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Alan Moore's Light Of Thy Countenance Paperback – February 17, 2009
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Originally a prose piece written for an anthology, LIGHT OF THY COUNTENANCE has here been adapted as a 48-page comic by writer Antony Johnston and artist Felipe Massafera. Seeing the price, you may wonder why you should pay so much for a comic. Well, for one thing, it's dense - this is not a book you'll finish in 5 minutes, and if you do, you're certainly not focusing on what Moore is saying. We follow Television's own account of its birth, evolution, power, and place in our lives, culminating in a beautiful yet unsettling 2001-esque moment that leaves just as many questions as the conclusion of that classic film.
While this story was not originally intended for a comic format, Johnston does a solid job of adapting it to the medium. The same can be said of Massafera's beautiful painted art, which resembles the early work of Alex Ross. Those readers who follow Moore primarily for his superhero work may be in for a disappointment, but if you have marveled at From Hell, ...Read more ›
Light of thy Countenance is more akin to poetry than anything else. Originally written as a text about television it was "a freestyle beat poem, a damning essay and historical treatise all in one, condemning both the bland, commercial and hypocritical disgrace that has usurped the medium's potential, and the sheep who accept such dross without criticism"; years later Anthony Johnston in collaboration with Moore turned that into a comic script; and artist Felipe Massafera accepted the challenge of putting all these crazy ideas and notions into images of incomparable beauty.
Television is something we all take for granted. We never seem to think about what it actually means. Do we trust blindly on mass media? News networks and public share the same opinions about everything? Could we survive without TV ads, without publicity? How many hours do we spend each day, month or year watching TV? As the narrator of this graphic novel announces, had it been a god, Television would have amassed more devotion than any deity one could think of.
Obviously this isn't a simple criticism on consumer's behavior. After all, we watch TV (even Alan Moore does) but with different criteria. Whereas television is mind-numbing entertainment for some, for others it's simply a fun and relaxing alternative to spend time. One thing should remain clear, though. Television deserves to be analyzed as a cultural manifestation.Read more ›
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I did not do my research and mistakenly expected this to be a larger volume.Published 20 months ago by Richard Gelderman
Very well written, but do bring a dictionary to any reading of this short yet very challenging work by the legendary Alan Moore.Published on November 30, 2010 by H. Muller