This panoptic exchange appeared on Salon as the first of my two-part interview with the mindscape of Alan Moore, circa 2013.
“I’m remote from most technology to the point that I’m kind of Amish,” admits the legendarily bearded author without an Internet connection, mobile phone or even a functioning television.
But Alan Moore — the soft-spoken sage behind prescient comics like “V for Vendetta,” “From Hell,” “Watchmen” and many more — nevertheless does have a Kickstarter project up for procuring finishing funds for his short-film series, “Jimmy’s End.” It’s his second trip through the crowd-funding concept, having previously signed up alongside “V for Vendetta” artist David Lloyd, “Maus’s” Art Spiegelman and scores of other talents for Black Mask Studios’ sprawling Occupy Comicsseries, which too started life on Kickstarter.
The series started as a photo essay about burlesque for Moore’s indie zine Dodgem Logic with artist (and spouse) Melinda Gebbie and fellow Northamptonian photographer Mitch Jenkins. Jenkins came up with the idea of a short film based on the shoot using the same uncanny characters, then investors asked for a series of short films and maybe a television series, and the next thing you know, the productive Moore had written an interlocking narrative for all of them as well as a feature film spinoff called “The Show.”
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The panopticon is everywhere, and so are requests to talk about it.
Shortly after filing a lengthy analysis of precrime at AlterNet, I quickly got a chatter request from the internetworkers at HuffPost Live about the surveillance state — and how none of it so far works or is worth the money.
Well, that was my take anyway.
Roll film and let me know if I blew it. I can’t watch myself through the dead eye.
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This article originally appeared at AlterNet. Dig deeper into my continuing coverage of Terror and Terraformation.
Full disclosure. I’m greenvesting thousands in solar and other no-brainer renewable energy alternatives, because I want to help save the world from an exponential mass extinction thanks to crap energy policy.
Sure, some bigshot and small-time “investors” and “innovators” may be in it for the money (see: Anschutz Corporation, below), but these days who cares? Climate change’s clock is short. Thankfully, solar, wind and other green power projects are popping even in the most polluted of places.
Image: Tara Lohan.
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On Monday, the visionary whose work and iconography have found their ways from comics to blockbusters to Occupy to Anonymous launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund and wrap Jimmy’s End, his indie film series with photographer and fellow Northampton homeboy Mitch Jenkins.
In related news, Alan Moore is still writing a speculative epic called Jerusalem that’s longer than the Bible, for Christ’s sake.
Although it his prescient comics like V For Vendetta, From Hell, Watchmen and many more that have memorably illustrated our panoptic, dystopian urges and stratagems, the visionary Moore has always been a multimedia talent. But it is Jimmy’s End that is Moore’s first properly earnest foray into film. None of the comics-based blockbusters opportunistically birthed from his futurism ever came into being with his blessing.
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