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The Extraordinary Works Of Alan Moore: Indispensable Edition Paperback – December 23, 2008

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About the Author

George Khoury wrote and edited the Eisner-nominated Kimota and The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore. He was a senior editor for the award-winning magazine Comic Book Artist; he was also a regular contributor to the popular Modern Masters series. He contributed many articles to a variety of magazines, newspapers, and websites. He was born and raised in New Jersey. His latest book is called Comic Book Fever.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605490091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605490090
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,815,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By SillyMoose VINE VOICE on June 20, 2009
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The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore: Indispensable Edition is George Khoury's revamp of a book published years before called, simply, The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore. For those of you who are new to the book itself, I'll taLk about it first. For those who want to know exactly what is different between the two publications, skip the first half of this review. TEWAM and TEWAMI are the absolutely definitive books (the Indispensable edition includes more of everything with a few excisions; details below) on Alan Moore. Known as a recluse, Khoury somehow earned his trust enough to complete a biography (with lots of wonderful photos) of him - through a series of lengthy, detailed, revealing interviews (so it might actually be called an "assisted autobiography," perhaps) - that range from his childhood, to his adolescence (selling LSD and getting kicked out of school and black-spotted in his hometown from then on), his painfully on-a-budget early adulthood (he went by pen names so he wouldn't lose his government assistance money), his role as parent (raising two daughters in an unconventional household and his being a very unconventional father), to his big break through with DC, to the big breakups (with DC; with his wives; um, yes, I said "wives" as in plural; with Bill Sienkiewicz who literally ran away from Moore's never-finished magnum opus called Big Numbers!), the loss of Mad Love publications (his idea of what a great, smartly run comic company could be), his newly found love and marriage of recent years with Melinda Gebbie, on and on. You get his astounding ideas on more abstract things, also, such as art, magic, writing, politics, mythology, history, etc.Read more ›
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This is the autobiography of Alan Moore, in a way. George Khoury has taken the 50th birthday (and semi-retirement) of Alan Moore as an excuse to conduct a massive interview that stretches from his childhood to today. Moore's personal life, career ups and downs, and all of his stories and characters are discussed. It's exhausting --- but in a good way. For the Alan Moore fan, this is the Holy Grail.
Most of this information has been covered before elsewhere, but not with this kind of depth and inter-connection. Take Moore's family, for example. In other interviews, he's spoken about his marriage, divorce, and daughters. But here, with years of hindsight, he describes these events in a way that is respectful, humorous, and free of gossip. It's all very matter-of-fact, but never dull. The more important topics --- the comic books --- are approached in the same way. Moore is proud of his body of work, but he is honest about disappointments and unrealized ideas.
In the later sections, he gets into his exploration of magic and occultism. He sounds like a professor who has decided to experience his topic of study first-hand rather than reading about it. He's trying to find the source of human creativity, but without pretension. It's fascinating to read about. It gives you an insight into how and why he's created so many amazing comics over the last few decades.
Finally, this book is full of extras. Alan Moore's daughters get the first and final word of the book. Collaborators get small interviews and comic pages to comment on their relationship with Moore. There's a long bibliography at the end that covers 99% of everything he's done, and a sample of one of his scripts (which has never been illustrated).
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Just outstanding. The longest most in-depth interview with Alan Moore ever takes up the bulk of this tremendously impressive effort and makes this book Moore's almost-autobiography...
Tributes in comic book form are smattered throughout, by some cohorts-in-creation including Neil Gaiman/Mark Buckingham (who provide an utterly charming, affectionate 2 page strip; Rick Veitch (a sublime dreamy sequence); Dave Gibbons and Brian Bolland who each write/illustrate warm fuzzy funny one-pagers... Also peppered throughout the book are rare works by Moore including Pictopia, a powerhouse short story-comic that illustrates the state of the industry from the 80's until recent times, that Moore's current ABC line (Tom Strong, Promethea, Top Ten, etc) provides the antidote to...
If you've never read anything by Moore, this book is the perfect launching point into his ouvre; if you've read everything by him, you'll enjoy it even more...
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