12:59pm PT by Andy Lewis
Comic Legend Alan Moore Joins Occupy Comics
Comics legend Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke) has joined Occupy Comics, a group of comic artists and writers planning on producing Occupy Wall Street-inspired material and donating the profits to support further protests.
Moore described his contribution as an illustrated prose piece that would touch on the ideals of the Occupy Movement and how those ideals compare and contrast with the both the business of comics and the ideology of different types of superheroes.
Occupy Comics organizer Matt Pizzolo called Moore’s decision to to join the group “really incredible,” adding V for Vendetta “inspire activists today” and in turn Moore is inspired by the activists [he] helped influence."
In recent weeks, Moore has spoken out in favor of the Occupy Movement, taking on fellow comics legend Frank Miller (300, Sin City, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) for criticizing the protestors. After Miller wrote on his blog that, “ 'Occupy' is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America,” Moore responded by saying,”It’s about what I’d expect from him. It’s always seemed to me that the majority of the comics field, if you had to place them politically, you’d have to say centre-right. ... So yes I think it would be fair to say that me and Frank Miller have diametrically opposing views upon all sorts of things, but certainly upon the Occupy movement." Moore went on to call Miller’s work “unreconstructed misogyny,” “wildly ahistoric” and “homophobic."
Occupy Comics plans to produce a series of digital comics in early 2012, followed by limited edition paper comics, and finally a deluxe hardcover anthology by the end of 2012. More than 35 major comics figures have joined Occupy Comics, including Mike Allred (Madman), J.M. DeMatteis (Spider-Man), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), and Moore’s V for Vendetta collaborator David Lloyd.