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The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer Paperback – August 15, 2016
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A little context: I'm the "Colonial" (Alan Moore's term for we Americans) who penciled SWAMP THING starting with writer Marty Pasko's run (working with John Totleben and Rick Veitch; John and I began our tenure with SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #16) and John Totleben and I were lucky enough to be the FIRST American cartoonists (along with Dan Day: SOTST #20) to work from Alan Moore's scripts. I worked with and was involved with some of the events covered in this book; I knew/know many of the key participants, including Alan Moore and Karen Berger (my editor, too!) and Neil Gaiman, and I lived—sometimes inhabited, other times was in the direct orbit of—the era Greg Carpenter covers in this book.
Inevitably, I have certain reservations and caveats—how can one live through such a major life change, be in the gravitational pull of such events, and not be privvy to that which no author can or will divine or know?—but Greg's done a magnificent job with this book, making sense of the events, the creative works, the times, and a bit of the business dealings that made it all possible (and, at times, impossible). If I have any major misgivings, they are misgivings I'll have to redress in my own writing, but being able to refer to Greg's book will make it all the easier to establish common reference points to work from, and that's quite something in and of itself.
Someday, somewhere down the road, I'll have enough to purchase a couple copies for the Center for Cartoon Studies Schulz Library, so I can incorporate readings from Greg's tome into my own comics history class Spring semester [I teach at the Center for Cartoon Studies, have been doing so since 2005). This book IS that good, and that essential.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, kudos to the author and publisher.
I was drawn to Sequart by Grant Morrison: The Early Years and Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's The Invisibles, and while The British Invasion is nowhere near the abysmal quality of their books on The Filth and Morrison's tenure on Batman, I'm taking it as a sign to avoid the publisher in the future.
I'd say this is nice mindless train reading if you're curious about these comics writers and are okay wading through mostly passable writing, but do yourself a favor and read the Kindle version. I paid $8 and feel mostly blah about the expense -- I'd have been disappointed if I dropped $20 on this in print.