved, trusted, and worshiped. The trouble is, too many of us fail to keep one eye open and one hand on our wallets when we bow down at the altar and sometimes we get swindled because of it.
Today news broke that Bruce Campbell — “Ash” from the original Evil Dead (and Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness) — had told Digital Spy that he had seen Fede Alvarez’ reboot while in post production and that it was “fabulous”.
Naturally, numerous sites like ours ran with the story and proclaimed that Campbell was endorsing the new Evil Dead. Some noted that Campbell was a producer on the film that he was “endorsing” or wondered if Campbell was merely making the “obligatory promotional speech” and others, sadly, did not and in doing so they ignored a key piece of information.
Now, this is not to say that because Campbell has a vested interest in making this film a successful reality that his words carry no weight of truthiness. This could be the honest summation of things seen by a man whose word is un-impeachable — but it could also be thought of as a compensated endorsement, an un-labeled advertorial, or all of the above. Whatever it is though, it most surely is Campbell’s job and it is a job that most people realize he’s doing when he’s doing it. The thing that bothers me isn’t a celebrity doing his job, it’s us not doing ours.
See every day press releases and “leads” come in and then thousands of other sites feast on the trough. What comes out the other end is what you and I read on a daily basis. Some of it is awesome, a lot of it is shit that sacrifices the truth and details for snark and shiny over-valued brevity, and some of it is reported on to gain favor or earn a pat on the head. Everyone has done this and I mean everyone including me and this site, though I sleep at night knowing that I personally do it infrequently and I’m trying real hard to quit just cause if “pimpin aint easy”, you can’t imagine how burdensome ho’in is.
This is the game though — kiss a little ass then (hopefully) kick a little ass — but when people lay down and don’t so much bury the lead, but bury the thing that reveals the lead to be bullshit in an effort to earn favor or appease their need to do little more than cut and paste, well it is a bit stomach churning when you consider the reason why you’re reading and why we’re supposed to be writing.
That reason — as far as I can tell — is to get informed and to inform, and that means every little annoying tidbit should be considered and sometimes you should bite the hand. So when Campbell lowers that jaw and does the cheerleader thing, or when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman praises Michael Bay‘s coming assault on the origin bread and butter of his co-creation (a project that Eastman will be a consultant on) — call it as you see it internet and be as good at your job as these people are at theirs because smart people can tell what’s up and dumb people are just being made dumber by frothy bullshit.
One last thing: While I don’t have any ill regard for Campbell talking up this project, and while I understand both his stated reasons for supporting this picture and those left un-stated (being awesome doesn’t pay many bills on their own) I also have to applaud heartily people who can and do resist that urge.
There aren’t a lot of people in this world who would say no to $2 million dollars but Alan Moore did when DC wanted his seal of approval for Before Watchmen, something that was going to come out regardless of whether he took the money or told DC to fuck off.
Amazingly, Moore (maybe) figuratively told DC to do just that and in doing so he solidified himself as a man without an agenda, a man with unquestioned scruples, and a brilliantly rare idiot. In his own words from the interview on Leftlion:
“You can’t buy that kind of empowerment. To just know that as far as you are aware, you have not got a price; that there is not an amount of money large enough to make you compromise even a tiny bit of principle that, as it turned out, would make no practical difference anyway.”
I don’t expect others to be able to do what Moore did, both in terms of their wealth or standards, but that doesn’t mean his action isn’t superior to the fields and fields of people who have said yes to similar things and been nothing more than typical.
As for the new Evil Dead: wait for it to come out, see it, and then make up your mind about the authenticity of Bruce Campbell’s endorsement then — I know I will.
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