December 2011

Alan Moore Responds to Frank Miller’s Occupy Rant

Alan Moore did an interview with Honest Publishing this week where (among other things) he was asked about his opinions on Frank Millar’s recent Occupy Wall Street outburst. This is what the Watchmen creator had to say about the man who many consider to be the other father of modern comics:

“Well, Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past twenty years. I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time. Since I don’t have anything to do with the comics industry, I don’t have anything to do with the people in it. I heard about the latest outpourings regarding the Occupy movement. 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. That would be as far towards the liberal end of the spectrum as they would go. I’ve never been in any way, I don’t even know if I’m centre-left. I’ve been outspoken about that since the beginning of my career. 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.”

“As far as I can see, the Occupy movement is just ordinary people reclaiming rights which should always have been theirs. I can’t think of any reason why as a population we should be expected to stand by and see a gross reduction in the living standards of ourselves and our kids, possibly for generations, when the people who have got us into this have been rewarded for it; they’ve certainly not been punished in any way because they’re too big to fail. I think that the Occupy movement is, in one sense, the public saying that they should be the ones to decide who’s too big to fail. It’s a completely justified howl of moral outrage and it seems to be handled in a very intelligent, non-violent way, which is probably another reason why Frank Miller would be less than pleased with it. I’m sure if it had been a bunch of young, sociopathic vigilantes with Batman make-up on their faces, he’d be more in favour of it. We would definitely have to agree to differ on that one.”

Moore’s comments are pretty much in line with what one would expect him to say on the subject. Sad as it is, I don’t think there were many people who were all that surprised about Miller’s rant. Technically brilliant as some of it is, far right ideology is pretty much embedded in the very DNA of Miller’s writing. That’s not to say it’s not interesting to hear Moore’s thoughts on the subject however. Modern comic book fans get so used to saying “Watchmen” and “Dark Knight Returns” in the same breath that we sometimes forget just how wide a gulf separates the two writers.

You can read the rest of the interview here and here.

Dropping Science: 60 Second Adventures in Thought (With David Mitchell)

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What better way to spend your Saturday morning than by having one half of Mitchell and Webb repeatedly blow your mind with the help of some animated drawings of famous thinkers? Produced by the Open University, these mini segments are a lovely way to get your head around the basics of scientific concepts and paradoxes that everyone talks about but hardly anyone really understands. They’re also pretty funny.

And since the video mentions quantum mechanics, it’s also a really nice excuse to post Mitch Benn’s take on the subject.

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Transformers Stop Motion

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How did you spend the last 2 months? Well, Youtuber Counter656 spent them painstakingly piecing together around 3500 still images in order to create this extended chase sequence between Bumblebee and Barricade.

Yes, they’re the Michael Bay versions of the characters but to be fair, I’m not sure the action figure of the ‘proper’ Bumblebee is quite so poseable as this one.

Great vid.

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